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I am only a new writer to the ILLUMINATION family, and yet it already feels like a family. It is incredibly nurturing and supportive, and for that we have the vision of Dr Mehmetyildiz to thank. Who else would have thought of giving authors a place to showcase their own publications?

What’s the purpose of Getting Ready for the New Day?

Getting Ready for the New Day is for all those people who after a horrible day, week, month, or year think to themselves, “Tomorrow is a new day.” No matter how bad it is now, there is some action they can take to make tomorrow better. …

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You’ve been taught math badly

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“If I had to design a mechanism for the express purpose of destroying a child’s natural curiosity and love of pattern-making, I couldn’t possibly do as good a job as is currently being done — I simply wouldn’t have the imagination to come up with the kind of senseless, soul-crushing ideas that constitute contemporary mathematics education.” — Paul Lockhart, PhD mathematician, author, and teacher

I hear it all the time.

“I’m bad at math.”

“I just don’t get math.”

“I’m no good at math.”

“I can’t understand basic math. Does that mean I’m stupid?”

No. It means stupid decisions were…

Getting what you deserve can be a good thing

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My husband spent a fruitless half hour on the phone with customer support. His new computer monitor had worked briefly, then gone black.

Customer support offered helpful suggestions such as buying an HDMI converter. Except this particular monitor didn’t have an HDMI input port.

It was clear that the customer support representative had no clue.

I walked into his office. A glance at the power strip confirmed it was sending power to the monitor. I looked at the wires on the back of the monitor, and pushed one further in.

“It’s on!” my husband shouted. “No, it’s off again.”


Publicly stating a goal helps you achieve it

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I’ve been watching the 30 Articles in 30 Days challenges rolling out from a number of sources. First, I saw the article by Catherine Mancini, which led me back to David Majister’s original article. Both of those were doing the challenge in March, and by the time I saw them, March was already almost over. I figured I’d just do it on my own.

Then I saw Lena Lojanica’s article about her April challenge. Ah-hah! Here was someone trying to do the challenge in the same month as I was.

So I am officially tossing my hat in the ring…

It sounds crazy but it works

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You set what seemed like a perfectly good goal. You made it specific, measurable, attainable, reasonable, and time limited. Or whatever adjectives your version of the SMART goal process call for.

Yet, when it comes time to actually take the steps required to make it happen…

There’s no motivation. No excitement. No juice.

You struggle along with willpower for a while, then even that peters out.

You have something that should be well within your grasp if you only applied yourself. And you can’t make yourself do it.

Your timeline is ticking away, and you’re getting more and more discouraged.

How I ended up in agony instead of ecstasy

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Stressed about isolation and the economy? No problem. Meditation is the answer!

I heard this from many sources. And so I started meditating. At first things went well, and I experienced the bliss and calm predicted. But recently, that changed.

Many people have tried meditation and mindfulness as a way of dealing with the stress of Covid. As with anything popular, it wasn’t long before news stories about the dark side appeared.

Psychologists warned that mindfulness could actually increase people’s depression or anxiety. Putting their attention on the very thing they were trying to avoid could cause a feedback loop…

If you’re struggling to find something to write about, these ideas can kick start your content.

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We’ve all had it drummed into our brains that if we want to be professional bloggers, we must be consistent. The content must flow.

But what happens when you can’t think of an idea?

Currently, my house is filled with large industrial fans to fix water damage from a burst pipe. I’m not sleeping well. As a result, my brain is swimming in a thick fog.

I turned to my list of easy blog topics so I can still create content.

In fact, this article is a result of one of those ideas. Can you guess which one?

Combine lots of different ideas

Sometimes, ideas…

I share the same system I used to sell my novels to publishers

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Unless you’re a celebrity, publishers want to see your first novel before they’ll buy it. But second and later novels can be sold on proposal.

That adds a whole new layer of skills for writers to develop.

The trick is, for “pantsers”, they don’t know enough about where the story is going to be able to describe it. They can only describe it after it’s already written. If they try to describe it in too much detail, the story feels like it’s already been told, and they lose interest.

At the other extreme, “planners” may know every intricate detail of…

My husband challenged me to put my money where my mouth was.

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All too often, advice on the internet is worth what you pay for it. That’s why it’s nice to see case studies of advice in action.

Here is a case study using my advice to stop Shiny Object Syndrome.

The case: Take a course?

I was recently given an opportunity to enroll in some coaching training. It’s aligned with my perspective on coaching, to work with what the brain’s already doing. They would also support me in developing the business side, where I admit I need help.

So my husband challenged me. This was going to take away time I could spend on Medium, which…

Jennifer Dunne

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