[Free Virtual Workshop] Step into Your Story Training

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In honor of Women’s History Month, please register today to join me for a free virtual workshop you can attend from the comfort of wherever you choose.

Step Into Your Story 

Living Your Legacy – Your HerStory

Unleash Your Story Worth Writing

Thursday, March 23, 8 a.m. Pacific

(you must register to get the recording)

 

We’re going to explore Stepping into Your Story and Living Your Legacy. Yes, I did mean to say Living Your Legacy because I think what we do in everyday life is just as important as anything we will leave behind. Polish your words of wisdom and share your story…your personal journey…your HERstory. We’ll discuss how your personal story is a vital part of the universal story.

What is important to you right now? How do you spend your time? What are you passionate about? You live your Legacy every day of your life. I’m passionate that you embrace the fact your story has value! My mission is to support you to claim your voice and deliver the message you are here to share with the world.

Writing is how I tap into my creativity and give voice to my message on a daily basis. I start my day with a pot of tea, my journal along with my favorite fountain pen, and a collection of inspirational reading material. 

Some folks find letter writing to be their favorite way to journal. Unsent letters are one way, Anne Frank addressed her thoughts to “Dear Kitty,” you could do something similar. That was her story. Tell Your Story. Don’t worry that you need a new program for your computer, or a fancy leather bound journal to record your thoughts. Registration for this workshop includes all materials necessary to start your story journey.

Worried you won’t know what to say? Wondering how to “do” this writing thing? We’re going to cover all of that so register today!

Please don’t miss this opportunity to Step Into Your Story and Unleash Your Story Worth Writing!  

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Unleash your pearls of wisdom…

MEK product shotRecord your legacy…Your Herstory.

In honor of Women’s History Month, let’s talk about Living Your Legacy. Yes, I did mean to say Living Your Legacy because I think what we do in everyday life is just as important as anything we will leave behind. Polish your pearls…your words of wisdom and share your story…your personal journey…your HERstory. 

What is important to you right now? How do you spend your time? What are you passionate about? That is the Legacy You Live! 

I’m passionate about you embracing your story. Your story has value because it is your story and  YOU have value. The world is waiting to hear your story.

Writing is how I tap into my creativity and give voice to my message on a daily basis. I start my day with a pot of tea, my journal along with my favorite fountain pen, and a collection of inspirational reading material. Perhaps writing isn’t the first thing you want to do in the morning. If you find writing before you go to bed helps relax you, then that’s when you should write. Maybe grabbing a sandwich and your journal is your lunch routine. Great! Do whatever works for you!

Some folks find letter writing to be their favorite way to journal. Unsent letters are one way, Anne Frank addressed her thoughts to “Dear Kitty,” you could do something similar. That was her story. Tell Your Story. Don’t worry that you need a new program for your computer, or a fancy leather bound journal to record your thoughts. A notebook from Target and a Bic pen works just fine, or even loose paper and No. 2 pencil – just get comfortable and write.

Worried you won’t know what to say? Wondering how long you should write?

OK, here’s a couple of suggestions to help you get started.

1. Choose a time and block out an appointment with yourself on the calendar for about 15 minutes (you may want to increase it later, but for right now you will be amazed how much you can write in 15 minutes).

2. I encourage you to write long-hand to have a direct connection between your heart and your hand.  You may decide to write on the computer if that is the only method you are able to use, however, at least try a couple of longhand experiences for these intuition guided conversations.

3. Take 15 minutes and change your life. When your appointment time arrives, set a timer for 15 minutes, record the date and the time of day, perhaps where you are sitting. This bit of ritual is a way to signal your whole body that you are about to start journal writing. You could also start with writing a favorite quote or a short piece of poetry. This is your jump-start or priming the creative pump. 

Now…Just write! 

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Step into Your Story…Your legacy…Your HERstory

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In honor of Women’s History Month, please join me for a workshop I’ve designed just for YOU on Sunday, March 5, 2-4 p.m. on the beautiful California Coastside.

