Thursday, 9 March 2017

The secret of good writing is to just get started


Why is it sometimes it takes a lot of effort to just get on with it?  ..                                           


..the writing.
You have pens, notepads, digital and otherwise, but it still can look tricky. 
Here is what you can do to overcome that feeling of blank and to get on with the flow of writing.

Tips on writing 
Give yourself permission to write  nonsense. Write things down that don't make sense at first. Write badly. But once you have started to write that nonsense, the good stuff will soon start coming after.
All writers whether good or established do not always routinely feel wildly enthusiastic and confident. Not one of them writes masterful first drafts. 
So it is ok to write badly and illegible, as this is what is going to come before the legible elegant draft.





Just get those first few paragraphs or words down, any way you can manage. Think of the topic only when writing. This is key. Forget about sentence structure and grammar. Just concentrate on the topic when writing your first drafts. 

Then you must be firm with yourself.
Lock the door. Set yourself time. Turn the internet off initially, especially if you tend to procrastinate a lot and get side-tracked by what is trending on twitter.
Where, for example, you find yourself watching Youtube videos over on the dark side and wonder how you got to that point.
Yes, we all do that. 
Where you feel guilt for not texting back those people who have been waiting for a message, but they have seen you sharing posts to said social media page.





Back to writing.

Write what you want to write. Whatever it is, as if no one will read it. 
Refer back to your ideas you write down on scrap paper or diary. (If you don't do this you should, any little idea that pops into your head write it down for future reference.) 

Write every day and keep a blog or diary.

Try not to proofread as you are writing. There will be plenty of time for that later. Once grammar is learned, we then break all the rules, so write it down any old way.

Once you have finished a first draft leave it for a while, at least a week or so if possible. As then you go back to it brand new and see it with new eyes and see all the mistakes. Then you can correct it with an edit. This is then your first edit. 

Keep all your writings in the same place and no one is allowed to go near it. Always put the notebooks back in the same place. This makes life so much easier. 
The secret of a good writer is to just get started they say. I feel it is more likely the secret of  good writing is just to get started. 
Write those first few words down now.
Then congratulate yourself. 



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Friday, 20 January 2017

To all you writers out there ..



I have downloaded blogger to my phone. Whooo
It feels a bit strange and alien. Will it publish ok? Will it look the same as when I blog on the computer?
Well there is only one way to find out.
Anyway
Back to "to all you writers out there"
Writing away, never giving up. Always striving to write that perfect sentence and hopefully inspiring book.
That's the thing, you, me, we never give up.
We might take a break to spend time with family, or life might have just got in the way and social media is put on the back burner.
We might not be telling everyone every single thing we are doing via social media.
Bit it doesn't mean we are not writing or editing or creating something new or wonderful.
So to all the writers out there plugging  away whatever the weather. Good for you! Well done. You should be more than proud. As you are survivors. Not quitters. Today and every day I salute all you authors that keep writing. And will always write. Support the writers!
 
I am back on social media after some time out. A new job, family, parent in laws illness took its toll and bringing about a lack of desire for social media.
Thank you to those who supported and stepped in to take the reins to stop us completely going the way of the tumbleweed. 
Keep your eyes open on Kid Literature twitter and instagram for the website which is complete but still on standby and for new books with new illustrations coming out!
Enjoy your January and be inspired this New Year.  Write down all you wish to achieve and your goals for the year.
After all you are an inspiration to so many.
Take care for now
Karen @kidliterature and @owlandcatbooks @teenypheenyowl
P.S I can't find how to put images in. Will sort this later. Cheery-bye x


Monday, 5 September 2016

This Summer I didn't blog, I spent time with my children.

  • This summer I didn't internet, text or email (much) and I didn't blog and to be quite honest and blunt I didn't get that much done in the way of work at all. I didn't meet targets or goals. Even the laundry got done on the familiar 'as and when' needed basis for a month. (It could be longer.)


  • Did I care?
  • No.
  • I might have done at one time, but these days getting less done had a positive influence over all as I  caught up pretty quick.. so all in all I found doing less was more.
  • So what was I doing instead?








