Monday, April 20, 2015

Make Every Minute Count


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I think our lives are little bit like our brains… You know the little fact about how we only use 10% of that gray matter? In my life, sometimes it seems like I’m only using 10% of my time. I make a goal, intending to keep it, then find myself distracted by so many alternate activities!

Have you caught yourself on Facebook recently? Or Twitter? Or Pinterest? Or Tumblr? What about Instagram? See what I mean? It’s a sticky web out there. You don’t have to be a writer to understand it. You can totally be a reader, too…or a parent, or an employee. :D Sometimes that television show is too tempting! Or that trip to the coffee shop with friends is long over-due. 

As a reader, I’ve been lucky enough to have found a great series, and in the past week, I’ve read more than I’ve written. Maybe that’s okay, but the truth is, if I’d been writing inside all those minutes that seem too short to bother with, I might have done both.

So this year, I made a pact with myself…. MAKE EVERY MINUTE COUNT.

Five minutes before the carpool? Sit and write—and then take the laptop with me.
Twenty minutes left while the baby sleeps? Sit and write.
An hour after everyone’s in bed? Sit and write.

Even if my goal was to read more, crochet, paint, go to school, or clean my house, I would still need to squeeze it in between all the other important stuff—6 kids, 1 husband, a million housewife chores, errands, bills…the list goes on. If I don’t make every minute count, I lose.

Life is short; make every minute count!

With Love,
Beth
   
Kevin and Valerie
Growing up the proverbial military brat, Valerie Standish has shed her old ways. Yet, she’s been around long enough to recognize that familiar arrogance when Kevin Morgan walks through the door. This time she is drawn to the persistent captain like she hasn’t been to any man before, making it harder to keep her promise—never get involved with an officer. 

Kevin doesn’t have a problem with her unwillingness to commit long term. He isn’t quite ready to settle either. For years, he’s worked hard to earn a promotion to Major. He wants one last fling before tying himself to a wife for the rest of his life. 

But time proves them both liars as they begin to fall for each other. Neither is prepared for the ache of betrayal as they come face to face with the truth about one another. 

Will either of them be able to walk away unscathed or have the trenches of love already been dug? 

Zack and Lena

An Army doctor, Lena Rodriguez has always been too busy with school or the Army for romance. But the letters she received during deployment have captured her heart. Back home for the holidays, she awaits Christmas morning to meet the man who has turned her life upside down.

When Zack Benson watched his best friend's sister Lena leave for Afghanistan, he knew he had to tell her he loved her. So he sent her anonymous love letters. Now that she’s home, he realizes he's made a tactical error. Lena has fallen for the man in those letters but still thinks of him as a brother. He has to convince her otherwise because if he succeeds, he’ll get the best Christmas present ever. But if he fails, he could lose her for good.

Morgan and Samantha 
Samantha Hollister is done relying on other people to take care of—or abuse—her. Her ex-husband is out of the picture now…like her family home, the haven she intended to seek. Her father just sold it to her high-school sweetheart, the man who abandoned her many years ago for the army. The man who still makes her heart flutter. But Samantha has vowed to never be led astray again. She has a daughter. 

Despite being injured in action, Morgan Lawrence lives life to the fullest. Each day is a gift, and after five years he is finally one step away from opening a resort for wounded veterans like himself. Unfortunately, a woman stands in his way. And while she has changed, Samantha remains everything he’s ever wanted. Now it’s a matter of helping her see which promises are meant to be broken, and that being strong doesn’t mean one has to fight alone. 

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Beth Rhodes is a wife, mother, friend, and lover. She lives with her Army husband and their six children at the base of the mountains in Colorado. She loves the cold, coffee, camping, and sunshine. 

Her stories are full of life, family, and love. You can find her reading just about any genre of romance, but her favorites are fast-paced suspense, where life is on the line and love is the only saving grace. She wants a book that makes her heart pound and her pulse race. 

