Monday, March 05, 2018

How to Get Your Writing Mojo Back - Writer's Block

It's been three years since I've written and illustrated and published a children's book. Nothing... not a zilch of desire or energy to do it. Parents, teachers and kids have asked me when I will publish my next humorous children's chapter book. I could never give them a solid answer to when I would publish one again or even a reason why I stopped writing.

I call this the starving artist, braindead writing syndrome. I've had it before; and I know others have had it too. Something inside me just hasn't had that mojo to write or illustrate or publish any book. The spark disappeared, leaving me back in the traditional corporate America whirlwind mentality, where I've only thought about working 9 - 5 pm. But this morning, when I woke up, something shifted!

I'm motivated!  feel like I have this creative intuitive energy.  It's been dead - literally - for almost three years. In looking back, I know what started the writer's block. It was the hunger, the pressure for financial security. Some think they are depressed. I personally think some outside pressure (like my hubby putting pressure on me to have a business we can retire off of) has taken over that causes that creative idea generation, invisible feed to get clogged, blocked. Stress and feeling pressure are definitely culprits of causing the starving artist, braindead writing syndrome.

But today, I feel energized. The focus to write and illustrate have been reignited. Deep inside, I feel like I have purpose again. My soul feels like it's on track.

With this spark, I know deep inside my writing has changed. It's like I went into hibernation to come out with a new style.

Here are three things I've learned in experiencing writer's block:
  • Take sometime to think about what has taken the place of writing. With me, it was the pressure of having to think about retirement. Writing hasn't been a bread winner as of yet.
  • Keep a journal to write down what you are feeling, thinking and experiencing.
  • Get some 'me' time. I was so caught up in everyone else's energy that mine - my passion and purpose - became blocked.
I'm excited! And I hope you will follow and comment on my blog as I begin this new writing journey! It should be a wild one!


Friday, May 26, 2017

What's Your Home's Vibe and How to Fix It - Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom

Decorating Home
After writing the blog post on How to Use Color in Marketing, I had several people ask me if I knew anything about selecting the right colors for the interior of their home. Yes, I do! And Yes, you can improve the vibe of your home by just understanding the symbolism of each room and the psychological affect of color.  

The lowdown....The colors you choose to paint each room in your home shapes the personality—the energy—of the room. Those colors reinforce a message about you to whoever visits that room. 

Below are descriptions of what each room symbolizes in your house along with the colors that work better in the room. In reading the descriptions below, think about the personality you have given each room in your own house. Are the colors you’ve chosen supporting the true purpose of the room, and for that matter, creating the energy flow that is in alignment with your personal goals?
  • A bathroom symbolizes the need for cleansing, purging, or eliminating something in your life that isn't quite working. Time to release and let go. You want to be able to release in the bathroom. Cooler or more earthy colors support that.
  • A kitchen represents that you are preparing yourself for something. It may also symbolize something you have brewing or cooking up such as an idea or concept. The kitchen is a social place. Many people are drawn to decorating their kitchens in yellow, orange and red tones which reinforces a social environment. However, those colors have also been found to increase hunger making people snack more often. Use those colors sparingly in your kitchen, and make sure you bring in some cooler tones to balance the room out.
  • A dining room means its time to nourish and take care of you. This is where you actually do sit down and eat in your life. It’s where you fill your physical body with nourishment. It’s also a place for conversation and formal gatherings. Most dining rooms in a home sit empty the majority of the year. As a result, a dining room can be dressed up in colors that reflect a style that make your comfortable. My recommendation is to use earth tones or colors that are richer in nature. This can set the tone for a more royal festive occasion.
  • The living room symbolizes being comfortable, relaxing, and taking a break. Greens, beige, tans and browns are colors that promote relaxation and make others comfortable when visiting.
  • The bedroom is a place you go to rest and contemplate the day. It may even symbolize sexuality issues. This is the place where you can revive your energy and Spirit. Blue is the best color to paint a bedroom. It allows one to relax comfortably and confidently. Earth colors also provide a calming environment for one to be able to relax and obtain a good night’s sleep.
  • A basement or cellar symbolizes your subconscious mind which deals with routines, habits, and patterns. It also involves eliminating outdated beliefs. Many people store their Christmas decorations, childhood memories, and junk in basements keeping the energy of old habits and secrets buried deep within your home. If you have a finished basement, bring some warm toned colors into it to liven and brighten it up.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Word Psychic Freaks Me Out! - Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom

