What You Focus On Grows

What You Focus On Grows

It’s raining out today. One of those glorious, deep-soaking rains that my little part of the world desperately needs. I’m stuck inside the house—it’s summer, after all—contemplating life.

This has got me thinking about some of the things that have had a huge impact on my life. People, places, sayings. Lately, it’s been a saying by life coach, author, and singer/song writer Christine Kane:

“Your attention is the most powerful resource available to you at any given moment. What you focus on grows.”

Today, these words feel powerful. But for a long time, I didn’t get what they meant. For me, the elusive part of the saying has always been how “grow” relates to attention and focus.

“What you focus on grows.”

I just didn’t get it. How did this relate to my personal growth? Or was it only about work and goals and achieving things?

After a few weeks of reading Christine Kane’s words every time I opened up my computer, after mulling over the meaning of that last line, it finally made sense.

You see, I’d recently developed a small practice to gain control over my monkey brain. You know the brain I’m talking about, right? It’s the one that likes to control our thoughts, because distraction and chaos make it incredibly happy. It’s also the one that’s scattered and splattered and uses every excuse out there to prevent us from reaching the finish line.

I think it’s the ego’s first cousin…

A few weeks ago, I instilled the following habits to overpower my monkey brain:

1. Every morning, seven days a week, I sit down at my desk and meditate for three minutes. Sure, it’s short, but it’s enough time to quiet the monkey thoughts and train the brain to focus.

2. At eight-thirty, Monday through Saturday, the Freedom app shuts down everything but my Scrivener writing app. No more internet. No more email. Freedom takes the choice away from me. I can write…or choose to sit there for an hour and a half, and stare blankly at the screen.

Through these habits, I’ve learned that if I want to do something—write a book, learn to quilt, or cut out processed foods—the more focused time and attention I put on the task, the faster I grow and achieve my goal. And now I want to take this simple process of attention and focus, and grow it into other areas of my life. Baby steps…but that’s another life’s lesson.

So now tell me, when you read that saying, what does it mean to you? Or like me, do you need some time to mull it over to absorb and grasp the lesson there?

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

We all have someone important in our life, so whether you’re a mom, step-mother, doggy-mom, daughter, sister, aunt, friend or whatever, I wish you a day filled with love and joy!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, let’s have a contest!

 

You Create Your Own Stories

We all create our own story…every moment of every day. Drop me a note right here and share a brief moment of your own personal story (about whatever you wish to share today), and I’ll enter you into a draw for a signed copy of one of my paperbacks (your choice) and some chocolates. 🙂 Deadline is midnight MST on May 19, 2018.

Update: And the winner is…Diana T! Congratulations, Diana!
(Your prize will be in the mail shortly.)

 

 

Latest Book To Rock The Bestseller List

Latest Book To Rock The Bestseller List

First off, I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Easter. I hope you’re out there spending time with your family and/or eating some wonderfully delicious chocolate.

Now on to the latest news…

There’s a new book out and it’s rocking the bestseller lists in so many genres, it’s created a new Guinness World Record. Have you heard about it yet? They’re already talking movie rights, TV rights, franchise rights and a whole bunch of other rights…and the book hasn’t even been released yet.

It’s about an undercover journalist/superheroine who infiltrates a nudist colony on British Columbia’s famous Vancouver Island where she investigates an unsolved murder and discovers the secret behind her parents’ romance, the truth of her biological parents, the secret of the sexy stranger who wants to make babies with her who claims he’s an alien from a distant galaxy, and if that’s not enough great stuff, finally meets the daughter she gave up for adoption years ago.

The book is titled WHAT TOMORROW BRINGS by April Fuhl and you can check out all of the deetz right here.

Do you believe it?! Aren’t you excited?!

 

My Characters Have A Life Of Their Own

My Characters Have A Life Of Their Own

My characters…it’s like they’re hidden in the shadows, too shy to make an appearance all at once. Or perhaps they just enjoy teasing me (driving me crazy would be more like it!).

From the foggy mists of my imagination, my characters appear bit by bit. The longer we spend together, the more pieces of their personality they’re willing to reveal. If I take a wrong turn and attempt to shape them into something they’re not, they plop themselves down in the middle of the floor like a pouty two-year-old throwing a hissy fit, and refuse to cooperate until they get their own way.

They have a life of their own, beyond what I can see,

Take Abby Watts, the heroine from my upcoming release ONCE A HEARTBREAKER.

Abby is the sister of the heroine from A Time to be Tender, book three of the Rocky Mountain series. Restless. Independent. Kind of slutty. Full of guilt. She blames herself for what happened to Jane. If she’d met her sister like she was supposed to, Jane would have never landed in a predicament that nearly ended her life and left her with a lifetime of nightmares.

Abby loves her sister. And now guilt plagues her constantly for the lie she told to cover up her whereabouts on the fateful night that changed Jane forever.

It’s a lie she hasn’t quite revealed to me yet, a secret she’s determined to keep hidden. It’s the reason she won’t let herself fall in love with a good man like Zach Malone. A secret affair with the hunky rancher is one thing. But marriage and commitment…no way…

Did you like this inside scoop? What do you think Abby’s secret could be? Please tell me because I’m dying of curiosity…

 

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