You don’t know. . .

. . . what you don’t know.

 

I guess it is safe to say that I didn’t know a lot about what I was doing in life, so I learned as much as I could, now, six decades later I have learned a lot more about what I didn’t know.

 

Absolutely everyone you listen to will have their own ideas, their own perception on what it is they are teaching or sharing. Something else I have learned, and this is only my perception, is that when we hear the words “you have to” it puts us (me) in a defensive state, I would feel much better if I had the option; “you should” or “you could”, hearing this would make us (me) feel much more at ease.

 

My most recent adventures have led me to an incredible amount of knowledge in a subject I knew absolutely NOTHING about, the first is becoming a published Author, Five successful little books (soon to be ten) BawB’s Raven Feathers, filled with inspiration and word hugs, and the second is starting my own little business with Nerium International, it is because of the similarities (and the questions I have been asked) that leads me to sharing this with you;

 

So you want to write a book? Ok, here is the readers digest version of the steps, First; write the book (I have heard this is the easy part) then find THE editor for you (this step is important, your editor has to believe in you) then find THE most awesome designer (also important, your designer has to be able to create using your thoughts alone) then find a printer (yup, also important if you want good quality for your work) and there you have it, you have written your first book. The point here is one you may have missed, none of the people helping you with your book are “above you” they are on your level doing what they love to do WITH you, and if they do an excellent job you are going to share them with others, so, on that note, Thank you to my incredible team (Family) of book experts;

Rachel Small (Editor), Jessee Wise (Graphic Design/Illustrations) Fiona Raven (Designer), Friesens Printing (Printing), Beth Kallman Werner(Marketing), and a list of others too long to add in this post, but the most important are those that believed in me, and you all know who you are.

 

So, you want to start your own (Global) business, something comes along and you think it sounds like a good idea, BUT, you have heard all the negative hype about pyramids, and MLM and schemes that you walk away from an opportunity. Well, I can’t tell you what I don’t know about all these things but I can tell you what I have learned, again, this is my perspective (it’s important to say that J ) All of the people I am working WITH are on the same level as me, by that I mean they sit across from me at the table, they give me advice and tips, they share their experience and their energy, they want me to succeed in something they believe in, so, consequently, I too believe. Not only that but I was impressed that the products do what they say they do, on me.

 

So, I am asked often if Nerium is a pyramid scheme, my answer is “no more than the place you are working right now” in fact, if you are on the entry level right now where you work, chances are your boss above you, or his boss above him, or the boss that have bosses above them don’t want you to have their jobs, so you are stuck there in your pyramid job.

With MLM the “L” in the middle stands for level, but is more accurately a doorway to a new adventure. I have learned to look at Nerium as a wagon wheel laying on its side, no levels, just spokes connecting each of us to each other, all sharing the same end goal, to share a smile and something we believe in. This business is NOT all about me, it is all about sharing what I know and what I am learning about happiness, and, MLM without “levels”.

 

What I know is, I am happy, what I am learning is being shared by these wonderful ladies, please, if you want to learn about the business, or the products send them a hello and ask your questions, they would love to work WITH you because they are on YOUR level:

Janyne – http://www.nerium.ca/join/jszklaruk?alias=jszklaruk

KC – http://www.nerium.ca/join/kcdixon?alias=kcdixon

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If you want to chat with me about trying or purchasing some amazing Anti-aging/Wrinkle fighting skin care, or join my team of incredible entrepreneurs that believe in themselves and what they are doing, please send me a note I would love to meet you:

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BawB – http://www.bawbsravenfeathers.net

 

Or if you want to talk to my team of up and coming work at home at a successful plan “B” GLOBAL business owners please ask and I will point you in their direction, my books and my business are not about me, my happiness comes from knowing you are happy, but, when all is said and done, you are the only one that can make that choice.

 

WI:)ND

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There are two places to get recognition. . .

. . .from the mirror and from your peers.

