The Insightful Ann Harrison-Barnes

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It began as an interview invitation. Podcaster and author Ann Harrison-Barnes wanted to hear more about Option Ocean – Navigating the Sea of Possibility. It’s all I talk about lately, because the book is making such an impact on readers. It seems everyone wants help finding that sweet spot where they connect with their Creator and use their gifts in careers which keep them motivated.

Before our interview, I took a walk and listened to a few episodes of Ann’s podcast, Inspirational Journeys.

I walked three extra miles. Ann is fascinating. Like herself, many of her guests are blind, so their conversations about writing and entrepreneurship gave me a new perspective. In her interview with Laura Legendary, I discovered a new kind of jewelry. It’s not just pretty to the eye—it’s pretty to the fingertips, engraved with braille notes such as “I love you” and “Friends.” When their conversation shifted to the challenges of being a blind entrepreneur in this day of social media marketing and DIY websites…

I thought of you.

Many of you are web designers, app designers, social media marketers or instructional designers. Are you including accessibility for the blind in your designs? Maybe you are trying but don’t notice the navigational hang-ups which turn them away in frustration. There’s a terrific niche you could be serving. After my Option Ocean interview, I asked Ann to be a guest on my podcast. We talked so long, I divided the interview into three episodes. Even if you’re not a designer, you’ll enjoy listening to Ann share her writing process and the source of her inspiration.

In part 1 of our interview, Ann discusses the source of her imaginative plots and gives tips to aspiring authors. In part 2, she offers great ideas for anyone who wants to design accessible apps and programs for writers and entrepreneurs who see with their hands. In part 3, she shares the source of her strength and peace.

If you are subscribed to the 1 Moment Wiser podcast, I’ve changed platforms. These recent interviews may not appear in your episode listing. You could do a new search on your podcast host for 1 Moment Wiser, but I’ve made it more accessible for you. Accessibility is the word of the day!






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Valentine Gift for Writers – It’s About Time!

Ha! Roots tangled across the path, directly between the rocks she was avoiding, but she judged her step perfectly and used the highest one to tap her left foot and launch over the rock and onto firm ground. Her right foot slid just a tiny bit into the muck as she landed, but she ran on without hesitation, grinning in the confidence and freedom of the Sunday morning trail run.. The fresh air felt like Hawaii, despite the 37 degree temperature which seared her nose and throat. Summer Diane was taking a break this morning. She could sit no longer in the ergonomic chairs of the stuffy library. The glassed-off outdoors had stolen her gaze from the computer. History and English Lit would have to wait while she studied geography face to face.

That’s the opening paragraph from my novel Summer in Winter. How would you start a novel?

You’d start with the It’s About Time At-Home Writing Retreat, of course! I know, I know, a different writing course or conference pops up in your feed every week. What makes It’s About Time different?

At standard writing conferences, you pay hundreds for airfare and hotel. You spend the weekend listening to speakers and getting inspired, but you never get the chance to write. Monday morning, you’re back to your busy life, wishing you could run away and work on your novel.

Standard online courses give you a bunch of instruction but you get no feedback. Writing is an art, not a science. You need personal guidance to craft a story which will have fans waiting impatiently for your next masterpiece.

It’s about time that changed! The creators of It’s About Time want to make THIS YEAR the year you write your novel. Authors Sarah Soon and Kristi Bridges have planned a series of free Facebook trainings and affordable weekend retreats, so you can enjoy writing and get the feedback you need.

If you haven’t seen our 30 and 90-minute seminars on idea-grabbing, character and setting, check them out and grab the free book planner. During the At-Home Writing Retreat, we’ll dig deeper, with multiple short sessions, lots of terrific tools and time to write!

It’s About Time At-Home Writing Retreat

Friday, February 22, 2019 at 7pm Central

  • Captivate and connect your readers with a great plot.

Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 10am Central

  • Tell your inner critic, “I’m the boss!”
  • Use your setting to help drive the plot and keep readers coming back.
  • Develop characters your readers talk to, yell at, cry for and cheer on. (Grammar comes later 😉).
  • Share what you’ve done at the open mic.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 2pm Central

  • Craft scenes which keep the reader hooked.
  • End with a scene that makes them want your next book.

