Seeing is a part of believing. . .

. . . and believing can help you to see.

I never would have believed had I not have seen with my own eyes the support from somewhere I have never been. Thousands of likes with each new post from so many wonderful people, most of which are in the Philippines, and most of which make my smile even bigger.

With each new post I move forward, it gives me a chance to share with the world where I am in my adventure, and as a writer, I need to believe in what I write, I need to know someone, somewhere will read it and smile, so believe me, when I see so much support from so many people I find new light and new hope for not just myself, but for other aspiring authors and writers. This has to be more than a dream, you need to take that step to make it a reality, commit to yourself, “see” yourself succeed at whatever it is you are doing, share your progress, your adventure with the world and know that out there somewhere there are others just like you, waiting for that little spark of inspiration.

As I write this, the effects of a recent visit with my Editor Rachel Small, has filled me with new found excitement and enthusiasm, her energy and her passion for what she does, along with her ability to polish my word hugs and make them just that much warmer, has given me that little bit of extra inspiration. I have increased my drive now to find a sponsor or an investor to help with my task of printing and releasing Series Two of BawB’s Raven Feathers to the world.

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Change happens. . .

. . . because you let it.

So many changes, so little time, and yet, time is irrelevant when it comes to making a change in your life. What I am learning is that if you wish to make a change, or perhaps if you think changing something could help move you forward, then you have to make it happen. Change is all around us, not predetermined by a better time, or perhaps next week, change is immediate, it happens the moment you let yourself believe it is happening or can happen.

I guess, if you think about it, you could look at this in a parallel fashion to the chicken/egg dilemma, which comes first; the changes or the happiness? Personally, I was happy to make some changes, by doing so it allowed me to find a different kind of balance, a different way of living, a different way of feeling, and most important to me, a different way of “seeing” things.

Call it what you will, but I would much rather find my happiness creating my own comfort level, with my own business instead of making someone else’s business better for them.

If you read this and you get it, if you need the chance to change and you are willing to believe it can happen if you let it, then this is an invitation to explore a new way of looking at things. Nerium offers a line of botanical based, age fighting/anti-wrinkle formulas, for the face, body and mind and all you have to do, is see how much they can change your life, then share that success with others.

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It’s the little things that make you happy. . .

. . . before the big things make you successful.

My recent blog post received 2800 likes, that means 2800 people out there took a moment or two and read what I wrote, then added one extra second to hit the like button, and I thank every single one of you for making that choice. I have never been one for numbers, or stats, or whatever else this day and age has to offer, as I come from a part of a century where if the phone on the wall rang we answered it, if we got a letter in the mail we read it and then we wrote one back (with a pen and sometimes with weeks in between) and if the doorbell rang (yes, doors and phones both rang) it usually meant a friend wanted to play. So, who reads what and when, with instant feedback and counters with time and date stamps, still doesn’t mean much to me, but, having said that, 2800 likes on a blog I wrote, sure makes a writer smile.

The blog post I speak of was written recently, to share what it is I am doing with my little books, and to share where I am in my new Nerium adventure, both are important to me because I believe in them and having this opportunity (and means) to share them with the world, in my mind, gives the world the chance to choose whether or not they wish to look at them, and what actions to take when they have.

I have had, what I would consider, to be some the best marketing advice a new self-published author could ever receive, Beth Kallman Werner http://www.authorconnections.com worked very closely with me because she believed in me, she believed I had a passion for what I was doing, and she saw in me the energy that was required to move forward with my books, or for that matter, with any project I took on. So here I am, wrapping up the final edits of Volume IX and soon moving on to the last volume in Series two, in fact the last Volume of the BawB’s Raven Feathers Series, and at this point while shedding a tear of joy (and one of sadness because this part of my journey is ending), I am thrilled at the response I have received for series one. I have received three awards from NGIBA http://www.indiebookawards.com sold out of most of my single copies of the hard cover editions, I have only 16 box sets left and my paperbacks are picking up in sales in the Chapters, Coles and Indigo locations across Canada. Thank you so very much to all of you who choose to read my words and share your smiles.

The good news is that now when people around the world ask where they can buy my little books, and I send them here;

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Where they can choose to enjoy my little books for themselves.

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Choose to see the little things and watch where you will go,

Once you find your happiness success will start to show.

WI:)ND🌻

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Listen to others that share what they know. . .

…then share what you know with others.

