New Year. New You. Motivate Me Week 4 – Planning for a Perfect Year with @ShelleyWilson72 #wwwblogs

New Year Resolution

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New Year Resolution

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New Year Resolutions

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#BookReviews & Bags of Babble lead to success for @ShelleyWilson72

Shelley Wilson Brings Us All Inspiration.

Interviewed by Douglas McPherson for the June 2016 issue of  Writer’s Forum, Shelley is the first to admit that when she is nervous or excited she will babble away none stop, we love the enthusiastic babble. In the article Shelley tells us about how a blogging idea lead to her book. Today I want to remind readers about one of Shelley’s books and share with you Shelley’s experience.

“How I Changed My Life In A Year”

I read Shelley’s book in September 2014 and posted my review which Shelley talks about in the interview;

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Book Description

Straight-talking, honest and with touches of humour, Shelley Wilson shares her journey as she sets out to prove that being a 40-something, single mum with back fat and grey hairs isn’t the end of life as we know it.

From fighting flab to writing a 50,000 word novel in 30 days, Shelley covers a wide variety of themes as she tackles twelve challenges in twelve months.

Packed with affirmations, tips, steps and links, How I Changed My Life in a Year will keep you motivated for the year to come and beyond.

Based on the popular Resolution Challenge blog, Shelley shows how one year can change your life

My Review of her book;

This book was my September treat, after the long school holidays I always deserve a treat and I do love a book that motivates me. The book title appealed to me straight away and I loved the cover with the post-it notes.

Shelley writes in a fun and amusing way and the book goes through her 12 resolutions to change her life for the better with some great lessons along the way. Shelley set herself monthly challenges and within those weekly smaller conquests. I liked the idea of a visions board of things you want to do, I know the idea isn’t new but I’ve only ever tried it once and I lost the enthusiasm.

Month 6, “Adopt better habits”, was one of my favourites, I already do a lot of re-cycling, but I had a bag of items for the charity shop which had been sitting by the back door and not actually going anywhere. After reading about Shelley’s month 6 I got off my backside, filled another bag with books and put both in my car. Then I planned my next day with a slot to visit the charity shop to drop off my bags. Coming home to empty spaces felt good.

I also enjoyed the challenge to wear bright clothes and not anything black. I took one look at the clothes I was getting ready for the cooler months and realised they were mostly black. Feeling incredibly brave I took to the shops to find some colourful new clothes, I bought jumpers and shirts, but trying to find trousers I like which aren’t jeans, skinny or black is proving harder.

This book brought a smile to my face and a list of ways I want to improve my own life, I’ll finish with a quote from the book “Dream it, Live it, Become it.”


If you already subscribe to Writer’s Forum, you can read the full article about how Shelley went “From Blog to Best Seller” with her self-help book. I was lucky and got permission from Douglas and Shelley to give you a few tempting snippets from the article.

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Shelley said; “I’ve never sent the book off to be reviewed, but an online reviewer called Rosie Amber found the book on Twitter and wrote the review. Everything exploded around that, because she was a proper book reviewer”

Shelley 2“Customer reviewers are another sales driver on Amazon”

She also said that when her book hits the first page of the Amazon Best seller chart she sees a spike in sales.

Last year Amazon paid her a bonus when she sold 194 books in one day.

Shelley is a very enthusiastic author, blogger, book reviewer and more.

Congratulations on your article in Writer’s Forum. I’m sure we’ll all be hearing much more from Shelley in the future.

Article printed by kind permission from Douglas McPherson.

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December Issues of @FleetLife and @EHDirectory featuring my #Bookreviews

Here are a list of books I’ve had featured in my local magazines for the month of December 2014, with links to the magazine on-line versions and Goodreads links to all the books. click on the online directory and once loaded, find my reviews on page 36.

Dec FL

The Immortal Greek by Monica La Porta

Britannia Part 1: The Wall by Richard Denham

We That Are Left by Juliet Greenwood

Romancing My Love by Melissa Foster

BackPacks and Bra Straps by Savannah Grace


Books that made it in to my reviews in the Elvatham Heath Directory Click on the online directory and once loaded go to page 13

How I Changed My Life In A Year by Shelley Wilson

Echoes In The Darkness by Jane Godman

Fairy Tale In New York by Nicky Wells

Midnight Sky by Jan Ruth

Craving by Sofia Grey

Friday Challenge – Conquering Your Fears

Friday Challenge – Week 4

Welcome to week 4 of our motivational posts written by Shelley Wilson author of How I Changed My Life In A Year.

