About Mary E. Knippel

Mary E Knippel, Writer Unleashed and the founder of Your Writing Mentor supports women to take pen in hand to unleash their story worth writing...to leverage their impact through their stories...reclaim their voices...to polish their words so that they sparkle and shine from the start...and go from making dinner to making a difference. Contact her at mary (at) yourwritingmentor.com.

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] It’s summer so I…

travel writingIt’s summer so I…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – It’s summer so I or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Your words impact the world

http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-images-group-women-friends-chatting-image29061124Building a relationship on line involves speaking in your own words and sharing quality content. 

What the heck does that mean?

Sometimes we hear an instruction like the one above, and we think…that just doesn’t make any sense, or how in the world does an ordinary person like me find the words to write quality content on my blog?

 Well, I’ll tell you a little secret.

I’m using my words right now and sharing information and inspiration. My writing style is conversational – just like my speaking style. By writing about something that has been a challenge for you and offering a suggestion and or solution to your dilemma, I am providing quality content. 

What I think happens to so many entrepreneurs is that they are overwhelmed by all the details of their business. 

Do you feel you have to wear roller skates to keep up?

Writing is a necessary and vital component of your business, but somewhere in the past, you may have been told that you couldn’t write. So now, you are hesitant, reluctant, or even afraid of writing about your passion. And that’s what writing about your business is. You are sharing your passion with readers in order to help them understand why you are doing what you do and feel the way you feel. Not rocket science. Definitely something everyone is equipped to do once you relax and allow the words to come.

Okay,  I hear you thinking…”that’s easy for you to say,” I can energetically feel your resistance.

But think about this…what if because you expressed yourself, your thoughts and dreams, your challenges and solutions…someone else felt heard, you validated their thoughts, they felt someone else understood them, and as a consequence, they didn’t feel so alone.

What if you had an impact on someone else’s life because you expressed your thoughts?

 

Regardless of what has happened in the past, you are a successful business owner who is in charge of all the elements of your business…including writing your blog!

No really, you are already an author. Now, it is a matter of moving the words from your head to the screen/paper and sharing them with your readers.

As far as the content goes, you already have that in your head because just about anything that interests you will interest the people who are looking to connect with you. Yes, that’s right…talk about- 

  • how you searched for just the right picture to go on your invitation announcing your new product
  • how proud you are of the Little League team you sponsor
  • the trip you just took to wine country (it’s important to have down time and get recharged)
  • the fundraiser for your child’s school (volunteering is an important part of your life)
  • what is going on in your industry

…in other words, talk about your life and your business.

You can impact the world…build a relationship by having a conversation in your own words...share interesting and informative material about your life, which, of course, includes your business.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Ob la di ob la da life goes on…

travel writingOb la di ob la da life goes on…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Ob la di ob la da life goes on… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

Build and rebuild your life…

DSC03094Have you ever built anything?

Whether it was a birdhouse for Scouts or Shop class…or a million dollar mansion at the beach, you went through the emotional ups and downs of frustration and joy. The frustration that things were not turning out exactly the way you wanted them to turn out. The wood was too knotty and the paint was too dark. The appliances didn’t fit where you wanted to position them because the wrong measurements were taken. You pictured it so perfectly, but nothing seemed to be going exactly the way you planned.

Have you ever felt your life isn’t turning out exactly the way you planned? 

crying little girl

June is Rebuild Your Life Month. Take a minute to focus on what your life would look like a year from now if you rebuilt it starting today.

Have you been thinking about going back to school to finish your degree, or learn a new facet of your profession? Now would be a good time start reading up on what you need to do…get an application, find out what the requirements are, research grants or funding options.

Have you been longing to take a trip? Go to the library – yes, get out of the house and explore the pages of the travel section.  Take out some of the maps, spread them out, and let your fingers explore the route you would take.

Just as you wouldn’t go on a trip without a map, rebuilding your life means creating a plan of action to achieve your goals. The house was built with a firm foundation and the fundamentals.

Your rebuilding may be the result of a life change of your own choosing (or not), but you have a firm foundation to start from.

Your core is strong.

excited little girl

You are determined to become the woman you are meant to be.

The house did get built and it is wonderful. Either the birds are enjoying their new home, or you are. Either way, after adjusting your attitude and recognizing the beauty in the finished product…despite the flaw of not being exactly what you had imagined…now you see that it is even better. 

The end result is joy! Joy that you have something perfectly wonderful…although somewhat different than what you first had in mind.   

The house was not built overnight and you won’t rebuild your life quickly either. What you can do is change your attitude and make up your mind that you are already living your best life because you are here now!

The rest is all in the details.

