10 TIPS FOR WRITER’S BLOCK

Here are 10 tips that I’ve used that have helped me with writer’s block:

1. Change your environment. For example, if you’re inside, go outside, Go somewhere you’ve never been, etc.

2. Read more of everything. For example, books, ebooks, articles, quotes, even other posts can help to inspire you.

3. Brainstorm-go to a quiet place and that means no tv, internet, movies, facebook, etc.

The key is to focus and start writing things that pop into your head, without thinking much about it.

4. Get physical, in other words exercise or at least get up and do something for a while, this helps the brain to work better.

5. Write about current events or subjects that are popular or trending at the time.

6. Write about the places that you’ve been and share it with others, including pictures.

7. Write about what’s going on in your life right now.

8. Write about your beliefs and why you believe them.

9. Think of an interesting person that you know or author that wrote books you really liked and interview him or her.

10. Write about history that interests you, but make sure to do your research on the subject.

Hopefully, this will help get you started and also help you think of more ideas!

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN…

What happens when a nation forgets God? To sum it up in just a few words, judgement from God. When we look back at history, we find many times that people have turned away from God, including history from the Bible. When we put our selfish desires before God’s, bad things are bound to happen. Forgetting God doesn’t just happen overnight, it takes time and we usually are deceived, one sin at a time. We tend to begin justifying ourselves or what we’re doing or we say things like, that’s not so bad or it was just a “white lie”, etc. We need to be vigilant in our relationship with our creator, so that we won’t be deceived. We can also choose to ignore history, but when we do this, history tends to repeat itself. When we don’t ignore history and instead we learn from it, we usually don’t repeat it.

At the beginning of Hitler’s popularity, the people of Germany were frustrated with the economic situation that was going on at this time. When people get desperate, they do things that they wouldn’t normally do. The German people were without jobs, which means they were without food, some had no place to live and there was no hope of it getting any better. Then, Hitler begins to show the people that he will take care of Germany, if they would just follow him. At this time, I’m sure that this felt like the only solution to their problems. As soon as his popularity was increasing, he began implementation of  the propaganda against the Jews. Hitler basically blamed all of Germany’s economic woes and anything else that was wrong with the country, on the Jews. Antisemitism was already a part of the country, so it was pretty easy to encourage it more and make it more popular. There is an excellent book that I highly recommend: “When A Nation Forgets God: 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany” by Erwin W. Lutzer This book breaks it down, so we don’t repeat history.

It’s easy to judge history from our perspective, but just think about what you might have done, if you lived in Germany at this time, especially  considering that these changes took place over years and it didn’t happen overnight. Think about our present day and how much we’ve changed over the years, some for the better and some not. What would you do when given a choice to just go along or stand up against something for what you believe, even if it’s dangerous? I think that the more we learn from history, the better we’ll become!

Berlin, Germany

TRAFFICK AWARENESS

“It is an evil time when the world is dumb before injustice. When the oppressed, the poor, the deprived, cry aloud unto heaven, while the judges and lords of the earth keep silent…these people who feel pain and sorrow like you, to whom violence is done, who have joys and hopes like you; who feel honor and insult like you…your brothers and sisters! “Are you dumb?” O no, you are not dumb, your voice is heard, loud and clear on earth.” by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-45)

Awareness and then action is the key to help to stop the trafficking of humans. The definition of human trafficking is the dislocation of someone by deception or coercion for exploitation, through forced prostitution, forced labor or other forms of slavery. There are different types of trafficking, but they’re all evil. Forced prostitution, forced slave labor, forced child soldiers, organ trafficking and the problem of poverty, economic exploitation, immigration, as a way of culture and tradition and pornography.

All those who are trafficked, are living in horrible conditions and being made to do things they don’t want to do. Unspeakable acts that we can’t even imagine. You ask, what can I do? You can learn more about it and know what to look for when you see it and then make sure to report it. You have to ask yourself questions like: was the homeless child who asked me for money, trafficked? when you travel, was someone being trafficked in the airport I was in? who are the people making my chocolate, coffee or clothes, trafficked victims? Trafficking doesn’t just happen in other countries, it happens in the US also, you may even know someone who was trafficked. The traffickers are very good at their job of deceiving and they know what to look for.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” by Edmund Burke (1729-97)

Here are some helpful resources:” Stop The Traffik, People Shouldn’t Be Bought & Sold” by: Steve Chalke with a chapter by Cherie Blair (book) and http://www.stopthetraffik.org

PAY IT FORWARD

I just watched the movie, Pay It Forward, for the 3rd time. I really love this movie, it’s sad, but so inspirational. If you haven’t seen the movie,I don’t want to ruin it for you. You really should see it for yourself! It came out in October 2000, it’s rated PG-13 and is 123 minutes in length. Some of the stars in the movie are: Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment. If you want all the details, you can go to http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/ A young boy attempts to make the world a better place, after his teacher gives him that chance. It really makes you think about life. We don’t know how much our actions touch a life/lives for good or bad, depending on what the action was. We’re all on a path in our lives and we don’t know how long that path will last. What do you want people to think and say about you, when your path is over? Everyday in life and business, we make decisions. We can choose to do things that make a negative impact on our world or we can choose to make a positive impact. I know we all have days when we feel sick or down. On our normal days, let’s make the decision to make a positive impact on our world, whatever that looks like.

Being a christian, I know that I must do my devotions; reading the Bible and spending time in prayer everyday, to be successful. I must also remember to be patient with others and think of others above myself. I also need these things to be a good wife and mother, especially with special needs children. We must not only read the Bible, but also do what the Bible says and tell others what Jesus Christ has done for them.

Being an entrepreneur, I know that I have to make sure that I’m working on myself, to make sure that my mindset is right to be successful. An entrepreneur has to do things that most people don’t want to, to sacrifice things that most people aren’t willing to sacrifice. Things that might seem trivial, but make all the difference. There is a saying, I’ve heard many times that you have to be willing to do what others won’t do, so you can have what others want. We have to know our strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I have to stay in the right mindset, by reading and listening to motivating authors and speakers everyday. I also have to be around positive people and get the encouragement to keep on working. I must be persistent doing the things that make someone successful. Be persistently consistent. You must be willing to do all these things, without the promise of reward, which is the hardest part. The young boy in the movie did things that most people won’t do and he did get to see some of the rewards from his hard work, but most of the rewards showed up after he was gone. We’ll always reap what we sow. So many positive things happened as a result of what the boy did when he was alive. It really is amazing what we can do, when we make the commitment to do them and follow through. The boy affected so many people, positively by the things he did. He taught so many to do the right thing and because of this, he changed lives. How many lives can we touch and change positively?

PayitForwardMovie