Poetry: Willpower

While working on some prompts from the IG poetry community, I thought it would be fun to pull out some old poetry that has been sitting on my hard drive. This one is from 2007. More than a decade later and it’s appropriate I found it now as I’ve been struggling to stick with my positive eating habits.

Willpower

All it took was commitment

The ability to stick with a decision

The strength to follow through

But instead I failed

I gave in

I ate the chocolate chip cookie

All it took was faithfulness

The ability to pick up the book

The strength to read for an hour

But instead I failed

I gave in

I logged onto my computer

All it took was dedication

The ability to get on the machine

The strength to endure for 30 minutes

But instead I failed

I gave in

I took a nap

All it took was devotion

The ability to get upon the cross

The strength to endure the worst torture

He succeeded

He didn’t give in

He conquered death and gave me life.

All it takes is steadfastness

The ability to follow His Word

The strength to listen to Him

I will succeed

I will not give in

I will follow His will.

©2007 Shell Vera


Join Amanda Baker & Shell Vera to Learn How To Publish Your Poetry or Personal Reflections Book

If you have a book of poetry or personal reflections you have been wanting to publish but don’t know how, join Amanda Baker and I as we share what we experienced and learn through publishing our own books earlier this year. We will share the honest look at whether you should hire an editor and proofreader, what you can do about your cover, and how you can put your book together quickly if you already have poetry / reflections sitting around in notebooks and on your hard drive.

Register at bit.ly/SitSip_PublishYourBook2020 today!

October 15th, 2020, 7 – 9 pm Eastern Time via Zoom

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Kokoro Inc.: Marketing in Less Time While Being Authentic and Creative

Back in March, I had a chanced to sit with Cindy Zuelsdorf, founder of Kokoro Inc to discuss marketing with authenticity and creativity. The chat was filled with some great tips and wonderful takeaways that you can apply today if you are struggling with your marketing content. The best part of Cindy’s philosophy in her marketing genius is that she shows folks how to market in less time with less effort yet reap bountiful results.

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Poetry: Wreckage

I was playing around with allusion this weekend based upon a photo I found… the photo and poem actually have NOTHING to do with one another other than the subject matter. I love how the mind works though! If you’re interested in joining in a challenge that will give you opportunities to write poetry and short stories sharing your story based upon pictures and prompts, join the Become What You Once Thought Impossible Writing Challenge 2020 that kicks of Thursday!

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When You Realize You Can Soar…

(I so thought I had published this on September 11th, then remembered I didn’t want to post that day because it felt tacky to me and I wasn’t sure if I wanted to break this into two posts since there is so much within it. I like to live in my integrity so I stepped away and spent time with my family, only to leave this in drafts totally forgetting I didn’t schedule it for later. As such, please know the references to “today” are actually September 11 not today. I’ve decided to share it as it is, as I am not big on editing myself unless it feels like it’s better for the writing and consumption of it.)

Last year a thought popped into my head while journaling:

I once believed I needed you to catch me. Then I realized that I too knew how to soar. ~Shell Vera

And in case you haven’t read my writing before, when I have a thought it can become just about anything from a journal prompt to a fulfilled dream. It all depends upon the day and my desire to explore it further.

This one sat for a while within the journal.

Then it made its way on my creative writing blog.

Then I started thinking about what it really meant.

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Strategy Sessions with Shell (aka “Rent Shell’s Brain”)

Sometimes you don’t need an entire program. You just need focused time to brainstorm with another human and hear something from outside your own voice. That’s where I come in! During our Strategy Sessions, we will hone in on the problem and identify a solution. How long and how many are up to your attention span and your budget. 

Stragtey sessions with Shell
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Become What You Once Thought Impossible – Last Quarter 2020 Challenge

I love looking back at my old words so I can see how far I’ve come from that lonely, sad, angry, broken little girl I once was. I think of those years and see where I am today and realize that I can truly conquer anything. What makes me a good coach is that I’ve walked through so much that I’ve lived out the act of sharing my story authentically, confidently, and responsibly. That’s why I am so committed to ensuring others do the same. It’s also why I struggle to understand why I try to separate being a writer from being a coach. Writing is what led me to coaching. Seeing my brokenness transform into wholeness beyond what I ever thought possible for myself is something I wish to share with every human ready to embrace that journey.

As such, I announce a challenge to myself that I am going to extend outward to those of you who are ready to share your story and would like some encouragement along the way. This challenge is geared toward heart-centered writers, bloggers, and poets who would like to challenge themselves to go one layer deeper in the last quarter of this year.

If you are ready to step into your “Next”, let’s join together on the journey. We will take time to reflect back as we move forward and share the stories that made us who we are today.

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Movies & Meditation: Project Power

If you had a chance to release your superpower, would you? What if you didn’t know what your superpower was or how it would affect others? What if unleashing your superpower was the last act you would do on this Earth? Project Power brought up some great discussions in our home and a chance for self-reflection about whether we were living our life in a way that people see our superpowers daily.

In case you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here is a look at the premise of the film:

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“The Blessing”: Keeping Things Scriptural and Simple

I hope Summer is going well for everyone so far. It’s been one ride of a year. A year with much change. Much thought. Much that has been brought to the surface that has needed to be discussed for years, decades, and longer. It’s important in the craziness, depth, and intensity that we keep ourselves centered on what matters most. As a Christian, for me that is Christ. It is His Word and what He created me to be here for. It is about co-creating with Him a life in which I use my voice well and write what He has placed in my heart. It is about loving others and living a life in which I know when my time comes that I left NOTHING on the table.

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Going Full Time with your Side Gig: A Fireside Chat with Damaly Shepherd

I was able to sit down with Damaly Shepherd back in January and she has been wowing me since! We sat down for this Fireside Chat to talk about going full-time with your side gig, the power of sticking with a goal, the importance of personal growth, and how to ensure you are being mentored even if you can’t afford a coach. The chat is chock full of helpful information for those on the brink of going full-time with their side gig as well as those who aren’t sure that going full time is right for them.

Damaly shares how she got involved in photography, why being passionate doesn’t have to be a requirement to be successful at something, and how she had the courage to leave her job to go full time in photography. In the talk, we leave nothing on the table when it comes to real talk about the fear that comes along with going full time or the two sides of the passion discussion and whether it’s needed to be truly good at something! Listen in today to see what you can take away from it and apply to your life and career.

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