Category Archives: Inspirations

Roald Dahl On Readers | Quote of the Day 10/30/17

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Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Robert Benchley On Freelance Writing | Quote of the Day 8/26/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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Enid Bagnold On Writing | Quote of the Day 8/24/17

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William S. Burroughs on Quality | Quote of the Day 8/23/17

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William S. Burroughs on Quality | Quote of the Day 8/23/17

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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!


Debbie Herbert on Autism – Interview Question

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Chelsea Clemmons Moye, Interviewer: As you know, I’m an avid reader of your books, both through Harlequin and your independently published works. Many of them feature characters who have Autism, as well as their caregivers. Your books are ambassadors for Autism Awareness, in and of themselves. Can you share with me and my readers why Autism is such a near and dear subject to you?

Debbie Herbert, Author: My oldest son is on the severe end of the autism spectrum. Even though I never plan on it in my book outlines, characters with this challenge will just walk into the scene and demand to be heard. I suspect because this is a cause that is so near to my heart and a presence in my life. To me, writing is a magical process. You can never predict what the subconscious will bring forth through your characters.

Check out Debbie’s website and her books HERE.


Apology for Getting Behind On the Quote of the Day Posts

I realize that I’m really behind on my Quote of the Day posts, guys. I know I need to get back to it. There is no good excuse for dropping the ball like this, but I have been sick and also focusing really hard on letting people know about my Frost: An Otherworld Tale campaign on Inkshares. I have to get at least 221 more pre-orders in the next 77 days for my novel to be published. I can’t tell you just how important that goal is to me. I’ve been working on this novel for the past 10 years, and it’s time that it gets shared with the world.

I’ll be getting up Quote of the Day posts again starting this evening. I look forward to connecting with y’all through those again, and I hope that you consider supporting Frost on Inkshares!

Love,

Chelsea Clemmons Moye, Author


Quote of the Day – 3/10/16

“Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I’ll understand.” -Chinese Proverb

How does this particuar quote relate to heeding your calling? It took me a while to figure out how they related. I believe that heeding your calling means being willing to further your understanding of it. I believe it means that you have to be willing to invest in your calling. You have to be willing to learn more, delve deeper, and pursue it harder. You have to explore different avenues within your calling. You never know how it will deepen and enrich your love and understanding of your preferred avenues of your calling.

Find people who know more than you do. Work with them. Allow them to mentor you. Learn as much as you can about every facet of your calling as you can. Then you’ll find what you really love, have a vast array of knowledge within your field, and a wider arsenal of skills for pursuing your calling and finding what you’re supposed to be doing with your life.

I’m not just offering empty advice. I’m doing this myself, in my own life. I’m taking courses in copywriting in the hope that they will provide me a way to make a living doing what I love, and also make me a stronger fiction writer.

See y’all next time! Good luck pursuing you own calling!


Quote of the Day – 3/6/2016

“Therefore I tell you, don’t be anxious for your life: what you will eat, or what you will drink; nor yet for your body, what you will wear. Isn’t life more than food, and the body more than clothing? See the birds of the sky, that they don’t sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns. Your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you of much more value than they?” -Matthew, 6:25-26

I believe that, for those of us seeking to heed our respective callings, this Biblical quote holds a very important message. When we are leading the kind of life God intended us to live, He will provide for us. I feel like this is absolutely true.

When you are pursuing your calling, you achieve a sense of fulfillment that can’t be had otherwise. If you’re fulfilling that calling, God will take care of the rest. I’m investing myself in my calling to write. I am constantly trying to learn and become better at what I do, and I want to share these things with y’all, too.

I want to encourage you to find your calling, and take whatever leap of faith you have to take to truly pursue it. I know it can seem scary, but I have absolute faith that the Lord will provide opportunities for you to succeed in your calling. Otherwise, why would He call you to do it?

 


Quote of the Day – 3/5/2016

“We are still masters of our fate. We are still captains of our souls.”
-Winston Churchill

I used to struggle with the concept of free will versus God. It took me a long time to realize that God chose to give people free will for a reason. I used to wonder why on earth he would do that when he knows what flawed creatures we human beings are. He knows that we can make very poor decisions when left to our own devices. I wrestled with confusion over that for many, many years, until I finally realized just how much His children we are.

We are the Lord’s children in the truest sense of the relationship. If you’ve ever been around kids, you know there’s nothing like a bought lesson. Children are hard-headed. They have to do things their own way and in their own time. God lets us learn things for ourselves and when we make mistakes he’s waiting to help us pick up the pieces with open arms and a loving, understanding heart.

So, how does any of this apply to heeding your calling?

