Monthly Archives: March 2016

Sort through the Chickens to find the Eagles!

” Sort through the Chickens to find the Eagles! Do you want to scratch around like chickens or soar with the Eagles?”

I love this analogy and this is true in life as in business. Many are simply happy and content with living their same old same old routine and that is fine. Whilst others wish to experience more in life and push out and motivate themselves to improve their lives…. that is fine too.

However, we will find that some of these chickens are envious of the eagles and so they mock the young eaglets as they try to fly. Yet when the Eagles do finally fly, the chickens become jealous of the freedom that the eagles have achieved in soaring high.

We all need to reassess our life’s plan at time. So ask yourself this question “am I happy with where my life is heading to or indeed where I have arrived at this particular moment in time? If so great 🙂 ……..  If not then ask yourself this “‘ What can I DO to make the necessary changes to get back on my life’s pathway. Remember, this is YOUR pathway.

To achieve this journey you need to remove those negative jealous chickens and surround yourself with other eaglets and eagles. Follow and learn from those that have achieved the life that you wish to have. Make a commitment to yourself to ‘Achieve Your Dreams’. There are very few things in life that are impossible to achieve. I agree that it is unlikely that I will ever be President of the United States or the Pope. However with all due respect to those that are elected to these most important public offices, I have no desire to be either of these roles, even if I could. This is NOT my life plan. But it is theirs and I admire and respect those that achieve their ultimate goal.

I have worked hard and long to get the lifestyle I wish. Yes I have made a great many sacrifices in both time and money. This is all part of the adventure! Yet with receiving some support along the way from those that at least believed in me, even if they do not necessarily agree with my method of achieving my lifestyle,  I am now well on my way to achieving my dreams!

YOU can do it too. Look around you. Who or what is not serving you and hindering you. If it is a thought in your own mind that is stopping you from achieving your goals, then work through it! Push out of your comfort zone, push away those that are planting these negative seeds and take a chance! If you don’t take chances in life then you will never achieve your full potential. Take a small step now…. then another and you will see that it is not that bad afterall. Yes it can be a daunting  but ‘just do it!.

Michael E Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

And World Traveller- join me at Dream Trips

 

Be true to your beliefs.

Be true to your beliefs … stand up for what is right…learn and grow from your interaction with society but do not waiver from your soul.

I am making all necessary changes to live by my convictions. What is true to Me, to my soul and to my heart. And let me say the term ‘soul’ does not belong to any religion…. it is your inner being.

This is something that we should all consider doing at times. Often we get swept away with all that is going on around us and forget, albeit momentarily, the core of who we are. I am not a religious man but I am a man of my own spiritual beliefs emanating from our ancestors and working together in harmony with Mother Earth and the energy that abounds throughout the universe.

Recently I found the ugliness of fanaticism and the bias and ignorance of some individuals raise its ugly head again which made me take a step back to reassess my own direction in life. I noticed that I was trying to walk multiple paths and this was not serving me as it should. I immediately closed the gates to some and politely exited others to return to my central being.

The world is currently seeing a global resurgence of extremists and I will not be swayed or drawn into any of the quarrels or the pettiness that has become apparent. It does not mean I  am ignorant nor am I choosing to be oblivious to current events. It is just that I see no purpose in compounding them. Yet I do stand tall against any extremist movements that bring deliberate or unnecessary harm to any living thing and for that I may not remain silent!

Yet that is only one aspect of my present defragmenting of my mind.  Since I was a child I have resonated with the natural world and it with me.  I guess it wasn’t that I strayed from this path but as alluded to above, I walked a number of paths or as we say, I was wearing many hats at once. All were worn in good faith and respect and these avenues were of interest to me due to my family history. But the core of their existence was not me…. it was an integral part of my spiritual journey to experience all of it over the last 16 years and it is something I will write about in time…… Sharing ‘My Spiritual Journey’.

So tonight as I write this I am feeling calmer and clearer and true.  I am listening to soothing music and being creative….. this is what I love.

Blessings to all,
Michael 

Dream Trips. You need a vacation NOW!

Greetings and blessings for Easter.

I wanted to share with you one way that I am achieving the Laptop Lifestyle and how I will be continuing to travel the world!

This is all part of the Achieve Your Dream Plan and a way to save money and get that holiday much sooner! So I thought I would share it with you all but it is entirely up to YOU!

