Alphabet of Motivation

The alphabet letters A through Z

 

We all remember how we learned our ABC’s, right? Well, try learning them again with a hint of motivation to guide you along your way. These motivational quotes and sayings can help you on your way to success in whatever you may want to do in life, or just to help you in your day to day activities. I created these quotes to help keep you inspired and motivated to reach for the stars.

 

Always believe in yourself. Even if no one else believes in you, you should believe in you.

 

Be the best that you can b. Put your best foot forward. Strive to accomplish whatever it is you want to do in life.

 

Count on yourself first to make your dreams and goals come true, then count on others to stand behind and beside you.

 

Dreams were made to achieve. Every success starts with a dream. Envision the goals you have set for yourself and set out to make them happen.

 

Excellence should be the end result. You should always strive for excellence. Anything less is not acceptable.

 

Focus on your goals. Stay focused and motivated on what you want out of life. Seeing the clear picture ahead of you keeps your mind on the end result.

 

God should always be the center. No matter what you want to do, God should always be the center of anything you do. Keeping him in your thoughts and mind to guide you on your path should be at the forefront of your mind.

 

Help is something that should not be hard to ask for. If you need assistance, then you shouldn’t be too proud to ask for it. Pride is good for certain things, but if used at the wrong time, it could mean disaster for you in the end. So, push your pride to the side and ask for help if it is needed.

 

Integrity should be automatic. Your character should matter to you. How you conduct yourself should be in a way that you are proud to show and that someone is proud as well to show others about you. Your integrity tells a person a lot about you.

 

Just be true to who you are. Never change who you are as a person to fit a mold that someone else has cast for you. We are all unique in our own way, so don’t be afraid to be different.

 

Knowledge should be freely shared. If you know something, don’t hold on to it because you don’t want someone else to know what you know. Life is all about learning, so share the knowledge.

 

Life has so much meaning. It’s up to you to find out what life means to you. Live life to the fullest.

 

Motivate yourself and others. Stay motivated, and motivate others to accomplish their dreams. Motivating someone else can also help to motivate, or keep you motivated in whatever it is you are doing.

 

Never give up on your dreams. No matter how hard it seems, or how long it takes, keep pushing forward to succeed. If things aren’t going the way you think they should, or moving as fast as you would like, don’t give up. Let time work itself out. In due time, you will be where you want to be.

 

Observe ways to improve yourself. Nobody is perfect, so always look for ways you can improve. Be observant of your strengths and weaknesses. Always work on creating a better you.

 

Plan ahead to keep from falling behind. Set short term and long term goals for yourself. Plan for things in advanced so if your time frame for completing something shortens, then you can always be on time no matter what because you have planned ahead.

 

Quality not quantity should be what matters most to you in your life. Possessions should never trump your quality of life. Living a safe, healthy, and happy life should override what possessions you obtain in life.

 

Remember that every success starts with a dream. Anything you want to do in life has a beginning, and that beginning is a dream. A dream to be successful at whatever you put your mind to.

 

Success is not built over night. It will take determination, support, and a lot of disappointments to get to where you want to be. Patience is a virtue. Climb the ladder of success slowly so that you can marvel at how you got to the top when you get there.

 

Take time to give thanks. Always remember the ones that helped you along your journey. Thank those who stood by when you felt discouraged or disappointed when things didn’t go your way. Thank your heavenly father for your blessings and gifts. Thank the people who influenced you.

 

Understand that things will not always be easy. If things are always given to you without any effort, then you won’t be able to enjoy the struggle and determination that you exuded to get to where you are. Everything that comes easy isn’t always a good thing.

 

Visualize where you see your life going. Always have a vision of what you want to do in life. Never just live life just to exist in life. Even if the vision you have for yourself veers, as long as you have a vision to start with it can be modified as needed.

 

Willingness to admit your faults takes courage. Don’t be afraid to admit when you are wrong. Nobody in the world is always right about everything. Admit your faults and move on to work on ways to improve them.

