The Stars and Moments that Guide Us…

black and white meDon’t fret I am not going to preach to anyone. No, this is more of an observation than anything else. Over the course of my life I have delved in an out of following my star-sign. They have always intrigued me, how is it that someone can know what an entire group of people are going to do based solely on their date of birth? It is impossible, yet some have been eerily close to the bone. My guess would be a numbers game; they are usually printed daily, I couldn’t begin to count how many people are in each star-sign eventually they would have to get it right… Right? Although it still freaks me out when they do!

 

The point I am making is recently I have found myself in a wonderful situation; I have nothing health wise left to worry about, I don’t have to fight anymore for treatment and have been getting help for a physical disability. But here is what has thrown me; as incredible as this feeling is, after years of fighting one way or another to get treatment or just get up in the morning having life run do smoothly so suddenly has left me lost. Where do I put all this energy into? And for the first time in years I found myself looking at my star-signs.

 

Please do not get me wrong I am doing anything but complain! This is right up there with getting married, it is just after so long of pushing for this and never really believing it would happen I never thought to prepare myself for what to do when it did.

 

The moments that lead me to this point stick out so clearly in my mind, I can trace it back years. I spent most of yesterday laughing hysterically, uncertain if I could believe it had happened then I realised that one thing after another had lined up and helped me to progress. If I hadn’t of found a certain bit of information, if I hadn’t of gone to a certain doctor, if I hadn’t of met my husband, or walked into Coffee Rio.

 

Now, I should explain two things… I am an atheist; however I have such strong respect for those who have the capability to believe in something bigger than them. I lost that a long time ago. I do however have a theory on how I would like to live. I try to respect others (no matter their colour, belief or age), I do try to understand other people’s points of view, even when I don’t agree with them, and I do everything to the best of my ability. This way I regret nothing. I do fail at this sometimes but that’s why I have learned how important these things are to me.

 

I don’t expect everyone to follow in my path, or read this and say ‘That is how I should be’. Everyone has to find their own way to their own way of life.

 

The second thing I should say and this is probably the reason I am on such a high today is that yesterday afternoon after over three years of pushing for it I finally got the go ahead for an unorthodox treatment for the condition I have. So I am feeling a little reflective today. Alongside this after two surgeries and a hand full of physiotherapists I have found a specialist to treat the physical symptoms of another condition, my book release is due out soon and I have been happily married for two and a half months…. I have met some incredible new friends and am finally in a totally good space.

 

I hoped in sharing this I could spread a little hope and joy today.

Mind, Body, and Surroundings…

black and white meOver the last week I have been thinking a lot about how our mind, body and surroundings effect how we work. For instance I cannot concentrate if I am in a bad mood, I ache, and the office is a tip… To even begin to try and write would be a futile and stressful experience. On the other hand though, if I am feeling positive, pain free, and everything around me is where I need it to be; I could lose an entire week to a project and not notice! So it begs the question… WHY?

I can’t speak for anyone else but I know the majority of the time my mind is running at a hundred miles an hour, just so it can keep up with story ideas, marketing ideas, deadlines, jobs, appointments and other important dates. I have, on several occasions been accused of not being able to ‘switch off’. If you too are like this I have one suggestion for you; music. It is such a calming influence on me; I don’t even need to pay attention to it. It is just there giving your sub-conscious mind something to focus on while you tap away on the computer.

Another thing I have found, very recently and most likely the cause for my train of thought is a type of Therapy called ‘EMMETT Therapy’, if you have any major aliments or pains from being sat at a desk for far too long then track down an EMMETT Therapist. It is non invasive and so relaxing, beyond that INSTANT Relief! It is a long term thing but if you are anything like me will feel the benefits right off the bat. I personally go to a place called Station Therapy in Hinckley which has an entire range of treatments from the EMMETT Therapy to Massage and Hypnotherapy if you are local I would suggest checking them out.
http://www.station-therapy.com/

I could never understand the connection between my state of mind and surroundings. I always find they reflect one another, the better I feel the less chaos I live in. The less chaos I live in, the better I feel. Tapping into this I would suggest have your work space as you need it, not as others would deem it tidy. If your mind works better surrounded by loose paper then that is how your office should be! I have a working system which will look odd to others.