Only you can know when you’re doing what you’ve been called to do. It’s not something that an outsider can tell you, but you can feel it. When everything clicks and feels right, when what you’re doing is fulfilling and spiritually satisfying, you know it. You can feel it when things are falling into place. Even if what you’re doing isn’t benefiting you monetarily, it may be fulfilling you in ways you never imagined, and you may one day be able to achieve a life making a living doing what you love. Don’t let the insidious voices in your head tell you that you’re wasting time doing what makes you happy. Pursuing happiness and trying to share that happiness with others is NEVER a waste of time.

If you feel called to do something, you have the free will and spiritual fortitude to pursue that calling. If you’re still not quite sure what your calling is, try some prayerful meditation on the subject and see where God leads you.


Quote of the Day – 2/4/16

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” -Napoleon Hill

How many times have you heard the mantra, “If you believe it, you can achieve it?” I could swear I’ve heard it about a million times. This begs the question of whether the phrase still holds any value, or whether it’s been overused. I’m willing to argue that the message is still valid, especially for those of us who feel we must pursue our respective callings.

Can you picture yourself making a life and a living pursuing this calling that you love? What is your calling? Do you know? If you do, say it out loud. Write it down. Embrace your calling. Prepare to live it.

If you’re not sure what your calling is, I can help you figure it out.
Have you felt it? If you’re anything like me, you’ll realize when you’re doing what you are called to do. You feel a glow down to the core of your soul when you’re actively heeding your calling. You feel driven to achieve that bright, humming rightness in your spirit that you only feel when you’re embracing your calling.  You can’t resist engaging in your calling, and your life feels richer and realer when you do. That’s a sign that you have found your calling, and are doing what you were always meant to do.

As a Christian, it is my belief that God calls certain people to serve and glorify him trough the things they enjoy doing.  He has given everyone special gifts, and your soul hums like a tuning fork when you follow your calling and use your gifts for His glory.

I have chosen to share a year’s worth of inspiring quotes–some Biblical and some not–and my thoughts about them as a fellow servant heeding her calling. I’m sharing my struggles and triumphs of pursuing my calling in writing with you in the hope that you will find them uplifting, inspiring, and that they will encourage you to heed your calling, too.
Have faith in God. Trust yourself. Heed your calling.


Quote of the Day – 3/3/2016

“Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.” -Leonardo da Vinci

I realized recently that the scope of my Quote of the Day posts may be too narrow. I don’t just want to advise other struggling writers. I want to reach out to everyone who may be struggling with the journey that is pursuing their calling.

HEED YOUR CALLING

So, from here on in, I will be broadening the scope of my posts to include everyone who feels called to do something. I will still be relating my personal journey in pursuing my calling to serve God through my writing.

I believe that this quote holds a great amount of inspiration for those of us who feel called to serve God through the individual gifts He has given us. If you truly feel called to do something, never give up on it. You feel that call for a reason. Don’t let yourself be dissuaded from following your true calling.

I know it’s hard sometimes. I know that life can be exhausting. Trust me. I faltered yesterday and failed to write because substitute teaching is unimaginably exhausting. I talked over fifth graders, begging them to act right, for almost seven straight hours. I had no voice when I got home, and I had to lie down and sleep.

I should have made time to write because it’s my calling, but I faltered for a moment. I’m only human, and that happens sometimes. But, because writing is my calling, I’m back at it today. I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and I’m at my keyboard even though it’s 11:00 at night because I love this and it’s my calling.

I’m at my keyboard knocking out my daily blog post at 11:00 at night because I love this, and I’m hoping to reach other people who love something in their lives as much as I love writing. I’m hoping to encourage others who feel called to serve God through their talents to believe in themselves and go for it.

What do you feel called to do?


Quote of the Day – 3/1/16

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” -Sir John Lubbock

You can choose how you perceive the world around you. As a person following a calling, you can choose how to frame everything that transpires in your world. You can opt to look at things through a positive lens, or a negative one. I have done both, and I can tell you from personal experience that choosing to see things in a positive framework will improve your life exponentially.

Sure, sometimes it’s easier to see the negative, and wallowing in it may feel like the easiest path to catharsis, but focusing on the positive will ultimately be more uplifting in the long run. I know how hard it can be to see the positive. I have struggled with depression in the past. That is a state that it’s very difficult to find positivity from. If you’re struggling to see the positive in any situation, but especially in regard to pursuing your calling, I urge you to take a moment and pray about it.

Sometimes praying doesn’t present answers immediately, but it can be calming to hand your troubles over to God. Sharing your grievances with the Lord can ease whatever burden you’re feeling and make it easier to see the positive in your situation. Don’t bring negativity to your calling, though, because it will not benefit you or the work you feel called to do.

If you have to take a break until you’re feeling better and more positive, do so. I’m not saying that you should use negative feelings as a crutch to avoid pursuing your calling for days on end. That would be letting fear get the better of you, and you’re better than that. What I’m saying is that it’s okay to take a sanity day every now and then. Take a breather and come back to your calling when you feel better equipped to serve it from a positive and more peaceful place.


