Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Morning Motivation - "TAG! You're IT!" from @monicamjones

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Monday Morning Motivation
"TAG! You're IT!"


August 1, 2011
In this issue
Coming in November 2011: Monday Morning Motivation THE BOOK!
Signings in the City Summer Book Tour!
MMJ Birthday Blog Tour!


Think of the game called Tag that we used to play when we were children. You run for your life from the personMonday Morning Motivatiom (The Book) that's "It" like getting caught by them is the worst thing in the world...the worst thing that could possibly happen. We don't stop to think about what happens when we get caught. The reality is that the outcome is not that bad at all. When you get caught YOU become "It" and now you have the power.


Now think about how this parallels with our lives. We often run from our problems, namely bill collectors or facing hard choices and decisions that we must make.


Take your power back! Stop running from your fears and problems and turn around and start chasing and pursuing them. I've been doing this for the first half of this year and it's not only been far less painful than I thought it would be, but it's actually been quite liberating. Set up payment arrangements, see if there are opportunities for settlements, talk to people about how you feel, make those hard decisions and stick to them... When you face your problems and your fears head on, they are nowhere near as frightening as they seemed when you were running and hiding.


It's time to take responsibility for the fact that our fears are often our fault. Yes, bill collectors may be a little rude and snippy at times, but hey, they're just doing their job. We are the ones that did not keep our word, or pay our bill, or who bought something we knew we really couldn't afford.


Fear only has the power that you give it. Just like a car, it can't go anywhere or do anything unless you give it the fuel. So this week I challenge you to stop running, turn around and chase your fear right back. These days, as I work diligently to repair my credit, the bill collectors are my friends, not my enemies. I call them regularly to see what type of deals I can work out with them and I even go as far as joking with them while I'm on the phone with them. I keep it pleasant and positive and they often have no other choice but to reciprocate those delightful behaviors.


What are you running from? Take your power back TODAY....TAG! You're IT!


Monday Morning Motivatiom (The Book)
Coming November 2011: "Monday Morning Motivation" THE BOOK!

Monday morning is a new beginning...a fresh start!  It's a time to start over and get it right this time.  Sadly, for many it is a time of dread and despair at the mere thought of having to embark upon another week in a situation where they don't want to be. Monday mornings are an amazing opportunity to re-energize, refresh and refocus so it's time to change the way that we think about them. 


Just like a good cup of coffee or a warm ray of sunshine, the motivational messages in this book give you that boost that you need to start your week off right. Each chapter will leave you encouraged, inspired and excited about the new week that lies ahead.



Get ready for the HIGHLY anticipated release of the book, "Monday Morning Motivation" which is a compilation of the weekly Monday Morning Motivational messages that you've grown to love over the past two years.  Coming November 1, 2011!!!


Sweet Soliloquy
The "Signings In The City" Summer Book Tour!

This past Saturday I kicked off my "Signings in the City" Summer Book Tour at Feel Good Saturdays at Rounds on the Square in Detroit. Join me as I make stops at several venues and events for the rest of the summer!  If you have a venue or event that you would like for me to attend please let me know so I can add it to my calendar. Here's the schedule...

TONIGHT! Monday August 1, 2011 - Moscato Mondays at Ambiance 7pm-12pm ($3 Cover Charge)

Saturday August 6, 2011 - 5th Annual Arise Detroit Neighborhoods Day 8am to 5pm (Grand Blvd and the Lodge/New Center Area in the Wellness Building Parking Lot)

Monday August 8, 2011 - Moscato Mondays at Ambiance 7pm-12pm ($3 Cover Charge)

Friday August 12, 2011 - "I Just Came to Chill" at 486 Lounge 9pm-2am ($4 Cover Charge)

Saturday August 13, 2011 - Motown Literary Meet and Greet at Wayne State Barnes and Noble 11am -2pm

Wednesday August 24, 2011 - Open Mic Jam at The Key Club 8pm-12am ($5 Cover Charge)

I hope to see you at one or all of these events! :)


Monica Marie Jones
The MMJ 31 Day Birthday Blog Tour! October 2011

November 1st (11/1/11) is not only my birthday but it's also National Author's Day!  In celebration of both momentous occasions I will be doing a 31 day blog tour for the entire month of October leading up to my birthday on 1st which also just so happens to be the release date of my book, "Monday Morning Motivation"!

So far I have about 15 blogs on board which means that I need about 16 more. Feature me on your blog during one of those days and I will promote your blog during the tour. :) You can interview me or I can provide an article, video blog, or excerpt of my work. If you are interested email me at

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