If You Could Change One Thing…

If you could change one thing in your life, what would it be? It can be something about your career/writing, your relationships, something personal – anything.

If You Could Change Your Life

How would your life look like if that particular thing is changed? How would your life be better?

Now, What is ONE THING you can do today – right this minute even – to make that change happen. Or to at least start the process?

You see, Big changes – or any change –  in our lives can happen if we take small consistent action, one step at a time. Wishing, hoping, and grumbling only leaves us stuck in the same place, but little action steps keep us in the right direction.

Therefore, for the next 30 days, ask yourself what action step can you take today to move forward. Then, after the 30 days are up, savor the progress you have made and look to see what you have accomplished!

So, again: What is the one thing you want to change in your life today? What little step – what concrete action – are you going to take to begin the process of changing that one thing? Now do it!

**BONUS POINTS and some Accountability if you dare to share that one thing either publicly in the comments or privately through email/message!

Misused Words: Adverse vs Averse

These words are very similar but there are some slight differences.

Adverse means something that is dangerous, unfavorable, or contrary. It is used with things not people. It is often used in describing the weather.

For example: There may be adverse weather conditions during our vacation.

For example: Certain pharmaceutical drugs can have adverse effects on the body.

Averse means having a strong repugnance or dislike for something.

For example: Much to my husband’s dismay, I am completely averse to taking a cruise.

For example: She is not averse to completely revamping her story’s plot.

These two words are a little tricky. Just keep in mind that adverse is used in regards to things, not people. Adverse is never used in relations to people. Averse is most often followed by the word “to.” Also, you know averse is used correctly if you can substitute the work with “opposed” or “dislike.”

In both examples above, you can easily change averse to opposed. “Much to my husband’s dismay, I am completely opposed to taking a cruise.” “She is not opposed to completely revamping her story’s plot.”

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Thinking of Writing Your Memoir?

Jane Friedman has a guest post up that shows you how to write your memoir using lists! I *love* list and this looks completely doable. In fact, I can see using this technique for writing other types of books such as nonfiction and novels. Just switch the memories for scenes and/or topics, etc.

Here is a snippet:

“So you’ve got this life, and it’s an interesting one. It’s taught you a few things, and you’d like to share them with the rest of us. You know it, we know it: you need to write a memoir. Except…the mere thought floods you with anxiety. You’ve got decades of memories; where would you even start? Lists to the rescue! This step-by-step process will guide you through organizing and writing your memoir with a series of fun, easy list. 1. Get Your Mind Right… Continue Reading