Time to do what you love with help

Melanie Toyes 50 percent off sale of online courses

21 online courses in a range of topics from writing, fashion, interior design, creativity, job skills and more are available through my online store.

View my online store here

Receive 50% off all online courses. Enter code: 50%ONLINECLASS at checkout to receive your discount. (The code must be in capital letters to activate).

Learn something you love.

Freelance Writers – It’s time to make money


Image via: Writers Career

Over five years I have been a freelance writer, in addition to writing books, creating online magazines, working and looking after a young family. My motivation is what pushed me to work late nights, while the children were sleeping, with the aim to change my life and earn immediate funds to pay for the ever-growing money that our daily lives need and want.

I started the experience blind but went in with guts and found work immediately. Not only that but I was working to earn a weekly income, which provided me with the flexibility to be at home with my children part-time and work the other part-time hours.

I have so much knowledge in the industry, in addition to all the fears felt by a freelancer, such as will their be enough work around when there are heaps of competitors (the answer is yes, but I explore why there is enough).

Plus, I show you how to run and manage your own business. Because once you become a freelancer, not only do you need to learn how to manage your time to meet your client’s deadlines, you also need to know how to think of your freelance writing as a business.

I can assure you, once you take my online course and follow the steps and keep up with the program and then continue to follow it after it ends, over the following twelve months you will see freelance writing opportunities coming your way and did I mention paid opportunities!

If you are serious about getting into writing, then wait no longer. Sign up today so you can start earning an income to give you the freedom to work for yourself and be anywhere in the world.

Click here to enroll: https://store7784056.ecwid.com/#!/Mentoring-Program-for-want-to-be-*paid*-freelance-writers/p/58754723/category=18537002



When you plan, remember to play


 Image via threadsence.com

I am a perfectionist (in some areas) but I am also a huge scheduler. Similar to a task manager. Sometimes that is how I see myself. But its not me. I am happy, free and adventurous. This is me.

So when I started this year with some pretty massive and incredibly awesome goals, I knew I had to pick up my game and plan my days so I could make progress and do what I love.

Being a creative person means sometimes, I want to bend the rules. I don’t want to sit down at 9 am in a stuffy office and work. Sometimes, I want to get outside, feel the fresh air and breathe. And sometimes, I turn up the music and just feel the vibe, hear the words and close my eyes. The truth is, as a creative person I want to be anywhere and everywhere that spurs on my inner emotions. Because it is with these feelings that empower me to be more of who I am.

Obviously though, ideas do not come to life when one doesn’t work at them. But with all my planning and scheduling over the next few months, I realised a couple of things:

  • I was becoming stressed. I just poured all my thoughts and tasks onto paper and put them against a day and that started to fill the page – very quickly! But I was over-tasking, as in, I was scheduling too much work into my day. Even if I spent twenty hours working solidly on these tasks, what about the rest of my day. Where was the fun?
  • That’s when I realised … I forgot to make time for me and for fun and exploration in these days but how was I going to make time for this?
  • The other issue was, I would look at the days ahead to see what was planned. Bad idea. I would finish the tasks for the day and then start on tasks for the coming days. But I was over-doing it. My life became about fulfilling these tasks rather than having them fit in my life.

It is important to plan and make time to work on your goals. But it is just as important to make time for fun and play. Because without fun and play, the person you are becomes nothing more than a unconscious ghost who has forgotten the real reason for the goals in the first place – not to lose oneself but to find oneself.


Image via: www.oshonews.com

If you enjoy reading my blog, please do follow me on social media:

Twitter              Facebook              Pinterest                 Goodreads                 LinkedIn Profile              Sample my eBooks for sale

Would you want to re-live your life?

Ok, so it’s getting late in the evening and this is when my brain starts ticking over into an entirely deeper side of me … this is when the BIG questions of life enter my mind … and this is when I wonder, should I listen or should I go to bed and deal with it another day?

So it seems I have experienced some things of late, which have me thinking …

The past year I have learned how to reconnect to my self – sounds strange right? I am talking about listening to my inner self as well as what my body needs to function. I have become so in tuned with myself (not boasting – just proud of how far I have come) that I can now know the answer to questions before I even finish asking myself the question.

For example,

I will ask myself “am I doing everything I need to do to be on the right path and achieve my goals.” ‘Yes’ the inner voice whispers. (and when I say whisper, I mean it’s not a voice noise perse it’s an answer that comes to my mind almost immediately without much thought – it’s a true mind/heart response before the fear/ego answers).

Questions such as “Is what I am eating controlling my energy levels.” “Yes and no. Sleep and exercise are also necessities.”

Now, it seems I get a warning prior to do something like if I drop water on the floor, the voice will say ‘clean it up now’ I then, due to tiredness, laziness and hunger I decide it can wait till after lunch. Then a few minutes later I will slip on it. ‘I should have listened’ I tell myself.

Then sometimes I do listen and things run smoothly.

I am starting to wonder … have I been here before? Living this life? And my past self is guiding me through to help a smoother ride?

This thought scares the hell out of me. I have never really thought much about reincarnation and really what human does know about what happens after death? … so I never really rule anything out. But most of the time, I try not to think about it.

But this thought, thinking about ground-hog day, living a life, the same life, over and over kind of makes me frustrated. Why would anyone want to live the same life again and again? Can’t we learn the same life lessons that we might need to learn from each life in a different setting?

But then the thought runs deeper – why would I not want to be the person I am? I could right now, run away from everything I knew but it would not change who I was.

I can say this, I am happy of who I am and the dreams I am chasing. Why would I not want to re-live this life again?

Perhaps it’s because there are so many different options one person can in life can live, one of a rock star or celebrity status, one on a mission to help and teach others, one who wants to bring their children up in a world full of imagination and magic. But then I think – why wait for another lifetime to live out a particular life? Why can’t some decide to wake up one morning and become a celebrity, change the world and nurture children? Or sail a boat around the most scenic locations or trek through undiscovered rainforests? Why do we perceive we are limited by the direction we are travelling.

I guess what I am trying to say is, if life is unsatisfactory at any time why do people not change it? If there is any part of your life that you do not like, including parts of your self, why not make steps to change it? Or if you want something that sounds completely crazy and total unreachable – why not aim for it? If we all spent a little time answering those big questions going through our minds then perhaps our daily soul-searching would reach to greater heights and we would live a fulfilled life.

I heard on the radio during the week, from Nova 105.9 FM that apparently there are two mid-life crisis points in life – 50’s and 70’s. Don’t get to 70 wishing you took time to change parts of your life. Get to 70 and think and what an awesome adventure I have had so far.