[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m excited because…

travel writingI’m excited because…

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’m excited because… 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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[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Write your happy ending story

whatsyourstory.penOnce upon a time there was a little girl with big dreams…then she grew up, went to school, worked at a job, started a family, and got too busy with daily life and didn’t have time for her dreams any more. 

Does that sound familiar? Too often our dreams get deferred in the wake of what is happening in our daily life because of the needs of others such as young children, elderly parents, job responsibilities, or a significant other unable to care for themselves. 

Take some time to explore what you know and what you don’t know.

Set aside time to sit with your journal to dream on paper. Consider what you have longed to do. How you want to have an impact on the world. Yes, the world.

I understand you have obligations right now that do not allow you to immediately go after your dreams…however you can take action today to make things happen for you! To let the world know you are the solution they are seeking by sharing who you are, what you do and who you are here to serve.

Establish yourself as an expert, build relationships on line in order to define your KNOW, LIKE & TRUST Factor!

How do you do this?

Grab a journal and start having regular conversations on paper to get your thoughts, dreams and longings out of your body! When you show up on the page for as little as five or ten minutes a day, dramatic things will start to happen. Don’t worry about not knowing what to write…allow your subconscious to come to the surface and listen to what it has to say!

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Your Words Have Power

Yes, your words have power. No, not in the sense that you could run the electricity in your home, or fuel your car. In the sense that your words “move” people by sharing a feeling such as expression of compassion, gratitude, or understanding.

Yes, your words have power. Amazing power. No, not in the sense of power that you could run the electricity in your home, or fuel your car. I am referring to the sense that your words “move” people by sharing a feeling such as expression of compassion, gratitude, or understanding.

Wondering how you can access all this power?

It’s easy.

You tell a story.

That’s right! Your super power is the way you put words together to share stories.

We all grow up with stories. Stories of our family and our friends, and those stories we read. Stories are everywhere! They are at school, at work, on television, in the movies, and on the internet.

Stories have been around a long, long time. When Grandma was scolding you and telling you to remember what the Good Book says, she was referring to that precious volume filled with stories; the Bible. Cultures have used stories since before written language to pass down oral history and teach valuable lessons such as the drawings on cave walls.

Words mean more than what is set down on paper. It takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. Maya Angelou

Now you may be thinking, well “I’m just one person and don’t have any real power and I’m not a storyteller.” I beg to differ. Whether you are the leader of a family unit, church group, non-profit, business empire, or an individual making up his/her mind about what to have for breakfast, your words have power in the story your tell to come to a decision and take action.

You are a storyteller! It comes naturally to us all whether we recognize it or not.

Stories…

  • can make a point in ways other forms of communication cannot. Stories allow the listener to enter into the story and discover lessons seemingly on their own.
  • make your point memorable. I guarantee you have stories in your mind that have been their most all of your life.
  • make your point meaningful and personalize a message and make us feel a part of the situation.
  • touch the heartstrings and evoke raw emotions. Stories tap into that part of all of us that makes us human.
  • create a foundation on which to build connections and form lasting bonds.

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] To Me mothering means…

travel writingTo me mothering means…

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 – To me mothering means… 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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How do you nurture you?

It’s May. A merry, merry month. Right? Or don’t you think so because it’s the end of the school year which means end of term activities, perhaps a graduation or moving up ceremony and all the changes that come with new situations? Well, I’m here to encourage you to not just think about how you are nurturing YOU in all the events happening this month…and beyond...come join us! 

Sign up to join us on this complimentary virtual training, May 23 at 1 p.m. 

Whose life are you leading?

Do you look at your life and wonder…what part of this life is mine? because someone accused you of not being who they thought you should be with the words, “I don’t even know who you are anymore!” 

Do you know who you are? Perhaps you’ve embarked on a journey to discover your authentic self just as I have after I was diagnosed with breast cancer…for the second time.

Too often, it is easier to only show the parts of yourself you feel will be accepted and judged appropriate. 

Sound familiar?

 

leapintolifeThis month is about mothering yourself. So reclaim your life and jump back in with power and passion.