Step Into Your Story 

Living Your Legacy – Your HerStory

Unleash Your Story Worth Writing

 

We’re going to explore Stepping into Your Story and Living Your Legacy. Yes, I did mean to say Living Your Legacy because I think what we do in everyday life is just as important as anything we will leave behind. Polish your words of wisdom and share your story…your personal journey…your HERstory. We’ll discuss how your personal story is a vital part of the universal story.

What is important to you right now? How do you spend your time? What are you passionate about? You live your Legacy every day of your life. I’m passionate that you embrace the fact your story has value! My mission is to support you to claim your voice and deliver the message you are here to share with the world.

Writing is how I tap into my creativity and give voice to my message on a daily basis. I start my day with a pot of tea, my journal along with my favorite fountain pen, and a collection of inspirational reading material. 

Some folks find letter writing to be their favorite way to journal. Unsent letters are one way, Anne Frank addressed her thoughts to “Dear Kitty,” you could do something similar. That was her story. Tell Your Story. Don’t worry that you need a new program for your computer, or a fancy leather bound journal to record your thoughts. Registration for this workshop includes all materials necessary to start your story journey.

Worried you won’t know what to say? Wondering how to “do” this writing thing? We’re going to cover all of that at the workshop

Hurry! Space is limited, so don’t miss this opportunity to Step Into Your Story and Unleash Your Story Worth Writing!  

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In search of mentoring

Greek columnsIn Greek mythology, when Odysseus sailed off to Troy he left behind his precious son and entrusted Telemachus, his old friend Mentor, with the task of helping Telemachus grow up to be a wise leader, by teaching, counseling, challenging, and encouraging him.

I have had some wonderful teachers, mentors and guides throughout this journey we call life. Some have taught me formally in the classroom. Some have come disguised as a chance encounter at the grocery check out line. Or, a walk on the beach where I received the magic of Nature’s nurturing. Other mentors have shown up when I had particular challenges such as the cancer diagnosis, getting voice mail that our employer has suddenly closed up shop, or coming home to find my husband at the kitchen table with realtors. My Mentors have helped me develop strategies, tools, and coping skills to adapt to the many surprises I have encountered. The surprises I now consider gifts.images

I know the value of having someone help you identify and then champion your goals for you. Someone who will be a mirror reflecting your hopes and dreams. Someone to adjust the focus of your obstructed view to help you see the reflection of the amazing human being you are right now.

  • Not after losing 10 pounds.
  • Not after publishing the great American novel.
  • Not after establishing a 6-figure business.
  • Not after speaking live to a crowd of 5,000
  • Not after…(you fill in the blank)

Someone to help you open the windows on your business, to your life, to let in fresh air and blow away the myths of doubt and fear that hold you back.

There is great potential in the gift of a life-altering experience. What comes after you crumble is how you rise up. And as you rise up, you may discover that your new normal truly is an amazing life.

I help women leverage their impact through writing…to transform readers into clients and customers by polishing your pearls of wisdom…reclaiming your voice…from tag lines to social media posts…from blogs to books…from free reports to entire websites…unleashing your true purpose message.

I would be honored to support you as your personal mentor as you unleash your story worth writing. Let’s have a complimentary conversation…a free discovery call…schedule your 20-minute talk here.

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[Free Training] Holiday ideas for joy filled new year

candleYour day-to-day schedule is jam-packed…now add the shopping, wrapping, mailing, and holiday gatherings on top of it all. You may feel as if you are burning the candle at both ends!

