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Saturday, August 27, 2016

#Saturday Spotlight is on Ryan Clemons and Victorious!

Good Morning and Welcome to the last Saturday Spotlight of August 2016!

Today's guest has been here before. Over the past couple of months, she has shared something she treasures and some thoughts with us.

Today we're going to find out a little more about Ryan's book, Victorious: The Journey of a Single Mom and Her Faith.

Victorious is the story of Ryan Clemons' journey as a single mom. Ryan lived a great life with her family, and her future was bright, but at 19, she gave birth to a son and found herself having to grow up quickly. Ryan sacrificed the things she wanted to become a great mom. The odds were stacked against her; however, she wanted better for her son. Balancing being a mom, a full-time student and an employee with three part-time jobs was challenging. She faced heartache, rejection and guilt, but Ryan was determined to overcome, to make it and be a success, and she overcame all adversities.

With God.

In Victorious, Ryan discusses:
Overcoming obstacles
Finding greater within
Discovering your purpose in life
Declaring your personal desires
Learning to motivate yourself
Providing self-love
Forgiving yourself and others
Reaching spiritual success
Restoring mind, body and soul

Ryan strives to empower and encourage other single moms who are experiencing te same problems she encountered. Being a single mom is not the end of your life. The road to success is not easy, but with this new beginning and your priorities set on God, success and fulfillment can be attained.

Victorious: The Journey of a Single Mom and Her Faith, can be purchased at Amazon.

Ryan Clemons resides in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communication and a concentration in Public Relations from McNeese State University. Ryan had the opportunity to intern with University Image, a marketing firm at McNeese State University. She also had the privilege to work for three forms of media: Television: KPLC News: News Content Specialist, Print: The American Press, Account Executive Radio: KZWA 104.9, Radio Personality.

Ryan is currently president of 3RP Productions, a nonprofit organization committed to changing lives by touring different cities and hosting the "It's Over" Revival. She's also serves as the Executive Director of Pink Life, a non-profit organization that assists mothers who are in need of diapers and wipes free of charge. In her spare time, Ryan speaks at youth organizations, non-profit organizations, women's conferences and seminars about her journey. She is dedicated to changing this generation by encouraging and inspiring others.

Ryan's Links:
Facebook: Ryan E Clemons
Facebook: Ryan E Clemons- Author
Periscope: Ryan Clemons 

I certainly hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and that I'll see you next week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight!

Until next time, take care and God bless.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

#ThursdayThoughts Random Ramblings

Good Morning Friends!

Well it's another random rambling day, but hopefully you'll benefit from my craziness LOL!

Whether by writing articles for my website or magazines, etc., I'm forever researching and signing up for newsletters, etc. to find avenues through which I can expand my reach and grow my knowledge and experience.

One such resource is Freedom With Writing.com

This email comes a couple of times each week and is loaded with paid writing opportunities! And, as someone who would really LOVE to make a living by writing, these emails are some I welcome (in lieu of the "spam" I often get).

In fact, I've submitted to at least 1 publication who came through one of FWW's emails.

I'm sure there are numerous newsletters and E-zines you can subscribe to to receive information about writing opportunities and I'd love to hear if you've found some really good ones so PLEASE leave the info in comments.

Meanwhile, check out Freedom With Writing.

Hope you enjoyed today's thoughts and that you'll check with me weekly for Thursday Thoughts, Tuesday Treasures and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time, take care and God bless!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

#TuesdayTreasures Guest Post by Gail Kittleson

Good Morning Friends,

On July 7th I introduced you to Gail Kittleson when she shared some thoughts with us. Well today, Gail is back to share something she treasures.....

Words constitute a treasure for me. Long before people understood depression, Emily Dickinson had a lot to do with my survival as a very gloomy teen. 

How can you memorize poems like…… 

“Hope is the thing
that perches in the soul,
and sings the tune without the words,
and never minds at all”

….without sensing light at the end of your tunnel, however long and arduous it may seem? 

Isaiah and Jeremiah have always offered me such incredible encouragement. Simple phrases like “Fear not, I am with you ...” 
“I have called you by name ...” 
“In all their affliction he was afflicted ...” 
“A future and a hope” held my attention. I clung to them, filled my mind and heart with them, and prayed they were true. 
One day during college, I discovered the Desiderata. Oh my! 

“Be yourself...do not distress yourself with imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.

Through marriage, parenthood, grand-parenting, and transitioning from writing instructor to greeting card creator to memoir writer and workshop facilitator, and now to women’s fiction author, powerful words have accompanied me all the way, through thick and thin.  

“A woman is like a tea bag - you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt

Perfect for so many situations. Thank you, Eleanor. I’ll never outgrow my need for quotes. 

Wow, Gail, like you many of us treasure words and inspirational quotes!

Gail's latest book, In Times like These can be found at Amazon.

