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Set Your Goals – You Can Do It


 

“Set Your Goals – You Can Do It” by Joan Y. Edwards

Set your goals larger

This is the time to review your past goals and set your goals for the current year. Any time is a good time to look at and focus on recommitting yourself to your goals. If they are no longer meaningful to you, it is time to revise them to make the goals in your mind and on paper ones that you really want to reach.

When I was in sixth grade, my teacher had these little encouragement signs all over the room. One of my favorites was: “Make a Wish Upon a Star, take a seat and there you are.”  This showed me that if you set your eye on a goal, you can reach it.

Day 1 Title the page with your name and goals for the current year. Brainstorm possible goals. Set time to reach the goals for December 31, 2018 or 12 months after you’ve made your list. List them all on a piece of paper or in a file on your computer. Let them sit overnight in your mind.  Save file as Day 1 Goals for this year.

Day 2 Read them over the next day. Delete any goals that you have already reached or revise them to be goals you really want to reach. Delete goals that you wouldn’t care if you reached it or not at the end of the year. You want your goals to be items you feel a strong yearning to reach. Save this file as Day 2 Goals for this year.

Day 3 Read the goals again. Make sure you agree with them. Make sure you believe you can accomplish them. Revise any to make them so they not too hard and not too easy. Goldilocks goals…just right. Believable and Achievable.

Add 1-3 Images at the top of your goals to inspire you.

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Print out your goals. Post in a picture frame on the wall or on a file cabinet where you can see them every day. Revise when necessary to keep your mind positive and motivated to meet your goals and live and conquer your fears.

There are many ways to reach your goals. You know yourself better than anyone else. Choose the method that works for you. Many people make goals in their heads and are successful at keeping them. Others write down their goals. Still others share their goals with a close friend that keeps them accountable for their goals.

As for me, I like writing the goals down so that I can look at them every once in a while to see how I am doing.

If you check your goals every 6 months, you’ll be amazed when you see how many of your goals you have reached and how close you are to others. There may even be one or two you want to change and set a different goal.

Here is a link about a Harvard Business School study of goal setting that says that it’s a good idea to not only write down your goals but also write down the steps to achieve them.  Even if you don’t write down the steps, you can achieve your goal.

Good luck!
Never Give Up
Joan Y. Edwards

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All Bernadette “Bernie” O’Brien, an underachieving, overweight 14-year-old, who happens to be blind, wants is an average share of happiness. Instead, her life is on a runaway roller coaster that can only plummet down. Failed by those she idealizes, despising her own weaknesses, Bernie plunges into the desert of her own hopelessness. A Roller Coaster Down is a luminous, gently humorous story of failure and redemption, of the universal hunt for love and self-respect.

Giveaway Prize Awarded on January 10, 2018.

Thank you very much for the many people who read this blog and the five people who left a comment on this post between January 2 and midnight, January 9, 2018:

  1. Violette Early
  2. Linda M. Andersen
  3. Carol Federlin Baldwin
  4. Lisa Anne Cullen
  5. Sandra Warren

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Forgiveness Is the God in You


Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus in a stable with a donkey.

Jesus is the God in you!

Every year Christians celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ. It’s a time to rejoice. God sent His only Son to earth so that you would have an image of him in your mind. God loves you. He wanted to have an improved relationship with man. He wanted us to be able to get to know him better. He wanted to have a meaningful relationship with us. He wanted to put himself in a form that we could know and understand. That is why He sent Jesus Christ, His only Son to earth to spend time with us. He sent Jesus to clean the slate of our sins for us. Remember that we are forgiven. God forgives you. All you have to do is ask him.

When you are baptized, you clean the slate of wrongs. When you go to confession as a Catholic, you clean the slate of wrongs.  When you forgive others, you clean the slate of wrongs that you hold against someone else.

It’s amazing how healing it is to forgive someone. It takes a burden off your shoulders. Anger and resentment send out negative feelings that turn around like a boomerang and hit you instead.  What goes around, comes around! What you sow, you shall reap!

I believe that many children and adults get mixed up and think that all mistakes are sins. Not all mistakes are sins. Any words, actions, or non-actions that are against the ten commandments would be sins.

Breaking a dish by accident is not a sin. However, if you break a dish on purpose to make someone angry, that would be a sin. It all depends upon your reason for doing it. God is interested in your intention. Why did you do it?

Follow the big commandment, “Love God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself.” If you’re not showing love and respect for God, yourself, or your neighbor, think again before doing it.

If it’s something you wouldn’t want someone to see you doing on television, Facebook, YouTube, or in person, think twice before doing it. Could the police arrest you if you were caught doing this? If God, the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit appeared before you while you were doing this, would you stop? Or would you continue because you knew it was what God wanted you to do in this situation?

