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Midnight tonight starts NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month), which means all nighters and copious amounts of coffee. The goal is to write a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. I want to throw another challenge out there, to drink 30 cups of healthy coffee at the same time. That's about $1 a cup which is less then . Take the LLE out of CHALLENGE and you have CHANGE. Our slogan is CHANGE YOUR COFFEE, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!

Snowflake Method

This year I'm trying something new, the Snowflake method. I recommend How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method
by Randy Ingermanson and ordering Snowflake Pro for Mac or PC. I found the book extremely useful and fun to read for a how-to book. The software is also amazing and easy to use with built in lectures and notes. I loved reading the book and creating a a project to work on while following Goldilocks on her journey to write a novel.

My Project:

Journey of a Soul: a spiritual novel about one mans journey through death and back again.


The 30 Day Mental Fast Revisited

30 Day Mental Fast: TCC Episode 24

Today's Episode:

  • What is the 30 Day Mental Fast
  • 30 Day Mental Fast (Modified)

What is the 30 Day Mental Fast

This was inspired by Jerry Clark's 30 Day Mental Fast for Millionaires:

  1. Read Uplifting Material for 15-20 Minutes A Day
  2. Turn Off The Television
  3. Turn off the Radio
  4. No Newspapers
  5. Associate Only with Uplifting People
  6. Drink Water
  7. Exercise At Least 20 Minutes A Day
  8. Reflect on the Good for 30 Minutes Each Day

I have slightly modified because I discovered one more thing that added value for me. I use it to work with my goals and dreams to become millionaire as an owner of an International Gourmet Coffee Business, writer, and public speaker. The mental fast has helped me gain better mental clarity and prioritize what's important.

November is not only NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) but also has 30 days in it, whink means a great time for doing the Mental Fast. As a writer this is perfect because it incorporates time to read. I read everything from journal articles for my research and books on personal development to fiction and books on how to improve my craft.

"Think Like a Giant" Jerry Clark

30 Day Mental Fast (Modified)

  1. No TV, Newspapers, or Radio - I found them not only a horrible time waster but also a huge source of negativity
  2. No Negativity - Not only in what you listen to but also your words
  3. Read a Good Uplifting Book for 15 minutes - As a writer I find this easy. I not only read books like Think and Grow Rich, The Magic of Thinking Big but also some fiction and non-fiction to help improve my writing craft
  4. Listen to Personal Development Audio - I listen to a lot of personal development audios from Holton Buggs' How to Turn Your Network Marketing Business Into a Cash Cow (for Organo Gold Distributors) and Zig Ziglar's Goals. I listen to podcasts on the craft of writing, public speaking and living a better life, for example Michael Hyatt's This is Your Life Podcast. Who are you listening to?
  5. Associate with positive people - I have several mentors or mastermind alliance, as Napoleon Hill talks about in Think and Grow Rich, who range from my business mentors Dr. Walker and Michael Hyatt of This is You Life Podcast. I have my PhD mentors Drs. Walter McCollum, Anthony Lolas, Marilyn Simon and Brandon Hamilton. I have writing mentors K.M. Weiland, Writing Excuses Podcast, Joanna Penn of the Creative Penn Podcast,
  6. Drink water & take Organo Gold Capsules
  7. Exercise for 15 minutes a day - I always feel better and gets the blood moving
  8. Reflection Time for 15 minutes a day - I sometimes stretch this out to an hour because I will often work on meditations that I will record. I have been working on a meditation script I found what I wrote 21 years ago for my hypnosis practice. I like experimenting on myself.


Jerry Clark's 30 Day Mental Fast for Millionaires

Joanna Penn at The Creative Penn Podcast -

K.M. Weiland -

Michael Hyatt's: This is Your Life Podcast

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) -

Pacer Pedometer app for iPhone or Android -

Writing Excuses Podcast -

Zig Ziglar's: Goals


Clark, J. (n.d.). 30 Day Mental Fast Kit. Retrieved from



Coffee and Positive Social ChangeThe Coffee Couch Logo

I know a few people in Africa that have been affected by the Ebola and friends who have come back to the states not affected. I understand the severity of the epidemic and see the government’s reaction to it by restricting travel in and out of West Africa, as well as setting up facilities to treat the disease. This also means that health organizations and hospitals need to create and implement strategies to contain and treat patients (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2014). I like to think outside the box and look at alternatives, which is why I'm excited to own my own healthy coffee business.

