New book published – Articles for the Mind

I have good news this week too. I compiled a book of all of the articles I have written and published it. It is called Articles for the Mind. It consists of 58 short articles that are informative and sometimes advising, on the subjects of beauty, health, careers, education, family, pets, financial planning, frugal living, money, food, holidays, home, psychology, self-help, values, and writing. The book is grouped into chapters with those subjects as the chapter titles, so the book is easy to navigate and easy to find what you need. There is also a foreword, an afterword, and an about the author page. The cover is below:

Articles for the Mind

It is published on Amazon (Kindle) and Smashwords. Eventually it will be available at Barnes & Noble (Nook), iBookstore, Sony, and Kobo. It will also eventually be published in print and available as a paperback at Amazon. I’m really happy that all of the valuable information in this book is available to the public. I hope the advice and information helps people.

Thank you for your support. It is because of you that I enjoy publishing books.

Review of “Wake Up Successful”

Wake up Successful

Wake Up Successful – How to Increase Your Energy and Achieve Any Goal with a Morning Routine, by S.J. Scott, is a self-help book that helps you create a morning routine that aims for making you successful in whatever it is you wish to do.

The suggestions in this book are best applied if you have time to spare in the morning, but if you don’t, you can adjust your daily schedule so that you can incorporate this 1 1/2 hour routine into your life.

The author says that first thing in the morning is the best time to gain energy for the day and work towards your goals. He suggests doing revitalizing activities for 30 minutes, and then follow that with 30-60 minutes of working on what you have the most passion for and/or what will change your life for the better. He says it’s best to work on only one project at a time in order to be most effective at achieving your goals. Once a goal has been achieved, you can move on to your next goal to accomplish.

The 30 minutes of revitalizing activities will wake you up, get you motivated for the day, and give you energy to tackle your day. The author explains how the activities you usually do in the morning do not increase your energy. He gives examples of energy stimulating activities that you can do instead.

This book gets you thinking about your life – your life purpose, what you want to do with your life, what you want to change about your life, and how you can change your life.

This book has a unique angle on how to be successful that anyone can implement and see immediate results. The author knows what he’s talking about. This book will change your life for the better and your life will improve. At the very least, it will get you to evaluate your life and make some adjustments.

I highly recommend this book!

You can get your copy here.

Review of “Live, Love, Laugh…Relax”

Live, Love, Laugh...Relax

Live, Love, Laugh…Relax by Jason Crawford is an uplifting self-help book about how to reduce your stress and live a more relaxed and happy life. It is a short, enjoyable read. The writing is positive, encouraging, supportive, and helpful. It is written in a conversational tone that seems as if the author is talking to you as a friend, sharing his advice on how to live a stress-free life.

There are three parts to the book and about fifteen chapters. Part one tells you all about stress and how it impacts your life. It includes chapters on the purpose of stress, how society has increased your stress, the impact of the technological world on your stress level, and how achievement brings stress.

Part two talks about good and bad aspects of stress, signs and symptoms of stress, and how to recognize symptoms of being overly stressed. Part three is all about live, love, laugh, and relax. It lists and explains the different ways you can reduce stress in your life and live a more carefree life. Part four discusses how you can implement stress-reducing techniques in your life.

Overall, it is a concise, light-hearted book that allows you to decrease your stress. It provides several techniques that you can apply to your life right away to become stress-free. It is an easy, pleasurable read and I highly recommend it.

You can get your copy of Live, Love, Laugh…Relax here. You will be glad you did.

Review of “Conscious Calm”

Conscious Calm

Conscious Calm by Laura Maciuika is a self-help book that explains how to reduce stress. Most people think stress is caused by outside circumstances. While that is partly true, how your mind reacts to those stressors is what causes the feeling of stress. Therefore, stress is mostly internal. This book teaches you how to internally manage stress so that it becomes less overpowering and so that you are better able to deal with life’s unavoidable stressors.

This book explains how to have more control of your thoughts and emotions so that you can reduce your stress level when it begins to rise. To gain power over your mind takes certain skills, and this book teaches them to you.

First, the book provides an explanation of exactly what stress is. Then each chapter explains methods for gaining an awareness of your stress and decreasing it. Each chapter builds upon the one before. There are exercises at the end of the chapters that will help you evaluate your life based on the chapter topics.

