Start with Gratitude

13 Apr


Flower (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

One of the best ways to get a great start on Spring is to think about what you are grateful for today. Here is a start I began to inspire you:

1000 Thankyou’s – A Ponder Book Series

1. Sunshine bursting through after days of grey.
2. Sun-buttered mornings
3. Tulips
4. Smiles from strangers
5. Being able to help someone in need.
6. Running down a beach.
7. Looking up at trees.
8. Happy children.
9. People singing on holidays.
10. Winning something no matter what.
11. Getting a book contract.
12. Being on Oprah.
13. Having someone who read your book thank you for it.
14. Having people appreciate you.
15. Unconditional love.
16. A nice day after a cold winter.
17. Being able to write book after book after book after book.
18. Black and white movies.
19. Having the most amazing partner in life.
20. Having awesome children and friends
21. Growing an orchid plant.
22. Touching a baby’s head with just peach fuzz on it
23. Holding a loved one’s hand
24. Memories of feeling joyful
25. Hopes for the future.
26. Having a talent.
27. Liking the way you sing.
28. Driving on a usually congested road at night when you can zoom through without traffic.
29. Laughing without caring what people think.
30. Popcorn and a great movie at the theatre.
31. Hearing birds chirp after a long cold, pretty silent winter.
32. Snowflakes so thick they last for minutes or more in your hand.
33. A warm, slow perfect kiss.
34. Running without breathing hard.
35. Reading an amazing uplifting passage in a book.
36. Howling at the moon.
37. A completely starlit night.
38. A cool splash of water on a hot Summer’s day.
39. Talking without having to finish a sentence.
40. The color spectrum – for each person there is a different color that inspires them. Mine is red.
41. Sailing
42. Not being afraid even if only for a moment
43. A beautiful city skyline
44. Trees . . . all kinds
45. Puppies
46. Kittens
47. Flowers
48. Children
49. Hugs
50. Hand holding
51. Pillows
52. Covers
53. Fresh air
54. Mountains
55. Radio shows like NPR
56. Singing
57. Laughter
58. Fresh washed hair
59. Rainbows
60. Lace
61. Friends
62. Whispers
63. Lakes
64. Rivers
65. Boats
66. Running
67. Swimming
68. Spring
69. Warmth when you are cold
70. Cold when you are hot
71. Stews
72. Minestrone soup
73. Hearty soups of any kind
74. Warm baked bread just out to the oven
75. Warm semi-sweet chocolate chip cookies
76. Safe havens
77. Support
78. A great pair of shoes
79. A new dress that fits perfectly
80. Trees
81. Smiles
82. Handshakes
83. Vacations
84. Water
85. Lakes
86. Oceans
87. Chairs
88. Flowers
89. Children
90. Laughter
91. Sighs
92. Dancing
93. Singing
94. Questions
95. Dusk
96. Sun rise
97. Earth
98. Bicycling
99. Running
100. See saws
101. Popcorn
102. Movies
103. Mysteries
104. Romances
105. Books
106. Writing
107. School houses
108. Old homes
109. Lob cabins
110. Funny shirts
111. Funny sayings
112. Improv
113. Good music
114. If rock and roll had a baby they would call it the blues
115. Blues, country, gospel – came together to lift rock and roll
116. Nature – God’s personal health club
117. Museums
118. Teachers
119. Reading
120. Hugs
121. Massage
122. Quiet
123. Whispers – Seth – earn the right to whisper
124. Science
125. Research
126. Building
127. Architecture
128. Art
129. Innovation
130. Exploring
131. Adventure
132. Summer
133. Spring after a long winter
134. A carpet of grass
135. Snow-capped mountains
136. Travel
137. Italy

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Beyond the Broken Book Review

31 Jan

Beyond the Broken by Sharisse Kimbro


Sharisse Kimbro leaves no hardship unrecognized in her beautifully written book, Beyond the Broken. When five outwardly successful friends come together in the aftermath of a tragic event, they discover inwardly they are all emotionally distraught, overwhelmed, and damaged. After neglecting their friendships for sometime, it was apparent to each that strong relationships are the keys to a happy, healthy, and full life.


The vulnerability of each woman is very relatable and I found myself identifying very strongly with qualities of each. Kimbro’s ability to supercede race issues to appeal to all women equally makes this story a work of art. Eloquently and gracefully, Kimbro writes of difficult topics such as suicide, domestic abuse, affairs, and abortions, showing that life is not black and white and struggles people go through are very real.


