A Must Try!! – Steps for Practicing Self-Love

Everyday-Self-Love-ImageIn today’s society, many woman and girls are influenced by the images they see on television that give a false sense of what a woman should look like and how a woman should act. These images show mainly women who are very thin and have had some type of cosmetic surgery to enhance their appearance. They also show a women who is not fully clothed showing off her body in order to get what she wants. This sends the wrong message and for young girls and some adults, this can leave them feeling a sense of inadequacy. Unfortunately, many teens watch the television shows and think that they are supposed to look like the women portrayed on the shows. The teen do not realized that the women are made up with numerous tricks of the trade put into place to give a false sense of reality. This leads the teen down a road that leads to low self esteem and the teenager grows into adulthood feeling inadequate and less than.

According to lzbearfacts.com low self-esteem is a mental disorder in which an individual views himself or herself as inadequate, unworthy, unloved, and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative self image permeates every thought, producing faulty assumption and ongoing self-defeating behavior. Low self-esteem issues are common in young people, especially in high school. Seven out of ten girls believe that they are not good enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in school and relationships with friends and family members, according to dosomething.org.

Low self-esteem is the underlying cause of much of the depression people suffer. They feel that there are things they can’t do well, especially as it concerns social skills, being successful, initiating and maintaining relationships, or having the courage to try new things. As a result they often feel hopeless about their situation and about the future. Because those with low self-esteem feel so inadequate, they automatically think that others see them in the same way and that others are laughing at them, will likely reject them, do not respect them, and will take advantage of them. Consequently they tend to watch for signs this is happening and then tend to by overly sensitive and are easily offended. Feeling inadequate, as thought they don’t fit in, and then constantly fearful of repercussions, low self esteem sufferers watch others in an effort to figure out what to do and say, what to wear-what seems to work. But, as situations change, behaviors also change leaving these individuals confused about what they should do or say, adding to their anxiety and fear of rejection and so their social and relationship skills do not improve leading to many boundary issues.

Practicing Self Love:

What is self love anyway?
self-love
noun
noun: self-love
1. Regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).

2. Self love has often been seen as a moral flaw, akin to vanity and selfishness.[1] In 1956, however, psychologist and social philosopher Erich Fromm proposed that loving oneself is different from being arrogant, conceited, or egocentric, meaning instead caring about oneself and taking responsibility for oneself.

Practicing self-love is really easy and it is very important that you do it because self-love is important to living well. It influences your life choices; who you pick for a mate, the image you project at work, and how you cope with the problems in your life. I want to share a few steps with you to get you on track to start practicing self-love

Steps for Starting the Self-Love Process:

Before you begin your process for practicing self-love, there is one exercise I recommend
you do in order to be in the correct mindset for practicing self-love:
• Stand in front of a mirror
• Look at yourself. I mean really look at yourself.
• Observe your face. Then move to your shoulders and chest. Then move to your abdomen. Complete this until you get to your feet.
What were the negative things you thought about yourself while you were examining your body?
What were the positive things you thought about yourself while you were examining your body?
Now, let’s change those negatives to positives. Review your negatives again and rewrite them by turning them into a positive statement.

When you practice thinking only positive things about yourself, you will notice how much more
confident you feel. When you feel good about yourself and who you are, nobody can tarnish that feeling, if you don’t allow it. Do yourself a huge favor and stop being hard on yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror everyday and love what you see.

Share your results with us!

In the next blog, I will provide you with daily affirmations to practice each day. Stay tuned….

Self-Editing is Your Friend, Not Your Foe

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“The secret to editing your work is simple: you need to become its reader instead of its writer.” – Zadie Smith

 

So you’ve written your book, and while you don’t want to brag that it’s likely the greatest piece of literature ever written, you also know that deep inside it is! There’s only one problem though, you’ve yet to get your beautiful creation edited, and you are terrified of doing so.

correcting-1351629_960_720Understandable of course, no one wants to have their life’s work picked apart, but editing is an absolute necessity if you ever want to get your masterpiece into the hands of a publisher. When it comes to editing you have two options.