I just made it through a very moving and emotional weekend, no, nothing bad happened, in fact it was one of the best moving forward weekends I think I have experienced in a very long while. “How can that be”? you ask, well,

First; my editor Rachel Small and I realized the we were completing the final polishing of Volume IX, I did pretty much the last of the tweaking and completed all of the Chapter intro pages for the Volume, after which I sat back for a moment and I was struck with the sad realization that we only have one Volume left to do, after that, the series is done. All ten Volumes of BawBs Raven Feathers will be completed, my life as I have known it for the last 4 years will be over. Two trips to NYC for awards, countless amazing people I have met, back and forth editing and tweaking, proof reading, designing, marketing, distribution, sales, book launches, signings…sighhhhhh…but then I thought, what am I thinking, I have more to do, a children’s book, a coffee table book, a Biography, I’m not even close to being done, I’m a writer, and as my friend Carrie always tells me, Writers write.

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You can’t build a future. . .

. . . by just thinking about it.

You have to actually do a little bit of work, and I’m not saying back breaking labor, but some work that involves planning and research (looking into your dreams and goals) then a little bit of architecture (mapping and blueprinting the framework) then finally the use of the tools (the time spent and the effort given), just a small amount of “work” will make your future that much brighter.

Now having said this, I am finding that most of society would rather do less work to produce larger gains, less effort for more return, and in a perfect world this would be wonderful, however, we live in a world where we get back what we put in. So why then when we are offered a chance to create our own happiness which in turn will generate successes, do we turn our backs and deny ourselves the chance to live our dream?

Believe in you and what can you do

walk through the door with a new point of view.

WI:)ND

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Don’t base your dreams on what yesterday brought. . .

. . .create them with what tomorrow will bring.

I listened to a person last night, a person just like you and me,  he spoke about dream building and goals, and he spoke about believing in yourself. This really hit home for me because I have already lived one of my dreams, so I speak from experience when I say dreams can happen, but when I listen to others that are living and sharing their dreams it makes my heart happy.

My dream was to write one book, to fill it with inspiration and energy, to have the reader open it, read it, feel it and become inspired in themselves, to understand the power of a smile and to create achievable goals. I lived that dream, I wrote that book, and I went on to write 4 more. I am still creating these little books with another 5 books in the works, my dream is not yet done as I will continue to write and share my energy long after I’m gone, those that can feel the wind will share my smiles.

Now, I am meeting other people with dreams, they don’t just have dreams, they create their dreams and they are living them, everywhere I go now I am meeting these people and they are sharing their dreams, they are smiling, they are happy and all they are doing is sharing what they believe in. They are not writers they are believers, they are not sales people they are sharing people, to some of them it is not about the money or the potential earnings it is about the dreams and the Why.

It donned on me last night while I was listening to this person, that one of my dreams was to share with the universe the energy and the desire to believe in yourself, now I am feeling that everyone who has read my little books has helped me to live my dream, so it is my turn to give back to the world with an opportunity to create yours.

Every time I hear one of these people speak I think of how amazing it could be if everyone could live one dream, well, this is a chance to do just that. I have reached out to my friends, because they are my friends, I have shared with them and given them the choice, now I am sharing with the world, and giving everyone that same choice and the same opportunity exists to live your dream.

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Thoughts are Things

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Words are a gift and a tool. . .

. . . to be used for building and sharing.

It’s funny how a writer can go for a while without writing and they don’t lose their title of “writer”. I have raised quite a stir at times when I chat with my proof reader Carrie and my editor Rachel, as I have called myself a “wroter” which, of course, is a writer who “has written” a thing or two. Today I sit in my office with what to me seems like things worth sharing, highlights I suppose of this particular writers’ adventure.

Let’s start with a “Heart-warming” moment that occurred with my new big black equine friend Dracula. If you have read anything I have written, you will know I am a spiritual individual, I believe in energy, I believe we are all energy, sharing the same flow of life, and animals are on a level all their own. Animals communicate without judging, they speak every language, and for the most part, they tolerate humans unconditionally, because we choose to look after them they learn to communicate with us.

So, there I was, on a typical morning of chores feeding and hugging the herd of six including Drac, but this morning was a little different. I was greeted as usual by Paris, followed closely by Vienna mare and Katie, but Drac was not moving, he stayed in the lean-to with just his head showing, watching me sharing my hugs with the mares. Well, I have learned a little over this last while and one of the things I have learned is if there is a bond there is an attraction, instead of going to him, I turned my back and thought of him, before I could reach a count of ten I felt that wonderful soft nudge (soft for a thousand-pound friend) on my back, he came to me for his hug… it’s the little things in life that fill my heart with joy.

Now on to a book moment, my awesome editor Rachel and I have completed Vol VIII of series two and will be working shortly on Vol IX, and as always I take these opportunities to make sure she knows just how incredible she is for doing what she does so well, Thank you Rachel. I hope to have everything done for a November launch of series two along with a second edition (reprint) of Series One to get out to the world for Christmas. This of course is my way of letting the Universe know it’s going to happen and to help me find that sponsor or investor to help with publishing costs.

Things that happen have a reason you know

They give you a chance for a smile to show.

