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Inspirational Journeys Presents: How Rachel’s Song can change your life with Dave Combs

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The photo shows Dave Combs at the piano

This week I had the pleasure of speaking to a composer of soothing instrumental music, of whom I have become a fan. Sit back, relax, and eavesdrop on or conversation as my special guest shares the story of how “Rachel’s song” touches the lives of so many people, including me.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

How Rachel’s Song can change your life with Dave Combs!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Dave Combs

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR AND MUSICIAN Dave Combs…

Dave Combs is a songwriter, entrepreneur, successful business executive, and best-selling

author. Over the past four decades he has written over 120 songs and created fifteen albums of

soothing, relaxing instrumental piano music, including the popular standard, Rachel’s Song. His

music has been played millions of times on radio, satellite, and all internet streaming media. He

is the author of the bestselling book, Touched by the Music. The book is about an inspired (some

say anointed) song, the man who wrote it, the successful music business that grew from it, and

the millions of people whose lives continue to be touched by Dave’s peaceful music and his

uplifting stories. Best-selling author, Jack Canfield, says this about Dave: “Not only is he the

composer of some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard, but he is a man of faith and has

the heart of someone wanting to make a difference in this world. And he is a great storyteller and

writer.” In his book, Dave Combs brings to life his amazing journey through his own personal,

captivating, and inspiring stories. Dave grew up in Erwin, a small town in East Tennessee, and

now he and his wife Linda make their home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Dave’s Featured book is entitled Touched by the Music: How the Story and Music of “Rachel’s Song” Can Change Your Life

Description:

This book is about an inspired (some say anointed) song, the man who wrote it, the successful

music business that grew from it, and the millions of people whose lives continue to be

touched by the music. Musician and master storyteller Dave Combs brings to life his journey

through up close and personal stories of the many steps along the way. Elevate your joy and

peace through the power of his soft, soothing, relaxing music and inspirational stories.

Purchase link:

Connect with Dave at the following links:

Website: https://CombsMusic.com

About the author: https://combsmusic.com/about/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TouchedByTheMusic

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dave-combs-62998a6

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/combsmusic

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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6 Essential Tips for Home-Based Business Meetings During the Pandemic, by Guest Contributor Brittany Fisher

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Today I bring you another business related post from my special guest contributor, Brittany Fisher!

Working from home has become the new normal for many people, with the end of COVID nowhere in sight. But especially for entrepreneurs, figuring out how to create a safe, professional environment for business meetings has been frustrating. Whether your home office is too small to accommodate social distancing or your living room needs some design changes, it’s important to think about how to make meaningful changes to your space and prepare for both in-person and virtual meetings so that you can run your business while staying as safe as possible.

When you’re ready to create a safe meeting area in your home, follow these tips brought to you below by Ann Writes Inspiration.

Double-check the basics

Before you start planning your next meeting, now is a great time to take a quick step back and make sure you’ve taken care of all of the basics for your business. For example, if you’ve just recently started your small business, make sure you’ve reserved your business’s name through the office of the Secretary of State, formed an LLC so that you can set up a business bank account and protect your personal assets, and applied for an Employer Identification Number. Taking these steps will ensure your business is legit and allow you to fully focus on setting up and prepping for important meetings for your business.

Spruce things up

It can be difficult to truly see your furniture because you live with it every day, but our couches and chairs take a lot of wear and tear in a given year. If your furnishings are worn out or damaged by pets, it’s time for a change. You don’t have to give up a favorite piece, however; simply look for an upholstery service that can help you revive the frame with new fabric. Search online for local upholstery shops to see your options, and read reviews to help with your decision. As for the cost, it will vary according to the size of the piece you want changed and whether or not you have a custom job. This is a fast, easy way to refresh your furniture and give the space an update.

Make it safe

Fresh furniture will make an impact for both in-person and virtual meetings, but there are some other considerations you’ll need to make if you’re going to have a client in your home. While safety guidelines vary by state, there are some universal suggestions to keep in mind, such as wearing masks and social distancing. Seniors, in particular, may want to require anyone who’s meeting in-person show their vaccination record or a recent negative COVID test.

