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Monthly Archives: November 2006

NaNoWriMo Update

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, November 30, 2006


I did it! I successfully completed 50,000 words and am a winner in this year’s NaNoWriMo competition.

It was a fabulous experience and taught me two valuable lessons about writing. 1.) I learned hot to focus more on just moving the story line along and writing without judging ever little thing as I go. 2.) I also learned how emotionally exhausting writing can be when done right. [...]

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A Literary Legacy: 1940 -2006

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Bebe Moore Campbell, a best-selling author who wrote with compassion and candor about social issues from the African American perspective, died Monday of complications from brain cancer. She was 56.

BeBe passed over while at her home in Los Angeles, surrounded by family and friends.

She is a literary giant and one of my favorite authors. Not only because she had mastered the art of words but moreso because in her novels, she took up such topics [...]

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Fighting for my life

by Nikki Woods on Monday, November 27, 2006

Don’t ask my how I’m doing today because I may tell you I’m in the fight for my life.

In fact, this morning I was thumbing through the bible to find scriptures on faith in order to do some serious meditating. You don’t have to look far. Jesus said that in the world you will have temptations, tests, trials and tribulation. But He went on to say, “be of good cheer because I have overcome the world”. [...]

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Love …. true and unconditional

by Nikki Woods on Saturday, November 25, 2006

It’s something that we all want and few of us ever get. Love in it’s purest and most honest form. Typically called True Love or Unconditional Love it means giving of love without the expectation of receiving anything in return.

How many of us do that?

Many these days love with conditions. They will love you IF this or IF that. If you don’t fit into these conditions then they no longer love you.

This is not true love.

The good [...]

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Random Acts Of Kindness

by Nikki Woods on Friday, November 24, 2006

Now that many are getting ready for the holiday season I thought this would be a good time to take a moment and send out some positive energy by simply appreciating the little acts of kindness that often go unnoticed.

For example: Did you notice the kind act someone did for you today?

Did you take a moment to appreciate that kind act?

You may have to search for that kind act – but it’s there – it may have [...]

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Be Blessed and Be Thankful

by Nikki Woods on Thursday, November 23, 2006

Thanksgiving, 1864, was proclaimed by President Abraham Lincoln in these words:

“It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year…to favor as well our citizens in their homes as our soldiers in their camps, and our sailors on the rivers and seas, with unusual health. “He has largely augmented our free population by emancipation and by immigration, while He has opened to us new sources of wealth, and has crowned the [...]

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It Takes A Village ………

by Nikki Woods on Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Since the modern Western lifestyle can isolate us from one another, it is often difficult to forge meaningful connections. Self-protection and mistrust prevent us from reaching out to neighbors and peers, and we consequently feel like we don’t truly belong anywhere. Yet creating community can be as simple as reaching out within our own neighborhoods. To form the bonds that eventually solidify into long-lasting friendships, we must first be willing to rise above the walls of suspicion and doubt dividing [...]

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Asking For What You Want

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Cocreating With The Universe Most people don’t always fully realize that we all have within us the ability to cocreate our lives with the universe. So many of us are taught to accept what we are given and not even to dream of anything more. But our hopes and dreams are the universe whispering to us, planting an idea of what’s possible while directing us toward the best use of our gifts. The universe truly wants to give us our [...]

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Asking For What You Want

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 21, 2006

I am going to stay with the “change your mind, change your life” theme for one more day because I really want people to get it. Most people don’t always fully realize that we all have within us the ability to cocreate our lives with the universe. (note: when I say universe, I mean God but for those that may not believe in God – universe implies a greater being.) So many of us are taught [...]

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Making Life Yours

by Nikki Woods on Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Perception There is no secret recipe for happiness and contentment. The individuals who move through life joyously have not necessarily been blessed with lives of abundance, love, success, and prosperity. Such people have, however, been blessed with the ability to take the circumstances they’ve been handed and make them into something great. Our individual realities are colored by perception-delight and despair come from within rather than without. Situations we regard as fortuitous please us while situations we judge inauspicious cause [...]

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