It’s a lot easier to forgive someone else when you’ve forgiven yourself for your wrongs.  Guilt freezes you. Forgiveness frees you. Forgive yourself for your weaknesses. What makes you weak in one area, tends to lead you to build strengths in another area.

Any time of year is a good time of year to clean the slate from your past. Let go of all the emotional pulls and ploys. Look for the good in yourself and those that you meet. God is all around you. God is within you. God is behind you. God is in front of you.

When you don’t understand where a person is coming from, pray for them.
When you’re tempted to throw pots and pans at someone, pray for them and yourself and cook them something good to eat instead.

When the news you hear unsettles your peace, pray for a solution to the problem. Don’t focus on whether you are right or wrong. Don’t focus on whether the other person is right or wrong. Focus on figuring out a solution. Ask God for a solution. Prayers help.

When you tried your best to be on time, but you were late for the humpteenth time, love yourself. Focus and see yourself on time the next time. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. It helps in all situations.

You’ll find puzzles, devotionals, skits, and other resources for Children’s Liturgy on my website: http://www.joanyedwards.com.

Joan Y. Edwards

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Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God


“Today Is a Good Day to Talk with God” by Joan Y. Edwards

Many times during the holidays, you may forget about God. You may be so busy getting ready for special celebrations and get-togethers with family and friends that you leave God out of it. He wants to be there with you. He wants to be a part of your ritual and routine. He wants you to talk with him each morning. He wants you to talk with him during the day. He wants you to talk with him before you go to sleep.

God wants to help you achieve your dreams. He wants to heal you of your ailments. He wants to increase the money you earn and save.

You might say, “I don’t know how to talk with God. He is so big and powerful. He won’t talk to someone as unimportant as I am.”

This is not true. God made you in his image. He wants to be a part of your life. He wants to know the things that bother you. He wants to have a relationship with you.

If you need a reminder, put an index card on your dresser. Put an index card on your pillow. Put one on the remote control for the TV. Put a screensaver on your phone that says, “Talk to God.”

Talk to God in the morning. Talk to God at noon. Talk to God at night.

He’s always listening. He’s never too busy. If you call him on the phone and it seems he isn’t answering, think again. Check your ears to make sure they are open to new words from him. Check your eyes to see if they have on sunglasses that are so dark, you can’t see anything. Check your stomach to make sure you’re not eating foods that you know are not good for you. Check your feet to make sure you’re not walking into places you know are not good for you.

Ask God to forgive you for your mistakes and erring ways. Ask him to help you. Believe he will help you. He will be there for you. God’s got you covered. God loves you very much.
Love yourself and love others, too. Proclaim that you are a child of the most high God. 

Thank you for reading my blog. I posted this on another blog of mine. I’ve decided to combine them. I hope you enjoyed this. Good luck in all your endeavors.

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Joan’s Children’s Liturgy Gospel Related items for Third Sunday in Advent – December 17, 2017. Adults will enjoy them, too.

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  3. Wordsearch B3 Voice Crying Out in the Desert

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“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards


“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards 

In 2012, after I received an email with Lil Phoenix poem entitled “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:” I decided to put a different spin to it. God already knows the answers. I posted this on a different blog of mine in 2012. I thought you might enjoy it here. 

God Knows

“God Knows” by Joan Y. Edwards

  1. God knows what kind of car you drive. He loves it when you drive people who don’t have transportation.
  2. God knows how big your house is.  Joy fills his heart when you welcome others into your home.
  3. God knows how many clothes are in your closet. He rewards you when you help put clothes on others.
  4. God knows how much money you make. He increases it when you share it with others.
  5. God knows your job title. He helps you rise higher when you do your job to the best of your ability.
  6. God knows how many friends you have. He smiles each time you act friendly toward other people, even if they don’t act friendly toward you.
  7. God knows the neighborhood where you live. He is proud of all that you do your part to keep it safe, clean, neat, and orderly.
  8. God knows the color of your skin. He is happy when you treat others with respect, regardless of their skin color.
  9. God knows your strengths and weaknesses.  He celebrates when you accept yourself and others as you are and choose to follow in His footsteps.
  10. God knows how many people you meet on His path. He rejoices when you take time to encourage others on their trails  He loves you very much.

Resources

  1. Lil Phoenix. “Ten Things God Won’t Ask on THAT Day:”  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/ten-things-god-won-t-ask-on-that-day/ 
  2. “God Won’t Ask:”
    http://www.holybible.com/resources/poems/ps.php?sid=180

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Spivey’s Web, a Christmas Story: Interview with Author, Sandra Warren


“Spivey’s Web, a Christmas Story: Interview with Author, Sandra Warren” by Joan Y. Edwards

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Spivey’s Web written by Sandra Warren; illustrated by Susan Fitzgerald. Available on Amazon.

