Looking Back While Springing Forward

Transitions are exciting. Wrapping up a successful creative project and moving forward with something new. Is there any better feeling? It even beats the “I’m finished” rush.

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I’m at this stage in my “Heart of the Warrior” book series. The Obsidian Gates (Book Two) is out in the world. I’ve spent the last few months doing book signings, podcasts, guest blogs and radio shows to celebrate my latest book baby. Now I’m ready to focus on the next project – Book Three!  Look for it in 2019.

In this season of Shamrocks and Blarney Stones, I’m sending you Irish Blessings for your new creative projects. Keep Calm and Create On!

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The Trials and Tribulations of a Change Agent

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Change happens. It’s the nature of all things. Sometimes change is quick and unexpected. Other times it is agonizingly long in coming. Drag your feet to resist the change, it will be stressful. You might even experience a bit of pain. Embrace the change with acceptance and perhaps a bit of excitement – things will go easier.

I’m a Change Agent. My job, or calling if you will, is helping others to adapt, plan and take steps toward positive change. It can be difficult for individuals to see a path out of their rut. They feel stuck. They know they need a change, but don’t know how to climb out of their situation. That’s where I come in. I, and other folks like me, can see a path to positive growth and happiness. Then we help you see it too.

What happens when a Change Agent gets stuck in a muddy rut? Yep. My clothes are covered in the stuff! Here are a few things I’m doing to climb out of the mud and advance to my next opportunity:

Read a Classic againWho Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson, M.D.

Get Inspired – Read or watch pieces about innovators and other inspiring people who have achieved the goals you dream about

Dream – Listen to yourself. What do you want? What don’t you want?

Take Action – Make a plan and see it through

I’ve been a mentor for ten plus years. 98% of my mentees have gone on to be successful in their business goals. The other 2% refused to either work hard for their dream or couldn’t conquer their fear of change. Moving out of a negative, but comfortable situation can be scary. Find a good mentor or coach to help you on your path. I guarantee happiness is worth the hard work!

And They Call It Book Love

Running my fingers across the rows of shiny spines, I slowly slide one out of its place among the other tantalizing covers. The aroma of recently cut paper and new print fills my senses. I absorb the words stretching across the back. Heart racing, I wonder what type of adventure this book will take on.

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Sorry Romance fans. Love is fleeting. Book Love is forever. Think about it. Whether you’re two or one hundred and two, a good story is always one of life’s greatest pleasures.

How to Find Your Next Love

Book Stores – Ask for staff recommendations

Goodreads.com – Check out their Listopia section with recommendations by readers just like you

Best Seller Lists – Amazon and B&N both have Best Seller Lists. I’ll be honest. I rarely pick from the best seller lists, because they distract from other (and possibly better) books

BookBub and Riffle – Books on these sites are vetted pretty well. And they feature the ones on sale. Big bonus!

Word of Mouth – Book clubs or Goodread Groups are a great way to discuss what others are reading

What I’m Reading Right Now:

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

Death Without Company by Craig Johnson

Odd Hours by Dean Koontz

 

Books, Banter and Booze

The Book Bar Denver is an indie bookstore offering wine, killer coffee and books. Three of my favorite things in one place! They also host amazing local author events. Visit during one of the happy hours and talk books with the authors who wrote them.  Fun, right? I’ll let you in on a secret. It’s fun for the author too. We love meeting readers like you.

I’ll be joining two other Colorado authors on February 10th from 5pm to 6pm at the Book Bar. Stop by for a glass of happy juice. Let’s talk books!

Support Your Local Indie Bookstore!

Early Morning Epiphany

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“The Mind is Everything. What You Think You Become.” – Buddha

Life loves to throw challenges our way. This is how we learn and grow. Sometimes, it takes us too long to discover we are in the middle of a life lesson. Our health deteriorates. Relationships suffer. We become the diseased and miserable adult we desperately wanted to avoid as happy children. Creatives are especially vulnerable. We have to walk a thin line between our creative dreams and what society deems as “real life.”

Our creative minds are happiest when we create art, music and literature. BUT – we still have to pay mortgages. It’s easy to get wrapped up in inconsequential drama of life in the business world.