Treat yourself with Tender Loving Care and no more being the good girl who wouldn’t hurt anyone’s feelings or disappoint anyone else so you settle for the fuzzy end of the lollipop. Yes, the world needs followers as well as leaders. Why does it always have to be about one person winning and everyone else losing.

It’s not about winning or losing; it’s about respect and awareness. 

It’s not about judgment and who is right…it’s about everyone being heard.

So when is it “appropriate” to speak up about what you want?

Right now!

Let the world know it’s your turn to be heard. As convenient as it would be to have people read your mind and not have to tell them what you want, you’re just going to have to speak up.

Regardless of whether your “office” is on Market Street, Main Street, Wall Street, or behind the wheel of a mini-van barreling down Any Street, this “Voiceless Syndrome,” presents a common dilemma.voiceless

You have to speak up…to reclaim your life.

Reclaiming your life includes a form of self-care you may label radical, but it merits consideration. Think you know what it is? Yes, it’s asking for help…

  • with the paper pile-up that is threatening to overtake your office
  • brainstorming ideas about that next big project or program
  • with the laundry and dinner preparation
  • with childcare and carpool duties
  • with creating consistency and confidence in a world full of challenges and uncertainty

Don’t  look at your life and wonder…what part of it is mine?

It’s your life…claim time for yourself to live a life unleashed. 

Please hop over to my Facebook page and share how you are claiming your life.

 

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] This makes my blood boil…

travel writingThis makes my blood boil…

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 – This makes my blood boil… 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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This mothering thing…

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The Meuer Sisters…One Generation of Mothers

Do you remember that song from Camelot? The  one that talks about the Merry Month of May…the month of, “yes, you may.”

Growing up good little boys and girls did what Mother (and pretty much everyone else) told them was correct behavior. As a result, you were polite, said please and thank you, turned in your homework on time and cleaned your room without being asked. Well, I’m sure that cleaning stuff happened occasionally without being asked. The point is you knew what your mother expected; that you were to treat others with respect and courtesy.

She told you to button your coat when you went out in the cold because she didn’t want you to get sick. 

Now you know that it takes more than wearing a sweater to keep yourself from getting sick. 

She told you to drink your milk because she wanted you to have strong bones.

Now you know it takes more than drinking milk to have strong bones.

She told you to listen to your teachers because she wanted you to learn the lessons being taught at school.

Now you know more than the teachers in a classroom provide the lessons you need to help you create your amazing life.

The question to consider as you are reading this is:  How are you doing at this mothering thing when it comes to YOU?

As an adult, mothering yourself is an attitude toward self-care which needs to be addressed. You are encouraged here and now to give yourself permission… to say, “yes, you may” about taking care of yourself.

Have you ever dismissed that nagging feeling of common sense when you promised you’d only work just 15-minutes longer on that new idea that’s been noodling around in our head all day? Then end up working for three hours and you didn’t get enough sleep…again. Or, skip your workout because you need to make another phone call. How often do you look up to realize that you didn’t get away from your desk longer than that restroom sprint? What about breakfast, lunch and your dinner routine? Not eating nutritious meals on a regular basis because you don’t have time to shop or cook, let alone digest them.

Nurturing yourself also includes breathing space…down time in whatever form you crave. Mine includes journaling, walks on the beach and soaking in bubble baths. You may like to get lost in planting a flowerbed, playing a sport, or sketching a still life.

It doesn’t matter what you choose to do in your leisure time…what matters is that you take time to step away from the pursuit of business to pursue the business of being a whole person in body, mind an spirit. The result will be a you who brings a stronger and more compassionate self to the business we are passionate about.

Check out my complimentary workshop this month Manifesting Mothering Mentors – Journaling for Self-Care. Find out about the healing miracle all of us have access to!

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I will be heard

travel writingI will be heard…

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 will be heard… 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 light…

Are you on fire? Do you burn with passion about your life? Do you have a slight flicker when it comes to living life to the fullest and sharing your gifts? Is it a smoldering ember of frustration which lacks spark or the fuel to create a true flame?

If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it.

