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Adventure with Honeybees

My adventure with honeybees was incredible. The bees buzzed and danced as I stood a curious onlooker to their fascinating lives.

How to Transfer Highlights and Notes from Your Kindle

Ever wonder how you can transfer highlights and notes from your kindle so you can read and use them? Kindle actually makes it easy.

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4 Ways to Jumpstart the Day

To jumpstart the day requires you have the desire to thrive. Some days are easier than others to rise and shine, though. It’s time to wipe the sleep away.

Become More Productive

5 Ways to Become More Productive

A person can’t be as productive if she isn’t happy. The reason why is because the opposite of happy is miserable, and misery doesn’t spark movement.

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The Benefits of Scuba Diving

So ever since I got back from my first scuba diving trip (in the Dutch island of Bonaire), I’ve had this really cool feeling of empowerment.

Fulfillment

How to Gain Satisfaction

To gain satisfaction in life, one must be willing to take leaps, get out of comfort, and change. The alternative is remaining unhappy.

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The Secret to Progress

The secret to progress is drive. To move forward takes time and focus, too. You must be willing to take that first step and keep moving.

“To progress, one has to be willing to let go of what is known and be open to new adventure.” Suzie 

progressWe all have things we want to accomplish. We set out with great intention only to be sidetracked by our psyche urging us to turn the other way and enjoy the lure of things within easy reach instead.

The Need for Progress

Maybe it’s that we want to be savvier with our money, get into better shape, or gain more knowledge so we can prosper in our careers. These things all take time, focus, and drive. They require a significant amount of patience and motivation to acquire.

Short cuts just seem easier, don’t they?

Short Cuts Block Real Progress

We’re all smart enough to know that to make any real progress, we must do the work. We can’t expect to run a company successfully without first acquiring the skill sets. We can’t expect to have a bestselling novel sustain its prominence in the market without first putting in the long hours of writing the book. We can’t expect to have healthy bodies without first treating our bodies with the respect of good nutrition and sensible exercise routines.

The reality is that we need to work to progress on those things that we deem important.

Progress Requires Sustained Action

As with any new venture, we set out on new goals fueled with what seems like a super human power. We might spend hours writing some fabulous scenes, reading a book on finance, or tackling the first week of a grueling exercise program. We feel on top of our game, fueled by euphoria from the first scene that took us on a glorious ride, from the first stock papertrade that went well, or from the first inch lost on our waistline.

Then, week two comes around and we find ourselves tempted to let the firm focus grip slide a little. Our old habits are staring us in the face begging for attention. To break an old habit, we need a sticking motivation something that will stand firm in the face of temptation. That’s when the real progress occurs.

A powerful motivator is usually an emotional one.

For instance, when it comes to my health, the drive is deeply rooted in a promise I made to myself after a great friend passed away 4 years ago. I will never again take my health for granted. He died of cancer too early in life and he would’ve given anything to have a healthy body. I have one, so I’m constantly reminded that I have to treat it with respect. It’s almost like if I don’t, then I’m disrespecting his battle. This is strong motivation for me tied inextricably to my emotions.

We’re all motivated for progress differently.

To find success, we must discover what makes us tick. If we don’t know yet what that thing is that’ll keep us strong in the face of adversity, we need to vigilantly keep searching for it.

 

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Reach out to others who are role models and doing what you want to be doing. Find out what keeps them focused and see if it mirrors your philosophies and touches you on an emotional level.

 

 

 

 

 

Never give up on your journey to discover the power that resides within you. The power to progress is in all of us.

Wishing you the very best,

Suzie Carr, novelist

 

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Top Things to Love

When I think of my top things to love, I could go on for a long time. When love exists, even a gray, rainy day can feel like the most blissful gift in the world.

Secret - 10 Day You Challenge

Today is day nine of my ten day “you” challenge…and guess what’s on topic?

Yup, Love.

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Here are my top 9 loves:

1. I love my family.
2. Walking my dogs in the still of the morning.
3. Writing.
4. I love to listen to birds chirping. It’s the sweetest sound at 3 am.
5. The smell of the ocean.
6. Working out. To do Insanity and Turbofire at 4 am, I have to love exercise.
7. I love singing “I’m Yours” and “Alleluia” when I’m cooking.
8. Of course anyone who has read my books knows how much I love sangria!
9. The movies The Shawshank Redemption and Good Will Hunting are my favorites, and the only two I can watch over and over again.

Let’s hear your top 9 loves.

Feel free to post here or start your own ten day ‘you’ challenge on your blog and share your blog in the comments.

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PS 10 secrets

Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr

Above all else, love.

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Here are 10 Secrets to Share

My friend, Tami Marie, blogged the other day, and WOW, did her 10 Secrets Post, part of her Ten Day ‘You’ Challenge, ever pique my interest.

The concept – 10 ‘themes’ in 10 days.

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Day 1 – 10 Secrets

Tami was kind enough to encourage me to post the Ten Day You Challenge on my blog as well. So…. here goes.

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My 10 secrets. Oye!

Here I go….

1. The most blissful sound to me is hearing my dog Sunshine snore.
2. I read a random page from The Secret every morning.
3. I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing the miracle of healing through the skilled hands of a Reiki Master.
4. I’m afraid of getting old.
5. Whenever I hear familiar church music, I tear up.
6. I majored in public speaking in college because I feared it. I wanted to prove to myself that I could do it. I ended up loving it and graduated in the top 5% of my class.
7. My guilty pleasure is watching American Idol.
8. Most all of my accomplishments in life have been the result of someone telling me they doubted I could achieve them.
9. I believe with all of my heart that I came face to face with my guardian angel.
10. I fear crowds because I was almost crushed at a concert when I was twenty.

Any surprises there? Fellow bloggers, I challenge you to participate as well by posting your ten day challenge on your blog. I’d love to see them, so be sure to leave your url in a comment below!

Come on, let’s see your 10 Secrets!

Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr

What’s Your Mantra?

Mantras – so powerful, right?

I love a good mantra!

I live by one mantra in particular that has seen me through many stressful moments: “I have my health, therefore I have everything.”

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A mantra can lift us up.

When the rest of the world seems to press against us, a mantra can be that saving grace that helps us get back up on our feet.

What makes a mantra powerful?

A mantra should be short, poignant, and click with your heart.

Just for kicks, I tossed out a tweet and post on my Facebook Fan Page asking others if they used a mantra to help them dig deeper and get them through their tough moments. I wanted to share some of these inspiring ones.

Borrow a mantra from this list:

  • “Clear your mind, center your soul.”
  • “Nothing is happening TO you. Things are just happening.”
  • “Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid.” Basil King
  • “I am whole, perfect, strong, powerful, loving, harmonious, happy, healthy, wealthy, and so thankful for all gifts my life.”
  • “I am not afraid of tomorrow, because I have seen yesterday and I LOVE today!”
  • “You will never get what you want as long as you’re jealous of what other people have.”
  • “If you cannot believe in yourself … you cannot believe in anything.”
  • “Forward momentum – something is better than nothing.”
  • “Even if you cut off my arms, I will still create art.”

Sometimes I think the characters in my novels could use some of these mantras to get them out of their many conflicting positions. (ha) One in particular who comes to mind is Becca in Tangerine Twist for those moments when she went a little off the deep end due to her sudden dive into fame. She could’ve used the “Clear your mind, center your soul” one for sure!

Do you use a mantra to get you through those tough moments? Feel free to share. Let’s inspire each other!

 

Don’t be shy. Share your mantra!

Wishing you the very best,
Suzie Carr, novelist