Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday – Book Review

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne



This is an amazing book YOU will LOVE!!

Yesterday we talked about being thoughtful and using our thoughts to create our lives.

Well The Secret is the Law of Attraction.

“Desire, ask, believe, receive.” Stella Terrill Mann

What you think about you will attract. Just like our quote yesterday. Your thoughts turn into your words, behavior, habits, and future. For good or bad what you are thinking becomes your reality.

“Most of us attract by default. We just think that we don’t have any control over it.  Our thoughts and feelings are on autopilot, and so everything is brought to us by default” Bob Doyle.

What are you thinking about?  What are you attracting?

Think about it (LOL Literally).

Over the next week try to pay more attention to your daily life. Keep a journal if you can. Write down what you are thinking about the most and if anything you are thinking about is taking place?  Then practice turning your thoughts into positive ones.  Write in your journal a few positive goals for yourself.  Start small.  Give it some time and see if they come true.

I know you are on the path to attracting amazing things into your life.

Have a Thoughtful Thursday


Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday Book Review

The Artists Way by Julia Cameron

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This week I talked about being yourself.  If you are having trouble being yourself or finding yourself or your creativity or artistic vision this is a great book to turn to.  It’s a twelve week program that will help you uncover your creative side.

Without realizing it our childhood experiences and upbringings have created the person we are today. For good or bad.  Hopefully for good.  However, there are a lot of negative things we hear and experience as children that shape the way we think and feel today as adults.  True or false we have spent years conditioning ourselves to believe these things.

FALSE.  As difficult as it may seem to face, more often than not most of those things are false.

This book has engaging exercises and assignments at the end of each chapter to help you uncover which memories you have living inside you are true and which are false.  Which you should let go of and which you should cherish.

What does my past have to do with creativity?

EVERYTHING.  Creativity and art is reflected by the creator and artist. Who they really are. What they feel.  What they see.  What they love.  What they don’t love.  What they believe to be true or false in their own world.

Until you uncover those things about yourself, you may find it challenging to create anything.  You may have a burning desire to create something but do not know how or what.

This was a challenging class for me personally because I do not remember some of the things she asks us to uncover in the assignments.  However, I did my best and I can say it was tremendously helpful and has motivated and encouraged me to be a better artist and be true to myself and my own creative side.

I hope you find this book helpful on your next artistic endeavor.

Have a Thoughtful Thursday!


Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday Book Review

Do The Work By Steven Pressfield


So yesterday we talked about starting before your ready.  This book, Do The Work, is the sequel to last weeks book The War of Art.  If you have read the War of Art and have now learned how to overcome the resistance that is stopping you from beginning, you are now ready to begin!

So where can we start if were starting before were ready?  Remember our seven habits of highly effective people? The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Begin with the end in mind.  In Do the Work Pressfield refers to this as working back to front.  He says:

“End first, then beginning and middle.  That’s your startup, that’s your plan for competing in a triathlon, that’s your ballet.”

Some problems you will need to overcome:  Thoughts and chatter. Self Judgment. Hitting the Wall. Fear. Panic. Attitude.

“Our job is not to control our idea; our job is to figure out what our idea is and wants to be and then bring it in to being.”

What will keep you going?  LOVE

“The opposite of fear is love-love of the challenge, love of the work, the pure joyous passion to take a shot at our dream and see if we can pull it off.”

Finally he helps us get to the END and complete our project.

“Finishing is the critical part of any project.  If we can’t finish, all our work is for nothing.”

I hope this book helps you to BEGIN.

Have a Thoughtful Thursday.





Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday Book Review

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield


Yesterday we talked about being creative.  If you are either worried that your not creative, feel creatively blocked, or just do not know how to express your creativity this book is a great place to start.

Pressfield talks about the unlived life we all experience and what forms of resistance can prevent our creativity from coming to light.  He explains in detail the harmful effects our own resistant subconscious can have on our imagination and how it can prevent us from pursuing a creative, fulfilling life.

He also informs us of the differences between professionals and amateurs and what changes we need to make if we are attempting to be a professional in our artistic endeavor.  Another great topic he covers is how your family life can be affecting your attempts, or lack there of, to be creative.

This is a great book to get you moving and motivated in the right direction and on your way to being your true creative self.  Since he touches on many subjects we’ve already covered here on the Blog, such as Preparation, and Patience, you will feel right at home.

A few inspirational exerts from the book:

“We’re all creative.  We all have the same psyche.  The same everyday miracles are happening in all our heads day by day, minute by minute.”

