You Are a Great Organizer


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“You Are a Great Organizer” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 7 of “Say Good Things February.”

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You are a great organizer. You put furniture, belongings, and necessities into an orderly, functional, and coherent structure. In your home and office, you have a place for everything and everything is in its place. You give away clothing that doesn’t fit and household items that aren’t used to the needy. You keep papers orderly. If you can’t repair things yourself, you hire a skilled person to do it for you. You recycle as many items as you can to keep things out of the landfill. You get as many things ready the night before so that the next day runs smoother and isn’t overwhelming. You break down large tasks that take a long time into small steps so that you get them done ahead of time or on time. 

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a great organizer. I put furniture, belongings, and necessities into an orderly, functional, and coherent structure. In my home and office, I have a place for everything and everything is in its place. I give away clothing that doesn’t fit and household items that aren’t used to the needy. You keep papers orderly. If I can’t repair things myself, I hire a skilled person to do it for me. I recycle as many items as I can to keep things out of the landfill. I get as many things ready the night before so that the next day runs smoother and isn’t overwhelming. I break down large tasks that take a long time into small steps so that I get them done ahead of time or on time. 

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, months, and years, they became true because of actions I took. I need a stronger belief in these statements. They aren’t all true, yet. But, I work diligently every year to encourage my husband and me to downsize items we don’t use. The fact that we love books and like to reread the self-help ones leaves me with an abundance of books to store in my house.

It seems that the words others told me when I was a child are still alive and what others told me as an adult. My advice is keep working on it. Your organizational skills and my organizational skills will improve with education, tackling the problem, and believing in ourselves. 

I put three resources that have great ideas for being organized. I hope they help you. I found a few to help me.

  1. Addicted to Success. 10 Ways To Be A Super Effective Organizer
  2. Stewart Acuff. 18 Essential Qualities that Every Organizer Must Have.

Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. Believe it’s possible. You have to believe it’s possible. You have to believe it’s true. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your organizing skills.

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You Are a Great Illustrator


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“You Are a Great Illustrator” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 6 of “Say Good Things February.”

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You are a great illustrator. You are a good artist. You draw anything you see in person, in a picture, or imagine in your mind. You create intriguing characters, cartoons, props, scenery, backgrounds, and special effects that are effective in increasing the depth of meaning of the book or magazine and entice thousands of people to read and buy it.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a great illustrator. You am a great artist. I draw anything I see in person, in a picture, or imagine in your mind. I create intriguing characters, cartoons, props, scenery, backgrounds, and special effects that are effective in increasing the depth of meaning of the book or magazine and entice thousands of people to read and buy it.

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, months, and years, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. You have to believe it’s true. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your illustrating skills.

An illustrator is an artist with a mission to help show the meaning of an author’s story. To illustrate means to furnish (a book, magazine, etc.) with drawings, pictures, or other artwork intended for explanation, elucidation, or adornment.

What is an artist? An artist is a person who draws, paints, or sculpts as a profession or a hobby. Synonyms are: designer, creator, originator, and old master.

What’s the difference between an artist and an illustrator?
http://study.com/articles/Artist_vs_Illustrator_Whats_the_Difference.html

Education and experience are important parts of skill-building and improvement in your illustration skills.

I have found that the books I find captivating do the illustrations from a different point of view than the usual ones. Find your style as an artist/illustrator.

If you’re both a writer and illustrator, you’re in luck because many publishers like this combination of talents.

Take a chance on you. Draw every day to build your skills. I’ve got to set my mind to doing that. I’ve been focusing on my writing while the editor from 4RV Publishing and I were revising Joan’s Elder Care Guide. Now I’m working on the illustrations for Larry, the Terrifying Turkey, a chapter book slightly based on a true experience.

Check out the books with prize-winning illustrations, such as the Caldecott/Honors Books
http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecotthonors/caldecottmedal

If you are illustrating picture books or chapter books, you might want to join Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). They have oodles of resources for illustrators and give workshops to help them, too.

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You Are a Great Writer


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“You Are a Great Writer” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 5 Say Good Things February.

