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Sorry I am So Late Today Getting My Blog out There

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Catching up on my blog post for today.

I usually have my blogs written before the day that it is due and I schedule it ahead of time. Over the weekend I work at a job for 12 hour shifts Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so I don’t have much time to do anything over the weekend and I do the blog post for Monday the week before. I didn’t get a chance last week because I was moving out of the house I shared into my own travel trailer. I had bought it over a month ago, and my son was supposed to move it and he didn’t get around to moving it until a week ago Saturday. After that, we had the holiday weekend so I wasn’t able to get it leveled until Tuesday and electricity didn’t get hooked up until Wednesday. I needed to be moved out by the first so I made a mad dash to get everything moved on Thursday. (As I said, I work 12 hour shifts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so moving those days was out of the question.) Anyway, so here’s today’s blog. A little late in the day, and perhaps a little abbreviated, but here it is. (Did I mention that I am writing this from the library because I do not have internet at home?)

The Beginning Of A New Month

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Here it is, the beginning of a new month and a new affirmation. Because I am enjoying applying  50 Lessons Of The World’s Greatest Achiever, I will continue working through that book here on my blog. However, because I have two more books that I want to finish by the end of the year, I am going to be focusing my attention during this month and next on finishing the second drafts of both of those books. I can do that if I write a hefty 1000 words every day for the next 60 days.

My Affirmation is: I am a prolific writer!

This is in addition to writing three blog posts per week, writing 7 Bubblews per week and of course working on improvements on my trailer and doing a little gardening at my new place. I put in a small vegetable garden a couple weeks ago there, but the deer have eaten most of it. I guess I will have to move the garden closer to the trailer.

In a way it is good that I have limited access to internet right now because I will be forced to prioritize my time on the internet. I always try to look at the bright side of any situation and try to make the best of it as well. Well, have a great June and enjoy a productive prolific summer. Until next post! (It should be on time on Wednesday!)

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Where I am in My Total Life Makeover Affirmations Of Previous Months

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January” ” I am organized and productive.” Since I have been getting ready to move, I have gone through my things again and threw out more of what I want bcause I am continuing to downsize.

February: “I am energetic, fit,, strong, and healthy”..I am continuing to eat healthy foods. However, I have not been exercising as I should have.

March:  “I First seek to Understand, then seek to be understood” regarding this affirmation, my focus has been on my family. To tell the truth, this is probably the one affirmation that I find most difficult. I am discovering that I am really resenting that my daughter is getting close with my husband’s girlfriend and that I have being squeezed out of her life. I am trying to be understanding, but all I feel is anger.

April:“I am a spiritual being in a physical body”. I have been spending a lot of time this month building on this affirmation. This month I added Wednesday Bible Studies here on How My Spirit Sings and on Sundays, I write another short Bible Study on Bubblews. The Bible Study on Bubblews has been getting a lot of  attention. I have enjoyed the conversations that I have had with people on that site.

May’s Affirmation

:” I am In Control of My Destiny.”

This month, I have been trying to step out of my comfort zone and do things that show that I am indeed in control of my own destiny. This month on Sunday 5/17/2015 I went to church three times on that same day, and on the last time, I asked the pastor of the church if I could give the message on June 7. As of yet, I have not had a confirmation of that request. In another situation, I got a new to me travel trailer in which to live. In addition, the location where we were to put the trailer fell through and I was required to make several calls to help me decide where to set up the trailer.

I have been digesting the book 50 lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever. by Vic Johnson. From this book I have been worked on various ways to remind myself that I and no one else is in control of my destiny.

This month I had a photo taken to use in advertizing, social media,and on my book covers. In addition, I re-edited my book When God Turned His Head again.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Reminders All Around

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In this post, I  continue the 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson, by continuing to focus on the good. When I are working to achieve our goals, I am often confronted by negativity. Therefore in order to keep focused on the good, I need to remind myself of the accomplishments I have already made on my journey in reaching my goals.

In the book, Vic Johnson suggests that I should post Post it Notes all over the house to remind me of my achievements. As I look back over my life, I see numerous accomplishments. Some are directly related to the goals that I am working to accomplish, but the others are just as important.

Taking A Chance

When I was twenty years old, I decided to go to California to pursue my dream of being a writer. I quit the dead end job that I was dong and went out to California by bus, alone and without knowing anyone out there. It was quite the adventure and when I tell about it, people are amazed that I would take such a chance. The adventure only lasted two days, then my money ran out and I returned home. I tried to write from my own bedroom, but my parents insisted that I get a job.

My Military Experience

About two years after I went to California, I joined the US Navy I was on  Active Duty for six years and then ten years as a reservist. I trained as a corpsman, specialized in neuro-psychiatry, and trained as a Field Corpsman who went out with the Marines.

Homesteading Skills

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My youngest with one of the baby goats we raised.