Shelley has been helping us with ideas about how to make our lives better places to live in with easy to follow fun challenges, if you have missed any here are links to the previous weekly posts. Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

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Conquering Your Fears


As a writer, there is nothing as pleasurable as sitting at your laptop and letting the words flow. Writing has been a favourite past-time of mine for over thirty years. So why did the prospect of taking part in one of the largest writing competitions fill me with such fear?


It is often the thing we want so much that we dread the most, the reason for this is a simple fear of failure. Every year over 350,000 writers sign up to NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), all dedicated to producing a 50,000 word manuscript in just 30 days.


When I started writing my blog, which would eventually lead to my book How I Changed My Life in a Year, I knew that if I publicly announced my intent to take part, I wouldn’t be able to back out. I pushed myself to face my fears, and I began to research how other NaNoers had accomplished this heady feat. Outlining, plotting and research seemed to be the answer.


Organisation was key. I created a Pinterest board for my character inspiration and filled a notebook with my ideas for plot and scenes. Taking part in NaNoWriMo taught me the value of outlining and full character profiles. I was as ready as I could be when the 1st November arrived.


Nine days later I hit 50,296 words.


The beauty of this event is how, even if you don’t make the 50,000 word count, you can get involved in the community. You can post in the forums and learn a great deal from experts in every imaginable field and ‘meet’ new people. Writing is a solitary affair, but I’ve never felt more supported than when I was a NaNoer.


With all doubts firmly squashed I realised, fears are never as bad as you thought they would be, or as I tell my personal development students, FEAR is simply False Evidence Appearing Real.


I learnt a great deal taking part in this challenge. You are not alone; you can do anything you set your mind to, and you can enjoy writing and the beauty of a deadline to hone your skills. Finally I learnt it was possible to ask a question, ‘If I stab someone in the heart with a sword will they die instantly?’ and not get arrested. I do love a good writers’ forum.


Challenge accepted and achieved. I am happy to confirm that my original NaNo manuscript has been re-worked, edited and is in the final stages ready for publication, only made possible because I faced my fears. I extend my challenge to you – do one thing today that scares you.

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My Book Reviews In November Issues of Fleet Life & Elvetham Heath Directory

I’m really lucky in that I have another outlet for my book reviews where I can help spread the word to others about some of the books I’ve read.

I get a page in each of these monthly local magazines, which benefit from on-line versions to reach a world wide audience.

This month’s Fleet Life books were;

The Soul and The Seed – Arie Farnam

Stranger at Sunset – Eden Baylee

Frenzy – Mark King

Seaside Dreams – Melissa Foster

How I Changed My Life In A Year – Shelley Wilson

View the online version Click on the online directory tab and load the magazine. Find my reviews on page 27

Fleet Life Nov

This month’s EHD books were;

Lost Souls – Penny de Byl

Spirit Warriors: The Scarring D.E.L. Connor

The Landland Chronicles – Dallad Sutherland

Patriot – A.S. Bond

Bend With The Wind – Suraya Dewing

View the online version Click on the online directory tab and load the magazine. Find my reviews on page 6

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Please note this is a voluntary task I get no monetary rewards for my reviews and the editors decision about which books we use is final.

Friday Challenge – Could You Adopt Better Habits?

Friday Challenge – Week 3

Welcome to week 3 of the Friday Challenge where we are joined Shelley Wilson, author of How I Changed My Life In A Year.

Shelley is sharing with us easy ideas about how we can make our lives better and also the lives of those around us.

Here are links to the previous weeks. Week 1,

Week 2

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Could You Adopt Better Habits?


We could all benefit from changing our routines once in a while. Simply choosing to drive a different route to work can do wonders for your well-being. For my book How I Changed My Life in a Year, I spent month six adopting better habits by growing vegetables, eating a vegetarian diet and de-cluttering.


