Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Can't Save Others, If You You're In A Worse Situation.

Sitting here as Memorial day is drawing to a close. For many, they are getting ready for summer fun and travel. I however am wrestling with myself. I have much on my plate and I can't seem to get everything done. 

I want to get much done, but helping others, I have not made myself a priority. I have writing which has to be done, religious study, health issues to deal with, and I have to look for a new school since I was told I am not part of the future of my current school. (I am going to be careful in how I explain that one.) It seems if you're not careful you can turn your want to help others into a personal crutch or barricade. As practicing Christian I want to help others when they need me or are in trouble. This is something I have been doing for awhile now. However the past few weeks I had to take time to self-reflect. One thing which stands out to me is, to a fault, I've started to place others in front of my needs. I have attached emotional dismay when thinking about not being of service when asked for help. But things needed to change. 

This past week I lost a friend from my childhood. She had just sent me a "poke" on Facebook which was her way of saying "hello and how are you." The next day she had a massive heart attack and never recovered. In less than three days my friend was gone. This hit hard because it made me think of myself. Where am I with my health, how close am I to checking out of this life? I was told by my Dr. things had to change in how I was taking care of myself. Back over the Easter break, I was doing so when another problem (my leg) become an issue. I was cleared this week to go back to working out but my leg will be a problem until I get healthier and lose the weight. This is currently my number "1" focus. I have revamped my personal plan and working out. diet, and lifestyle has moved up the list. Its so easy to look at everyone else and try to fix them when your own gorilla is sitting in the room alongside of you. Choke you to death quietly.

Next, my writing has suffered over the past few months. My latest book "Luke Warm Saint" should have been completed since the editor gave the completed work back to me some time ago to work on. I allowed working on another authors book derail my focus as well as school work. I love the work we did on Sister Melinda Harper's book "A Profit to He Husband" <<<<<(please support her book)  I am so proud of what we accomplished with creating this book. It is a great read. However, when I should have been writing myself I wasn't. Again it seems I would take on the needs of others and push my work to the side. Then there is my school work. I started to allow my principal and the work I am required to do get out in front of the writing I know needs to be done. I didn't have as much work to do as I allowed myself to think but the little bit I did have grew in my mind. I allowed the frustration of getting the work done to quiet my writing. I see now I have to quiet the noise around me to get my work done. 

Finally, my religious standing has been lacking and I have been torn with studying my bible and writing. Sadly my current book "Luke Warm Saint" is an inspirational fiction novella which is reflective of my faith. The two should be a great marriage. Instead I have been procrastinating with both. I also have missed time at church and didn't sit down to work on this story when not in church. I pray often and speak to the Lord daily. I personally know that is not enough. You have to speak to the Lord and then get out and do more. "Faith with out works is death"  I know this all so well but yet I embraced procrastination. Can't happen any longer if I am going to make the moves necessary. 

I am sitting here writing this blog because I fell behind in my blog writing but also to vent and allow others to see where I am. I figure if I put it out to the world I am and will be accountable to my words. I am revamping my Google schedule this week and I think it may be time to take a break from social media. I did a 30 day fast from the net some time ago. I think it may be time to do so again. 

So here is the current plan of action and things I plan on getting done: 

- Workouts 3-5 days a week. Keeping a close eye on the leg to make sure its OK after the work. 
- Get my current book "Luke Warm Saint" done by the done and re-edited by the second week of June. (the 13. Yes Friday the 13th. I'm not worried. LOL)
- Restart my reading plans on my Bible app and continue to read my bible daily. 
- Get 10 to 15 resumes out, to look for a new position. 
- Bowl twice a week
- Less social media (1-2 hours in a day no more)
- Blog bi-monthly (Stick to twice a month)
- Read 2 to 3 hours a day (Kindle and Audio books)
- Say no to others and not feel upset about taking care of self. 
- Attend more events which are going to help me learn more about my craft. 
- Watch less TV. Only when my work is done or along with getting the work done. No just sitting and watch unless everything is complete. 

I am glad I got this blog done. I spoke it into existence and now its time to make things happen. I have goals in place and I need to reach them to better myself. 

God Bless. 

K. L. Belvin

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Went to the ER Monday.

Had a hectic morning Monday with a rupture vessel in my leg and I had to be rush to the ER. But now I am OK.

Just wanted to share.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Helping others is what we do at Bravin Publishing.

In 2010 when I created Bravin Publishing, it was designed to help authors self published their work and get their books out to the world. The mission and vision has not changed. Over the years, my lovely wife Tiffany and I have done what we set out to do, which was to help others.

Here are a few videos over the years of folks we have tried to make happy. This is a small peek into what we do at Bravin Publishing.