 

“Writers write” said Carrie Mumford during a conversation we were having at a local coffee shop, and those two words have been forefront in my thoughts ever since. I have never given myself the recognition I deserved for being a writer, until recently. I spent all day Sunday, writing, finishing the chapter pages for Volume X of Series Two of BawB’s Raven Feathers. This is something I have been taking for granted for the last five years, the fact that I can sit down every morning and put together a rhyming inspirational quote of my own, never repeating one that I’ve already written, avoiding gender, race, religion and politics, just putting on a smile and creating a word hug that I can share with the world, and then having to come up with a full page, speaking on a one word topic, in the third person, again without being specific while sharing my opinion and not judging, and doing it while a tear rolls down my cheek because it’s the last chapter of the last book I will write in this series titled “Happiness”, yes, yes I am a writer, and I write.

 

An excerpt from that chapter:

“It is in the dawn or the dusk, it is in the stars or the clouds that dance in the sky, it is in the hand we hold or in the moments alone, it is in our hearts and our souls. Happiness is a breath, or a kiss, a hug from a friend, it is in a memory or a moment when a new smile is shared. Happiness is colors and cookies, rain and rivers, it’s a feeling we get when a touch makes us quiver… Happiness is a way of thinking.”

 

When I am not writing I am fortunate to have found a way to continue to share happiness. I was led by the Universe to the desk of a wonderful kind soul, she introduced me to Nerium, and to the people that she worked with in her business, who in turn welcomed me and shared their energy and their smiles. I chose to pursue this adventure, and went about it with both eyes open, I needed to learn about it, use it, feel it and then believe in it. Six months have passed and I believe, I look and feel fantastic, I have met and shared with some wonderful people, who are carrying the smiles forward and I have been recognized for my achievements, not just by my peers but by the company, which to me, means the world.

 

I have also recognized that the founder of the company Jeff Olsen, is also a writer and an Author, he wrote a book called the Slight Edge, I have read this book three times and each time I do I smile. He writes of a way of thinking that will lead people to the happiness and success they desire, is it a coincidence that I write about inspiring people to find their inner smile which in turn will lead them to happiness. I want to meet Jeff Olsen one day and shake his hand, because I feel his energy by reading his words, yes, writers write, and then they share what they write with the world, for some the best recognition they will receive are the smiles they see on the faces of those that read what they have written.

 

Thank you to all the people that now share their smiles with me, I appreciate the recognition.

WI:)ND

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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.

 

Now, I have mentioned in many of my posts that if you believe in the Universe, the universe listens, and the Universe will help guide you on your path. Well, the Universe has shown me Nerium, and I made the choice to follow this path, one way or another I will get my little books published, and if I can do it on my own by sharing something that makes others happier about themselves, then all the better. That’s a Win/Win solution I will enjoy.

 

Right along with this new path I was shown, was the gift of support from the Philippines, and as I mentioned, in the numbers I would never have believed, so I am not one to walk away from a gift the Universe has presented, I would love to meet each and every one of you and share my smile and my appreciation, however the next best thing I can do is to point you in the direction I was shown, to show you your own path of success. At this time Nerium is not yet in the Philippines, but I believe the Universe knows it should be, and until it arrives you can send your family and friends that live in the US, or Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada or very soon Australia and Columbia to me, they can start their own little global business and then help you to succeed in yours when the time comes.

 

Please accept these words as my genuine words of thanks for your belief in me, and for your support in my little books Bawb’s Raven Feathers and my Nerium business. Please contact us and let us know you are out there and that you too believe in the Universe.

 

WI:)ND

 

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And for my new Filipino friends…

Nakakakita ay isang bahagi ng paniniwalang. . .

. . . at paniniwalang maaaring makatulong sa iyo na makita.

 

Hindi ko kailanman sana ay naniwala ay hindi ko na nakita ng aking mga mata ang suporta mula sa isang lugar hindi ko pa. Libo-libong ng mga gusto sa bawat bagong post mula sa gayon maraming magagandang mga tao, karamihan sa mga ito ay sa Pilipinas, at karamihan sa mga ito gumawa ng aking ngiti kahit na mas malaki.