My coffee company, Organo Gold, just opened up in Nigeria and the response to having Ganoderma Lucidum, infused in the coffee, helping many people has been overwhelming. Nyishar (2013) suggested that Ganoderma is an adaptogen and has many health benefits, especially helping the immune system as well as many health benefits like cancer. I am glad that the herb in my coffee is helping people feeling better from the effects of Ebola. The study I would like to see happen is to see what the actual effects that this miraculous king of herbs could do against it.

It is amazing what an impact on social change that could make. Not only would it help with health but also add to economic growth. It has made a difference in my life by no longer taking allergy medicine and losing almost 80 pounds, as well as providing a source of residual income. Organo Gold is all about creating positive social through personal development and helping people change their money. Who knew coffee and positive social change went together!


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014, October 27). Interim U.S. Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure. Retrieved from

Morand, S. (2012). What is ganoderma? Retrieved from

Nyishar, P. (2013). Health Benefits Of Reishi Mushroom. Retrieved from


Organo Gold

So far I've taken off 74 pounds.
I've taken off 74 pounds.

4 Steps to Weight Loss: TCC Episode 23

Today's Episode:

  • Why I Want to Lose Weight
  • How This Applies to Your Scholarly Journey
  • 4 Steps to weight loss
    • Make a Decision
    • Create a Picture in Your Mind
    • Change Your Coffee! Change Your Life!
    • Experiment with Your Body

 Successful weight loss takes programming, not willpower.

~ Phil McGraw - Psychologist, Talk Show Host

To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.

Why I Want to Lose Weight

I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes and morbid obesity with an A1C of 7.1 and weighed in at 380 lbs over a year ago, when I was laid off from Chicago Public Schools in June 2013. My doctor suggested that I start taking medicine or lose weight. I discovered over the years after trying many weight loss products and fad diets that I had to change my approach. Robbins (1991) suggested that your past doesn't equal your future. This meant I had to do something different.

In March 2014 I was stuck just over 345 until May when I had a chance to hang with the millionaires in my coffee company. I was sitting in the back of a coach bus with 2 (Mr. Jose Ardon and Ivan Alberts) who were talking about driving Ferrari's on the Autobahn in Germany and shot me a challenge to join them. I knew to do that I needed to have the financial freedom to do that and lose weight so I could travel comfortably. I reached a point of being sick and tired of losing and gaining weight.As of my last physical my A1C was 5.1. My last weigh in, I was 306. This time it had to be permanent and part of my scholarly journey.

How This Applies to Your Scholarly Journey

Like any good race, you need to be in peak performance and have the stamina to get to the finish line. Those late night writing sessions. Preparing to defend your dissertation. As I have lost the weight I find that I have more stamina and some mental clarity. I found that when my health was failing so was my productivity. I want to look good walking across the stage at graduation too.

I started slowly and with great effort I had been losing a pound a week. Then in May 2014 when I made a decision, I kicked it into overdrive. Schwarts (1987) suggested that you are your own laboratory and can experiment on yourself. I did that and found my 4 steps that helped me lose 74 pounds.

4 Steps to Weight Loss

  1. Make A Decision
    1. To get healthy
    2. To fit comfortably in booths and airplanes
    3. To make it a permanent change
    4. My Goal is 224 pounds, what I weighed on my honeymoon 1984
  2. Create the Picture in Your Mind
    1. Last time I weighed 224 was in 1984 (I will look for the picture)
    2. I picture myself traveling all over the world in comfort and style
    3. Goal is to race Ferraris on the Autobahn in Germany
  3. Change Your Coffee! Change Your Life!
    1. I infused my body with Ganoderma
    2. I didn't drink any other brand of coffee or teas
    3. Goal to create financial freedom
  4. Experiment with Your Body
    1. I gave up breads and desserts (became easy by drinking the mocha or hot chocolate)
    2. I did a few detoxes with fruit fasts
    3. Goal to do another the 30 Day Coffee Challenge

The 30 Day Coffee Challenge

Drink one cup of Organo Gold Gourmet Coffee a day, there are 30 individual servings per box for black or latte. Then contact me at to let me know how did you like the taste and how did it make you feel. You can buy a box at


Hansen, D. (2014). Take Care of Yourself. Retrieved from

McCraw, P. (2014).Weight Loss Quotes. Retrieved from

Schwarts, D. J. (1987). The magic of thinking big. New York: Simon & Schuster.