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You are a great writer. You are a good storyteller. Your stories keep the interest of readers from the beginning through the middle to the end. Your story endings are satisfying. Your characters are flawed people with inner problems reflected in their big outer problems that can’t be solved until something changes. Your stories are published. Once published your stories are best-selling books.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a great writer. I am a good storyteller. My stories keep the interest of readers from the beginning through the middle to the end. My story endings are satisfying. My characters are flawed people with inner problems reflected in their big outer problems that can’t be solved until something changes. My stories are published. Once published my stories are best-selling books. 

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, months, and years, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. You have to believe it’s true. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your writing skills.

Publication needs a few explanations. Publication can mean published on a blog or newsletter.

Publication can mean an eBook, a paperback book, or a hardback book.

Publication can be self-published meaning that you pay for the printing and distribution of your books. I self-published Flip Flap Floodle in 2004 to show a belief in me and my writing. I had tried for 31 years to get the book published without success. When I retired, I promised myself that I would submit Flip Flap Floodle to traditional publishers for 5 more years. If no one accepted it for publication, I would self-publish it. I self-published Flip Flap Floodle in 2004. Lucky for me they had just started self-publishing in color. It is available on Amazon. To purchase, click here.Flip Flap Floodle cover 300 res 300x420 pixels

Many times bookstores won’t buy your self-published book to put on its shelves. However, a book store may be willing to order a book for a customer when a customer knows the correct ISBN number of the book. If the author lives in the same area as the book store, the owners may allow the author to leave books to be sold on consignment of in my experience, that is for 45% off the retail price of the book.

Publication can be through a hybrid publisher who has you pay someone (not them) to edit your book, does the cover for you, but does not do picture book illustrations. Or any combination thereof. This publisher may not allow book returns. Therefore, bookstores may not put the books on their shelves.

When I submitted Larry, the Terrifying Turkey to Ravenswood Publishing and signed the contract with them, they were doing picture books. But they dropped picture books from their imprints. The owner said since I was doing my own illustrations for the Chapter Book, she would publish it under the Ravenswood imprint. I am presently working on the illustrations for this book. This is a draft copy of the cover. I hope to finish them so they can be printed by June 2016.

Larry the Terrifying Turkey (draft cover) Copyright © Joan Y. Edwards 2015

Publication can be through a traditional publisher who pays for the editing, cover, illustrations, ISBN numbers, and distribution through channels. Bookstores will take the books from these traditional publishers if they allow book returns.

Joan’s Elder Care Guide is with a traditional publisher, 4RV Publishing, LLC. The Non-Fiction Imprint Editor is looking at the complete edited version now. This beautiful cover was created by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing. Hopefully, it will be printed before June 2016.

Joan's Elder Care Guide cover by Aidana WillowRaven, 4RV Publishing

I haven’t accomplished all of my writing goals and affirmations, but I’m on the way. I have accomplished part of them. I’m human. Like you my belief in myself may waver a little. It’s okay. We’ll still get there.

Believe in you and your writing. Write. Revise. Get your work critiqued. Revise. Submit. Be a Pub Subber.

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You Are Creative.


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“You Are Creative” by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 4 of Say Good Things February

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You are creative. You are innovative. You are inventive. You are ingenious. You are clever. You are inspiring. You are original. You are leading-edge. You are productive. You are gifted.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am creative. I am innovative. I am inventive. I am ingenious. I am clever. I am inspiring. I am original. I am leading-edge. I am productive. I am gifted.

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, and months, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your creative skills.

One of my first years of teaching, a principal said that I wasn’t creative. I’d always felt like I was creative. Luckily, this seed of destruction didn’t stop me from believing I was creative and being creative.

Many problems in relationships come when people demand that others do things in exactly the same order and manner in which they do them.

Here’s a scenario:

Fixing a load of clothes and putting in the detergent and rinse.

Person A: demands that you put the water in, then the detergent, then put the rinse in the little opening for it , then add clothes. Person A feels, if you don’t do it this way, you’re doing it WRONG.

