The Wisdom of Daisies

Lessons I’ve Learned From Daisies:

Thrive. Be the Best you can be. Share your Joy
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Thrive where you’re planted

Bloom with all the beauty you’ve been given

Spread JOY to everyone who experiences you

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Daisy

You are unique
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Book Baby News Alert!

Creed of the Guardian, Book Three in the Heart of The Warrior Series,

is now available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon.

Dark Fantasy Books

Book Three – COMING October 18th, 2019

Protect the Innocent. Punish the Guilty.

Seth the Ice Lion, now an Apprentice in the Jalora Legion, reluctantly travels aboard ship with his new battalion. Western Beta’s mission seems a dull assignment. Guarding miles of bogs and old ruins should be a simple task, but Seth soon learns nothing is easy for the Bearer of the Lion Ring. The Jalora is the embodiment of Good and the source of Seth’s power. It commands he search North Marsh for a relic capable of saving his homeland from the ravenous appetite of the Jackal invaders. Surrounded by deadly bogs and savage beasts, he must find the relic before the Lion Spirit inside of him takes control of their shared body.

Invaders from across the sea hold a firm grip on Valdeon, but their thirst for blood remains unsated. They lust for the riches of Andara. Using fear and greed as weapons, the Jackal enlist aid from the continent’s unscrupulous mercenaries to prepare for a larger invasion. They build a stronghold – Stone Fang Fortress – in the Bloodtooth Mountains of the north. It is here they prepare to conquer the free world.

Will Seth find this powerful relic before the Jackal swarm invades Andara? Or will his people be enslaved under the iron fist of the Jackal Lord? Seth’s answers hide in the deadly bogs of North Marsh…

Haven’t read the series yet? Check out Books One and Two.

Dark Fantasy Books

Book One of The Heart of The Warrior Series

Dark Fantasy Books

Book Two – Heart of the Warrior series

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Keeping Your Cool While Your Hair is on Fire

Is your hair on fire? Relax

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Have you started a new job, project or training program? It’s tough being the newbie isn’t it? The first week is the worst. You stumble around trying to complete tasks to impress your new boss, but you end up feeling awkward and ignorant.

Here are some things to remember while you’re running around with your hair on fire.

Five Things to Remember Your First Week:

  • Everybody was the New Guy Once
  • You are your harshest critic
  • Seek Out the Gurus Who Are Willing to Help You
  • Be Kind to Yourself
  • Take a deep breath. It gets better with each passing day.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Dark Summertime Books from My Reading List

Summer is the perfect time for sprawling on a lounge chair at the beach, by the pool or even on your own patio. And what would leisure time be without a good book? Dull. Dull. Dull.

Vacation reads don’t have to be light and playful like your summer plans. My taste in literature runs toward the dark side. Here are some of the summertime books I’ve read or am planning to read over the sunny season:

Dark Fantasy Books Reading List

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Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Fire Season by Steven Blackmore

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Cabin at The End of The World by Paul Tremblay (This is on my Reading List for August)

Grab a cool beverage, tuck your favorite Dark novel under your arm, and find a comfy spot. Happy reading!

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

The Top Three Reasons to Challenge Yourself

Challenge, Growth

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We humans love our comfort zone. It’s safe here. We know who we are in our jobs, our skills, and even our relationships. No nasty surprises jolt us. Life is predictable, but it’s also stagnant and boring. We may be stuck in a rut of our own making.

It’s time to challenge yourself. Take up an exciting hobby. Learn a new skill. Go for the job you want. Why now? WHY NOT? Each day that passes is another day you lose to inertia. Our minds crave new experiences. Feed your brain!