 

Sa bawat bagong post ilipat ko inaabangan ang panahon, ito ay nagbibigay sa akin ng isang pagkakataon upang ibahagi sa mundo kung nasaan ako sa aking pakikipagsapalaran, at bilang isang manunulat, kailangan ko na maniwala sa kung ano ang isulat ko, kailangan kong malaman ang isang tao, sa isang lugar ay basahin ito at ngiti, kaya naniniwala ako, kapag nakita ko kaya magkano ang suporta mula sa mga kaya maraming mga tao na mahanap ako ng mga bagong liwanag at bagong pag-asa para sa hindi lamang sa aking sarili, ngunit para sa iba pang mga minimithi may-akda at manunulat. Ito ay upang maging higit sa isang panaginip, na kailangan mong gawin ang hakbang na iyon upang gawin itong isang katotohanan, ipasok sa iyong sarili, “tingnan ang” ang iyong sarili magtagumpay sa anumang ito ay ang iyong ginagawa, ibahagi ang iyong pag-unlad, ang iyong pakikipagsapalaran sa mundo at malaman na out doon sa isang lugar na may mga iba tulad ng sa iyo, naghihintay para sa maliit na spark ng inspirasyon.

 

Bilang isulat ko ito, ang mga epekto ng isang kamakailang pagbisita sa aking Editor Rachel Maliit, pinuspos ako ng bagong natagpuan kaguluhan at sigasig, ang kanyang enerhiya at ang kanyang mga simbuyo ng damdamin para sa kung ano ang ginagawa niya, kasama ang kanyang kakayahan upang polish ang aking salita hugs at gawin silang lamang na mas mainit, ay nagbigay sa akin na maliit na piraso ng dagdag na inspirasyon. Ako ay nadagdagan ang aking drive ngayon upang mahanap ang isang sponsor o isang mamumuhunan upang makatulong sa aking mga gawain ng pag-print at ilalabas Series Dalawa ni BawB Raven Feathers sa mundo.

 

Ngayon, ako ay may nabanggit sa marami sa aking mga post na kung naniniwala ka sa Uniberso, ang uniberso ay nakikinig, at ang Universe ay makatulong na gabayan ka sa iyong landas. Well, ang Universe ay ipinapakita sa akin Nerium, at ginawa ko ang mga pagpipilian upang sundin ang landas, isang paraan o iba ang makukuha ko ang aking maliit na libro-publish, at kung maaari kong gawin ito sa aking sarili sa pamamagitan ng pagbabahagi ng isang bagay na gumagawa ng iba happier tungkol sa kanilang sarili, pagkatapos ang lahat ng mas mahusay. Iyan ay isang Win / Win solusyon ay ay masiyahan.

 

Right kasama ang mga ito bagong landas ako ay ipinapakita, ay ang kaloob ng suporta mula sa Pilipinas, at tulad ng nabanggit ko, sa numero hindi ko nais na naniniwala, kaya hindi ako isa para lakarin ang layo mula sa isang regalo ang Universe ay iniharap, ako Gusto pag-ibig upang matugunan ang bawat at bawat isa sa inyo at ibahagi ang aking ngiti at ang aking pagpapahalaga, subalit ang susunod na pinakamahusay na bagay na maaari kong gawin ay upang ituro sa iyo sa direksyon ako ay ipinakita, upang ipakita sa iyo ang iyong sariling landas ng tagumpay. Sa oras na ito Nerium ay hindi pa sa Pilipinas, pero naniniwala ako sa Universe alam ito ay dapat na, at hanggang sa dumating ito maaari mong ipadala ang iyong pamilya at mga kaibigan na naninirahan sa US, o Japan, Hong Kong, Mexico, Canada o sa lalong madaling panahon Australia at Columbia sa akin, maaari nilang simulan ang kanilang sariling maliit na global na negosyo at pagkatapos ay makakatulong sa iyo upang magtagumpay sa iyo kapag ang oras ay dumating.

