Time for a revamp

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I am very excited, you know, website’s take time to update. Not only that, but I have so many ideas and this year, it’s all about change for me. I am growing too.

I am excited because this year, I am writing for me. I used to love being a freelance business writer and author and now still an author that writes more and more each day. I am now an online trainer. I feel with my extensive experience in writing, especially freelance business writing to earn an income! To writing and publishing eBooks, to blog writing, glamourous fashion, interior design, job seeking and more, that my online courses give you what I know in the easiest way possible for you to transform your life and start on a new and exciting path.

In doing so, I have updated my website to transition from freelance writer to online trainer. I love to help others and my time is better used in helping people with step by step instructions on how to reach their desired destination. Let me help you get where you want to go.

View my current list of online courses (which are always growing too, so make sure you check back for more!)

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Plus, this year, I have a lot more to share with you. Click this new section that lists all of my blogs on a wide variety of topics, that I love to talk / write about.

 

What happens when you fall asleep to dream? Does it ever feel real? Maybe because it is…

“The ‘why am I here’ question pops into my head and just as swiftly disappears. I feel no fear, no pain and no sadness. What world could portray this? I am flying now. All movement is effortless. I feel like I have been flying every day of my life. I do not have to think about how to fly, I just fly. Another magical trait this world offers.” ~ Excerpt from Destiny Lane by Melanie Toye

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Imagine a world where having what you want is readily and immediately available. A pure and innocent world that is only accessible by very few, through their dreams.

Destiny Lane is an imaginative and captivating world, filled with friendships, new experiences, out of this world abilities and love interests. When Sara falls asleep, she realises Destiny Lane – her dream world – is real.

Sara has to wrap her mind around new concepts that she has never had to consider before. A world with no money, using the mind to create what one wants and the default emotion of peace. In the meantime, Sara’s life on Earth is below par. Sara is a head-hunter for a modelling agency, Mode Appeal. She seems to have lost her zest for the direction of her career. When Sara starts to explore other avenues, she discovers her real talent is in architecture.

To assist Sara in her current challenges, Sara’s past lives are revealed to her. Life as a princess and an army leader aid in uncovering the answers. Will she choose the same man she loved in a past life that had her killed? And will she use her leadership skills to try and save Destiny Lane from corruption?

Sara is faced with several hard decisions. A love life which only fits into one world. One world she must leave forever. And to be a leader and fight for the survival of Destiny Lane.

Enter this fantasy world through Sara’s dreams and see the magnificence of such a place that is heaven-like. Witness the power of angels, the in-between – a place between one world and the next, plus an array of other fantasy elements that will blow your mind.

By Sara’s life experience in Destiny Lane, she learns to have the confidence to live the life she has always dreamed of, on Earth.

This explosive read is light, moving and thought-provoking. It takes fantasy fiction to a new level.

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When you know you’ve got more to give but don’t know how to give it

I generally feel fulfilled until I listen and watch a music clip or some inspiring masterpiece and I think, am I doing enough in fulfilling my passions in life and sharing them with the world?

I am not sure if many creative people feel this way, I suspect that is part of the reason why some of us just want to have more recognition about our skills, not to show off, but purely to know we are sharing our talents and therefore spreading the light and joy that we feel, creating and making something so inspiring that it touches the deepest depths of our soul.

I guess this is why I write. It helps me reach that inner feeling of contempt, awe and peace.

I have always said this from the beginning but if I had heaps of money, I would still write because it is the essence of my soul. In a way, words help connect with my soul to help me think about the world we are in, the people we meet and the true essence of our selves and our inner light.

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Sometimes I do wonder, is it enough? Am I reaching enough people? When they read my work can they feel what I can feel when I write it?

 

Is it enough? Will it ever be enough? Perhaps that is why artists keep writing lyrics and keep producing new albums and music videos, because no matter how successful they are, they can’t let go of something that sparks their inner light and can’t help but want to share it with the world.

What lights up your life? How do you share it with the world?

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Because you might not be feeling it now but one day you might and you need to know what to do

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Imagine, one minute you are feeling cornered, stuck and then the next you are jumping in the air and instead of falling back hard on the ground. The air keeps you up, as you look down at those who are chasing you and you poke your tongue at them below.

They hang around for a minute but annoyed they have no one to pick on, they leave.

What you do next, might just determine your future power and growth…

Sometimes in life we don’t know how powerful and strong we are, until we get cornered. Can we fly? May be. It just depends on one thing, if you believe you can.

