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Working on our blog class with some friends at the church! Having fun…

Author: Beth R - Categories: blogging,getting things done,writing

It’s New Year’s again- so many folks making resolutions for this year… I’d like to share some of the best advice I ever got; maybe it will help you stay on track with your goals.
When my older daughter was born, her dad and I spent the first few days after the hospital at my folks’ house. All I had to do was take care of that precious baby and Mama took care of cooking, laundry, etc. She helped me learn how to give Mary Beth a bath, make sure her bottles were the right temperature, and everything else that came with taking care of a new baby.
Then when it was time to take her home, while Tommy and Mama packed the car, I sat in the porch swing with Daddy and held her. I started crying and Daddy wanted to know why – so I told him I was scared to death. I wasn’t sure I could do it- all the things that go with taking care of a baby! So many things to remember, so many things to be careful about- sticking her with diaper pins, having the milk too hot, diaper rashes… the list just went on and on.
So Daddy said, ‘What’s the very first thing you’re going to do when you get home?” I told him I would fix bottles for the next 24 hours; then he said, “then what?” so I said, “wash some diapers and get them ready.”
Then he said, “Don’t look past that- just get those two things done, and then figure out the next thing. Don’t think of everything you’ve got to do, just the next thing.”
And somehow that lifted the whole burden off me. I didn’t have a hundred things to do next, just one or two.
So as you’re working through the next few days, getting your goals in mind, don’t try to make yourself eat right, or study more, or work harder for the next 365 days. Just take today and do what you can today- and when tomorrow comes, do it again.
Happy New Year’s!

Smart Phone?


Are you getting the most out of your smart phone? I’m not very familiar with i-Phones, but I can tell you that Android-based phones have a lot of potential for saving time, being more organized and getting things done.

A couple of things I’d like to point out today:

  • photos- any photos you take on your Android phone or other device is not only stored there, it’s also stored online – on any computer or device, sign in to your Google account (the one associated with your phone) and then go to  (This is NOT a public site, simply a place where all your photos are). Since I want to make sure I don’t run out of space, I regularly download pictures to my hard drive and then delete the ones I don’t want to display on my phone or tablet. Just remember, if you’re in your phone’s gallery and delete photos, they’re still on your account; you should also have a ‘photos’ app that shows all the pictures online. If you delete them through that app, they’ll be removed from all your devices. It may sound a little confusing- just remember the gallery only holds the photos for that specific device- photos holds all photos from all your devices.
  • contacts- when you enter new contacts into your phone, make sure you list them as a Google contact, rather than a phone contact. Then, no matter what computer or device you’re on, you can sign into your Google account and go to and all your information is there. Then when you change phones, sign into your existing Google account and all your contacts are already there. There are a lot of features on Google’s contacts app- it will hold lots of information, and to me anyway, it’s a great online replacement for Windows Outlook app that everyone used to use.

I hope this will help! I’ll get someone who’s familiar with i-Phones to write a similar article for them.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

If you’ve got a smart phone, I hope you’re getting the most out of it that you can… I’d like to share about one of my favorite features.

Since I use an Android-based smart phone, I’ve got several apps built in from the Google universe. The one I use the most is my Google calendar. Besides having the app on your phone, you can also see it on your computer at

You’ve got an option to color code your events, which can be handy if you’re involved  with different groups.

One option I really like is sharing your calendar with others- I have mine shared with my husband so each of us can see what days he’s off, when events we attend are scheduled and I even have his payday as a reoccurring event.

I also have shared the calendar with my brother- since we share responsibility in getting her to doctor appointments, we can see easily when she’s got one coming up, and it keeps her from getting scheduled for two appointments at the same time.

The Google calendar is easy to learn, with lots of features- and since it’s available on any computer as well as my phone, it’s much easier for me to be where I’m supposed to!

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

Do you ever get to the point where you’re involved in so many things you can’t decide if you’re coming or going?

You may have the same problem I have – knowing how to say “no, thank you”. When someone approaches me with a great idea that will help people, my first response is to say “Let’s do it!” The problem is, sometimes you are doing so many good things to help people, you’re not doing THE thing that you’re supposed to.

If you’re finding it difficult to get everything done because you’re over-committed, I’m going to do you a favor. I’m going to give you permission to say “No”.

One person can’t do it all- and if you’re trying to, you’re keeping someone else from getting a blessing by being involved.

Choose the things you KNOW you’re supposed to be doing – those things that God has given you a talent to do- and then find a way to excuse yourself from some of the commitments that have you overwhelmed.

I promise you, once you get lined back up where you’re supposed to be, you’ll feel better and you’ll be more productive.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,Living an intentional life

I had a friend comment on my newest Facebook profile picture (me in my motorcycle helmet, ready to ride), that she wished she’d learned to ride years ago. She seemed to think it was too late for her to learn- I hope my response assured her otherwise. Because until you can’t physically sit up on a bike, you can learn.  You might need a trike to do it, but you can do it.

It’s the same with any new thing you’re interested in… I have an 81 year young friend who has decided to learn how to use Photoshop to edit her pictures, add scriptures to them and print and mail to folks to encourage them. She’s made up her mind…. and that’s what it takes.

And if the good Lord has given you a story to tell… well I guess you best be about telling it. Write it down, record it on a tape recorder, share it on Facebook- tell it however you can. Someone else needs to hear it.

