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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.


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.


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.


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!


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 – 4/7/16 – 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!


Quote of the Day – 4/6/16 – Babe Ruth on Strikes

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” -Babe Ruth

I believe what Babe meant by this quote is that no effort is wasted. Any efforts you make in pursuit of your calling, even if you strike out, are still worth it because they put you closer to your next home run. If you’ve done anything to pursue your calling, it’s not time wasted. It’s time invested, and all that practice in pursuit of your calling will eventually pay off.

God bless! Keep at it.


Quote of the Day – 4/5/16 – Pablo Picasso on Rules

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.” -Pablo Picasso

No matter what your calling is, everything in life has a set of rules. Sometimes it can be tempting to ignore the rules for the sake of creative freedom, but learning the rules is important. If you don’t know them, you can’t “break them like an artist,” as Picasso put it.

Learn the rules first. Know them inside-out, and then you can choose which rules are worth breaking. Once you’ve chosen, break them like an artist.

Never stop pursuing your calling. If you feel called, God has a reason for it. God bless!


Quote of the Day – 3/29/16

“I haven’t failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” -Thomas Edison

You may notice I’m posting rather late in the day. I looked at today’s quote this morning, and it inspired me to get back to work on my novel, Frost. I’ve been hammering away at this one story for over ten years now. It has been through thousands of iterations, every tense and POV imaginable, outlines, writes, re-writes, deconstructions, re-plannings, and re-outlining. I can honestly say I’ve found the 10,000 ways this particular story won’t work.

I’m hoping that this year’s iteration will be the one that I can finally release as a full-length novel, both in paperback and e-book. No matter how long it takes, don’t give up on your calling.


Quote of the Day – 3/24/16

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better.” -Samuel Beckett

I almost didn’t post today. I am beyond sick right now. I seriously considered taking a sick day, but this blog is important to me. It’s like my job, but one that I love. I enjoy it. It’s fun for me, and I adore the thought that my writing may somehow touch other people and encourage them.

So, here I am, clinging to my keyboard for dear life. I’m a big fan of today’s quote. I feel like it perfectly embodies my writing career so far, and I find it appropriate for others who may be struggling in the pursuit of their respective callings.

We try. We fail. We try again. When you love something and feel called to do it, that’s what you do. You keep trying no matter what obstacles crop up. I want to encourage you to remind yourself of what draws you to your calling, and make a promise to yourself that you won’t give up until you succeed.

God bless!


Quote of the Day – 3/23/16

“I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty.” -John D. Rockefeller

I had to think hard about this one. I’ve only given myself 15 minutes to write it in because I realized how late it already is, and I need to do my duty in regards to my home and straighten up around here before my husband gets home from a long, hard day of work.

I’ve been so focused on trying to make a career of my calling to write that I’ve been letting everything else in my life slide, and that’s not acceptable. Yes, it’s important to put forth as much effort as you can into your calling, but not at the expense of the order of your home, the needs of your loved ones, or your own personal health needs. So, I’m making some changes. I got up this morning and got straight to work on a post I’m writing for Blog Mutt. I should have done this post first, done some cleaning, and then worked on my Blog Mutt post.

I need to restructure my priorities; that much is obvious. You’ll be glad to know that I am working on my health. I’m back on the 21 Day Fix diet and exercise program (or will be when my replacement DVDs arrive), but I’ve got my portion control food containers, and I’ve already dropped almost 2 pounds in 2 days just following the diet plan. I’m talking too much about myself, but I just thought I’d share that with you.

More to the point of this post, I want to encourage you to take a look at your priorities. Is your calling even on the list? If not, it should be, but don’t put it up on a pedestal so high that it precludes other important areas of your life. Seek balance and order both in your personal life and your pursuit of your calling.

I could use some prayers in that area, and I will pray for you as well.

God bless y’all!


Quote of the Day – 3/8/16

“Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.” -Thomas Jefferson

There are not enough words for me to express the truth of this, especially when you’re pursuing your calling! All callings require some kind of work from you, but you feel so fulfilled when you’re doing it that the work charges you instead of draining you like work that you’re not called to do.

It is so worth it to take some time to figure out what your calling is! Take a minute. Think about it. What is your calling? Share it with me! I would love to know.

God Bless. Heed your 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 – 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.

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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 – 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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