Posted in blog, changes

Retirement of Speak Your Truth And Newsletter

After a lot of consideration, I have decided to retire the Speak Your Truth blog series. The purpose of creating this series has been realized (for myself). It was what I needed to learn and grow. Now I feel a need to expand beyond just this series.

One of my new goals is to have empowerment blog posts every month (maybe even a few times a months). As well as Journaling Discovery posts. In these two ways, I will be continuing the idea of Speak Your Truth, but in a better way. This will allow me the freedom to experiment with new ideas and to go a little deeper, which the Journaling Discovery posts are supposed to do.

I also will be retiring the weekly newsletter. It was a great idea, but right now I don’t feel capable of maintaining it (but I may retry it again in the future). My main goal is to add more content to my blog, so that’s where my focus will be for a bit.

I know there have been a lot of changes to this blog in a short amount of time. I have been working to decide how I want to move forward, and implementing changes as I go along. And sometimes the changes will be getting rid of the old, or releasing something that’s to time consuming. My end goal is to add value, but in a way I can maintain and get excited about.

I also wanted to take a moment to thank all those who read this blog. Sometimes it feels like I’m talking into a dark void. But I enjoy having a platform in which to speak from. It’s nice to know I have a voice. And it’s pretty cool when sometimes people hear it.

Love and Light to you all!

Posted in blog, networking, writing

Blogger Elissa Renee: Loves To Help Others

I ran across Elissa Renee on Twitter last week, and I was impressed with how much she likes to reach out and help others. This sort of thing always makes me stop and take another look, because that mentality really resonates with me.

One of the really cool things that got my attention about Elissa is that she likes to take blog posts, or even whole blogs of others, and create pins and post them up on her Pinterest account. I did not even know you could do that (does that mean I’m woefully behind the times? lol). Anyways I thought it was a really neat idea. I might even do this myself. I might have to dust off my Pinterest account first.

Anyways, Elissa is pretty active on Twitter, so you can have a fun chat with her here. Or you check out her blog. Or jump over to her Pinterest account and check out some really neat pins she has up there of her own and from others’ blogs.

I’m always on the search for fun, interesting, and helpful people, and I was pleased to run across Elissa. I’m going to keep looking and see who else I can find.

Do you know of any bloggers out there (yourself included) you can recommend to me? I am actively creating a network of like-minded individuals that have a message and want to get it out there. Please feel free to post links in the comments below.

Posted in blog, inspiration, inspirational, writing

A Blog on Writing and Personal Empowerment

This blog has gone through many transformations, but I feel the most recent one has been the most significant. I have spent a lot of time redesigning, revamping, and reconsidering how I want this blog to go in recent months. It took a while for me to fit the pieces together, but I am finally starting to see a picture form.

Up until a few weeks ago this blog has been me just throwing things out there that have come to me in my journey of life. For a great while it was solely dedicated to writing and writing posts. Then August of last year, I started the Speak Your Truth series because I decided I had more to say other than just writing. I think all of my actions on this blog have been leading me up to this.

It’s a coming out party for me. As I have decided I want to say more and do more. I have sat on the sidelines long enough. I want to get out there and do something. You see, just because I had a blog didn’t mean I actually did anything significant with it. It was simply a place to post ideas. But I want to start going beyond that and start engaging people. I want to be a place of not just ideas, but a place of inspiration and collaboration.

What does that mean exactly? I still don’t have all the pieces. I’m moving forward one step at a time. I want to add more online classes to offer what knowledge I have to those seeking it. I want to begin a weekly newsletter to help connect and motivate people. I want to help promote other authors and their work. I want to help inspire people to rise higher and claim their personal power.

So with all that in mind, I have changed the message behind this blog to more clearly state what it is I’m doing here. This is a blog on writing, but also a blog supporting and inspiring personal empowerment.

Writing fiction isn’t enough for me. I want to do more, be more, and give back more. I am excited in this new journey, and I hope all of you will enjoy it as I offer these new ideas and encouragement. I will close with one of my favorite quotes of all times.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” ––Mahatma Gandhi

Posted in blog, guest post

Looking for Guest Post in September!

Do you have a new book you would like promote? Are you an author looking to talk about yourself and some of your amazing work? Or maybe you have an incredible service or message that you are trying to get out there to help people live better lives? If you fall in any of these categories, or know someone who does, then this offer is for you.

In the month of September, I am looking to expand my blog, readership, and services, and I feel the best way to do that is to also help others promote themselves as well. We live in an amazing age of instant information, but sometimes it’s about making sure the right people see what is offered. There’s so much available, and so much I think people could benefit from if they simply knew what’s out there. Help me raise awareness about the things that matter to you. Maybe what matters to you, will matter to someone else too?

If you wish to do a blog post, please contact me with you post idea. You write the post, and then I’ll post it here! Let’s help people find the information they are looking for.

Posted in blog, book review, The Writer's Toolbox, writing

New Blog Design, New Pages, and A New Offer!

Hello All!

You ever have that moment when you look at your work and you realize that it kind of sucks and it needs a complete makeover? Well, that’s what happened with this blog. I was looking through my blog in June, especially some of my older posts, and knew I needed to spend the time making my blog better and more accessible. I had almost three hundred posts that spanned about nines years, which many of them weren’t read much because no one knew about them.

I have been hard at work for the last month doing a complete blog redesign, which included going through every single post I’ve ever written. I ended up deleting over a hundred posts (because they really were that bad, or just not worth keeping), and then edited and organized about a hundred and thirty more, and I still have about thirty or so waiting to be redone completely and reposted at some point down the road.

Another major thing I did was to create two new pages. One called The Writer’s Toolbox and the other Book Reviews. Oh and yes, I did a redesign of the blog’s look too. Yay!

The Writer’s Toolbox is basically a complied list of posts dedicated solely to writing. The page is broken down into 6 categories, A Writer’s Life, Writer’s Block, Boosting Creativity, How to Write, Editing, and Other Writing Stuff. This is meant to be a writing resource page for myself and any other writers who want to use it. I want to start creating more writing based posts, and when I do, they too will be added to the the Writer’s Toolbox.

Book Reviews is a list of reviews I’ve done over the years. I also want to start doing more book reviews. My goal is to do about one a month. I am specifically looking to help out other indie or self-published authors. If you have a book that’s science fiction, fantasy, supernatural, or steam punk (but I’m also open to any other stories with good character and plot), then contact me with a short blurb about your story and a link where I can buy it. I will do a review here on my blog and in other places that your book is listed online (Amazon, Goodreads, Smashwords, ect.).

Note: I will only be able to review as time allows, so if I get a lot of requests for a review I may only be able to do a few.

These are the changes I have made so far, but there will be more to come. More news on that as I have time to implement them. Right now I’m feeling a huge accomplishment just from all the redesigning, reediting, and reorganizing. Whew! You’re welcome!