Category Archives: Heed Your Calling

Are You Called To Write?

Have you ever had a thought like this? Man, I’d really love to write a book someday, but I have no idea where to start.

I used to have similar thoughts, but I worked my butt off over the past 11 years, and I’ve been published in Flash Fiction Magazine, Noir Nation No. 3, as well as having self-published A Collection of Reflections (poetry) and Frost: An Otherworld Tale (my debut novel).

If you love a good story, that love is all you need to become a writer. I’ve invested a lifetime of passion and thousands of dollars in learning about writing craft and the publishing industry, and I’d love to share what I’ve learned with those of you who have an inner storyteller begging to get out.

If you’d like to learn more, you can reserve your seat at my upcoming writing workshop dates HERE. The workshops will be held at The Creative Kitchen in my aweome hometown of Bay Minette, Alabama.

Here’s a fun exercise for those of you considering attending the workshop (or anyone who wants to join in, for that matter):

Describe your worst fear in a single paragraph, but there’s a catch; you cannot name your fear in the paragraph. Post your answers in the comments and we’ll try to guess your fear!


Voltaire on Work – Quote of the Day – 9/6/2016

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I can’t even express how many levels this is true on. I’ve been unemployed since January and it’s starting to slowly drive me insane. I feel like such a bum, not contributing anything to my marriage. I’ve been trying to fix Frost: An Otherworld Tale and also trying hard to get back into Jamberry and running that business while I wait to find out if I got the job I applied for back in July. All I’m accomplishing is spinning my wheels, or that’s what it feels like. A real job would make me feel tons better, I know. And the structure also helps me succeed in other areas of my life. It’s difficult for me to heed my calling when I feel like I’m a complete dead weight in my marriage/personal life.


Lyndon B. Johnson On Problem Solving – Quote of the Day – 8/31/2016

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I occasionally have issues with problem-solving. As a writer, I tend to get very caught up in “what-ifs,” which often leads to me being bogged down. I’m an extremely cerebral person, and I sometimes get so wrapped up in my own thoughts that I forget to reach out to others for help.

You never know when an outside perspective will help set you back on the right track to heeding your calling. You’re not alone!


Ray Bradbury on Life – Quote of the Day – 8/30/2016

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Well, I’m trying a new way of doing the quote of the day posts to see if it works, guys. If you want just the quote, you can look at the image at the top of the post and go no further. If you want my personal thoughts on the quote as it relates to me pursuing my calling of writing, then you can read what I have to say, too.

I’ve tried the Quote of the Day a lot of different ways, as you can see by scrolling through this blog. I’ve also been inconsistent, and I know that needs to end. I’ve just been struggling with my novel and trying to find a job because I’ve been unemployed since January. Not bringing money into my household is stressing me out badly because I feel like dead weight, even though I’ve been working my butt off on fixing Frost: An Otherworld Tale.

How do I continue to heed my calling if I’m basically a dead weight in my marriage/personal life? I find myself lost and praying a lot lately. Praying for a job. Praying for clarity. Praying for guidance. Praying for help with finishing my novel and getting it published. I’ve been praying on a pretty constant basis. The thing is, I don’t really know if I’ve been paying attention and listening for a response.

Besides, even if I get some sort of spiritual response, how will I know? I guess I’m just going to keep trying things to see if they work, as Ray Bradbury would say.


Quote of the Day – Formatting Changes, etc.

Hey, guys! I know I’ve taken another big break from my Quote of the Day posts. I’ve been struggling with my formatting and whether or not to separate my ideas. I know I want the quote of the day to inspire people. There are two big influences in my life that I feel influence my outlook on every quote I read.

  1. My faith as a Christian.
  2. My lifelong desire to be an author.

I guess what I’m wondering is whether or not I should keep the two together or separate them. Any input is welcome. I’m also going to try having the quote of the day in the sidebar somewhere for those who just want the quote and not my thoughts on the quote. We’ll see what I can do with the HTML there. Anyway, I’m working on making some pretty graphics with the quotes for the sidebar.

Later, guys!


Ralph Waldo Emerson on What Lies Within – Quote of the Day – 6/7/16

“What lies behind us, and what lies before us are but tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think this quote is a great commentary on the value of the present in our lives. Don’t waste the time given to you on fruitless, meaningless endeavors. Find your passion, heeds your calling to that passion, and dedicate the present to living that passion because none of us know how much time we have in this world.


Orison Swett Marden on Opportunities – Quote of the Day – 6/2/16

“Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.” -Orison Swett Marden

With only 53 days to go in Frost’s campaign, I thought it might be pertinent to share a little more about why I’ve chosen to seek publication via Inkshares with you all. Originally, the plan was to publish via JukePop, where I was writing Frost as a serial, but they had some technical difficulties, put their publishing program “on hold,” and will not be publishing Frost as a novel anytime soon.