  •  I spent all the time with my children. We went on walks, stayed up watching movies, went out for family days, went to the zoo, talked to the owls, the penguins, even stopped by to chat to a koala.
  • The best day was with the dolphins.We not only saw the dolphins in the wild putting on a spectacular show for us, (yes in the wild, of their own free will)  we also got to see them up close and personal at Zoomarine Portugal.
  •  We baked, we went to the bookstore, library and the book club, where we read stories to children and to owls and cats, (oh yes we did) real owls and real cats, and of course real children.
  • In fact we became more than real, we lived and we loved it.

  • We had sleepovers, we all sat on the bed in the morning sharing laughs and snuggles and laughed so hard at the antics of the cats who also try to climb in bed with us.

  • We ate picnics in parks and on beaches, we made things from old toilet roll holders and cereal boxes, we got everything out of the attic as if we were moving and sorted it out for charity and also discovered one or two things we thought we had lost. Best of all we shrilled with delight at the finds, as if in a car boot sale, or an old curiosity shop and revelled over old photos and old toys of yesteryear. 


  • And just like any other regular family there were sad times too. 

  • And sad that Summer is leaving us soon.
  • So very soon!
  •  Must I stop clinging onto the Summer days and long Summer nights with the chilled bedtime routine I love? I won't protest too much as long as we get an Indian Summer, and it's almost due in the UK.
  •  It does seem as if Summer spits and starts in July and August, and then decides to linger longer in September.
  • If this is to be, then I will accept September well, along with all the newness and colours and the bountiful goodness telling us Autumn is approaching. 
  • I will also take head on Spetember's goals. (Plus work, engagements, book releases, and art.)
  • So let's be sad only for a while and embrace what is around the corner.


Back to school
Whether excited or scared, all kids are going to feel apprehensive in one way or another when they start school for the first time or they go into a new year. So September is an amazing month with the start of the school year, and the tantalising feeling Autumn is approaching fast. Why, I could swear you can even smell it in the air, waiting around the corner ready to roll on in.




For the children: make sure you are reading to them until they pick the books up themselves to read without being asked. They will then love books as much as you, and also it really helps make them excited for school. 
                                  Reading=enjoyment=education=confidence.
                                It really is as simple as that.
                                So keep it up! 
                                Enjoy your September days :) 
                                P.S. photos are mainly from my personal collection of my                                                                          Summer, I have yet to sort them in order, but do I care? 

                                            ;) 








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Friday, 15 April 2016

Do you want to be an author or just a writer? Building a platform.

 Do you want to be an author or just a writer?
Anyone can be a writer, all you have to do is write. Start with one word then another.
But do you really want to be a published author?
First start with asking yourself why?
Yes, why and then what is your reason for even starting. What is it you want to do?
 What do you need to share with the world and why? Once this is very clear in your mind, make yourself a note of this.
Then give yourself a journal to refer to so you can then write down your reasons and all the whys and whats that will be thrown up.
Let us call your new journal your Authors Journal, or your Writers Journal.
This is a great inspiration motivator tool, so easy and so effective. Write and keep a journal of all your key points and notes you are going to be using and referring back to a lot.




To become a published author you really need to build up a platform first before anything else.
But what should come first I hear you cry! Should the platform come first, or the writings? You have seen one site which suggests the platform, then another that suggests the writing!
So which is it to be?

Well you may well have been writing for years and only thought of being published. So before you go any further you will research and look up, read and absorb what it takes to become a published author and if you have the drive to keep it going especially in the months and years of waiting and being rejected. If you can then you could almost be forgiven for thinking you were half way there, being optimistic of course, and in this vein we shall continue..
can you take this?

Even if you can't, do not let that put you off writing.
Do not be put off if you are only writing for your own hobby pleasure. This is what will actually keep you going on the days when you may feel like giving up. So this is a very good reason for writing initially, you must love writing. You must have the passion! You will learn to believe in yourself!
Oh yes, you are creative, a creative soul is a soul that writes. Whatever the words may be, even if the words look more like an excerpt out of the 'Jabberwoggy'.
The platform is as much as important as the writing, so if you want to be a published author 'Platform' and 'Writing' will be as if wed for you.
Together, as one. equally as important.
So equal are they, that it doesn't matter as much which you start first, as you are going to be doing both every day and building them both up and up and up.
I wouldn't suggest having many novels under your belt before you even look to see what is involved in a platform. Realistically as soon as you know you want to be a published author, research building a platform straight away. Then get started with the basic tools of your platform straight away.
Below is a few key tools you will want to know about and it will also be a good idea to put these into your journal to refer back to.
Let us say you take the YES road, what next.