When I teach my personal development workshops I inevitably touch on the topic of de-cluttering as it is one of the simplest ways to feel lighter and brighter. Clearing your personal space can have a profound effect on body and mind. A clear canvas is the perfect starting point for any new venture, creative idea or period of recovery.


Using my simple four-step process, you can quench your craving for a little inner peace and maybe find the odd fiver tucked away in an old coat pocket!


  1. Take responsibility. Are you surrounded by magazines, CDs or twelve glass vases? Does your wardrobe contain ‘thin’ clothes and ‘fat’ clothes? Is your cupboard under the stairs full to the brim with shoes, coats and bespectacled wizards? Decide to do something about it now.
  2. Take it slowly. When faced with a mountain of ‘stuff,’ don’t panic. It may look overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Take it one room at a time. When you look around the room you have chosen, break it down even further, and take it one piece of furniture at a time. Clear a desk drawer or one shelf on the bookcase and then build up to the entire desk.
  3. Tools to help. All you’ll need are three cardboard boxes. Label the boxes: Donate, Bin and Sell. Take all your unwanted items that are still in good condition to a charity shop. Throw out all the broken items or anything that no longer has value. Sell as much as you can at a car boot, your rubbish is someone else’s treasure.
  4. Completion. You’ve done a car boot and transferred all the unsold items into your donate box; you’ve driven to the local refuse centre and dropped off your bin box now you need to deliver your charity box. DON’T leave it by your front door or in the boot of your car, you’ve done so well, don’t stop now.


Challenge accepted and achieved. A clutter-free home makes for a clutter-free mind and can help you feel better about yourself and your environment. With the clean slate you are ready to tackle anything that comes your way, so I extend my challenge to you – adopt a better habit, change an overused routine or tidy up your writing desk.

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Friday Challenge – Appreciating What You Have By Giving Something Up

Friday Challenge – Week 2

Welcome to week 2 of the Friday Challenge, a set of articles written for us by Shelley Wilson as a gift to you the reader. Author of How I Changed My Life In A Year, Shelley is sharing some of her own challenges with us and motivating us to make our own lives better.

If you missed week 1 here is a link to the post

Over to Shelley…

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Can You Appreciate What You Have By Giving Something Up?


After taking part in this year’s Cancer Research Dryathlon, whereby I refused all alcohol for the month of January, I decided to carry this challenge on and am now tee-total (nine months and counting). Don’t panic readers, we’re not asking you to give up your Friday night glass of vino… well not yet anyway!


In my book How I Changed My Life in a Year, I dedicated an entire chapter to giving up the demon drink. For my month seven challenge, to appreciate what I have by doing without, I had to come up with four other activities to forgo.


With the television, Facebook and my car eliminated from my life for a single week each, I felt much better. More time to write, no incessant stream of notifications and increased exercise were the benefits of my challenge. The fourth week, however, was a very different story. At my twelve-year old daughter’s request, I gave up wearing black clothing. A simple task you may think, but oh no!


Here is an excerpt from my book.


I realised the magnitude of this challenge when, on day one, with bleary eyes and bed hair, I fished around in my underwear drawer for any other colour of pants! (Note to self – pants situation critical.)


   Fast forward to the 3 p.m school run and thank goodness for blue denim.


   With two minutes to spare I stood in my jeans and bra (white one) looking at 25 black tops. If I turned up at school in just my underwear, my daughter would disown me, then I remembered a multi-coloured T-shirt I’d bought for an eighties fancy dress party – yes, I wore it.


   I didn’t think it was possible for an eye roll from a twelve-year old to stop me in my tracks, but hey, this challenge was never going to be easy.


Giving up wearing black clothing may have seemed a trivial goal but it certainly made me appreciate my wardrobe and think about my image. Interestingly, as I opted for a more colourful palette, I noticed a change in my moods and emotions. Leaving the dull, dreary black clothing behind meant I filled my life with reds, pinks and greens and benefited from a little colour therapy along the way.


Challenge accepted and achieved. It can help us to appreciate what we have in our life by giving something up, so I extend my challenge to you – Give something up such as twitter, diet coke or taking the car and embrace the experience.

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