About J. L. Campbell

National Bestselling Author, J.L. Campbell writes in a range of genres. Campbell, who hails from Jamaica, has penned forty books. She is a certified editor, and book coach. When she’s not writing, Campbell adds to her extensive collection of photos detailing Jamaica’s flora and fauna. Visit her on the web at amazon.com/author/jlcampbell or  www.joylcampbell.com

Digging Deep: Focus

Lately, I haven’t been as focused as I should be. I guess because I have too much on my plate and that, in itself, contributes to me being overwhelmed. For many writers, trying to cope with the many demands of life, plus the book publishing business can be draining. I’ve been thinking about all the things I know I should do but haven’t really focused on doing. But, it’s time to get back to basics. Here’s what it looks like:

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Stop over-committing. I’ve been more disciplined about the “sparkly new idea” syndrome, but I still need to dig deeper and find the discipline to say no to new projects that will consume more time than I have.

Let “No” be no. I struggle with saying no to people, but I’m learning not to commit without explaining why I can’t. Not feeling guilty about saying no is also something I’m working on. I’d love to help everyone, but that’s not wise or practical.

Focus on what matters.  Creativity can be a blessing and a curse, depending on how you look at it and how you manage it. I have a kazillion ideas fighting for dominance in my mind and for my time. I’m niching down on the things I really love and that will give the biggest yield on the investments I make. Everything else can take a backseat until I free up more time and space in my schedule.

Make resting a priority. Aside from being nurturers, women hold down jobs and make important contributions to society. While we’re busy making those contributions and taking care of the home, we forget the importance of rest. Without it, we cheat ourselves and diminish our health. Get enough sleep, exercise, meditate. Your mind and body will thank you.

Self-care is important – Whether you go for a nature walk, have a spa day, or simply read a book, try to do something that is specifically for you. You’d be amazed at how invigorated you feel just by planning some activity to benefit you.

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Life is a journey. Be sure that as you travel you stay focused on your end goals and that you’re getting satisfaction on the way.

Here’s a story about one woman who thought way too much of what others thought of her.

Caroline Byrd is living her dream—following her passion and looking forward to life with the man at the center of her world. Then family problems, involving the law, turn things upside down.

There’s no way a man like Gordon Raimes can understand what she’s going through, and she cannot risk embarrassing him and his family any further. Her plan to disappear fails because Gordon refuses to cooperate, but Caroline knows it’s a matter of time before he discovers her secret. Has she given up too quickly on the man she loves or will he prove her suspicions true?

Find out how Caroline solves her issues – https://lrd.to/Blindsided

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Lessons From Hanging On & Letting Go

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I tend to be a packrat, but lately, life has taught me that I need to let go to make room for new things. In recent times, I received the gift of a new wardrobe. It was unexpected but received with gratitude. The challenging part has been what to give away to make room for this blessing.

There are so many pieces in my wardrobe that I’ve had for years but have only worn once or twice. I’m sure these would have been of benefit to others if I had made the time to de-clutter, but it’s never too late, so this has been an ongoing process.

I’ve taken away the following from this experience:

  1. Don’t block other people’s blessings. If a gift is offered, accept it in the spirit in which it is given.
  2. Don’t be overwhelmed by the process of de-cluttering. Do it as time allows.
  3. Don’t hang on to stuff that’s not needed. If someone else can use it, part with the item.
  4. Appreciate the additional space that’s created in the home or environment.
  5. Be thankful that other people will be blessed by the overflow from your life.

What tips do you have for creating space or being a blessing? Do share.

Let me also invite you to take a peek at Sold!

Feechi has her hands full with working and balancing life as a single mother. Her son becomes obsessed with owning a dog they can’t afford. When Carsten sweeps into their life, will she make room in her heart for his generosity? Find out in Sold! amzn.to/3QrzvAW

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Appreciating the Little Things

I’m big on quotes and usually share some encouraging words on my personal Facebook page each day. Overnight, I heard of the death of someone from my church, who had recently been ill. The news served to remind me of how tenuous life is and the fact that we should appreciate each moment for the joys and potential pain they bring. I like to say, every day above ground is a good day.

As much as we may not all believe it, it’s the little things that make life worth living. For me, all of the following help me appreciate life as I know it, as well as the people around me.

  1. A good morning greeting from a stranger.
  2. A baby’s smile and delight at learning something new.
  3. The rustle of the wind and its caress against my skin.
  4. Sharing a joke with friends.
  5. Being with relatives for a family get-together.
  6. Enjoying a good story.
  7. Hitting my stride while writing a story.
  8. Listening to my son as he shares his dreams and vision.
  9. Spending time praying and meditating.
  10. Being a part of ministry activities.

What are some of the things that bring you pleasure?

The story I’m sharing with you, Sacrifice, is about a couple who have had their lives upended by the loss of their daughter, but their faith eventually brings them back to center. It’s on special at 0.99, so if you like inspirational stories, be sure to grab your copy here.

A “De-Stress” Strategy

In recent times, I’ve come under a great deal of stress that is connected mainly with work and writing deadlines.

And as I was telling someone yesterday, creativity is a funny thing. When I’m stressed, I go through a non-productive phase where I procrastinate, and nothing gets done. Then I get frantic as my deadline approaches, and some time after that I settle down and accomplish what I was fretting about not completing.

I’ve come to realize that’s the time it’s important to have a level head – when stress is knocking down the door. Also, it becomes critical to manage my reactions and emotions. I don’t practice a range or relaxation methods, but I do try to include activities in my schedule that are beneficial to my state of mind and stress level.

Aside from exercising and watching re-runs of favorite comedies, I enjoy observing nature. The result is that I have hundreds, if not thousands of photos of nature at her finest. Living in a tropical country means plants are always in bloom and as something of a shutterbug, I’m always prepared for whatever catches my eyes.

Yesterday on my second trip out of the house for the day, I saw these beauties, which made me think that just like people, each has its unique quality. Capturing their beauty took my mind off my issues and reminded me to be grateful, which lifted my spirit and brought back my optimism.

What are some activities that help to restore your balance?

If you don’t mind inspirational reads that make you think, please check out Vision:

Have you ever wondered why we allow other people’s opinions to warp the view we have of ourselves?

What if you could refocus on who God created you to be instead of where you fall short?

How do you know beyond a doubt that you are on the path that feeds your passion and satisfies your soul?

Journey into the past, examine the present, and receive encouragement to pursue your dreams and step into your purpose with a new Vision.