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Hey everybody! Today is the last chance for you to enter the #bwginsburgcontest on Instagram. If you do so, you will have the chance to win an original free Microsoft Word copy of your choice of one of my books. Below are the instructions on how to participate:

1.) Purchase one of my books on Amazon.com (Rest in Piece or Abstract Clarity). To purchase, click here! If you purchase the book today, I recommend purchasing the ebook so that you can participate in the contest! The paperback will not be delivered in time to do so.

2.) Take a creative fall picture of the book you purchased.

3.) Use hashtag #bwginsburgcontest in your post for a chance to win your free Microsoft Word copy of my other book!

Good luck to all the participants and thank you for your support!

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What I’m Thankful For

Yesterday I wrote a post on my Rest in Piece Book Blog, entitled A Writer’s Guide to Thankfulness. The post talked about what I’m thankful for as a writer. Today however, since Thanksgiving is approaching, I’d like to take some time to talk about some of the things that I am thankful for in general.

A Loving Family

  • While I do struggle with dealing with some members of my family and while family is never perfect, I know that they care for me and love me. I know that when I need them the most, my family members will come through for me. Some of them are more supportive than others, but I don’t doubt that they all love me. I know that some people struggle to get along with any of their family members and that sadly, many people don’t have any biological family members left in this world.

Amazing Friends

  • Whether talking about the friends I have actually met or those I’ve come to know through blogging, I have so many wonderful friends who listen to me, respect me, and care about me. I think that having people in your life that you feel that you can count on and be yourself around without judgement is so important and precious. The fact that I have people in my life who try their hardest to brighten my day and make me happy is amazing! To know that these individuals truly care for me is even more wonderful. I’m so happy to have people that I can relate to and that can relate to me. I’m so grateful for these friendships.

My Talents

  • While I talked about this in A Writer’s Guide to Thankfulness, I’m very thankful for my talents: to write, to listen to others, and to help others. While I know I’m not the best writer in the world, I also believe that I have the power to inspire and help through words. I think that’s a fantastic gift and talent to have. I’m also a very hardworking and dedicated individual which I also think is important.

Opportunities

  • From attending good schools and graduating college to being offered to write for some amazing people, I’ve been offered some great opportunities that I sometimes wondered if they would ever come my way. I am not only thankful for the opportunities but for the people who offered them to me.

Wonderful Teachers, etc.

  • I’ve been fortunate enough to have some pretty incredible teachers/professors. These individuals have not only given me great advice and taught me important lessons, but they have also respected me as a human being and shared with me how proud they were that I accomplished the goals that I set out to achieve. I’ve had so many inspiring teachers and for that, I’m utterly grateful.

My Health

  • While I do struggle with anxiety and while that utterly sucks, my health otherwise is pretty good. I know that a lot of people have to deal with a lot of other health issues, so I’m thankful that for the most part, I’m relatively healthy. Along with my health, I’m thankful for having food and shelter!

What are you thankful for? I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and fantastic Thursday!

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Grains of Sand – September ’16

Hey everyone! Again I would like to share my Grains of Sand for last month. Grains of Sand is a great way to remember all the progress that you’ve made in the last month. This idea was originally thought up by Sandy over at Sandycademy! Without further ado, here were my Grains of Sand for the month of September!

-On September 1st – Got outside a lot and walked around

 
-Reached over 600 followers!
• Thank you so much guys! I can’t thank you enough! You’ve been so supportive and kind.

 
-Got two posts published on The Mighty! You can check them out here and here!
• I feel so honored and happy that The Mighty published two more of my posts. Thank you so much! Also, special thanks to everyone who supports me in my journey to get through anxiety!

 
-Went shopping! Found a wonderful store where you can sit down while you shop. The people there were amazing! For more on this experience, click here!
• It felt so good to go shopping at a place where was set up for people who struggle. It felt good to enjoy myself going out again!

 
-Finished working on the story I had been writing!

  • I’m so proud of myself that I completed working on this story and hope to take it to the next level!

 

-Finished reading The Trial by James Patterson.

 
-Started reading Cradle and All by James Patterson. GREAT BOOK SO FAR!

-Got offered another writing opportunity!

  • Thank you to the person who offered this to me! I’m so honored!

 

Grains of Sand – July ’16

Hey guys! Sorry I forgot to do this sooner, but here are my Grains of Sand for the month of July! Sandy from Sandycademy originally created this great way to record one’s progress! Thanks Sandy!

-Started reading Stay Close by Harlan Coben
-Accomplished something amazing without any anxiety!
• It felt so good to know that I had the ability to accomplish this!
-Received a great writing opportunity!
• Thank you so much to the person who made this possible! It’s nice to know that my work is both loved and respected. Thank you also for your continued support!
-Reached 550 followers on my blog!
• Thanks to every one who reads, ‘likes’, comments on, and follows my blog! Your kindness and support means the world to me! 🙂
-Was able to accomplish something that I haven’t done in a while and did a really good job!
• I’m so proud of myself that I was able to do this and do it well!
-Got article published by Youshare Project
• Thank you so much Youshare for publishing my second article that I submitted to your site! Your support means the world to me. Also, thank you for being there to listen to the stories of others!
-Got post published on The Mighty
Special thanks to The Mighty for publishing my post on your site! I’m so happy that I got the chance to share my story and advice with others.

