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New Release! I Feel Appreciation For… A Guided Journal

After spending a few months using the writing prompts in this book myself, and making some adjustments, this new guided journal is ready to go!

Appreciation is such an important emotion to build, allowing us to live fuller and happier lives. This guided journal makes it easy to spend a few minutes each day embracing what we already have, so to ready us for far more to come.

To start things off, I created an appreciation affirmation that really resonated with me. Then there are three basic writing prompts to dive into what it is that is appreciated. There is enough pages in this book for three months of daily use.

Below is the offical book blurb.

The more we appreciate, the more we discover that we have to appreciate. It’s a cycle of positivity that can fill our cup up so much that it can truly transform our lives and allow dreams to come true. All it takes is the consistent redirection of focusing on all the good in our life, instead of focusing on the things we don’t have. And that work can be as simply as writing down a few appreciated things each day as regularly as possible. This guided journal is a wonderful first step in that effort to gradually make this positive life change a regular habit.

With this holiday season coming up, I feel Appreciation For… is a great gift to yourself or for someone you know. And if you use it and like it, please post a review on Amazon.

Also, I am in the process of making this journal and its predecessor, I Feel Peaceful because…, available as digital journals. I will make an announcement when they are completed.

Happy Journaling!

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The Best Way to Have a Good Feeling Life

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Over the past few years, I have been making it a priority to have a good feeling life. My long dedication has paid off in wonderful ways, because most of my days now are pleasant, peaceful, and just plain good. The absolute best way I have found to maintain a good feeling life is through appreciation.

Being thankful and/or grateful is similar to this. In fact, the very first positive change I made in my incredibly bad feeling life was to write down three things I was thankful for every day. Eventually, I realized my thankfulness had turned to gratitude, and now I simply call it appreciation.

The word appreciation might have a small distinction between thankfulness and gratitude, but it’s an important one, because appreciation has a far bigger good feeling attached to it (just try it and see for yourself). When I appreciate, there’s not even a tiny amount of bad feeling or obligation attached to what I’m feeling. It just feels good.

Another thing I have found is that consistency is vital to building a good feeling life. I can instantly lift any bad feelings by spending fifteen solid minutes really appreciating something or someone in my life. After that fifteen minutes, I can feel my mood lift, and as a result, the rest of my day becomes so much better. But then what about the next day? Or what if something or someone comes along and completely ruins that good feeling high? Yep, I find more things to appreciate.

The more I appreciate, the better my life gets.

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3 Ways to Make an Engaging Start to a Story, Chapter, or Novel

How does a writer start a story, chapter, or novel to make it engaging and keep the reader interested? After all, a story can be good, but are there are some key elements to making a story, chapter, or novel stand out? There are actually, and this post will address three of them, and I’ll give some examples of really fantastic starting lines I’ve come across in my reading.

Have you read some of the classics (even just dating back a few years ago) where the authors take the time to build a relationship with the reader? The stories start at a leisurely pace and it may take awhile to see any real action. That was nice and great, but unfortunately to be a writer in this day and age you have to forego the hand holding and get right into it. You can do the hand holding stuff, but do it while you are hooking the reader.

1. Start in the Middle of Action

One of the best ways to engage and hook the reader is to start in the middle of some sort of action. If you are starting a story or novel, then it should be bigger and more attention grabbing action.

What sort of action? Ask yourself this question. If you were starting to read a new book or story what would grab your attention?

Maybe your character is in the middle of fighting off a mugger? Or maybe your character is in the middle of a car accident. You can even do a smaller action like maybe a student just dozed off in class and smacked his head against his desk. Or maybe your character is driving down a dark road and the gas light is blinking and there’s not a gas station in sight.

How big the action is isn’t nearly as important as the action itself. Start with that blinking empty fuel tank light, or your character dodging a fist, and go from there. Engagement in this way creates interest, and then the details can be filled out as you continue further into the story.

Here’s an intriguing action line that opens the book The English Assassin by Daniel Silva.

Marguerite Rolfe was digging in her garden because of the secrets she’d found hidden in her husband’s study.

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