I wanted to share an early morning epiphany I had while meditating. Having spent almost twenty years pursuing a successful business career, I’ve come to realize I have out grown my business role. And that’s okay. Change happens. People grow. Time to let go.

So – Are you the Business person who likes to write or (fill in the blank)? Or are you the Creative who makes money being a business person? Which one makes you happy? Still not sure? Here are some steps to follow:

Spend time with yourself – Go to a quiet place without distractions (turn off the cellphone) and get comfortable

Meditate – Let your mind tell you what you need to know

Listen to what your subconscious is trying to tell you – Figuring out what you are trying to tell yourself can be challenging. It may require the use of a tool: free writing, a list of pros and cons, tarot, runes…whatever works best for your brain

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Pay attention to your dreams – sometimes, the only way our subconscious can communicate with us is in our dreams. Write them down. Take a look after you’ve had your coffee. Are they trying to tell you something?

Final Thought – Be the person you want to be, not the drone others try to force into an ill-fitting role. It’s your life. You are the only one who can make it a happy one.

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Spotlight: The Obsidian Gates – latest book in C.R. Richards’ Heart of the Warrior Series

Available on Kindle Jan 26th

A new series from award winning Author, C.R. Richards: The epic tale continues. A new covenant has been forged in the chaos of war. Its price is nothing less than the Bearer of the Lion Ring’s soul.

The rivalry for dominance over the continent of Andara has taken a dark turn. Eternal enemies – the Jalora and the Sarcion – pit their forces against one another in bloody battle. Good weakens, betrayed by the very humans it has sworn to protect. Valdeon, its stronghold on Andara, falls to sword and flame. The fires of its destruction are set alight by barbaric invaders from across the sea. Their brutal hand conquers the land in a night, exiling the Lords of Valdeon – Sacred Guard of the Covenant. Cut off from the center of their power, the Jalora’s greatest heroes are helpless to defend their homeland.

Hope still lingers. Seth D’Antoiné, Bearer of the Lion Ring, journeys to the great Obsidian Citadel seeking a magical relic, the Book of Ancients. Its power could hold the key to Andara’s defense. He alone can open its pages, sparking the magic into life and restoring the Jalora’s waning power. Finding the book won’t be easy. Elusive Obsidian Gates – appearing and then vanishing again by their own will – keep the secret of the book’s location well hidden.

In the depths of the mountain fortress, he finds treachery and intrigue hiding within its walls. Can Seth open the Book of Ancients before the Sarcion’s men find him? Or will the power of Good leave the land forever? Andara’s future awaits behind the Obsidian Gates…

Praise For The Book:

“The Obsidian Gates (Heart of the Warrior Book Two), by C.R. Richards, is a gripping tale of courage and sacrifice as the men who have sworn to save their land Andara battle the evil forces intent upon gaining command of it. The appealing, vividly-drawn characters struggle to overcome centuries of political intrigue as well as mysterious powers arrayed against them. In this sequel to The Lords of Valdeon, (Heart of the Warrior Book One) the award-winning Richards continues this sweeping adventure in breathtaking style.” –Yvonne Montgomery, author of the Wisdom Court Books, Edge of the ShadowA Signal ShownAll in Bad Time

Trust, betrayal, intrigue — The Obsidian Gates is an epic adventure of good versus evil in an imaginative and colorful world. My only disappointment was reading the words “The End.” – Wendy Terrien International bestselling author of The Rampart Guards

 

 

Overcoming Fear and Rocking Success in 2018

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.” – Frank Herbert, Dune

The world is full of scary things: potential nuclear war, failing infrastructures, clowns (shiver). You can either let your fear overwhelm you or you can recognize the enemy within these fears. This conspirator creeps in the shadows of the unknown. It thrives in social media negativity. Worry and frustration are its greatest weapons. I’m speaking of Distraction. It’s coming for you and your creative dreams.

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Fight back! Don’t let your fear distract you from achieving those creative dreams. They’re

important. For every creative dream achieved, a new one is born. You are an inspiration to someone. They look to you to lead the way. Don’t let them or yourself down.

Let Go! Understand there is very little in this world you hold sway over. Focus on the things you can control: your emotions, your reactions, your creativity and will

Be Fearless! So what if you fail? Put a bandage on that scraped knee and try again. You are a warrior!