MUSINGS

ENDURING MUSINGS: Creating Your Journaling Routine

Happy Friday, Optimists!

In my first book, The Optimist’s Guide to Journaling, I talk about the benefits of journaling and with my business, The Optimist Kit, I am curating and delivering  journal writing arsenals right to your door!

Journal writing should be a soothing and easy going activity, so setting the mood with a simple routine, experimenting with various types of journals and challenging your writing sessions can not only boost your creativity but also prepare you for the ultimate mental escape.

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When creating a journaling routine remember the follow:

  • Set the Mood
  • Experiment
  • Challenge

SET THE MOOD

Think of journal writing as your “Me”time minus the tub and bubbles. Here are some easy yet great ways to set the mood for your next journal session:

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Light a candle and play some music. It’s been said that certain scents can not only improve our moods but also ignite our creativity. Create a playlist (Hey Spotify) based on your mood and put it in rotation during your session. The next time you sit down to reflect,  light a citrus scented candle to get innovative or ignite your favorite scent (Japanese Cherry Blossom for me).
Grab a drink! Go on, pick your poison (mine is coffee or tea- during this session, it was root  beer) Sip and write. Sip and write.
Grab a drink! Go on, pick your poison (mine is coffee or tea- during this session, it was root beer) Sip and write. Sip and write. 
A sweet treat! Reward yourself for a job well done. It know it's a journal entry but it's a victory nonetheless and all the more reason to celebrate. Go on an indulge a little during your writing session and enjoy yourself.
A sweet treat! Reward yourself for a job well done. I know it’s a journal entry but it’s a victory nonetheless and all the more reason to celebrate. Go on an indulge a little during your writing session and enjoy yourself from start to finish.
Use your favorite pen. It's a minute detail but sometimes the right pen can set the mood for one of your greatest writing sessions.
Use your favorite pen. It’s a minute detail but sometimes the right pen can set the mood for one of your greatest writing sessions.

EXPERIMENT: Try your hand at different types of journaling. From art journaling to list journals. I love doing collage journals. They keep the creativity flowing and each one that I finish is a work of art that I can look back at from time to time.

It’s always fun to try a new type of journaling for 30 days and reflect on your experience with it when you’re done.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF… With journal prompts! Freewriting is fun but prompts challenge us to focus on one topic at a time, they open us up and help up unlock inner thoughts.

Journaling is meant to be reflective, fun and inspirational, so why not develop a routine that allows you to unwind and enjoy what’s to come. When creating a journaling routine remember to set a relaxing mood and atmosphere, try your hand at various types of journaling and challenge yourself through the use of a journal prompt or two.

Do you have a journaling routine? How do you set the mood for your journaling session? Share your routines with me on Instagram (@the_enduringoptimist) and use the hashtag #journalsession

Until next time, stay blessed and unique all!

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FINDS

ENDURING FINDS: 5 Creative Steps to Facing Your Fears NOW!

Good Morning Optimists!

I am back this week with new posts for you and today’s post is a  inspirational one.

But first I have to ask…what are YOU scared of?  Yep, what are you so afraid of that it’s holding you back from chasing your dreams?

Face it, we are or have been scared of something at one point or another in our lives. I think that our truest forms of fear kick in when we truly want to achieve something. I have found that when you are purpose driven, fear can be one of the biggest roadblocks on our journeys.

Since deciding to write and self publish my first book and relaunch my business, fear has done its best to take hold of me BUT, I made a promise to myself that this time around, I would defeat fear. I also knew that this time around, I would need a serious plan in order to conquer my fear.  That plan inspired this post and why I am here to share with you my 5 creative steps to facing your fears.

1. DRAFT A PLAN: First, grab a notebook and a pen; dedicate a single goal to that notebook . Next, create your action plan. Reflect on what you want to accomplish? How you will accomplish that goal? And think about what you will need to accomplish your goal. During this drafting period, I recommend creating a SMART Goal or two based on what your desired accomplishment is.