This is author Dr Melinda Harper, "A Profit to Her Husband" You can purchase a copy of her book, we help create, at DRMelindaHarper.com

Another author we worked with, who happens to be the 1st author to sign with Bravin was Jovan Roseboro who we had the pleasure of interviewing in North Carolina. His book "The Only One That Can Stop Me Is Me" is available on the Bravin Publishing website. www.BravinPublishing.com

But not everything we do is for profit. Often we want to help those who have been supporters of ours. In this video we wanted to surprise Aja Stubbs, CEO of Belle-Noire Magazine. Which has feature us together and my wife on different occasions. We wanted to show her what her online magazine would look like in print form. Her reaction is priceless. She has been a supported and friend to us from the beginning.

Friday, March 13, 2015

WOW, I really fell behind on my blogging.

Good evening guys,,,I know I haven't been here like I should. Especially when I call myself an author an poet.

Here it is 4 days from my baby girls 1st birthday. I am super excited. I didn't get the chance to do this with my other two daughters. That is going to be a whole other blog by itself. You can get a better understanding from my book "From Gigolo to Jesus" 

With taking care of my daughter, teaching full time, working on new clients books, and trying to finish my own ("Luke Warm Saint" is almost complete") I have slipped up on getting over here and blogging about life itself.
I have read so many sites and watched a bunch of YouTube videos which swear they have the answers to keeping the attention of folks and driving readers to come by here,,, like I am selling crack and you're the out of control crack head who needs a hit of what I am writing. LOL Naw,,, I write when its in me. When my heart moves me to have something to place on the page.

I think I blog so infrequently because my thoughts are often all over the place. It's one of the pains of having ADD, not ADHD, but actual ADD. I look it at as a gift more than a curse. However, because of it, I tend to be all over the place and have to rope myself in to get focused when its time to complete tasks.

So with all that said, I am going to bring you up to speed on what I have been doing and what I am hoping to get done relatively soon.

  • Through Bravin Publishing, Tiff and I, have created book #16 for author Dr. Melinda Harper. Her book entitled "A Profit for Her Husband" is a guide for married and single women. We are excited to see where Dr. Harper takes her new book. The sky is the limit. 
  • Tiff and I have been bowling well. But Tiff has been on fire since returning from having Kayelle. Its great to see how tough she has become on the lanes. Plus she is making money doing so. 
  • I am close to completing my third book, "Luke Warm Saint" my first novella. My first extended attempt at writing fiction. Most of my literary works of fiction have been 3 to 5K words, so 30K plus is a step in a new direction for me. 
  • I am teaching a new health curriculum in school. I was one of 15 teachers picked to teach this new curriculum in the city of New York. It was an honor to work with the NYC Health and Wellness Dept. and the CDC
Now the things I have to get to, by force or whatever, it needs to be done. 
  • I have to get focused on working out. My workouts have  be erratic to say the least. I have trainer friends and I have been avoiding asking for their help. I am not really sure why. I am working on dealing with those emotions. My weight loss has be affected also. 
  • My diet has to change and be more consistent. Speaks for itself. 
  • I have to commit to get the other books out of my head. I currently have 7  books in head which need to be written. There are two others fighting for space in my head as I type. I told you I had ADD, it's what allows me to hold all these thoughts at bay. 
  • I have to network more. I have to attend more events and show my face more often. I have to learn to play the "schmoozing" game better. Even though I hate sitting and smiling just to do business. I simply want to get right to the business without all the fakeness and game play. Either we are or we're not. LOL Yes I know "Patients is a virtue & The Game is the Game" 
  • I have to go ahead and start school and get started on this second Masters degree. I want to switch careers and I am hesitant about returning to school. At 47 much of my time is behind me. However my dreams require I return to school. 
  • Finally, I have to commit myself more to being the vessel of light the Lord made me to be. I have to share and teach more about the Lord. I have to open up my soul and allow others to see the God in me. I have to allow them to see the Holy Spirit the Lord has given me which allows me to work well with others. I have to become a better representative of the Lord and Jesus Christ. 
Oh Well, I never intended this blog to get to this length. But, as I said I write what's on my heart and I have much on my heart and mind. I am going to try to make it over here once a week to discuss where I am at with the things I am working on and what I see in the world. 
If you catch me slipping me, hit me on FB, Twitter, or Google Plus and give me the boot to the booty by saying "Hey K. L., what happened to you writing on your blog? Have you completed the books you were working on? Why are you playing games, get to work dude." Trust me I need that from time to time. 

If you've made to this point, I am more than impressed, I am honored. Please share this page, this blog, or anything I do with others. I pray you continued success in anything you're trying to accomplish. 

Take Care and God Bless

K. L. Belvin