Psychic! Psychic! Psychic! It's amazing how many people still get freaked out by this simple word. Kids don't. Nor do Millenials. When they hear the word 'psychic', they think it's pretty cool; but when conservative adults hear it, the word takes on a totally different feeling-like its taboo or a form of witchcraft. 

Who knows when or where the human 'psychic' fear and anxiety started. I personally think it has to do with humans scared of truly reaching their full potential. Hierarchy is more controllable then the unknown psychic senses.
Psychic intuition
Today's Psychic Marketing 

Throughout history there have been prophets and seers and healers. We study it in the Bible. We televise shows about it like Nostradamus's predictions. We welcome it in differing religions such as Buddhism. Yet, in every day life, people who say they have 'psychic' ability are thought to be fake and a joke. 

Whatever or whoever started this tall-tale folklore, was the jokester. It's time to move on. We as humans all have some form of psychic ability. Psychic is a word that means relating to the soul and mind. We all have a soul and we all have a mind. Now use them. Trust them. Believe in them.

The following four tips will assist you in beginning to trust your natural intuitive ability. Have fun getting to know another part of you!
  • Pay attention to what you feel, see, hear, taste, and smell during any event that happens in your life. For instance, prior to getting sad news, some people start feeling nauseous. Your body can send you messages minutes to days before an event is actually going to happen. Get to know you! Get to know your energy! Get to know your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual self!
  • Every night before you go to bed, write three predictions down that you think will happen the next day. One that I always do is the weather. You can't do any worse than a meteorologist who 30% of the time wrong. So, it doesn't matter if your predictions don't happen the way you thought or that they are completely out of the ball park. The key is practicing, trusting and believing.
  • Start jotting your dreams, if you can remember them. Dreams contain a lot of messages that can help guide you in life. Here's a site that can help you interpret your dreams - dream interpretation.
  • Visualize the phone ringing. Then sit down to see how long it takes before it actually does ring. When your phone rings, try to predict who is calling before you pick it up.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

How to Use Color in Marketing and Achieving Your Goals - The Psychology of Color

I love color! It can motivate you. It can help you relax. It can help you achieve your goals. And it can even help you get out of that funk you are in.

Psychology of ColorThe Psychology of Color can be used to develop and communicate your brand image—who you are and how you want to be seen. Yes, the color you choose to wear sends a message to others about you at that moment in time. In fact, even the color you choose to paint the interior walls of your house communicates to the people who enter it who you are. But colors psychological affect goes beyond brand image. It affects your mental attitude. It affects your emotions. It affects your behavior. Color is made up of energy (Yep! We all learned about it in Science 101 - ultra magnetic spectrum). It has an unconscious power that many marketers leverage to get you to take action! 

Color and MarketingTake McDonalds for instance. This Global fast food chain has profited by incorporating the colors red and yellow in its brand image. The color red and yellow trigger a person to be hungry resulting in them eating more, or more often. This is the very essence of McDonalds business—fast food. Brilliant marketing strategy! 

So, when you are picking out the color and style of your clothing, think about the image you would like to convey. When you are decorating your home, think about how you and others will feel when entering each room. And if you are an entrepreneur, think about what colors will communicate your company and brands image - colors in marketing. Remember, each day is a new day; and each day can be a new color. 

The following descriptions will assist you with understanding the psychological
affects of 9 of the most common colors. Also, when you add black and white to a color, it changes it's feeling and affect.