This book provides valuable techniques that anyone can learn and do well to lower the stress they feel. It is a well-written and organized book. It is practical and resourceful, because there are actual remedies for getting to the source of the stress and expelling it. The last chapter helps you to begin to implement the conscious calm techniques in your life.

This is a deep book that deals with the root problem of stress. If you are seeking a true solution to the anxiety and stress you feel, you will benefit from this book and will enjoy the reading. Feeling less stress, no matter what your life circumstances are, is well worth the small investment. You can get your copy of Conscious Calm here. Enjoy!

Review of “Acceptance: A Workshop for Perfectionists”

Acceptance: A Workshop for Perfectionists

Acceptance: A Workshop for Perfectionists by Liisa Kyle, Ph.D is a self-help book with writing exercises and activities to help perfectionists accept circumstances, others, and themselves.

The book is very well-rounded in the information it covers to help perfectionists grow out of their perfectionism. First, it discusses how they can accept circumstances that are beyond their control. Many events just happen in life and people are powerless over them. People can only change themselves.

Next it explains how to accept other people as they are, because a person cannot change others; other people have to want to change and decide to change on their own. Accepting them as they are, with their imperfections and quirks, allows the perfectionist a lot of relief and will improve their relationships and interactions with people.

The third section is about self-acceptance. Perfectionists have a hard time accepting themselves because of their high expectations. But they must accept the things they cannot change about themselves in order to feel peace about who they are.

There are suggested writing exercises and activities at the end of each chapter. The author suggests for the reader to write down their answers, because they will gain much more benefit by doing so. The author also suggests reading one of the three sections a week and then reflecting on life and applying what was learned, from the writing exercises, throughout the week.

Many of the activities encourage increasing a person’s self-awareness, because only when people become aware of their thoughts and actions can they alter them to live a higher quality of life.

Half of this book is about self-discovery and working through perfectionistic thoughts and behaviors to live a happier life. If a person is serious about changing their perfectionistic tendencies to improve how they feel and how their life is going, then this book is for them.

If you are a perfectionist, or simply want to stop trying to change everything and everyone, you should pick up this book. You can get your copy here. It is a great read!

Interview with Valencia Roner

Valenica Roner

Valencia Roner is a writer and blogger living in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Her work has appeared in Black Enterprise Magazine, USAToday.com, BusinessWeek.com and the Los Angeles Times. She is a member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA). She is completing her book, The 7 Most Common Barriers to Success and the Strategies to Overcome Them, which is due out in 2013.

Christine: How, and when, did you decide to become an author?

Valencia: I guess it’s fair to say that I first decided to become an author when I was 7 years old. I was in the 2nd grade and the teacher instructed us to write a story with pictures. I wrote a story about the Bionic Woman and the Bionic Man getting married and having a Bionic baby. Although I don’t remember the exact story, I do remember getting an A. I guess you could say right then and there I at least gave very serious consideration to becoming an author.

Christine: What interests you about writing nonfiction?

Valencia: I have always had a preference for nonfiction writing. I particularly enjoy biographies.  As early as age 9, I recall going into the school library and checking out biographies written about Abraham Lincoln and Wilma Rudolph. While I also tried to get through the entire Nancy Drew series (I think I got up to volume 18), I have always loved reading and studying about how people overcome adversity to achieve a goal or a life of success.

Christine: What is the writing process like for you?

Valencia: I take working on my books in project stages. By that I mean I play around with the title and chapter outlines. I also work on a draft of the book cover which provides me tremendous motivation. Seeing a mock cover lets me know the book can be real. I can do this pretty fast. However, when it comes to the body of the book, I try to write as much as I can in one sitting – even if it comes out to be a couple of pages per chapter.  From there, I begin to tweak and work on one chapter at a time – again in one sitting – until I have a solid, workable first draft. This process can take up to 10 – 15 hours per week.

Christine: Are you solely a writer or do you have multiple occupations?

Valencia: As of now, I do have the proverbial “day job”. However, I am working on a plan or variations thereof for that not to last forever. As a former business owner of a marketing and P.R. firm, I understand the value of a flexible work schedule. Meantime, I am grateful for a means by which to pay the bills.

Christine: What topics do you write about in your books?