What is a Writer/Author Platform?

Your  Authors platform is 
 your visibility as an author.

*If you want to sell more books or simply get your name out there, a writer’s platform is essential.

*The definition of platform, broken down, is your personal ability to sell books through:

*Who you are
*The personal and professional connections you have
*Any media outlets (includng blogs and social networks) that you can utilise to sell books


The most common building blocks of a platform include the following:


*I will start with the most important block and that it is understanding that it’s about engagement; about connecting and interacting with people who are aligned with your message and affected by your story.
*Plan your destination. Knowing where you want to go is the first step in getting there. 
*What are your goals? Who is your current, potential or future audience? What are your short term and long term plans? Write then down in your author's journal we briefed upon further up.

*A website and/or blog with a large readership
*An e-newsletter and/or mailing list with subscribers/recipients
*Make sure you have a social media presence i.e -Twitter, Facebook, instagram, linkedin, pinterest, goodreads, youtube, google+. These are the main ones, start with facebook, twitter and linkedin, then move onto goodreads, google and instagram. If you have the time add on pinterest and youtube as these are -powerful visability landing places. These can also be connected too. You can share from instagram and your posts can be shared straight to your facebook and twitter. 
*When creating your Facebook Fan page be aware that there is a difference between your Facebook profile and a Facebook page. Learn how to create an author Facebook page.  Join twitter and research and read 'Twitter marketing 101 for writers'.
*Research hootsesuite and learn to use this.Or a similar social media management tool that helps you execute your social media campaigns over multiple networks
*Look into joining organisations that support your goals and aims.
*Join groups and communities who share/offer advice.
*Guest contributions to successful websites, blogs, and periodicals.
*An authors page where you will be visible and can show your track book sales and reviews. Also reviews you have done.
*It is important to have a bio, add it to your author page and a goodreads page too. Look to see what other people are seeing, reading. 
*Check you have follow up links at the end of your blogs and pages, so your  readers can follow onto a desired power point page you wish them to land on. 

Further down the line in building higher blocks you can look into:
*Individuals of influence that you know that can help your public relations. Look into your personal contacts too. (organisational, media, celebrity, relatives) who can help you market at no cost to yourself, whether through blurbs, promotion, podcasts or other means. Be willing to chat and message people, firstly introduce yourself and retweet and share and comment on their sites, pages and blogs.
*Involvement in any article or column writing.
*Public speaking appearances
*An impressive social media presence i.e -Twitter, Facebook, instagram, linkedin, pinterest, goodreads, youtube, google+. interacting with your followers, liking and sharing too.
*Further down the line another building block is media appearances and interviews—in print, on the radio, on TV, or online.

Not all of these methods will be of interest/relevance to you. As you learn more about how to find success in each one, some will jump out as practical and feasible, while others will not. My advice is to choose a few and dive in deep—and don’t be afraid to concede failure in one area, then shift gears and plunge into something else. It’s better to show impressive success in some areas than minimal success in all.

Lastly, know that building a platform takes time.


Presenting your work 
 What you do need to know is how to present your work in the most professional manner possible. While nothing can guarantee that your book will be published, check out all guidelines available for publishing a book beforehand.
 Write, and then write some more. If you haven't written anything yet, now is a good time to start, a few sentences each day will lead onto a few pages before you know it. Just keep writing, anything. Editors are interested in professional finished products. If you're a new writer, editors want to be sure that you have what it takes, unique idea's combined with discipline skill,to not only complete a full-length book, but to edit and be able to change and take things out when needed. Once you have finished your first write up then the work really begins.  Have you got what it takes to have a book published? Let us look at some basic points to consider and research and make a layout of. This will be your basic foundations you will be working from.

Getting back to marketing and your book.
 Know your audience. What is your book about? Who is the intended readership? What age range? Illustrated, children's, young adult, adult fiction. These are questions an editor will ask; being able to answer them will help you choose an appropriate publisher. If your book is a novel, to what genre or category does it belong? Make sure you have one particular genre and then learn that market well. Research it.

