What about you? Are you stuck in your comfort zone, stuck in a rut, running in place?
How about stepping out for a bit...I know you'll love it.
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Today I'm thinking about my comfort zone. Mostly because I've had to step out of it several times lately. I don't know about you, but I like my comfort zone...it's comfy. It's safe, secure, smooth sailing,...comfortable. But that's also the problem...
Yep. For there to be growth, there has to be change and change doesn't happen in a comfort zone. Change isn't comfortable. Change is scary, change is hard, and change is often painful. But...
The magic happens outside the comfort zone. In fact, a lot of great things happen outside the comfort zone.
I don't know about you, but I don't want to live in my comfort zone. It's not really even a nice place to visit when you think about it. I want all those things that happen outside the zone. Sure, it's going to be scary, and hard, and it might hurt. But I'm tired of settling for just surviving and mediocrity.
What about you? Are you stuck in your comfort zone, stuck in a rut, running in place?
How about stepping out for a bit...I know you'll love it.
"Our own lives are the real big leagues."
This is what I'm reading right now. And yes, it's a network marketing book, however it's got some great bits of wisdom in it. For example, the above quote. So many times, we live our lives waiting for things to happen or waiting to do things until the "right" time that never comes. We don't realize just how important each day is and that we need to make it count. I mean, we have a limited number of them...we shouldn't waste a single one.
Here's another bit of wisdom. "You can make excuses, or you can make money. But you can't do them both." This applies to more than just making money. You can make excuses or you can write that book. You can make excuses or learn a second language. You can make excuses or live your life to the fullest. You can make excuses or you can get that blog post written and posted. :-)
I'm only a couple chapters in, but I'm recommending this one. If you have any interest at all in personal growth books, you'll love this one.
That's right...I didn't get a post up every day. But it was only 3, so I'm not going to complain. Not with the distraction of puppy. Yesterday, he made a trip to the vet...seems he has an "overgrowth" of bad bacteria and that has been causing his issues. He's got meds and is doing much better. He actually slept last night...which meant so did I.
Looking back on this month, I've figured out several things that were much needed. I'm working on a plan for some of them, waiting on others. I've set some goals and clarified a few things in my mind. It's been a good month.
And even though I didn't blog every day, I still have more posts up than when I started. Plus, I've made a couple "virtual" friends that I'll be keeping up with. I've found some good blogs I'll keep reading, ever so often.
I won't be blogging every day after today...I'm thinking maybe on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. That shouldn't be too hard to keep up with. I'll just have to write when puppy is napping. :-)
Will I be doing the next challenge? I think so. But, I'm thinking a theme of sorts. And I'll try to get some posts done early so they'll be ready.
I want to thank everyone who stopped by, left a comment, tweeted, shared, liked, etc. I'll be drawing for the prize winner in a couple days. I gotta get all the entries together and that may take a bit. There is still time to enter so...comment and/or signup for newsletter.
See y'all next challenge....and Friday. :-)
Yesterday, I forgot to blog. I'm blaming the puppy. :-) He's such a little heathen. And I have the teeth marks to prove it. At the moment, he's resting quietly so I'll be quick.
I'm going to relate puppy stuff to writing and publishing stuff.
Not so long ago, I was reminded of my love for dog training and all the doggy things involved with that. And I was introduced to a dog sport that I just fell in love with and knew I wanted to compete in. Which meant I needed an appropriate dog. I needed a dog bred to do what I wanted to do. So, I did some breed research and decided on which breed would be best suited to my sport. Then I researched breeders. I looked at a lot of breeders, at their dogs, and the things their dogs had accomplished. Then, I picked the breeder who was producing dogs who were competing and winning in the sports I want to compete in. Then, I put a down payment on a puppy and began the long wait. In fact, it was an 8 month wait from deposit to puppy. But he's totally worth it.
During that wait though, and before actually, I started learning. There's been a lot of strides made in dog training since I trained "professionally" last and since I was considering a new sport, I needed to learn that too. I started studying in January of last year and am still learning.
Now, I'm applying what I've learned in hopes of one day competing and winning in the show ring. There's still a lot of work to be done but I've stacked the deck in my favor. I've acquired knowledge, and still am acquiring knowledge...I have the best puppy ever that is totally capable to do what I want, and I'm willing to put in the time to train hard to get where I wanna go.
Obviously, I didn't get this finished and posted yesterday as planned. I'm still blaming the puppy. :-) Today, I think I might get it finished. At least, I'm hopeful.