I personally believe in order for anyone to work efficiently they need their mind, body and surroundings in balance with one another. For those employing others that is making sure that their work force are happy, healthy and in good surroundings that work for them. For those who work for themselves the same applies but it is down to you to taylor it to your own needs. Take breaks, enjoy a social life, don’t ignore that nagging pain and make your work space work for you!

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What Makes Us A Success?

black and white meMy apologies for the delay in this blog but I have been pondering something that I wanted to get right. I think I have finally got there… What makes us a success? Is it fame and world recognition? Seeing ourselves in the newspaper every other week? (Whether it is good or bad) I don’t think it is you see one of my favourite actors is highly regarded by those who know who he is yet to my knowledge has not been in a tabloid for ‘Bad Behaviour’. But then you see these actors and singers who end up in tabloids on almost a daily basis for something that doesn’t belong in the public eye. So how do they differ? I am sure they all make mistakes but how does one stay under the radar when the other ends up splashed as front page news?

I ask because I want the first life; the success without the tabloid sensation. I have so much respect for those who have achieved so much but have stayed humble enough to stay out of the ever pressing eye of the press. I have mentioned this actor before; Seth Green he has a remarkable track record of achievements and has worked with some incredible people.

Seth Green

Seth Green

In Family Guy he is even humble enough to have the piss taken out of himself, he regularly goes to ‘Comic Cons’ and connects with his fan base yet stays away from negative sensationalism. He has created his own TV show as well as working with some of the greats in the business with his weird and wacky creation ‘Robot Chicken’. There is a lot to admire here. Don’t get me wrong I am a fan of his work but this is not crazed ramblings I actually admire the work ethic; it seems to me that he treats it like any other job and lives as normally as he can which is why it is as good as it is. He doesn’t seem to be using it as a golden ticket to fame.

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Robot Chicken Season 4 DVD Cover

There are so many authors out there who do the same; they do it because they love the work not for the recognition. And these are the people who are usually a success in one form or another because they aren’t just throwing out any old rubbish and hoping it will sell, they take their time and make sure it is right before they release. It takes president over everything else; if it is worth doing it is worth doing properly so don’t be fooled into thinking that this is easy or it is just sat at a computer coming up with stories; there is so much more to it than that… You have to create people and worlds plotlines people can buy into and all without the help of actors to give it life. And that is the easy part; once that is done you have to trust someone enough to edit your work, and then you market it. You spend hours doing things you aren’t used to and having to sell not just your book but your credibility as a new author. Set up book signing and research where to go to get the best exposure. Find out who will be best to print your work, learn how to create an ebook and get your book on places like amazon…. You have to do all this and more before the book launches. It takes a lot; you need the passion there and the right motive to do it. Not everybody makes it. Some break big others make a decent living; but if you are passionate enough then you will never stop trying.

I suppose the point I am making is in every line of work where you face the possibility of ‘fame and fortune’ you run the risk of catching the bug and loosing the reason why you started in the first place. No matter what you do; don’t lose that drive, that passion. It is worth more than all the money in the world; it’s your dream.

 

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Susan Harris

SusanforwebHi everyone I would like you to meet another fellow author, this is Susan Harris. She has a wonderful book out which I would like to share with you. I think she would better explain it herself so here is what she has written for it….

 

Looking to rejuvenate your mind, soul and body?

 

Hot off the digital press is Remarkably Ordinary: 20 Reflections on Living Intentionally Right Where You Are.