Valencia: My primary genre is self-help/motivational books.  So many people are looking for possible approaches by which to enhance their lives. I consider myself among that group. I have had some interesting experiences and have overcome some challenging circumstances which allow me to believe I can offer something of value to those seeking encouragement.

Christine: How do you come up with an idea for a new book?

Valencia: I currently have nearly 50 book ideas. Having blogged since 2005, I have no shortage of ideas. Many can be current-event based. However, most of my ideas stem from my seeking to offer new perspectives on traditional ideas like faith, success, trust, relationships and self-awareness.

Christine: What is the title of your most recently published book and a description of it?

Chasing JoyValencia: My most recent and first published book is Chasing Joy: Principles for Making Joy a Core Life Principle.  This book is my effort to address the ongoing quest of many people to find joy in their lives.  I attempt to share how the key to joy is first finding it within oneself as oppose to those things and others outside ourselves.

Christine: What are your strengths as a nonfiction author?

Valencia: My strength as a nonfiction author is that I tend to be able to write quite fast. I am one of those writers who can be laser focused. Once I get started, I tend not to stop until a designated phase of the project is complete. I can’t say that I’ve ever experienced writer’s block. Most of the time, if I have to stop writing, it’s because I’m tired, or because I have another commitment I must fulfill.

Christine: What marketing techniques do you use to promote yourself as an author and your books?

Valencia: Right now I am still working through this based on my current schedule. I do have a blog at www.onesright2peace.blogspot.com. I also have Facebook and Twitter accounts. I was sure to have author profiles on both Amazon.com and Goodreads.com. While I know there are a host of other marketing techniques I could and want to employ, I want to make sure I have enough time and resources to ensure that all marketing efforts are executed correctly and of quality.

Christine: Are you traditionally published or self-published? Why did you choose that path?

Valencia: I am a self-published author. I chose this path because it is “easier” now more than ever with such tools as Createspace.com. I have more control, and many financial resources were not required to publish this first effort. Also, if I find a mistake it is a lot less stressful to fix with a POD (Print on Demand) format than with the traditional self-publishing route which requires you to order several hundred (or thousand) copies you have to peddle yourself out of the trunk of your car.

Christine: Where can we find your books?

Valencia: Currently, Chasing Joy can be found at Amazon.com in both paperback and e-book formats.

Christine: What advice would you offer writers seeking to become published authors?

Valencia: If you are passionate about your work as a writer and you are confident that your voice can serve of value to a segment of readers within the marketplace, write that book now. Start small. Chasing Joy may be small, but it was written to impact. Don’t be afraid to publish your first book on your own. I am extremely pleased with the process of Createspace and would highly recommend it.

In the meantime, find a way to get paid for your writing. I had my first major article in a national magazine at 27. I sold a movie script at 25 (although it didn’t get made into a movie). Selling my movie script did get me into the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA).

I will leave you with a quote by Stephen King that keeps me inspired:

If you wrote something for which someone sent you a check, if you cashed the check and it didn’t bounce, and if you then paid the light bill with the money, I consider you talented.

Christine: Thanks for joining us today, Valencia. It’s been a pleasure getting to know you. Best of luck with your books.

Review of “Chasing Joy”

Chasing Joy

Chasing Joy is a self-help book on the topic of how to live a joyful life. The author points out that joy does not mean being oblivious to what is going on, but, rather, being realistic about life’s circumstances and choosing to be joyful even in negative times. Joy is a state of mind that stems from our thoughts, so if we change the way we think about life, we can have joy in our lives the majority of the time.

The book is exquisitely written and pleasant to read. The words flow in such a way that you feel as though you are being guided carefully through the book by the author. The book is informative and insightful. In addition, the author weaves in her experiences in relation to the topics she discusses, so you know she understands your perspective and is an expert on the topic. The book is structurally written, but it is also creatively written with a unique touch.

The author covers several main topics related to joy: self-care, anxiety, acceptance, being present, and spirituality. She expands on these topics, goes into detail on how they are a part of living a life of joy, and discusses how you can apply them to your life to live a more peaceful, content, and positive life. It is not a long book, but it is a fulfilling book of great quality.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in being happier and improving the quality of their life. There is a lot of helpful information in this book. If you are seeking inner-peace, or simply wish you had more peace of mind, this book is for you. It will change your perspective on life.

