Chase Your Dreams

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I spend a lot of time writing about dreams on this blog. Not the actual dreams you experience while sleeping at night, but the short and long-term dreams you wish to achieve someday.

I feel it’s my duty as a blogger to inject some level of hope and optimism into my writing.  If someone takes the time out of their busy schedule to read my blog then I owe it to them to write something that will make some kind of an impact on their life.

Dreaming is such an important part of life. No matter how big or small, you should always be striving toward something. My eventual dream is to write a book. I’m not exactly sure what kind of book it will be, but I do know that it will be inspirational in tone to some extent. Every encouraging blog post I write gets me closer in that direction.

If you don’t have any dreams then I encourage you to grab a sheet of paper and jot down three things you’d like to accomplish. Keep it practical, but don’t be afraid to launch out into the deep. Then begin working to mark each one off your list by a set time. Putting a timeframe on your dream is crucial as it will help you remain focused in reaching key benchmarks along the way.

Don’t let another day pass without working toward your dreams.

Be An Encourager

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One of the greatest pleasures in my life is the feeling I get when I’m able to offer an encouraging word to someone in need.

Every person on this planet needs encouragement. Regardless of how strong someone may appear on the outside you never know the personal battles they may be going through on the inside. I Thessalonians 5:11 reads, “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.”

I feel that the best opportunities for me to offer encouragement come at my job. I spend 40+ hours a week with my coworkers. We get to see each other at our best and worst which means that someone will need to be encouraged sooner than later.

Earlier this year I wrote a post, How I Showed God’s Love To My Coworkers This Week, about an email campaign I had undertaken with some of my coworkers to show them God’s love in a practical way.

One of my more recent encouragement testimonies came on last week when one of my senior level managers was going through an incredibly tough time in the office. Not that they told me anything was specifically wrong with them, but I know my coworkers well enough to realize when something is off. They hadn’t been acting like their usual self and it was beginning to reflect in their interactions with others.

Later that evening I sent them the following text. I’ve changed their name to protect their identity:

“Cindy, you and some other coworkers have been on my mind lately in regards to a lot of stuff that has been happening in our office. Aside from being an administrative assistant, I believe that God has placed me in this role to encourage others. I want to tell you to consider God in every decision you make professionally and show grace to everyone even when you feel they don’t deserve it. You’re a good person and I don’t want to see the stress of this job weigh you down. Have a great rest of the evening with your family and wish you the best at your meeting tomorrow.”

Their response was “Thank you, Jeuron. I needed to hear that.”

The next day that coworker appeared to be in much better spirits and even joked around with me.

That coworker makes at least double my salary. I didn’t shrink down around her just because of the difference in our job titles. She needed an encouraging word at that moment and I’m thankful enough that I could do so.

I believe that God places everyone in certain environments to make a difference. Regardless of your job title and role in life you have a measure of influence with some group of people in your life.

Encouraging others is a two-way street that builds up the giver and recipient. Try it if you haven’t done so.

500 Writing Prompts: Message in a Bottle

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In an effort to increase my writing productivity I purchased Piccadilly’s 500 Writing Prompts on a recent visit to Barnes & Noble.

I’ve never bought a book like this before. Not only is it a good way to keep my creative juices flowing, but it gives me something fun to do on my lunch break.

I’ll be sharing my responses to some of the more interesting prompts I come across over the next few weeks.

So let’s get started!

While at the beach you decide to write a message in a bottle. What would it say? Who would you like to find it?

The message I’d write would be a letter of encouragement. It would be geared towards anyone searching for direction in life. It would go a little something like this:

Dear Stranger,

Congratulations for discovering this bottle. Since you’ve taken out the time to read this note I want my words to make some kind of impact on your life.

First, I want to encourage you to develop a personal relationship with God. Ask him to come into your heart and forgive you of any sins you committed. Pray on a daily basis and ask God to help you with any problem you have, big or small. The sooner you develop this relationship the better your life will be. Trust me. Also, read your bible on a regular basis and ask God to grant you understanding when reading it.

Be a good person. Be good to yourself and others. Help others whenever you can, but don’t be a doormat. Love everyone around you regardless of what they’ve done. Always strive to see the goodness in others.

And please enjoy life. You only have one to live so don’t play it safe. Take chances and don’t ever be afraid to step out on faith to get what you want. Go every place you want to go and see everything  you want to see. Don’t let anyone or anything stop you from accomplishing your goals. You can truly do whatever you want as long as you work hard at it. You’re a beautiful, intelligent person and the world is yours for the taking. Let your light shine and never be afraid to be yourself. There is only one you and the world needs what you have to offer.

Finally, take something you like about this letter and share it with someone else.

Thank you for reading. Have a great day.

From,

Jeuron Dove

 

 

 

 

 

Have a Marvelous Monday

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Happy Monday everyone. I’m up early this morning to provide you with a dose of encouragement as you prepare to start your day.

I’ve been off from work since last Thursday on a mini vacation. I came back yesterday feeling more refreshed than I have been in weeks. I’m now ready to tackle my day and make an impact in some unsuspecting person’s life.

It’s my wish that today will be a Marvelous Monday for you. Monday is usually the day of the week that most dread. But not today. Be thankful that you’re alive to witness another Monday. Be thankful that you have a job to go to in the first place. Be thankful that you have the ability to read this wonderful post I’m writing! Lol

It’s easy to get caught up in the grind of everyday life and forget how blessed we truly are.