Person B: demands that you put in the clothes, start the water, add the detergent after it’s almost full,  and put the rinse in the container. Person B feels, if you don’t do it this way, you’re doing it WRONG.

It does seem silly to get angry because someone doesn’t follow A or B. As long as the detergent has water, it’ll spread throughout the washer. Insert the rinse before the rinse cycle and you’re good. However, sometimes we’ve never known anyone to do it in a different way. Our family’s always done it this way.

Being creative sometimes means we don’t always follow the same paths that others usually take.

As long as the job gets done, be open to letting those who are doing it, do it their way. Accept yourself as you are and accept others as they are.

If you’re working for a company who demands things be done in a certain way, be sure and ask the authorities before you change it. Like individuals, some companies reward creative thinking and others like to keep on doing it their way. It’s all a choice. There’s a saying: “When you’re in Rome, do as the Roman’s do.”

Many of our inventors believed that something different would work better. They said, “Yes, this is true. But what if…” They came up with awesome ideas and inventions that amaze the people who said, “There’s no way that’s going to work”

That’s where the creative part of you takes over and makes the world a better place.

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You Are a Clear Thinker


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“You Are a Clear Thinker”by Joan Y. Edwards

This is Day 3 of Say Good Things February.

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You are a clear thinker. You have a great mind. Your brain helps you solve problems for yourself and others. You see clearly through many layers of detail. You understand complex subjects. You see through schemes that may con others. You figure out answers to your questions.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a clear thinker. I have a great mind. My brain helps me solve problems for myself and others. I see clearly through many layers of detail. I understand complex subjects. I see through schemes that may con others. I figure out answers to my questions.

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, and months, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your clear thinking skills.

There are many ways to help your brain think clearly. Believe in you and your brain. Believe you will figure out the answers you need. This belief is integral to your brain power.

Exercise your body and your brain. Both increase your brain power. What helps one, helps the other.

Sometimes while exercising or doing a chore you’ll figure out an answer you’ve wondered about.

Before one group of students took a series of tests, they told them they had the highest IQ scores of their class. When they took the tests, they did amazingly well. They aced it. Why? Because the testers set them up to expect that they would do well.

Sometimes what we’ve been conditioned to believe about ourselves is not true. For instance, my husband’s father continuously told him he was slow.  So instead of getting faster at getting ready, what happened? You’re right. He got slower.

When we are children, we believe what authority figures tell us. When we get older and wiser, we realize that it may not have been a fact, but only the authority’s opinion that got stuck in our brains.

Check out your core beliefs about you and your brain. You have a good brain. You think clearly. Love yourself. Love your brain.

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You Are a Good Listener


“You Are a Good Listener” by Joan Y. Edwards

You are a good listener

 

This is Day 2 of Say Good Things February.

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You are a good listener. You hear and understand what others tell you. You remember what others tell you. If you have questions, you ask them to clarify information. You learn a lot by listening to others. You are an empathetic listener. Your ears work great. You hear clearly.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a good listener. I hear and understand what others tell me. I remember what others tell me. If I have questions, I ask them to clarify information. I learn a lot by listening to others. I am an empathetic listener. My ears work great. I hear clearly.

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, and months, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subsconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your listening skills.

My grandfather, John F. Meyer was a very quiet man. He seldom started conversations with others.

I asked him one day, why he didn’t talk much. He said, “When I listen to others, I am twice as smart. I know what I know and I learn what they know.”

Sometimes I find when I’m listening to others, my brain goes off into wondering what they’re thinking of me, or daydreaming about something they mentioned.

For instance, I ask someone his name. When I’m supposed to be really listening, I sometimes go inside myself. I think it’s one of many human factors.

Reflective listening means that you repeat what you heard to the person who told you something to make sure you have the facts straight.

Empathetic listening. You listen first and acknowledge what you hear including any emotions you detect from the person talking, even if you don’t agree with it, before expressing your experience or point of view. Empathetic listening makes connections with others.

When watching the little video, Brené Brown on Empathy, I learned what sympathy listening and responses are.