Now, how does this relate to writing? First, we may have an idea, or maybe we might have the whole plot in our heads. But...we must learn our craft. We must study good writing...and bad. The bad so you know what not to do. Reading good writing is a really good way to learn how good writing reads. Someone said we have to write a million words to really learn how to write. I'm not sure about that...because if you ever stop learning, you need to quit. There is always something you can learn about writing. How to write more descriptive exposition, how to tighten scenes, how to show character through actions, for example.
Then we must do the writing. This is our practice or training. It's so easy to not write. Procrastination is is horrid thing that often attacks writers. Once our manuscript is finished, we must show it to the world...or at least a small part of it.
This is like a practice trial or match for dog events. As writers, we use a critique group to see what aspects (scenes, dialogue) needs to be worked on. We send our manuscripts to beta readers to get their opinions and observations. We get them back and work some more polishing or rewriting.
While all this is happening, we are looking for places to show our work. Whether it's a dog trial or agent, there must be research.
Then comes the day we compete. We sent our manuscript or query letters out to the places we've researched. If we've done our homework, put in the time and effort, then we are winners. No matter what the judges say!
Finally!!! This is Bodhi. He's a Belgian Malinois though the nickname maligator is seriously appropriate. I'd forgotten how sharp puppy teeth are. Of course, with the Dobie girls I seldom felt their teeth... I think someone used the term "land shark" when speaking of a Malinois, and that fits too. :-)
Some other things I'd forgotten about puppies are...
...accidents happen no matter how vigilant you are. Just clean up and try to do better.
...they are either off or on. There is no in between...full speed or totally off.
...they have the attention span of a gnat. A goldfish has a longer attention span.
I did remember the...
...middle-of-the-night potty trip. Only had to go out once...he slept about 5 1/2 hours before needing out. Nice.
...puppy breath. It's a dog person thing. If you don't understand, that's okay.
...puppy kisses. Again, another dog person thing.
I'd been warned about the high-energy of a Malinois, but still had no real clue. I'd been warned about the teeth of a Malinois, but again, had no clue. It's no wonder so many of these awesome dogs end up in shelters when purchased by people who need a couch potato dog.
Sonnet and Mocha weren't thrilled about the new family member. The cats even less thrilled. One, I've barely seen, one glares at him from a distance, and Watson, while he's the most accepting, he still growls occasionally. Last night, he got about a foot from Bodhi and hissed then growled. Bodhi growled back. It was so cute.
Anyway...he's sleeping now. So I'm going to try to accomplish something. I have an x-pen set up by my desk so he can have some freedom while being safe from trouble. He's not a fan of confinement. :-) And, I found perfect use for old chair cushion...puppy bed!
Are you are dog our cat person?
...and I just can't hide it.
Today's the day. We're adding a new member to the family. I think I'm ready. Not as ready as I could be, but ready enough. I hope. I've been preparing for this day for months. I've done some reading, I've studied the dvds, and done the what-do-we-name him thing. Now, it's just a matter of waiting.
He's scheduled to arrive at 3:30. I'll be posting pictures on Facebook soon after. Y'all can find me at JeanLauzier if you want to keep up. Or, I can guarantee he'll make it to the blog soon. :-)
Breathe was my word for last year and I still love it. I often find myself taking a deep breath and doing the breathing thing (For example, a few minutes ago when I was editing this post and somehow lost it and had to redo the whole thing.) But I needed a new word for this year and it came to me shortly after the first of the year. Healthy. I want to be healthy. I want to feel great and enjoy life and do stuff and darn it, I'm tired of not being healthy.
Healthy doesn't have a headache almost every day. Healthy doesn't take a nap almost every afternoon just to get through the rest of the evening. Healthy doesn't toss and turn at night while waiting to fall asleep. Healthy doesn't get winded walking to the store door when there isn't a close parking space. Healthy doesn't wake up in the morning feeling horrid, with more aches and pains than the night before. Healthy doesn't need daily allergy meds just to be able to breathe. Healthy doesn't want to just sit home and rest instead of going out and having fun. Healthy doesn't need caffeine and energy drinks to make it through the day. Healthy doesn't search the cabinets and fridge for anything with sugar. Healthy doesn't consider eating a can of sweetened condensed milk with a spoon. (I didn't but thought about it...that's when I realized splenda and I didn't get along.) Healthy doesn't hide from life. Healthy miserable and sad.
Yep, that was me. Honest...I hid a lot of it but still, that was me.
