All posts tagged: Success

Success is in Your Hands: Faith for Creatives

And they overcame him [the evil one] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony…” ~Revelation 12:11 *Bracets added The scripture says we overcome by the word of our testimony. When it comes to being successful when it comes to victory, one of the greatest ways to secure this is to tell it, not only for the encouragement of others but to remind yourself when you begin to face other trials. Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. ~PSALM 37:4-5 Success and victory go hand and hand. Both are a mark of triumphing over an obstacle or challenge or in the case of this scripture the enemy of our very lives and souls, Satan. Here is my testimony that I share as a seed of faith for you. In 2015 I was laden with change; change in calling, change in career path, change in vision, change in relationships. Every …

The Measurer of Our Success: Faith-Filled Encouragment for Creatives

Colossians 3:23-24, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” Each day is a new opportunity to step out in faith and make strides toward your vision. Sometimes, the lens by which we rate our productive success, causes us to lose heart, and even drive, to continue with the work we’ve done or planned to do. Other times, we find that although we’ve planned to-do a list of specific things, our hearts and minds are driving us to do something totally unrelated, and we struggle to stay focused on the well-rounded plans we set for ourselves. We want to do our best, after all. We have plans for our future and that future can only be realized if we stick to the task. Let us remember, that as we walk out of one week, and prepare to enter another, that if we have submitted to the trusting faithfulness of the Lord Yeshua Jesus, that He is …

5 Ways to know You are on the Road to Writing Maturity: Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal

Writing. We don’t just do it because we love it. Most of us do it because we have to. The blessing of this ‘have to’ is that we actually enjoy it. What I find most enjoyable are the moments I realize I’ve gained a greater level of freedom with my craft as I mature into my craft. So how does one know they have achieved greater levels of maturity? Here are 5 helpful hints: 1. You are no longer concerned with the timelines of others: So what your writer friend has successfully published 2 books within the last year and you have yet to dish out your debut novel.  A ‘good-for-them’ is not a ‘bad-for-you’. They aren’t your competition. ‘Keeping up with the Jones’ or for Millennials, the  ‘Kardashians’ is NOT an issue for you. You’ve learned to write at your own pace and respect the flow of your creativity, while celebrating the successes and milestones of others. You realize your only competition is your own potential. Are you achieving it? 2. You no longer …

The Lies We Tell Ourselves: 6 Harmful Creative Writing Untruths & 7 Truths to Keep in Mind

Being creative is a gift. Whether you are a dancer, a vocalist, a painter or even a landscape architect, you will run into a wall-of-lies that will try to eat away at your creative growth and momentum. Here are 6 lies that I find most of us writers face in regard to our manuscripts and craft, and 7 truths to keep the lies at bay. 1. My story is too long: Sure, very few people want to read a dictionary but the reality is, you aren’t even close to that large a tome. Truth to keep in mind: Babies always lose a few ounces just after birth. First drafts will do the same with word count after you begin editing and revising. So just allow your creative juices to flow, write what comes to mind, and do some trimming later. Build your house first, before you start tearing down walls. 2. My story is too short: Your story may be a novella or even a short story and not a full-length novel at all. Truth to …

Writing Tips You’d Give to Your Younger Self: 5 Words of Wisdom from Blogger Blonde Lucy

Welcome to the Writer’s Journal, a place where creative wisdom and encouragements are shared with all at the table! Part of developing as a wordsmith or visual artist comes with learning, not only from our own process but gleaning wisdom from those around us. This is what the Writer’s Journal is all about. This week, we have the pleasure of  learning from a super blogger and brilliant wordsmith: BlondeLucy, the mind behind Blondewritemore blog. I encourage you to not only eat of her wisdom here but follow her blog as well as these other platforms: Wattpad: https://www.wattpad.com/user/blondewritemore Twitter: https://twitter.com/blondewritemore Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/blondeusk/ Thank you, BlondeLucy, for stopping in and sharing. The pen and pad are yours! 5 Encouragements I would give to my younger writing self on what is most important about writing. By Blonde Lucy   As a fresh faced and eager newbie writer, you need lots of encouragement. Writing is not easy and at times, it can reduce you to a snivelling wreck.  This is what I would say to my younger self:   Forget the Writing Course at the …

What It Takes: A Quote & Message

It takes time to be a success, but time is all it takes. ~Unknown WHAT WE DESIRE IN THIS LIFE, WHAT WE AIM TO ACHIEVE, IF IT IS TRULY A WORTHY AND HONEST ENDEAVOR IT IS WORTH THE TIME IT TAKES TO MAKE IT MANIFEST. DON’T ALLOW THE PROGRESS OF OTHERS TO DISCOURAGE YOU IN YOUR JOURNEY. YOU ARE IN A RACE AGAINST ONLY ONE PERSON; YOURSELF. THE PRIZE AT THE END OF THIS RACE IS HAVING ACHIEVED YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL. THIS CROWN ONLY FITS YOUR HEAD. THE CHOICE IS YOURS, TIME IS IN YOUR HANDS. DETERMINE TO TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME. ~CANDICE

The First Steps to Success

  We as humans have a bad habit of measuring success by all of the wrong things. We think money, material gain, perishable things that cushion our lives somehow are the marks of success. To me, success is about “action.” Your action could be simply being still and trusting God to do the most amazing things in your life. Your action could be research your next project. Your success could be simply getting out of the bed in the morning at a decent time. The point is when we push ourselves beyond the walls of our comfort, and we take the steps into the unknown seeking change, THAT is success. This is the pathway to successfulness.   Cheers!