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Inspirational Journeys Presents: From Therapist to Business Coach with Pamela Godbois

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I had the pleasure of being a guest on the Out of your Mind podcast with this week’s special guest. I asked her to be my special guest, as a way to introduce you to an entrepreneurial coach and share her story.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Pamela Godbois!

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?

Pamela Godbois

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST BUSINESS COACH Pamela Godbois…

Pam Godbois, LICSW is a therapist and yoga teacher turned self-development and business coach, on a mission to help female entrepreneurs shift their inner world, and live a life filled with joy, connection and fulfillment. Through the process of shifting beliefs, and re-writing their own story, Pam helps them find their purpose and live the lifestyle they dream of. 

connect with Pam at the following links:

Website- www.pamgodbois.com

Social Media- www.instagram.com/yoginipam

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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consider your life’s work as self-care

To all you readers and bloggers in the blogosphere, I have one question for you today. What brings you joy in your writing life?

Check out this YouTube video I posted to my social media this morning and either leave your answer in the comments, or post your response on your social channels and tag me, so I can share it.

Consider the work the Lord has called you to do as self-care, instead of a task that fills you with negative emotions. Remember the PERMA model: Positive emotion, Engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Find joy in your life’s work on the daily.

Blessings,

Ann

author interviews

Inspirational Journeys Presents: Editing Q&A with Kelly Martin

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This week, My special guest and I talk about writing briefly, but I pick her brain about editing, which is one of the things I’m finding that I love to do. Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and come hang out with us as we talk all things editing and a little about writing.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Kelly Martin!

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?

Kelly Martin

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Kelly Martin…

Kelly Martin lives in a possibly haunted house in a small southern town. While she’d like to say paranormal things have only happened to her at her home, it would be a lie…

She is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and an international #1 best selling author in horror, paranormal, contemporary, historical, young adult, and mysteries. All of Kelly’s books have one thing in common– imagine the real world is tilted slightly on its side. You don’t really know what’s going on, what’s missing, but there is a tilt, a hum you can barely hear, telling you that something is off.

Email Kelly Martin at kelly @kellymartinbooks.com (no spaces). Visit her website at http://www.kellymartinbooks.com

Kelly’s featured book is entitled THE BAD ONES (sequel to Fake Nora)

Description:

Shadows come from the mirror…

And then there are nightmares.

A month after Nora and her friend from the mirror, Jesse, defeated the doppelganger who haunts mirrors, life has returned to normal. For Nora. A relic from a past era, thirteen-year-old Jesse has a difficult time adjusting to the twenty-first century.

Jesse fears the ghosts of souls, the Bad Ones, lurking in the reflections, are planning on seeping through the mirror and dragging him back.

Only when the voice of a friend from the past begs for his help from inside the mirror, Jesse has to choose between living in fear or facing the Bad Ones in the mirror once and for all.

Lies.

Betrayal.

Hope…

Nothing is as it seems.

Purchase link:

https://books2read.com/u/mZQa2E

Excerpt:

FAKE NORA

The sign over the covered antique mirror said DO NOT TOUCH. Twelve-year-old Nora wished she had listened.

Mirrors reflect what is in front of them, but what happens behind the glass—to the reflections themselves? Nora finds out when her own reflection, aka Fake Nora, changes places with her one night. Nora is shoved in a place that looks exactly like her house with no echoes, dull lights, and muted sounds. It isn’t her home at all, simply a shell of a place she loves.

Fake Nora is living her best life in Nora’s house, feeding on the fear of her little brother while no one else at the house knows anything is wrong.

Inside “reflectionland,” Nora meets thirteen-year-old Jesse, who has been stuck in his mirror since the forties, and he warns her that they aren’t alone in the house. There are others sneaking around, known as the bad ones—spirits of people who gave up after vanishing in the mirror.