2. SEEK A BUDDY: I learned from my days in the Army that the “buddy system” is a great way to keep you accountable and motivated.  Select someone who you can trust to be your accountability partner and additional support and motivation. Schedule weekly meet ups to check in and talk about any issues that may arise while on your journey. Also know that your buddy doesn’t have to be someone who lives on your street, or a close friend you can also find a buddy through some of your strong, virtual friendships via social media.

My buddy just so happens to be my book editor too. We live in 2 different states however thanks to technology we can check in daily via emails and Facebook to ensure that we are staying on task and the right track. When I feel stuck or down and vice versa, we talk it out together and it’s a beautiful thing.

Having a buddy that not only helps keep you accountable, it also keeps you motivated AND it keeps our goals personal NOT public. Social media has turned us into town criers so to speak; we post almost every single thing that we do and feel. When choosing your buddy DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT post your search on social media. Chances are you instinctively know who you want your accountability partner to be, so go on, don’t be shy….ASK!

3. JUST DO IT! Don’t sue me, Nike but it’s true. You have your action plan, you have your accountability buddy, so let’s get started!

Sometimes the best (and not so creative) way to get over a fear is to just go out on a limb and take that leap which is exactly what I did when I decided to write my first book. Believe it or not, I had actually decided to write my book months- yes, MONTHS ago but my fear of lack of support, feeling inadequate  and so forth halted me and made me second guess myself to the point that I almost didn’t write the book.

I had so many fears and they each had a strong hold on me but I knew what I wanted to achieve. I had a goal and wanted to make it happen no matter what the outcome.

One common thing that stops us from taking a chance on ourselves is everyone else. Suddenly, our friends on social media are subconsciously dictating our goals, we find ourselves comparing our successes from a friend’s like apples and oranges and if someone doesn’t like our status about how we just spent 2 hours doing something that really only matters to us, it’s the end of the world, right?

WRONG!

Close the apps, shut off your phones, set goals, find a buddy and take action. Don’t give fear time to settle in your mind, body and spirit, make moves and achieve your dreams.

4. DOCUMENT TINY WINS: Remember that notebook I talked in the beginning of this post? The one that should house your action plan? Skip a page or two and dedicate the rest of your notebook to tracking your progress and all of your achievements.

While on your quest to facing your fears, please know that everyday will not be perfect but that doesn’t mean that you can’t celebrate the tiniest of victories.

Every day, write down your tiny wins. Spent 20 minutes brainstorming blog posts for that website you always wanted to create?

THAT’S A WIN!

Called two potential clients?

THAT’S A WIN!

Woke up this morning.

THAT’S DEFINITELY A WIN!

5. WHEN FEAR HITS….REFLECT ON IT: Fear has a tendency to be a gigantic elephant in the smallest of rooms which is exactly why it should be acknowledged.

Yep, I said it. You can say it too.

Say it with me: ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR FEAR!

Don’t just acknowledge your fear verbally, do it visually and emotionally too. You can reflect on your fear in a variety of ways:

  • “Dear Fear” Write a letter to your fear. Chances are it won’t be a love letter but simply acknowledging your fear and how it makes you feel is very important and needed in order to face them and accomplish your goals.
  • Finish these sentences…
    • I’m scared because…
    • My biggest fear right now is…
    • I’m second guessing myself because…

Be honest with yourself about your fears. It makes no sense to hold on to them because they will only hold you back. When reflecting on your fears think: ACKNOWLEDGE AND PRESS ON. 

We have greatness to achieve.

Do you have a goal you want to achieve? Share your goal and one of the fears stopping you in the comments filed below.

Until next time, stay blessed and optimistic!

-The Enduring Optimist

LIFE

ENDURING LIFE: Coming Soon!

Good Morning, Unique Ones!

Did you miss me? I took the last few weeks of August off to get my mind on track and get to work on a few projects.

