My Published Work: Medium Posts

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I have started writing on Medium, and I’m still feeling my way around there. It’s definitely an interesting platform, and I quite enjoy reading several folks on there, and I’m sure that list will grow. And of course, I love the fact that I can write on there and make money doing so – that’s also nice.

Cause I’m not going to lie, I could use all the money I could get right now. I’ve been having quite the run of bad luck lately.

But it’s not going to keep me from my goals! Though I do wish things would move a little faster at times.

My current Medium stories:

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What To Do When You Lack Brain Energy

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This blog post is late due to Mother’s Day Weekend and complete brain fatigue. Hope all the mothers and the single fathers had a great Mother’s Day!

Brain fatigue is a huge issue for me, and I know it is for a lot of creatives. We do so much in our daily lives – we’re moms and dads, creatives, members of the workforce, chronic illness sufferers – the list goes on and on. Most of us work hard at our creative pursuits, constantly improving our craft, no matter what it is.

And being creative takes a lot of brain energy.

How To Increase Brain Energy

Eat Right For More Brain Energy

The brain only has so much energy, especially if you aren’t eating right. And most of us aren’t, even if we choose healthy snacks, we’re still running around (like chickens with our heads cut off), trying to keep up with all of our responsibilities AND our creative life.

The brain needs certain things for energy. Starting with a healthy, balanced diet is a great idea to increase brain energy, but certain foods work better than others. Carbohydrates for one. Yes, evil carbs are amazing for brain energy. But not all carbs are created equal – aim for complex carbs rather than simple ones. It’s the simple ones you should mostly avoid – even if over 40% of your diet should be carbs.

Ketones are important as well as protein – fatty acids and amino acids are required for your brain to function.

Image by Дарья Яковлева from Pixabay

Exercise

You know you should, but when are you going to find the time? Try exercising for 15 minutes instead of blocking out an hour if you just can’t get that much time. Aim to do 2 15 minute exercise routines at a minimum. The best part is, you don’t have to go to the gym – all that running around you do counts! This gets oxygen to the brain, which is vital to brain health. The more you exercise regularly, the more oxygen that gets to your brain.

The synapses and neurons in your brain uses roughly 80% of your brain’s energy. Exercise produces lactate as well, most of which goes to your brain for energy. Stretching regularly will help in keeping the lactate flowing. Lactate may also have much to do with your brain’s plasticity, which affects learning and changing.

Image by Steve Buissinne from Pixabay

Take A Nap

Sometimes you just need to refresh your brain. Taking a nap can help reduce the toll thinking has on your brain, as the brain uses different functions while you sleep. Even a 20-minute nap can help refresh your brain. I know suggesting a nap is almost crazy talk for most of us, but give it a try. It’s good for your brain AND your productivity!

Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay

Avoid Alcohol

Many of us like to unwind with a beer or glass of wine, which is fine and may be healthy. The issue shows up when someone becomes a heavy drinker – they aren’t doing their brain any favors, and instead may be destroying it. If you are an alcoholic, get help – the drunken creative myths aren’t doing you any favors. It’s hurting you and your creative pursuits.

The brain is seriously an amazing thing. At 3lbs, it uses about 20% of your energy…a fairly large percentage. And we still know so little about it. Studies are being done all the time on various subjects, including how everyday things affect the brain. I find the brain absolutely fascinating. These tips will definitely help you keep your brain energy high as you go through your day.

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Personal Friday: Talk About Some Bad Luck

Personal Friday: Talk About Some Bad Luck
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Last Friday, after the blog post, well, that afternoon, I broke the vehicle I’m using – shotgun holed the oil pan. Got to the store, and oil went everywhere. *sigh* My brother and his father-in-law had to bail me out. This is getting to be a habit. 

I need a new vehicle, but that isn’t in the cards right now. Or in the near future, as things are going right now.

Fortunately, my brother managed to patch the oil pan, so I can still drive, but no one knows how long it will last. Yay.

And to make matters worse, this Wednesday, my furnace decided it didn’t want to work. Checked everything I could think of, but I’m no tech. Dad took a look at it, and he couldn’t figure it out. So, tech call.

That’s bad enough, but my oil company treats me well. So I can’t complain there.

The tech guy shows up, does his thing and everything is fine till the end…the heat shield was being held on by one measly screw! If that had fallen, it could have killed my whole family.

