Day 162-Motivational Monday-Proverbs 20:4

Today’s inspirational message comes from the book of Proverbs 20:4 and says:

“If you are too lazy to plow, don’t expect a harvest.”

Pretty simple and straightforward right? Basically, if you don’t do the work it takes to become successful, you never will be. That’s how I see the meaning anyway. I tried to capture the picture it was printed on ( I found it on a site called but I couldn’t figure out how to copy the picture from Pinterest. Someday I’ll figure out this meme thing, for today you just get the plain old printed message.

I hope this inspires you to get up, get going and start planning how to make this your most successful year ever. I have to admit, last week started out strong for me, I got the word count I was looking for, had my week all planned ahead and things went great until Friday. I still got the assignments done but my word count was waaay short of the desired numbers. Still, I’ll just keep plowing along and try to do better this week.  I won’t give up, I’ll just dig deeper and work my plan to achieve my goals this week.

I got very little sleep last night, something I call the Sunday Syndrome, and as a result, my brain isn’t firing on all it’s cylinders this morning- even with my morning coffee. Add to that the fact that I did not get up at 5am and get the early start I did last Monday and…you get the picture. How about you all? Did you consider last week successful? What do you do to stay motivated all week? I’d like to hear it and any tips you have to share with me would be most welcome!

Church was lovely yesterday and then last night, I finally got to see the movie Miracles From Heaven. If you have not seen it, I highly recommend it! It was the best, most inspirational movie I have seen in a long time. Spoiler alert: Keep lots of Kleenex with you, you’re gonna need it! Then again, I am a very emotional person. It was made even more special for me because it is based on a true story about a family that lived in Burleson and the husband worked in Alvarado, close to where we used to live. It was a wonderful message that God is always with us and miracles happen all around us, every day, you just have to look for them!

I hope you all have a blessed (and productive) day and I’ll see you tomorrow for This is my Essay Tuesday.

Day 155-Motivational Monday

Welcome to the first Monday of the new year, where I will be trying something new for you by sharing an inspirational quote or scripture. Today’s quote comes from and although the author is unknown, it’s meaning is quite clear. This is the  perfect quote to start you out on the right foot in achieving your goals in 2017.

The first line is pretty self explanatory- If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. This is true, one can’t sit around, waiting for what you want to land in your lap, you have to seek it out. Even when applies to something as simple as a new pair of shoes, you’ll never own them if you don’t go buy them right? In my case though, I mean what I want to get me where I want to be this year, which is to turn my writing into a business that will sustain me if things ever change.

On to number two- If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no, which means to me, an unasked question will never be answered. So this year, I will continue to learn new things by reading, studying and asking experts in the field what can I do to help me reach my goals. One of the places to get lots of questions asked and answered in the form of classes you can take is Skillshare. They have classes on writing, editing, graphic design, cooking and more, lots of them FREE. Check it out and maybe you will be inspired to learn something new.  You can also upgrade to Premium for $12 a month for more benefits which can be cancelled at any time.  No, I’m not getting paid to talk about it, I’m just trying to help someone out that might be looking to learn new things.

Number three is- If you don’t step forward, you will aways be in the same place. In other words, you must step out of your comfort zone if you want to grow. We can’t keep repeating the same things over and over, we have to try new things…like changing up your writing routine, or the way you structure your blog, little changes will yield big results over time. One of my goals for the new year is to increase my daily word count to 1700 words, so that by the month of October, I will be ready for NaNoWriMo which requires you to write 50,000 in 30 days. (of course, this is supposed to be the start of your first novel, a second goal I hope to achieve this year)

I found my inspirational quotes on Pinterest and you can too. Just query in the search bar and hundreds to choose from will be at your fingertips. just one of the many sources of information out there on the web.

I hope this first quote gives you the inspiration to start something new and go for your goals this year. What are they? Have you written them down, made a plan and decided the direction you want to go this year? Or will you stay in the same place in your business or life and not give yourself the opportunity for growth? I want to hear all about it and help you if I can. Ask me a question and I’ll help you find an answer.

Come back next Monday for a new quote or scripture that will help us stay motivated or lift our spirits for the day. Look at me, I got up early to get going on all of my writing for the day, before I have to go to work. Of course, it could be the thunderstorm that woke me, but I got up and got started and that’s what counts! Join me tomorrow, where I will start the first of my personal essays. Until then, have a good day and God bless you and good luck!