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I’ve Made Only One New Year’s Resolution!

I’ve Made Only One New Year’s Resolution!

The countdown is on. And with only three days left in 2013, I’m ending on a high note. This morning, my painting below was featured on Kathy Temean’s inspiring writing and illustrating blog (along with forty-two, super-talented illustrators). Thank you, Kathy!

Joy, Love, Peace - Tracy Campbell - Kathy Temean - December Illustration

 

I’m also looking forward to ringing in 2014. It’ll be a new year, and a new beginning.

And I’ve made only 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)

That doesn’t mean I get to sit back and wait for my dreams to miraculously appear. Nope, I still have to work hard. But I’ll also work smarter which means cutting back on social media so I can spend more time doing what I love most–illustrating and writing.

May 2014 be filled with joy, love, and peace.

Happy New Year from Matilda, Indy, and ME!

Tracy

Have you made any resolutions for 2014? If so, what are they?

A Parent Should Never Laugh

A Parent Should Never Laugh

Hi, folks!

It’s me with my niece, Krystal. We’re rocking on Mum’s porch. She’s consoling me because my mum laughed at me. Mum laughs whenever I’m out on the lawn hunting birds, chasing butterflies, digging up grubs, snapping at pesky flies, or pouncing on walnuts. She thinks I don’t notice, but I do. And I don’t like it one bit. Little kids don’t like it when grownups laugh at them, either. It makes their tummies flip upside-down.

KRYSTAL & INDY

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Don’t Waste Your Time Setting Up a Blog!

Don’t Waste Your Time Setting Up a Blog!

I’ve noticed a recurring theme orbiting in blogo-sphere that applies to new writers (I still consider myself a new writer). That is, don’t waste your time setting up a blog. Rather, one should concentrate on learning the ins-and-outs of how to write, and then place fingertips on keyboard or put pen to paper and write a sizzling book. Continue reading “Don’t Waste Your Time Setting Up a Blog!” »

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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A Tribute for a Dragon Dog

A Tribute for a Dragon Dog

We pay tributes to those we love. A tribute is a gift.

As an empty nester and mom to two adorable dogs—Patches and Indygo (Indy)—–my dogs have become my babies.

My friends and neighbors, Marjorie and Randy, recently lost their beloved friend, companion, and baby—Dakota, a nine-year-old, chocolate-brown Lab.

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