Refusing to stay a reflection forever, Nora conjures a plan to escape, but Fake Nora isn’t about to give up her life in Nora’s home. And Jesse? He could become a bad one forever.

connect with Kelly at the following links:

Website: www.kellymartinbooks.com

YouTube: www.youtube.com/c/kellymartinbooks

Instagram: www.instagram.com/kellymartinauthor

TikTok: www.tiktok.com/@kellymartinauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ReadKellyMartin

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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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Show and Tell Writing with Mike Ulmer

Headshot of Mike Ulmer

This week, my special guest and I sat down and had a lovely conversation about one of my favorite things to talk about, writing. Sit back, relax, tune into our conversation and laugh along with us as we discuss his rules of writing and how he helps other people write their books.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Show and Tell Writing with Mike Ulmer

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?

Mike Ulmer

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR Mike Ulmer…

With over 30 plus years of writing experience, Mike Ulmer has written 14 books, thousands of newspaper articles and conducted more than 10,000 interviews. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He is the author of the best selling alphabet in Canadian publishing history, M is for Maple.

Mike’s featured book is entitled, Show and Tell Writing: A great, short business book about how to write a great, short business book.

Description:

Mike traces his own story and evolution as a writer to create the ultimate handbook for people who want to rejuvenate their businesses. Show and Tell Writing explains how writers access our hardwired need to resolve patterns and reach conclusions to create know, like and trust, tells us why every book is a business book and details the three pillars of a great business book: The Proposition, The Backstory and The Recommendations.

Purchase link:

https://www.amazon.com/Show-Tell-Writing-Great-Business/dp/B09WSZP3ZM/ref=sr_1_5?crid=9P6IS9GZ26YT&keywords=show+and+tell+writing&qid=1650503283&sprefix=show+and+tell+writing%2Caps%2C151&sr=8-5

Check out this Book Excerpt on YouTube.

connect with Mike at the following links:

Home

LinkedIn:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mike-ulmer-554814a3/

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: Making Sense of the Bible in Three Simple Steps with Chad M. Mansbridge

This week, my special guest gives a quick overview of the three essential questions to ask yourself, to help you make sense of the Bible. Sit back, relax, and tune in as we talk about his new book and his podcast.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Making Sense of the Bible in 3 Simple steps with Chad M. Mansbridge!

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?

Chad M. Mansbridge

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHOR AND PASTOR Chad Mansbridge…

Chad M. Mansbridge is a pastor, author, conference speaker and one of Australia’s most dynamic Bible teachers—known for his ability to communicate

profound and complex truth with clarity, simplicity and a whole lot of fun!

At just 23yrs of age, Chad and his wife (Jaye) planted and pioneered Bayside Church International; a thriving local church located in Victor Harbor, on

the south coast of South Australia, where they are currently serving their twentieth year of pastoral ministry.

Chad’s latest book—You Can Handle the Truth—deals with the complex concern of how Christians should read, understand, and apply the Scriptures. Its conversational

tone, innovative layout and original artwork makes it a standout in the hermeneutics space, with the goal of making the intimidating task of

biblical interpretation as approachable as possible for the everyday believer. Endorsements for this project testify to its broad Christian appeal—with

praise from Pentecostals and Presbyterians, professors and pastors, teen bloggers and bestselling authors, college presidents, prominent publishers, and

even Bible translators—the book has recently been declared the GOLD Medallion winner in the Bible Study category for the 2022 Illumination Book Awards.

Details for You can Handle the Truth:

Description:

The Bible is for everyone … and you can handle it!

You Can Handle the Truth is a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to biblical interpretation (or hermeneutics), equipping everyday believers to read and

heed God’s Word.

Struggle to read your Bible on a regular basis? Find some parts confusing, complicated or even contradictory? Wonder how to make sense of certain passages,

or question its relevance to your day-to-day life? Rest assured, you are not alone! While Christians are often encouraged to study and obey the Scriptures

… very few are taught how.

In this book, you’ll be mentored on how to: choose a translation, read your Bible effectively, discover a text’s meaning, consider context, see the Scriptures

as a unified story leading to Christ, discern between literal and non-literal passages, find personal significance, and share it with others.

Its purpose is to present long-established principles of biblical interpretation to a new generation of Bible students.