Apart from considering cloning yourself, how do you manage it all? Consider creating a sort of Holiday Bucket list of things that you want to have happen and things that you aspire to:

  1. Acknowledge the important people in your life with a hand-written note, a thoughtful gift, or better still, make plans to spend time together.
  2. Delegate…get the team/family involved in as much as you can. Share the tasks and let others take ownership of whatever task or activity of the season.
  3. Design a plan to achieve goals that have eluded you, and discard the ones that no longer serve you.
  4. Spend time indulging in old movies with lots of heart…this time of year they are running holiday movies  (I want to watch them all!).  It is so much fun to tune in and find a classic where a popular actor/actress is playing a bit part with youthful exuberance.
  5. What was your favorite treat as a kid? Savor sugar cookies made with real butter with lots and lots of sugar on top.
  6. Prescribe water therapy for yourself. Sink into a sweet smelling bubble bath. Try it by candlelight…pure bliss!
  7. Let your mind drift sitting in the sunshine with a cup of something delicious and nothing to do but feel the sun’s warmth on your face.
  8. Confide in your journal as a source of great stress relief strategy. 
  9. Skim through travel brochures and imagine living in another part of the world. Not just visiting for a temporary taste of life there, but spending months at a time to become part of the community and really develop a rhythm of life there. (The power of visualization may lead to actualization!)
  10. Create a collage (Vision/Dream Board) to represent what want your life to be like next year.

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Come Home to Yourself this Holiday…

Christmas-homeplace-farm1There’s no place like home for the holidays…that’s what the song says.

What does home mean to you? What does it look like?

It can be a

  • place…specific geographic location
  • feeling…when we are lost in reading/writing our favorite genre
  • person… representing that sense of well-being

I believe home is whatever makes you feel always welcome, comfortable, nurtured, and cherished.

Thomas Wolfe said “we can’t go home again.

I agree with Mr. Wolfe that you can’t go “home” again. It is physically and emotionally impossible to return to the specific point in time we yearn to revisit. Picture a six-years-old and cuddled up on Grandma’s lap being smothered with kisses and attention, a 12-year-old who won that science award, when you had that first confirmation of your writing abilities and say your by-line “published” in the junior college literary magazine.

Dorothy figured out that “there’s no place like home.”

I am also in agreement with Dorothy. As much as she found Oz magical, Kansas was her real land of enchantment of family, friends and connection to her heart. Wherever we call home, that address possesses the ability to inspire ease and delicious comfort for us.

“I long,” Maya Angelou tells us, “as does every human being, to be at home within myself.”

Ah yes, I fully embrace Maya Angelou’s sentiments. As much as it is important to have an environment, which fosters an atmosphere of growth and understanding, we cannot ever hope to be at “home” in any physical surroundings, if we are not first at “home” within ourselves. The address could be a palace, grand estate or a tiny apartment, but if you are not comfortable in your own skin…are you really living your authentic life?

How do you come to be at home within yourself?

The answer is not simple. It is a lifelong journey.

I believe the inside track in finding the path to be at home within yourself is to write. Writing allows you to reach down deep inside yourself. Writing is how to you bridge the gap between the surface story and the emotional drama below the façade.

What does home mean to you?

During this season of giving, stop all the hustle and bustle to give yourself some time…indulge in a little “me” time and let’s discuss how you can live a life unleashed.

I’d love to hear what home means to you. Drop by my Facebook page and please comment on this blog. 

 

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Take aim to unleash your legacy!

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image10494661Take aim at the target…the target of the stories that make up your legacy!

  • purpose
  • education
  • family
  • relationships
  • community

When you look in the mirror, do you smile back at what you see reflected? When your work is praised? When your compassion is recognized? Taking aim at your legacy happens with every decision you make towards your goals, interacting with friends and family, deciding what to have for dinner…even in the line at the grocery store when you are purchasing the ingredients for dinner.

What are you taking aim these days? Or is life winning the battle with challenges, complications and those persistent inconsistencies which throw a monkey wrench into your well-plotted plans?

I won’t pretend that I know how you can use a bow and arrow to take aim at your story, but I do know that writing your story can help you unleash your legacy.

Do you struggle with what you want to say when you sit down to write?

I think an exciting part of writing is that it is a direct line to building a relationship with the world at large in a way not many other things can.

Your story so far does not have to dictate where you go from here. Take time for yourself…even five minutes uninterrupted…will help you find clarity about how you can focus on finding yourself again. Taking time for you and only you.