One of them is coming in October and I am here to share some of the details, including a picture too.

Are you ready?

I am getting ready to publish my FIRST book! Yep, that’s right! I am publishing my first book about journaling.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you….

The Optimist's Guide to Journaling COMING OCTOBER 2014
The Optimist’s Guide to Journaling COMING OCTOBER 2014

I am so excited to finally buckle down and write this book! I have read a few journaling guides; however; I wanted to provide my own take on the concept of journaling and I have included quite a few journal prompts too.

My guide will discuss the benefits of journaling, a fun quiz to help you find out what kind of “journalist” you are and includes some of my personal antidotes about journal writing too!

The goal with this book has been to create a guide that will help and encourage you to start and/or continue  journaling, inspire you to use journaling as more than a daily account of your daily life but also as a way to document your journey through life and motivate you to put the past in the past and unleash your inner voice.

I will be announcing the official release date this month, so stay tuned!

If you sign up for my Optimist Weekly newsletter, you will get updates on new book before anyone! Sign up for the Optimist Weekly here.

Until next time, stay blessed Unique Ones!

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MUSINGS

ENDURING MUSINGS: Become an Optimist and sign up for my NEW newsletter!

Good Morning Unique Ones!

Happy Monday and welcome to a brand new week. I know that I normally post on Wednesdays and Fridays but I am taking some off time this week and possibly for the rest of the month to work on a few projects for both my blog and my business.

One of those special projects is….A NEWSLETTER!

Yep, I am working on creating a weekly newsletter, slated for release in September. This newsletter- The Optimist Weekly will be packed with creative ideas, inspiration and motivation, not mention weekly journal prompts, sneak peeks into new blog posts and special offers too.

I don’t want you to miss it, so please take just a minute to sign up here! Please know that I will not use sell your information and know that you can opt out of receiving the newsletter at any time.

Please spread the word as well as I will be making many announcements via my newsletter!

Sign up today and become an optimist!

Stay blessed and creative,

TEOLOGO1

MUSINGS

ENDURING MUSINGS: She Who Creates- Lindsey Adams

Celebrating Innovative Sisterhood
Celebrating Innovative Sisterhood

At first sight, when you see Lindsey Adams, you see a beautiful, lively being with fabulous natural hair but after she shares her story with you, you realize that Ms. Adams is an inspirational force to be reckoned with.

Lindsey then and Lindsey now!
Lindsey then and Lindsey now!

Lindsey M. Adams is an obesity survivor who lost over 140 pounds without surgery  and the owner of Lindsey M. Adams, LLC.  Lindsey is a  motivational speaker and weight loss coach, helping people break free from the bondage of obesity. Through her speaking engagements  and leadership, she shares her story of awakening,  provides resources that have worked for her, practical advice and strategies for weight loss.  Through her hands on approach, Lindsey keeps her clients organized and  accountable for their own success in her program which helps eliminate the anxiety, fear and discouragement many people experience during weight loss. Lindsey aids her audiences and customers with organized speeches that are personal, entertaining and inspiring.

I was blessed with the opportunity to hear Lindsey speak about her breakthrough and it was so moving. By the time she was finished, I was on the verge of tears and truly motivated. What I have come to love about Lindsey’s mission is that it’s not size specific, meaning that you can be 250 pounds or you can 150 pounds, no matter where you are on the scale, Lindsey speaks directly to your heart.

For the essence of She Who Creates, I asked Lindsey a few questions about what inspires her and how she was able to turn her testimony into a business. Here’s what she had to say:

What inspired your weight loss?

My accountability partner, Stacey confronted me about my weight. At 5’5, I was over 300 lbs. She had the revelation of the devil’s plan to kill me through my weight. I was in a life or death situation with sleep apnea, high blood pressure and high cholesterol and I was malnourished and suffering from extremely dehydration. I was able to commit because Stacey gave me the book  Devil I’m Training My Healthy Back  by Dr. Jawanza Kunjufu. This book provided me with the basic principals of health and I was able to renew my mind enough to fight for my life.