I am almost done with my first draft of Frost, and Inkshares has the sort of distribution options that I believe Frost needs to bloom. I am in the process of writing the final scenes, and I’ve made note of several changes I’m going to make in the text during the editing/polishing process.

Some of you are probably wondering why I chose to go ahead with an Inkshares campaign if I wasn’t quite finished yet. Well, I didn’t intend to start a campaign so soon, but I’m willing to see it through, and it’s been great motivation to me to go ahead and finish my draft. This is propelling me to heed my calling to complete and publish Frost.

My mom asked me today why I chose to do a 90-day campaign, and I think that’s a good question. Statistically speaking, 90-day campaigns tend to be more successful than either longer or shorter campaigns, so I decided just to roll with it.

So, in all honesty, I didn’t mean to start the campaign as soon as I did, and I probably should have allowed for more time than just 90 days. However, decisions were made, and although they probably weren’t the most well-advised decisions I’ve ever made, I intend to stand by them. As Orison Swett Marden says, “Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities. Seize common occasions and make them great.”

With your help, I believe we can make Frost great.


Norman Vaughan on Dreams – Quote of the Day – 5/11/16

“Dream big and dare to fail.” – Norman Vaughan

I love this message and I believe it is important to everyone who may be pursuing a calling. Mistakes are going to happen as long as human beings are doing things, but you’ve got to have the courage to pick yourself up and keep going after that dream, that calling.

Heed your calling and God bless!


Dr. Seuss on Thinking – Quote of the Day – 5/10/16

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel a.k.a. Dr. Seuss

I have often struggled with writer’s block in the past. That is one of the reasons it has taken me so long to finish Frost: An Otherworld Tale. I’ve been working on (and wrestling with) this novel for the past 10 years.

Something to remember when you’re dealing with roadblocks on the way to pursuing your calling: you can think your way out of anything. That’s what I take away from this quote!

Heed your calling, and God bless!


Ted Kennedy on Hope – Quote of the Day -5/9/16

“The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives and the dreams shall never die.” -Edward “Ted” Kennedy

I needed to read this quote today. I’ve been struggling with focus lately. I’m not very good at juggling, and as you may have noticed, I’ve been very busy working on getting my novel, Frost: An Otherworld Tale, published via Inkshares.

This quote reminded me that, although publishing Frost is extremely important to me, that doesn’t mean I should ignore my Quote of the Day posts or completely drop the ball on encouraging others to Heed Your Calling.

I’m following my calling and I want to continue to encourage you to do the same. As Ted Kennedy said, “the dreams shall never die.” Here’s to making sure that they don’t!

Heed your calling. I’m following mine. If I can do it, I know you can!  God bless!


Tom Robbins on Achievement – Quote of the Day – 4/28/16

“To achieve the impossible, it is precisely the unthinkable that must be thought.”
-Tom Robbins

Think outside the box. How many times have you been told to think differently–been encouraged to step outside your comfort zone and see what you can discover?

As adults, many of us allow our imaginations to stagnate, and I feel that is a mistake.

Why?

Imagination is the most powersful tool we have next to prayer, as a species. With imagination, we have the power to visualize exactly what we want out of life. Not only can we do that, we can use our imaginations to devise every possible way that we can achieve what we want, probable or not.

If you can dream it, you can do it.

If you feel called to do something, I can guarantee that you can use prayer and your imagination to dream up a rout to REAL success.

Heed your calling, and God bless y’all!


Allard Lowenstein on Worth – Quote of the Day – 4/27/16

“The question should be, is it worth trying to do, not can it be done.”
-Allard Lowenstein

How do you know whether or not it is worth it to pursue your calling? No one else can answer this question for you. The answer cannot come from outside of you. You must search within, pray for guidance, and your gut instincts will lead you in the right direction.

It’s really between you and God. Don’t let outside influences, such as the opinions of others, cloud your judgment as to what is right for your life. Consider your calling within the context of prayerful meditation and ask yourself if you’re doing something that’s worth doing.

Heed your calling, and God bless y’all!


Dwight D. Eisenhower on What Counts – Quote of the Day – 4/26/16

“What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

As a person who’s always struggled with her not-quite-five-feet-tall stature, I love this metaphor. You don’t have to be big to be tough and/or persistent. All it takes to overcome overwhelming odds against you is a fire that you harness and use to pursue your goals and dreams.

Sure, you might have some disadvantages, but with enough passion and faith, I believe that all obstacles can be overcome. We all have a burning passion for something. What’s your passion? What’s your calling? How much fight do you have in you for that calling?

I feel like I’ve been doing my own calling a disservice lately because I’ve been letting my own inner fire fade in the face of exhaustion and other obstacles. I know better. I can do better. I refuse to let my fight, my fire for writing, burn out. That’s why I’m here, sharing another quote of the day with you.

Heed your calling and God bless y’all!