When my daughter was a toddler, I took a week-long writing workshop. It was the first time I’d gone away to really work on my writing (although I’d been keeping a journal since I was an 11-year-old hiding my spiral bound notebook from my brother) and had a degree in Mass Communication. Our teacher greeted us at the door with a 3-ring binder and told us that we were all writing a book. That statement put me in such a state of panic and I almost bolted from the campus. Almost is the operative word. My determination to write pushed me to stay more than my panic wanted me to run.

Sharing our passion and beliefs exposes our vulnerability, deepens our authenticity, our transparency, and builds trust with everyone we encounter. I found my voice through my two breast cancer experiences. It made me passionate about encouraging everyone not to wait until you have a health crisis to practice self-care. I learned to self-validate and to take loving action on my own behalf for my highest good.

If we pay attention, sometimes the stories we are supposed to write find us instead of the other way around. First, you have to show up at the page!

Hop over to my Facebook page to share how you are showing up on the page!

 

 

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Create a grateful heart

flower heartHalloween treats, stern Pilgrims, red-suited Santas and dewy-winged angels fought for shelf space recently as I stood in line at the grocery store. I shook my head to see these seasons blurred together. I realize this is the time of the year when the shoppers are out in full force looking for bargains. And the retailers are fighting fiercely to have us spend our dollars with them. I understand the economics, but I’m frustrated too.

I’d like to experience only one cherished holiday at a time. 

There is one season I will celebrate all year long  and that is the season of giving thanks. Being grateful for everyone and everything in my life…of course, my health, my family, being able to do work that I love and help the wonderful people in my life with my gifts. I’m privileged to have learned what is really important to me and I’m on a mission to encourage everyone I meet not to wait until they have a health crisis to take care of themselves. My health crisis certainly was my wake-up call. I don’t want you to have to wait until then to wake up to the glorious life you are not living!

 “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.” Meister Eckhart

I heartily agree with the sentiment of that quote. I invite you to have a grateful heart for the blue in the sky, the breath in your body, the smile of a child, the tea in your cup, the love in your life, the faith in your soul, and the dreams of yet to be.

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Inspirational role models…

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November invites us to celebrate National Inspirational Role Models Month. 

Who inspires you? 

Inspiration comes to us in new ideas we are exposed to, the things we see in the media, concepts and plot twists from our favorite authors. Perhaps we are inspired when we watch larger than life heroines take on challenges and save the day. Or, when we worship…logic and life intersect when spirit and faith combine. And if we are lucky, the people who inspire us are also the people we love…our family.

They are our link to our past, our present, and our future. Our road map of how to be strong and compassionate.

Grandmothers who survived losing husbands and the deaths of children. Great Aunts who succeeded in carving out lives for themselves despite the fact society frowned on women invading men’s business sanctuary. Sisters and cousins who maintained a deep strong bond of not only kinship, but also friendship.

When I was growing up we lived with my Grandma Emma. She seldom travelled farther than the several hundred yards to the church for Mass and the backyard to hang up laundry. But she did venture out for one specific activity that I can picture so clearly, I can smell the bacon lingering in the air for the old-fashioned German Potato Salad she prepared for the occasion.

Grandma, her sisters (the Meurer girls in the picture above), their daughters (our mothers), and their daughters (my generation of cousins) got together for what they called Cousin’s Club. It was a ladies lunch with the best china, followed by card games with lots of lively conversation, ending up with carmel colored coffee and lovely sweet confections (did I mention these ladies loved to bake?…and bake they did!).

I attribute my affection for my cousins to the time we spent observing our elders having fun with each other.

Do you have an inspirational story? Care to share?

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Choose Creativity instead of Chaos

Now that the holiday season has “officially” begun…meaning Halloween is over and the Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations share shelf space everywhere, and the pilgrims occupy stage left while Santas are holding court in every mall across the country, don’t let yourself get caught up in the whirl of constant activity and not enjoy the beauty and magic happening all around you. 

Slow down…be nice to yourself…treat yourself to time to sit quietly to absorb the transformation of our humdrum surroundings to Santa’s Toy Shop, or Winter Wonderland. Whether you have never had children or your children are past the age of wondering if Santa exists, we are all children at heart this time of year. 