Today, it is an honor to interview Sandra Warren, author of Spivey’s Web. Thanks for coming today, Sandra. I want to hear all about SPIVEY’S WEB, a picture book that’s out now that you had in your head for 15+ years! 

I’m so glad to be here. 

Sandra Warren

1.Tell us about Spivey’s Web.

I am very excited that Spivey’s Web is out now since it has a Christian twist at the end. It’s about a spider who wants to spin a web of her own design, not the expected web for a barn spider. After being ridiculed for her efforts, she moves to a window high in the loft and when the Star of David shines through, it sprinkles stars, like a disco ball, around a manger and calms a very special baby. Although the baby is not named, you can tell by the illustration that it’s the baby Jesus. I love the last line….My web didn’t catch flies. It caught the light!

Spivey’s web is more than a Christmas story, however. It’s also about having the courage to follow your heart and do what makes you happy even when everyone around says it can’t be done or it’s never been done like that. From Spivey we learn to never give up.

Writers take heed. When agents and editors say, no, no, sorry no, we have to keep at it and never give up because if we do, we’ll never know how close we came and we’ll never know what amazing things might come from our creative, imaginative minds. We all need Spivey’s courage to spin a web of our own design.

2. Did you submit Spivey’s Web to traditional publishers? Christian markets? 

Sandra: I tried for years to get Spivey’s Web traditionally published, but it was too secular for the Christian market and too Christian for the secular market. A major agent loved it until she got to the end and realized it was a holiday/Christian theme. She said she doesn’t do holiday books. Although I was still holding out for a traditional publisher, everything changed when I met an amazing artist.  

https://www.amazon.com/Spiveys-Web-Sandra-Warren/dp/1981217673/

3. Marvelous illustrations. Who is the illustrator? 

Sandra: Susan Fitzgerald, one of our part-time neighbors at Hidden Lake is a FINE artist who approached me asking if I’d LET her illustrate a manuscript of mine. I was floored because she’s an amazing artist who exhibits full-time in a gallery in Jacksonville. Her concept of Spivey and all her illustrations are fabulous in my opinion.

4. Did you encounter any problems with the formatting of the book?

Sandra: Oh my, yes! One problem we had that took us almost a day to figure out was that we were trying to put a landscape/horizontal illustration into a square template. A landscape picture book template was not offered by the company we chose. We also had trouble balancing the required minimum 300 dpi of each illustration for printing. It’s tricky to send illustrations through email without losing dpi. Now we know how to do it. Our original vision was to have a horizontal format with illustrations that bled off the page–flowed to the very edges. But because of issues with the horizontal formatting of the original artwork, we had to compensate by reducing the size of each illustration allowing for a border or frame around each. 

Here are suggestions if you’re self-publishing a book:

  • Make sure you download the publisher’s PDF Specification Guide from CreateSpace or other publisher and read it before beginning to make sure they print books in the size and format you want.
  • Don’t be afraid to contact Support if you have any questions. The folks at CreateSpace are very helpful! 

Despite all the formatting issues, we’re thrilled with the end result that Spivey’s Web is now available online. https://www.amazon.com/Spiveys-Web-Sandra-Warren/dp/1981217673/

Thanks for being a guest on my blog, Sandra. Thank you for offering a giveaway, too.

Winners of the Giveaway:

Between December 10th and midnight yesterday, December 21, 2017, the following six people left a comment on this blog post for a chance to win a free autographed copy of “Spivey’s Web:”
1. Sarah Maury Swan
2. Gretchen Griffith
3. Dr. Bob Rich
4. Linda Andersen Gutheil
5. Lisa Anne Cullen
6. Barbara Bockman

Thank you to all those who left a comment! You make my blog sparkle with excitement.
Random.org chose number 4 and number 1 for the two winners:
Therefore, Sarah Maury Swan and Linda Andersen are the winners. I will send you Sandra Warren’s email address so you can email her your snail mail address so she can send your prize – an autographed copy of the beautiful picture book, “Spivey’s Web.” Congratulations! Yippee!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Sandra Warren’s website: http://www.sandrawarren.com

Sandra’s blog: http://sandrawarrenwrites.blogspot.com

Other books by Sandra Warren:

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Hidden-Casualties book cover

When-Duty-Called book cover

 

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Happy Thanksgiving 2017


“Happy Thanksgiving 2017!

Thank you for reading my blog and for commenting on my blog posts.  It is a wonderful experience to share information with you. It makes me feel good to know that you and I enjoy learning about the same topics. My aim is to encourage and inspire you to continue on your journey in life.

I pray that God bless you with an abundance of everything you need, wisdom to make good choices, and courage to honor and respect yourself, your family, your country, and the whole world.  May you reach your goals and feel great satisfaction for what you accomplish every day of your life.