WI:)ND

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A new adventure. . .

. . . always begins with the first step.

So here I am, sitting high up on the edge of success overlooking a scene of what my life will become, I am taking the first step to my new adventure. I realized a short while ago that I was there, that place which becomes familiar to artists and authors, people of all sizes and types and backgrounds with all sorts of talents. That place where dreams are so close to becoming reality that you can feel it, then reality hits and you realize that you are two nickels short of a dime to make it happen….

So you dig a little deeper and you don’t ever give up on a dream!!!

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Traded my Harley for Horses. . .

 

 

. . . and I haven’t looked back (the horse didn’t come with a mirror).

 

If you were to have asked me five years ago if I could become an award winning author I would have thought about it for two seconds and replied “could happen, you never know” however if you were to have asked if I ever saw myself trading my Harley for a Horse I would respond by asking you if you had momentarily lost your mind.

 

Now, not surprisingly, here I am in a state of being between Harleys and I am still working with a large black 4-year-old Tennessee Walker named Dracula, for those that don’t know, the Tennessee Walking horse is like the touring class of equine breeds with a natural free flowing gait and, I am learning, a great deal of stubborn pride as well. The gait is incredible to watch, the stubborn pride is teaching me to look in the mirror.

 

I have learned a great deal in this lifetime, I have watched and listened, I have seen and understood, but I have yet to grasp the concept of change, it is something we are faced with almost every day of our lives, in society, in politics, in the weather and in plans made or goals desired, change is something we live with but have difficulty creating. Often we find ourselves desperately needing a change in our lives in order to grow or move forward, yet we are hesitant or reluctant to create changes because they may mean choosing a different path, a path we are not familiar with which in itself is directly related to the universal law of cause and effect.

 

So, all laws aside, I find myself now settled on a different path, in a different place, yet I am still writing with the same inspirational energy and still breathing, believing and being the BawB I have grown comfortable with, so is the change I experienced just a mind set or has my definition of a compatible reality altered just enough for me to allow and accept the flow of positive energy wherever I am standing in the moment?

 

Bob Dylan said it best in 1963 “the answer my friend is blowing in the wind” and I find myself listening to the wind more these days, as long as it is at my back be it Horse or Harley I am at peace.

 

Update on BawB’s Raven Feathers Series 2, my awesome editor Rachel Small has been locked in a small dark room for the last 6 months working feverishly on the next 5 volumes… Okay, I am embellishing a little, she is most often working in a sun lit room filled with light and creative energy working at a relaxed pace sorting through a huge amount of poetic inspiration and is, from what I am told, enjoying every minute of it.  🙂  Thank you Rachel, for doing what you do.

 

The moment you feel a change is needed that will help you just to grow

Is the very moment the wind will push you and a smile will start to show.

 

WI:)ND

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How do you know if you’ve missed a beat. . .

. . .if you haven’t danced to your own drum?

 

It has been a while since I have had a look at my Blog site, the stats are showing that people still trickle by and read what I have written, but, I felt guilty for not contributing for such a long time. I have followed others as they embark on this writing adventure and I am so proud of them and their creative energy, it just seems to flow once you are in the zone. I find myself struggling of late to find that zone, I still post my morning inspiration each day, but the writing I do for my books is not coming to the surface, I feel it, I just can’t put it into words.

 

I am not worried however, my incredible Editor Rachel Small keeps nudging me while she works on the content of the remaining volumes. That, as I have mentioned before is so important, to have a flowing, comfortable and copacetic working arrangement with your editor, no pressure, just an honest understanding of what’s involved with what you are writing. One day I will wake up and there it will be, on the surface, ready to type.

 

Now this is not to say I am not busy, quite the contrary in fact as I am busier now than when I was working full time. I have moved south of the city to escape the pressures of big city living, the traffic, the drivers, the lack of motivation, my life was becoming ritualistic, patterned if you will. Okay fine, I was in a rut, plain and simple.

 

So here I am in a different, calmer, more laid back environment where I find the time to concentrate on doing what the Universe wanted me to do; help others to help themselves. Currently I am still Co-facilitating my Literacy and Parenting programs in the city for the Further Education Society, as well as Mentoring the up and coming authors at the Oilfields High School in Black Diamond AB. The wind also led me to the FCSS in Claresholm where I am now working with an amazing group of Ladies that excel in sharing their kind energy to those that need support.

 

And if that’s not enough I am now the proud Papa to a very handsome black stallion named Dracula’s Raven, (he came to me named Dracula, I added the Raven to share my spirit with him) together we are working to build a bond and to share what we both know about life. Eventually he will be under saddle, which I will call a graduation day for us both, and we will ride off into the sunset.

Until that day I will continue to write, and I am learning as I live;

With each new day you share yourself in the smile that you give.

 

WI:)ND

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