Until almost 2 weeks ago...well, 12 days ago, actually. Since then, I haven't had a single headache. Since then, I haven't needed an afternoon nap. (I did take one Sunday but that is 'cause Sundays are for rest.) Since then, I haven't taken a single allergy pill...and I can breathe!!! I'm sleeping so much better, not waking at every little sound and waking rested and ready to take on whatever the day brings. My morning aches and pains are gone. I have more energy and am actually parking farther from the store to get in those extra steps. And those sugar cravings...gone. I actually didn't buy chocolate the other day. I feel so much better than I have in ages. I'm in a better frame of mind and mood. (Hubby likes that.) I'm looking forward to the future and doing stuff. I am hopeful.
Which leads me to the "P" word that made such a change. Plexus. That's right, Plexus.
I swore I'd never try another "health" supplement from some network marketing company ever again. Like, never, ever, ever. And I swore I'd never, ever, ever, try to get anyone to try those "health" products. Again, like, never, ever, ever.
Yet, here I am. Proudly telling you about Plexus and how great these products are. Here I am encouraging anyone who wants better health to give these products a try. If you want to be healthy and feel great, contact me. Let's chat about how Plexus products can change your life. You can use the contact form at the side, message me on Facebook (JeanLauzier), or email me.
No expectations, no commitment, no pressure. Just sharing info and chatting.
Today is National Pie Day! That's right, there's a special day to celebrate pie. Personally, I think pie should be celebrated everyday, but that's probably just me.
Thinking about pie, though... I do like pie. And when it comes to picking my favorite, I'm not sure I can. I mean, in the south, nothing can beat a really good pecan pie. But again, as a chocoholic, I enjoy a slice of chocolate pie with a glass of cold milk. Yum! Which just reminded me, I have a recipe for a chocolate pecan pie that is the best of both worlds. I definitely need to dig that out and make a couple.
Mom used to make, special for me, a lemon ice-box pie that even now, I'd eat the whole thing in a day, if not adulting. And her coconut pie, one to swoon for. Made from scratch, no box pudding mix...oh my!
And of course, the sweet potato and pumpkin pies that get served during the holidays.
Let's not forget those "pot pies" either. A hearty meal in pie form. And pizza is called a pie in some places. And when I do a thick-crust, homemade one, it definitely could be called pie.
Now that I've totally made myself hungry, I'm going to go see what's in the kitchen for lunch. There is no pie, but maybe I'll fix that. :-)
What's your favorite pie?
Ever read a book that when you finished, you just sorta closed the cover and sat there, holding the book in your hand, wondering what you're going to do now? That feeling of, now what? The feeling that you've been on a great adventure and now it's over. Me too. Not very often, but it does happen. And I'm still in the midst of that feeling. And as I sit and ponder, I just had a thought that I'm going to have to ponder more, but thought I'd share with you. And, I'd love your thoughts on my thought. :-)
They, the experts, say something to the effect that the way our brains are wired, makes it so that we can't tell the difference between real/truth and false. That is why some folks cry at movies...the brain thinks what we've experienced is real.
That's one reason that positive affirmations and positive self-talk are so important. It's like the saying that whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right. Our brain believes what we tell it. It believes the negative, bad stuff we say about our ideas, body, abilities...and also the positive. The positive just takes more repetition since we've been negative for so long sometimes.
Here's my idea. If, when we get so emotionally involved in a movie that our brain believes the emotions to be real, from a real event, that is happening or happened to us, then...when we read a book...I mean really get engrossed in, to the point that everything around us is shut out, then as we read and experience those emotions, our brain believes them to be real too.
I don't think books like that come along often. And I think it takes different books for different people. What stirs me, might and probably wouldn't stir you. And what touches your emotional core, might not touch mine.
And when a book touches that emotional core, it's done right. It makes the late nights totally worth it.
Today, I finished one such book. As my oldest daughter would say, it left me in a "puddle of feels." I like that expression...it's seriously appropriate. As much as I want to start the next in the series, I'm not emotionally ready. I need time to recover. I'm hoping by Friday so I can have the weekend for immersion and obsession.
Here's the guilty book. Remember, this is the second in the series so get the first....A Court of Thorns & Roses.
Today, I was a bad blogger. I thought about blogging several times. I even came up with several topics that would work. However, I just didn't. Mainly because, it's Sunday, and Sundays are taken up with church and church stuff. And of course, the required afternoon nap. Plus, I've been reading a new book.
So...as soon as I click post, I'm going back to my book. Here's the question...
What are you reading. Share in the comments and be entered to win stuff. You can check under the "contest" category for all the info.
Me, I'm reading A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. My oldest daughter got me started on the series. The first one is, A Court of Thorns and Roses. These are so good. I'd sit and read from start to finish if I could. I wanted to read all night last night but had to be up early today. This is definitely a series you need to start with the first, but I highly, highly recommend them.