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Once Upon A Time

heart shaped book

As many of you know that read my blog or Face book each week I have been working on a book. It doesn’t start with Once Upon a Time but it is a book that I hope will inspire others and has a little romance in there too. This process all began when my husband, Milo, joined a mentorship program so that he could focus on what he wanted to do and at the time he thought that was art. The only problem with his decision was he wasn’t thinking about his Multiple Sclerosis affecting him at random times throughout this year commitment.

As he was having difficulties with remembering to do the weekly assignments of watching videos, doing homework, listening to conference calls and watching interviews with others that were successful he asked for my assistance. I put on my weekly calendar when he needed to schedule to watch or listen to these wonderful, positive insights. I found myself looking over his shoulder if you will to listen in on this information.

This mentorship program was asking all the right questions, making you think about what it was you truly wanted to do with your life and what vehicle you wanted to do it through. It didn’t matter if you wanted to be a chef, musician, artist, writer; screenwriter, photographer, sculpture, wood worker or what have you. It was all to encourage those that were creative to stop talking about what they wanted and start doing what they wanted.

At first I focused upon my photography as I truly enjoyed taking pictures and trying to capture the beauty around me when I went anywhere. Then I went to a conference with these enthusiastic, positive, encouraging people and decided that photography though I love it, wasn’t the true place I wanted to throw my creativity at this moment. Then writing began to be my focus.

I had already started this web page and began showing off some of my photographs, writing my weekly blog posts and finding that what I was writing was more important to me than even my photographs. It allowed me to feel I could make a difference in others lives by sharing hope and giving a voice to what I had to say, giving my thoughts, encouragement and inspirations from living my life.

With that I started writing a book and I though at times this process has been one of fear, I have overcome those fears to continue on this process and not quit. The rough draft of my first book is done and now I’m in the editing phase. I can honestly say that through this process I have grown as a person, have gained confidence in my talents, and myself and though I have much to learn still, I look forward to the challenges ahead.

Soon I will be setting up my author web page and hope that you will choose to join me there as I move my blog to that website. I will continue to share my photographs as it’s still something I love to do and write my weekly blog as it gives me joy to write them, I will just be moving to my Lisa Ballan author website. I have already created a Lisa Ballan Author page on Face Book and you can always follow me on that too.

My point for this blog is to let you know of some changes ahead as I transition to my new focus but that I hope you will join me too. I also want to encourage you that no matter your dream there is always a way to begin by taking one small step and focusing on that small step each day or each week. Eventually you will get to your destination if you don’t give up. Hard work isn’t easy, but it is rewarding and being diligent with your schedule to push forward is always key to achieving any dream. You can do it too.

Leave a comment below if you have pushed for a dream or goal and succeeded. I’d love to hear what it is you are doing and how you did it. Share this with anyone you feel could benefit from this post. Have a blessed day!

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Changes for the Better

Change - Positive & Negative

Change – Positive & Negative

As we live our lives sometimes we get into a rut and then something major happens and you begin making changes for the better, but at the time they are happening you are wondering is this the right choice for my life. We really have no way of knowing for sure except by how we feel we are being led to go, or as some say your gut instinct kicks in. A major change is happening in my life as we are moving from a home we have lived in for 17 years to some place new this week.

At first, moving was not something I looked forward to doing because there is all that packing, sorting, tossing, hook ups and turn offs, moving mail, updating accounts with a new address, changing business information and more. Now, I’m just excited for the change, the new place, the new area, the new flow or routine, new neighbors and friends and the possibilities that will develop.

I admit I was someone that after moving sometimes every six months as a child I just didn’t want to move very often as an adult. I wanted to plant myself some place and build memories, but honestly the memories go with you. As you clean out the closets, cabinets, drawers you locate things that make you laugh and things that can make you cry that were past memories. Glancing over those items I realized they are the things that made me who I am today.

You could say I didn’t want to move because I was afraid of change. We all are afraid of things, some very real and strong like spiders or snakes, and then there are other things that are unknown. It’s the unknown for me that I don’t like. I like to be informed, make decisions based on facts and then make a choice. When you are dealing with things you can’t control or don’t know much about it has a fear for some of us that is rather strong.

I hope you don’t let fear get in your way of making decisions that are changes for the better in your life. I know this step of moving for my family is a big one. Some other major changes can be jobs, relocating to a different city or state, having children, dealing with parents that need care, planning for a future or even buying a home. All of these things are considered highly stressful and major changes in people’s lives.

As you think about choices in your life, changes for the better, think about whether or not your hesitation is fear and get excited about the possibilities once you move forward.

If you feel this post would be inspiring to a friend or relative please forward it to them and if you have a way of dealing with changes for the better in a more positive light please leave a comment below. Have a blessed day!

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Hard Knocks

Be Positive even during the Hard Times!

Be Positive even during the Hard Times!

We’ve all heard the saying the school of Hard Knocks sometime in your life. At this point in my life I think I have built the university brick by brick. Whenever I make a decision to do something I feel led to do it never fails that a few hard knocks are around the corner to try to prevent me from continuing on my new path.

Here’s what I found important to remember during those times:

  • Be thankful for everything you have in your life – from your job, roof over your head, food in your belly, health and your friends and family. You never know when something is going to change in any of these areas that can put a little resistance in your life and make things difficult for a short time.
  • Stay Positive – there is plenty of negative in the world that can keep you knocked down when you fall and prevent you from moving forward but if you focus on the positive things you will be back on track in no time.
  • Celebrate the little things – Bake cookies with the kids when they come home with a good grade on something you know was challenging for them, do something small but special for your spouse who has been working long hours, take a moment for yourself when you accomplish something that you were stressed about.
  • Get Outdoors – You can gain inspiration from many places but going outside to your favorite park, nearby forest, mountain, beach, lake or stream could be all you need to give you a boost to get you past this challenging moment.
  • Be Giving – Many families are struggling these days in some manner and giving of your time or money to help someone else is rewarding and will help remind you that life could always be worse. Mow someone’s yard that is ill, take someone to the grocery store that has transportation problems or to the doctor, clean an elderly person’s home, there are many ways to help others think outside of the box.
  • Stick to your schedule – If you are someone that have goals and dreams, plus work and juggle a family then a schedule is key to get everything done you need to each day. Schedule a date with your spouse, a family night each week, your own goals and projects time and most importantly alone time. Maintaining a schedule will help you to know what you need to do each day and week and keep you moving forward on your own goals plus take care of your family too.
  • Healthy Lifestyle – Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise plan will keep you from getting ill right when you need to be at your best the most. Fast food and sweets are great from time to time but sticking to a lifestyle of healthy eating with plenty of fruits and vegetables, along with water intake and regular exercise will allow you to do more.

When you get knocked down I hope you choose to be positive and get right back up. Moving forward even if only a few small steps each week is still momentum forward towards the goals, dreams and life you desire.

Please share this with someone you feel needs some encouragement today and leave a comment below if you have a method that helps you when life knocks you down.

Have a blessed day!

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