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 state fair time

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It’s state fair time…

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 state fair time 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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Focus on falling forward…

leapintolifeAre you falling forward?

Let’s take a lesson from nature and Mr. Emerson to simply accept the fact that we as humans will always be in a state of falling.

“…Let us draw a lesson from nature, which always works by short ways. When the fruit is ripe, it falls. When the fruit is despatched, the leaf falls. The circuit of the waters is mere falling. The walking of man and all animals is a falling forward. All our manual labor and works of strength, as prying, splitting, digging, rowing, and so forth, are done by dint of continual falling, and the globe, earth, moon, comet, sun, star, fall for ever and ever…”

From Ralph Waldo Emerson’s Essay 4

Falling is an easy posture for us to be in to look back on where we have been…the mistakes that stopped us in the pursuit of our goals…the disappointments and hurts. Why not be grateful that we’ve had the chance to go after our dreams? Pick yourself up and use the lessons learned to create a new plan. Move on one step at a time, one dream at a time, and build on the information we’ve gained and the knowledge we’ve acquired from the school of life.

Decide to keep your eyes on the horizon, and focus on falling forward into the future and not back into the past. 

Fall is a time of new beginnings…starting back to school…starting to harvest the crops…starting another quarter in the business world. 

What are you starting? 

Please share with me on my FB page how you will fall forward?

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Summer is slipping away

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Summer is slipping away…

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 – Summer is slipping away 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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Capture a Summer Camp Experience

Yes, I realize we are nearing the end of those “summer camp” days, but I think there’s still time for you to have a summer camp experience. Perhaps you have already sent your kids back to school, and you have gotten back into the school routine with carpools and after-school activity schedules. Or now that the calendar has shifted, you find yourself adapting to a new/familiar routine. But did you have a chance to run barefoot through the sprinklers, eat a Popsicle under a shady tree, or just curl up and get lost in a new book for an entire afternoon? Let your imagination and your creativity have a play date.

Farmer’s Union Camp was not anything glamorous.  Located at the edge of Whitewater State Park in the heart of Midwestern farmland, the camp had seen better days having taken abuse from the hundreds of summer campers over the years.  But for my brother and me, it was a chance to experience life off the farm. We were eager to have the opportunity to stay in a cabin with kids other than our brothers and sisters from Tuesday through Friday night.

It was the trip of a lifetime. My one summer camp experience included hiking in a state park, sleeping in bunk beds in pine cabins with eight others, painting ceramics, and performing in a Fractured Fairytale skit which we helped write.  

My mother had the ceramic fruit we painted on her kitchen wall for years. I remember the rainy afternoon we labored over the exact red we wanted for the apples and the perfect shade of yellow for the bananas.  By the time my daughter went off to summer camp, her activities included horseback riding and panning for gold in the Colorado Rockies.

Take a minute to think about what your favorite summer camp experience was as a kid. Didn’t have one? Well, choose an activity and make it happen! Summer 2017 will soon be a memory. Give yourself the summer camp treatment!

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Dear Younger Me…


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Dear Younger Me…

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 – Dear Younger Me 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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Let passion fuel your writing

Mary E. Knippel's heart painting

Mary E. Knippel’s heart painting

Do you stress about what to write about on your blog? You already have all kinds of content to fuel your writing.

What are you passionate about? Answer that question and you’ll have plenty to write about. Think about what you honestly care about. Yes, your family and business are obvious subjects here. You know there is more…much more to you than the roles you play.

Just in case you still need a little support in identifying your passion, here are a few questions to get you started.

  1. Are you a supporter of the environment? Do you recycle and buy green?
  2. Are you an athlete? Are you training for a marathon, or big competition?
  3. How do you express your creativity? Have you always enjoyed doing things with your hands and make things (such as cooking, gardening, painting, writing, jewelry, pottery, bookshelves, or clothing)?
  4. Have you overcome an illness and are now involved in finding a cure for your disease? Does someone you love live with a debilitating disease or chronic illness?
  5. Did you grow up in another culture and seek to educate the world about the similarities not the differences we all share?

I am passionate about encouraging you to claim your writing voice. I get fired up when someone says, “I’m no writer.” I immediately start waving my hand in the air admonishing whomever the speaker was, to never repeat that phrase. Everyone is a writer, regardless of whether you will ever have a book for sale on Amazon. You compose thoughts in your head, notes in birthday cards, business reports, sales letters, promotional material, and tons of e-mails.

 As a journalist for over 35 years, I have a system to make creating your content fun…schedule your free Unleash Consultation today and stop agonizing about having something to write about! 

What are you passionate about?