Listen to the music. Yes, I know the canned stuff at the mall and in the outlet stores does not qualify as “music.” I mean the choirs singing the traditional Christmas carols of Silent Night, Joy to the World,  Oh Holy Night, Little Drummer Boy and, of course, your favorite _______________. 

Check your list, and when you are checking it twice…besides what has to get done…make sure your list also includes FUN Stuff along with your shopping, wrapping, baking, and mailing. I know you have family favorites that you must make every year (it wouldn’t be Christmas at our house without Peanut Clusters and Sugar Cookies), but do you have to make 12 kinds of cookies and candy? While you are baking, it’s assumed there is sampling going on…enjoy the sampling! Take an honest to goodness break during the cookie baking production to savor the fruits of your labor. 

Watch a classic movieIt’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, and The Bishop’s Wife, are my favorites.  What are yours?

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Your creativity unleashed in pink

pink-ribbonAre you noticing all the pink ribbons this month?

My heart goes out to everyone who experiences a health crisis, but I have a kinship with this month’s cause. 

Almost 15 years ago, I gathered my mail from the mailbox and among my birthday cards, bills, magazines, and assorted advertisements, was a white business envelope from the clinic. Curious, I opened it even before my birthday cards and was stunned to see a form letter telling me “an abnormality had been found and I needed to call the office as soon as possible.”

I stood in the kitchen staring at the red check mark next to that life-altering statement. Just three sentences, but with those words I became a statistic. I became the one of one in eight women who is diagnosed in their lifetime. I am lucky.

Yes, I am lucky in more ways than one. I was diagnosed with D.C.I.S., ductal carcinoma in situ or intraductal carcinoma), the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. I didn’t need to have radiation or chemotherapy. However, three years later I became one of the 10 of 100 women who experience a reoccurrence of D.C.I.S. Again, I think I’m very, very lucky.

Yes, I’m healthy, but that’s not the only reason why I’m lucky. I view my breast cancer as a gift. It’s a blessing which has helped me step out into the world with my writing. It has allowed me to declare I am passionate about encouraging every woman I meet not to wait until you have a health crisis to take care of yourself. Don’t wait to make yourself a priority in your own life. Follow your dreams. Jump into your life and live!

Healing from breast cancer is an on-going process. The physical scars fade away, but the nagging fear that it could reoccur is always in the back of your mind. Fortunately, I know that my attitude plays an integral part in my course of treatment. When I gave myself permission to prescribe creative expression as a healing tool, everything shifted for me.

 “A woman is like a tea bag, you don’t know how strong she is until you put them in hot water.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

Well, I know that you can paddle awfully hard to keep your head above water while championing everyone else’s life only to end up feeling unfulfilled, ignored and silenced. Life is too short not to put yourself at the top of your To Do list.

The only hot water I want to be in is a bubble bath!

I’m loving my life and making my dreams come true. I’m helping reluctant writers demystify the writing process.

What state are you in?

Do you wear a pink ribbon…for yourself…for a loved one? Hop over to my Facebook page and tell me about it.

Thank you for sharing!

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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] No Bully Zone

 

notebook and penNo Bully Zone…

Friday five-minute writing prompt

Take out a fresh sheet of paper. Natalie Goldberg uses a “fast-writing” pen. Use 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. However, I believe holding the pen in your hand allows for a stronger connection to hear what your subconscious has to say. Let your heart dictate instead of your head thinking about what should come next. Whatever your choice in writing methods, during this time release your inhibitions 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 you can accomplish in a short period.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt –  No Bully Zone...
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. In this timed writing exercise, you may choose whatever amount of time you want to spend writing, and set the timer (on your watch, phone, microwave, computer, or kitchen stove) then just write without any distraction from watching the clock. Whether you use an egg timer, a No. 2 pencil and spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your fingers moving and enjoy the process of taking dictation from your unconscious self. Make a list, hum a tune, write a poem, or create a short, short story. During this timed writing exercise, give yourself permission to explore and experiment.

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