If your home office doesn’t have the space to allow for six feet of distance between you and your client, move the meeting to the living room. Open windows to keep the air circulating, and consider investing in an air purifier. You might even think about adding UV light to your HVAC system, which has been shown in studies to kill certain types of bacteria and has other advantages when it comes to airflow.

Keep in mind that if you make any changes to your home, they could make the home more attractive to buyers should you decide to sell. Always make notes of the changes you’ve made, and keep receipts as well. Doing so could help increase your property’s appraisal value.

Stage the area

Whether you’re going to hold meetings in a home office or in the living room, online or in-person, it’s essential to think about how you’ll set up the area. In-person meetings will benefit from a clean, uncluttered space with access to hand sanitizer and snacks or beverages that are in sealed containers. For virtual meetings, set up a small work area with great lighting and make sure the space that’s visible on-screen is simple and tastefully decorated to avoid distractions. You’ll also want to ensure that your family members and pets won’t interrupt during this time. And especially if you’re meeting in-person, certain upgrades and improvements are sure to impress, such as a freshly painted front door and walls, polished hardwoods, and well-manicured landscaping. Even better, by making these improvements for your home-based meetings, you can actually also potentially increase your home’s appraisal value.

Keep contact to a minimum

The beauty of online meetings is that everyone can remain separated and contact-free, but in-person appointments sometimes require things like signatures and payment arrangements. Look for an accounting service that handles invoicing and payments to make the process touch-free, and set up an account with a service such as DocuSign, which allows for digital signatures on important documents.

Set up an online space for your business

If you don’t already have a business website, now is a great time to set one up. Doing so will not only allow you to market your business, but it also gives your clients and potential clients an easy point of contact for setting up meetings, asking questions about products/services, making payments to you, and so on.

Making business arrangements can be tricky these days, but the good news is, there are several simple things you can do to ensure safety. Be sure to consult with your client before any in-person meeting to find out whether they have special health considerations that might necessitate a virtual encounter instead.

Remember, you can find more incredible content just like this by exploring the many different blog posts available on Ann Writes Inspiration!

Brittany Fisher has spent more than 20 years as a CPA. She runs her own site, Financiallywell.info where she shares her knowledge about taxes, personal finance and general financial literacy hoping to help anyone who may benefit from it

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Leaders Press helps Entrepreneurs become bestselling authors with Alinka Rutkowska

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This week, my special guest shares the story of how she started her publishing company, Leaders Press. She also talks about how Leaders press helps Entrepreneurs turn their book ideas into USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestsellers.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Leaders Press helps entrepreneurs become bestselling authors with Alinka Rutkowska!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Alinka Rutkowska

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST PUBLISHER Alinka Rutkowska…

Alinka Rutkowska is the CEO of Leaders Press (www.leaderspress.com), a USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling press, where she creates books for entrepreneurs from scratch and launches them to best-seller with a 100% success rate.

She runs a hybrid publishing house with traditional distribution (via Simon & Schuster) through which more than 500 entrepreneurs have been able to share their stories with the world. 172 of Leaders Press authors have become USA Today and Wall Street Journal best-selling authors. Alinka has been featured by Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Entrepreneurs on Fire and numerous other outlets. Her mission is to help 10,000 entrepreneurs share their wisdom with the world by 2030.
Connect with Alinka at the following links:

Home – Leaders Press

(99+) Leaders Press: Overview | LinkedIn

(99+) Alinka Rutkowska | LinkedIn

(5) Leaders Press | Facebook

HTTPS://leaders press.com/how-to-get-a-book-published/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Serenity and Health of Body Mind and Spirit Based on a foundation of Faith with Donna Chacko

This week, my special guest talks about her new book and how she helps others find healing of body, mind, and spirit and putting their trust in the Lord through the ministry she founded after retiring from her work as a healthcare professional.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Serenity and Health of Body Mind and Spirit Based on a foundation of Faith with Donna Chacko!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Donna Chacko

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Donna Chacko…

Dr. Chacko, author of Amazon best seller Pilgrimage: A Doctor’s Healing Journey, is a wife, mother, and grandmother. She practiced medicine for decades, first as a radiation oncologist and later as a family medicine doctor caring for the poor in Washington DC. Now Donna works in the ministry she founded, Serenity and Health, to promote health of body, mind, and spirit based on a foundation of faith. 