 Research the market. Publishers do not just want you to email them to say will you be interested in my book, Instead, they want you to find the right publisher for your book. Find out who produces books like yours. Browse your local bookstore, and make a list of publishers who offer books in your category. If you're writing a children's book, for example, note who publishes books for the same age group or of the same type (e.g, picture, thriller, mystery).

 Do your homework. Look up promising publishers in the current Writer's Market or Literary Market Place in the library reference section. There, you'll find the publisher's address and the editor to contact. Specialised market books are also available for poetry, novels and short stories, children's books, romances, mysteries, and science fiction. Writer's Market also tells you what a publishing company is buying, its rates, and how to approach the editor. For example, some publishers want to see your entire manuscript, others want a query letter outlining your story idea, and still others want a book proposal and a chapter outline. Some accept unsolicited manuscripts; others only accept books from agents. If you need more information, write or call the publisher to request writer's guidelines.

 Prepare your manuscript. These days, editors won't even look at a manuscript that isn't prepared professionally. Print your manuscript on high-quality white paper. Get someone else to overlook your work. Get it proof-read. Double-space your manuscript and leave a 1-inch margin on all sides. Number your pages. Check your spelling  Don't mix fonts, and don't overuse boldface or italics or exclamation marks, try not to repeat words too often too close together.
 Submit your package. Always send the editor exactly what is requested. When emailing manuscripts, go over exactly what they ask for, if they want the first three chapters, then that is what you send, or the first 1000 words, or even just the synopsis. If you are mailing a large manuscript, use a manuscript box. Address it to the correct person, check and use names of the person.
 Include a large stamped, self-addressed envelope.



The waiting game. It may take up to several months or longer to hear anything at all. Longer for entire manuscripts. Because of this reason it is  acceptable to submit your manuscript to more than one publisher at a time. Make sure, however, that each is open to "simultaneous submissions."

 Keep going with the writing While waiting for a response to your first manuscript, get started on your next. Or, build your portfolio with articles, short stories, or other material that will put forward your skills. Start up or keep up your social media platform.




Don't give up. If your manuscript doesn't find a home right away, and nine times out of ten it will not, you just keep trying. Don't take rejection personally; sometimes you are just not in the right time at the right place. just move on to the next publisher on your list. Often it takes time, effort, and many submissions to get published. Successful writers are those who don't quit. The very act of putting your book, article, story or poem on paper places it under your copyright. You can formally declare copyright ownership by typing the words "Copyright, the year and your name on the first or title page of your manuscript You can also substitute the copyright symbol for the word "copyright." It is not necessary to register your work with the Copyright Office to protect it.




Should I get an agent? This depends to a great degree on what type of book you are submitting. Often, you do not need an agent to submit a nonfiction book to a publisher. Check the publisher's requirements first. If you find that a large percentage of the publishers in your chosen genre or subject area require agents, then you should look for an agent first.

Should I publish my book myself? With today's electronic publishing technology, it has become easy and relatively inexpensive to produce your own book. Well-targeted nonfiction books often do well; self-published fiction, however, is very difficult to market. Unless you're experienced in graphic design, it's wise to hire a professional to produce a quality product.
Be aware that self-publishing means more than getting your book printed. It also involves marketing, advertising, distribution, and sales which means setting yourself up as a small business, with all the tax and accounting responsibilities that entails. http://www.wikihow.com/Self-Publish-a-Book

http://readwrite.com/2013/07/22/10-simple-steps-to-self-publishing-your-book-on-amazon


Is it better to self-publishing or go with a vanity publishing house? Vanity presses take your money, bound to you to a lot of rights, take others from you, and give you little in return. If you're willing to pay money to have your book published, do it yourself so that you can retain full control over the process, the rights, and the proceeds. For more information on vanity publishing, see http://www.vanitypublishing.info/
 Publishing it yourself means you get all the satisfaction, all the money, and you are not bound by certain elements and rules. Self-publishing in itself is a whole new business for you to research, it can be very hard to get your social media platform going but also very rewarding if you are dedicated and strict with yourself and have the passion to keep it up.
remember,  a well-written, interesting, original manuscript is what you need, to take it forward in self-publishing, or to a publishers. Even before you think of sales there is so much to do. most of all, ask yourself, so you have the passion and commitment? Do you have skills in writing an original manuscript?
A last word for writers, do not give up at first hurdles, all of those famous authors are only famous because they did not give up. Remember to write because you like to, expect nothing in return and you will be rewarded, surprised or more one day!