Are you still reading? What are you waiting for? Get your tickets today!

Tickets: Click here for a ticket to this private, progress-making event, which will be held on Facebook 2/22-2/24. Paid participants will have access to all sessions until 3/1/2019.

Watch The Gift of Christmas idea-grabbing session here and get the FREE book planner (a $30 value!)

Watch Book Basics here.

Your story matters!

Your time belongs to YOU!

Give yourself a weekend to remember that YOU ARE A WRITER! It’s About Time!

Read a Book a Week? Write Your Own!

It’s About Time to write your novel!


Happy New Year! Are you one of the millions of people who vowed to read a book a week this year? That’s 52 weeks of other people’s thoughts. Your life is already full of other people’s news and needs. 52 books to read?

Listen—do you hear that? That is your voice, calling from under the pile of other people’s pages. Your voice says, “YO! It’s my turn!” Yes, your voice said, “Yo.” Has it ever done that before? Bet it got your attention.

You have your own ideas, and it’s about time you wrote your own book. I’ll help, along with my friend and fellow author, Sarah Soon. We began with an idea-grabbing session in December, and next Saturday, we’ll help you captivate your readers with description, action and dialogue. Come to the workshop and get a free book planner which will track your progress all the way to the book launch party!


Free writing workshop

Saturday, January 12, 2019

10am – 11:30am CST


Let the rest of the world put your novel on their reading list.




It’s About Time Writing Workshops

The holidays are packed with juicy story ideas! Join author Sarah Soon and myself for 30 minutes this Saturday, and you’ll have enough inspiration to plan your novel before you can say, “Jack Frost!” This is the first of a series of writing workshops we’re calling It’s About Time. You know that novel you’ve been wanting to write? It’s about time to start.

What: Idea-grabbing session with free gifts!

When: Saturday, 12/1/2018

Time: 10:00 am CST – 10:30 am CST



Replays available–but why wait?


1 Moment Wiser Podcast guests Donna Branch (top), Coni Meyers (bottom left), Yong Pratt (bottom center)

1 Moment Wiser has a podcast! Are you interested in learning how other people are applying and sharing wisdom? Listen to 15 minute interviews with people who share tips on parenting, self-care, relationships, business and much more!

Recently, I’ve enjoyed interviewing:

Yong Pratt of Our Young Creators – Yong teaches parents how to turn kids’ screen time into a bonding, future-building experience. She also teaches grown kids like myself how to multipurpose our business efforts.

Coni Meyers of Kickbutt Leadership – An experienced leader, Coni teaches how each of us can live with more focus and joy–and increase our brain capacity.

Donna Branch of Three to the Third – An HR director and the queen of connections, Donna connects employers with resources to retain employees during tough times. She’s also launched the first Where We Belong Family Stories group. The group provides guidance and professional help with writing, formatting and even interviewing family members.

1 Moment Wiser can be found on your favorite podcasting service, or  you can click here to access it now.

Purposeful Parenting – Parents to Partners Interview Link

1 Moment Wiser exists to help you live wisely in every area of life. You can read my blog posts, books and magazine articles, watch daily devotional videos and now you can meet the wise people I know! Once or twice a month, I also do a live Facebook interview with someone who has proven wisdom in the areas of psychological, spiritual and physical health, or someone who has good financial or entrepreneurial wisdom, or someone who can help you communicate better and have better relationships.

Today, I interviewed Keysha Truss Chester, M. Ed. Keysha is a master educator, diagnostician and special needs evaluator. As the founder of Parents to Partners, she helps parents avoid the crazy cycle of disrespect and emotional responses. How? By clearly expressing their purpose as parents and the reasons for their choices, and by helping children discover their own purpose and make choices in line with who they want to be.

Keysha shared SO MUCH MORE in our 30-minute interview, including the best gift idea ever! Click here to watch the interview.