Perhaps you have heard of the Award winning Dream Trips with World Ventures.

So I would like to personally Invite you to have a look at our trips! A host of wonderful Vacation ideas! I l love them! Staying at 4-5 star resorts for 2-3 star prices! AND discounted fares for those of you just seeking to travel to family and friends.

Become a DreamTrips member and begin your adventure!

It’s the ultimate travel club community–travel anytime, anywhere. You’ll experience customized travel opportunities and valuable deals at fine restaurants, energized clubs and exquisite hotels.

Michael E Thornley

Yours truly at Niagara falls on the border of the USA and Canada!

Overview

WorldVentures™ is a lifestyle company that markets travel-related products. Combining the power of the Internet with the time-tested strength of word-of-mouth marketing, WorldVentures is a leader in the leisure travel industry. WorldVentures Marketing LLC is a privately held company based in Plano, Texas, with active Representatives and members in all 50 states in the United States as well as internationally and has affiliated companies in Canada (WorldVentures Canada Inc.) and Hong Kong (WorldVentures Marketing (Hong Kong) Limited). Contact details for all WorldVentures companies are found in the Compensation Plan Overview below.

The inspiration for WorldVentures came from company founders Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue. Together, they envisioned a company that combined the power of the Internet with direct selling to do something truly innovative.

Wayne and Mike assembled a team of experienced and dedicated professionals, and on December 10, 2005, WorldVentures was launched in the US. Since then, the company has enjoyed incredible success and rapid growth. And in 2009, WorldVentures started to expand into global markets. WorldVentures offers something that is one-of-a-kind in the direct-selling and travel industries. Essentially, WorldVentures is a lifestyle company.

Review of Author & Entrepreneur Michael E Thornley

Sharing a review I received from Andrea Coventry. Please visit her Book review Blog

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Meet Michael E. Thornley, Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger

Today I would like to welcome Michael E. Thornley to the blog. He is an author, entrepreneur, blogger, and so much more. Find out more about him and then check out his library of penned publications.
 
Michael-Thornley

Michael Thornley was born in 1960 at Manly NSW Australia and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Since 1986 he has resided mostly in Queensland Australia and for a short period also in the USA and Spain.

As an Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Humanitarian, Conservationist, Photographer, Ornithologist and Traveler, he has experienced many an adventure and met with some ‘interesting’ characters and of course, some wonderful people along the way.

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His work as an entrepreneur has allowed him to travel all over the world, “living the laptop lifestyle,” through his positive midset and online income.
The Wealth Flow Formula is his plan for success in life, and you can share in it with him.
“Achieve your dreams” is his motto in life and the theme of his website where he records his daily thoughts and experiences in this practice.
As an author, he has penned numerous books, both fiction and nonfiction. Please check out his titles below by clicking on a book cover.
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Twists-of-FateTwists of Fate is a spellbinding collection of 5 short stories set in the land down-under by Australian Author Michael E Thornley. The decisions and consequent outcomes made by the individual characters gives credence to the saying ” You Reap what you Sow’.

However, the choices that we make in life may not necessarily provide us with the outcome we desire. Yet it may reward us with the future we deserve, whether we wish it or not!. So be careful what you wish for as it just may come true!

Written in the narrative style of the ‘Twilight Zone’ the ‘Twists of Fate’ may not be what you expected. It certainly was not what the characters in the book expected!… that is part of the charm and enjoyment of this series of short stories by Michael E Thornley.

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Being-a-Gentleman“Has the attribute of ‘Being a Gentleman’ and thus the Art of Chivalry been lost in a modern world? What have been the catalysts that have led to an ever changing role for men?

This is the question that Australian Author Michael E Thornley raises and discusses in this guide to ‘Being a Gentleman’. He has talked to a number of men AND women in the process of trying to establish reasons as to why the act of being a Gentlemen is fading from society and he has asked them all this question “is being chivalrous in fact … dead?”

You may feel challenged by some of the suggestions which have been put forward from his research and are presented to you is this book for you to contemplate. However there have to be reasons for a change in men and we as a society must consider these reasons closely whilst at the same time decide on how we will all move forward together to return to common courtesies.

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Dating-on-a-budgetA humorous yet informative guide to those readying themselves for a journey into the world of dating. It also provides thought provoking ideas for couples looking to bring fun and frivolity back into their relationships.