Image by Rudy and Peter Skitterians from Pixabay

So he condemns it, naturally. It’s not something he can fix, it’s unsafe, obviously…so I lost my furnace. And heat is still required at night. Fun times.

Fortunately, the owner of my oil company loaned us some heaters, which helps. I’ll take what I can get honestly.

Now I need to come up with 3 grand plus. Probably not going to happen anytime soon, but it’s worth a try. Add that to the long list of things I need money for!

They say bad things come in three’s, I’m not looking forward to the next one. Hopefully, two is enough! Really tired of my life being held together with baling wire, duct tape and a smattering of Bondo. Onward and upward I suppose!

Hello world!

Raiscara AvalonThis republished due to a plugin error. Was originally published 10 Nov 2018.

Why hello there. My name is Raiscara, and this is my little online home. Yeah, I’m keeping the hello world title, as it fits. Right now I’m a writer working on my first novel, as well as being somewhat of an amateur photographer. I’m also currently disabled due to a number of health issues, and I’m sure they will come up from time to time.

My goal is to end up with a good, full-time income from writing and other things. I honestly believe that multiple streams of income are the way to go – so that’s what I’m working on. I’m aiming to post every Monday for now, and maybe I’ll increase it later. Got to work within my limits, even though it’s hard!

[Photo credit: Raiscara Avalon]

My Published Work: Random Photos From Maine Vol I

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Some of you may know, but I haven’t really done any sort of promoting of it, that I have a photo book up on Amazon. There will be more, naturally, I’m just focusing on other things right now.

Here’s the cover, if you haven’t seen it already:

Random Photos From Maine Volume 1

It’s a short photo book, listed at $1.99. There are plenty more where those photos come from as well – I literally have gigs worth of nature shots, some good, some okay, and some not that great. The thing is, all my photos are unedited – no fake colors on my photos. Photoshopped photos hurt my eyes – and give us an unrealistic expectation of perfection.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in, go nab Random Photos From Maine Vol 1 from Amazon now. I could use your feedback to make them even better – so leave a review on Amazon or feedback on here – or just email me! raiscara@raiscaraavalon.com if you forgot.

Weekend Special For The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019

Just a quick note to let you know about a weekend special being offered for The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 ($) – a live webinar by Corina at NowThatICanDo. This applies to anyone who already purchased the bundle as well!

If you missed the Early Bird Special, now is your chance to add even more value to The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 ($)!

The webinar is on self-care, something creatives definitely need more of. It’s called Maximize Your Morning Routine: Self-care Strategies That Work For The Busiest Homemakers. This only lasts for today and tomorrow, if you didn’t think 104 different products were worth the price of $29.97.

And here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Motivation & perspective for self-care
  • Setting expectations & choosing your priorities for self-care
  • Hacks for getting put together faster each day
  • Creating your doable self-care routine

And don’t forget, The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 ($) goes away after Monday, May 6th!

Personal Friday: Changes All Around!

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Yes, changes are afoot – both on the blog and in real life.

Ch…Ch…Changes…! Sorry, I had to. I am currently tearing my life apart, from the bottom to the top. That means I’m decluttering my home, planning for the future, executing some of the plans, setting quarterly goals and focusing on them, changing my habits – nothing is safe.

Yesterday was my 36th birthday. I spent most of the day in bed, completely and totally drained. 36 apparently wants to suck the life out of me. Of course, I’m not going to let it, but I am listening to my body as I can. Not even music saved me. Took all day just to write this post…seriously. Not even the dulcet sounds of Bruno Mars managed it – and that boy can make me move.

Anyway, changes on the blog. Yes. You may have seen the new Promotion Thursday – that’s me finding products and deals for you guys that I either love and use or plan on purchasing ASAP. And obviously, you see Personal Friday – where I keep you updated on various things going on in my life. Reader Questions Wednesday is another series in the works, and My Promotion Tuesday, where I promote my own things (mostly books). I won’t be posting if I have nothing to post, so consider them sporadic. 🙂

Leave feedback on the posts, or email me at raiscara@raiscaraavalon.com. If you want to ask a question for Wednesdays, email readerquestions@raiscaraavalon.com. Tell me what you want to hear more about, I love getting ideas from my readers.

Promotion Thursdays: The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 (+Early Bird Special)

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Guess what guys?