Three Reasons to Challenge Yourself

  1. You May be Missing Out on Great Opportunities – Do you daydream about a new job? Maybe you’re lacking a few skills or experience. Don’t stay in your dead-end job. Take some online courses. Volunteer with a few nonprofits to build up your experience. At the very least, you’ll find out whether or not you want to pursue that particular dream
  2. Life Won’t Wait While You Dither – Opportunities for growth and happiness are everywhere. They can pass us by if we don’t muster our courage and go for it.
  3. Our Lives are Finite – Despite the best efforts of the beauty industry, Time continues to pass. Our bodies and brains age. Keep your body moving and your mind alert. You’ll live a longer and healthier life.

What If I Fail?

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: It is the courage to continue that counts.”

Winston Churchill

Meet any successful entrepreneur and you’ll find they’ve had their fair share of failures. It’s hard to believe they experience hiccups when you see the abundance they have in success. Many would tell you they learned more from their failures than anything else.

I believe the greatest failure in life is not to try at all.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

 

 

How Work Management Software Can Help Creatives Finish Their Projects

work management for creative projects

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Creative brains are restless processors of imaginative ideas. Our itchy fingers yearn to start creating the next fun project we dream up. Unfortunately, our next big idea rarely waits until after we’ve finished our current endeavor. Progress on our manuscripts, paintings, or screenplays falter. We lose momentum and begin missing deadlines.

Work management software can assist in planning our creative projects and help us stick with a firm schedule.

What is Work Management Software?

Work Management Software (aka task management or collaboration software) is a category of digital tools designed to plan projects and non-project tasks. Their applications can range from single users or small teams to large project management offices. Easy to use and readily available online, these tools are perfect for creative projects.

In other words, work management software is a project management tool for everyone.

Which Tool Should I Use?

I’ve been a project manager for over fifteen years and have used many complex project management tools to track my large enterprise level schedules. Mastering the platforms required extensive training and some technical knowledge. Many times, the tools were cumbersome and made managing the project unnecessarily complicated. It also limited project management tool access to companies who could afford the expense and resources to maintain them.

The new wave of work management digital tools has opened the door for individuals and small business owners who can’t afford the expense and don’t have time for extensive training. Larger businesses are adopting these easy to use tools as well, effectively reducing their setup and training times.

In researching for this post, I’ve discovered a smorgasbord of new tools. Most of them are unfamiliar, so I’m suggesting a few I know are free and reliable. Asana and Trello are both easy to use and have free basic plans.

A Sneak Peek at Trello

I use the free version of Trello. Why? One of my project teams used it in the past. It’s familiar. It’s free. And it’s fun.

Trill

Trello for Creative Projects

Simple Steps to Set Up Your Creative Project

Trello and YouTube have great “how to” videos to get you started setting up your new account and boards. In this post, I want to give you a few tips to help you plan effectively. You have some things to think through before jumping into the tool. What will it take to complete your project? How long will each task take? If I connect these tasks and their due dates correctly, then will I have my project completion date? Finally, who do I want to access my boards? Are there team members I’ve assigned to tasks and do they need to see those tasks?

Step One – Create your board

  • Give your board a meaningful and descriptive name, so you can quickly identify which project it represents
  • Set it to “Private” (setting located at the top of the board by the name) if you don’t want anyone to see your board
  • Invite your team (if applicable)

Step Two – Plan and create your cards

  • Think about the task categories your creative project must navigate:
    • Create – What steps must you take to create your book, video, etc.?
    • Edit – Do you or a team member need to review the work and quality check?
    • Publish – Are you sending this to a client? Or will you be producing/ publishing the work yourself?
    • Market – Do you need to create marketing tools and advertising?
  • Set Due Dates to hold yourself accountable
  • Plan carefully to calculate a reasonable and accurate project completion date

Step Three – Track your progress

  • Mark your finished items ‘complete’ to gauge where you are in the project
  • Review your splendid progress in ‘real time’ for a boost of self-confidence
  • Watch potential time slips and mitigate them before they happen

Work Management Tools can help you stay on track. Keep your designs easy and straight forward. You’ll soon see the value of organizing your work.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.