For What Are You Thankful?

hThe original purpose of Thanksgiving was to give thanks for what we have.  Unfortunately, too often in the rush of doing everything we think we must do for the holiday, never mind what we need to do routinely, we forget to do what is most important—reflect on what we have and be thankful.

I think it is important to be thankful for all the little things we have in our lives as well as the big things.  It is, after all, the little things that combine to make our life.  Often we forget the importance of the little things, and now is a good time for us to remember what they are and how important they are to us.

I think it is also important to reflect on our life as a whole.  Overall, I think most of us have good lives.  We have more good than bad in our lives.  When we focus on the negative instead of the positive, however, the negative can appear to be a much larger part of our lives than it really is.  When we focus on scarcity, we don’t see abundance.

Do you see your life as it really is?  Are you thankful for the life you have?

College Bound

1, SF_52WeeksOfWisdom_FINAL COVER_022215, front_edited-1, squareFarrell_Don'tActLikePrey_FULLCOVER_FINAL_090714, cropped_edited-1Are there any women in your life that are going to college this fall?  Someone who has graduated from high school and is starting the next phase of her education?  Someone who has been in the “real world” for awhile and has decided that a college degree is what she needs to accomplish her career goals?  Someone who is going back to college for an advanced degree?

If so, my books would be great gifts to let them know you are thinking of them, as well as assisting them in meeting their goals through self reflection.

Don’t Act Like Prey! A Guide to Self Leadership for Women uses stories and metaphors to discuss the costs of being passive, the costs of being aggressive, the benefits of being assertive, and how to find the delicate balance of assertiveness.

52 Weeks of Wisdom, A Guide to Self Leadership for Women provides 52 short stories to encourage the reader to think about what she does, why she does it, and does she want to change.

For additional information, and to order from your preferred supplier in your preferred format, go to SusanLFarrell.com.

Madtown Author Daze

MAD17-Flyer-jpgSaturday, April 15, is the first of what I hope will be an annual event, Madtown Author Daze.  It is from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the lobby of the MMOCA, 227 State Street, Madison, Wisconsin.  It will be a great opportunity to meet dozens of authors from all genres and listen to live music.  Plus, that is the opening day of the farmers’ market on the capital square.  What could be better than food, fun, and books on State Street?

To Create 2017, Learn from 2016

dreamstime_xs_63165764Many people make New Year’s resolutions.  Many of those who make resolutions do not achieve them.

I think one reason is that many of us do not learn from the old year.  What did we do?  Why did we do it?  Did our decisions and actions achieve the results we wanted?  If not, what could we have done differently?  What worked, what didn’t?  What have we learned?

If you truly want to achieve your goals for 2017, I suggest you first think very strongly and clearly about 2016.  Use that knowledge to develop goals and plans for 2017.

May you learn from the old to create the new!

Last Minute Holiday Gifts

If you still need to get a gift for a friend, co-worker, associate, daughter, granddaughter, niece, or other woman in your life, please consider my books.  I write to encourage women to think about what they do, why they do it, and do they want to change.  Who do you know could benefit from that?  (Maybe even you?)

Click here to select your preferred product, vendor, and format and follow the link to order.

Thank you and may you have everything you desire this holiday season!

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Giving Thanks

hThe original purpose of Thanksgiving was to give thanks for what we have.  Unfortunately, too often in the rush of doing everything we think we must do for the holiday, we forget to do what is most important—reflect on what we have and be thankful.

I think it is important to be thankful for all the little things we have in our lives.  It is, after all, the little things that combine to make our life.  Often we forget the importance of the little things, and now is a good time for us to remember what they are and how important they are to us.

I think it is also important to reflect on our life as a whole.  Overall, I think most of us have good lives.  We have more good than bad in our lives.  When we focus on the negative instead of the positive, however, the negative can appear to be a much larger part of our lives than it really is.

Overall, are you thankful for the life you have?  Are you thankful for all the little things that make up your life?

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

Logo with books, DVD, books only_edited-3Are you interested in writing?  Books?  Authors?  You’ll want to check out the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books, November 4 and 5, at the University of Wisconsin–Waukesha.  This event is free to the public.  One of the features is the Writer Marketplace (Saturday only) where you can meet authors and buy their books.  I will be one of the authors there.

For more information, including the program to download, go to the festival’s website.

I hope to see you!

Halloween Thought

dreamstime_s_35600053Many of us like to dress up in costumes on Halloween and pretend to be someone (or something) that we are not. It’s fun!

Why not take that a step further and the day after Halloween start becoming the person we want? I know, it’s not realistic to become a vampire or werewolf or the other fanciful things that we might pretend to be on Halloween.

However, in our regular lives if we want to be happier, more successful, more compassionate, healthier, we can. If we want to change professions or careers, we can. If we want to improve our relationships with others, we can. We can be the person we want all year, not just on Halloween.

What’s stopping you from being the person you want?

Badger State Author Event

Logo with books, DVD, books only_edited-3I know, I know, three out of four blogs have been on upcoming events.  Considering that I go months in a row without any self-promotion, please continue reading anyway.

Saturday, August 13, is the first Badger State Author Event at the Marriott Madison West in Madison, Wisconsin.  It runs from 9:00 to 12:00 and again from 2:00 to 5:00.  This is the first of what we hope will be an annual event.  It is a great opportunity to meet authors and have them sign their books for you.

For additional information, go to the Facebook page or the website.

Thank you and I hope to see you there!

W J Niederkorn Library Book Fair

Logo with books, DVD, books only_edited-3Yes, I know my blog last week was on my author event and book signing at Tribeca in Watertown, Wisconsin.  And this week my blog is on the W J Niederkorn Library’s fourth annual book fair on Saturday, July 30.  What can I say, it’s that time of year!

Saturday’s event is in conjunction with Maxwell Street Days in Port Washington, Wisconsin.  The book fair features authors, publishers, and book sellers.  It runs from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., although Maxwell Street Days runs later.  We will be set up by Smith Bros. Coffee.

If you are in the area, please join us.  Last year was a great time and I am sure it will be this year as well.  If nothing else, please share this for others that may be interested.

Thanks!