Focus on solutions. Save our environment. Love being who we are.  Put trust and integrity into our world. A good day that begins with one word of encouragement for one person can multiply if you pass it on to another person you meet that day. One word can be small for you but  big in the heart of the receiver.

For instance, holding the door open for someone carrying boxes or pushing a wheelchair is a small thing for you, but a great relief and help for the person for whom you held the door.

When math is easy for you, helping someone with math is a little thing. When math is difficult for someone, when they receive help it is a big thing.

I love our world and am glad to be here with you. Thank you for sharing your world with me.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Believe in You
God blessed our world with you.
God blessed me when we met online or in person.
Thank you.
Joan Y. Edwards

Stop People from Stealing Your Ebooks


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“Stop People from Stealing Your Ebooks” by Joan Y. Edwards

Oh my goodness! It is frustrating to discover someone has stolen your ebook and is offering it for a price or even for free. This is copyright infringement. I searched the internet for ways to combat this. I was delighted to discover Yowanda Black’s blog post:  “Ebook Theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book.”

Before You Publish or Reprint Your book

Yowanda Black. “Ebook theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book:” https://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft

  1. Yowanda says to put information at the back of your book with links to your other books.
  2. Put a notice similar to the following paragraph in your new books. “No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any electronic or mechanical means, including information storage and retrieval systems, without written permission from the author, except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.”
  3. Put something similar to this at the front of your book: “If you downloaded this as a free PDF file, it may be a stolen copy. Please use legal ways to get ebooks. Downloading these pdfs for free is copyright infringement. Help stop ebook piracy.”

After Your Book Is Published

ATTENTION: USE New BLASTY to help stop piracy of your books. It takes offenders off of Google, Safari, and Firefox search engines.

After I posted this on October 24, 2017, Peggles381 wrote in the comment area and shared about a new service called BLASTY http://www.blasty.co/. It is out of its beta stage now. 

I signed up. BLASTY service searches GOOGLE for illegal downloads of your copyrighted works. It also uses Chrome browser (designed by Google).  It found 34 pirate download pages for one of my books. Somehow, when you choose BLAST inside the Blasty website, it deletes that page from Google search engine. 

On November 10, 2017 I did an online interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder of Blasty: BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder

Do It Yourself – Take Down One Illegal Download Site at a Time

However, there’s another way to do it to report one torrent/illegal download site at a time: Here’s a link to complete a DMCA form (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) to get Google to take down a website that is infringing on your copyright: 
https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1&

I personally stopped 3 thieves from doing the free downloads of Joan’s Elder Care Guide by confronting the sites offering the free downloads of the pdfs.  The website hosts closed them down, however, there are 8-11 more on other websites. The number seems to keep on growing. If I spend all my time chasing them down, I’ll have less time to write and to illustrate. So, I’ve read these articles to make my plan of ACTION.

The easiest way I’ve found to stop piracy in its tracks is to use Blasty.co. Sign up for Blasty to stop piracy in its tracks. http://www.blasty.co

I don’t have all the answers. I do know that these resources and Peggles345 helped me. I believe they can help you, too. 

Resources

  1. Blasty.  Takes Pirating Websites off of Google Search Engine: http://www.blasty.co
  2. Derek Haines. “Ebook Piracy Is Rampant and Impossible to Stop:”https://www.justpublishingadvice.com/ebook-piracy-is-rampant-and-impossible-to-stop/.
  3. Google. “DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act Forms to take websites off of Google Search Engine:” https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/dmca-notice?pli=1&
  4. Joan Y. Edwards. BLASTY Stops Illegal Downloads: Interview with Olivier Zetlers, CEO and Cofounder https://joanyedwards.wordpress.com/2017/11/10/blasty-stops-illegal-downloads-interview-with-olivier-zetlers-ceo-and-cofounder/
  5. Kindlepreneur. “Book Copyright Page Examples ebook” https://kindlepreneur.com/book-copyright-page-examples-ebook/
  6. Molly Greene. “What to Do When Your Ebook Is Pirated?” http://www.molly-greene.com/what-to-do-when-your-ebook-is-pirated/
  7. Rachael Thompson. “5 How-to Tips: Handling the Dreaded eBook Pirates” http://badredheadmedia.com/2014/07/09/5-tips-handling-dreaded-ebook-pirates-guest-macpetreshock/
  8. Stevenamckay.com.
    Blasty: Is it any Goood? YES.” https://stevenamckay.com/2016/12/27/blasty-is-it-any-good-yes/
  9. Yowanda Black. “Ebook theft: 12 Things You Can Do to Stop Someone from Copying and Selling Your Book:” https://inkwelleditorial.com/prevent-ebook-theft

 

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