More blog articles for writers by Karen Emma Hall  http://kidliteraturetoday.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/a-letter-to-my-younger-self.html
http://kidliteraturetoday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/successful-writers-are-those-who-dont.html
http://kidliteraturetoday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/an-authors-life-and-social-media.html
http://kidliteraturetoday.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/are-you-meant-to-be-writer.html

 some of Karen Emma Hall's platforms on twitter and facebook  https://twitter.com/KidLiterature
https://www.facebook.com/KidLiterature/ https://www.facebook.com/ColouringInWithColor/  https://www.facebook.com/OwlsILove https://twitter.com/TeenyPheenyOwl

Monday, 14 March 2016

Spring has come Marching in.



Spring has come Marching in
and they are messing with the time again.



We are always thankful for any extra hours which feels like a little luxury when the clocks go back in Autumn.
But when they take one away from you. Well.

March



In like a lion and out like a lamb -goes the old saying.
We love March because it is a farewell to Winter in the UK (hopefully) and the nights get lighter and we all feel better when the sun shines longer.
We are told it should came in like a lion and out like a lamb ...but mostly it always seems to go out like a lion too. But the only thing I don't look forward to is when they take an hour away from you. We need more hours in a day not less.


Also they say the UK is going continental now. The little tin island is looking uncannily like the continent in a manner of speaking in regards to the weather. We all listen to the weather forecast but they are usually only right 50% of the time, and that sounds like good guess work to me. We know we have as much chance of guessing the correct forecast for the following day as those in the know with their £billion satellite systems.
Because we get it right about the same amount of times as they do.
You should always listen to your Auntie Mary when her arthritis plays up. You know there is a storm heading your way when she hollers.



About ten years ago I seem to remember it rained a lot.That all started the year that number 1 tune came out about 'brella ella's' I will not mention the full title in case it.. you know.. changes the weather again.
Anyway, hark at me going all English on you and complaining about the weather too much. I shall complain about the time instead. Yes, those sleep robbing gits! They do us out of an hours sleep in March. That's a vital hour for most people. The farmers these days have a lot more high tech equipment so they do not need an extra hour daylight! What do they do with it anyway?
I know!
They are spending the extra hour in bed!

Oh boy, do I need more time. A little more spare time wouldn't do amiss.

What is spare time anyway?
I have no idea, it keeps going out for a wander and taking my mind with it.




But if I had any spare time at all, it would be to go bungee jumping in Honolulu, scuba diving in the Maldives, or climbing up Mount Kilimanjaro. Actually that sounds all wonderful but how it would really go is someone like this. I would have a lazy morning in bed with the sun singing through welcoming the day in. The sheer thought of knowing I'm not going anywhere in a hurry or doing anything in particular sounds like perfection to me. Just taking the time for myself to have a mosey around the garden, speak to the cats/kids when I bump into them and the most worrying thought would be along the lines of deciding what time to go on a nature walk later that day.

In fact it is a bit of a shock to me when people who say they are bored, are not at the very least learning how to speak Swahili, Mandarin Chinese, or knocking out Mandarin Caprioska for breakfast Mary Berry style.
Jokes aside, this time lark is a funny old business.


Time is indeed going quicker and quicker, for me anyway, and I thought it was because my life was so fulfilling, but apparently it isn't!
The reason why it seems that time goes quicker can be explained scientifically. (Leans to sceptic side here) Scientists explain it like this: As you get older your memory capacity shrinks and you have less memory cells, so you don't hold as much information.

Therefore the older you get, the less time you think you have, because you don't store it as well. But you wouldn't remember all that anyway, so let's not worry too much.
I still feel as if I am missing out, hmm.
It doesn't impress me  and thank you Miss Know it all, who was so keen to tell the 'oldies' she worked with.
We had only happened to mention how Christmas/Easter comes around so much quicker these days (when you are over 40).


Read links at bottom of this blog to find out why you may think time is actually fleeting you as you get older.