  1. Red is used to convey love. It is a high energy color. A color you wouldn't want to paint your childs bedroom. Red is a "look at me" color. People who wear red get noticed. Red also has been found to raise a person's blood pressure. It can create aggressive behavior. 
  2. Orange is such a fun party color. It gives off the feeling of passion, sexuality, ambition. People drawn to the color orange are social, friendly and happy. Orange is a wonderful color to use in a marketing brainstorming room.  
  3. Yellow creates a feeling of optimism. It's a very intellect and mental. It also can create a feeling of being controlling. This is one color you should never paint your child's room, unless it's a soft creamy yellow. Studies have found that kids have a more difficult time sleeping in a bright yellow room. Their mind just won't relax.
  4. Green is such a wonderful color to incorporate in your life. It's everywhere in nature. It symbolizes growth, healing and good luck. It can help you relax and be present. Many production companies have a green room where guests sit in, so they can relax before going on set. Hospitals use green to help create a calming feeling too.
  5. Blue is the color of communication. It's been found that wearing blue to an interview makes you appear reliable, loyal and honest. Blue is a great color to help you become more confident. Blue is also a wonderful color to paint a bedroom. And incorporating blue into your kitchen or getting a blue light inside your refrigerator can help overeating. It's an appetite suppressant. Where red is the opposite.
  6. Purple is a spiritual color. Preachers are often seen wearing it. It gives off a feeling of luxury and royalty. Purple is not a motivating color. 
  7. Black has no color. It represents the unknown. Black gives off an energy vibe of death, mystery, and power. It is the most popular color in fashion. Many people are drawn to the color black when they are in a phase of questioning who they are and what they want to do for the rest of their life. This color represents mystery, secretive, power, death, and uncertainty. Black added to a color makes it more powerful. But it also can create a vibe that creates a negative feeling. Painting a room in dark purple, can make one more depressed and unmotivated
  8. White is clean and fresh. It’s a great color to use when cleansing. White is used to give a feeling of sterile. Angels are white symbolizing truth and honesty. When white is added to another color it gives it an innocence. People appear gentle. Angels are white representing truth and honestly. An all white room can make you feel uncomfortable, hindering creativity.
  9. Brown grounds a person. This color represents your UPS man— he or she is reliable and trustworthy. You always know he’ll be on time. This color doesn’t make a statement when out in a crowd. It’s a color that blends in. If you want to be noticed, this is not the color you would want to wear. Wear it if you are looking to blend in and be everyone’s best friend. In summary, brown represents earthy, grounded, having common sense, credible, reliable, and politeness.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

31 Daily Affirmations For Positive Self-Improvement - Not Your Ordinary Psychic Mom

Daily Affirmations
Affirmations are positive statements that bring about change in your thought process, belief system and life. The key to using affirmations for self-improvement is to recite them repeatedly on a daily basis. This allows the affirmation to sink into your subconscious mind. Typically what you will end up finding is that within a short period of time, you will notice positive changes in your attitude towards life. However, some psychologists believe that for some people positive affirmations may not work; it's usually people with very low self-esteem. What they suggest is including the word "working on" within the affirmation; such as, "I am working on loving and respecting my child."

When creating an affirmation, it’s important to keep the following in mind.
  1. Use “I” statements such as “I am confident” and “I am happy.”
  2. Keep them positive.
  3. Use the present tense such as using the words “today” and “now.
  4. Write them down.
  5. If you feel the affirmations are not working, then include the words "working on" within the affirmation that you are reciting.
The following are positive affirmations you can incorporate in your daily:

Affirmations for Parenting

  • I love and respect my child.
  • I am patient and understanding, and take a deep breath before I lose control.
  • I speak to my child in a kind, loving tone.
  • I listen to my child.
  • I make our home safe and secure for my child.
  • I help my child to stay healthy and fit.
  • I take time every day to be and speak with my child.
Affirmations for Health
  • I am in control of my health.
  • I am healthy and full of energy.
  • I eat healthy, nutritious foods that benefits my body.
  • I have the energy to do whatever I desire.
  • Every day is a new day full of hope, happiness and health.
  • The universal energy heals me and makes me whole.
Affirmations for Career
  • I am happy in my job. 
  • I get along well with my coworkers. 
  • I enjoy going to work.
  • I am a leader.
  • I am a good communicator.
Affirmations for Love
  • I am a loving person filled with joy, love, and light.
  • I give my love to everyone I touch.
  • I always deserve love.
  • I attract only loving and caring people into my life.
  • I love myself. 
Affirmations for Spirituality
  • I am connected to the universal life force energy.
  • I am intuitive.
  • I am pure light.
  • My angels protect and guide me on my path.
Affirmations for Abundance
  • I am open to receiving.
  • Money comes to me easily and effortlessly.
  • My life is filled with wealth.
  • I have unlimited abundance.
Don’t forget! The process to make your affirmations work is for you to continue saying them on a repeated basis