Seizing Opportunities!

Hey guys! As many of you know, my dream career is to be a professional writer. For many years, I’ve been writing different poems, stories, and articles and submitting them to various places in hopes to get published.

Now I admit, it’s been a struggle. I know that there have been plenty of famous writers for whom it’s taken years and years to become successful, but that doesn’t mean that it wouldn’t be nice to see my work published at an early age. Now, don’t get me wrong, I haven’t gotten any novels published or made any money for the one poem that I had published, but I have had articles published now on different sites and blogs. The feeling is amazing! I also just recently got an amazing writing opportunity and am quite happy about it!

Most of the places that have published my articles have not offered me money, but that’s okay. Would it be nice if all these places paid for writing? Of course! However, I don’t write for the money or even the fame, but rather to get my work out there, and in many cases, hopefully help others.

Ever since I started writing this blog, opportunities have been coming my way. I have written guest posts for other blogs, I have written for The Seeds 4 Life (Thank you so much, Matt!), Battle of Mind, Youshare Project, and The Mighty. All of these bloggers and blogs have allowed me to share my experiences and I thank each and every one of them so much! I am so honored to be given the opportunity to be a part of these sites.

While I had some friends come to me and ask me if I’d be interested in these opportunities, I also had to do a great deal of the work myself. I had to search for the sites, research them, and then of course, write for them. I couldn’t just hear about the opportunities, I had to seize them!

I’m happy that I took advantage of these opportunities. I’ve met some fabulous people and discovered some great blogs! I’ve found that I do have the ability to write well and help others through my writing. Also, I’m proud to say that I feel like I’m on the right track to success!

I wanted to write this post to remind all of you that you have the ability to succeed, to accomplish your goals. Things may not come all at once or even quickly, but if you keep working at it, success will happen! Please don’t give up on your positive dreams!

 

**A special thank you to everyone who has worked with me and supported me!

Grains of Sand – June ’16

Once again, I would like to post my accomplishments for the past month. I highly recommend you guys check out Sandycademy’s Grains of Sand as well as her amazing blog in general! Here are my accomplishments for the month of June:

-Continued to make a lot of progress in terms of getting through my anxiety

  • I still have a long way to go, but I’ve made some great progress!

-Re-read Dead Lines by Greg Bear

  • This is an amazing book! By far my favorite! 🙂

-Got post published by The Mighty

  • This was a wonderful experience and I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to get published on such a great site!

-Got article published by Youshare Project

  • Once again it felt amazing to have the opportunity to get published. Also the team at Youshare Project is extremely kind. A special thank you to Carla for telling me about this site!

-Created July photo challenge with Carla

  • I love creating these challenges and it was fun working with Carla! Also, I love TV shows!

-Participated in June photo challenges (both movie and book)

  • I really enjoyed doing this!

-Wrote book review for Dead Lines

  • Again Dead Lines is an amazing book and I was happy to write the review! I highly recommend you guys check out the book!

-Worked on more of more my story

  • I’m really proud of this story so far and now have about 150 pages written!

-Started writing with amazing bloggers on Coalition of the Brave!

  • This is an amazing site created by Ben with the help from other amazing bloggers to share awareness on important issues. I’m happy to be a part of something so wonderful and important! A special thank you to Ben for this great opportunity!

“Groundhog Day”

Let me start off by saying that I’m not a huge fan of this movie (I find it slightly annoying). Still though, my therapist used the movie Groundhog Day as an analogy for my anxiety. It was a good analogy actually because like the movie, when I don’t practice facing my anxiety or exercise consistently, my anxiety repeats itself over and over again. Like the movie, Groundhog Day, the tough moments just keep repeating themselves in what seems to be an endless cycle.

I hate the endless cycle of anxiety and although I know how important consistency is, I often fall short of achieving it. My therapist said that I need to come up with a better game plan. I need to learn to depend on myself, to hold myself accountable for my practicing and exercising. I need to take advantage of all the opportunities at home to practice!

I told my therapist about the whole going to church situation; about how I want to go but I don’t know how well it would work out with my mom. I told him how she said if I get anxious, I could go in the other room but how she didn’t seem willing to leave if I needed to. He raised a good point. Instead of focusing on going to church at the moment, I should focus on becoming more comfortable in different situations at home. I should practice sitting in a chair like I would be at church so that if I do one day decide to go, I won’t need to depend on my mom and whether or not she’d be understanding. I’ll be able to go and not be too anxious to stay. Plus, if I did get anxious, I could walk out myself.

I’m going to try harder. I know I say this all the time, but I am. Just as my therapist reminded me, I’m an intelligent person. I love interacting with others, I love writing, and I love helping people. I’ve done great things before like go to school, etc. and I am stronger than my anxiety!