Robin Williams on Madness – Quote of the Day – 4/24/16

“You’re only given a little spark of madness. You mustn’t lose it.” -Robin Williams

I love Robin Williams; I have ever since I was a little girl. His voice has always been a place of comfort for me, so I love this quote. I love it because I think that creativity and madness often go hand in hand. I can attest to that in my personal life. I also associate that “spark of madness” with passion, and the thing I am most passionate about is my creativity. I would even go so far as to say that I’m crazy passionate about my creativity and my creative life.

I think that Robin Williams meant you should find the thing you’re crazy about doing and hang on to that with all your might. Take your passion, focus on it, and see where it takes you.

Heed your calling and God bless y’all!


Dolly Parton on Circumstances – Quote of the Day – 4/23/26

“The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.”
-Dolly Parton

I believe the theme of this post goes hand in hand with my last post, which was focused on a quote of similar substance by Richard Hooker. We cannot have the exact circumstances we want in our lives 100% of the time. That is neither possible nor probable. I find Dolly’s common-sense, no-nonsense approach to that fact delightful.

In a way, it reminds me of the wedding vows I took on the day I got married. You’re in this life, and pursuing your calling, for better or worse, richer or poorer, in sickness and in health for as long as you live. Whether you’ve currently got rain or rainbows, you’ve got to make the best of what you have right now.

Heed Your Calling & God Bless!


Quote of the Day – 4/21/16 – Richard Hooker on Making the Best of It

“When the best things are not possible, the best may be made of those that are.”
-Richard Hooker

Life is not always going to hand you the optimum circumstances for pursuing your calling. Sometimes you’re going to have to muddle your way through the worst situations you can imagine, but if your calling is important to you, you will always come back to it, and you will always continue pursuing it, no matter how you’ve been hindered.

Making the best out of whatever situation you’re in is one of the greatest ways you can keep moving forward in spite of the obstacles you may be facing.

Heed Your Calling & God Bless Y’all!


Quote of the Day -4/20/16 – Marian Wright Edelman on Trying

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” -Marian Wright Edelman

Nobody can win 100% of the time–it’s pretty much impossible. However, that doesn’t mean you should give any less than your best effort on any given day. If you’re interested in doing something, you may as well be interested in giving it your all! So, if you’re pursuing your calling, give it your best effort every day!

Heed Your Calling & God bless!


Quote of the Day – 4/11/16 – Albert Einstein on Value

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” -Albert Einstein

Wow. This quote hit me like a ton of bricks. Why? It hit me hard because one of my greatest longings in life is to be a “successful” author. I have a hard time putting aside that desire. I love writing. I’m good at it. Why shouldn’t I be a successful author? Why shouldn’t that be what I aspire to?

In this world, there is so much pressure on everyone to be “successful.” Far more emphasis is placed on being successful than on being of value. What’s the opposite of success? Failure, right? But what if that isn’t the truth? What makes the difference? How is striving to be of value different from seeking to be successful?

I believe that the difference lies in motive. I believe that the desire to be “successful” tends to stem from selfish motives, whereas the desire to be of value is driven by an unselfish desire to aid others. I firmly believe that letting go of selfish motives and seeking to be truly helpful to others will take you much futher in life.

Besides, who wouldn’t want to take advice from Einstein?


Quote of the Day – 4/8/16 – Malcolm S. Forbes On Victory

“Victory is sweetest when you’ve known defeat.” -Malcolm S. Forbes

How could victory ever be worth it without struggle? Nobody wants the things that come too easily. I believe that people tend not to place much value on things that come too easily. I think we tend to take them for granted. As an only child, I know plenty about taking things for granted.

If you don’t have to work for something, then it doesn’t mean much to you. So, if you find yourself struggling in the pursuit of your calling, take that as a sign that you’re on the right track. If it seems like the work you’re doing is hard and sometimes thankless, then you’re working your way up to something special. You’re pursuing your calling, and every bit of toil will prove to be worth it.

Every late night, early morning, every grueling and dark hour when you can hardly think of anything you want to be doing less than fighting anymore, or every time you’re tempted to take the easy path but choose not to…it will all pay off in the end. Keep fighting for your calling, even in your darkest moments. I promise it will be worth it.

God bless y’all, and I pray that you keep at your good work.


Quote of the Day – 4/7/16 – Paulo Coelho On Dreams

“There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.” -Paulo Coelho

Today’s quote of the day is coming a little late, I realize, but a higher calling came this morning. I spent the day with my mother, one of my lovely aunts, and we visited my Great-Aunt Margaret Ruth today. She is my Pawpaw Poochie’s sister, and she will be 92 this November. I woke up with this overwhelming feeling that I had to see this special, wonderful lady. Spending time with her today lifted my soul in a way that nothing has, with the exception of marrying my soulmate.

Now, on to my thoughts on how today’s quote of the day relates to heeding/pursuing your calling. Don’t let the fear of failure come between you and pursuing your calling. Any time you feel fear of failure creeping up on you, I’d recommend praying about it. Pray for God’s guidance in the pursuit of your calling. God’s peace will make the fear abate.

God bless!


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