 What motivates you to keep up the fabulous work?

Having a plan is a great motivator for me. I have to set goals. The past motivates me to walk in wisdom, learn from my mistakes and to keep growing. I am motivated to achieve what my parents have and more. I am also motivated by the great need in this world for love and that I have the power of God in me to achieve anything in His will.

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When did you realize that your journey was your professional calling?

When I lost the weight I knew it was my calling, because the world and I would have never thought I was going to be a survivor obesity. I was supposed to die fat, deal with obesity related disease and live under my purpose and potential. But once I accepted grace, yielded to authority and worked my butt off, I lost 140 lbs, one pound at a time.

I realized that I was a walking miracle when my then doctor Kwame Fouche asked why I had not vlogged about weight loss journey when I had a successful Youtube channel. He encouraged me to share it and the video blew all my  other videos out the water. Then, in September of 2013, I attended the  ARISE Entrepreneurship Program; entrepreneur and business owner, Summer Alexander told me I could monetize my story and that I was sitting on my own nest egg. She believed in my ability to have a business as a motivational speaker.

 How do you want to inspire others through your business?

To break free of the bondage of obesity, to let go of laziness and overeating in order to bring them into a better relationship with God. To speak, act, dress and live as their best selves. To be able to see that God loves them, knows them and understands them through seeing His mighty hand throughout their weight loss journey. To know that by submitting to the process that I speak and vlog about, God will use them to be the light to others around them.

 What advice can you offer anyone looking to turn their testimony into a business?

To ensure first that God is in their business. You must first understand your purpose and that you have sought wise counsel and advice about your purpose/business. Accept that your business will change others lives, but give all the glory back to God. You are just the vessel being used. Get ready for warfare. Fighting doubt, laziness and procrastination is a big part of the purpose driven assignment.

Lindsey M. Adams  is a national speaker at workshops, seminars, conferences and conventions. She also offers one-on-one weight loss coach helping others lose weight.

For information and inspiration, check out Lindsey’s blog: www.lindseymadams.com

Be sure to LIKE Lindsey’s Facebook Page for daily does of faith, style and inspiration.

Chicagoans! Don’t miss Lindsey’s WIN@Weight Loss event. Lindsey will be discussing her weight loss journey in depth, along with share the tools and resources that she has used along the way. Get your tickets today for just $20! Her early bird special goes through August 31st and you can get your tickets for just $15! Order your tickets here.

If you would like to be featured in my She Who Creates series, contact me at theenduringmind@gmail.com SUBJECT: She Who Creates.

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LIFE

ENDURING LIFE: TEW2 Book Launch Recap

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This past Saturday, I was blessed with an opportunity to be a part of the social media team for the TEW2 book launch.

TEW aka The Entrepreneur Within is an inspirational book made for entrepreneurs. The book was curated by Julie Holloway, a graphic design and entrepreneur. The book featured a handful of stories from fellow entrepreneurs that Julie has networked and/or worked with and their motivational advice on the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur.

The TEW moment took off and has inspired many aspiring entrepreneurs- myself included, to truly discover and cultivate the entrepreneur within us all. When the secret came out that Julie was working on book two, the excitement was contagious.

Julie had brought together 18 business owners to share their stories of awakening, struggle and success and jam packed it all in The Entrepreneur Within 2!

The book launch took place on a beautiful Saturday morning on the patio of  a small, chic eatery known as BITES Asian Tapas.

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Attendees of the book launch took in the causal scenery while we mingled with some of the authors of the second book, shared our excitement for the book and shopped with the vendors featured at the event.

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Social media member, Kristen Hayman (Jane Thang Productions)  chats with Angelique Jackson, the Founding Executive Director of Miss Congeniality Girls during the event.