 

After my active duty military time, I lived in numerous places where I used the gardening skills that I developed as I experimented with various gardening techniques.

In addition, I learned about raising chickens and raising goats.

Helping Children Learn

Some of my accomplishments involve children. I have always loved reading, so one thing that I like to do is teach children how to read. I have taught two of my own children how to read. (I could not teach my older son because he was dyslexic.)My middle son I helped teach the letters and letter sounds, but someone else gets credit for putting it all together.  I also taught two other girls how to read. I taught my daughter how to read before she started kindergarten.

Another thing that I taught all of the children I mentioned above (including my elder son) plus several others is how to tell time. In both teaching both, I learned something very valuable myself. Both reading and telling time involves numerous steps that without mastering any step, the whole process would be lacking.

I home schooled each of my own children for about a year each.

Nursing

I went to nursing school in 2003. I did well in school and graduated with honors. However, I soon learned that nursing had little to do with my passion. The only part of nursing that I like was when I taught others about their diagnosis and their medications. I didn’t like doing procedures or actually giving medications, the things that nurses are normally known for. From this experience, I learned that just because you can learn about something, doesn’t mean that you should make it a career.

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What should I do now?

College

Last July, I graduated  Magna Cum Laude. with my Liberal Arts degree.

Authorship

The theme that is interwoven in all of my goals is the fact that I am developing as a self published author who wants to get more of my books into the hands of more readers. I have published two novels (the third one ready for publication but not published yet) and I have published one non-fiction book.

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Spiritual Achievement

Some things don’t follow a timeline, and my spiritual achievement is one of those that don’t. I have been to numerous types of churches since I was a child.. I read through the Bible the first time when I was twelve years old. I have read through it several times since then. I also have taken numerous Bible courses over the years. A few years ago I got my ordination. Over the past several years I have written about my Biblical experience.

Impressed By My Own Achievements

As I look over this list of things that I have done over my lifetime, I realize that I should never trivialize my achievements. I have made some very impressive contributions. I realize that I need to recognize for myself my achievements and pat myself on my own back. “Good Work!

Adding To The List

This, of course, is not the end. This is simply the beginning. As I make more achievements, I will make Post It Notes with those achievements too.

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


Counting My Blessings

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For several months last year I spent some time as a member of The Champion’s Club run by  Vic Johnson the author of  50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever. One of the things that he always stressed was the idea that in order to improve our business, we first need to improve ourselves. One of the best ways to make ourselves better people is by seeing the good in every situation.

This is why every night before I go to bed, I write down at least two things that I found was a blessing for me that day. Before I decide which two things to feel thankful for,  I have to feel the gratitude expressed. It may be something that I felt grateful for before, but there has to be something special about that gratitude that relates to that specific day.

My Blessings

Here’s a sample of some of my more recent blessings:

  1. I  am blessed with three wonderful children. All three of them are taking what like has given them and made the most of their lives.
  2. I blessed by the inspiration of  both of my parents. Both overcame physical disabilities and raised six healthy children.
  3. I am blessed with great friends who help me when I need it.
  4. i am blessed with a sound, creative mind.
  5. I am blessed with good health, and not dependent on any medications.
  6. I am blessed with a travel trailer that is fully paid for.
  7. I am blessed with a small truck that is fully paid for.
  8. I am blessed that I am learning self-discipline.
  9. I am blessed in that I have a love for continuous learning.
  10. I am blessed with a job that provides me with cash flow so that I can continue my passion of writing my novels and online articles.

The Art of Doing Exceptional Work

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Another aspect of seeing the silver lining , in addition to counting my blessings, is in doing something excellent relating to my goals on a daily basis. There are certain things that do every day toward reaching my goals. One of those things is that every day I work on learning Spanish using the online program Duolingo. However, I always try to do something else that leads toward my goals. Recently, my goals have involved raising the bar on the books that I have put out. I have recently had a professional photograph done of me as an author. I have again been rewriting my first book and intend to let my beta readers tear it up.

There is a fine line between determining to do excellent work and do it to the best of my ability and being a perfectionist. With perfectionism, we are often danger of not giving ourselves allowance to  do imperfect work as we learn to become more and more excellent. As perfectionists, we tend to want to do it all ourselves because we don’t think anyone can possibly do it as well as we can ourselves. This sets us up for procrastination depriving us of doing our best. Doing our best is what excellence is all about.

When we look for the silver lining in our daily pursuits, we feel better about ourselves. in the process, we try to excel even more because we want to prove to ourselves that we can do better than the day before. We become more self-confident. Self confidence leads to better performance and better performance leads to improved skills overall.

 

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


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Create your own destiny and learn how to fly!

 

A few weeks ago, I saw the movie the Secret Life of Walter Mitty, and I have also seen the movie The Bucket List. What is it that both of these movies have in common? In both of these movies, the men realized that life is a journey and in due time, it comes to an end.  The most important thing we discover at the end concerns whether we really lived our lives or if we simply go through the motions of living.