Dr. Phil McGraw

Buddha quote about the body/mind -



Tools for the Scholarly Journey: TCC Episode 22writing tools

By Daniel Hansen

Today's Episode

  1. Project Management
    • Microsoft Project
    • Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature
  2. Editing
    • Grammarly
    • WhiteSmoke
  3. Citations and References
    • Citation Machine
    • EndNote
    • Zotero
  4. Productivity
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking
    • Scrivner
    • Copernic Summarizer
  5. Collaboration
    • Dropbox
    • Google Drive
    • Skype
  6. Tools
  7. Books

Project Management

Microsoft Project

Microsoft Project delivers a visually enhanced way to effectively manage a wide range of projects and programs. Each milestone at Walden can be captured to help you be more productive and visualize your path.

Microsoft Outlook - Tasks Feature

Consider Tasks as your To-Do list. As you work on Tasks in your list, you can update the percentage of work done on each project.



Grammarly is an automated grammar and writing revision tool for academic writing. Grammarly will not edit your work for you; it is up to you to incorporate Grammarly's feedback and decide what suggestions are most appropriate.


WhiteSmoke corrects and enhances your English writing. It allows you to perform advanced grammar checking, style checking, and spell checking on your texts, in a single click.

Citations and References

Citation Machine

Citation Machine uses an easy to use 3 step process to create your citations, 1) Choose your style, 2) Search, and 3) Edit and Create. Citation Machine helps you properly credit the information that you use in your research.


EndNote for Windows and Apple is a valuable all-in-one tool that integrates your references into one program. EndNote searches databases on the Internet and organizes all your images, PDFs and other files as you write.


Zotero is reference management software. Zotero is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Works with Mozilla FireFox.


Dragon Naturally Speaking

Tell your computer what you want to do, such as "Delete line," "Copy that," or "Open Microsoft Word," and Dragon will complete the task. The Dragon Sidebar lets you see helpful voice commands and tips at anytime without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also convert voice file to text.


Scrivener is a powerful content-generation tool for writers that allow you to concentrate on composing and structuring long and difficult documents, including the dissertation and . While it gives you complete control of the formatting, its focus is on helping you get to the end of that awkward first draft.

Copernic Summarizer

Copernic Summarizer analyzes text and creates a document summary as short or as long as you want it to be. Simply drag a file, text selection, or hyperlink onto the Floating Bar bar and it will be summarized quickly and easily. When you insert a website link, Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications. A file (word, pdf, etc.) can be inserted as well. Copernic Summarizer is able to summarize the page according to your specifications



Store your stuff anywhere. Free 2 GB of drive space. Easy to share files.

Google Drive

Store and Share your files. Free 25 GB of storage. Easy to share files.


Calling, seeing, messaging and sharing with others – wherever they are.

Free full-featured conferencing. Call, see, message and share with others

Technical Toys


Dissertation And Scholarly Research: Recipes for Success: A Practical Guide to Start And Complete Your Dissertation, Thesis, or Formal Research Project by Marilyn K Simon Ph.D. and Jim Goes Ph.D.

The Dissertation Journey: A Practical and Comprehensive Guide to Planning, Writing, and Defending Your Dissertation by Carol M. Roberts

Writing Your Dissertation in Fifteen Minutes a Day: A Guide to Starting, Revising, and Finishing Your Doctoral by Joan Bolker

Mastering Your PhD: Survival and Success in the Doctoral Years and Beyond by Patricia Gosling and Lambertus D. Noordam


Tools for Your Scholarly Journey

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