Why November Is An Exciting Month For Writers

Why November Is An Exciting Month For Writers

Happy November, writers!

It's the first of the month...wake up, wake up, wake up! (Corny, I know.)

Anyway...

I'm excited because today is not just the first of any month, but it's the first of November...THEE month for writers!

For those who are not familiar, November is "National Novel Writing Month," also known as "NaNoWriMo." This is the month that a lot of writers were/are born. This is the month filled with tons of online writing encouragement and advice from other writers, novelists, etc. This is the month that I got serious about writing my first book, SoKoDiaries: An American Teacher Living in South Korea. (Although I didn't publish my first book until February 2013, it was mostly written in November 2012 while I was overseas in South Korea.) So much literary magic has happened since then!

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The Benefit Of Writing Through Difficult Times

Life is always changing. There are happy times, just as there are difficult times. There are relaxing times, just as there are stressful times. There is no way to predict the circumstances that life will bring; It's unpredictable like the weather.

Speaking of the weather, most of you reading this blog post are aware of the U.S. weather crisis that is happening in Houston, Texas. (If you're not, then you can read up on it here.) Hurricane Harvey is definitely a life-changing experience for Houston residents, property owners, business owners, and more. This tropical storm is a national crisis and (directly and indirectly) affects America as a whole. 

We don't know the storm's next move, but we do know that there are many people with heavy hearts as a result of it. The question is, how can we help people heal their heavy hearts? As a Christian, I've been praying and donating to organizations. As a writer, I've been writing. WHY? Because writing is therapeutic. While I, personally, have not been directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey, I understand the therapeutic need to cope with loss. Any loss.

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Writing To Speaking: Join Me at North Carolina Central University!

Writing To Speaking: Join Me at North Carolina Central University!

Happy Tuesday, family!

I know my mantra is "Look Better In Writing," but I might need to adopt another mantra: "Look Better in Speaking." Okay, never mind. That was corny.

Let's try again.

I'm excited to share that God is calling me to do more than write. He's opening doors for me to speak. This Friday, I'll be a guest speaker at the Mid-Eastern HBCU Global Impact Conference 2017. That's pretty major! Please keep me in your prayers as I travel safely to the South and fulfill whatever mission God has for me!

By the way...

If you would like to invite me to speak at your school, workshop, or event, you can email me at nailah@nharv.com. (Please feel free to peruse my WORK WITH ME page for pictures and speaking engagement details.)

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Why You Should Write To Serve

Why You Should Write To Serve

Hey, good people!

Today's post is a bit different. I don't have any grammar advice, but I do, however, have some untraditional writing advice: WRITE TO SERVE.

As I get older, I am learning the importance (and honor) of serving. As a Christian, I've studied servitude and experienced it first-hand, but I've never experienced it in business quite like I did last year. That experience brought balance and clarity to my life and overall brand.

Giving is better than receiving. That’s Bible! When I started to intentionally incorporate this spiritual (and practical) life application into my business, I saw a difference in my writing; it was more centered around my God-assigned audience. I have a million non-published books in my archive, but I’m learning to focus on what serves my audience. I probably would receive more cashola if I published even 1/3 of what I already have written, but why?

NO PURPOSE, NO THANK YOU!

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2016 Diary

2016 Diary

Happy New Year! (I hope I'm not too late with the well wishes.)

For the past two years, I've written annual blog diaries to highlight some cool, noteworthy things I’ve done throughout the year to help me be more grateful for my life. These annual blog diaries also include documented moments of growth in my business. This may sound like a weird, vain, or possibly silly concept, but it has worked for me in the past. Although I will no longer document accomplishments in this way, my annual blog diaries helped me learn the importance of gratitude. The simple things in life really do matter. (NOTE: I deleted a lot of info because I felt it wasn’t for the public.) Nevertheless, these notes are still pretty transparent.

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4 Words to Help You Deal With Anxiety

4 Words to Help You Deal With Anxiety

Happy Thursday, good people!

Today's blog post will not be about writing or grammar, but it will ironically be about words. Four words. The four words I repeat to help me deal with anxiety: LAY ASIDE EVERY WEIGHT.

Life is hard. I get it! I'm currently dealing with a lot of worry, stress, anxiety, and so on, but I'm choosing to keep the faith. And not just any faith, but I'm choosing to keep my faith in Jesus Christ.

Keeping the faith teaches me how to be obedient to what Jesus requires of me (and all those who believe in Him). One thing He requires is to "...lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith..." (Hebrews 12:1-2)

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One Reason Why I Became A Teacher

One Reason Why I Became A Teacher

In honor of World Teacher's Day, I thought it would be appropriate to write a blog post on the one reason why I chose to become a teacher. Don't worry, it'll be brief.

Because there are so many reasons why teaching is my profession of choice (coupled with writing), I will narrow it down to the most important reason: TEACHING CHOSE ME! Cheesy, i know. But it's the truth.

It was my third year in college that my friend, Natalie, told me about her tutoring gig, a gig that would soon turn into MY career. I never considered teaching as an occupational path in my youth, but I visited Natalie's job to see if I was fit for the "professional educator" journey. I think I sampled it (and tutored a group of middle school students for a few minutes) on that very same day. Apparently, things went well because I started working with the tutoring company shortly after.

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My Secret to A Successful Sunday

My Secret to A Successful Sunday

Traditionally in America, Sunday is honored as the Sabbath, or the day that is reserved for rest and worship. Even if you're not a Christian, most people recognize that this day is associated with religious affiliations. Sunday is also traditionally recognized as the first day of the week. Knowingly, I want to share my secret weapon to start off my week with great expectations; my secret to a successful Sunday. It's an additional prayer (along with my daily prayer):

"God, please help me make this week the best week of my life! Help me enter each day with gratitude and greatness. If there is an unexpected situation that may normally take me out of my character, help me respond differently. Help me season my words with grace and let every conversation I have with someone leave them feeling inspired and loved."

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