Last week I introduced to the writings of Jeff Goins, who recently published a book called the The In-Between:Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing. I love books like this because they inspire me to remember to live in the moment of each day. I’ve spend so much time waiting for the next big thing to happen, that I sometimes forget about the now.
In The In-Between, Jeff encourages readers to focus on the moment. Focusing on living in the now doesn’t come easy to me. I’m a planner, a gal who always thinks two steps in front of the current situation, who identifies and (trys to) mitigate risks and leave no stone unturned. I feel that I have to always be productive because time is short. These are all good traits, except when I forget to look up. I find myself trying to fill the time void. So instead of enjoying a cup of coffee while I wait for my team members to show up to a meeting, I respond to e-mail, return a call, or check another thing off my to-do list. Instead of enjoying the food that I eat, I mindlessly eat while creating a marketing campaign, managing my project, or reading email. I battle with living in the in-between each and every day.
It’s hard for me to embrace the boring parts of life. The wait at the doctor office, the wait at the checkout line, or the wait until my kid gets on stage to perform his next hip hop routine. So I fill the wait times with activity, because life’s too short and things have to get done. But in that hurried activity, I miss the beauty in my son’s face as he takes in the latest adventure of Sponge Bob Square Pants. I miss the glance that my husband gave me that was supposed to say I love you. I miss the goofiness of my dog as he chases his tail.
It takes a huge effort for me to live in the moment, but I try to each and every day. I know that if I simply take in the joy of life, I will find what I’m desperately searching for. The love that I already have, the joy that’s in every moment, the peace that contentment brings. When I embrace living in the in-between, I realize that I’m already living one badass life.
I’m excited to announce the release my new book, VideoScribe: A beginner’s Guide to Whiteboard Animation. This book is now available on Amazon.com. If you really want to know how easy it is to use the VideoScribe software, now’s the time! Create your own whiteboard animations and save THOUSANDS $$$$! Here’s the link to the paperback and kindle versions:
VideoScribe Book: A Beginner’s Guide to Whiteboard Animation
Learn how to create whiteboard animations using VideoScribe software. Video scribe is a unique way to engage any audience with your business and brand through the combination of images, text, and effects using a hand or other tool to draw on a whiteboard. Start creating visually appealing animations that everyone wants to watch. No graphics or computer programming required.
Don’t waste your time spending days and days searching for answers.
In this book you’ll learn:
• How to take your animation idea from concept to production
• The different components of VideoScribe
• Adding and editing the many stock images
• Changing the color of stock images
• Importing your own images
• Morphing images
• Adding and editing VideoScribe text
• Changing the pen stroke color
• Importing fonts
• Adding background music
• Recording a voice over
• Importing soundtracks and MP3 files
• Changing elements in the storyline
• Changing the drawing speed
• Addingdeleting pauses
• Setting the camera
• Changing the background paper color and texture
• Changing the drawing hands, pens, and feet (yes, feet can draw too)
• Adding a vignette
• Rendering the VideoScribe animation
• Exporting png files of your video scribe
• Exporting to File to Your Desktop, YouTube, Facebook, and Dropbox
Get this book now and stay ahead of the competition! If you’re looking for online training, you can find it at: www.myvideoscribe.com
Each Monday I’ll post tips, tools, or products that will give your business the edge over your competition. This week I’m reviewing Jon Acuffs latest book, START. START is about finding the dreams that you left in the dust and taking steps to live the life you want to live. Here’s my video review:
I give START 5 awesome stars! As usual, Jon provides key steps to realizing your dream in his normal witty way. He begins the book with analyzing Dave Ramsey’s patterns to discover 5 stages on the road to awesome. He begins explaining the stages and ties an age to each of them. However, later in the chapter he explains that the ages are no longer relevant.
The 5 stages of awesome include:
Learning – Typically done in your 20s. In this stage you’re sampling many endeavors and discovering yourself.
Editing – This stage typically happens in your 30s. Here is where you prioritize passions, eliminate old habits, and do more of the things you love.
Mastering – Usually happens at age 40. At this stage you have greater certainty of what you are good at, you have more experience, and you’re next in line to be the expert.
Harvesting – At age 50 you are the expert.
Guiding – At age 60 you hold the key to knowledge, you’re the one with wisdom.
Age no longer matters. Retirement is dead, hope is boss, and anyone can play. Life is now less about how old you are…and more about when you started to live. Well said Jon.