Work It #16 from A Writer's Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Pick a recent criticism you’ve received. Write a rant. Really go for it. No one ever needs to see this, so there’s no need for censorship of careful language. Let it out. Rip the page with your pen. Bleed your pain dry.

Next be your own kind mentor, receiving the rant. Write a gentle letter back to your ranting self, offering support or encouragement.

Then, if you’ve received a recent critique that left you feeling raw, after geting some necessary distance, try to look at it objectively. Identify whether the critique is asking for something you just can’t deliver or whether it simply touches upon a feeling inside you, such as disappointment because you thought you were finished. Read the critique as if it were written to someone else. Can you find a point or a place of agreement? See if you can’t take just one small piece of the feedback and run with it.

Okay, so I’m obviously not going to share these things with y’all because it’s just too personal. I think the point of this exercise is to work out some personal kinks. Just know that I’m applying this Work It exercise to some critiques I’ve received for Frost over the years (some of them I even got in college when this project was in a much earlier iteration). I’m hoping that it will be an exercise in healing and improvement for me.


Work It #16 from A Writer’s Guide to Persistence by Jordan Rosenfeld

Pick a recent criticism you’ve received. Write a rant. Really go for it. No one ever needs to see this, so there’s no need for censorship of careful language. Let it out. Rip the page with your pen. Bleed your pain dry.

Next be your own kind mentor, receiving the rant. Write a gentle letter back to your ranting self, offering support or encouragement.

Then, if you’ve received a recent critique that left you feeling raw, after geting some necessary distance, try to look at it objectively. Identify whether the critique is asking for something you just can’t deliver or whether it simply touches upon a feeling inside you, such as disappointment because you thought you were finished. Read the critique as if it were written to someone else. Can you find a point or a place of agreement? See if you can’t take just one small piece of the feedback and run with it.

Okay, so I’m obviously not going to share these things with y’all because it’s just too personal. I think the point of this exercise is to work out some personal kinks. Just know that I’m applying this Work It exercise to some critiques I’ve received for Frost over the years (some of them I even got in college when this project was in a much earlier iteration). I’m hoping that it will be an exercise in healing and improvement for me.


Quote of the Day – 2/29/2016

“Making the work you want to make means finding nourishment within the work itself.” -David Bayles and Ted Orland, from Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

I think that this quote is quite relevant to my notion of heeding your calling. The thing that I feel called to do is writing. I gave up on writing for quite some time because I was trapped by the illusion of overnight success. I felt like I was working my butt off for little to no gain. I was failing to appreciate the journey I was on. I deviated from the path I was meant to be on because I had this stupid idea that I ought to be making money RIGHT NOW because I’m a talented writer.

Nothing happens instantaneously. Success does not go hand-in-hand with instant gratification. The need for instant gratification will drown you, your calling, and your innate gifts in a quagmire of frustration, resentment, and it will cause you to give up.

Don’t concern yourself with external pressures. People may say that you shouldn’t consider yourself successful until you’re making money at whatever you’re doing. I disagree. I think that you should only consider yourself successful if whatever you’re doing fulfills you spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. If you don’t walk away from your work feeling a positive charge–a spiritual boost–then you aren’t doing what you’re called to do.

Don’t confuse your calling for a way to make “easy money.” Do what you’re called to do for its intrensic rewards. Do it because you love it, and the rest will come when the time is right.


Quote of the Day – 2/28/16

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives, give I to you. Don’t let your heart be troubled, neither let it be fearful. -John 14:27

I don’t know all that much about peace, comparatively speaking. I’m prone to embracing chaos far too readily. I’m learning more about peace, though. I know that I feel restless and unfulfilled when I don’t heed my calling to write. Stagnant dissatisfaction sets in. However, when I follow my calling, I feel a sense of peace and advancement, even if what I’m doing is only benefiting me. I feel like everything is good and smooth and bright, like Bay La Launch on a still, warm day, when I heed my calling. When I make time to write, I feel like all is right in the world. I feel like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing with my life, and I think that’s what peace is. Everything clicks. Everything feels right.

Look for the things in your life that make you feel that way. Look for that warm, calm hum that waits under the surface and only breaks through when you’re doing the things you’re called to do. I believe that God has a plan for everyone. I believe that God instills feelings of peace in us when we are doing what he’s calling us to do. I believe that when we follow our respective callings, God takes away trouble, turbulence, and fear from our hearts.

When you feel peace, take note of exactly what you’re doing because I guarantee you that it is directly linked to whatever your calling is. My calling is writing. What’s yours?

P.S. Have a blessed Sunday, y’all!


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