 

Mangyaring tanggapin ang mga salitang ito bilang aking tunay na mga salita ng salamat para sa iyong paniniwala sa akin, at para sa iyong suporta sa aking maliit na libro ni Bawb Raven Balahibo at ang aking Nerium negosyo. Mangyaring makipag-ugnay sa amin at ipaalam sa amin kung ikaw ay out doon at na masyado kang naniniwala sa Universe.

 

WI:)ND

 

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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.

 

Yes my keen in-tune friends, that was a Segway, as it would seem the Universe found me my Nerium friends, I have had nothing but positive feedback over the last little while and SO much help from everyone including one individual in particular, who shall remain nameless, Thanks KC  🙂  as well as others that have filled my heart with happiness. These products work, and that’s why it’s so easy to share them. The blog I shared a few weeks ago was an effort to get the word out, to share what I know about an amazing company with people I have never met, which then makes it their choice if they would like to change their lives for the better.

 

The response was amazing, so many likes and so many emails asking how to join and what to do, so with this post I am going to reach out again to my readers in Japan, right now you are all on the brink of a life changing moment, Nerium is opening there in July, this is your opportunity to create your own adventure, do your research, then make the choice to change your life. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me or my friends Sherry or KC, we would love to chat with you about this adventure.

 

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Things that happen have a reason you know

They give you a chance for a smile to show.

 

WI:)ND

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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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On a path of adventure. . .

. . . the journey is always enjoyable.

 

Four years into this adventure of mine and I am still learning, and one of the greatest lessons so far is, I have learned how to share. I have learned how to take a compliment, I have learned how to wear the title of Writer, Author, and Publisher of 5 award winning books ( http://www.indiebookawards.com ) I have learned how to be patient and when to ask questions, I have learned that if I do something myself it becomes a much more appreciated task, and now with everything I have learned I become better at what I am doing, better at reading my work in from of others, better at sharing my opinions and thoughts and better at math (adding up the book sales) but still, with all of Beth’s effort   (http://www.authorconnections.com )  I am still not very good at marketing.

 

Try as I might I just can’t seem to get the knack of promoting myself, or “pushing” my books, I am still quite humble, I have never been pushy, more I think “to myself” which created my comfort box. Well, to all of the up and coming artists out there, when you have done what you enjoy doing and you share it with the world, your “box” whatever it may consist of, disappears.

 

So here I am today stripped of any boxes, enclosures, spheres or armor, here I am today practising the incredibly misunderstood and often unappreciated art of marketing.

 

Christmas is rapidly approaching and I can’t think of a better gift than that of inspiration, this year give a gift that will continue to be a gift for the next year to come. Put a set of BawB’s Raven Feathers under the tree of that special someone, or friend or family member, show them how to share a smile with the world and they will share it for a lifetime.

 

The paperback editions are available for order (or on the shelves of Calgary North locations) of Chapters, Indigo and Coles.

And Hardcover editions are available Individually or as a Boxed set at all the wonderful stores mentioned on my website( www.bawbsravenfeathers.com ) please stop into any one of these stores to do some of your Christmas shopping as they all carry those amazing little “must share” gifts.

Yes, it is still a little uncomfortable promoting myself and my work, but I am told every day that what I do needs to be shared with the world, and I truly believe that what you do as well needs to be shared, and if you are still in the learning stages then you are moving in the right direction, if you have any questions ask them, if I can help I most certainly will.

 

And one final note, I am seeking a distribution company, Canada and the US, my little books are doing really well in and around Calgary but they need to be shared everywhere else, if anyone has any tips or suggestions please share, and yes I do ask for directions. 🙂

 

Christmas is a time for giving, your heart, your soul, your smile,

Give the gift of inspiration and it will last a good long while.

 

WI:)ND

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