Presenting At Home Among Sinners

I’m pleased to announce that I just published a new book, At Home Among Sinners! There are tough choices to face if you’re a clergy member, especially one at a corrupt parish in New York City. After being taken from his peaceful life as a monk following the death of his wife and unborn child, Father John Callahan finds himself tempted by sin and banished to a derelict church where he faces a lack of support and outright disdain from his colleagues.

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Stemming from his teenage past in Belfast where he was a street thug and IRA killer, Father Callahan finds it difficult to resist the temptation of the Big Apple. You’ll wonder, “Will he have the strength to remain a good man, or will he return to the dark, criminal life he once knew so well?”

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3 Tips for Harnessing the Power of Your Creativity

Not all of us can be concert pianists or world famous artists, but we all hold the power of unlimited creativity deep inside of us; it’s the ability to take on whatever challenge comes our way and use our vast amount of life experiences to gain insight into what steps to take next.

Your creative mind is something to be nurtured, respected and encouraged. How can you unleash the incredible power of yours? Read on for my three tips.

How do you harness your creativity?

How do you harness your creativity?

Harness the Power of Your Creativity: 3 Tips

  1. Find Your Muse

Like the scorned lover who pens a famous rock song, everyone should find their muse. Your muse is a mentor, friend, enemy, inspiring person or even intangible things like the weather that you can use to help inspire your creativity. Maybe they did something courageous you’ve always wanted to try; maybe it’s a tree you find strength looking at on your morning commute.

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Interview with David Clarke

Are you aware of how your thoughts and beliefs are impacting your wellbeing? Our minds are so busy and overloaded with information that it can be hard to focus on the simple things in life like movement, the weather and gratitude. I recently shared my insight on how awareness can lead us on the path to happiness on my interview with David Clarke. Listen here.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authordavidclarke/2016/07/01/former-nun-elizabeth-upton-is-a-motivational-speaker-author-call-in

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Book Genres: An Overview of Fiction Categories

In an earlier blog post, I shared an overview of major non-fiction book genres to help aspiring writers determine which genre their text should fall under. While non-fiction book genres are pretty straightforward, the lines are a bit more blurred with fiction. What’s the difference between these two main categories? Read on to find out.

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What’s your favorite fiction genre?

Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Fiction literature is pure fantasy, written from the mind of the writer and created solely using their imagination. Any facts or research in fiction writing can be loosely based on real life, but the events taking place in the novel are not true. Although fiction books can be based on these facts, the author often invokes creative license to change past events or embellish details as they see fit. On the other hand, non-fiction is always factual. Read on for a guide to the most popular fiction book genres.

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Unleash Your Creative Mind

“When you stimulate your mind creatively and productively, it will thrive, and your mind will reward you with a joy-filled enriched life.” –Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste

We all have the potential to be a creative, vibrant and artistic person, even the most analytical among us. Your creative mind is capable of unlimited expression and can serve as a vehicle to transform your life into the dream you’ve always wanted to live. Unleashing this hidden power that lives inside of all of us will bring you pride, a sense of accomplishment and lead you on the path to happiness. The simplest way to encourage your creative mind is to focus on your inner power, or “I Can Do It” power.

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Your Inner Power: Mind over Matter

Quoted from generation to generation, “Mind over matter” is a mantra we hear over and over as we travel through the journey of life. It is repeated only because it is a truth. Repeat this affirmation to yourself as many times as it takes to sink in; you can rise above any challenge. This way of thinking is achieved when there is a harmonious balance between your two inner selves: your mental self and your emotional self.

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Interview on Spiritual Coaching with Ari Mac

Happiness comes one step at a time and you have to have patience in order to overcome challenges in life. I like to keep my dreams alive by living each moment to the fullest and I encourage others to have hope when finding their own path. I recently shared my experiences with Ari McIntyre on Spiritual Coaching with Ari Mac. As a novelist, I try to insert inspiration into the lives of others to find their true happiness. My interview begins about 20 minutes into the program; listen to it here!

http://www.iheart.com/show/209-Spiritual-Coaching-w-Ari-M/?episode_id=27534876

 

Interview on Eco Arts Living

Is your enemy outside yourself, or is it within? Although it’s hard to admit, we are in control of our feelings and choices. Instead of looking outside for quick and fast solutions, we need to look inward for our answers. The keys to finding lasting happiness are gratitude and choosing forgiveness. Learn my insight for overcoming this constant, lifelong process here on Eco Arts Living.

http://ecoartsliving.com/elizabeth-upton-on-exuberant-women/

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Practical, Scientifically-Backed Happiness Hacks

“Being happy doesn’t mean everything is perfect. It means that you’ve decided to look beyond the imperfections.”

Finding happiness may be a process, but you don’t have to wait to find it; it is something you are capable of experiencing right here and right now! When you’re having a bad day and life is getting you down, achieving happiness may be equivalent to the highest mountain you’ve ever climbed. Luckily, there are several tactics you can employ to change your mood and transform your attitude. How can you hack your way to happiness? Read on for my insight.

Hack your way to happiness!

Hack your way to happiness!

6 Strategies to Hack Your Way to Happiness

  1. Eat Your Vegetables

“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” – B.K. S Iyengar

The way your body functions internally can have a large impact on your mental state of being. Eating lots of healthy and nutritious food will not only make you feel healthier and happier, but it will boost your immune system, reduce depression and improve your mood. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are high in folate, which helps produce dopamine (a happiness chemical) in the brain.

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3 Tips for Overcoming Social Anxiety

“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” ~Zig Ziglar

At one point or another, we all experience some level of social anxiety. Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations or around those we don’t know well is perfectly normal, and there is hope for overcoming it. Instead of running from your fears, you can find empowerment and inner strength by facing them head on.

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Break free from social anxiety with these tips.

What is Social Anxiety?

Unlike general anxiety, which is characterized as a discomfort, fear or paranoia of the world around you, social anxiety is a subset of anxiety that is triggered through interactions with others. Many who suffer from social anxiety describe a fear of being judged or scrutinized and often report feeling alienated by those around them. Here are three tips for moving forward.

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Finding Happiness: The Complete Guide

Happiness is like the air we breathe; it’s all around and in abundant quantities, but can feel very elusive and is hard to grab onto. When you aren’t feeling happy, it may seem like everyone around you is having the best day in the world and you have no idea how to harness the power for yourself. Happiness is a state that you can live in every day; read on for the guide to finding yours within.

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Find inner happiness with these tips.

The Complete Guide to Gaining True Happiness

Most of the goals and resolutions we create for ourselves often have to do with increasing our happiness, but knowing where to start can be like taking a shot in the dark. Here are some signs that it’s time to invest in your own happiness.

6 Signs You Should Invest in Your Happiness

  1. You Feel “Stuck”

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut while everyone else is moving forward? Instead of belittling or feeling sorry for yourself, you should use this as an opportunity to take stock of your life and try and pinpoint why you feel that way. Maybe your career isn’t going forward like you planned or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been on a date. Use this feeling to propel yourself into seeking true happiness instead of remaining stuck.

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