Not only is it important to take the time to discuss pain and hardships, but to take the time to learn to let go of them. Beyond the Broken is not only a fictional story to get lost in and enjoy, but a revelation; a call to action for any reader who may be feeling lost and not knowing where to turn. As Kimbro’s unique tale points out, there is always hope, and always help.


Kimbro’s flawless writing style, attention to detail, and elegant language make reading this book very gratifying. The rich description of the San Fransisco Bay Area made me feel as if I’d been there forever, even though I’ve never visited. I could picture the Chicago scene that I’ve come to know so well through the portrayal of the city streets, skyscrapers, and the lakefront Kimbro so expertly depicted.


I so enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it to anyone. After finishing Beyond the Broken, it left me wanting more. You can get the book on Amazon in hard copy, paperback, or kindle here: . Happy Reading!


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App Brings People Face-to-Face Through Social Media

15 Jan

The premise of Networlding is forming and maintaining long-term, mutually- beneficial, relationships in radically different ways than traditional networking. “Networlding is a long journey rather than a short ride, a

Although Networlding is a foundation for business relationships, it can also be translated to social exchanges as well. We typically surround ourselves with people who share the same interests and hobbies as we do. When choosing our Primary Social Circle of friends we look for people who share the same values and interests to assist us in achieving personal success – the success of having an enjoyable time!nd you want to make sure that those you share it with are people you truly feel connected to on a deeper level than money. The journey must be marked not only by your continuous success but by the success of others (Networlding, 37).” In business it is essential to surround yourself with a Primary Circle of people, typically 10 or less, who share values that are similar to yours to help achieve goals that are comparable to the ones you strive for as well. This community of professionals can then assist each other with strategies, processes, and purpose to make success achievable for all partners involved.

The strategies and processes of reaching the goal of an enjoyable time consist of the way in which an enjoyable time is achieved, or the things we do in each other’s company. For example, in business the process you would have to go through might be connecting with a lawyer to ensure you haven’t violated any copyright laws before you reach your end goal of publishing a book. One of your partners in your Primary Circle is connected with a copyright lawyer and introduces you. Your partner helped start your process to reach your end goal. The same is true socially. Your end goal is to play a game of baseball. You call a friend in your Primary Social Circle to help you begin the process. Your friend, who owns baseballs and bats and has other friends who would like to play, helps you reach your end goal of playing a game of baseball in which you then achieve the success of having an enjoyable time!

At The Pool, a new social media app that launched in Los Angeles, California exclusively for iOs on November 7, 2013, can help when choosing your Primary Social Circle! CEO and founder of At The Pool, Alex Capecelatro, noticed that the Millenial generation typically took their networking to social media, and while people were connecting more virtually by posting pictures and status updates, they were losing the face-to-face connection that Networlding promotes to keep Primary Circles engaged. At The Pool’s mission is to bring people face-to-face through the help of social media.

At The Pool Features:

Similarly to other social media outlets, At The Pool uses ‘Shouts’ as the equivalent of a status update. An At The Pool user would shout something they are doing, or would like to do, such as play a game of baseball. This would alert friends nearby and other people who may also be interested in playing a game of baseball.

Contacts are reorganized in the user’s phone not in alphabetical order, but instead by the distance from the user; friends at closer locations will be listed first. This allows friends to see who is easily nearby to join their game of baseball.

Unlike other social media outlets, At The Pool uses Open Networks to connect people locally. This allows user’s the ability to connect with other users they have not met, but have similar interests in close proximity to each other. People find others who enjoy doing the same activities to put together a more accurate Primary Social Circle of friends to help reach their end goal of having an enjoyable time while actively assisting in the process of reaching their end goal; a truly correlative product to the Networlding philosophy!

Not only can a user search for friends in the area by location, but by interests as well! At The Pool has profiles they call Intelligent Profiles. People can search for others based on their hobbies they have posted through shouts.

Networlding socially can be done easily through this new app.Utilizing this new product will make it easier for people to create better, longer lasting, mutually beneficial relationships. A concept that helps people get what they want, while helping others achieve the same in return.

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Shy Town Girls Review Book 2

14 Jan

Shy Town Girls by Katie Leimkuehler, Jennifer Yih, and M.G. Wilson

Four Shy Girls, Four Big Dreams, One Awesome City:  Book 2 in the Shy-Town Girls Four Novel Series


In the same way as book 1 followed Bobbie Bertucci,


Book 2 of the Shy Town Girls 4 part series follows Ivy and her hilarious antics.


Ivy Westin is fierce, fiery, and outspoken. She uses these qualities to hide her insecurities and the fact that she is shy, although she’d never let anyone know it.