Purchase link:

Connect with Chad at the following links:

www.chadmansbridge.com

(8) Chad M. Mansbridge – YouTube

(20+) Chad M. Mansbridge | Facebook

Chad M. Mansbridge on Apple Podcasts

Chad M. Mansbridge | Podcast on Spotify

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1

he business of writing

5 ways to market your business on a shoestring budget by guest contributor Lucy Reed

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Whether you’re an author, professional writer, or a freelance editor, marketing your business is a necessary part of increasing brand awareness. Although this task can be challenging, if you have little or no budget, guest contributor Lucy Reed shows you how to market your business with little or no cost.

How to Market Your Business on a Shoestring Budget

Starting a business in Georgia is hard enough without having the added responsibility of being your own marketing department. The right marketing strategy can make a difference in whether you succeed or fail as an entrepreneur, even if you’re starting with no budget. With a bit of creativity and resourcefulness, it’s possible to get the word out about your business without spending a fortune. This article presented by Ann Harrison provides ideas on how to start marketing your business on a shoestring budget.

Why Your Business Needs Marketing

Marketing is no longer an option for businesses — it’s a necessity. In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, companies need to engage in marketing to survive. Marketing is essential for your business because it helps create awareness, generate leads, and build your brand.

Start With a Plan

A marketing plan is a roadmap that helps you achieve your marketing objectives. It outlines your business goals, budget, and strategies for reaching your target market. A well-crafted marketing plan can help you save time and money by focusing on the right things.

Use Free or Low-Cost Marketing Channels

If you’re on a tight budget, plenty of free or low-cost marketing channels are available. Here are some ideas to get you started.

  • Social media. Platforms such as Facebook and Instagram are perfect for promoting your business on a budget. Create a profile and start sharing your content. Using Instagram, you may need to utilize an online picture resizer to adjust and download your photos to the app to follow the posting guidelines.
  • Search engine optimization. By optimizing your website for relevant keywords, you can attract organic traffic from search engines, such as Google. It’s a long-term strategy, but it can pay off if done right.
  • Content marketing. Content marketing is a great way to attract new customers and build relationships with existing ones. You can create blog posts, articles, e-books, and infographics.
  • Direct mail. Direct mail can be a great way to reach your target market in Rochelle, Georgia, especially if you’re targeting businesses. You can send out coupons, postcards, or catalogs.
  • Networking. Meeting people in person and  online, and  building relationships is still one of the best ways to market your business. Attend local networking events, online workshops and conferences, or start your own networking group.

Align Your Message with Your Target Customers

Tailor your marketing message to your target customers. If you try to appeal to everyone, you appeal to no one. Figure out your ideal customer, and craft your marketing messages around their needs and wants to speak directly to your customers.

Measure and Evaluate Your Marketing Efforts

It’s essential to track the results of your marketing efforts, so you can gauge their effectiveness. You can do this in several ways, such as monitoring website traffic, leads generated, and sales converted. By measuring your results, you can determine which marketing channels work best for you and focus your efforts there.

Achieve Your Goals

Marketing your business on a shoestring budget doesn’t have to be complicated. With creativity and planning, you can reach your target market and achieve your marketing goals. If you’re looking for a marketing writer in Rochelle, Georgia, contact Ann Harrison to take your business to the next level.

Share your tips and strategies for marketing your business and increasing brand awareness in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

Lucy Reed created Gig Mine to help others dig up sharing economy opportunities in a user’s area, all in a single location, so users don’t have to jump between multiple sites. It’s the new and improved way to get a gig job!

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Inspirational Journeys Presents: The Upsides and Downsides of a Life of Extraordinary Service with Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor

This is a picture of Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor

This week, I had the pleasure of speaking with a husband and wife team who cowrote the story of John and Clara Schmitt. Unfortunately I was unable to download the audible sample for Called, so I’ve put it in the podcast description and the show notes on my website.

INSPIRATIONAL JOURNEYS PRESENTS!

Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor!

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?

Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor

WHEN?

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

WHERE?