There are practical solutions, numerous cost saving measures and handy tips for those on a limited budget. A lighthearted yet sincere look into world of dating.

Author Michael E Thornley supports many of the suggestions with his whimsical quips and forthright encouragement (and sometimes discouragement should the situation require it. e.g. Like “run for the hills “ 🙂

We are sure you will enjoy this guide and Happy Dating!

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Day-in-the-life ‘A Day in the Life’ is a unique look at just some of the adventures that Australian Author Michael E Thornley has experienced over the last five years.

During that time he has traveled from Australia to Bali, Dubai, Spain, Canada and the USA, the latter where he lived for a year.

We share many of the humorous outcomes as he ventures out into the unknown on his daily walks! Well that is the unknown suburban streets and parks of cities around the world. Yet only he could have an adventure in such a situation what with bowling maidens over; being serenaded by turkeys and falling into large holes and having to be pulled out by his feet!

Michael is also in tune with nature as we find him trekking through woods to the Gates of Terror; chasing skunks over wetlands in the moonlight and having visitations from white coyotes and shovel nose rays.

Yet he also shares with us his inner most thoughts and emotions that are felt in some of the more serious moments. Hence it truly is a ‘Diary of Humour and Emotions.’

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Who-is-in-your-family-treeWho is in Your Family Tree is a guide for the budding Family Tree Researcher or Genealogists as they are also known as… there we are, learning something already and you haven’t even read the book yet!

Michael E Thornley is not only an Author and Entrepreneur but in addition successfully runs ‘Thornley Genealogical Services’ as one of his businesses. “A man that wears many hats at once” he is sometimes heard to say. But he does this most successfully!

This book is a guide to the basics of ‘how to get started’ in researching your family tree. He has often been asked “ well I have seen all these links on the Internet about where to do the research BUT HOW do I get started??”

Thus Michael has put together a straight forward guide to answer some of the more common questions that are asked. He has also shared tips on what to expect when you start asking family and friends about ‘what they know’ in relation to ‘my family’. You may be surprised at some of the reactions!

Being a Gentleman- Chivalry is NOT dead! by Michael Thornley

Being a Gentleman- Chivalry is NOT dead! by Michael Thornley

My new book Being a Gentleman- Chivalry is NOT dead! … has just been released today on Amazon.com 

Book description:

” Has the attribute of ‘Being a Gentleman’ and thus the Art of Chivalry been lost in a modern world? What have been the catalysts that have led to an ever changing role for men?

This is the question that Australian Author Michael E Thornley raises and discusses in this guide to ‘Being a Gentleman’. He has talked to a number of men AND women in the process of trying to establish reasons as to why the act of being a Gentlemen is fading from society and he has asked them all this question “is being chivalrous in fact … dead?”

You may feel challenged by some of the suggestions which have been put forward from his research and are presented to you is this book for you to contemplate. However there have to be reasons for a change in men and we as a society must consider these reasons closely whilst at the same time decide on how we will all move forward together toreturn to common courtesies..

It is difficult for an individual to show another ‘kindness’ ‘love’ ‘respect’ when they, the individual, are not being ‘kind’ or ‘loving’ or ‘respectful’ to themselves.”

Available at an Amazon online store near you.

– USA Amazon

– Australian Amazon

– UK Amazon

Please visit my Amazon’s Authors page for details about my other books

              ($US Prices above)

Michael Thornley was born in 1960 at Manly NSW Australia and grew up on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Since 1986 he has resided mostly in Queensland Australia and for a short period also in the USA and Spain.

As an Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Humanitarian, Conservationist, Photographer, Ornithologist and Traveler, he has experienced many an adventure and met with some ‘interesting’ characters and of course, some wonderful people along the way.

( All work published by Michael E Thornley including Novella’s, Short Stories, Guide Books etc are the original work of Michael E Thornley.)

Music has the Ability to lift You from the Depths of Despair

Hi,
Well the past week for one reason or another has been a ‘tough’ week for me. But alas I   always manage to get through it. Those that know me personally know I suffer from a form of Depression …it is actually common knowledge as I openly talk about it. NO not just being depressed or having the ‘blues’. It is a physical illness. But it is what it is.