Ivy has a stellar career in PR, boys lined up around  the block, and the best friends anyone could ever ask for. On the surface, Ivy appears to have everything she ever wanted.


But as the story unfolds and you dig deeper into Ivy’s tale, she’s actually missing out on some key parts to her life. Her father leaving when she was just ten-years-old left Ivy broken and fears of abandonment rule her relationships. Through Ivy’s experiences in the book, you watch her perspective on life, love, and friendship change as she learns what is truly important.


I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Ivy is a fun loving girl who is the life of the party. I felt Ivy’s pain as her father pushed his way into her life even though he was unwanted. I laughed at her shenanigans, and truly felt her joy when she resolved some unsettling issues in her life.


Again, as with Book 1 the descriptions of the Chicago landmarks are impeccable. Being a midwesterner myself I’ve come to know the Chicago area very well. The characterization of the Chicago seasons made me feel as if I was really there. The history behind the names of buildings and the Chicago Fire held an interesting sentiment in the midst of Ivy’s dramas.

Shy Town Girls Book 2: Ivy, is definitely a page turner. I read the book in one day, never wanting to put it down. It is a book that many millennial women will relate to immediately. I would recommend this book highly to any fun loving girl looking for love and friendship in the midst of finding herself along the way.

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10 Beauty Products to Bank on in the New Year!

22 Dec


Looking for new beauty products that get results? Try one or more of these 10 from one of our community members, Cari A:

1) Morning-Lancôme Visionarie Advanced Skin Corrector Serum-Always apply before moisturizer to allow for maximum absorption.

2) Skyn Iceland Angelica Line Smoother (Instant Wrinkle- Smoother)-For best results, use this after serum, but before moisturizer and makeup.

3) Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Moisturizer (Face Moisturizer SPF 30)-Apply to chest and neck.

4) L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Dark Spot (Dark Spot-Fading Serum-If it contains retinol, don’t use a retinol cream or moisturizer over it.

5) Perricone MD Hypoallergenic Firming Eye Cream- If it interferes with your makeup, use it only at night.

6) Evening-Roc Correctional Sensitive Night Cream Allow it to be absorbed into skin for a few minutes before bedtime so it won’t come off on your pillow).

7) Philosophy The Micro-delivery Triple-Acid Brightening Peel At-Home Peel-If you’re using a retinol night or day cream, skip it the day before, the day of, and the day after the peel. Repeat eye cream.

8) Evening- when using Retinol-Boots No7 without Retinol

9) Anti-Aging Lip Treatment- Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Advanced Therapy - Best to use pre-bedtime since it’s better absorbed while you sleep although can also be used during the day.

10) Body Lotion- Fresh Sugar Acai Age Delay Body Cream-Slather on after toweling off post-shower to help lock in moisture. Slather on after toweling off post-shower to help lock in moisture.

Cari A. purchased the Good Housekeeping September 2013 issue and read a fabulous article, “Your Skin-Care Schedule, Simplified”. As Cari stated, “I decided once and for all to get a solid regiment down that was tried and tested by experts and readers and purchased all the products above. I have been using all these products for the last 3 months and one of my friends said recently to me, ‘I don’t know what you’re doing but keep on doing it because you never looked so good.’ Well I can tell you that it is paying off!!!’”

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The 50 Leading Influential Authors of Self Publishing

26 Nov

In this digital age it is becoming more popular than ever for authors to self publish their books. This can be a challenge, however, because self publishing can be confusing to authors who have never done it before.

The truth is, self publishing can be easier than you think. Countless skilled authors with New York Times bestsellers have produced self published books. Many of these authors want to help you self publish your books too!

Take Joanna Penn, for instance. Her blog, The Creative Penn, has been voted one of the Top 10 Blogs for Writers for three consecutive years, and was one of the Top 10 Blogs for Self-Publishers in 2012. Penn, a self published author, has made many mistakes along the way during her experiences in publishing and writing. She has also published no less than six very successful books. On her blog she offers free advice, and gives you the ability to sign up for classes where she’ll teach you what to do, and what not to do, in order to successfully self publish your book! Check out her blog at

Many other blogs are out there with excellent tips about self publishing as well. To see more blogs about self publishing visit The Future of Ink, Digital Publishing for Online Entrepreneurs. Here, you can see The Top 10 Self Publishing Blogs of 2012.

To help you find more information and books about self publishing, I searched Using the tools provided by Amazon I put together a list of 50 leading authors with books about self publishing. Their books were published recently and had good customer reviews. Some of the people on this list you’ll recognize from The Top 10 Self Publishing Blogs of 2012 article.