Sympathy listening and responses don’t make connections. When you watch the “Brené Brown on Empathy” video you’ll understand why. I’ll try to explain.

I think I’ve run into this in times of grief. When someone dies, it’s hard to say the right thing, especially when people are giving sympathetic responses instead of empathetic responses.

Sympathy says, “I’m sorry your Mother died.”
Grieving One, “Thank you. I miss her.”
Sympathy says (without acknowledging that the grieving one misses her Mother, she skips to her own opinion), “But just think she’s in heaven.”

An empathetic listener says, “I’m sorry your Mother died.”
Grieving One, “Thank you. I miss her.”
Empathetic listener says, “I know you do.”

Brené Brown. “Brené Brown on Empathy:” http://www.newconversations.net/communication-skills-workbook/listening/

Empathy means you acknowledge that the person talking has the right to feel as he does. Accept that you may not be able to change the way a person feels. When they are open to it, many times we are able to help them see things in a different perspective. Many times by just having someone listen to them, people come up with solutions all on their own. Somehow by your accepting others as they are, it gives them the power to change.

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You Are a Good Money Manager


You are a good money manager“You Are a Good Money Manager” by Joan Y. Edwards

Day 1 of “Say Good Things February.”

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You are a good money manager. You have an abundance of money. You use your money wisely. You are thankful for your money because it helps you get the things you need to survive. If you use credit cards, you pay them off in full each month. You save money for emergencies. With the money you have left over after you pay all your bills, you give money to help others.

Repeat these statements with “I” rather than “You” to make them true affirmations for you.

I am a good money manager. I have an abundance of money. I use my money wisely. I am thankful for my money because it helps me get the things I need to survive. If I use credit cards, I pay them off in full each month. I save money for emergencies. With the money I have left over after I pay all my bills, I give money to help others.

I discovered after I kept saying these things over and over again for days, weeks, and months, they became true because of actions I took.

Your subsconscious mind will lead you to make it true. You have to believe it’s possible. Believe in you. Love yourself. Love your finances.

There was a time in my life where my bills were more than the money supply coming in. This was a frustrating time for me. Credit cards were part of my problem. I charged more than I could pay off at the end of the month. Interest accumulated making my debt higher. It was not good. I didn’t know that a money supply would stop and make it where I couldn’t pay these bills at all. If you use credit cards, you pay them off in full each month.

Another problem I had was I got a second mortgage on our home. I thought the interest rate was going to be low like the first time.  I didn’t know that interest rates could be as low as 3% and go higher than 15%. I signed the papers without asking or looking to see what the interest rate would be. Ouch! With a high interest rate and not able to make your payments, you could lose your house. Luckily, I didn’t. Read the fine lines. Ask what the interest rate will be and what your payments will be each month before you sign the papers.

I have several friends who got into financial trouble because they gave money to their children or friends which left them without enough money to pay their bills. They gave it without expecting any money in return. Which is kind, but they weren’t helping the others to grow stronger. Make those you lend money to accountable. Share with others from your abundance. Consider it a loan; but, be not spiteful if your friend or family member is human, and is unable to repay you. The church I attended gave me money to help pay my mortgage and second mortgage three times. Then they said that they were enabling me to stay as I was. They said I had to figure out a better way to manage my finances. I had to find a way to pay off these debts. Which was difficult, but I did it and I’m glad that I did.

Book Resources:

Robert Schuller. Tough Times Never Last, but Tough People Do. Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Tough-Times-Never-Last-People/dp/0553273329

Terry Cole Whitaker. What You Think of Me Is None of My Business Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/What-You-Think-None-Business/dp/051509479X/ref

Scriptural Resources:

Romans 13:8-10 NIV

8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law.

Deuteronomy 28:12

The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands. You will lend to many nations but will borrow from none.

Titus:7-9 NIV

Since an overseer manages God’s household, he must be blameless—not overbearing, not quick-tempered, not given to drunkenness, not violent, not pursuing dishonest gain. Rather, he must be hospitable, one who loves what is good, who is self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it.

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