Archive for February, 2014

Valentine’s Day Non-Celebration

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Happy_Birthday1February 14th is quickly approaching. Couples and non-couples celebrate. Anticipation of the up-coming festivities, exchanging valentines and anything that is heart-shaped, candlelight dinners, romantic settings, and at times, stress and frustration for someone who believes they must have a significant other in order to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

While I certainly acknowledge the day, as a rule, I do not “celebrate” Valentine’s Day. Some of you will assume that I do not celebrate because I do not have a significant other. Others may assume that I’m bitter because of past relationships that are now DOA.  The truth of the matter is that (with the exception of when I was married – which is a lifetime ago) I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day.

How could that be, you may ask yourself. Well, to be honest, I did “celebrate” in elementary school when we exchanged valentines in school and the teacher made sure that no one was left out. But, that was the extent of the celebration.

Growing up, our family celebrated two days that were so important to us that they over-shadowed Valentine’s Day. My brother’s birthday is February 13. My father’s birthday was February 14. Mom made a point of having two separate celebrations. As a child, it was complete ecstasy to have cake, ice cream, candles, and gifts two days in a row! Of course, it wasn’t my birthday celebration, but just thinking about those special days give me a warm glow and make me feel good inside.

On the 14th, Dad will celebrate his birthday in Heaven. He would have been 90. My brother will celebrate a milestone on his birthday. The celebration is bittersweet, but in my heart, these special birthday celebrations still outshine Valentine’s Day. I guess I could celebrate both birthdays as well as Valentine’s Day, but I prefer being special as I celebrate the special people in my life.

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your loved ones.

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

What is Your Passion?

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

I dream big conceptPassion is defined as “a strong feeling of enthusiasm or excitement for something or about doing something (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/passion).” My passion is writing. When I’m writing time seems to stand still. People write in various settings. Some people enjoy listening to music while writing. Others enjoy writing in the midst of activity, while sitting in the park, for example. My favorite time to write is when there are no distractions whatever.

I prefer absolute quiet when I’m writing. I love to get lost in my thoughts. With today’s technology, it’s difficult to find an area that is completely free of distractions. For example, while writing this article, I was home alone. I turned off the television, shut down Facebook, and began writing. Less than five minutes into writing, the telephone rang – first my landline and then my cell phone. I didn’t answer, allowing it to go to voicemail, but none-the-less, it was a distraction.

I’ve learned to fuel my passion because not doing so can create an enormous void in your life. Passions are natural and in most instances, those passions have been with us since birth. Your passion may have been instilled in you through your ancestors or you may be the first in your family to have a passion for a particular genre. I love writing poetry. For most of my life, I thought I was the only one in my family who enjoyed writing poetry.

A few years ago, I was looking through my Grandmother’s bible and I found a poem that had been written and published by my Great-Grandmother. My passion, my God-given gift, had flowed through my bloodline. It was a part of me. Our passions are a part of who we are. Therefore, our passions must be fed.

Seek_Your_Peak_Cover (2)I have partnered with 24 authors to write an anthology about our passions. Together we compiled “Seek Your Peak to Find Your Spark.” This anthology is available on Amazon at  http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00HONV230

As you will find from reading our book, passions range from being a stay-at-home-mom (SAHM), training baby boomers on social media, fulfilling a dream to become a published author, and a wide span of topics and passions in between. My story of fulfilling my passion is described in the chapter, “A Dream Delayed is not a Dream Denied.”  My journey as a writer is fueled by my passion to write.

Are you living your passion? As several chapters state, it’s never too late. If you’re not living your passion today, what steps are you taking to get you closer to realizing your dream? While it’s never too late, there’s no reason to delay any longer. Seek your passion today!

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