Archive | June, 2012

Thankful Thursday ~ Week 13

28 Jun

It’s Thankful Thursday! Today I am thankful for:

  • Fabulous writer friends. My latest manuscript has made its way into their hands. I am grateful for their time and talents. I grow as a writer every time I get their feedback on one of my projects.
  • Suits. Okay, I love finding new TV series. I discovered Suits on USA last summer and devoured all the episodes OnDemand. The new season just started. If you like a fun, smart, legal drama, Suits is for you. And the actors aren’t hard on the eyes, either. 🙂 Oh, and did I mention that it’s on Thursday nights? Boo-yah!
  • Exciting Summer Plans. Summer is a wonderful change of pace. I’m planning a few adventures with my kids, I’ll be sure to report back. Enjoy your summer.

What are you thankful for?


Alison Stone

Motivational Monday ~ Stop the Cycle of Worry

25 Jun

Are you a worrier? Here are some shortened quotes  from Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking (Chapter 9) on how to break the viscous cycle:

  • Say to yourself, “Worry is just a very bad mental habit. And I can change any habit with God’s help.”
  • You become a worrier by practicing worry. You can become free of worry by practicing the opposite and stronger habit of faith.
  • Practice saying something positive concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Talk positively.
  • Never participate in a worry conversation…A group of people talking pessimistically can infect every person in the group with negativism. But by talking things up rather than down you can drive off that depressing atmosphere and make everyone feel hopeful and happy.
  • Cultivate friendships with hopeful people.

Here’s to a worry-free week! Think positive thoughts!


Alison Stone

Thankful Thursday ~ Week 12

21 Jun
  • School’s Out for Summer. Well, mostly. The youngest still has one more half day. But no more lunches to make. No more exams. It’s time for fun in the sun. And today is 90 degrees and time for a dip in the pool.
  • Banana Splits for dinner. A mom with a dying child turns the tragedy into a reminder for all parents: Create a memory for your children. Click here to read more about it.
  • Nik Wallenda did it! I was the biggest naysayer. I thought it was a waste of local news time to cover the upcoming Wallenda tightrope walk across Niagara Falls. And believe me, they covered it above and beyond. But when the time came last Friday night, my entire family was mesmerized by the TV footage. This man is incredibly calm. Have you seen the photos? Check it out. My knees get wobbly just thinking about it.

What are you grateful for this fine summer day?


Alison Stone

Motivational Monday ~ Wise Words from Mark Twain

18 Jun


“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” ~ Mark Twain

Such wise words. Do you have any favorite Mark Twain quotes? 


Alison Stone

Thankful Thursday ~ Week 11

14 Jun

Today I am thankful for:

  • Sunsets. I found this gorgeous sunset the other night outside my front door.
  • Sugar Lip Treatment. I must have lip balm on at all times. It’s one of my quirks. 🙂  The other day, I stopped by Sephora and they gave me Sugar Lip Treatment as a special gift. It is fantastic. It even comes in different shades. Sometimes it’s the little things in life that make me happy.
  • You are not special commencement speech. Take a few minutes to listen to this English teacher’s thought-provoking speech. I believe he has taken some flack for it, but I do believe he has some good points. Of course our children are our most prized possession, but they must realize they are not “special” just because we say they are. “Climb the (mountain) not to plant your flag but to embrace the challenge, enjoy the air and behold the view. Climb it so you can see the world, not so the world can see  you.”

What are you thankful for?

Motivational Monday ~ Napoleon Hill’s Advice on Training Our Subconscious

11 Jun

Today’s golden nugget comes from Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. 

Mr. Hill encourages us to train our subconscious mind by focusing on positive emotions. The seven major positive emotions are DESIRE, FAITH, LOVE, SEX, ENTHUSIASM, ROMANCE, and HOPE.

“There are other positive emotions, but these are the seven most powerful, and the ones most commonly used in creative effort. Master these seven emotions (they can be mastered only by USE), and the other positive emotions will be at your command when you need them.”

Mr. Hill lists FEAR, JEALOUSY, HATRED, REVENGE, GREED, SUPERSTITION, and ANGER as the seven major negative emotions to be avoided.

“Positive and negative emotions cannot occupy the mind at the same time. One or the other must dominate. It is your responsibility to make sure that positive emotions constitute the dominating influence of your mind. Here the law of HABIT will come to your aid. Form the habit of applying and using the positive emotions! Eventually, the will dominate your mind so completely, that the negatives cannot enter it.”

As a bonus, I noticed the Kindle edition of Think and Grow Rich is only $0.99. The original edition was published in 1937, but Mr. Hill’s theories are still relevant today.

I’ve noticed that when I hold onto negative emotions, my mood quickly spirals downward. However, if I make the choice to “let go” and focus on the positive, I realize I truly have the choice to be happy.

Have you ever had a similar experience?


Alison Stone

Thankful Thursday ~ Week 10

7 Jun

This week I’m thankful for:

  • My oldest son’s confirmation. I got tears in my eyes as I watched him–a young man–stand next to the altar where he had been baptized 16 years ago. I can still seem him in his little white shorts and booties. Where does time go? I know he didn’t always want to go to religious instruction over the years, but I hope he always remembers the importance of a sound moral compass as he grows into adulthood.
  • Kristen Lamb’s Blog. It’s a wealth of information for writers. One of my recent favorite posts is Learning to Drop the Donkey ~ Is Perfectionism Killing Your Career. She’s has a fun sense of humor and some great tips. And boy, do I need to stop being a perfectionist!
  • Luscious, by Amanda UsenI’m always grateful for a good book. My good friend has done it again with her follow up to Scrumptious! The positive reviews are rolling in:  “Readers will really empathize with Usen’s heroine, who is on the verge of letting her past ruin her future. The emotion in the novel is palpable and will draw readers in. 4 Stars” – RT Book Reviews. I just pre-ordered my copy! You can pre-order yours, too.

What are you thankful for?


Alison Stone

Motivational Monday ~ Decide…Believe

4 Jun

“Decide what you want. Believe you can  have it. Believe you deserve it and believe it’s possible for you. And then close your eyes every day for several minutes, and visualize having what you already want, feeling the feelings of already having it. Come out of that and focus on what you’re grateful for already, and really enjoy it. Then go into your day and release it to the Universe and trust the Universe will figure out how to manifest it.” ~ Jack Canfield (The Secret by Rhonda Byrne)

Every Monday, I’m going to post some form of motivation gleaned from one of my many books. I’d love to hear what motivates you in the comments section.


Alison Stone