I Can’t Do It Without You

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My Sincerest Thank You

Over the past 8 years, you have been there for me. Through my career ups and downs, you have shown me a level of support that always kept me going. It’s because of you I push forward in this crazy world of business and writing. You make me feel like I can do anything and for that, I am truly grateful.

An Opportunity For You

I see you commenting and liking my social media updates on my work, Ambitious Endeavors, and I Mean Really Dude. I can tell that you want to see me succeed and now there is a perfect way for you to be part of it all. I’ve teamed up with Patreon to help me get you involved as I move forward in my goals.

What Does This Mean

Patreon makes it easy for you to support me with different levels of contributions. These contributions will then be used to help in getting an assistant and hiring writers. Also, It will help with the day-to-day responsibilities I have while running multiple websites and putting out products/services that benefit people just like you.

What Do You Get Out Of It

I hope you didn’t think I was asking for your contribution without giving you a little something in return. Come on, you know me better than that. For each level of contributions, there are definitely some cool perks. Rewards for your patronage include:

  • Sincere thank you
  • Access to all Patreon updates
  • Weekly videos updating my activities
  • View first 3 chapters of all upcoming books
  • Autographed book(s) published within the year after becoming a patron
  • Shout out on Twitter @MsTrinaLynne, @AmbitiouslyYou, and @IMeanReallyDude
  • Name a character after you in future works of fiction
  • Name on contributor’s list on Ambitious Endeavors, Journey to the Sky, and I Mean Really Dude
  • Behind the scenes access to podcasts, webinars, and courses
  • Personal handwritten thank you
  • Attendance to a monthly “campfire” via Zoom with an ask me anything Q & A, as well as you can pitch ideas for future podcasts, webinars, and courses

Each contribution level has different sets of rewards, all of which helps you be part of the entire process of my journey to greatness.

Be Part of Greatness

As I said before, there are some amazing things going on now within Ambitious Endeavors, I Mean Really Dude and my personal career goals. It’s not all hype. In the coming weeks and months, you will be able to see the major push I’m making.

But why just watch from the sidelines? You could play a part in the greatness being set in motion. Your contribution gives you the opportunity to be part of the entire process up close and personal. Now, doesn’t that sound like an even trade? 😉

How Can You Help

To be a contributor all you have to do is click here and choose your level of contribution. All come with perks, but the more you give, the more you get.

Whatever you can give is a blessing and much appreciated. And I will do beyond my best to make you proud and make your contribution well worth it.

I do hope I can depend on your ongoing support.

Peace & Blessing

OMG, I’m Super Overweight

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So suprised

Over the past few months, I made some awesome health choices. I drink mostly water all day, every day. I go to the gym and when I’m not there, I walk almost everywhere because, well, I like walking and SEPTA prices are ridiculous. I eat pretty okay too.

However, when I visited the Pulmonary Specialist on Monday morning I got a truly horrific surprise.

Quick Health Background

I’m having another kidney surgery next week. Which I’m not a happy camper about, but it’s necessary. So I put my big girl drawls on and decided to accept it.

Those who have been around for a little while will understand my angst at having another kidney surgery. While those of you who are just meeting me will ask, “Did you say another? As in plural?”

That’s right.

This is my ninth surgical procedure in 5 years when it comes to these pesky kidneys. Apparently, I keep producing stones. And since the health system I was originally dealing with (where the other 8 procedures took place) can’t seem to figure out what’s going on, I decided to try another system. Unfortunately, surgery couldn’t be avoided. Yay ME.

Up to Speed

Now that I gave you the back story we can move on.

Like I said, I’m scheduled for surgery next week, which is awesome by the way. (Being totally sarcastic by the way)

Before I can undergo another procedure, numerous tests are done to make sure that my body is surgery ready. The hospital is very thorough too.

So that leads me to the Pulmonary Specialist for clearance. And that’s where something awful happened.

The nurse called me back and I pleasantly followed her. Of course, before I went to my room to await the doctor, I had to have my vitals checked. No problem. I stepped on the scale, proudly I might add. And there it was. A number that jumped right out of a horror movie.