However, I am also a strong individual and I always manage to find ways to self motivate myself through my creativity such as my writing. Talking of books in the last 2 weeks I have published 4 Books on Amazon.com in Kindle form ( E-book)
Twists of Fate
A Day in the Life
Dating on a Budget
Who is in Your Family Tree

However I also find I resonate with my music even more at these times. And with that I made two incredible discoveries. One NEW and the other was looking further into the background of a song I liked. AND it has certainly inspired me to try my best to keep going………. especially on the  path of life I have chosen and the Universe, in all HER wisdom has chosen for me. Not quite sure what SHE has in mind for my future but hey, I will continue on this path of creativity and discovery.

Firstly allow me share with you  the 4th Power on YOUTUBE
They are four young ladies, sisters, from the Philippines who flew to London to be on the X-Factor UK!….I will say no more JUST WATCH THEM!!!!!! CLICK HERE!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous!

Secondly, last year I discovered Postmodern Jukebox and the song ‘All about that Bass’

I looked further into the band behind it and discovered the talents of Scott Bradlee. How about I let him explain what they are all about as I share the email I received from Scott with you!…… Michael

Postmodern Jukebox

We take pop music back in time. Check us out on YouTube / iTunes / on tour www.postmodernjukebox.com

 

Hey there Michael,

Dust off the turntable, fix yourself a stiff drink, and make yourself at home. Welcome to the world of Postmodern Jukebox.

What is Postmodern Jukebox? To put it simply, it’s pop music in a time machine. It’s today’s hits as they would have sounded if they were recorded decades ago, by the stars of yesteryear. But, thanks to the amazing community that has grown around this concept, it’s become so much more than that.

I started putting Postmodern Jukebox videos on YouTube back when I lived in a basement apartment in Queens, NY, and I’ve continued making them ever since. Every Thursday, I release a new Postmodern Jukebox (or ‘PMJ,’ if you’re hip like that) video that puts a different popular song through the ‘vintage’ filter, with the help of a large rotating cast of some of the best musicians and vocalists in the world.

There are literally HUNDREDS of these videos in the PMJ YouTube library, so that’s a great place to start. The Postmodern Jukebox universe is not just online, though. You can also experience PMJ live on tour all over the world and see these incredibly talented performers bring these arrangements to life. It’s the New Year’s Eve party in Old Hollywood that Sinatra would have attended; come dressed in your most glamorous attire and dance the night away to the songs of today as you’ve never heard them before. 

Most importantly, this is a community. What started in my basement apartment became a YouTube phenomenon – and then a touring phenomenon – all thanks to amazing people like you that know the importance of keeping real, live music alive. From this moment on, consider yourself a part of Postmodern Jukebox. We’re building this very special place together, and the adventure is just beginning. But for now, the night is young. Let’s fire up the Jukebox and enjoy another tune.
~SCOTT~

 

Live Confidently Courageously – with Kristen Owens

Hi!
Today’s blog post is quite timely for many of you. Once again our guest blogger Kristen Owens hit’s the proverbial nail on the head.

Enjoy! Oh and don’t forget if you are enjoying my posts, especially my own thoughts and writing :)… Then PLEASE support me by purchasing one of my books available on Amazon.com in Kindle (Ebook) format.
Sincerely,
Michael E Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

 

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HI!
Have you ever wanted to have all your “ducks in a row” before you got started?

Have you found yourself waiting until it’s the right time before you begin?

Have you ever made excuses for why you can’t get started or that it’s not the right time or you don’t have the money?

News flash….it will never be the right time…EVER!!!

You’ll never have enough money, you’ll always find a reason why it’s not a good time to get started. I’m here to tell you that there will never really be a good time, especially when you’re stepping outside you’re comfort zone.

How can you start without it being perfect. That’s what this audio training I am offering you today is all about.

With every journey it starts with a single step – Just get started

Sometimes our goals seem so big we are paralyzed and never get started. Just like the saying goes “How do you eat an elephant? Take one bite at time.”

If you took one step every day towards your goals where do you think you’d be in 1 week, 1 month 1 year later? That elephant wouldn’t seem so big after all. You would be farther ahead than if you continued to get things right, make it perfect, etc.

Ask yourself what your commitment is. Ask yourself if you’re acting based on your commitment. Are you closer than you were in January?

How badly do you want what you want? There is a difference between interested and committed. Are you committed? Interested is when you think it’s a good idea and committed is when you’ll do what’s seem hard.

What can you do today just to keep the movement going? What can you do to start imperfectly? Are you willing to be imperfect?

