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"Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment." ~Jim Rohn
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I am currently working on writing my very first book! It’s very exciting, but also a daunting challenge. I am looking for amazing volunteers who are willing to help me assess the flow and feel of the story in short segments as I write it. Are you willing to help? See more information here.
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I am in the process of writing my first book! I expect it to be the first of many. Also, if you are interested in joining my feedback and launch team, you will receive a free e-copy of the book you help launch! See a sign up link in this section of the site.
I believe that everyone can find their calling, create meaningful work, and live a fulfilling life. Through my blog posts, I want to offer you encouragement, tools, and tips for taking the next step toward a life that is truly worth living!
When I felt like God called me to become a writer, it came as a huge surprise to me. I didn’t grow up loving to write. Now it feels like the best thing I could be doing! So what happened? I have been searching so long and hard to figure out; what the heck am
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I’m grateful to my uncle who shared this quote; “I apologize for the length of this letter. I didn’t have the time to make it short.” In our high paced societies, no one wants to spend a lot of time reading to get to the point. Fast and to the point is in high demand — but
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It has been a couple weeks since I started on my first draft of my first novel. It’s a very intimidating project because I’ve never written a book before. I’ve also never considered myself a writer before, so this new title taking some getting used to. Yet, in going through the process, I am learning a lot about different
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How many times have we or people we know made new resolutions for the coming year, or even the coming month or week, yet after doing it for a short time, the habits get lost and the resolution slips away uncompleted? By contrast, we have all heard inspirational stories of people who have overcome incredible
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First, why even bother keeping a journal? Not that I’m such an expert, but I have been around enough successful and insightful people, including my mom, who have told me that keeping a daily journal is really valuable. For one thing, it brings a level of clarity and relief mentally and emotionally. There is something
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The development of my writing career definitely seems weird, at least to me. Maybe other writers can affirm that strange routes to becoming a writer is normal, but I’m still too green of a writer to know that. I find this picture to be exactly right, though. All the way up through high school,
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Useful Japanese words: Saigai 災害 / さいがい (Disaster) Jishin 地震 / じしん (Earthquake) Tsunami 津波 / つなみ (Tidal Wave) Abunai 危ない / あぶない (Dangerous) Anzen-sei 安全性 / あんぜんせい (Safety) Japan is very prone to earthquakes. The Tōkyō Rinkai Kōiki Bōsai Kōen (東京臨海広域防災公園), or Disaster Prevention Park in English, is right on the edge of Tokyo Bay in
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Useful Japanese words: Rikishi 力士 / りきし (Professional Sumo Wrestler) Gyōji 行司 / ぎょうじ (Sumo Referee) Yokozuna 横綱 / よこづな (Grand Champion) Ryōgoku Kokugikan 両国国技館 / りょうごくこくぎかん (Sumo Hall (arena)) Dohyo-iri 土俵入り / どひょういり (Ring-entering Ceremony) The Ryogoku Kokugikan (Sumo Hall) was buzzing with excitement as spectators entered the building. Some of the locals were
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Useful Japanese words: Densha / 電車 / でんしゃ (Train) Basu / バス (Bus) Eki / 駅 / えき (Station) Doko / どこ (Where) Upon arriving in Tokyo, one of the first things I needed to do was figure out the train system and public transportation options. Now that I’ve had a little time to figure
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If you’re going to travel to many places or to one place for a long time in one trip, then you need to plan for a lot of things and it’s probably going to mean you need to bring a lot of stuff. In the process of preparing for a year long Exchange program
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If you or a student you know is considering or even curious about studying abroad, here is an overview of steps to take and issues to plan for to make an international experience a reality and off to a great start! As stated in my previous blog post, “Saddle Up Your Horses,” I am about
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It’s been a long time since I wrote a blog post, I realize. It’s one of the reasons I had trouble viewing myself as a writer – consistency and self-discipline is hard, especially when there are so many other things demanding attention that have greater consequences if left unfinished. However, ultimately, it all comes down
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Spark True Living | Dana E. Yost
Welcome to Spark True Living! My name is Dana Yost and this is my blog and personal website. I created this site to encourage and inspire people to pursue their greatest potential. I want you to spark motivation, determination, imagination and innovation toward a life that is truly worth living! Press forward toward goals that result in self-improvement, growth, and making the world a better place by offering value and compassion to others. Of course this is also a place where people can get to know me. I have certain sections set aside to specifically show who I am and what I've done. This allows me to have a personalized online exhibition which people can refer to if they need information or evidence of my individual credentials, community involvement, or past achievements. It's like my online resume, but in more color and detail because I can share stories, pictures, and videos that display my personality and effort. I've also heard of this type of personal compilation sometimes called an "I love me" portfolio - back when it used to be kept in binders. This online version serves a similar purpose - to let people know me better and see the kind of person I am. I want to be clear though that I want to offer more content for YOU here than stuff about me. As I grow and reach for my own potential I want to offer tools, tips, resources, and encouragement to you that will help you get to the next level of your goals and closer to maximizing fulfillment and joy in your work and life. Don't just chase after any dream, you have to identify the right dreams for YOU. You are uniquely gifted in areas of experience, strengths, talents, and skills and there is a way to harness those things to live a purposeful and fulfilling life. Engage in self-discovery, seek opportunities, explore new things, and embrace the richness that life has to offer! My aim is to create content where you can be inspired and empowered to pursue your own passions and adventures, and discover your true potential! Make your life something worth sharing with others! If your life were a book, would it be worth reading? Please feel free to comment and tell me if anything you find here has been particularly encouraging to you, I'd love to hear about it!
I am a Christian
I am a Christian, 100 percent! I fully and gratefully credit my Lord and God, Jesus Christ, with making me who I am and blessing me with the gifts, opportunities, family and resources that I have. He is my strength, my hope, my protector and provider, and my complete guide through life. As long as I follow Him and trust Him, I can have confidence that everything will turn out for my best good and His glory, and I could not be in any better position than that. He is central to my life and everything I do.
I am a veteran
I think 100 or 0 are really the only options for this one. You either are a veteran, or you are not. I served for six years in the Air Force from 2007 to 2013, then honorably separated. I spent five years in Security Forces and deployed twice to the Middle East. I thank God for protecting me and keeping me out of danger no matter where I went.
I am a traveler
I love to explore and see new places. I have a particular love for and interest in Japan. For a variety of reasons, I love the Japanese people, language, culture and food. I love going almost anywhere though, because every new experience has its own rewards. I love learning, sharing and teaching what I learn. I set this at only 72 percent because I also really enjoy the stability of a home and group of friends, family and familiarity to which I can always return.
I am a writer
I have to admit, this one has been the hardest to fully claim and believe about myself. I never dreamed I would become a writer. When I sensed a prompting in my heart to start writing, it came as a surprise. Over the course of 2-3 years, I played with the idea of becoming a writer, but I didn't know where to start or how. I just knew I had to write. My blog has been undergoing developmental stages where it has shifted in topics because the ultimate focus and purpose for my writing hadn't yet been established. I am actively learning as much as I can to improve my writing, to read more, to blog more, and to create books and value for YOU! Spark True Living is rapidly becoming more focused and effective in offering useful resources for visitors. Feel free to explore and please subscribe and join me in pursuing your greatest potential!
Dana E. Yost
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