#34 Episode: "Launching a Passion Project" with Guest Singer/Songwriter Ariyah Brynn

*BONUS ALERT - Ariyah Brynn performs her latest song LIVE during this episode!!! 
One of my favorite things about doing what I do is getting to connect with people.
No matter how old we are, we all want to fulfill the plans that God has for us.
The challenge for many of us is knowing those plans and I don’t mean just the dream or idea, but also how to practically pursue our God-given dreams through goals and dated actions.

I am so proud of one of my students, who happens to be a recent high school graduate. This teen has been developing her God-given talents in music for years, but recently she took my FLIGHT course (see details below) and began to apply it to one specific God-given dream or what I like to call - Passion Project.
I watched her run with the course principles and I could not be prouder of her.

Listen in on how Ariyah Brynn used the principles in my book FLIGHT to launch her latest music video for her debut single "Dejvu"

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#31 "4 Refreshing Summer Planning Tips"



**RESOURCE ALERT - This Episode is loaded with links!!!

When I am recording this it is May and summer is just around the corner. But no matter when you are listening to this episode a new season is coming your way - and with a new season it is always good to refresh the plans in our lives.

What do I mean by refresh?
Have you ever fluffed a pillow or shaken a rug?
be Inspired with a story from my childhood and learn to...
Shake it; Loosen it; Lighten it; & Drop the weight of Planning & Productivity Overwhelm!

I am going to give you 4 Refreshing Summer Planning Tips - but these can be applied to any new season. Join me as I share in depth about how to use these 4 Tips to refresh your planning:

1. PRAY - learn a simple approach to how to take prayers to action
(reference) “A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,” ~ Proverbs 1:5 NKJV

2. PURGE - learn how I purge four times a year to be productive


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#23 Episode "Name the Day! - Make Doing Chores Easier for Home & Office

Today’s episode is for Melissa and for all of the other “go-getters” out there!

Melissa is a soccer mom who helps a soccer organization in her community. But beyond her volunteer time in her community Melissa also takes care of her family, and helps her elderly parents. She home schools her children and manages her house. Melissa is like you and I - she is a “go-getter” - but even Melissa can become overwhelmed with home and office projects

I want to encourage Melissa and all of us that we can enjoy life while getting things done when we do not try to do it “ALL” at once. When we trade in B I G plate portion projects for “bite-sized” productivity we can make our “ALL” “small” which helps us to bENCOURAGEd Today!

Today, we are going to talk about one of my favorite Make Your ALL Small - “bite-sized” tips...Name the Day! - But before I begin let’s define what a Chore is.

~ Chores...

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#18 Episode: "Sow to Grow - Tips on Giving Your Gifts" with Guests Greg and Wa'Lisa Smith



How do I fulfill the plans that God has for me?
First - checkout Episode #15 "Develop These 6 Abilities to Launch Any Project"

But after you have discovered what you were made to do - I hear this question a lot -

“Amber, where do I begin to fulfill the plans that God has for me?”

bENCOURAGEd Today, because the answer to this question is simpler than you think!

- Begin to fulfill the plans that God has for you by sowing your gifts to others.

YES! By sowing you will start growing - you will begin to develop your God-given gifts.

This is why I have invited two of my friends who understand this principle and who have and continue to…. “Sow to Grow”!

Greg and Wa'Lisa Smith have been singers, songwriters, and musicians for many years! They own their own Production company - G&W Media Productions (Link Below), where they produce and assist in distribution of mostly indie artists. They also write and record their own music, and...

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#15 "Develop These 6 Abilities to Launch Any Project" - includes DOWNLOADS

I have a question for you?
Are you WILLING to launch into that "Passion Project"?
You know that book that you always have wanted to write or that business that you have always wanted to launch or that room that you have wanted to renovate or something even more amazing?
Now I said the word WILLING because - here is me talking very straight with you - what I am going to share today is only for those Christians who are WILLING to pursue a Passion Project (or God-given dream)
I cannot, nor will I, tell you what that Passion Project is for you - check out Episode #13 & #14 (LINKS BELOW) to help you identify it along with a Passion Project resource that I will share at the end of this episode.

During the time I am recording this episode we are coming up on a New Year and coming off of a very challenging year. But whenever you are listening to this - there is no better time than NOW to develop abilities to launch into any project!