 

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The journey to Celebration…

My message for you today is about not quitting five-minutes before you realize your dream! I filled out the application to speak at Polka Dot Powerhouse Network Celebration months ago. It would be the biggest stage I’ve been on to date. I really wanted this. And I got the e-mail that I’m IN! Yippee!

I’d been preparing for the stage my whole life. When I was 8-years-old I used to stand on a beautiful stage and wow my audiences. Every ear eagerly longed to hear what I was going to say next. Of course, my stage was a giant boulder at the edge of a grove of trees and I was facing a field full of corn ready to be harvested. I just knew that I was going to be interviewed some day and I would be prepared, even if no one else in my world thought it would ever happen to me.

What is it that you are longing to do? Start a blog? Publish a book? Share your message on stage? Start today to realize your dreams.

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Celebrate!


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Celebrate!

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 – Celebrate! 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 healing journey

Your healing journey starts with you taking pen in hand…

Check out the video I did today. Usually, I’m the one doing the interview and asking the questions…today I sat on the hot seat and answered the questions! I had such fun!

My dear new friend Elaine Turso (who I have only recently met in May, but feel like we’ve known each other for ages) has developed a program called Perfectly Imperfect Body Image Boot Camp designed to empower women in their vision of who they are and how they want to show up in the world. Writing is a part of the many modalities that will be used as the women in the program progress on their healing journey. And I am very pleased to be invited along on that journey to talk about the journaling aspect. And while some of the message is specific to the boot camp, you don’t have to be a part of the Perfectly Imperfect Body Image Boot Camp to get value out of watching this 15-minute video!

Journaling is an amazing tool at the ends of your fingertips to support you on your healing journey. You don’t have to buy fancy equipment, sign up for another course, or travel to India to work with a master teacher…just take your pen in hand and unleash your story worth writing.

 

Inspirational Summer Read! Live-a-Life-Unleashed Column in RHG Magazine

Don’t you just love getting lost in the glossy pages of a magazine? I know I sure do. I look forward to spending quality time with my tea and the latest copy of my favorite publication. And, yes, in this digital age I realize that paper has transitioned on to the computer screen. The intention and the concept are still very much the same…give the reader something beautiful to look at along with something substantial for the mind, with an additional generous dose of food for the spirit.

Well, I’ve got a treat for you!

I’m so excited to announce that I’m a columnist for the new quarterly RGH Magazine. My column is entitled “Live a Life Unleashed.” Just the way my blogs are infused with messages to bring you inspiration, along with a bit of education, and empower you to tap into your creativity, my articles in the magazine are meant to do exactly that as well. I’m part of a number of talented women who are lending their expertise to this quarterly venture, the brainchild of my dear friend, mentor, and colleague, Rebecca Hall Gruyter. Originally, Rebecca had planned to create a simple booklet to promote the talented women who present the many programs on radio and television across RHG Media. Then she has decided to celebrate the 3-month anniversary of launching her television network by creating a more enhanced version to shine the spotlight on the many amazing programs and offer in-depth articles of inspiration and empowerment.

And because you are reading this right now, I have a gift for you…a free subscription to this refreshing quarterly publication filled with stories of inspiration and ways to tap into your best life.

Grab your free subscription today!

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I know the meaning of…


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I know the meaning of…

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 – I know the meaning of 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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Make a Difference to Children

excited little girl

Let’s celebrate “National Make a Difference to Children Month” with a twist. I propose honoring your inner child as well as the children in your life!

Whether you have children, are an empty nester, a childcare provider, or simply appreciate there are children in the world, we were all children at some point. It’s not too late to nurture, mentor, and make a difference in the life of your inner child.

What did you long to do as a child that you never seem to have the time or energy to pursue anymore?

Did you…

  • create concoctions in the kitchen?
  • splash in the ocean?
  • peddle madly on your bike?
  • explore never-ending trail?
  • get lost in a great story?

Did I not mention your favorite?

You can still do all of those things…and more!

Don’t think it’s important to spend time with your inner child? As much as you want to always seem like you have it all together, sometimes you just have to vent, throw a tantrum and lose control. And that’s OK. It’s, do I dare say it…normal? Even necessary. She needs to be nurtured. She deserves to have attention lavished upon her. Show her some love!

When I was growing up, my mother used to can vegetables in a pressure cooker. I can’t tell you the scientific version of what went on. I can only tell you there was a lot of bubbling and hissing during the process. The pot worked magic by releasing steam. Give yourself permission to indulge your inner child to have that bit of grace make a difference in your life.She needs to be nurtured. She deserves to have attention lavished upon her.

Also, Kim Ratz, the founder of “National Make a Difference Month” provides 100 ideas or ways to make a difference in a child’s life.

And because I don’t want to miss an opportunity to encourage reading, check out this post “5 Ways to be a Reading Role Model” from Scholastic.

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