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Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

Are You Curious About the Combined POWER of Friends?

After seeing the success of my new eBook, Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope & Love, over the last two days, I’ll never wonder again.

Due to the amazing generosity and support from all of my friends, my launch into the authoring world was a HUGE success!

The free promotion is officially over. And here are the final stats as of last night:

On Amazon.ca

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.ca at 9 15 AM (1)

On Amazon.com

Capture - #1 Best Seller in both categories on Amazon.com at 9 15 AM (1)

And . . .

A total of over 750 downloads!

What?!

This has been an incredible learning experience. And I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity of spreading God’s message of faith, hope and love to so many readers.

Thank you, again, for all that you’ve done for me during this intense time.

It’s hard to put into words just how much I appreciate the love you’ve shown me.

After today, I’ll never wonder again about what the power of friends can do!

My hope is that Calm Coloring: Faith, Hope, & Love (Art & Soul Therapy for Kids-At-Heart) will continue to help those aged 9 to 99 walk by faith, soar on wings of hope, and blossom with sunshiny love when they meditate, memorize, and pray over 30 designs of inspiring whimsy.

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Blessings and Happy Heart Coloring,

 
Tracy

Do You Feel Like You Need Validation from Others?

Do You Feel Like You Need Validation from Others?
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Have you presented a gift (better yet, a handmade one) to someone you loved, but you didn’t receive the praise or validation you thought you deserved?

I tend to seek out validation from others. My hubby says I need to stop worrying about what others think. He’s right. Gulp. And I’m not the only one who struggles with this. 

A good friend shared the following story. You’ll to have to read to the end to find out what life lesson she gleaned. Continue reading “Do You Feel Like You Need Validation from Others?” »

How to Deal with Disappointment

How to Deal with Disappointment
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Overall, I lead a great life. I have a roof over my head. I have a job. I have loving friends and family. And I’ve been blessed with creative abilities—but life does sometimes still disappoint.

Please join me over at Family and Faith Matters and read about “How to Deal with Disappointment.”

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post here.

How to Deal with Disappointment

by Tracy Campbell – March 31, 2014

“We must accept finite disappointment,

but we must never lose infinite hope.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

If you’ve joined me from my blog, you already know that, overall, I lead a great life. I have a roof over my head. I have a job. I have loving friends and family. And I’ve been blessed with creative abilities—but life does sometimes still disappoint.

At the end of December, I made one resolution for 2014.

 “Put God in charge of all of (my) work (dreams),

then what (I’ve) planned will take place.”

Proverbs 16:3 (The Message)

Well, I did that. But so far none of my creative dreams have taken place.

Why?

I believe it’s because I’m a control freak and God wants to teach me to let go and let Him lead.

Here’s what went down:

  • I came down with a doozer of a cold (my brain doesn’t function when that happens),
  • I strained a muscle on the right side of my back, causing tingling and numbness in my right hand (I do a lot of typing),
  • I had to deal with other family health issues, and then
  • Another nasty cold climbed on board.

The reason I shared my setbacks isn’t for you to say “Tracy, I’m sorry to hear that” or “Tracy, you need to suck it up ‘cuz I’ve got way bigger issues to deal with.”  Because, believe me, I get that others have way more to deal with than I do.

No, I’m sharing because, no matter how much planning I did or how hard I attempted to finish the piles of projects I’ve started, I have no control over life’s circumstances.

Am I disappointed?

You bet.

How did I handle my disappointment?

Well, I didn’t…

  • stomp my feet and pout (I was tempted),
  • throw my hands up and say, “I quit!” (I was tempted), or
  • let misery become my companion.

Instead, I’m learning to…

  • let go of my freakishly controlling ways (stop laughing),
  • live for today (let me rephrase that—live in the moment),
  • focus on the road ahead so I don’t dwell on what hasn’t happened,
  • keep a positive attitude,
  • share my struggles so you won’t give up your dreams, and
  • cling to my golden rope that keeps me connected to heaven (that’s where my infinite hope lies).

“The Lord guides our steps, and we never know where he will lead us.”

Proverbs 20:24 (ERV)

How do you deal with disappointment?

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Do You Want to Help Ease My Anxiety?

Do You Want to Help Ease My Anxiety?

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Then please join me over at Family and Faith Matters and read my first guest author post.

Thank you for your support.

Have a Blessed Easter.

 

I’m sad to report that on December 31, 2014 the Family and Faith Matters blog will be closing up shop. So I’ve attached my original post here.

HOW DO YOU COPE WITH ANXIETY?

by Tracy Campbell

Are you a single parent who’s overwhelmed? Are you stressed out because you’re on the brink of losing a job? Are you full of anxiety because you’re dealing with a debilitating illness?

Or are you like me, someone who questions her abilities? Someone who fears she’ll fail every time she tries something new?

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Like today, as I’m writing my first post for Family and Faith Matters. I’m honored that I’ve been given this opportunity, yet, my palms sweat, my stomach churns, and I can barely breathe. All I want to do is climb back into bed, pull the duvet over my head, and wait for the sandman to sprinkle pixie dust in my eyes.

It’s one thing to write content on my blog, but to write something that the wonderful ladies here at Family and Faith Matters will be glad to have on this site scares me. What if I disappoint them?

It’s not even just blog post writing. Any new venture makes me nervous, uneasy, or worse—when dread descends like a black cloud, it sends my brain into a convulsive fit. Yikes!

Can I really do this?

When the anxiety hits, I’ve found six ways that help me cope

  • Breathe deep. Deep breathing loosens me up. Ah, that’s much better. It also loosens up muscles in your neck and shoulders that can tense up when you’re anxious.
  • Get enough sleep. Power-napping for twenty minutes rejuvenates me. Okay, okay. Sometimes I nap for two hours.
  • Eat right. I try to eat more fruits, veggies, and lean meat. I definitely have to stay away from gluten and wheat, otherwise my joints ache. If I dare swallow a morsel, you should see my hands, knees, and ankles. I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy Girl. Not a pretty sight.
  • Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel good and lift anxiety.
  • Reach out to friends or family. Hanging out with supportive people and sharing reminds me I’m not traveling alone on life’s bumpy road. Sometimes they even come up with great solutions to the problems causing my anxiety.
  • Think positive. Don’t allow negative thoughts to enter my brain. Easier said than done. But here’s what I do: I wait. Then I listen. I choose to listen to the small voice, urging me to flip open my trusty manual. I scan a few pages and then my gaze rests on these words:

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart, don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go.”
Prov. 3:5-6 (The Message)

Wait a minute! The fog in my brain is dissipating. The anxiety I just experienced was an opportunity for growth. An opportunity to spread my wings and soar. I can do this!

So I’m choosing to set realistic goals, dream large, and then imagine the best that God has in store for me.

How do you cope with anxiety?

Until next time, dare to dream large!

Tracy

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Oh no! What’s My Blog Butterfly Been Up To?

Oh no! What’s My Blog Butterfly Been Up To?

Hello, people!

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I’m ba-ack! For those of you who are new to Tracy’s blog, I’m Matilda—Tracy’s marvelous marketing maven.

I’m scratching my left antenna. Hmm…where should I start? Aha! At the beginning, of course.

Tracy’s self-conscious about tooting her own horn, so I flapped my wings and flew to the rescue.

Let me draw your attention to Tracy’s sidebar. Yeah, I know, hardly anyone glances in that direction, but puh-leeze humor me.

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