More Dream Time On Your Hands!

We’ve all heard the saying that “Time waits for no man..” And how true that statement is.

No matter how much we want it to slow down time continues to go on regardless of what we do. 

Imagine if you were told that you only had a year to live…or just 6 months…how would you spend the little, precious time you had left?

How would your attitude towards things change? How would you manage your time differently?

Do you remember what you did with the extra hour as we set the clocks back?

Let’s face it, in todays’ day and age we’re constantly being distracted by one manner of thing or another. In fact, in the time you’re taking to read this your phone has probably already gone off hasn’t it? MY phone went off with messages from friends. 

There are so many things vying for our attention and for us to get the most out of our day sometimes it’s best to look at our see what things we can do to make the most of our time.

Once a day is gone…it’s gone, you can never get that time back. 

Here are some tips that I’ve found work very well for time management along with some questions for you.

1. If it’s not super important…leave it.

  
If you have a test you need to study for or need to get up for work in the morning instead of being on your phone or laptop until late at night, go to bed early and get the most out of your sleep. 

Or…you have chores that need to be done or steps that you could be taking to turn your goals into reality but you find yourself in front of the television…walk out of the room and get busy and make sure to TURN IT OFF so you don’t get drawn back in! 

2. Little things can waste big amounts of time.

I find it’s the little things that can turn into the biggest distractions…getting ONE thing on Amazon can lead to an hour of looking at shoes, jewelry, (For me it’s Zelda merchandise.) and Boom! a whole hour wasted!

A power nap that turns into a power snooze and 2 or 3 o clock becomes five o’ clock! (Been there, done that.) 

Take some serious inventory and see how much time you waste on the little things and try something like: 

Setting a timer – that way YOU limit yourself on how much time you spend on a certain activity.

3. Schedule

I can’t believe I wrote that word! I HATED that word as a kid.

It usually meant less time outside and more school. As a teenager, it meant less sleep, more work.

I soon realized as I began to mature, that scheduling is the key to getting everything done that I want to get done in a day.

Schedules are designed to help us make the most of our time and to keep us from being wasteful. 

List your priorities and stick to the list!

Now for the questions…answer them honestly then make a personal action plan by starting your solution with “I will.”

I’ll do the first one with you…

  1. Do I find myself staying up really late for no particular reason? (Yes…I will start going to bed earlier.)
  1. Do TV, Social Media, or video games eat up big portions of my time?
  1. Do I waste a lot of time on a phone?
  1. Do I complete ALL my homework and chores before I do other things?
  1. Are there other things not listed that take up my time?

Now you have a plan! Make a new schedule and use that timer.

Remember to use your time wisely…it’s all the time you’ve got

Isabel and Mike Adams

Who’s Driving This Dream Anyhow?

I’d like you meet Davy Bones.

Davy was a smooth-talking sailor who pulled into a small port many years ago.

He could see that the town folk were a bit down and could use a change.

Davy began to tell of adventures he had across the Seven Seas and the great treasures that were there for the taking.

Day after day his deep, booming voice and ability to tell a tale captivated them. 

His words filled their ears with promise, with excitement…with hope.

It didn’t take long before the whole town began to trust him and even consider him as one of their own. 

He told them that he’d be having a special meeting and anyone who wanted to change the course of their future should attend. 

Well…the whole town came out to hear what ol’ Davy had to offer.

“I’m putting ta-gether a crew ta sail with me for just three months…Cuz that’s all the time we’ll need ta get richer than we can bear!”

People rushed to sign on Davy’s voyage, but he could only take so many. He told the other town folks not to worry for there would be so much treasure that the crew could bring back enough for them to be rich too! 

He called the chosen crew’s names out and told them, “Go get some rest me hearties for we leave port at dawn! Kiss yer kiddies and hug yer wives, for when ya return you’ll all live new lives.”

Ohhh, the excitement! They began to talk of how they’d spend their newfound wealth.

The entire town was dockside at dawn to see the lucky few off on the adventure that would save them all.

There was just one small problem…Davy Bones was nowhere to be found. His ship was gone!

It’s too bad they didn’t have the ability to Google Davy or do a background check on him.

You see, while he was having his special meeting his real crew was inside the homes of the town folk robbing them of what little they had and sailed away with their dream.

The moral of this tale…there are NO SHORTCUTS in pursuit of your dream.

How can you avoid being shipwrecked on the Rocks of Quick Relief or deserted on the Island of Empty Promises?

  1. YOU chart your course! I fully support getting good advice from trustworthy people but let’s not get caught allowing someone else do all the planning because we don’t want to put the effort in.
  1. Stay on course! Can I say it again?There are no short cuts. Nothing is going to replace a focused work ethic! You may need to “pull into port” to re-group but get right back on course.
  1. Navigate your course! Steer clear of negativity whether it be people, places, or activities that will pull you off course. Fill your mind with positive influences.
  1. Finish your course! You can indeed succeed in anything you want to. People that love you, and all of us at Brave Enough to Fail, will always believe in you – so you need to believe in you!