If you get a copy of Chasing Joy you will not be disappointed.

Review of “Top Life Coaching Tips”

Top Life Coaching Tips

Top Life Coaching Tips is a self-help book that offers multiple ways to live life with more peace, passion, energy, and joy. It is a book that everyone could benefit from, because any one of us could use more of those traits in our lives.

The book has 31 tips on how to live a better life. It is perfect for perfectionists, pessimists, and people who could use more happiness and less stress in their lives. And, as the author explains, we have the power to make it happen; we have control over our happiness and our level of stress.

If you are under a lot of stress – you might not even be aware you are – or feel depressed about your life, this book will give you hope that your life can change, and it all begins with you. If you change your thoughts, you’ll change your perspective, and since life is based on perspective, your life will change.

The author’s writing instills peace in your heart when you read it. Her positive words calm you and give you the idea that your life doesn’t have to be so bad. She shares poems, quotes, and affirmations in the book. The variety those features bring to the book, and the fact that it’s broken up into a series of different tips, makes the book a breeze to read.

The tips the author provides are on the topics of thoughts, generosity, time, passion, awareness, goals, trust, inspiration, collaboration, song, support, disappointment, intuition, play, love, celebration, fear, success, and many more. As you can see, there is a wide variety of topics the author discusses and they are helpful to many facets of a person’s life.

Each tip is followed by a quote or affirmation, making it a nice way to start each day – by reading a tip that will get you started in the right direction. The entire book is uplifting.

I recommend this book to all readers. It is a very easy and quick read, but it’s full of helpful advice on how to live a positive life.

You can get your copy of Top Life Coaching Tips here. I know you’ll enjoy it!

Review of “How to Relax – Mind, Body, & Soul”

How to Relax - Mind, Body, & Soul

How to Relax – Mind, Body, & Soul is a self-help book for people who are uptight and could use some tips on how to let go of stress and relax. This book is for everyone, since we all need to relax sometimes. The book is written with calming language that makes it relaxing just to read. It is a helpful and informative book.

This book covers the following topics: external and internal stressors, taking control of your stress problem, self-awareness, putting yourself first, living in the present, quieting your inner voice, relaxing the body, sleeping, eating, taking vitamins, exercising, breathing, drinking water, meditating, being mindful, getting a massage, doing Reiki, Yoga, and Tai Chi, performing progressive muscle relaxation, and various relaxation techniques – both physical and mental.

The book is short and to-the-point. It gives you a way to discover what you need to do to relax and what relaxation techniques you can try to find the ones that work for you. I recommend this book to everyone, since most of us could benefit from relaxing more. Plus, the book is informative and a good guide to decreasing stress.

Get your copy of How to Relax and you will be glad you did.

Review of “Losing Control, Finding Serenity”

Losing Control, Finding Serenity

Losing Control, Finding Serenity is a self-help book about how being controlling – over people and events – disrupts the natural course of life and hinders life and relationships. This is a book for everyone, because almost everyone does some degree of controlling in their lives. This book will help you realize where you have been controlling in your life and how to be less controlling. It also discusses the author’s past experiences as a controlling person and how his life is different since he stopped being controlling and began trusting in the natural “waves” of life. He speaks about how various aspects of his life – finances, relationships, career, and hobbies – has improved since he stepped out of the way and let life take over. His personality and perspective on life has improved by being less controlling. He has less stress and worry. He shares how you too can let go of control and find happiness and success.

The book covers many topics that are helpful for losing control: what being controlling is like and how it hurts people, how to stop controlling behaviors, how to learn acceptance, how to embrace your personal truths, how to be less fearful and trust that life will turn out how it’s supposed to, how to let go of anger and resentments, and how to stop avoiding tasks that you are apprehensive about. The book also describes and explains how to let go of control in certain parts of life, such as parenting, relationships, sports, the arts, and work.

This book is well worth the small investment. It is full of information on control, examples of the author and his friends of their controlling lives and how they changed, and how to change your controlling behaviors and your controlling personality. This book has the power to change your life for the better. I learned a lot from it and I highly recommend it.

Get your copy of Losing Control, Finding Serenity! You will be happy you did.