  1. Hire an editor to dissect your book and give you notes
  2. Trust in yourself and get cracking on your own revisions

While many won’t choose the latter, sometimes self-editing can actually be the best editing of all. Yes, it makes sense to have another pair of eyes look over your manuscript, but at the end of the day, you are the writer, and you know your work better than anyone else. Taking the time to edit your own manuscript allows you to grow in your knowledge of grammar, and over all better your writing. You will begin to recognize simple mistakes, and get a grasp on how to fix them on your own. You also will be able to recognize specific crutches, for example; words, phrases, sentence structure and punctuation that you continually use to the point where they are overdone.

It may seem difficult at first to be critical of something you, yourself crafted, but being critical of yourself in a positive manner also gives you the opportunity to better your story in the long run. Self-editing takes discipline and awareness, on top of grammatical skills, but once a writer begins to edit their piece, they will find that few things are more rewarding!

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“I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and flow of nib and ink on paper.” ― James Robertson

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The World’s 60 Largest Book Publishers

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Despite concerns about consolidation among publishing houses, sales of the top 10 companies accounted for 55% of revenue of the 50 publishers that are on the list for both 2012 and 2011, down from 57% in 2011. One reason for the decline is the increasing number of publishers from emerging markets gaining sales worldwide. That has been especially true among publishers in the 20th to 50th spots on the ranking; total revenues from those 30 companies accounted for 25% of sales in 2012, up from 21% in 2011. In addition, several new companies have been added to the ranking this year, including two Chinese publishers and one from Russia, bringing the list to 60 publishers.

As has been true in recent years, publishers that specialize in scientific/technical/medical books and journals generated the highest revenue in 2012, followed by education and then trade. There seems little interest among the largest companies to broaden the areas in which they publish; each prefers to focus on one segment. That trend was seen most recently in the U.S., when John Wiley sold off its most consumer-oriented properties to concentrate on professional information. That, of course, is also the path Pearson took with its decision to merge its Penguin subsidiary with Random House, leaving Pearson with only its (very large) educational group. McGraw-Hill Companies also decided that it would be better off focusing on one area, this one outside of publishing altogether—financial services. MHC completed the sale of McGraw-Hill Education in early 2013 to a private equity group (the sale occurred before the final numbers for 2012 were released).

 

So while the rankings in 2012 are relatively stable compared to 2011, events that began or accelerated in 2012—the announcement of the Penguin–Random House merger; the increase in digital sales outside of the U.K. and U.S., where growth, especially on the trade side, has slowed—are certain to jumble the listings much more in 2013.

The four largest book publishers of 2011 kept their positions last year, a result that led Pearson to retain its crown as the world’s largest publisher in 2012, with total revenues of $9.16 billion. The most significant change among the top 10 companies was due in part to the worldwide success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, which boosted Bertelsmann’s Random House subsidiary from eighth place in 2011 to fifth in 2012 on Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly’s annual ranking of the world’s largest publishers.

Click on a company’s name to read its profile.