My friends, the future is a great sea of adventure and your hard work is the wind in your sails. 

Take hold of that wheel and drive your dream with a firm hand…DON’T let Davy drive it! 

By Michael Adams, Creative Director Brave Enough To Fail

Walmart Donates $1,000 to Brave Enough To Fail

We are excited to announce that Brave Enough To Fail has received a grant of $1,000 from Walmart Giving and New Milford Walmart Store #3546

Walmart is joining us in cultivating a new generation of Leaders, Creators, and Achievers by sponsoring 10K Pushups in 60 Days to provide funds for our motivational presentations and scholarships for local students.

The mission of Brave Enough To Fail is to increase student achievement by inspiring students with the courage to pursue their dreams.

Since 2015 BETF has reached over twelve thousand students nationwide and awarded over $17,000 in scholarships.

In the current fundraiser, CEO Wayne Winsley is personally doing 10,000 pushups in 60 days to raise funds for the current school year programming scholarships.

Individuals and businesses can help by sponsoring pushups here.

For additional information and interviews contact Wayne Winsley wayne@BraveEnoughToFail.org

12 Yr Old Brookfield CT Author Takes 2nd in Nationwide Short Story Contest

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Writeshort story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across America as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.

 Hunter Ethan Knox de Carvalho Johnson, a 12-year-old writer who lives in Brookfield, CT. is already a force to be reckoned with.

His short story called Mettle Morphosis entranced the judges enough that it grabbed second place in the 17 and under category. Panel judge Isabel Adams, who previously won the grand prize in this category, called it,

“A delightful and quite funny read that shows the importance of even the smallest things.”

Hunter is currently attending a private school in New Milford, CT. Hunter enjoys nature and is particularly fond of cats.

 Hunter is pursuing a literary career. He writes fiction of various genres, including fantasy and realistic fiction. He aspires to not only put his own writing out into the world, but to one day publish other authors’ work through his own publishing company.

Read  Mettle Morphosis By Hunter Johnson here

Pahrump Nevada Author Wins Back-to-Back Nationwide Writing Championships

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write  short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge. 

Winning back-to-back championships is not easy. Yeah, Tom Brady may make it look as if its not that hard, but it is truly difficult. Only eight teams have actually won the Super Bowl back-to-back. According to the late coach of the 49ers, Bill Walsh once said that winning a first Super Bowl is enormously easier than winning a second or third.

Well folks, Sarah Tehuiotoa of Pahrump Nevada is making winning look easy. For the second time in row she has taken first place in the Brave Enough To Write 18 and over category and scored a check for $1,000!

And she did it with a totally different panel of judges, none of whom knew of her or her previous work. Which makes the accomplishment that much more spectacular!

The 22 year old graduate of UNLV is currently working as a substitute English teacher. She thanks her fellow writers and  a crazy but awesome creative writing professor for pushing her to become a better writer. Sarah offers a bit of advice for other writers,

“I think everyone has doubts about what they’re supposed to be doing, but I’ve learned to keep on going and growing and learning (you can never learn too much). And I’ve learned to trust that God has a plan, and He’s put a passion in my heart for writing for a reason.”

Panel Judge David Glass, Senior Creative Director, Viacom Comedy Central, MTV said,

“Give the gold to “The With Woman” it is incredibly well written, finely crafted, with a fantastic ear for dialogue.”

Read The Witch Woman by Sarah Tehuiotoa here.

Author From Methuen, MA Places 2nd In Nationwide Short Story Contest

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write  short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge. 

After much deliberation and razor-close vote, 31 year old Alexis Peralta of Methuen Massachusetts took second place in the 18 and over category and grabbed a $100 prize.

Alexis says he loves creating a well crafted story with impact, meaning, and that overall stays with the reader long after the last word is read.

He certainly accomplished all of that and more in the delicious piece of darkness that is called, “Butterfly Grange”.

Panel judge Tom Glass, former director at The Wall Street Journal said,

“It captured me from the get go and never let go. Butterfly Grange left me thinking of a Steven King approach to story telling”.

Alexis says his writing goal is to have at least one piece of work completed in each form such as poetry, flash fiction, short story, novella, non-fiction, and a novel.

Read Butterfly Grange by Alexis Peralta here

Lawton Oklahoma Writer Wins Bronze In Nationwide Short Story Contest

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write  short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across America as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.

In the 18 and over category, third place and a $50 prize went to Debra Shepherd-Border, of Lawton, Oklahoma for her short story, “One Night in Abilene”.

Mrs. Border, an Army wife, is retired from federal government service where she worked as an auditor, technical writer and business manager for 30 years. Her passions are horses, genealogy and writing, in no particular order.  She has a daughter and two grandchildren who inherited her love of horses and live on a ranch where they raise warm blood horses and Welsh ponies.  She has a self published novel, “The Passionate Line”.

If her short story is any indication, Debra’s novel must be outstanding.