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Rewrite an ending

Mary E Knippel,Author and 2 of her many journalsIt’s not simple to say that most days I don’t recognize me…

The phrase above come from a song called “She Used To Be Mine” by Sara Bareilles from the musical Waitress. She goes on to talk about never being attention’s sweet center and asking for a chance to start over and rewrite an ending or two.

Do you ever feel like this? That somehow living from day to day and surviving whatever life brings you, somewhere deep inside a part of you longs to be someone else. I know I have.

Living from day to day and surviving whatever life brings you, that somewhere deep inside a part of you longs to be someone else. I know I have.

For me, remembering where I’ve been is not as important as looking at where I’m going. Yes, our past influences our future. It doesn’t have to define it and you can rewrite an ending, or as I am so fond of saying, create your own happily ever after.

Now, I don’t have a magic formula to accomplish this task. I do AND you do have the skills, techniques, and materials to begin to create your own happily ever after.

What? How do I know you can do this for yourself?

No, I am not clairvoyant, a medium, or anything of that sort.

I am being myself. I embrace the extraordinary gift of being me. I invite you to embrace the extraordinary gift of being YOU.

The secret to my confidence in creating your own happily ever after is in keeping a journal.

I am fiercely committed to inspiration, compassion, and synchronicity. I sincerely believe everything happens for a reason. Although when you are experiencing something, you certainly do not know the lesson or significant impact you will eventually come to understand. It is my belief that when you have on-going conversations on paper with yourself that you will be inspired by your own wisdom, connect with your dreams in a meaningful way, and gain compassion for who you were and the person you are becoming.

I’d love to have a conversation with you about what I’ve shared with you today. Please hop over to my Facebook page to chat.

 

 

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Life’s too short

travel writingLife’s too short to…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Life’s too short to… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Attention: Visible, Vibrant and Prosperous Women!

There are any number of national holidays we celebrate in June which I could reference with this picture:  Entrepreneurs “Do It Yourself” Marketing, Effective Communications, Rebuild Your Life, even Surf Music. The picture was taken in Half Moon Bay after all. The home of the world-famous Mavericks Surf Contest. But I’m not going to talk about any of them.

I’m going to talk about Poka Dot Powerhouse (PDP). I recently discovered this international organization filled with fabulous, amazing and caring women. I was excited to see that there was a chapter right down the highway from my home! I have been traveling across the greater Bay Area to network, and I have loved all the wonderful relationships I’ve been able to establish because of that networking. However, I did not enjoy all the driving over the hill from the Coastside.

PDP’s philosophy empowers women to build relationships and make connections by emphasizing the importance of addressing who we are as individuals in the business of life before stressing who we are as women in business. The result of that school of thought is that when Dots connect (as members call each other), they build lifelong friendships. Yes, many of the women are business owners, and business relationships often flourish because of Dot connections. 

I’d like to stress here that you do not have to have a business to become a member of Polka Dot Powerhouse. You do have to be a woman seeking to be visible, vibrant and prosperous…meaning you pursue the business of life with gusto. You must have a desire to build friendships based on the fact women need the company of other like-minded women to succeed in the business of life! I admit that’s exactly why I joined. I’m selfish. I need friends. I wanted girlfriends to have lunch with, meet me for tea, and occasionally an adventure to play. If I can support any of my sister Dot’s in sharing their story, I’ll be happy to help them find the words and the way to connect with who needs to hear them. 

Are you a visible, vibrant and prosperous woman seeking support as you pursue the business of life? I invite you to check out a meeting near you. There are chapters across the United States and Canada. The picture above was from our recent Half Moon Bay PDP meeting where I was the guest speaker. I’m scheduled to speak at upcoming Palo Alto and San Mateo meetings. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] It’s a wonderful life

travel writingIt’s a wonderful life…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – It’s a wonderful life… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

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Free Family Fun Creativity Workshop at the San Mateo County Fair

It’s county fair time and an opportunity for some serious summer entertainment. When I was little, the merry-go-round was my kind of ride; one gentle speed going around in circles. My in-laws used to plan their trip around the Midway so they can ride the Ferris wheel at dusk to see the swirls of carnival lights. My daughter and my husband like roller coasters. Are you someone who goes to see the latest 4H exhibits, stop by to see the baby goats, pigs and rabbits, and the award winning animals. Or do you eat your way around the fair? Strolling from one deep fried food to the next. Tom Thumb doughnuts are my weakness. Whatever your indulgence, I’ve got a suggestion that won’t add calories to your fair experience and is guaranteed to deliver a refreshing experience.

On Wednesday, June 14, from 1-3 p.m. Coaxing Creativity and the Writer Unleashed/Creativity Muse (aka yours truly Mary E. Knippel) is facilitating a Coaxing Creativity Workshop. This is a free, a family-friendly event for ages 10 and up. (Kids, please tell you parents you want them to play with your!) This is a fun experience for the young and the young at heart. During the workshop, we’ll explore the secrets of keeping a journal and discover how combining bits of paper, glue, and magazine images create magic!