Creating My Bucket List

The first lesson in the book 50 Lessons I Learned From The World’s Greatest Achiever by Vic Johnson is to create a list of life goals that we want to accomplish over the course of our lifetime that if you complete the list at the end of your life you feel as though you had a complete and wonderful life.. I have already done a lot of the things that I always wanted to do in my life. I have traveled to most of the United States. I was in the military (all state side), I had three wonderful children, and so far I have written and published 3 books with the fourth one almost ready to publish as well. I wrote my list as so far, my list consists goals related to being an author including writing, marketing, and speaking, and goals related to traveling (including learning languages). Still other goals are related to living healthy including exercise, proper diet, and living a simple life. My ultimate goal is to travel the world at leisure, writing, marketing, and speaking along the way. It also includes what could be the opposite, a simple home where I can live off what I grow as a person.

 

Thinking Outside The Box

The second lesson in the book relates to thinking outside of the box. The idea here relates to the idea presented in the book Acre of Diamonds where a man sold everything he had, including his farm in South Africa to search for diamonds. He died broke. Several years after his death, the largest diamond field in the world was discovered right on the farm that he had sold years earlier. This story relates to the premise that what we want in life is usually right in our own backyard. In other words, look around you and looking at your surroundings with a different viewpoint.

This step involves a radical step of identifying a goal and taking massive action to begin accomplishing that goal.

I am taking two massive goals this month. First  Goal I am: “Developing a simple lifestyle so that I can focus my resources toward traveling, writing, and speaking in different locals”.To start going in this direction, at the end of April, I bought a used travel trailer that I am moving out onto my friends’ place at the edge of a national park to live in and to fix up. I plan to later this month that begin doing a little gardening. Maybe next month I will be able to get a few chickens and a goat.

The second Goal that I am taking Massive action on is: “Become a best-selling author.” A step that I have taken this month is that yesterday I had a session with a professional photographer for my author photograph on my books. In addition, I have updated my bio and the cover descriptions on all of my books. I intend to have help coordinating the covers of The Locket Saga so that they don’t just look like individual books, but that they look like books in a series. I will put all of these aspects together and update my books by the end of the month. Then I will update my website and include these new looks to my books on my site.

Creating A Dream Board

This lesson involves identifying who you want to be and create a dream board.

In this exercise, I created a dream board with the words Speaking, Ministering, Author as the center. Then I used mind mapping to create words that describe that sort of person.

Words that I used to describe this person that I want to become would include radio blog, Bible courses, speak at churches, Youtube videos, visit women’s groups, helping people, sharing what I know with others, traveling around the country, and visiting book stores,  festivals, meeting many different people, It involves living in peace, living healthy, and living simply.

 

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.


50 lessons

Here we are in a new month. Last month I read a book by Vic Johnson twice. It was called 50 lessons I Learned From The World’s #1 Goal Achiever. In this book, Vic shares the life lessons from John Goddard the adventurer, explorer, author and lecturer. In 50 lessons, he teaches about how each of us can create our own success.

John Goddard had an experience when he was fifteen years old that changed his life. He was in his family kitchen when he heard one of his parents’ friends that he wished he was “John’s age again” and that he wished he could start over. This inspired John to write down 127 specific life goals. He accomplished most of these goals along with another 400 that he set through his life’s journey. The fact that he had a rare form of cancer did not keep him from his goals.

Vic tells how he met John. In 2006, Vic cold-called Goddard and was shocked when the famous man agreed to meet with Vic and his wife Lisa for dinner at his home. They met again numerous times over the next several years.

The book’s message is this

” Live your life as You see fit, not to listen to what the naysayers and even your own fears would have you believe is possible.”

 

This month I intend to use the lessons that I have learned to guide the affirmation that I am focusing on this month. That affirmation is

: I create my own destiny.”

God’s Will Is That We Live Our Lives

This may seem to some people like the opposite of my focus last month which had to do with my spirituality as a Christian. Doesn’t God determine our destiny? Well, the truth is, God gave us a will to do with as we wish. He gave us creative ability to spend our time on this earth either to his glory or to our own. Take my novels, for example. My novels are my own creation, but at the same time i believe that it is my destiny to write them. I believe that someone somewhere will be blessed through my work.

This Month’s Project

Every blog post this month on Mondays and Fridays, I am going to go through the lessons from the book and apply them to my own life. I am not certain how far I will get through the fifty lessions this month, but the goal is to get as far as possible at applying the action steps that are part of this book. I hope that it blesses you, my blog readers as much as it blesses me.

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Donna Brown is an ordained minister. As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues. Her upcoming book A Coward’s Solace will be available soon. Click here for more information about Cygnet Brown and her books.

 

 

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