by Tamara Branch
Book Genre: YA nonfiction — self-esteem/ self help/ personal growth/inspiration/motivation
Publisher: Heart Project Publishing
Release Date: June 2014
“what believe about yourself affects what you choose, what you &become. "
"YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with."
YOU have IT. IT is the GREATNESS you were born with." - from the book Writer, Artist and Speaker, Tamara Branch serves up 40 bite-sized chapters on how to build unshakable self-confidence, honor your life, and shine bright in the world, in ITGIRL4LIFE:How to bring out your special something and so much more. Get ready to fall in love with your own wisdom, beauty, and strength.
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Tamara Branch is a writer, artist, and speaker, on a mission to help girls unlock their brilliant potential. She's from New York, born and raised in the Bronx, and currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.
(long version)Tamara Branch is from New York, born and raised in the Bronx. She is thrilled to share her first book release, ITGIRL4LIFE: How to bring out your special something and so much more. The book kicks off the ITGIRL4LIFE self-esteem movement to help empower girls to stand up, stand out and shine bright in the world.
Tamara has worked as a professional model and actor for almost two decades. She strutted down the runway for designers Calvin Klein, Donna Karen and Christian Dior, acted in a few independent films, co-hosted PBS New York’s education series, “What’s up in Technology” and appeared T.V. commercials and print ads for Levi’s, Old Navy, Hershey’s, Colgate, Kellogg’s Special K, Revlon, Hanes, Nike and many others. A Penn State alumnus and lifelong student of personal development, Tamara is deeply passionate about uplifting the human spirit.
After graduating from Institute for Integrative Nutrition, studying under Deepak Chopra, Dr. Andrew Weil and some of the top health and wellness experts in the world, she was inspired to raise the bar on her own ‘self care’ and support others in living more vibrantly. She is an abstract artist and teaches a dynamic dance class, where she gets to fuse her varied background, having trained in everything from jazz, ballet and modern to Afro-Caribbean and Salsa.
Tamara was recently asked to become a Female Visionary Author guest blogger for The Brave Heart Women Global Community. She's a SAG/AFTRA member since 1998, a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is represented by Abrams Artists Agency.
Tamara currently lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband of seven years and offers ITGIRL4LIFE workshops to assist girls on their self empowerment journey. Her second book is due out next Spring. Stay tuned!
Finish That Book: 5 Mindset Tips for Writers
A guest post by Tamara Branch
Your heart wants you to write. Your spirit is begging you to express yourself. You are bursting at the seams, with the desire to finish this THING you’ve been working on. I know how you feel. I’ve started so many writing projects. For years I would get really excited about writing my first book or first script. I would start with a bang and then life would get in the way. My thoughts were blocking me. My enthusiasm faded. My attention moved somewhere else. Sound familiar? Apparently, it’s not enough to just have a great idea. After years of starting and stopping, I changed my approach and finally wrote my first book and published it this year. Seriously, the best feeling.
Here are some of my productivity mindset tips to help you finally finish your book.
1. Let your passion lead the way. If you are not truly interested in what you are writing about, you are going to run out of steam. Write from the heart. It’s important to keep coming back to your center, what moves you, what excites you, what inspires you. Tell the story you want to tell. Create your world. Go on your journey. Always come back to the core purpose of what you are writing and why you are writing it. Keep your passion alive. That fire in you is the fuel you need to finish.
2. Make a commitment to yourself and to your project. You will finish your book when you make it important. Honor your dreams and you honor your life. Decide to complete what you start, period. How would you feel if you let this project and all of your other creative projects fall by the wayside? I asked myself that question years ago and I burst into tears. I remember listening to Dr. Wayne Dyer speak. He was talking about tapping into your creativity. He paused, looked at the audience and said, “Don’t die with your music still in you.” What a statement! I don’t want to die with my music still in me, do you?
3. Stop thinking so much. You can THINK yourself to death, ya know. Many writing projects have lost their life due to the over judging, over thinking, over analyzing activity of the writer. Less thinking — more writing. Schedule specific times to write and honor that time. Some days you’ll be in the flow, other days you won’t. Every time you sit down to write, you get closer to your personal victory.
4. Focus. Work on ONE creative project until it’s done. That’s how I finished my book. Yes, you will have to resist the urge to jump around to 50 million other creative temptations. I did. It wasn’t easy. Writing can be frustrating and often times makes you want to run for the hills. Don’t run. Refresh. Renew. Refocus every day until you get there.
5. Take Breaks. Back away from the computer. Personally, I take a dance break every 25 minutes, when I’m writing, even if it’s for a minute or two. No stagnant energy allowed in the writer’s room. This is also a great way to infuse some extra joy into the process. A quick walk and stretch are also good to get the circulation going in your body and free up the mind to release more of it’s brilliance.
Cheers to finishing your book:-)
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