 

X-rays are pictures of your insides. What would your brain look like if it was x-rayed? Always keep your mind engaged in activity. Never stop learning and exploring because you finish school. The world is full of new possibilities for growth.

 

You are the key to your success. You are the starting line for whether you succeed or fail. If you don’t believe in your dream, how do you expect someone else to? It all starts with you.

 

Zest to live life. Go out and enjoy life. Don’t let minor insignificant things hold you back from being happy. Enjoy all the great things that life has to offer.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed re-learning your ABC’s. Hopefully, these words of inspiration and motivation will help jump-start your dreams, goals, and desires to be a more positive thinker. We all have those moments when we doubt ourselves, or don’t have the drive to keep going, but thankfully this list of well-crafted motivational quotes will be here to catch you when you fall short. Just pick one, and try to implement it into your life daily.

I’ll Wait

Picture of an hourglass slowly counting down time

 

 

I’ll wait until you come my way

My true love that was meant for me

When we find each other our love will stay

With each other together for eternity

 

 

I’m in no rush to find out what’s out there

Because the one meant for me he will know

That all he needs is right here

Just waiting to tell him so

 

 

We will know that it is true love

Because the way we feel will make it clear

It will be blessed from the heavens above

Because god will always be near

 

 

Our hearts intertwined together

Will be the center of our life

Love, loyalty, and trust forever

You will find in me your wife

 

 

We will always make it through

All the stormy nights and rocky roads

Because you love me, and I love you

And we know how this love thing goes

 

 

Things won’t always be perfect

But we will stand together strong

Because in the end we know our love is worth it

Even when things are going wrong

 

 

We will always cherish the love we have

And never let anyone come in between

Because we are blessed with what we have

You’re my king and I’m your queen

 

 

Our unity, our partnership

Will reign like an empire

This beautiful, wonderful courtship

Will hopefully inspire

 

 

I will adore you, and you will adore me

Our love radiating through

Loving each other faithfully

As true lovers should do

 

 

So, I’ll wait patiently for you

Until it’s our turn for love; in due time

For things to fall into place the way they do

Then I will be yours, and you will be mine

 

 

Ugly Book Review

 

Picture of Ugly book cover

Ugly

By: Rod Cornelius

 

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of reading this book entitled “Ugly.” I did not know what to expect when I placed this book on my Kindle bookshelf. I didn’t even look at the synopsis to see what the book was about. I was interested in reading this book strictly based on the title. I had never read anything by this author before, but this book was automatically recommended to me by Kindle based on previous books I had read. Just on the title alone, I had gathered that the book must have been about a person who had a life of misfortune, and therefore their life was referred to as “an ugly life.” Boy was I in for a rude awakening! From the very first few lines of the book, I knew that “ugly” meant physically ugly.

 

Just those few lines captured my attention right away. As I proceeded to read on to find out what the book was all about, I found myself feeling bad for the main character Julius. From my own personal experience, I could relate to how he was feeling and the things he was going through. It is tough enough being a teenager, but to be the object of other children’s cruelty and bullying makes things even worse. I myself was also bullied and picked on in school, so I know how it feels not to fit in. I was picked on for the simple fact that I had a visual impairment. When children see that someone is different from them, they automatically label them a target of ridicule. Julius was bullied because he wasn’t “attractive”, and I was bullied because I couldn’t see well.

 

As the story progressed, Julius did find him some alliances in some unlikely sources. He met a girl that he liked, and she wanted to be around him no matter what everyone else thought of him. Because of how he had been treated his entire life, Julius had very low self-esteem in himself. He couldn’t understand why the girl wanted to be with him when there were more attractive boys she could hang out with. Julius also found alliance in a misfit kid named Travis. He was known to be a troublemaker, but he be-friended Julius despite what other people thought. The two boys didn’t make a likely pair, but their friendship helped Julius gain a little confidence in himself.

