P is for Priorities

What are your priorities?  For many of us, that’s a simple question that we can give a quick answer to. For others, it’s a loaded question because it comes with the instant self-reflection of where we’re spending our time. Do your actions reflect your true priorities?  Or do they indicate a disconnect between what you think you value with what you actually value? Dedicate Time to Your Priorities A good way to determine your priorities is to examine where you’re spending...

O is for Opportunities Through Mentorship

You might be wondering what exactly a mentor/mentee relationship is and why you would want (or need) one. If so, you’re in the right place. What is Mentorship? Mentorship is a relationship between you (assuming you’re the one being mentored) and someone acting as your professional advisor. This person should be a more experienced individual in the same field or your desired field. Your mentor will help you develop by giving you advice drawn from their knowledge and experience. Why Would I...

G is for Godly Goals

I have a feeling that for many of my readers, the idea of Godly Goals might be a foreign concept. Goals are just goals, right? Well, not so fast. In a recent conversation with a dear friend, she told me that she was in a knitting competition with one of her acquaintances. At first, her competitiveness came roaring alive but for all the wrong reasons. The passive aggressiveness of her competitor got the better of her, and soon she found...

What Does a Book Editor Do?

Why do I need a book editor? With the myriad of resources available to new authors, it’s easy to think that you don’t need a book editor. But that is a rookie mistake, and I’ll tell you why. Book editors, like myself, put a fresh set of eyes on your work. Have you ever read something someone else had written and found simple mistakes?  When we’re writing, our brains fill in gaps and gloss over mistakes because we read what we...

How to Stop Procrastinating

STOP PROCRASTINATING We all procrastinate. I successfully did it all day today, and I find myself writing this blog at 7 p.m. the night before it’s due. But I had a good reason – I was doing taxes. But we all have a good reason to put off our responsibilities, don’t we? To stop procrastinating, we need to know a little more about it. Procrastination comes in many forms, which we’ll discover below. But is this an inevitable part of life? ...

How to Nail Your Headshot

Last week on the first episode of her new podcast, Your Story Within, Dr. Jeannine Bennet spoke with professional photographer Laura Hatcher on the role of a good headshot in landing a job. I took notes and have some quick tips for you below. REMEMBER TO RELAX If you’re uncomfortable in front of the camera, you're not alone. Laura recommends that her clients wear clothes that fit well and don’t cause self-consciousness. If you’re constantly tugging at your clothes, you will...

Two Fears to Overcome

Two Fears You Need to Work on to be a Successful Author To be a successful author, there are two fears you need to conquer. Before I jump into what those fears are, let me talk about success.  If you do a quick Internet search, you will surely see success defined in several ways. As an author, success to me is about achieving the desired goal. Today, the desired goal is to make a living writing several books a year. Initially, success...

Writing a Book

So, You Want to Write a Book As a recently published author, I know what it feels like to have the desire to write a book but not know where to start. I envisioned writing a book for years but couldn’t seem to make it happen. I can recall dedicated times sitting in a chair staring at a computer determined to crank out even one paragraph. Hours seemed to creep by slowly with no words to fill the screen. I would start then stop, start...