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Stop Thinking Small…

August 28, 2019– I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately…I know, I know, uh oh! But seriously, I’ve been re-evaluating some things in my life and I’m not sure it’s because Mercury is in retrograde or that the stars aren’t aligned, but what I do know is that I feel stuck. July has been a hell of a month and I’ve received a ton of good news! Something inside me is tugging me toward the end of the year; I can’t explain it, but for some reason this month, for me, seems to be moving backward.

In a nutshell, I’m bored AF with the routine that I have going on. It’s strange to think that perhaps I’m finally organized and maybe this is what it feels like to  have some kind of pattern in my life. Maybe I just need to have more fun. Whatever it is, I need a change. And before you shout, “Girl…DO NOT GET BANGS!,” chill, I would never go to that extreme. I LOVE what I do, so it’s not that…and I feel like I should be careful what I wish for because I have a pretty killer track record of manifesting what I want.

It’s time to take risks, it’s time to think big, and it’s time to get uncomfortable and out of my comfort zone. I’m making some huge changes for the way that I conduct business, the direction of my company, and what I want for the future. I’m sick of the small moves, the ones that bring no rewards, the moves that are lateral, and the lack of growth both personally and professionally. It’s time for a change…a big one, so stay tuned…I’ll let you know what it is when I figure it out. 

X LLB

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People Hate Change…So Who Gives AF?

April 22, 2019– Happy Easter, everyone. I trust that you enjoyed the time spent with your family over the long weekend and around here, our weekend was also about enjoying playoff hockey! Whatever you ended up doing, I hope that you had a nice time. Today’s blog post is about change and why humans hate it. It’s a bit of a rant on my part, so buckle up.

Recently I started going to a personal trainer because I want to get my endurance back and some strength back that I had lost over the past year. Someone who will remain unnamed, said the following right to my face, “Oh dear, I hope that you don’t get too bulky and start to look masculine.” WOW! Can you believe it? It took everything in me not to throw this person a beating. But, I digress. People don’t know how to keep their mouths shut and they seem to think that everyone is entitled to their opinions whether asked for or not.

So what if I get super ripped? So what if I start to look better and feel better about my strength and endurance levels? Does this person know that about a year ago after my concussion that I could barely stand? Do they know that I could not lift my left arm higher than my waist because the pain was excruciating? Do they know that I wasn’t able to exercise for a year without having massive anxiety attacks? Of course not. People only see what they want to see and they don’t ever have all of the facts.

The point is, people are judgemental idiots no matter what, but ESPECIALLY when the people around them start to change. People fear change. They fear it because they are uncomfortable with it and if you change too much, they may have to change too; they’re quite content doing what they’re doing and being who they are. They don’t want to have to step up their game or put in the work, or deal with change because that would require being uncomfortable on their part. They like things just the way they are.

That’s why people are going to say, “Oh, you’re writing a book? Isn’t that hard?” Or “I’ve heard it’s super hard being an indie author and most of them don’t make more than a few hundred dollars a year.” Or “How are you going to write a book, take care of your kids, and go to your job, isn’t that a bit selfish of you?”

The bottom line? Who Gives AF? Do what you want to do because life is too short. There will always be people who say you can’t do something or that you shouldn’t do something or that it will be too risky or too hard. Those people are showing you THEIR limitations, NOT yours.

So as they say in hockey, “Keep your chin up, kid,” and do whatever you want to do anyway. Never apologize for trying to be the best version of yourself no matter WHO you make uncomfortable.

Go Bruins, X LLB

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How to Self-Edit Your Writing!

August 3, 2018– Normally, I would advise against self-editing especially if you plan on submitting your work to a publisher. It always pays to send in your most polished writing, and the cost of getting your manuscript professionally edited is absolutely worth it! But what about the publisher? If they like my work don’t they pay to get it edited? Yes, of course, we do, but it’s always a breath of fresh air to have a manuscript submitted that requires less editing, and that is pretty close to almost perfect.

My advice, if you can’t afford to hire a pro to edit your ms before sending to a publisher, can be found in this excellent infographic from our friends at NowNovel.com. Check out the tips below!

How to self-edit - 8 top editing tips for fiction writers