Monday, April 24, 2017

7 Tips Before Scheduling a Psychic Medium Consultation

psychic readingsGetting an intuitive consultation (aka psychic reading) can be lots of fun, empowering and insightful. It can give you a little hope. It can make you think  and see things differently. And it can help you believe!

Below are seven must read tips as you embark on the journey of getting an intuitive consultation:

  1. First, each Intuitive Consultant has different skills such as clairvoyance (seeing), clairaudience (hearing voices),  clairsentience (feeling) and psychic medium (talking to the dead).
  2. Each Intuitive Consultant uses different tools when giving a psychic reading. Some use tarot, while others use astrology. Some even use pendulums, psychometry, numerology and/or tea leaves. And then there are those psychic mediums who chose not to use any tools. The tools are there to help trigger thoughts and visions.
  3. An Intuitive Consultant is there to empower you, not to put fear or doubt in your mind. 
  4. An Intuitive Consultant should not make your choice or decision. Basically, they should share the information they receive and let you be the one who interprets it. 
  5. Don't believe (and please stay away from) Intuitive Consultants (psychic charlatans) who make unrealistic promises such as being able to remove all the negative energy from your aura or saying that they can predict everything and anything you ask, and/or telling you they are able to cure your illness and/or disease. These people are in it only for the money and you will end up leaving disappointed and possibly even depressed. 
  6. Do NOT pay $250.00 for an Intuitive Consultation. That is just absurd. There are many talented psychic mediums who charge $50 - $100 that are just as accurate, if not more. If you do choose to spend that much money, make sure you have it. If you can't afford to pay rent or even go to a movie, then you may want to rethink spending it on a psychic medium consultation.
  7. Word of mouth is one of the best ways to find a good Intuitive Consultant. If you're not able to find someone through word of mouth, then try your local new age store or search the internet for any psychic fairs

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Marketing Your Self-published Children's Book

Award winning children's book
I can't believe it's been 10 years since I've been writing and illustrating children's books. It started with a simple idea where I drew up kid-friendly colorful characters that lived in the rainbow and called them Splatter and Friends. Years later, I had another inspirational children's book idea  Wunderkind Family children's chapter book collection. My end all goal for these books was to inspire kids to read and imagine and to teach them about themselves.

I've made mistakes along the way, such as rushing to publish a book before investing in professional editing and then having to redo the entire book again. I also discovered there are easier ways in illustrating a book such as using a Wacom drawing tablet. And I continue to find new ways in marketing my World-wide children's book brands.

Self-publishing is growing. It's not an easy journey making it into a lucrative career, but it is possible.

How to market your self-published children's book
  • Use social media to spread the word. The tools that have worked well for me are:
  • Children's chapter book mystery
  • Get book reviews and have them not only post a review on their blog, but also on Amazon and Goodreads
  • Start locally by holding local author events and writing workshops. Contact your local newspaper and ask them to do a write-up about your event
  • Get your children's self-published books on consignment in local bricks and mortar books stores
  • Get your children's story in the hands of teachers, librarians, parents, grandparents, relatives and kids by giving them away 
  • Offer giveaways and deals, especially around the holidays
  • Become a member of SCBWI and participate in their workshops
  • Network on Goodreads and ask people to review your book
  • Create an author page on Amazon.
  • Become a member of Linkedin writing and self-publishing groups
  • Market your book on Net Galley for additional reviews
  • Submit your children's book for awards
Children's book and angels
Creating brand awareness for your children's book is an investment of time and money. Most likely it won't happen overnight. It's truly a journey.

I hope you'll share other ideas! And please check out my books on!