Margaret Fuller

As a woman deeply involved and connected to the world in the midst of family, friends, and your community, you are the light for your journey…and theirs.

As a business owner, or entrepreneur who is passionate about their business and industry, you are the light for your business…for those you serve…for those you labor with.

Writing is an amazing tool to share your light.

Do you hesitate to write because you have no idea what to say or who would listen?

I believe you have an incredible story to tell. You are the only one who can create the whole story from all the bits and pieces to tell it. The story of who you are, why you are doing what you do, how you are the solution for your clients, and what gifts you bring to the world. Your audience waiting to hear it. They are longing to hear it!

Not convinced? Please reread the quote above. You have knowledge others are looking for…share it with them. When you share your expertise with your clients and customers, you offer more than information. It is a spark igniting their imagination. They learn not only about your products and services, they learn about you. You establish trust and credibility and invite them to follow you. Sharing what you have to offer to your readers in stories, quotes and commentary on what’s happening in the world, as well as your industry, helps them understand you and validates your position. It helps those you are meant to serve to find you.

I help reluctant writers find the words to connect with their readers…ideally to transform readers into clients and customers. I am confident you have the light within you to create a clear message so they may find you.  

Ready to truly allow the light in you to shine brightly? Let’s talk about how you can Live a Life Unleashed. Sign up for a complimentary call today.

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] They keep moving the line

travel writingThey keep moving the line…

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 – They keep moving the line… 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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Just Somebody I Used to Know…

 

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You know how you can have the radio playing in the background and never “tune in” to all the chatter. Suddenly, your ears hone in on a phrase, and you can’t get it out of your head. Well, that’s exactly what has happened to me with a song by an Australian artist. The simplicity of the intro notes invite you in, and the lyrics keep you engaged. The Belgian-Australian musician, Gotye, sings about a past lover, and the nature of love, but I find myself envisioning looking in the mirror and singing to my reflection.

The image I see resembles somebody that I used to know with glimpses of a brand new me emerging.

Do you ever feel like that?

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?

I look at my reflection, and I ask:

Where did the little girl go with her Toni perm curls framing her shy little smile?

Where did the fiercely independent young woman go who could have been a stand-in for Marlo Thomas’ “That Girl” TV character with her perky attitude and brunette flip?

Where did the PTA mom go who volunteered for everything from baking cupcakes to writing the booklet for the fundraising auction and racked up more miles than a Daytona 500 driver as a stay-at-home mom?

Oh, she’s still here. She’s just somebody I used to know who is reinventing herself.

Yes, strange as it may sound from someone who is receiving AARP solicitations, I am reinventing myself.  I’m reinventing on a daily basis. It’s downright exhausting at times! And it is so exhilarating!

After two breast cancer episodes, two unsuccessful start-up companies, and moving halfway across this continent for gainful employment, I’ve acquired some coping skills to help me in my healing process as well as diffusing my stress level. Whether we are aware of the slow erosion or not, stress takes it’s toll on us on a daily basis. Tapping into my creativity is the way I keep my stress level down. Writing in my journal, playing with beads or paper crafts, and giving myself permission to explore new ways to create…create my own happily ever after.

When I look in the mirror, I see somebody I used to know…and so much more.

I see that same twinkle in my eye of the mischievous child. I see the same grin of the perky young woman embarking on her career as a secretary. I see fingers grasping a pen or flying over a keyboard with words tumbling over each other everywhere, and hear an inquisitive voice asking insightful questions culminating in an amazing body of work.

MaryEKnippel.headshotI’m am no longer the child, young adult, nor the young mother I once was. I see an articulate, compassionate, curious, playful, creative and wise soul. I cherish my past, but I’m even more excited about my future because it is full of wonder and possibility.

When I look in the mirror, I see somebody I want to know.

Who do you see when you look in the mirror?
 
I understand what it’s like not to recognize yourself in the mirror because everyone else in your life crowds out your own reflection. That is the reason I encourage you to pick up a journal and create a sanctuary for yourself within the pages. Writing offers you ways to reconnect with the person you want to see in the mirror. Hop over to my Facebook Page and comment on what sanctuary means to you.
 
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