Join us Wednesday, June 14, 1-3 p.m. in the Expo Building by the Literary Arts Stage. I’ll bring the materials. You bring your imagination and a generous supply of enthusiasm.

Coaxing Creativity Workshop is part of a series of readings, presentations, workshops and special presentations during the San Mateo County Fair (www.sanmateocountyfair.com)  sponsored by the California Writers Club-Peninsula/San Francisco Branch (www.cwc-peninsula.org).

 

A Personal Memorial Day…

George Prescott in Army uniformMemorial Day, a very special day in our country’s history, is the day we remember and honor all the men and women who died serving our country.

I grew up hearing it referred to as “Decoration Day” because that was the day my father (yes, that’s George Prescott above) and his Army buddies marched into the cemetery and fired off a 21-gun salute. The high school bugler performed a hesitant and solitary solo positioned behind a distant headstone.

It was our history to mark the graves of all our loved ones with flowers on that last Monday in May, not just fallen soldiers. We remembered everyone who had fought for us…loved us…wanted the best for us…our family and friends who were our angels…whether it was with a potted plant from the Schmitz Nursery, with a bunch of lilacs from the bushes in the front yard, or dandelions picked from the side of the road.

Today, I’m suggesting that you choose a significant event in your life, a turning point, to remember as your Personal Memorial Day. Wander down memory lane for a half hour or an hour if you can. Be sure to have your journal handy to capture what comes up as you travel that road back to the old you… someone you used to be.

 

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  • What does she know now that she didn’t know then?
  • What is the decision she made at that turning point that has impacted the woman she is today?
  • Where is that woman headed now? How has she influenced others by the decision she made on her Personal Memorial Day?   

Don’t be surprised if you have more than one Personal Memorial Day. I have several…the two times I received form letters about abnormal mammograms, moving across country twice because of my husband’s employers suddenly closing their doors, the loss of my father and then my brother. But I also have had amazingly wonderful Personal Memorial Days…our wonderful daughter, meeting many fabulous friends and stepping into leadership as a writer, as a speaker and as a coach helping other women Live a Life Unleashed.

Hop over to my Facebook page and share with me all the details of your Personal Memorial Day. I’m waiting to hear…

 

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Angels gathering…

travel writingAngels gathering…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. I suggest using your favorite writing instrument and an unlined piece of colored paper for fun. I use a fountain pen with purple ink. Some folks opt to use their computer. If that is your preferred method to write, then just open a new word document on your computer and go for it. The point is to keep your fingers moving for five minutes and not stop. I want you to experience how much writing can be accomplished in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – Angels gathering… or any other phrase that is comfortable for you. Do not stop to edit, correct spelling, look up a better word, or rearrange a sentence. Do not question what comes up in the five minutes: this doesn’t make sense, where did that come from, or what a crazy notion. This is a timed writing exercise so be sure to set the timer on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and a spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and fingers moving and have fun taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. This is your time to explore and experiment.

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

Magic at your fingertips!

 

Magic at your fingertips…sounds absolutely amazing and a bit mysterious doesn’t it As if it were a special way to allow you to conjure your own outcome. Ah, what a beautiful image.

If you have ever wished on a falling star, searched for a four-leaf clover, or wore your favorite t-shirt to play a sport for luck, you have engaged in a bit of magic there.

Magic is defined as the art of producing a desired effect or result through various techniques. 

If you haven’t guessed it yet, the technique I’m talking about is writing.  Specifically, writing in a journal with a “magic wand,” in the form of whatever writing instrument you choose.

Still not convinced you can do magic?

What if I told you…

  • that you can do magic?
  • that you have power at the ends of your fingertips?
  • that you are destined to change lives through your magic?

Would you laugh, or would you lean in and ask me to show you how?

In this digital age, it is all too easy to get closed off and shut down. Closed off from the world and often shut down within ourselves. Caught up in the details of daily life, the temptation is to become oblivious to the big picture that it is possible to be one person and make a difference. 

Yes, I realize that all the details of daily life can consume and overwhelm you and here I am wanting you to add one more thing to do. Now, consider this. What if this journaling thing helped you not only cope with the day to day stress, it could help you accomplish goals, find inner peace and, dare I say this, joy in your lifeSpending as little as five minutes a day could change your life.

At the end of the day, I feel I’ve been given an invitation embrace life lessons as hard-won sweet wisdom through the pages of my journal. Wisdom revealed through the connection between my heart and my fingertips recorded in my journal. – magic!

Call it luck, mind over matter, destiny, synchronicity, angels, or spirit guides…

I want magic in my life…how about you?

Curious? Let’s continue this conversation. Schedule a Complimentary Consultation today!

 

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