Now, before you go and test this theory (literally), what I mean is, when you ‘feel’ cornered by life’s problems that you may have (most likely) caused, which now feel out of control and unsure how or when you will get back on that awesome life track, the first thing you must do immediately is to stop thinking negatively or in a blaming manner. Immediately, you must think of what opportunities this life challenge presents you and know there is a way out and not just one way but multiple ways.

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But you can’t think about them if your mind is going a hundred miles an hour from freaking out! Watch this wisdom from Oprah:

 

Be inspired, be empowered, be the best you.

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Using Pinterest to map out a story idea

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I love browsing through Pinterest. I can use it for a range of day dreaming, from renovating ideas to the home, or adding to my Live your dreams board, which reminds me of all the cool and fun things I want to experience in life. Recently, I wanted to start writing another fiction novel. To be honest though, I just couldn’t get started. I was too jittery. I write all the time, yet, writing another book, starting from scratch seemed a little, I don’t know … ?

So I went on Pinterest. For no particular reason. I typed in red haired woman and that is where my story brainstorming ideas began. I then created a board called, writing story idea. I started with the red head character and decided she would be a cool main character. Someone different. I then started thinking about other characters and as a romance writer, I didn’t want to jump straight to the leading man, because I am not sure (still not sure) if this will be a straight romance novel. (Although, I assure you, romance will be entwined).

So I did some more research on Pinterest. I love those women, who have the bouncy curly hair. So I typed it in, I found my main character’s overzealous best friend. Wonderful. I also found that by searching for multiple array of images for each character, I was able to get into what they look like. (Even though all the images for the specific character is different on my board, I needed to find the diversity from the way they looked, to their hair, their fashion and get a taste of what they look like, from a combination of photos).

It is very fun and interesting to create a story and creating a story board via Pinterest, where you have instant access to a range of images to get your creative juices going is a fun and important process. I even looked up possible scene locations, to help think about where they would be. I am a very visual person and to find images of places and surroundings that inspire me, helps!

Once I thought of some of the characters I would like to include, I also thought about what they enjoyed doing, what were their interests and hobbies.

Of course imagery is one thing, it is up to the author to try to brainstorm who is the lead and then how they are connected and form relationships with the other characters. In addition to, what is the story.

After my first character plotting, I was like, ‘this is fantastic, I am so thrilled to start this process.’ Then I realised, ‘oh no, I have no story. I have no idea what these characters will do?’

I did another session on Pinterest and while searching for more images to get my creative juices going, I discovered how I was going to get all these different characters together and the basis of the story.

I didn’t spend too much time either. Just two separate occassions on Pinterest. Possibly thirty minutes or less each time and in return I have the basis of my story created.

Have you ever tried this for story brainstorming? I would love to see your board!

Ideas for the look of my main character:

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When enough is enough …

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I am a huge motivator addict. I love to get motivated, I love to inspire others. I love to read about success stories and dream big.

There is something though that has been bothering me and it took me some time to work at what it is …

I discovered that, when reading quotes like, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” ~ Albert Einstein, are fantastic to inspire those to push harder and bigger to achieve your desired result, but sometimes, what we have right now (and by this I don’t mean materialistic items, I mean in terms of where we are in our dream chasing journey), is enough.

For the last 9 months I have been pushing myself to get out there and really go for my big goals in life, I ended up losing sight of the goal and instead focused on a step of the goal, but forgot what it was I was really seeking. The step was part of it, but I turned it into the entire aspect. I became stressed out, angry, frustrated. I forgot what it was like to play, have fun and live freely, which is always my end desired result – to be free to explore my creativity.

What I completely forgot in the process was, I don’t have to change anything if I don’t want things to change. In other words, if I am satisfied with the progress I am making at this time, then I can continue the path I am on, instead of stressing to do more, be more and try to think of another way.

I told my friend this, who responded with, ‘Once you realise at this, you receive a sense of calm’ and I do. I feel a lot more happier and I really appreciate what I am achieving at this moment.

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It’s hard to describe but instead of trying to push forth to reach the 100th step to my desired goal, right now, I am hanging around the 65th step, because I want to and for me it works. It makes me happy. Anymore, at this stage in my life, is too forced and makes my life unbalanced, making me not happy. Why would I want to destroy everything I have worked hard for, have passion for, due to wanting haste in my goal? This is a journey, a life journey and I see that now. I am excited to be where I am, I am excited to still seek opportunities, grow and challenge myself, at my pace. I feel a whole lot calmer, happier and more creative than ever.

I want to stress the point that this doesn’t mean I am giving up, I am simply changing my mindset that I can actually enjoy the journey as well as all aspects of my life, by appreciating where I am now and how ‘enough’ it is for me.

Are you happy with your current progress towards your goal? I would like to hear your thoughts.