As I sit up in bed contemplating the day as the new sunrise appears over my bedpost I look forward to the sunshine days and hope I manage to fit in at least some of the schedules I have planned on my list. Yes it is March already and how frightening to know the months seem to bump into each other, forever in a hurry to come in quickly like a lion and out like a lion too!
So take time out in your busy day to take a moment and consider what you have done and savour it all.


So where does this time go? The time leaves us and goes to the young ones, as they seem to have oodles of the stuff.
What do I do with my spare time? I create and work on 2 websites, write, blog, illustrate and promote, Then I schedule so many items in on 10 sites it is scary. So I have to schedule everything in really well to get through my work load. All subject to change of course, as it is with any family and also when life gets in the way. I also spend time in my amazing new group colouring with colour (I go here to get away from it all but don't tell anyone). https://www.facebook.com/groups/Colouringinwithcolorhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/Colouringinwithcolor/
I love to illustrate, watercolour, colour, design templates and learn new skills in design and video. But most of all I love spending time with the family, looking at art and nature. Autumn is my perfect time, so I am taking time out to enjoy it. After all it will go by so quick, won't it?

If there was such a thing as a pause button in a day I would definitely try it out. Maybe my buttons are on fast forward.


Read some fascinating links about the science behind the reason you actually think time goes too
quick.                      why-time-goes-by-faster-as-you-get-older

Friday, 29 January 2016

A letter to my younger self

So if I could send my younger self a note of advice or a letter, what would I write down apart from some winning lottery numbers? How about writing some life lessons in the hope that your younger self learns something... Yes, I think I can manage that, but I do prefer my chicken story I wrote in the letter too..
Available to read further down.





How would this letter go?
Well maybe something like this.

Dear pen-pal self, I know you very well, but now wish you to know yourself.

It is so good to be your own person. Keep focused on making time for you and keeping yourself happy with hobbies or pastimes or treats you enjoy.
 Try not to worry or get anxious.
Find a hobby or life passion and pursue this, just do whatever makes you happy. Life is too short to waste with fear, hate, greed or hanging around negative folk. Try not to be overpowered or influenced which can lead to being overwhelmed. Do not change who you are to fit in. Never feel guilty for anything or allow others to make you feel bad. If they do, it is their problem to deal with not yours.
Do what you feel is ok. Even if you make a mistake, this is a way of learning, and the first thing to learn is not to feel bad for making them! Then you can move forward in life. It is also ok to share emotions and thoughts, as that is just as much a release as laughter and crying. Right then, that's the sensible part out the way, but there is more...




 If I'd want you to change anything it would be to say avoid boys in the years while studying and close your ears to negative people and don't get married! If you get to read it before your Thirteenth Birthday I reckon you are still in with a good chance.
Concentrate on your studies. Not only that, but keep with your first career of choice.
 You may find there are days you want to give it all up, but persevere. So the key word to repeat like a mantra here is PERSEVERE.
Now write that word down 100 times, and never forget it. I can't tell you how important this is!
Then print it out several times (you will have a cool printer in a few years time, so you can do this task). You are already looking forward to this I can tell :D No rushing to get to this stage, all in good time my dear.

Ooh one more thing, Save! Treat yourself like an employee and pay yourself first, so what money you get in, put a small amount of it away and continue to do this. Always save. Even when you get a little, give yourself a wage, even if it is a £1 every week or month. It soon adds up. Also do not compare yourself to others, as they are on a different journey. If you want to be a writer, all you have to do is write, nothing more than that.

I just checked your life back over (I can do this) and although you have some red *see me* teacher ticks on parts of your life chapters, I find that changing major life events wouldn't be ideal. I know it may stop those negative things happening, but you will not have your children and will also not have learned  valuable if hard life lessons.
Also, I know if you get a chance to do it all again, you would do it all exactly the same.. so to save me beating my head against that same brick wall, lets stop with the headaches and understand that if you could choose you'd do the same thing again!

If I could give you something important what would it be?
Hmm...
As I'm not allowed to give out big lottery numbers as it will change the course of your life, I can only dish out advice about the next issue - stress.
But if in the meantime if  you happen to win the lottery or get left a windfall then good for you and keep doing what you love.
You could always also buy the library or bookstore instead of just the book, just a thought..


Worry warts
The next thing to know is life is too short to worry. Worrying is a needless life sapping sport that has no room in life, and that whatever worries you at any given moment to just NOT.