I found a spectacular deal for you. Over 2,000 dollars worth of goodies for only $29.97. Yeah. I’d want that too – matter of fact, I’m going to buy mine now. It’s called The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 ($) and it contains so many different things, it’s amazing. It’s not just for women either! There is plenty of topics guys would possibly be interested in. It’s good for the whole family, including the children!

The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 ($) contains 30 e-courses and videos, 28 ebooks, 25 printable packs, 16 workbooks, 3 summits, and 2 membership sites – all for $29.97. But don’t wait to buy, as it goes away May 6th at 11:59 pm EST!

The Ultimate Homemaker Bundle 2019

Some of the topics included are:

  • Home Management
  • Creativity and Decor
  • Self-Care
  • Work At Home
  • Faith (geared towards Christians in many cases, but works for non-Christians as well)
  • Homeschooling

As you can see, it’s not all cleaning, decluttering and organizing…it’s not even all necessarily what one would think of when thinking of homemaking. This takes the topic of homemaking, turns it on its head and then sends it out into left field – but they all fit together nicely. This is an “ultimate” bundle after all!

And for only $29.97, it’s a steal. Get yours today!

Early Bird Special

If you buy yours today, you get some extra special goodies! Ever wondered how to decorate your home for the warmer months? You will get access to The Nester’s Summer Decorating Course free of charge! The course normally costs $29, but you get it with your purchase today.

Still not sure The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019 ($) is for you? This bundle has just about everything to help you learn a new hobby, from sewing to knitting in true homemaker fashion. It even follows that up with how to create your own business with Etsy, so you can then make things to sell. A creative’s dream! Prefer freelancing from home? They have you covered there as well.

Included in The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle 2019

It has several books about decluttering, a challenge most of us have, especially creatives. Naturally, there is also cleaning information. But what if you’re downsizing? They have you covered. If you homeschool any children, they even have you covered on balancing homeschooling with homemaking. That’s a big worry covered, never mind the fact that they also have information on how to balance your life with homeschooling. There are a lot of topics covered, more than I’ve ever found in a homemaking bundle before, including marriage!

So give it a try. And if you aren’t completely thrilled with all your new goodies (though I think you would be, or I wouldn’t be telling you about it), they do have a 30-day money back guarantee. Just make sure you tell them you aren’t happy with 30 days of purchase and presto! The money is back in your account.

Enjoy your new bundle!

How To Set Quarterly Goals

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Obviously, I have planning for the future on my mind, as I am neck deep in it.

Quarterly goals are a different way to think of your personal goals. And it’s a good time frame – more than a month, less than a year. The year also naturally splits up into quarterly segments – that’s probably why it is so common among businesses. If you struggle with monthly and yearly goals, this may be a solution for you.

Warren Buffet’s 25-5 Story

You’ve probably heard this story before, so I’ll paraphrase it here. Warren Buffet tells his personal pilot Mike Flint to write down 25 things he wants to accomplish. Once that is done, Warren tells Mike to circle the 5 most important, which Mike does. Those 5 things become what Mike focuses on until their completion, to the exclusion of the other 20.

What Does Warren Buffet Have To Do With Quarterly Goals?

I use his 25-5 method to choose what I’m going to focus on each quarter. I generally choose 6 or 8 things, however, instead of the 5 – mostly because I despise odd numbers. It’s an OCD thing. And those are my quarterly goals. If I finish sooner, I get to pick a new one, which is also fun.

Also, Warren Buffet is super successful, so you could have worse mentors. If it works for Warren Buffet, it works for me. Emulation, baby!

Set Realistic Quarterly Goals

Don’t try to be a billionaire in a quarter, unless you are already on the cusp and have enough income coming in to make it happen. For the rest of us, set something you can achieve in a quarter – like an income goal to increase your earnings by x amount in a quarter or something like that. Don’t only make them SMART goals, which you’ve probably heard about a million times by now, but make them realistic for YOU!

Yes, you can technically write 3 novels in a quarter, if you type fast and have the mental stamina to do it. Most of us, however, might only be able to write one. So really plan it out, so that you know all the steps required, the time you have available, how much rest you need so that you don’t burn out, and whatever else you need.

Thinking like a business can work well for creatives. Many of us are already running our own businesses of some sort anyway – and quarters aren’t just for taxes. Even if you aren’t running a creative business, thinking like a business will get you further at times…and we all want to reach our goals. Planning for the future is hard enough as it is.

Have you ever set personal quarterly goals? How well did it work for you and why? If it didn’t, why not?