Archive for January, 2014

New Beginnings

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

BeginningsA new year is often looked at as an opportunity to look at our lives and make adjustments that will draw us closer to our goals – this is assuming that we even have a goal. In the area of writing, my goal is to take the steps that will draw me closer to that ever-elusive published book. One of the reasons that my book has not been completed is because it is literally last on my list of things to do. I would venture to guess that I am not alone and that some of you are placing other activities ahead of your goal.

In my instance, I am a helper by nature. I want to help others reach their goals. I experience so much joy when I’m able to assist a client with their book, blog, newsletter, and any other administrative activities that will bring them closer to their goals.

My personal goal of writing was always left until the end of the day. It sounded like a good idea. My day generally ends on a quiet, peaceful note. The household is quiet and I’m relaxed. The problem is that I’m a little too relaxed and a good night’s sleep begins beckoning to me as soon as things quiet down. After a few well-placed yawns, I give in to fatigue, leaving my thoughts in my head and not on paper. By the morning, those thoughts have evaporated into thin air.

I have now vowed to spend the first hour of each new day writing. I’m not a morning person. I expect my love of writing to override the early-morning doldrums. Caffeine will certainly help. Fortunately, one cup of coffee does wonders for me.

I’m learning that addressing my personal desires will allow me to help my clients on a larger scale. It’s very basic, but many of us do not acknowledge the need to take the beam out of our eye so that we can remove the speck from someone else’s eye (Matthew 7:5).

What steps are you taking to address your needs thus enabling you to help another? Do you need help removing the beam from your eye? I can help you.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

You can download Lorraine’s free eBook “Turn Writing Your Book Into a Marketing Success” here.

Lorraine is also featured in “Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark” on sale on Amazon at this link. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HONV230

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2014 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

Destroying the Firewall

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

Heart_on_Fire“A book should serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us.” ~Franz Kafka

Before a book can serve as the axe for the frozen sea within us, the book must be written. In order for a writer to write the book, they must first thaw the crevices of their heart. I’m reminded of the ship that is frozen at sea in the Antarctica. They are separated from humanity (reality) – encased in more than 10-feet of ice as they await their rescue.

A writer’s rescue awaits them, but first, they must release the fire within them. As the words are released, the fire within them melts the ice (wall) that has been formed within them. Their heart is thawed, but this very act also makes them vulnerable to the outside world (humanity). Revealing one’s vulnerability to the outside world can be a frightening experience.

A writer has been given the gift to write for a dual reason. They have a story to tell and someone is waiting to read that story. As Christians, we know that we go through our trials and tribulations for a reason. Those trials and tribulations draw us closer to God. As Christians, we have been commissioned to draw others closer to Christ. What better way to fulfill our Commission than to share our story with the world.

In 2014, I subscribe to share my story. I will allow the Holy Spirit to do its job and thaw my heart as I remove self-imposed boundaries – otherwise known as a firewall. It’s not going to be an easy process, but I am determined to take it one-step at a time. I will rejoice as each layer is peeled away. I will tell my story as no one else can tell it. It’s my story and someone is waiting to hear it.

Are you carrying a story within you that is straining to be released? Would you like to travel this journey with me? I would love to hear from you.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

You can download Lorraine’s free eBook “Turn Writing Your Book Into a Marketing Success” here.

Lorraine is also featured in “Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark” on sale on Amazon at this link. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HONV230

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2014 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com

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The Third Floor

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

Young Girl Hula Hooping on Her BedFor a period of time we lived in a 6-room 3-story home. There were 2 rooms on each floor. Mom and Dad and my brother had the bedrooms on the 2nd floor. I had a bedroom on the 3rd floor. My great-grandmother, Granny Cray, had the other room. Since Granny Cray was a live in maid at a home in the suburbs, she was only home one week-end a month.

One would think that, as a child of 8 or 9, I would be afraid to be on the 3rd floor alone and without the security of an adult near-by, but the 3rd floor was my sanctuary. Most of the homes in that area were 2-story. I loved staring out of the 3rd floor bedroom windows as I gazed over the rooftops and dreamed. I could dream childlike fairy-tale dreams that mirrored the Golden Books that I read over and over until I could recite them word-for-word.

Each evening after lights out, I would creep from my bed and sit by the window as I watched the stars twinkle against the velvety blackness. I stared at the moon and wondered how the cow could jump so high. When there was a full moon, I counted the chimneys and wondered who lived in the houses that went beyond the 3 or 4 blocks that represented my world.

Oh, how I loved the third floor. I didn’t mind that my room was cold in the winter and oh so hot in the summer. I knew nothing about air conditioners or even an electric fan. It was my sanctuary. It was my world. It was the beginning of my creativity – although I didn’t know it at the time. I would allow my mind to wander and in no time at all, a story would begin to form.

When we moved, I missed the third floor. No more rooftops. No more staring up to the heavens and star-lit skies. My bedroom window now faced the blank brick wall that belonged to my next-door neighbor. But, I still had my imagination, only my canvas changed.

The creativity that was born while staring at rooftops remained intact. There were more distractions because my bedroom was on the same floor as the other household bedrooms. As a matter of fact, I now shared a bedroom with my younger brother. Now that’s a distraction, but that’s also another story that I’ll share at another time.

When I’m at a loss of words for a writing assignment, I allow my mind to go back to that third floor bedroom. I have no need for Calgon to take me away. I transition back to that earlier, simpler time when creativity chased me instead of the other way around.

Lorraine Castle is a virtual assistant who works with authors, coaches, trainers, attorneys, and speakers to get speaking engagements, write their books, publish their books, and market their books. Contact Lorraine for a free consultation to find out what she can do to help you develop your gift.

You can download Lorraine’s free eBook “Turn Writing Your Book Into a Marketing Success” here.

Written by Lorraine Castle ©2014 www.castlevirtualsolutions.com