 

Julius had a talent for drawing and his teacher tried to push him to pursue his talent, but hanging out with Travis and getting into fights with his bullies kept Julius occupied. The fact that Julius wasn’t even accepted by his own family, made the situation even worse. I found myself crying at times when I read some of the cruel and demeaning things his family members said to him right in his face. Julius’s only ray of light in his life was his mother. Even though Julius was the product of a rape, she still loved him unconditionally. People thought she should’ve aborted him, but she carried him and loved him despite it all.

 

The author did a great job of portraying the life of a situation that a lot of teenagers find themselves in. Bullying is a past, present, and future problem if somehow someone doesn’t get a handle on it. Unfortunately Julius couldn’t take the torment any more, and he committed suicide, but if one person could’ve stepped in and did something about the bullying, maybe Julius wouldn’t have taken that route. Bullying is a serious offense, and shouldn’t be taken lightly. Thousands of children are being bullied each year, and some of them take matters into their own hands. In some cases it’s suicide, and in other cases it’s murder. Things should never get to that point that someone has to lose their life.

 

Thankfully things didn’t end that way for me. I was able to get a handle on my own bullying situation, but not everyone is so lucky. I definitely give this book a five star rating and recommend it to anyone who has dealt with bullying. Most victims suffer in silence. They are too afraid to speak up against their tormentors for fear of backlash, but if they can’t speak up for themselves, then someone should have the heart to do it for them. I loved the gems of motivation and inspiration that the author sprinkled throughout the book. He used the character Mr. Base as a voice of reason for Julius. A lot of the quotes and advice he gave to Julius could definitely help anybody who needs a bit of strength to get them through a tough situation.

 

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Mr. Graves, never let how other folk think you look determine who you are. Life is bigger than someone else’s opinion. You have to find what matters most to you in this world, and you have to make it mean something to you, son. Life aint fair, but this is your moment in time. Don’t let someone else cheat you from it. Because if you allow life to do it, it will swallow you up. A strong mind will always persevere. You remember that.”

 

This quote has so much meaning. It is something that we all need to remember. How you look physically shouldn’t determine who you are as a person. Even though television, media, movies, and magazines focus on outer beauty, the beauty inside you is what should matter the most. Some of the most beautiful people have the ugliest personalities, and that makes their outer appearance less attractive in my eyes. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I see the beauty inside people. The inner beauty.

 

Author Q and A: Ann Harrison

Author Q and A: Anne Harrison

 

Let’s get to know Christian fiction author Ann Harrison a little more. Here is just a little peek into the person behind the books. Once you have read this entire question and answer session with the author, hopefully you will understand who she is better. She wears the title of author, but there is a lot more to her than that. Enjoy!!!

 

Q: What inspires you to write?

 

A: I get inspired to write in a variety of ways. Sometimes I get inspired from what I read, and sometimes I am inspired by music, and at other times, things that happen in everyday life can inspire me. I have been inspired by dreams recently as well.

 

Q: Where is your favorite place to write?

 

A: I currently write at my kitchen table, but there are times that I like to take my phone out on the patio or out by the pool and jot down ideas that come to mine.

 

Q: What is your favorite season of the year and why?

 

A: I love fall, because the temperature is cool, but not too cold, and it’s the best time to spend some time outside to find inspiration

 

Q: How many books have you published to date? “Compilations and anthologies included.”

 

A: Including anthologies, I have had work published in five books, with a possibility for a sixth one coming up in the near future.

 

Q: What is your favorite holiday and why?

 

A: My favorite Holiday is Christmas. I love the music, gathering around the tree with my family, and the oohs and ahs of surprise when everyone opens their gifts. I also love the fact that we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

 

Q: Name three people who inspire you and explain why.

 

A: One person that inspires me is Karen Kingsbury. Her novels inspired a character that I created for A Journey of Faith. My friend Tish Williams also inspires me because she encourages me when I am suffering from Writers block. Last, but not least my daughter inspires me. Sometimes she says things that sparks creativity.

