Monday Musings: Always Going Forward, Always Looking Back a.k.a. Progress, But Don’t Forget

Awesome post about progressing, yet never forgetting who you are.

J. B. Garner - Musings of a Starving Author

I am sitting here, planning for the changes to the blog and my own work habits in the weeks ahead, and I have come to the realization that there is an important balance to walk here.  How much should I change from my old course?  How far should I go and how much should I keep?

The answer is, of course, obvious.  As in most things, balance is called for.  You can’t forget your past, but you can’t stand still either.  I need to keep the things that are vital to me, while pushing past my limitations to move ahead in the places I’m deficient.  I need to hold on to my humility while being confident enough to push myself forward.  I need to be supportive of my colleagues while never forgetting to worry about my own well-being.  It’s the classic ‘you can’t help others until you help yourself first’.

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Day 39 of 90: Boundaries #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1 #SupportIndieAuthors #Boundaries #Inspiration

I’m a firm believer in pushing your comfort boundaries. Reaching outside of your comfort zone, and inviting others to get to know you. This approach has given me some beautiful relationships in life, ones that wouldn’t have started if I hadn’t taken the time to look outside myself.

I learned a lot from watching other people’s examples in my life. From what to do, what not to do, when to act, when to react, and when to remain calm. I learned from watching other people go through their life experiences. I may not have learned as much as they did first hand, but I learned enough to avoid the bad situations and cultivate the good.

It kept me free of most drugs and alcohol, and helped me to keep the positive relationships in my life, and cast off those that were negative.

That’s not to say that all negativity is bad. I’ve learned a lot of lessons from negative situations, including how to accept adversity. Everyone is different, and what one person considers chaotic another will consider everyday.

If you’re not pushing your comfort zones, you’re not growing. I look at the world around me, and I look for something new to learn all the time. Even if it’s something that shatters a long held belief. You need to stretch your mind, or you’ll stagnate. Why would you ever quit developing yourself? Why would you ever quit trying to grow? Why would you ever want to languish and wallow in what you believe, and shut out the facts that can show you another way.

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My Abigail: A Psychological Thriller by David Duane KummerMy Abigail: A Psychological Thriller by David Duane Kummer *ARC*

I loved it! This book was a great thriller from the beginning and it kept me reading until the end. I would read more from this author. * I received this book in exchange for an honest review*   5/5

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Soulless by Ismael Manzano

This was a good book.  I would never give up my soul.  In the supernatural world, that is bad!  There is a very different idea behind this book.  I like a change from the normal I expect to read.  This book had me wanting more.  * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*  4/5