Book title:

Pilgrimage: A Doctor’s Healing Journey

Description:

Pilgrimage is a prescriptive memoir.

On the outside, it looked like Donna Chacko had it all—lucrative and rewarding career, beautiful family, comfortable home. But inside, Donna was in turmoil. Her marriage was on the brink, crises were brewing, and her home felt like her heart— about to break.

In Pilgrimage, Donna lays her life bare as she digs into her upbringing, relationships, life choices, and fears in a deeply personal journey toward healing and wholeness. Join her as she surrenders her control and discovers that serenity and health are most easily grasped when our hands and hearts are open to what God longs to give us.

Packed with hard-won insights, this inspiring memoir includes practical advice for beginning your own pilgrimage toward health in mind, body, and spirit.

Purchase link:

Excerpt:

Decades practicing medicine and years agonizing in my marriage taught me truths about health I never learned in medical school. I’m eager to share everything I learned because I’m convinced it can transform your life, as it transformed mine.

Connect with Dr. Chacko at the following links:

Donna Chacko, MD

https://www.serenityandhealth.com

email: dc@serenityandhealth.com

Social Media

Twitter:

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/serenityandhealthdc

https://www.facebook.com/donna.chacko56

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/donnachacko

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

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author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Third Mrs. Galway with Dierdre Sinnott

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This week, I have a special treat for you. Stick around to the end of the episode to hear an excerpt from my special guest’s debut novel, read by the author herself.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

The Third Mrs. Galway with Deirdre Sinnott!

Hello:

I’m proud to announce the following guest for your listening pleasure.

Please be sure to read onward after the following message to learn how you can be my guest here on INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS.

Thanks for listening and do write to let me and my guest know what you thought of this presentation.

WHO?

Deirdre Sinnott

WHEN?

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Deirdre Sinnott…

Deirdre Sinnott is an author, researcher, and activist for social change. She grew up in Utica, New York, and graduated from Syracuse University. Sinnott speaks nationally about the role of Central New York’s residents in the abolition of slavery. She is a historical consultant for the Fort Stanwix Underground Railroad History Project, funded by the National Park Service. The Third Mrs. Galway is her first novel.

Book description:

The Third Mrs. Galway is a historical novel sent in Utica in 1835. The action begins when a young bride discovers an enslaved family hiding in her shed, setting in motion the exhumation of long-buried family secrets. Suddenly, she is at the center of not only the era’s greatest moral dilemma, but her own as well. Should she be a “good wife” and report the fugitives to her husband? Or will she defy convention and come to their aid. The novel won The Writers Lounge 2021 Bookshelf Award and was chosen by the Women’s National Book Association as one of their 2021 Great Group Reads.

Purchase link:

Connect with Deirdre at the following links:

www.ThirdMrsGalway.com

https://www.facebook.com/deirdresinnott/

BE A GUEST…

As authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs, we often find it hard to stand out above the constant chatter on the internet. If that sounds like you, I’d like to help you boost the visibility of your brand. My name is Ann Harrison-Barnes and I run a podcast called Inspirational Journeys. On my podcast I post solo episodes of value to my listeners, led by the Holy Spirit. I also talk to authors, creative artists and entrepreneurs who want to share their inspirational journeys with the world. If you’re interested in being a guest on my show, please send an email to annwrites75@gmail.com with Inspirational Journeys in the subject line of your email, so I can send you my featured book questionnaire.

 Thanks for listening to Inspirational Journeys and have a Blessed Day.

Follow me on Social media:

https://www.facebook.com/annwritesinspiration

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