 

Q: How many books can you honestly say you’ve read in a single year?

 

A: I can honestly say that I have read at least twenty books in a year, although that may be even more. I have read too many to count.

 

Q: Who has been your biggest supporter in your writing career?

 

A: My husband, my daughter, and my closest friends, some of who are writers themselves have been my closet supporters in my writing career.

 

Q: What kind of child were you growing up?

 

A: I was a curious child growing up. Sometimes I would go outside to play with my cousins and my brothers, but there were days that I would sit inside and read for hours at a time. I discovered the joy of talking books and they kept me occupied.

 

Q: If you had $1,000,000 to donate to a worthy cause, which would it be and why?

 

A: I couldn’t give it all to one charity. I would have to dole out some of it to hurricane victims, and send some of the money to guide dog schools.

 

Q: What can bring tears to your eyes?

 

A: Sometimes a certain song can bring tears to my eyes. When my daughter is sick or hurt, and when a child has been mistreated also can bring tears to my eyes. There has also been books that I have read that brought me to tears.

 

Q: What is your favorite food?

 

A: I love pizza, and there are so many other foods that I like that I won’t list them all here.

 

Q: How do you deal with writer’s block?

 

A: I sometimes open up a notepad document and brain storm, and I sometimes just sit in silence and let the thoughts come to me slowly.

 

Q: Out of the books you have published, which is your favorite and why?

 

A: A Journey of Faith is my favorite, because I really got to know Becca as she was traveling down her chosen path.

 

Q: Are there any other published authors in your family? “Self-published or traditionally published.”

 

A: No, I’m the only published author in my family. Though, my uncle’s previous wife, who lives in Florida, told me she was working on several books, but I haven’t seen one published yet.

 

Q: If you were granted three wishes, what would they be?

 

A: The first wish I would make is a home for my husband and me to call my own, with bedrooms for my daughter and Michawl’s nephew. I would have a pool and a screened in porch. My second wish is to have the means to travel to different places for inspiration. I also wish for an easier way to write on the go. I have my phone, but it’s a slow going process when I don’t have my keyboard with me. Sighted people can simply pick up a notebook and pen, but it’s harder for a blind person to do the same.

 

Q: What makes you uniquely you?

 

A: I am creative, I like working with people, but yet I can be a quiet person too. I read more than I play games, yet I love to have a little fun too.

 

Q: Where do you get most of your story ideas?

 

A: I get most of my story ideas in a variety of places. For example, a piece of instrumental music can spark an idea, a book I’m reading, or a bit of everyday life. However, sometimes I can either get inspired by a dream I’ve had, or I can be reading, and an image of a scene will start forming in my mind. When that happens, I have to go with it, or get some pointers from other people to ignite the spark. Once I get the creative fire going, I can write for hours.

 

Q: Do you prefer writing your first drafts on paper or the computer? Why?

 

A: I prefer writing my first drafts on the computer. Instead of having to rewrite the entire book, I can simply revise the draft and edit my work, to tighten it up the best I can before asking someone else to edit it for me.

 

Q: What advice would you give someone who aspires to be an author?

 

A: My advice to aspiring authors is to read, read, and read. What I mean by this is read books in the genre in which you plan to write, and read other genres too, because story ideas can come from anywhere. Also, keep your eyes and ears open, because you never know what inspiration you can get from a conversation, or a simple life event. Also, when you are unsure about an aspect of your writing, like one of the characteristics of your protagonist or the setting for your story. Do your research, to make your story believable and to make sure your facts are accurate and consistent.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Ann in a deeper sense than just her title of author. You never know what you will find out about a person unless you ask questions. Hopefully, some of your curiosity about the person behind the inspirational stories have been quenched.

 

Check out these books by author Ann Harrison:

 

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery is available in paperback at

Amazon

It is also available in hard cover and eBook on amazon and other book retailers.