 

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SPOTTED: Branding Specialist and She’s In Color founder Aaja Corinne came to celebrate the launch of TEW2 and congratulated Julie on her latest endeavor.
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Branding Specialist, Aaja Corinne and the TEW proud momma herself, Julie Holloway!

 

 

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The youngest entrepreneur in the room, Julie’s beautiful daughter, Jasmine Holloway. She was on site selling her THREE books and her hand pour candle brand, Jazz Hands!
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OVERJOYED: I was when my mentor and inspiration, the Outcome Specialist herself, Donna Smith Bellinger walked in! She wrote the very first chapter of TEW2 and it’s a great chapter too.

The event featured a special discussion panel with a few of the authors and Julie too. When I wasn’t tweeting and taking pictures, I was taking notes. These business owners not only know business but the know “the struggle” and what it means to follow your passion with a plan!
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Life Coach and entrepreneur, Melanie Foote-Davis spoke on the importance of valuing one’s self. She advised that we should be sure to take care of ourselves while we are in the process of taking care of others from the inside out and carry that into our business endeavors.

Melanie explained that when building your business team, make sure that your potential team members’ vision is in alignment with yours before bringing him/her onto your tea,

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Outcome Specialist, Donna Smith Bellinger discussed the art of “failing up.”

LOOK, ANALYZE, IMPROVE AND GROW!

“Own into what your idea of success us and THAT is how you fail up.” She explained.

Julie also added that it’s vital to learn how to become a CEO of your business and not just a worker.

Author Michael Luchies reminded us that your business idea(s) isn’t for everyone! In fact, he introduced the  “one person target market” concept. He added that we should have a singular focus and encouraged us to kick one butt at a time!

Round two of the panel discussion featured more authors from TEW2. Their words of inspiration were fueled by faith and the art of changing your mindset.


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Author Tiffany Green discussed the importance of prayer; not only praying for the good but also praying to control your thoughts. She added that “everything” starts with a thought. Green also suggested that when your pray, pray differently. Speak the things that you desire into existence.

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Graphic Designer, Juanita White shared her breakthrough after suffering a serious injury. She encouraged the audience not to fear stepping out on faith and not to let fear stop you.

This panel of women were on fire with their advice on getting rid of negative thoughts, keeping the faith no matter where you are in your business and most importantly, knowing YOUR worth.

I think Jetta Bates, a lively Consumer Strategist said it best when she said, “Get paid what you are worth.” And added “There is room at the for ALL of us.”

The book launch closed out with thanks from Julie and the publishing company 220 Publishing. Attendees were able to purchase books and get chapters signed by featured authors.

There was something about this book launch that really reignited my spirit. I left the event feeling revived, energized and awakened from the inside out.

 

I am just a few chapters into TEW2 but I am hooked. Book 1 broke ground on a new and much needed movement and book 2 is setting the precedent for aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere.

Julie did confirm that book 3 is coming while the 4th installment is pending.

To purchase your copy of The Entrepreneur Within Book 1 and 2, go to www.tewyou.org

You can also stay updated on all things TEW on Facebook , click here to LIKE their page and follow TEW on Twitter too ( @TEWYou)

I will be sure to do a full review of TEW2 once I have finished too!

Until next time, stay blessed, productive and unique.

TEOLOGO1

 

LIFE

ENDURING LIFE: Optimist Weekly- Week of August 11th, 2014

Good Morning All and welcome to Monday.

We have been blessed with a new day and so with a new day, comes a new week and with a new week comes…..THE OPTIMIST WEEKLY!

I have to say that I am having some serious fun with these. They are exciting to create and they get me motivated for the week ahead. I hope they do the same for you.

So who’s ready for this week’s focus, words and note? Here it is:

OptimistWeekly Week of August 11th

 

Remember, you can also print this page and keep it some place special so you can reference it all throughout the week. And if you would like to check out previous weeks, click here.

For more inspirational fun, please “LIKE” my Facebook page.

Until next time, stay blessed, productive and unique!

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