It started in May last year. Now closer to 50 than 40 I decided I wanted to make a positive change in my life that wasn’t just a fad or a moment. I had gotten fit before and found once life got busy or other distractions crept in the time to exercise seemed to go out the window. But what better time than during a pandemic? But I worried how was I going to make it different to all those times before?
I downloaded the Couch 2 5k app, again! But instead of worrying about the weeks goal this time…
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember, bad poetry, journalling and magical children’s stories. You know. The ones that take you on a journey and allow you to get lost.
My sister was my first audience member. Instead of reading stories I would tell her stories about magical creatures from far away lands.
But those magical lands became chemical equations and life took over.
When I was turned thirty (ish) I moved to London (from Australia) and I felt like I was living in that magical story. …
You’ve written a book, now what? There are two main options. Traditional publishing and self-publishing. Both have pros and cons.
Self-publishing is fast becoming the first choice for some authors, where previously it may have been the second option after trying to secure an agent and publishing deal.
Let’s look at the pros for each:
Lessons I learnt publishing three books on Amazon
You’ve got your book idea and now you’re ready to press that big green button that says publish (ok, so it’s not really green). Take a moment to pat yourself on the back, cheer yourself on or have a celebratory drink. No really. Stop take a moment and realise what a great thing you have done.
Usually we are moving so fast that we forget to appreciate those moments, big or small. Finishing a book and getting it ready to publish is a big beautiful thing.
Three and half years ago I started my own Life and Business Coaching business. As someone who has always aspired to publish those half-written books in the dark spaces of my computer, the thought of writing a book to kickstart my coaching business wasn’t a difficult decision. I wrote what I thought was a good book, something that would add value to my customers. I posted it on social media. Tumbleweeds….. The only purchase was my own, with the occasional reader downloading from Brazil.
Fast forward a couple of years later with the realisation I didn’t want those half-written books…
Do you know who you are when you are that calmer version of you? Or have you lost that version of yourself and are holding on for something else?
Getting back to that you isn’t just about meditation or a yoga class every now and then. I wish it was that simple. But to maintain that holiday version of you requires a few more steps. These are the areas that I work with my clients to find and maintain balance.
You’ve heard it before? It takes 21 days to form a habit. But have you ever got past the 21 day mark, breathed a sigh of relief and only a couple of weeks later, the habit you think you’ve embedded has lost it’s sparkle.
That’s pretty normal. You’re normal and there is nothing wrong with you. But here a few things you can do to make that new habit stick.
1. Make the goal a priority.
Ask yourself, on a scale of 1–10. How much of a priority is the new habit in my life? I want you to think…
Are you productive or busy? What’s the difference? Aren’t they just the same? They can be. You can be a busy and productive, but quite often the two are worlds apart. I know. There was once a time when I was busy, but I wasn’t really getting what I needed to get done. I felt the pile of work I already had turn into an insurmountable mountain. I was working, hard. But I wasn’t being productive. I was responding to emails, attending meetings, training, but my to do list just grew and grew and grew — urgh.
There are so…
Are you wishing your days away? Looking at the clock, waiting. Counting the hours til the weekend (sometimes the seconds). Planning your holidays, telling yourself you can wait until then. You have to. You can hold out. You think you can!
Why? We are made for pleasure. Made for joy? Remember what it felt like when you where a child. Filled with laughter. Filled with joy. It’s time to re-connect to that.
This doesn’t mean quitting your job, or your life. What it does mean is reconnecting to you. Understanding what fills you with joy. What makes you laugh and…
Writers block. The mythical unicorn that some writers never experience and others can be crippled by. No matter which camp you fall into, there are some wonderful techniques to help break through that blank page barrier. If you’re one of the lucky ones and all you want to do is kickstart the creative muse. This is a great exercise for that as well.
This exercise is my favourite. I remember the first time I was introduced to it. Many years ago in a scriptwriting class the teacher gave us twenty minutes and said, ‘write the worst possible story. …