 

Stories outside the Box is only available in eBook formats through Smashwords at

Stories Outside The Box

It is also available in Kindle format through Amazon.

 

To learn more about Ann’s published work and to read her blog, visit her website at:

 

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Coming to the Light

A picture of open french doors with light spilling through

I never would’ve guessed that my last fight would be the very last fight of my life. On March 14th, 2005 was the day that my life would be forever changed in a dramatic way. I got into an altercation with my brother, and it caused me to be where I am today, and where I will probably be for the rest of my life. At the tender age of fourteen, I got into a fist fight with my brother, and this time it wasn’t like our usual fights. I would walk away the loser of much more than just the fight, but also my sight.

I was already partially blind due to mal-practice at birth, but I still had good vision. I was not considered legally blind because I still had perfect vision in the “good eye.” I wore glasses to keep that eye strong. My retina had been detached in the right eye during my birth due to the doctors mishandling of the forceps, so my vision was already delicate. I didn’t find out why I couldn’t see out of that eye until I was an adult. I had always been told that my optic nerves never developed in that eye. I also developed a cataract in that eye at the age of five due to the trauma to the eye.

My brother and I got into the fight over a radio because of me changing the station that was playing. For most people, this is probably such a trivial thing to fight over, but in the violent household and environment that we were living in, this was the norm. Since my brother did not like the fact that I had changed the channel on the radio, he became enraged with me. We began to fight for the radio. He hauled off and punched me in the eye, and I immediately saw red dots. I thought that maybe my eye had been cut and that I was bleeding in my eye. I thought that it was just a minor injury and that I would be back to normal in no time, but I was wrong. That one punch caused me to be in darkness for the rest of my life.

After the fight was over, I tried telling my family that I was having trouble seeing, but I wasn’t believed. My sight did not go away right away, but it was the start of the damage. Losing the vision in that eye happened over time until I woke up one day and couldn’t see anything. When my mother finally did take me serious and took me to the doctor, it was found that it was too late. They could do nothing to fix my vision. Too much time had passed, and the tissue of the eye had already started scarring over. Since it took my mother seven months to get me help for my vision, the doctors didn’t hold up much hope of me getting any of my sight back. Surgeries were performed to see if it would make a difference, but sadly it was useless. From that one fist punch, my retina had become detached and the damage was irreversible. At that point, I felt life was now not worth living for me since I could no longer see.

My self-esteem took a huge nose dive. I felt that I would never be able to live a normal life. The only people that I had ever seen that were blind were elderly people and that happened with age. I thought that I was too young to be blind, and I went into a deep depression. So many scary thoughts were going through my mind. I kept replaying that day over and over wishing that I could rewind the hands of time and do it all over again. Well, my reality was that I couldn’t get a redo, so I had to deal with the circumstances that I was left to deal with. Not having any family support didn’t make the transition any easier either. I was left to deal with this tragedy all on my own.

Over the years, I learned to adapt to my new situation once I finally got out of my depression phase. It was a long and treacherous journey filled with many nights of tears and self-pity. I had to take a hard look at myself and my situation and wonder if I wanted to be that cripple or disabled girl that had to have someone do her basic needs for her, and I knew that was not the life I wanted for myself. So, I began to embrace my new life and learn all that I needed to know so I could live a normal and happy life. I learned braille, computers with the aid of text to speech software, independent living skills, and how to travel alone with a white cane. These skills were very necessary for me to live the life I wanted. I took on every new task with gusto because I was determined to be as independent as I possibly could. I didn’t want to feel like a burden to anyone, and I wanted to be able to take care of myself with minimal assistance.

