Finding Motivation in Tennis-#TakeAMomentMonday

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Welcome to another installation of Take A Moment Monday. With the French Open Tennis tournament right around the corner, I find my thoughts turning courtside. I typically watch the slam tournaments and read player interviews because to me, these athletes epitomize the never say die attitude I want to embrace. And that is my moment this week. That caption above is something I take to heart. I work to achieve my dream of being a successful author.

To that end, I surround myself with people I know will root for me to attain my goals. My Writing Warrior friends, who get up early with me, and cheer me on when I hit a word count goal. Ladies who will kick my ass when I need it, but also tell me it’s okay to take a few days off when everyday stress gets me down.

I have several friends who know just the right words to say when I find my faith in myself flagging (I do thrive on flattery. I mean who doesn’t?). But I strive to return the favor because I want to be the supportive friend to them they have been to me.

Every game in tennis starts with love. When you fault on the first serve, you get a second chance. You learn from the wins and the losses. Each point is a new opportunity, just like each new story. If you keep your eye on the ball and follow through, you can add a tick on the win column. Even when the fans are for the other guy, they will cheer you on as well.

I’m just going to take this moment and enjoy each match, on the court and off. Wishing each of you a lovely week. May all your matches start with love.

Gemma Sig-1a

 

Take A Moment Monday-Journeys

Take A Moment Monday-Journeys

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The past few weeks have been about two different journeys for me. One for business, one to visit family. With each journey came excitement, a sense of adventure, worry, doubt, and a serious case of nerves. Both have left me musing about what lies down the road for me in my career and my life in general. You can’t rush the journey, just sit back, hold on and hope for calm and peace to as a companion on the winding road.

Here’s what I’ve learned on my excursions: Savor the moment. Enjoy the company. Tell those you are close to what they mean to you. Seize the chance to dance with abandon, even if it’s just for thirty seconds. Spare a kind word for people you meet along the way. Walk, skip or dance as you go. There will be rocks to trip you up, and boulders to divert your path. Remember, sometimes a detour can be the best thing.

Look for the secret gate or hidden road that will lead your heart to where it belongs. But most of all, enjoy the journey. Even if it’s a wild ride.

And along the way, be good to yourself. You may need it.

As the Irish say … As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way. Happy journeys, my friends.

Gemma Sig-1a

#TakeAMomentMonday

Sabine here. I’m taking over Chick Confidential this week. If you’re not familiar with me I’m a cross-genre kind of girl. I write kickass heroines and action packed stories. I have a Science Fiction Romance (yes, it’s a thing) series out and am working on a Paranormal/UrbanFantasy series that will be debuting this year. My stories are smoking hot, but it’s all about the HEA (happy ever after) for me. Romance is key.
It’s Take a Moment Monday so here goes.
It’s been a rough year for me and mine, but one thing’s for certain, life goes on. Those biological mini-mes you made when you were young and crazy? They need to be fed. And not just once a day either. Anywhere from two to eight times a day depending on their age, mood and possibly gender. What I wouldn’t give to have my 14yr old boy’s metabolism.
And then there’s laundry. I won laundry jackpot on that one. My kids are not sporty, which means I’m not drowning in sports gear. It wasn’t for lack of trying on my part. I forced them into tennis for years, but alas, without enforcement, they don’t go. They’re teens now. More and more their decisions are their own. As it should be. I’m still here, telling them to eat that broccoli, but they’re finding their own way.
So let’s take a moment and be grateful for what we have. That laundry I mentioned? It’s there because I have children in my life. Yeah, I make them do their own now and then, but I do most of it.
This week I want happy. I need happy. I want to smile and hopefully make you laugh. I think I’ll go with Smart is Sexy, or Science is Sexy or whatever the hell makes me smile.
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I’ll leave you with my opening salvo. Words of wisdom that I adore and desperately need at times.
And for my first smile, I give you an ear worm. Galaleioooo
Hope everyone has a KickAss Monday!
XOXOX
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#TakeAMomentMonday–The Journey

#TakeAMomentMonday–The Journey

For Take a Moment Monday today, I’d like to share something I’ve thought about a lot recently. As an author, I often feel like I’ve been designated to the eternal “waiting room.” Patience seems to be required at every turn in this industry as we wait–for response to queries and editors, for our next release, for our next promo event, for a new cover or a new contract, for feedback from beta readers or reviewers. It all just feels like an endless line of waiting.

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And while this is true, it’s really all about perspective. I’ve had some wise friends tell me to “enjoy the journey.” I’ve even told myself that, but it was only recently that it finally clicked for me. I thought of friends I know in teaching, who are waiting for the next holiday…and then the next…and the next. And somewhere in realizing that I’m not alone in waiting for the next event in my life, I discovered there are other smaller moments I enjoy and cherish every single day–waking up early to write, sprinting with my awesome friend and kickass chick, Gemma Brocato, and sometimes even A.S. Fenichel or Kyra Jacobs. Chatting with other author friends who offer me encouragement and inspiration, like Kyra, Cora Cade, or Rhenna Morgan. Or enjoying the supportive group of authors I know online, specifically all of the KACs, who make me laugh, cry and often “talk me from the ledge,” when something in the industry drives me nuts.38787826_s

And then, there’s the joy that family brings. I’ve made a pointed effort not to become so absorbed in my online world, that I’m ignoring the most important people in my life. My little one, Jack, who is five said the other day, “turn your computer off and play a game with me.” I did just that right away. So I spent my writing time playing Operation and High-Ho Cherry-O’s instead. And it was worth every second.

So yes, back to perspective. It’s true that I’m still waiting for the next review, release, deadline, whatever. But while I wait, I’m going to focus on the moments in life that bring me joy and peace of mind, which are all found in The Journey along the way–in the silly memes or gifs my author friends send me to bring a smile to my face, in the laughter of my son when he wins the game, in a phone call to my mom who lives farther away, in the afternoon silence after a long day, in an encouraging word to or from a friend who really needs it.

27831997_sSo here are my final thoughts for Take a Moment Monday–discover those smaller moments in your daily life that bring you that same joy and peace of mind and cherish them. Keep them closer to your heart than you do waiting for the next “big event” to roll along. Enjoy your journey, wherever that may take you.

 

 

#TakeAMomentMonday – Confidence

#TakeAMomentMonday – Confidence

Time for another installment of Take A Moment Monday, where the Chicks explore what is motivating us, making us think, or making us well, take a moment to be thankful for what we have. Today, I want to talk about confidence.

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You wouldn’t necessarily notice it, but I struggle with self confidence on a regular basis. I’m a good cook, a passable writer, a decent friend. All things I’ve strived for.

And, yet…

I doubt these abilities because I’m competitive. I want to be a great cook. I want to be a best seller, I want to be the friend people turn to for help, advice, or even just a smile.

So daily, I have to remind myself that on my path through life I am my only roadblock. The only thing standing in my way is my belief in myself.  So I look for confidence in the tiniest of things. Flowers, laughter, or a phrase I’ve written that makes me smile and finally believe maybe my writing is more than just a hobby. It’s what I’m meant to do.

I’m a work in progress for sure. And in the end, I will take what I learned, pull on the hard-won mantle of confidence and sally forth into the world, bold, determined and live these words of advice.Hard Won Confidence

Gemma Sig-1a