Panel judge, Richard Amill, former Educational Publisher Random House McGraw Hill & Company had high praise for “One Night in Abilene”.  He called it and excellent narrative that flows well, and holds the reader’s attention and interest. Good character development, attention to historical detail, with some suspense thrown in for good measure.

Read One Night in Abilene by Debra Shepard-Border here

Elwood Nebraska Teen Wins Top Prize In Nationwide Short Story Contest

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.

17 year old Haylie Moseley of Elwood Nebraska beat out the competition in the 17 and under category and won first prize of $1,000 with her short story called “Born to be Queen”.

Haylie calls herself a very creative person who loves to create new worlds. She says her favorite part of writing is the fact that you can evoke certain feeling within a reader. which is my favorite part about writing. Haylie also believes that the key to writing a really good story is “showing” and not “telling”. She thanks her creative writing teacher for that lesson.

Apparently that and other lessons were very well learned. Judge Isabel Adams, one of the 2017 top prize winners, called “Born to be Queen” very dramatic, true to it’s time period, and fraught with fear, traitors, and lies.

Read Born to be Queen, by Haley Moseley here.

Moreland Hills Author Places 3rd in Nationwide contest

The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.

Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.

Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.

17 year old Kurtay Ozuner of Morland Hills Ohio placed third in the 17 and under category with his story entitled “Peace”. He earned a cash prize of $50

Kurtay is a senior in high school and loves writing and also partakes in many activities outside and inside of school that further develop his writing skills, like the Speech & Debate team and the Podcast club. His goal is to continue to develop his writing skills in high school and beyond.

Kurtay hopes that he can continue to write on the many personal issues that affect him and his family everyday.

That is exactly what he did with his gripping social commentary that could very easily be taken from today’s news headlines. Judges called Kurtay’s entry not only well written but an important story as well.

Read “Peace” by Kurtay Ozuner here.

David Moore Another Brave Enough To Fail Success Story

David Moore

David Moore of St. Charles Missouri is a darn good writer! Let’s get that right up front!

In fact, David Moore is such a good writer that he came within one single vote of winning the $1,000 top prize in the 18 years old and over category of the Brave Enough To Write, short story contest of 2017 .

While David didn’t win, he didn’t give up on his dream of becoming an author, and guess what? His determination paid off and his first novel is now available online!

Being a Router means facing death.
Tara Flemming, a seventeen-year-old girl from the small fort known as St. Andrew’s, is one such Routers. The Routers are the messengers for the forts, delivering everything from notes, to small packages, to trade route information. All while they face bandits, slavers, and wild mutated animals left by the plague that killed much of humanity.
It’s during a very important delivery that Tara finds herself thrust into a world of blood, death, and fear of an enemy she thinks she knows. She must save her friends, family, and fort from this growing threat, but will she be able to face what is to come and what she must become?

GET THE BOOK HERE

The short story that first brought David to our attention, “Love, Life, and Bacon” is a really cool story about…well, Love Life and Bacon, but not in the way you think. To say any more would spoil it for you.

Just read it Here! Love_Life_And_Bacon

And by the way, David’s personal story is so compelling and inspiring that we posted it in it’s entirety below. Read it and be inspired to go after your dream, whatever it is!

My early education was, in the simplest of terms, lacking.

Before I had changed schools, I had been in a less than reputable school closer to the St. Louis area. The school had been so bad that when I had entered the second-grade in my new school I was behind and had to attend a special class that was meant to help me learn to read and write on the same level as the other students in my grade. Through these special education classes, I was able to become a better reader but was never quite able to get on the same level of the other students in my same grade. This was a problem that followed me out of elementary school and led to me being required to attend more special education classes through middle school and into high school.

It was in these classes that I found a passion for writing. We would write little stories which were intended to help us gain a better understanding of how sentences were structured as well as introduce us to new words. Writing these short stories had always been one of my favorite exercises but having as much trouble as I had with reading and writing a career as an author seemed absurd. The short stories I had written were never intended to get me anywhere. They were simply something I did because I liked to do it. In fact, the idea of being a professional writer was so far out of my mind that in my entire academic career I have only ever had one creative writing course that I attended my senior year of high school. The only other writing courses I had ever had were those that came as general credit courses in college. (English comp, Technical writing, etc.) But, even with the idea of being a writer far from my mind I never stopped writing. Short stories and half-finished novels of distant worlds, medieval towns under siege, and many other tales of woe and triumph. They were always for fun and always just for me.

It was many years later while I was working as a marketing designer and listening to the Harry Potter audio book series (for the fourth time) that I found a sudden burning inspiration in me. I felt for some strange and unknowable reason like I could be a writer if I really wanted to. So, I began writing again but with more intent and more passion for being a writer, not just as a hobby. I am now wrapping up the final edits to my first novel, which will be book one of a three to four book series that I hope will be my path to a career as an author.

Having a career as an author isn’t just for me. It’s something that I hope to be able to show my daughter when she gets older. Something I can hold up and say “Look I followed my dream. I worked for it and it came true.” and maybe, if I’m very lucky, I can one day inspire her as much as she inspires me to keep going every day.

By David Moore

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