In this episode I share...
~ How abilities differ...
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#14 Episode: "How to Pinpoint a Passion Project" with FREE Download

Are you passionate?
Let me tell you, I am super passionate about today’s topic, because no matter how much passion you have or I have without direction we will not fulfill the plans that God has for us.
BUT with passion moving forward in the right direction - oh my goodness...
Christians, you will be unstoppable to fulfill the plans God has for you!
So let’s get into today’s topic…

How to Pinpoint a Passion Project?

1. Identify Your Strengths - Checkout Episode #13 “3 Steps to Get Stirred Up!” (Link Below)
2. Funnel those Strengths to ONE Passion Project (or God-given dream)

How do you FUNNEL those strengths ?

Let’s talk about what we know to be true -

~ God gives us gifts and talents
~ God gives us abilities "Means" 2 Corinthians 8:11-12
Today let's go over the ability...

FORWARD THINKING...ask yourself:
"What is the dream and what is the point of that dream (or Passion Project) ? "
Answer this question with 3 Rs...
Respect - Ask God for help to...

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#13 Episode: "3 Steps to Get You Stirred Up!" with NEW Download



This podcast is a little different today - Normally, I follow a production clipboard - I sit down each month and plan out all the podcasts for several weeks - which helps me schedule recordings in advance, so that I can produce resources and balance my workload - But as today got closer I kept pausing that production schedule - because I wanted to share some timely encouragement.

  • Address election challenges, feeling discouraged, or really just frozen
  • You did what you could - now focus on your house - the plans God has for you

So what CAN you do to bENCOURAGEd to fulfill the plans God has for you?
Here are...

3 Steps to Get Stirred Up!...

  1. Get around an encouraging environment - You just heard about bENCOURAGEd Today Podcast Community Facebook Group -
  2. Identify your Strengths
    What do people like about you? - Ask and make a list of 5 character strengths
    What are you good at? - Make a list of 5 gifts strengths
    Look on these Strengths regularly and I am going to give you...
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#12 Episode: "Never Give Up!" with Guest Alicia Fleming

Today we are going to “get up all in of our business”
- because we are going to talk about those projects that we know that we need to work on, but life keeps getting in the way.
The truth is that life will always get in the way.
And although we might need to pause a project we should never give up on it.
Today I have a special guest who I know will inspire you - she inspires me!
If anyone had a reason to quit a dream project it would be my friend...

Alicia Fleming who is a published writer and entrepreneur, but life really pressed in to try and stop her from fulfilling her God-given dreams - specifically her dream to publish her writings.

On today's episode Alicia shares...

~ Her dream to be a published author
~ The obstacles she faced including, car crashes, depression, cancer, and time
~ How she overcame these obstacles to fulfill her dream and publish mulitple works
Alicia did not allow life to stop her from pursuing her God-given dreams! 
Her story can...
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#10 Episode: "Review Preview Recap" includes Download


On today's episode I  recap...
Review Preview - my #1 Productivity Tip!
Learn where it came from, what it does, and how you can apply it effectively in your life! 

  • A brief history of Review Preview  - how I learned how to meet with myself weekly

           Bonus tip - Interview your boss, minister, or organization leader - always be ready with at least one question that you can ask so that you can gain knowledge from those who mentor you. 

  • What Review Preview Does 

         - It allows you to stop planning and begin to Generate a Plan - which helps you fulfill the plans that God has for you.
          - It consolidates a 30-45 minute weekly meeting with yourself that reviews your previous week inlight of Scriptures and God's plans for your life and previews your upcoming week as you sync your To Do List, Thank You List, and calendar/planner 

  • How You Can...
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#9 Episode "Top Tips to be Inspired" includes GIVEAWAY details

Let’s talk about inspiration today!

1. How can inspiration practically help you fulfill the plans that God has for you?

Before we can answer this question we must first answer this one...What is the value of inspiration?
~ Inspiration gives us tangible examples of what we can accomplish
~ Inspiration lets us know that as a human it is possible!

2. How can you make sure that you will be Inspired on a regular basis?

Let me Give you Two Thoughts on Thank You Lists

1. Apply My 3 Tips on To Do Lists
1.) Make ONE; 2.) Take it with You! 3.) Don't Undervalue it!
Reference EPISODE #4

2. Measure it, So You Can Treasure it!

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.” ~Charles Dickens

Blessing Book!

~Get an inexpensive journal notebook
~Write the MONTH at the top of the page
~Each Thursday - try doing in the morning
~Using bullet points - Make a list of blessings that people have given to you -...

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