Rank (2012) Rank (2011) Publishing Company (Group or Division) Country Publ. Company Mother Corporation or Owner Country Mother Corporation 2012 Revenue in $M 2011 Revenue in $M
1 1 Pearson UK Pearson (corp.) UK $9,158 $8,411
2 2 Reed Elsevier UK/NL/US Reed Elsevier (corp.) UK/NL/US $5,934 $5,686
3 3 ThomsonReuters US The Woodbridge Company Ltd. Canada $5,386 $5,435
4 4 Wolters Kluwer NL Wolters Kluwer NL $4,766 $4,360
5 8 Random House Germany Bertelsmann AG Germany $3,328 $2,274
6 5 Hachette Livre France Lagardère France $2,833 $2,649
7 6 Grupo Planeta Spain Grupo Planeta Spain $2,597 $2,304
8 7 McGraw-Hill Education US The McGrawHill companies US $2,292* $2,292
9 9 Holtzbrinck Germany Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck Germany $2,220 $1,952
10 10 Scholastic (corp.) US Scholastic US $2,148 $1,906
11 11 Cengage US Apax Partners et al. US/Canada $1,993 $1,876
12 12 Wiley US Wiley US $1,783 $1,743
13 13 De Agostini Editore Italy Gruppo De Agostini Italy $1,724* $1,724
14 14 Shueisha Japan Hitotsubashi Group Japan $1,464 $1,714
15 15 Kodansha Japan Kodansha Japan $1,368 $1,551
16 19 Springer Science and Business Media Germany EQT and GIC Investors Sweden, Singapore $1,298 $1,138
17 18 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt US Education Media and Publishing Group Limited US/Cayman Islands $1,286 $1,295
18 16 Shogakukan Japan Hitotsubashi Group Japan $1,254 $1,444
19 20 Harper Collins US News Corporation US $1,189 $1,100 (est.)
20 21 Informa UK Informa plc UK $1,126 $1,069
21 23 Oxford University Press UK Oxford University UK $1,125 $1,004
22 NEW China Publishing Group Corporate China (PR) Government; partly publicly listed China (PR) $1,104 n/a
23 NEW Phoenix Publishing and Media Company China (PR) Government; partly publicly listed China (PR) $1,076 n/a
24 26 Kadokawa Publishing Japan Kadokawa Holdings Inc. Japan $1,000 $904
25 24 Grupo Santillana Spain PRISA Spain $985 $936
26 25 Bonnier Sweden The Bonnier Group Sweden $968 $909
27 22 Gakken Japan Gakken Co. Ltd. Japan $937 $1,043
28 28 Egmont Group Denmark/Norway Egmont International Holding A/S Denmark $792 $703
29 27 Simon & Schuster US CBS US $790 $787
30 37 China Education and Media Group (form. Higher Education Press) China (PR) China Education and Media Group China (PR) $702 $445
31 29 Woongjin ThinkBig Korea Woongjin Holding Korea $667 $685
32 31 Klett Germany Klett Gruppe Germany $604 $594
33 32 Cornelsen Germany Cornelsen Germany $577 $558
34 17 Readers Digest US RDA Holding Co. US $533 $1,438
35 33 Mondadori Italy The Mondadori Group Italy $511 $506
36 34 Messagerie / GeMS (Gruppo editoriale Mauri Spagnol) Italy Messagerie Italiane Italy $491 $494
37 39 Media Participations France Media Participations Belgium $455 $442
38 35 Lefebvre-Sarrut France Frojal France $447 $467
39 40 Abril Educação Brazil Abril group Brazil $432 $411
40 36 Harlequin Canada Torstar Corp. Canada $428 $450
41 37 Sanoma Finland Sanoma WSOY Finland $426 $446
42 41 Perseus USA Perseus USA $425 $350
43 NEW Cambridge University Press UK Cambridge University Press UK $396 n/a
44 42 Westermann Verlagsgruppe Germany Medien Union (Rheinland-Pfalz Gruppe) Germany $361 $339
45 43 La Martinière Groupe France La Martinière Groupe France $351 $335
46 NEW Flammarion France Madrigall France $349 $360
47 30 RCS Libri Italy RCS Media Group Italy $333 $667
48 46 Groupe Gallimard France Madrigall France $329* $329
49 48 Kyowon Korea Kyowon Korea $322 $298
50 44 Bungeishunju Japan n/a Japan $298 $331
51 51 Haufe Gruppe Germany Priavtely owned Germany $291 $269
52 49 Weka Germany Weka Firmengruppe Germany $258 $282
53 NEW OLMA Media Group Russia n/a $257 n/a
54 47 Shinchosha Japan Privately owned Japan $245 $319
55 54 EKSMO Russia Privately owned Russia $232 $195
56 excl. Editions Atlas France Gruppo De Agostini Italy $230 n/a
57 50 Saraiva Brazil Saraiva Brazil $230 $267
58 53 Groupe Albin Michel France Groupe Albin Michel France $224 $216
59 52 Editora FTD Brazil Editora FTD Brazil $198 $226
60 45 AST Russia Privately owned Russia $194 $330