Gail Kittleson taught college expository writing and ESL. She now writes women’s fiction and facilitates writing workshops and women’s retreats. She and her husband enjoy family in northern Iowa, and the Arizona Ponderosa forest in winter.

WhiteFire Publishing released Gail’s memoir,Catching Up With Daylight, in 2013, and her debut women’s historical fiction, In This Together (Wild Rose Press/Vintage Imprint) released in 2015. She also contributed to the Little Cab Press 2015 Christmas Anthology,
The first novel of her World War II series released recently (In Times Like These), and Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas will release the sequel in February, 2017. You can count on Gail’s heroines to make do with what life hands them, and to overcome great odds.
Find out more about Gail by visiting her WebsiteFacebook PageAmazon Author Page and following her on Twitter!
Well Friends, I hope you enjoyed today's treasures and I hope you drob by weekly for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight.
Until next time, take care and God Bless

Saturday, August 20, 2016

#SaturdaySpotlight is on Harvard Risk Management

Good Morning Friends,

My Saturday Spotlight guest was unable to be here today and I found out too late to schedule another, so today I'm spotlighting Harvard Risk Management.

A week ago on Thursday Thoughts, I shared information on Legal Shield a featured product of Harvard Risk Management.

Today I'd like to talk about the company itself.

Harvard Risk Management has been offering products like Legal Shield to the consumer for over 20 years. It's founder and CEO, Mark Riches began his career with Legal Shield back in 1994 right here in Louisiana, and quickly became one of its top producers. As his team continued to grow, Mr. Riches founded Harvard Risk Management in order to provide training and support. He then began looking for more, high quality products to offer his clients, such as ID Shield.

If you'd like more information on Legal and/or ID Shield please email me at: psthib.hrmc@gmail.com

Meanwhile, you can view all of HRMC's products and services HERE and find out more about the company HERE.

I am proud to be a part of Harvard Risk Management and look forward to offering these high quality products to the folks in SW LA.

If you'd like to become a member of my team at HRMC check out this video then contact me.

I hope you enjoyed today's spotlight and I hope to see you next week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts and Saturday Spotlight (definitely an author next week LOL!)

Thanks for stopping by!
Until next time, take care and God Bless.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

#ThursdayThoughts Guest post by Mark Wayne Allen

Good Morning Friends,

Today's guest needs no introduction. Mark has been here before so we welcome him back to share some thoughts with us....

Privacy Rights

The right of anyone to their own sense of privacy over their lives has been a matter of great debate in our legal system for a long time. Wait! Don't get your hackles up yet. This is not an article about laws, but a viewpoint of privacy for everyone.

I'll give you an example. I'm a quadriplegic and have been so for nearly 35-years. When I was initially injured, my parents, whom I was living with at the time, had some critical decisions to make. A major one was how to give me a normal life and free me from my limitations as much as possible.

Something that quickly became a major issue was privacy. I had to have someone clean my entire body, dress me, get me up, feed me, and everything that constitutes living except for breathe, sometimes that too. Yeah, times were rough for me then as they are for thousands of quadriplegics worldwide.

Anyway, I think all human beings have a right to privacy. The courts have repeatedly upheld an individuals privacy rights although the U. S. Constitution does not mandate it. I think it's been deemed by the courts as a human beings innate right, except in extreme cases, such as revealing sources of information in a murder trial, etc.

How did my parents give me privacy you ask? Well, they gave me time to myself when I asked and they each took on part of my life, like a tag team in wrestling, and they held my thoughts and actions private (that they would do on my behalf).

When you see someone in a chair next time, especially a quadriplegic, think about how they maintain their privacy. What honed skills they must they possess at managing their lives...  How could you help them? Think about how much you value your own privacy. I think you'll have a new appreciation what it means to you and others.

-Mark Wayne Allen

Thanks, Mark....that's definitely something to think about!

Mark Wayne Allen was born in Merryvillle, Louisiana where he now resides, but has lived in many states. Due to life tragedies, he is a quadriplegic.

A love of books inspired him to write down his own stories, which, over the years, has evolved to include all categories. From poetry to short stories to novels, his knowledge of the craft grew over time, and so did his love for it.

He wrote two short stories and several poems that were published in a short-lived e-zine called Dementia. In 2013, he published the science fiction book Star Siege which was written during his years at Louisiana State University. Since then, he has placed in several contests since and even had a first place poem. He writes regularly for The Voice Of Southwest Louisiana Magazine.

Having lived in the North, South, East, and West has given him the opportunity to talk with a diverse group of people as well as an appreciation for different cultures. Currently, he lives with his wife of many years, Kelley, and is an active part of the community. You can keep up with Mark through his Website,Facebook and Twitter.

Mark's brand new book, 3 Lifetimes in 1 is available through Amazon in Paperback and on Kindle!

Hope you enjoyed today's thoughts. Check back each week for Tuesday Treasures, Thursday Thoughts, and Saturday Spotlight.

Until next time...take care and God Bless.