 

I Just Don’t Know

Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Oftentimes, decisions are not easy to make. However, for those of us who struggle with anxiety, decisions or opportunities that seem like they should be easy to make or go for, oftentimes seem extremely hard for us. For example, take going to church. I used to go all the time when I was younger. However, I first stopped going after an incident happened. I still struggled with anxiety when the “incident” happened, but I had found a way to go to church and feel comfortable. However, the priest at the time that was there, was quite rude and after he said something to my mom and I that was less than kind, I stopped going.

By the time I started going to church again, my anxiety had become worse. This wasn’t due to the incident, however, but rather because my anxiety had just worsened over time in general. Because of this, I haven’t gone to church in a while. I think the whole thing makes me anxious for a lot of reasons. For one thing, while I hate to say this, church isn’t always the most exciting thing. I have tried to pay attention in the past so that I could keep my mind off of my anxiety and well, be a good Catholic, but it wasn’t always easy. Also, while I don’t have a huge problem with crowds in general, being anxious and being around a lot of people isn’t always easy.

Another issue I have with going to church is that if you have to leave, that’s not always easy. Even if you get an end seat, you feel like you’re causing a distraction (for the record that’s kind of what the “incident” had to do with). Lastly, while I love her, my mom isn’t very patient when it comes to my anxiety and she’s the one that would be taking me to church. If I got anxious and wanted to go home, I don’t think that would go over well.

Why am I bringing all of this up? My mom asked me today if I’d like to try to start going back to church. To be honest, a part of me wouldn’t mind trying. Not only is this because I don’t exactly hate church, but also because it would help me practice facing my anxiety. However, a part of me feels extremely anxious to try to go back to church.

My mom told me that the church now has chairs that I’d feel more comfortable sitting in, but there are still a lot of factors that cause me to worry about possibly going again. I just don’t know what to do. If anyone has any suggestions or has experienced something like this, please feel free to let me know!

What I’m Thankful For

A great friend of mine, Kim, over at Peace, Love and Patchouli wrote a post inviting everyone to write about a good Thanksgiving memory or what they’re thankful for. I’ve chosen to write about both.

First of all, the memory I’d like to share is one in general. Just like Kim’s grandmother, my grandma was a really, really good cook. She was loving, kind, and incredibly strong. She was and still is my role model. She had a lot of faith and she was a fighter.

I loved spending the holidays with my family and especially loved seeing my grandma. My grandparent’s home has always been so inviting and the warmth went beyond the heat of the oven. Anyway, the times when we went to my grandparent’s for Thanksgiving when my Grandma was still alive were the best. Don’t get me wrong, I still love the holidays and spending time with my family, but it’s not completely the same without her.

So going over to my grandparent’s for Thanksgiving when my grandma was alive is my favorite Thanksgiving memory. Now for what I’m thankful for…

I’m thankful for so many things. I’m thankful for my family and my friends. I’m thankful that I had the opportunity to go to four amazing schools and to meet great people along the way. Even the people that weren’t so great taught me things. I’m also grateful for the fact that while I struggle with anxiety, I still get through it and that I’ve made progress. I’m thankful for the strength that I’ve learned that I have and once again, I’m thankful that I had my grandma in my life for as long as I did. She was and still is my hero. I still believe that she’s here with me, watching over me.

I’m also thankful for God even if it sounds sappy. I think that He’s here with me and listening to my prayers. I’m also thankful for my therapist and everyone that’s helped me with getting through my anxiety (family, friends, doctors, etc.). I’m grateful for this blog, for you guys who support me, and for the talent that I believe I have in writing and helping others. I believe my talent of being a good writer comes from my dad and I hope that I’m as understanding as he is.

I’m thankful for so many things, a good home, food, and so much more that I can’t fit into this post!

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Taking A Chance

Taking chances can be scary. While a part of us may be excited to try something new like applying for a job or taking another important step in life, we may also fear rejection, failure, or even the responsibilities that come along with this new opportunity. However, even if taking a chance at accomplishing something can be scary, if what you are trying to accomplish is healthy and will make you happy, you are probably doing the right thing.

Recently I took a chance at doing something I really want to try to do. It’s a great opportunity and just thinking about taking part of this experience makes me happy. However, I’d be lying if I said that I’m not nervous about whether or not I’ll be successful in my endeavor. The minute after I finalized the process of doing the necessary preparations for the job, I began to doubt the possibilities that I would actually get a chance to take part in the opportunity. What if I didn’t do what I was supposed to? What could I have done better? All of these questions began to surface and I started doubting my ability to be successful.

I don’t regret trying though. Whether or not I get the job, I’m proud that I took the chance. Yes, I have some additional fears about whether or not I can handle the possible workload if I do get the chance to be part of this, but if I do get the chance, I will be so happy. I must admit, I will be very disappointed if I don’t get the job, but that doesn’t mean that I will regret trying. So, if you are faced with a positive opportunity and it will make you happy, go for it!

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