There were times when I just wanted to give up, but whenever I would think of the outcome if I didn’t push myself, it made me go even harder to learn all that I needed to know. I would always think of people who had other disabilities that were worse than mine, and I would think that I was lucky to just be blind. Even though I could no longer see physically, I could still walk, talk, feed myself, think for myself, and all the other great body functions we take for granted. I felt that things could’ve been worse and I know that I am blessed. I eventually started mentoring people who were just like me. They were struggling with the life that they now had to live because of their visual impairment. Before going blind myself, I would have never known that there were millions of people all over the world just like me young and old dealing with the same situation. Some weren’t taking it so great like I was at one time and others were taking it in stride. So, I look at my situation as a blessing in disguise. I could’ve died that night, but instead god had other plans for me.

I enjoy encouraging other blind and visually impaired people to become as independent as they possibly can. I always like to say, “Just because society sees us as being handicapped and unable to do for ourselves, doesn’t mean that we must live up to that standard or stigma that is placed upon us.” I take pride in knowing that I can do for myself despite what others may think or say because they are not in my situation. It took a while for me to get to where I am today in my thinking, but I am glad that I experienced all that I have in life because it made me the person that I am today. I wouldn’t change one thing about my past because if I did, then I probably wouldn’t be the same person that everyone knows and loves. My faith has a lot to do with how I got through my situation and remain positive about it. I feel that god doesn’t make any mistakes in our lives, so what happened to me must have happened for a specific purpose.

Now, I’m not going to lie and say that life is easy because of course it’s not. I still struggle everyday with the fact that I can’t experience some of the day to day activities that most people who can see take for granted. Driving for example; I would love to be able to drive myself to and from work every day. I would also like to be able to go into a grocery store and pick out my own items without the assistance of someone. Going out to a place that I am not familiar with without assistance from someone who can see is something that I also wish I could do, but I am thankful for the blessings that I do have. There are some out here in the world who have it a lot worse than I do. I get frustrated from time to time when I must depend on someone who can see to read stuff for me or help me fill out paperwork, but that is minor compared to the circumstances that others must go through on a daily basis.

As of right now, there is no cure or treatment for my eye condition, but I have faith that one day there will be a way for me to regain my sight. If that day never comes, then I am comfortable in who and what I am. I have adapted to my life just fine and enjoy all the many blessings that god has bestowed upon me. I do not let my disability stop me from living and enjoying all that life has to offer. My life had to be adapted to fit my new situation of being blind, but with the way technology is, it makes it a fun and great learning experience for me. I had to come to the light by accepting who I now am and loving myself despite my circumstance. Every negative occurrence doesn’t have to be a tragedy. Sometimes things happen for a reason because life is something we have no guarantees in.

As an author, my visual impairment does throw up some road blocks that I have no control over. For instance, I have to depend on people to design my book covers and my website for me. I tell them what I imagine my items to look like, but the fact that I can’t see them for myself makes me have to trust their creative skills. I do have someone close to me check them out for me, but in these instances I have to go on what someone else thinks. As someone who used to be into graphics and drawing, the fact that I don’t have that ability anymore sometimes does get to me. Being artistic was a gift that I was proud of, but now I have to use the artistic talents of someone else to get my message across the way I picture it. The fact that I have seen before makes it easy to tell someone how I want something to look, but it still isn’t the same as me designing what I picture myself. When you have a visual impairment, you have to learn to trust people. There are things in life that having a visual impairment will alter, but there are ways to get around it. Everyone needs someone else for something since no one is totally independent and able to do everything themselves. Having that knowledge brings me relief and makes it easier for me to accept my circumstances and live life to the best of my ability.

I shared my story to encourage and inspire those who may be struggling with circumstances in life that they may feel have made them lose hope in themselves. There is still hope if you have faith in god and in yourself. You may see a situation in your life as a mountain or hill that is too steep for you to climb, but all you have to do is step back and evaluate your situation and figure out a new way to accomplish that task. Look at your situation in a positive light instead of as a bad thing. What could’ve happened to make your situation worse? For me the other outcome would’ve been death, so for me losing my sight was a minor inconvenience than losing my life. Every situation won’t be that easy to look at in a positive way, but to grow and accomplish whatever you are trying to succeed at you must see the light at the end of the tunnel.