YouTube video

Podcast episode

MORE ABOUT GUEST AUTHORS Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor…

Marlena Fiol and Ed O’Connor are spiritual seekers whose writing explores the depths of who we are and what’s possible in our lives. They have devoted themselves to supporting others in identifying and removing the barriers to realizing their dreams. They consider every blog, essay, video, book or workshop an opportunity to share their insights with others, as well as learn more about their own transformational journey. Marlena is also author of the memoir, Nothing Bad Between Us: A Mennonite Missionary’s Daughter Finds Healing in Her Brokenness (Mango Publishing Group, 2020).

This week’s featured book is entitled, Called

Description:

Get swept away by the inspiring true story of John and Clara Schmidt, determined Mennonite medical pioneers, whose relentless devotion and sacrifice often verge on madness. Set against the backdrop of World War II, Nazi uprisings, revolutions in Argentina and Paraguay, and the scourge of leprosy left untreated, Dr. John and Clara Schmidt commit to living a life of service.

Purchase link:

Link to the audiobook sample for Called:

Excerpt:

“A beat-up diesel pickup truck sputtered as it came over the hill into view. Clara jumped to her feet, nearly tripping on the long canvas apron tied around her waist. With her left wrist, she pushed aside a strand of hair that had escaped her kerchief.

A half-dozen Paraguayan men in torn filthy shirts stood in the bed of the truck, passing a bottle around, their fists pumping the air. Who were they? She dropped the trowel still dripping with adobe sludge from the last brick she was setting, and stood, staring. As they grew nearer, she could make out their shouts.

Lepra de satán…que mueran todos…guerra contra satán.”

Could she run? Escape? Clara jerked her head around to take in the rubble of recently cleared land where she and John planned to build the clinic, the thatched-roofed lean-to stacked high with adobe bricks, the tarp on the ground behind her covered with plaster, and the partial wall to her left. There was nowhere to go.

The truck slowed as it approached Clara. The men thrust their fists at her, and their voices rose to a wild crescendo. “Lepra…que mueran…trabajo de satán…”

Following the driver’s lead, a few of them jumped to the ground, grabbed rocks from the truck bed and moved toward Clara. She backed up, grasping her apron as though it might shield her from the angry, wild-looking men. Why was John traveling around in Brazil when she needed him? Clara’s lips trembled. He wasn’t due back for another month.

Without taking her eyes off the men, Clara sensed by her side the presence of Johann Teichgraef. “Johann,” she said between clenched teeth, “who are these men and what do they want?”

 “They’re from Itacurubí, Frau Clara, just up the road from us, and they’re saying that you will not live and that they’ll destroy this hospital. They refuse to let you bring lepers into their neighborhood.”

The men pulled more rocks off the truck bed. Teichgraef continued to translate, his voice getting thinner and tighter. “They’re saying that they’ve brought these rocks to destroy you and your satanic work here at Km. 81.”

Clara’s chest muscles constricted. She wished she knew Spanish. Surely, she could explain the Lord’s work. Explain that they were here to help.

Clara took a deep breath and slowly turned to Teichgraef. “Please ask them if they would like to have some coffee and Zwieback.” She pointed to the angry men, who were still pulling rocks from the truck bed.

Teichgraef relayed the message. The men stopped shouting. They stared at Clara.

Slapping her hands against the sides of her apron to remove some of the mud, Clara walked toward the lean-to where she kept what little provisions she had. “Here, I have this thermos full of iced coffee and these are Zwieback that my maid baked yesterday. You probably don’t know what Zwieback are…” In her nervousness she forgot that they didn’t understand a word she was saying. “Um… Johann, please tell them I’d like to pray with them before we eat?”

The men didn’t move, their dark eyes darting back and forth between their driver and Clara.

Clara clasped her trembling hands together. “Lord, we thank you for your love and protection. Bless this food, we pray, in Christ’s name. Amen.” She held out the bag of Zwieback and motioned for the men to come.

The driver said something to the men and one by one they dropped their rocks. They ate Zwieback and drank iced coffee with Clara and then quietly climbed back onto the truck and left.”

Connect with Marlena and Ed at the following links:

https://calledasaga.com/

https://www.facebook.com/authormarlenafiol

https://www.linkedin.com/in/marlena-fiol-13385b94/

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

https://www.youtube.com/user/annsmusic1