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Comment by Billie Wells on September 10, 2014 at 10:13am

Hi Guys, Dan issued a challenge in August - read something positive for 30 minutes each morning. And in six months our income will double.

I've been doing it for over a year - and what a difference. I feel different, things are happening. I am a better mom, a happier person doing more art. I just did a book I am getting ready to launch and just redid my art site.

I floundered for many years until I started doing this - and since I started it's not been all roses and sunshine. It's also taken me longer than six months. But life is soooo much better. I just got a text last night from my kiddo (a teen) saying how she loved me to the moon and back.

I want to create encouragement and support for each other as we do this. So I just created a facebook page where we can connect and help each other. We can help each other with resources. What are we reading or listening to, how is it changing us?

Okay here's the facebook page. I'm calling it the Good Morning Challenge


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Comment by Brad Leslie on September 6, 2014 at 1:13pm

Howdy, all!  I know it's been a while since I've been on here, so I thought I'd pop my head in and say hey!

Just to show I'm keeping busy, I thought I'd share a piece I'm working on for my nephew; still a long way to go, but I'm liking how it's coming along:

Comment by David Weiss on August 30, 2014 at 7:53pm

Just finished a huge project I've been working on for months. It's been a lot of fun but I am glad to be moving on… Here is one of the five clips. PLease don't spread this around too much. It's really simple animation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-RQYKdXlA4

Comment by Melissa AuClair on August 30, 2014 at 6:33pm

Thank you so much Chris- the week flew by, I saw your comment earlier this week in my inbox but I kept forgetting to come on and say "thank you." I continue to be humbled and amazed at Dan's (and Deby's) generosity. Their generosity helps me to pay it forward to others.

Who's working on their art on our extra long weekend? I hope you all have some time to squeeze in some time with your writing or brushes or music- or spend time relaxing to return to it next week. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend :)

Comment by Chris Callen on August 25, 2014 at 7:03pm

Congrats on the book Melissa!  I heard Dan mention your name on the podcast. 

Comment by Melissa AuClair on August 20, 2014 at 3:34pm

John, thank you for including the link. I don't currently have a Kindle and I use Amazon's apps for my phone and computer. 

Thank you Billie! I appreciate your encouragement!

Comment by Billie Wells on August 18, 2014 at 5:50pm

Thanks John!

Comment by John Chang on August 18, 2014 at 3:32pm

That's one of the misconceptions - that you need a Kindle device to read Amazon ebooks. It's actually a platform.

Here's Amazon's page with all the devices supported.

Plus, if you're a Prime subscriber, you can read anything for free. Meanwhile, authors STILL get royalties!

Comment by Billie Wells on August 18, 2014 at 3:19pm

Hi Melissa, I love the cover! I don't have a kindle - is there a way to order for kindle-less folks? And I would love to share on facebook.

Hey, I can also see a burnout book for single moms - that's huge!

Comment by Melissa AuClair on August 18, 2014 at 2:49pm

Billie, I LOVE the website- you have come a long ways! 

Deby, my latest book is on burnout- I geared it specifically to nurses (my day job) but I'm thinking of writing one specifically for creatives. (I've listened to some stories). Burnout is near and dear to my heart- I didn't plan that, but I've experienced the frustration of it for a long time. If you've experienced burnout as a creative, I'd love to listen to your story.

The book just came out and it is FREE :) between now and Thursday on Amazon.  Would love for anyone who is interested to download it. 

Here is the link: Cure Burnout: The Nurses Action Guide from Moving from Overwhelm to...


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