“Our job in this lifetime is not to shape ourselves into some ideal we imagine we out to be, but to find out who we already are and become it.”

“Creative work is not a selfish act of a bid for attention on the part of the actor.  It’s a gift to the world and every being in it.  Don’t cheat us out of your contribution.  Give us what you’ve got.”

Need more creative inspiration?  Work with me personally and sign up for mentoring over at the SHOP

Have a Thoughtful Thursday!





Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday:  Book Review

The Bible: by Jehovah God


Yes the Bible! I am a Christian and I do read the Bible. The results of my Strengths and Weakness test, which I will share with you during another book review, showed that my #1 strength was FAITH. Now I would be doing myself and all of you a disservice if I didn’t keep up with my greatest quality of Faith. I already shared a great scripture with you yesterday so I will just share three more scriptures with you today.  I hope they will encourage and inspire you.

“Create in me a pure heart, O’ God, and put within me a new spirit, a steadfast one.” Psalm 52:10

“Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.  So never be anxious about the next day, for the next day will have its own anxieties.  Each day has enough of its own troubles.”  Matthew 6:33, 34

“All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness so that the man of God may be fully competent, completely equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16, 17

Feeling down and looking for more scriptures?  Read Jesus teachings about being happy in Matthew 5:1-11.

If you do not have a copy of the Bible you can download one here in hundreds of languages Read The Bible

You can even download a Bible app right to your device Bible App

Have a Thoughtful Thursday


Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughful Thursday:  Book Review

Dolly Parton Dream More 


So I thought I would write a review on something fun for the last Thursday of the month. Haven’t we been wracking our brain on some heavy material.  Let’s take a break and laugh with Dolly Parton this week.  Although she is inspirational she is funny too.

This book is a very short easy read that will lift your spirits and put a smile on your face. We all know Dolly Parton is quick witted and sassy.  Her writing portrays nothing less. Although, through all that hair, makeup, and southern charm she has actually lived and seen the same troubles as the rest of us, if not more.  Growing up in the southern mountains she came from a poor family with twelve children.

If you haven’t seen her movie The Coat of Many Colors run out and get it.  It’s a must see.

In this book she explains how she persevered by Dreaming Big.  She always dreamed of being a star since she was a little girl. She would put a tin can on a tobacco stick for a microphone and pretend chickens were her audience. She would pretend her ragged dress was glitter and silk.  She would use berries for lipstick, burnt matchstick for eyeliner, and honeysuckle for perfume.

She always imagined her life as a star, claimed that she would be a star when others asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, and lived and believed she was a star.  In this book she explains the four steps she believes it takes to turn your dreams into your own reality.  She also surprises us with some great bonuses like her lyrics, poems, and quotes. And of course you have to read until the end so you can enjoy the Wit and Wisdom of the Dolly-Mama

She also talks about the importance of giving back and how she has given back to her small hometown in  Tennessee.  She never forgot her roots or family.  She uses her fame and fortune to provide education and books to children.  She continues to remain humble and keep working hard even though she has accomplished so much.

No we do not all want to be stars.  However, we do all have dreams.  We do all have plans. We do all have goals.

One more quote from Dolly:

“Plan your life and do what you do best.  You can be absolutely anything you want to be.  You may not want to be a star, but you do want to star in your own dreams.”

Have a Tremendous Thursday!


Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday

Thoughtful Thursday Book Review

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey


Did you love yesterday’s blog about being proactive?  Have you started to track your feelings, thoughts, and actions?  Are you naturally a reactive or proactive person?  If your reactive are you willing to become proactive?  Like I mentioned yesterday this is a very difficult task to undertake.  So don’t go it alone.  Get a little, or a lot, of help from this great author.  This book is the perfect place to start on your new road to proactivity.

What is great is that the author goes on to instruct us in six other habits of highly effective people and how you can incorporate them into your lives.  He also breaks down what the bad habits are, where they may have come from in your life, and steps to change them into the good habits.  Such as the #1 habit we discussed, proactivity.  The bad habit conflicting with this good habit is reactivity   He discusses what social circumstances in your upbringing could have led you to have a reactive personality, how you can pinpoint it, and how you can adjust to become proactive and highly effective in  your own life.  When you adjust your life to take on these great habits you will effect others as well and benefit your relationship with them in many ways.

To give you a little sneak peak here are a couple other great quotes in this book.

“Proactive people aren’t pushy. They’re smart, value drive, read reality, and know what’s needed.”

“The proactive approach to a mistake is to acknowledge it instantly, correct and learn from it. This literally turns a failure into a success.”

Have a Thoughtful Thursday!