210!!! I had my shoes on, but I mean, my shoes surely don’t weigh more than 5 pounds.

At the moment I played it cool, continuing with my vitals check. Did a breathing test. Talked to the doctor’s assistant, then the doctor. I left the office and headed for my chest x-ray and to get lab work done. All things part of my surgery clearance.

I was in a daze.

 

A 210 Pound of Bricks

It wasn’t until I returned home that it all came crashing down…all 210 pounds of me.

Do you know how much weight that is for a woman of my stature? Let me put it in plainly: I’m 4 foot 11 inches. There is no way that I am this large. I don’t even seem so big.

There was one other time in my life when I had gotten to a weight of epic proportion. When I originally separated from my ex-husband, I was at the most weight I had ever been in my life. Granted I was super depressed all the time about his infidelity and worrying about taking care of small children alone.

Now I was back there.

The biggest difference between then and now, I was younger. And as I worked out while watching my eating habits the pounds came right off. In this situation, drastic measures are set in place.

 

The Plan

Don’t worry, the point of this post isn’t to whine about how big I am. In fact, the weight is proportioned so well, if I hadn’t stepped on a scale I still wouldn’t have guessed.

My plan, if I choose to accept it, is going into beast mode.

That’s right.

A writer is only as good as they feel. And trust me, I’m not feeling writer-ly with all these pounds.

So instead of going into an unnecessary state of depression and depriving you awesome folks my words, I’m going to take the matter into my own hands.

While I already do things to help with weight loss and being healthy, I’m getting myself into tip-top shape with some help, so that when I take my promotional photos next month, I’ll be stunning.

I’m enlisting the help of the book, The Cut: Lose Up to 10 Pounds in 10 Days and Sculpt Your Best Body by Morris Chestnut and Obi Obadike. 

Y’all thought I wasn’t gonna get book help? Books help me with everything.

The plan is simple: commit to being healthier and more fit without any deviations.

Why So Serious

I know you folks are probably wondering why this is such a big thing for me. Do I need to explain the height to weight differential?

Seriously though, I’ve always been a thicker gal, but I have not been happy in this body. Also, I know why this body exists again. And not to sound vulnerable, but it all happened over a year ago when I lost some things in my life that were very important. I allowed my emotions to control my eating and that’s not the way to go.

I spend each day encouraging y’all to be better and live better. For me, I feel like a hypocrite if I don’t get my weight under control.

And while I may only drink water and head to the gym occasionally. It’s time for a regimen that coincides with the woman you folks see every day in my social media posts, spouting all the good stuff.

By no means is this a sad post, or one which needs massive amounts of sympathy. What I want from you is accountability. Don’t be afraid to call me out if you think I’m not doing what I should.

Besides, I wouldn’t be the open, honest me if I didn’t share my health issues with you dudes. It helps show that nobody is perfect, but we all strive to be better.

 

Are you struggling with your health or weight? Want to be a better you? I’ll hold you accountable every step of the way. Join The Inner Circle where, aside from my writing agenda, you get to know me on a personal level – flaws and all. 

Categories: The Fitness Journey

Future Titles You May Want to Know About

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We all know I am NOT like other writers. I tell you what I’m doing before I do it.

While it may seem crazy, there is a definite method to my madness.

I feel telling what I want to do holds me accountable. Besides, I don’t want to look like a liar, right?

There are 7 titles you will be interested in hearing about. And they are all different genres.

You know, something for everyone.

In this video, you get to find out about future titles you may want to know about.

Categories: The Writing Journey

Why Writers & Editors Should Be Friends, But Aren’t

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In a perfect world, writers and editors would be the best of friends. However, this is definitely not the case.

I think it has a lot to do with the whole, “Don’t touch my baby” syndrome going on.

As someone who is a writer and an editor, I understand both sides….but that doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with it.

In this video, you will hear, exactly why writers and editor should be friends but aren’t.

Categories: The Coaching Journey