The foundation for your entire week begins now and you have the option to make it into a really good one or a really bad one.

Make the right choice.

How I Showed God’s Love to My Coworkers This Week

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This past week I began a little something I like to call the Love Project.

From Tuesday-Thursday I started off my workday by sending a brief message of encouragement to a particular coworker who I have a good relationship with. I encounter so many  people from various departments at my job that I have a rather large network of friends and acquaintances to pull from. Here is a copy of the general message I used. I decided not to share their names on here:

Good Morning Anonymous,

I know this may sound unusual, but I’m sending this message to wish you a great day at work. I’ve been doing this with various coworkers this week as a way to offer encouragement and so far they have liked it. 

I know you have a ton on your plate working in your particular department so I hope you have a peaceful, productive day with as few distractions as possible. 

Best regards,

Jeuron

I tweaked each message with specific information pertaining to my relationship with each individual. Thankfully I work in a building with a majority female staff. I believe women to be much more receptive of these small acts of kindness than men are. Each lady I sent a message to responded almost immediately letting me know how much they appreciated it. One lady was so happy that she forwarded it to others in the hope that it would brighten their day as well.

At the end of the day everyone wants to feel loved. That’s why we attend church, marry our spouses, and choose the friends we hangout with. We want to have value in someone’s life and our lives to have value on others. I love making people feel good about themselves. Most important, God commanded us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

When you finish reading this go out and show God’s love to someone in your world today.

 

 

Things are getting better following a long, hard day at work

Yesterday was not a good day for me at all. After a long day at work, I was left feeling mentally drained by the time I got home. Severe car issues didn’t help matters either. I even wrote about my state of mind before going to bed.

The main crux of my displeasure stemmed from the fact that I’m a 30 year old college graduate who has spent the last four years working in an administrative assistant capacity. This isn’t exactly how I envisioned my career trajectory after graduating from college with a journalism degree.

While I have my bad days, I have plenty of good ones too. Even when things don’t go as well as planned I can always count on the fact that I have some amazing coworkers.

Despite how I may feel on any given day, I truly believe that God placed me in my current job to make a positive difference in the lives of my coworkers. We’re like a family.

Since I work on the front desk, I’m in a unique position of literally having no choice but to communicate with everyone. I do not have an office to stay holed up in. My office is front and center for everyone to see and congregate around. T

I had a productive, fun time at work today. I was especially glad that I got the chance to have a lot of meaningful discussion with my coworkers. I have keep them in the forefront of my mind all at times. I’m there to be a blessing to them and I cannot let my own insecurities to get in the way of allowing my true personality to shine.

The most important reason why today went so well is because I prayed before arriving to work. I do believe in the power of prayer and have noticed on more than a few occasions that the days I pray for myself and my coworkers usually end up being my better days on the job. Even with this proven track record I still don’t pray as much as I should. How weird.

Until I get to my desired place of employment I must be the absolute best administrative assistant that my department has ever seen. I owe myself that much at least.

Before I went to bed last night I wrote that things must get better. Well they have.

How My Story Became the Featured Blog Entry for Southern Writers Magazine

Hello everyone. Every writer has those moments in their career, or on the path to publication, that serves as a breakthrough moment. I’m happy to announce that yesterday was my breakthrough moment.

But like any good writer, I must set the atmosphere of the events that led up to it.

Last Monday as I was leaving from work, a coworker (who writes as well and is a dear friend) told me I should consider joining a writers group. She discussed that it would be a great benefit towards improving my craft and re-fueling my passion. Even though we all enjoy to write, we must be honest enough to admit there are times when our creative well runs dry.

She recommended I join the Facebook fan page for the Southern Writers Magazine. SWM is a bi-monthly publication packed with inspiration and advice from popular, published authors sharing their secrets of success, as well as articles by experts on book marketing, promotion, branding, blogging, screenwriting, songwriting, conferences and much more. They have over 900 fans on Facebook so it’s a great deal of exposure.

Once I arrived home I clicked the “like” button on their page and began to do a bit of research. I saw they had a special promotion on their weekday blog,“Suite T”, for the month of February. You could submit a 500 word or less article about one of the four topics of love they had listed. I chose to do mine on the topic “When I Fell in Love with Writing.” Every week, they select an entry to be the featured guest blog on the site.

On that evening, I quickly wrote the first few things that pooped into my mind about my love of writing. I polished it up a few times before finally submitting it. I knew it was a decent piece, but I didn’t really think I’d hear back from them about it.

Yesterday afternoon, I was stunned to check to my e-mail and discover I had a message from the social media director of SWM. They informed me that my entry was selected for this week and will be featured on their blog and on their Facebook and Twitter pages. You can read it at  http://southernwritersmagazine.blogspot.com/2012/02/committed-relationshipwith-writing.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=facebook.

This has been the best writing-realted news of the year for me and like I’ve said numerous times, I will make my writing dreams come true in 2012!!!!!! I’d like to encourage every writer to stick to your dreams and continue to stay true to your craft. If so, then nothing but success will come from it. And last but not least, I’d like to send a special thanks to Lisa Flint and D’toya Colson for always reminding me that my writing dreams are firmly in my grasp.