Points to consider if you find yourself worrying over nothing most of the time.

Listen up! By the time next week comes around or next month you will have forgotten about the little niggle and moved onto another worry. There is nothing quite like a new worry to stop you thinking about the other worry. Then after years of worrying you will have tallied up so many worries, that you will not remember them all! so you see, what is the point of collecting worries you would never remember!
Pointless.
Yeah what's the point?
It will only sap energy you need.
Take each day as it comes, and as you wake up to embrace each new day, see it as a day you feel free of everything. You only take into each day a positive outlook and a smile, so then the possibilities are endless.
The world is yours to be discovered.
Somewhere along the way this can be forgotten, so make that notice, hang it up loud and proud and write on it  -  Catch one chicken at a time. Persevere.
You will often find you take on too much and you are doing too many things, so then you need to take stock, take a back seat and re-evaluate. Yes, plenty of breaks. If you look after yourself, you are in a better place to look after your family or friends.
So to help you understand I have written the meaning into a little story.







                             One Chicken at a time.

                                                            By Karen Emma Hall

Before breakfast every day from now on you have to (without fail) catch six chickens before you can start the day.
The chickens reside in a communal coup that measures approx 14 x 14 square feet.
The quicker you catch them and place them in a smaller pen that holds within a chicken laying house, the longer you have to take a moment to yourself and luxuriate in a long leisurely breakfast before starting the day.
If you fail in the required time, you must go without breakfast and go without any moments to yourself for the rest of the day.
 The first morning comes quick and shining bright, and you find yourself all eager out in the coup contemplating chickens.
As you have only a small window of time to catch these feathered beasts, you need to be motivated and willing to get on with it.
At first you try to outfox them and maneuver them into one corner to catch them quickly.
You soon notice this isn't working.
Well, let's see it in action so you understand better.



So you are out in the chicken coop, you have stretched out and limbered up briefly ready for some catchy chicken action while trying to act all calm. No point in getting those chuck chucks agitated.
It'll be a walk in the park.
You unsuccessfully tried to huddle them into one corner and do a group grab, but the chickens have other ideas. They jump up feathers splayed, squawking as if their heads are on a block. You think you have a chicken in your grasp but when you look down you see you only have 2 feathers in your grasp. How hard is this going to be?
The rest of that little cootie went flying off on one, eyes popping, running around the coop while bellowing out bawks and hollering at the other varmints,"run for your life, the mad cat lady is onto us!"
So you have wasted some time. But with no time to ponder on lost breakfast time, you head back for another try.
You turn slowly away from the chickens and try and act invisible until the clucking dies down. At the same time, breathe slowly and try to recover that calm cool exterior that had all but up and left you a moment ago. Then your belly gives out a grumbling noise.



"Here here chicky chicky,"
you find yourself saying out loud.
 Did they understand you? Well, they look at you with trepidation and more than a touch of something resembling horror.
You go towards them, but they have learned! Darn it, they scoot off in different directions. Time is up! You missed out that day and the thoughts of dippy eggs and soldiers fading fast.. so you need to take stock and act smart if you are to catch them tomorrow morning.


So another new day and you are back in that chicken coop, and you have an idea. The chickens are scattered but don't seem to be looking too pensive. You dismiss the group, and head for the one by the corner. And because she is by herself, you are focusing on one chicken only, and as this little clucker heads into the corner of the coup, you swoop down and grab her with ease!
Yeh! woop woop chicken soop! She is then placed in the hen house. Good work.
You then do this with every chicken in turn until they they are all assembled together again, this time in the hen house.
Which gives you half an hour for breakfast and an extra moment to gather your thoughts.

You succeeded and you are more likely to succeed if you go after one at a time rather than the whole lot in one go. It may seem a longer task, but you will get there quicker in the end. That's how you succeed at life too - you focus on one thing at a time, until that job is complete. You finish the job properly, THEN you go onto the next one. If you try to do too many at once, they are all in the air, and they will fall down around you dispersing confusion and negativity with it.
So remember, one chicken at a time.




To help you remember this life lesson I made a colouring in page and hung it up. I have also posted it in the colouring group I started in September for all to print and colour, so you can also hang it up somewhere if you wish.
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