And if you decide it needs to be in book form- well, you can talk to me and we’ll see if we can’t figure out a way to make that happen, too.

I’ve talked to several people in the last few weeks who either have found out someone is using their work (photos, writings, etc) without their permission; or they suspect someone is doing so. Please remember when you see a beautiful photo or painting online, or a poem that really touches you – someone worked very hard to produce that, and they deserve the credit for their work.

I’m sure most artists would be glad to talk with you about using their work. And I’m equally sure they don’t mind if you share their work on Facebook, Pinterest or other social medias sites. Just remember that just because you can find it in a web search, it doesn’t mean it’s out there for free. Do the right thing- contact the owner of the work and make sure you give them the credit they deserve. Besides being the ethical thing to do- it’s the RIGHT thing to do.

And if you think someone is using your work, you can use Google to check. For your photography or artwork, go to Google Images and drag a copy of your work into the search box. Google will do its best to find duplicates or similar images; if you find sites using your work without permission, write a letter or email (make sure you document it) telling them that they are using your work without your permission and ask that they immediately take it down. If that doesn’t work you’ll need to contact a lawyer.

The same process works with written works too- just copy the first few sentences of the text and search on Google. If you get any results, follow the same process- contact them, ask them to take your work down and contact a lawyer if necessary.

In fact, it would probably be wise to include a statement in your original correspondence that your lawyer will be contacted if they don’t comply.

I’ve touched on this subject in the past, but I think it’s time to revisit it.

I had to learn the hard way to keep backups of my files. Several years ago, I had set up an external hard drive, and had all my files on it. I didn’t think about having that backed up anywhere- until one day when it was too late. All the pictures of my kids over a period of 2-3 years, all my working files- everything was gone.

The only upside at that time was that I was only working on websites, so I could download all the files from each site- but those precious pictures were gone.

Yes my other family members had pictures of them- but not the every day ones I had taken. It still makes me sick to think about it.

Now I have one external drive that I use to keep everything on, and once a week I back everything up to a second drive.

If you don’t have some kind of backup system in place, please do that this week! If you’ve got any kind of work saved on your computer you’ll be glad you did.

Author: Beth R - Categories: getting things done,time and money

Sometimes people want to know how and when I got started in this business; and to be honest, it wasn’t where I originally wanted to go in my professional life. But I believe this is where God intended for me to be.

I lost my job at a local university, but while I was there, I had learned about writing code and designing webpages. In fact, the man who was the technical person for our department taught me and actually asked me to help him create and maintain webpages for each staff member and department.

Since I had enjoyed it so much- both the design and the coding itself – I decided to start my own business.

About a year after I started, Dimple McInvale called me – she’d been in a beginning computer class that my sister-in-law Joanne had taught. She had written some books and needed someone to set up a website for her, and Joanne pointed her to me.

She was faithful to refer new customers to me and she encouraged me greatly.

And then the day came when she called me and told me that she really felt like I needed to help her get her books straightened out. She had been working with a local print-on-demand company, and was not happy with the arrangements.

After much strong encouragement on her part (as in she dragged me kicking and screaming), I decided to begin helping authors publish their books.  This wasn’t something that I had ever felt I could do, but again, with her encouragement, I have slowly and gradually built up a clientele of authors who might not have been able to work with a traditional publishing company.

As I tell prospects all the time, I don’t work like a traditional publishing company. I work with my customers to see what services I can provide and I help them publicize and market their book. They pay me for the services I provide and when the work is done, they don’t have to pay me any more money. They receive all the proceeds from the sale of their book, and they have complete control over the entire process.  I think it’s a process that benefits everyone, mostly the author, and I’m blessed to be a part of it.

I’m very happy with the business I’ve built over the past ten years- I don’t think I’m through growing, of course, but I am pleased to be where I am. God has been faithful to lead me where I needed to, and one of the biggest blessings in my business has been Dimple McInvale.

I attended Renee Kelley’s first book signing for The Raising of a Prophet on Saturday night, and from everything I could see, it was a big success!

Renee did a lot of planning to get the book signing off to a great start. First, she looked at several different locations before choosing Village Coffee, a great little coffee shop in Troy.  The staff there are always friendly and helpful, and it has a very relaxed, inviting atmosphere. She chose a place that locals already are familiar with, and like to visit- by bringing her friends in, hopefully she’s introduced some new customers to the coffee shop, and also got some new readers for her book by meeting new folks there.

She set her hours from 5 to 8, so that folks could stop in early on their way home from work and pick up their copy, along with some great brew, and head home; or they were welcome to come visit with friends while they warmed up, as several of us did.

Her table was set in the back – several stacks of books were already set out; she had someone ready to make change, and another person was giving receipts, and a third person was registering all the visitors for the door prizes that were given out through the night. (I did notice they used a trick I learned from watching Mad Men – the stacks of books were uneven, so it looked like folks had already been buying.)

She had invited a couple of young people to come play guitar and sing softly – the music was wonderful without being overwhelming to conversations.

Renee also made a point of visiting with everyone who came in- no high-pressures sales talk, just checking in to see if everyone was comfortable. She made introductions where necessary, and she signed each book with a personal note.  She made the rounds of the room, rather than sitting at her table and waiting for folks to come to her.

Renee got several pics during the night; she’ll be submitting them to her local paper, as well as a story.

Renee’s got some great ideas to market her book (and herself!); it’s a process that never stops, but she’s doing a great job.

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