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Here we are in a new year! Can you believe that 2015 is history and 2016 is now here! What are your plans for the coming year? Though I am not big on New Year’s Resolutions, i am big on taking a little time at the beginning of the year to decide where I want to go now. Here is what I have planned for this blog this year.

This post not only marks my first blog post of the year but it also is my 201st post on How My Spirit Sings! 2015 has definitely been a busy year for me and i expect 2016 to be even busier, except in a somewhat different way. The day before yesterday I went over the final edits of two the two booklets that I have written. One is Help from Kelp and the other is Using Diatomaceous Earth in the House and Garden.  Within the month these two books should be ready for general distribution. I do however did get a few of each published yesterday. I had them published so that I could have some ready for the Ozarks Sustainable Living University.. The University will be held the first day January 23rd at Faith in God Church where I am pastor and the second day will be at the Next Step church on the other side of town.

To promote these two books, I have started a Facebook page called Naturally Improving our lives. Click here to Check it out and Like!

Every Journey Begins with a single step.

Every Journey Begins with a single step.

 

Changing Days of my Blog Postings

I am changing the days of the week that I post this blog. Beginning next week, I won’t be doing Monday and Friday posts. Instead I will be writing blogs on Tuesday and Thursday, but will continue writing my Wednesday Christian based blog post. This way I will put up three new posts a week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and not have any on the other four days.

Tuesdays-The Productive Writer

On Tuesdays, I will be writing about how to be a productive writer. I am a very productive writer. Last year I finished the final edits on three full length novels, wrote the second draft of three novels, wrote a complete first draft of another. I also wrote two nonfiction booklets about diatomaceous earth and another about kelp. I also started two more nonfiction books about how I have always avoided writer’s block. Add to that, the fact that I have written three blog posts almost every week since the beginning of last year and you should be able to see that I practice what I preach.

Wednesdays-A Year of God’s Gifts

A couple of days ago I told that God has numerous gifts that he wants to give us, but for what ever reason, we either don’t know about or feel that we don’t deserve these gifts. This year, every week I am going to share one of these many gifts that he has for us. If we are willing to accept them, that is.

Thursdays-The Marketing Focus

Last year my main focus was on being a productive writer and preparing to market my books. Though I do intend to publish several books, this year, since I have a number of books out, my primary focus is switching from writing my books to marketing those books. Like last year, I will be dividing my year into three sections. The first four months I will be focusing on marketing myself. The middle four months will be focusing on marketing my books, and the last four months will be related to marketing my writing business.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church  1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on Hwy 63. Sunday services are at 10 am and Wednesday night Bible Study at 6:30 pm.   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, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Always Darkest Before the Dawn

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I have spent far too much time alone lately. The church has not had the attendance that I would have liked so there have been Sunday morning and Wednesday night services where I have been the only one there. Also, I had been trying to contact my daughter for several weeks and she was ignoring my calls. I can’t tell you how frustrated I was and even more so I was lonely. Even though I attended activities with friends and even had perfect strangers visit me between services, I will felt neglected. Last Thursday night I was at an all time low and I called a friend to cry on her shoulder. You may ask, what does all of this have to do with latching onto new opportunities, well, its what happened after I hung up with my friend that things started to change. Within twelve hours, I had a completely different perspective.

Facebook Family Messaging

My friend suggested that I contact my son in Hawaii and talk to him. I messaged him on Facebook and told him about the situation with his sister and went about my business. Then a little later, my daughter finally contacted me. I am not certain if he contacted her first or whether it was a coincidence, but next thing I knew he was on FB messenger and we talked a lot time about what they were doing and what their plans were. The two of them were conversing to one another and they were conversing separately with me too. We all talked for over two hours. In the conversation, my daughter agreed to come down to stay with me a few days as well. Definitely good results.

An Amazing Phone Call

This morning, I was thinking about the time with my adult children when the phone rang. I answered it and it was Mike H. Brown from Springfield, Missouri. He had ordered my gardening book which I had sent to him along with a letter with some ideas that I had to help him do something that he had planned. He told me that he now had a name for the company and I was the one who came up with the name. I thought how cool is that. He then told me about some work that he wanted to send my way. That will probably occur next month. Plus he offered me some advice and more. (I won’t go into the details. Eventually I will be able to be more specific, but he offered to help open some doors not just in my writing career, but also with the church. I could jump in with both feet at this time, but I think that I will have to wait until I have finished the writing projects that I intended to finish by the end of the year. I have less than two weeks and none of those projects are completed yet.

Next Year is Shaping Up to Be a Banner Year

Over the past year, my confidence has soared and I will be bringing that into the coming year. With those books finished, the New year is shaping up to be a banner year for me. I intend to launch two booklets, two fiction books and two nonfiction writing books. In addition, I will be helping with that startup company. Plus there’s the fact that I am going to be focusing more of my time on marketing and sales of my books than I ever have before.I have already started gathering ideas.  I cannot wait to see what unseen opportunities will come my way next.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri.  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, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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