Your goals and dreams matter and there is someone that is waiting for you to step out and just get started. I invite you to listen to an audio I recorded last summer and is so relevant today.

If you’d like to learn more about how I’ve helped women just like you overcome obstacles, build a solid faith so your mindset is up levelled so you can start living on-purpose and truly have it all, then reply to this email. We can jump on a call and I can find out where you’re at so I can give you a tip, tool or strategy in right direction and you can see if we’re a good fit.

Sincerely,
Kristen Owens
info@kristenowenscoaching.com
Success Coach to Faith Centered, Ambitious
Entrepreneurial Women who want to up level their  
Mindset & Self Image to Create the Time & Financial Freedom they Desire!
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It is always Sunrise Somewhere

It is always Sunrise Somewhere
‘This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never all dried at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal sunset, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”
~ John Muir

 

New books available at Amazon.com
Please visit my authors page and follow me to keep up to day with publications. AND of course i would be grateful if you would purchase but must of all ENJOY what I have written.

I have been busy busy writing short stories and also publishing my ‘Day in the Life series’.

In addition I have been compiling guides to ‘Dating on a Budget’and soon to be released ‘Who is in Your family Tree‘- a guide to starting your family tree research. So watch this space!!!

Blessings,
Michael E  Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

It is always Sunrise Somewhere 🙂

A Day in the Life- Michael E Thornley’s 2nd book!

Hey! I would love your support 🙂
My second book has now been published. You remember the ‘A Day in the Life’ series you all seemed to love from my blog. Well I have included these with many many more adventures in my latest book which you can BUY NOW!
( The Day in the Life blog posts no longer exist on the Internet…only in my book…
just saying!)

” A Day in the Life”-
published March 2016

“A Day in the Life” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

‘A Day in he Life’ is a unique look at just some of the adventures that Australian Author Michael E Thornley has experienced over the last five years.

During that time he has traveled from Australia to Bali, Dubai, Spain, Canada and the USA, the latter where he lived for a year.

We share many of the humorous outcomes as he ventures out into the unknown on his daily walks! Well that is the unknown suburban streets and parks of cities around the world. Yet only he could have an adventure in such a situation what with bowling maidens over; being serenaded by turkeys and falling into large holes and having to be pulled out by his feet!

Michael is also in tune with nature as we find him trekking through woods to the Gates of Terror; chasing skunks over wetlands in the moonlight and having visitations from white coyotes and shovel nose rays.

Yet he also shares with us his inner most thoughts and emotions that are felt in some of the more serious moments. Hence it truly is a ‘Diary of Humour and Emotions.’

BUY NOW! And lend support to this budding Author!
For just the cost of the a cup of coffee you can sit down with your next coffee and enjoy the read. PLEASE don’t spill your coffee when reading as I am sure you will laugh with me or even at me on some of my adventures!

Michael E Thornley
Author and Entrepreneur

Twists of Fate Written & Published by Michael E Thornley

GREAT NEWS
I am so happy to share with you all that I have just published my first book “Twists of Fate”
BUY IT HERE 🙂

“Twists of Fate” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

“Twists of Fate”- published March 2016

Twists of Fate is a spellbinding collection of 5 short stories set in the land down-under by Australian Author Michael E Thornley. The decisions and consequent outcomes made by the individual characters gives credence to the saying ” You Reap what you Sow’.

However, the choices that we make in life may not necessarily provide us with the outcome we desire. Yet it may reward us with the future we deserve, whether we wish it or not!. So be careful what you wish for as it just may come true!

Written in the narrative style of the ‘Twilight Zone’ the ‘Twists of Fate’ may not be what you expected. It certainly was not what the characters in the book expected!… that is the part of the charm and enjoyment of this series of short stories by Michael E Thornley.

“Twists of Fate” is available NOW on Amazon.com as an Ebook (Kindle)
Amazon USA Link
Amazon Australia Link
Amazon UK Link

 

The following Titles are coming to an Amazon.com store near you very soon! Keep watching this Blog for details!

Michael Ellis Thornley
Writer (Published) and Entrepreneur

The Four Pillars of a Good Life are – Health, Wealth, Love and Happiness.AGood Life’ is relative to the individual and the ‘4 Pillars of a ‘Good Life– Health, Wealth,Love and Happiness’ are the main criteria in varying degrees to achieve this goal. Together, they can create the lifestyle you seek and the ‘Good Life‘  you deserve!”