Here’s the list my research generated:


The 50 Leading Influential Authors of Self Publishing


Jana Deleon

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Tina Folsom

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Colleen Gleason

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Jane Graves

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Liliana Hart

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Debra Holland

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Dorien Kelly

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Theresa Ragan

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Denise Grover  Swank

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

Jasinda Wilder

The Naked Truth About Self Publishing

William Germano

Getting It Published 2nd Edition

Amy Einsohn

The Copyeditor’s Handbook: A Guide for Book Publishing and Corporate Communications

Cynthia Reeser

How to Publish a Kindle Book with Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

Lisa Rusczyk

50 Things to Know to Self-Publish a Book on Amazon: A Step-By-Step guide to Publish and Promote an eBook

Shelley Hitz

Self Publishing Books 101: Helping You Get Published and Noticed!

Dr. Treat Preston

Author Blueprint: Can Writing Best-Selling Books Be a Feasible Career Path?

Mark Levine

The Fine Print of Self-Publishing

Chris McMullen

How to Self-Publish a Book on Writing, Editing, Designing, Publishing, and Marketing

Marilyn Ross

The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing: Everything You Need to Know to Write, Publish, Promote and Sell Your Own Book (Complete Guide to Self-Publishing Everything)

Catherine Ryan Howard

Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing (Second Edition)

Arielle Eckstut

The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published: How to Write It, Sell It, and Market It . . . Successfully

Aaron Shepard

Aiming at Amazon: The NEW Business of Self Publishing, or How to Publish Your Books with Print on Demand and Online Book Marketing on

Barry Eisler

Be the Monkey – Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath

J.A. Konrath

Be the Monkey – Ebooks and Self-Publishing: A Dialog Between Authors Barry Eisler and Joe Konrath

Kevin Sivils

301 Frequently Asked Questions About Self-Publishing: Answers to Common Questions About Self-Publishing, Print-on-Demand, Book Marketing, Using CreateSpace and More

Shane Lee

The Self-Publishing Playbook: Discover How 12 Successful Authors Hit It Big Publishing Their Books Independently

Dr. Leland Benton

How to Write A Kindle Book in Hours – It’s about Quality Not Quantity (Publishing and Ebooks)

Kayla Fioravanti

How to Self-Publish: The Author-preneur’s Guide to Publishing

Heather Hart

Book Marketing 101: Marketing Your Book on a Shoestring Budget

Gwen Richardson

Write It Right: The Guide to Self-Publishing Your Best Book

Guy Kawasaki

APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book

Elisbaet Holm

Marketing Strategies for Self-Published Books: Everything you need to know about local, online and nationwide marketing strategies as well as self-employment taxes.

Betsy B. Lee

A Basic Guide to Writing, Selling, and Promoting Children’s Books : Plus Information about Self-publishing

C. Pinheiro

The Step-by-Step Guide to Self-Publishing for Profit!

Michael N. Marcus

Become a Real Self-Publisher: Don’t be a Victim of a Vanity Press.

John Locke

How I Sold 1 Million eBooks in 5 Months!

Ariane de Bonvoisin

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Writing A Book

David Gaughran

Let’s Get Digital: How To Self-Publish, And Why You Should (Volume 1)

Anna Crosbie

How to Publish Your Own Book: Everything You Need to Know About the Self-publishing Process

Craig Lock

The Art (and Craft) of Self Publishing

Julie-Ann Harper

Do It Yourself – Self-Publishing: 10 Reasons to Self-Publish & the TRUTH about Vanity Publishing

Denise George

Making the Choice: Self-Publishing Books versus Traditional Book Publishing

Nina Amir

How to Blog a Book: Write, Publish, and Promote Your Work One Post at a Time

Debbie Elicksen

Self-Publishing 101

Kehinde Adesina

The Beginners’ Guide to Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing a Book

Taiwo Adesina

The Beginners’ Guide to Writing, Self-Publishing and Marketing a Book

R. Briski

How To Successfully Self-Publish Your Book For Less Than $20.00: 13 simple steps to successful self-publishing.

Steve Scott

How to Write a Nonfiction eBook in 21 Days – That Readers LOVE!

Dave Brickner

The One Hour Guide to Self-Publishing

Diana Bocco

How They Did It: 25 bloggers, authors and writers share all their secrets about earning a living and how you can do it too


After viewing all of the tools available to authors it is clear that self publishing has been done by many and can be very rewarding. By taking advantage of this list of books, authors can find just the right combination of experience and ideas to successfully self publish and market their books!

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