Beth is a member of Romance Writers of America, Pikes Peak Romance Writers, Colorado Romance Writers. She is signed with Entangled Publishing and Boroughs Publishing Group, but loves to self-publish, too. For more news about up-coming releases, giveaways, and just plain stuff, SIGN UP for her newsletter
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26 comments:

  1. I've been meaning to do this for ages - stop wasting time and do the things that I either need to do or really want to do - thanks Beth!

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    1. I'm preaching to myself, today, Nina. All weekend, it's been...not revising. I've been stuck in promo/marketing land and I need to get out! :D

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  2. Great post, thanks for sharing! I don't use social media, but there is always something not really useful that takes way too much of my time. Not sure how I'm going to do it, but I'll try to make every minute count.

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    1. Good, Natalija! ...unless it's kissing. Never pass up kissing. :D Have a great week.

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  3. I'm definitely a time waster--especially on facebook.

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  4. I make a list each morning of what I need to do so that I can stay focused.

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    1. I'm a list maker, too! It's so helpful for me and I love crossing things off. I'll add something already finished just so I can cross it off. :D

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  5. So true! And sometimes when you have people pulling on you on your time all day, it's hard not to just zone out when you get a minute to yourself -- but all that time adds up. I like to send my book to my Kindle so that I can re-read it and make edits using my iPhone.

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    1. Good idea, Julie! I haven't crossed those device lines...yet. Someday.

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  6. Yes, I bet that time DOES add up.

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  7. I try to prioritize the important things and not sweat the small stuff

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    1. Good point, Shannon. I need to make my lists reflect those priorities. :) Thanks for stopping in and taking the time to comment.

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  8. Oh, I do try, but it's hard. Sometimes we do need a minute (or 5) to stare blankly out the window or play Candy Crush. :) But I thank you for the inspiration and will try to do better!

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    1. Oh Marin. Please take your 5 minutes of peace... or distractedness. :D I'll be right there with you... i'm sure without it, I would need a lot more wine!

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  9. I try to plan things out in my head or makes notes of things that need to be done... but I will always sneak in time to read. ;)

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  10. focus on the big stuff

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    1. sometimes, that's all we can do, right?

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  11. Mine is actually the opposite of most, at least for this week: mine is to get as much sleep as possible! My husband and I have been repainting almost our entire house since Apr 4. The last few days have been spent replacing worn-out indoor/outdoor carpeting that I swear came with the house 55 years ago - with carpet tiles. We've finished the laundry room and rec room, but we still have my office to go. I have work to finish in here before we can rip it apart, so hopefully we can do this by Thursday. The problem is that we have worked ourselves to the bone and have nagging hacking coughs. I swear my ribs are going to burst. So ... in order to get more done, I need more sleep first. That's my plan, anyway....

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    1. I hope you feel better soon, Laney! :( I know exactly what it's like to buy a fixer-uper. We bought an old 80+ year old house in Ohio, our first home. And as much as I loved it, I hated it! We only worked as we could afford to, so jobs were done on a very specific priority basis! LOL :D Ugh. I would love that house back, though... to this day I would still love to renovate it like we'd planned. Good luck with all that carpet! And get some sleep. :D

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  12. As I get older I'm lucky to get 10%! I seem to go in spurts... 80% go like heck for a while, then 80% sleep. I do try to be a bit adventurous and try new things; zip lining, deep sea fishing, snow skiing, swamp tour and feeding alligators. You're a new to me author and I look forward to reading your books.
    blameitonabook at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks Julie O.! I was laughing at myself today, sitting in the chair in the living room with the laptop propped on my knees. I wasn't even sitting back! And I kept falling asleep. LOL :D So yeah. Sleep. I love that you try new things! I often need my arm twisted. Thanks for visitng! Let me know if you enjoy the books. <3

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  13. Stay up as late as I can each night. I am a night owl/

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    1. I love being a night owl. My grandma was a night owl too. I used to be a great one, but kids have taken a toll. I plan to revert back when the kids are out of the house...I just love the quiet of the night! It's so different, so complete.

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  14. Thank you all for visiting Just Contemporary Romance in the past two days. <3 And congrats to Laney4 for being the Rafflecopter winner.

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  15. Don't know how I missed this! Great article, Beth. Lots of good suggestions!

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