Like most people, Susan Harris lives an ordinary life. In Remarkably Ordinary, she challenges the notion that a person needs bright lights or golden spoons to live more productively. “Can we,” Susan asks, “find purpose in every experience, encounter or seemingly random happening?” In this compilation of twenty personal stories, Susan invites the reader to embrace everyday occurrences and intentionally reflect on their meaning in his or her life. These stories provide a way of seeing life’s experiences through new eyes and discovering the lessons that can be learned from them in order to find happiness right where you are. An ordinary life is a vibrant and successful life, and each of us can draw out beauty from whatever we encounter. Susan shares her ordinary life, from a childhood on an exotic tropical island to adulthood on the prairies, and reflects on how her experiences have changed her and enriched her life.

In sharing these experiences with her, you will be inspired to examine your own life.

When you do, you may find that your life can be deeper and more meaningful than you ever imagined.

The book retails for only US $0.99 (other prices pegged) during April 8-30, and is available at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JICVCQM  and Amazon in your country.

A bit about Susan;

Susan Harris is an author, speaker and former teacher. Her titles are Little Copper Pennies and Little Copper Pennies for Kids (Borealis Press), and Golden Apples in Silver Settings and Remarkably Ordinary from White Lily Press. She lives on the Canadian prairies with her husband, daughter and the gregarious cats.

If you should be interested in finding out more about Susan Harris and her book you can find her at;

http://susanharris.ca
https://www.facebook.com/SusanHarrisCanadianAuthor
https://twitter.com/SusanHarris20

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Finding The Funny In A Thunder Storm

Life can be a bit of ride at times, finding new and interesting ways to throw you completely off balance. I have been ‘lucky’ enough to encounter this phenomenon more times than I have had hot dinners. I was born with into a loving family with a wonderfully supportive mum, but even from this humble beginning there was a price for this. At seven months old I was diagnosed with ‘Epilepsy in a Non-True-Form’ which basically means I can have any kind of seizure at anytime. Fun right?

I have spent my entire life baffling doctors; I have been classed as untreatable and to add to all this I have ‘accumulated’ several other ‘disabilities’ over the years from ‘Hemiplegia’ (stroke damage leaving me partially paralyzed down my left side), ‘Short Term Memory Recall Deficiency’ (You wouldn’t believe how long it took to memorize that) to ‘Clinical Depression’ and ‘Polycystic Ovaries’; all of which feed off each other and make each other worse. An example of this is; The Polycystic Ovaries causes a hormonal imbalance triggering seizures, which spirals me into a fit of depression and unable to use my left arm for a term as well as playing with my short term memory. (It’s a load of laughs at our house sometimes).

My body is a thunder storm of problems; I often joke that if I was a horse I would have been shot by now. But oddly enough, I wouldn’t change a single moment of my life so far. Why I hear no-one ask? Simple, all this has made me stronger, wiser and bar any doctor within a hundred mile radius, more patient with people.

So why am I telling you all this? It’s simple really; I laugh at myself constantly. I walk like a pregnant duck, have the remarkable ability to repeat myself three maybe four times in the same breath, in fits of depression I can invent brand new and peculiar kind of sandwich fillings (too the point where I get asked if I’m pregnant), of course thanks to the Polycystic Ovaries I am hardly skinny which I am fine with and I carry most of my weight on my stomach…. So I have been known to play on this and see how many people I can get guessing (A good way of doing this is to walk with one hand on the small of the small of your back and another resting on the top of your belly as you walk along.) Is that mean? People used to stare anyway I just give them something to look at.

The irony being I can’t have kids. But the fun part is thanks to a treatment I am currently doing I can say “I’m menopausal” gets me out of all sorts of trouble and the looks on peoples faces are just priceless considering I am twenty-four.

I am not saying life is easy; the exact opposite in fact. Life is hard, and everyone is going make mistakes and have troubles that are going to be out of their control. I found writing through all these issues, it was (to be cheesy) my silver lining. I am telling you all this so next time you feel overwhelmed or out of control; stop and think ‘This isn’t in my control, so why worry?’ think of the positive that could come out of it.  Think tomorrow it could all change, but if there is something you can do, then do it don’t put it off because your scared of an outcome. Life drives you forward; don’t fight it, don’t go backwards. Find the funny in it, everyone looks back and remembers something funny about a bad situation; why cant you find it now?