Happy-New-YOU!

It’s that time again, where many people desperately search for a way to resolve old habits.  The New Year is exactly what it is exclaimed to be … New!  Why try to fix old habits when you have the ability to create new and improved ones?

If you want to become a better person, the best you, each day can bring a multitude of resolve.  Try not to set unrealistic goals that will potentially be un-kept or discourage you from your continued achievements.  We all want to be better at something.  Whether you are finding yourself or continuing to grow as a person; set shorter goals that can lead you into an ultimate resolution.  Keep it simple and unwarranted failures will remain at bay to achieve satisfaction.  Short, simple, and satisfying!  Determination will get you were you want to be.

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tips for a better you, Lashauna D. Hinton

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Tis the season … For last minute shopping!

Happy Holiday's -Lashauna D. HintonTis the season … For last-minute gifts!!  The fun-filled shopping sprees, great deals and not to mention…wait…did you forget to get a gift for someone?  I’ll share a few of my favorites that can be last-minute grabs.

Calvin Klein

6. Calvin!  Not as in Calvin “Megatron” Johnson who plays for the Detroit Lions.  Focus!!  The other Calvin…as in Klein.  He has a great collection of handbags.

The 20-20 Experience JT5. Oh JT!  I have been on an incredible 20/20 Experience with Justin Timberlake this year.  The album is a great listen from cover to cover.

Whispering Woods Candle4.  Whispering Wood!  This is one of my all time favorite candle lines by Rich Teak.  It has a wooden wick that creates crackling sounds.  It is the fireplace without the hassle.

3. Barnes and Noble gift card!  There are thousands of books to choose from online, Barnes and Noble Gift Cards -Barnesandnoble.comincluding “Lyrically Lost In Love: An Original Collection of Poetry,” by yours truly.

2. LeaNBA Basketballgue Pass!  If you know an NBA Basketball enthusiast, this is a great last-minute gift.

 

1. This gift requires no wrapping paper or much thought at all … You!  “It’s not what’s under the tree that matters; it’s who’s around it.” Family CircleMerry Christmas to all!

Xo, La

*Happy birthday to Jesus, as his birthday and quest for love and unity is the real reason for the celebrated season. Agape!

Writer’s Digest Book Awards 2013

image001 Lyrically Lost In Love -Front CoverWriter’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

My poetry book, “Lyrically Lost In Love,” was entered into the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards and I have received a judges review!  I am extremely thrilled to have received such a positive commentary from the #1 magazine and resource for writers!  I’m not entirely sure if my commentary will be posted on writersdigest.com, but I have excitedly pasted the contents of the email I received from my publisher below.

Entry Title: Lyrically Lost In Love

Author: Lashauna D. Hinton

Judge Number: 63

Entry Category: Poetry

Judges Commentary*:

In LYRICALLY LOST IN LOVE, you put love under the microscope for an intense examination, with your observations recorded in heartfelt, personal poetry. Love, for you, is like a raw jewel you turn and turn in the light, seeing something new with each refracted beam. You look at the down side of love,with its frustrations, selfishness, and failures, as well as celebrating the joys of love and encouraging the reader to be open to its gifts. Although lyrical, it’s also realistic. Physically, your book presents an attractive, professional appearance. The cover design is eye-catching and attractive. It illustrates the title and content of the book in a boldly graphic way, which is refreshing–so often a book with “love” in the title will, literally, be all hearts and flowers. Your cover image suggests love is more complicated than that but ultimately worth the risk. Your personal message on the back cover reflects nicely the themes of your poetry, and it’s always good to have a bio note and photo. For future publications, consider putting either your message or your bio in italics to differentiate them (since one is first person and one is in third person). Your organization of the poems is a fine idea and helps lead the reader through the various phases you discuss. Overall, a nicely produced volume of carefully tended, sensitive, and honestly expressed writing. *Commentary may be quoted as: “Judge, Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards

If you already own a copy of “Lyrically Lost In Love,” thank you!  If not, you may find it here just in time for the holiday’s.  Books make great stocking stuffer gifts!!

Stay tuned for my “Happy Holiday’s – Favorites,” post!

XO, La