[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 dream matters…

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image5840193As we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and his famous “I Have a Dream” speech I have to admit that I don’t remember much about what went on beyond my small 12-year-old Minnesota farm girl world back then. I didn’t care much about what happened in Washington, and the Deep South might have been the moon for that matter. Today, I do identify with the passion and courage that speech represents as a source of inspiration for a better life.

View your dreams as a sign pointing you towards your purpose; as a call to action.  Recognize that your dreams do matter. Pursuing your dreams can make a difference and change lives beyond your own.

My dream today is to build relationships where I can support reluctant writers who have been silent too long to come home to themselves, to reclaim their voices, and go from making dinner to making a difference. 

It’s a scary thing to have a dream and feel so overwhelmed with the enormity of having to do it alone.

The truth is we are never alone. Not really. Over and over, one individual has affected the lives of many. Take Martin Luther King, Jr as an example. As a Baptist Minister, I’m pretty sure that he knew he was never alone. He had, just as you and I have, the support of the God who instilled that dream in us in the first place!

Yes, making dinner does make a big difference to the people you are making it for. I do not deny the impact of relationships and being part of a “family.” I am asking you to consider what is the cost of your role? Are you keeping silent and deferring to whatever everyone else wants to do? Has it becomes part of the routine rather than the exception in your day-to-day? There is a difference between being someone who is agreeable and being invisible. Invisible people live in the shadows and learn to avoid confrontation by not speaking up for themselves.

Do you have a dream of your own? Pursuing that dream is crucial to your well-being… if you do not try; you deny a part of yourself.

It’s time to stand up for yourself and speak up to let your voice be heard…your opinion matters. Whether a woman works outside the home, or not…she is a homemaker. We are all “homemakers” in the same way the little turtle carries her home on her back; we carry our “home” inside…it is our spirit…our heart…our emotional well-being.

You want to know that you matter…what you do matters…your voice matters…and your story matters. There are all kinds of ways to make a difference in your lifetime.

How are you making a difference by pursuing your dreams?

 

 

What are your 2017 dreams?

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image871073Dream a little dream with me and decide how you want to design a brand new future for yourself in 2017!

January offers us all a new beginning and an opportunity to start over. That’s why so many of us, approximately 40%,  spend Dec. 31 writing resolutions. 

  • 34% of us set resolutions related to money
  • 38% of us set resolutions related to weight
  • 47% want to do something geared toward self-improvement or education
  • 31% of us set resolutions related to relationships

Are any of these topics on your list?

How confident are you feeling about making the journey from resolution to reality?

Are you ready to do something about that dream to…

  • get the education you need to pursue your heart’s desire
  • start that new business
  • enter that marathon
  • launch your website
  • write that book
  • develop a lasting relationship
  • save for that dream (vacation, home, car, boat, horse)

You don’t have to go it alone. Join a professional organization, heck start one of your own! Or organize a Mastermind Group. Research your mentors to observe how they surround themselves with a team. If you’d like to brainstorm with me, schedule a complimentary time to talk.

In fact, human nature suggests that when we share out loud our hopes and dreams we are much more likely to achieve our goals. And people who make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

Little Mary

Little Mary photographed by E..A.Overland

As a child, I didn’t see myself living beyond 100 miles of where I was growing up. Today my dreams have taken me half way around the world writing, speaking and living in joy!

Hop over to my Facebook page and share where your dreams take you.

 

 

 

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Welcome 2017!

Dancing Girls Mary & Tess

Ready to take the stage, Mary E Knippel, and daughter

 

Has your enthusiasm disappeared for a brand new YOU in 2017 as easily as the confetti was swept up from ushering in the new year?

Are you feeling that your goals are looking enormous and unachievable? 

Are you wishing you hadn’t said out loud that you wanted to learn a new skill, overcome a phobia, or kick a habit? I’ll tell you a secret…it’s a good thing when you say your dreams and desires out loud! 

A brand new year! I’m feeling goose bumps and chills, and it’s not residual from the bubbles I enjoyed on New Year’s Eve–it’s excitement about all the great possibilities next year holds. Just think of it, each morning a chance to create something brand new–a brand new YOU! 

Long ago, when my prize possessions were a pair of white go-go boots and my transistor radio, I wrote a high school paper about what I wanted to do with my life. My career choices included: dancer, actress, and secretary. Although I lived in a small town and my formal training had consisted of Square Dance lessons in the 6th grade, I loved moving to music and thought it would be a wonderful way to spend my life. Of course, it was ridiculous for anyone to consider my acting dream with any confidence as I was seen as the shy, quiet one. The fact that I’d managed to land a part in the senior class play, and pulled it off, was brushed aside as just a fluke.

A secretary was the most likely path for someone who had no particular “realistic” ambitions. All my journals and my humor column for the Adams Tiger Tales did not qualify me as any serious writer. I enrolled at the local Junior College to earn a One Year Secretarial Certificate, got a job in the Credit Department of the Hormel Corporate Office in our company town, and assumed that was my life. Along the way, I got married, started a family, got a college degree, moved across the country–twice–and survived emotional and physical challenges.

My skills as a secretary have served me well in earning a living and allowing me time to follow my heart. I pursued dance lessons as an adult and thoroughly enjoyed them. I performed in a couple of recitals; including one with my 3-year-old daughter! I performed in several productions of the local Community Theatre and had the time of my life. All the while I was writing as a volunteer for my church as well as parenting newsletters and writing in my journal. When I reflect on where I am now, I am amazed at the synchronicity of it all and grateful that I have been blessed with everything I ever asked for — and more!

I am living my dream as Your Writing Mentor, I mentor reluctant writers to share their stories, I move gracefully and confidently across stages, and empower other women to speak up to let their voices be heard in the world.

My wish for you in 2017 is that you realize your childhood wonder in every joyous new day to come…

Photo credit:  RCKnippel

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I have discovered

 

notebook and penI have discovered…

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 –  I have discovered...
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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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] Pumpkin filled dreams

 

notebook and penPumpkin filled dreams…

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 –  Pumpkin filled dreams...
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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Making Dinner is Making a Difference

dinnertableIt breaks my heart that there are so many women who are not seen and heard. So many women who have been told that making dinner is just their role in life and not a very important role at that. I believe making dinner has a significant impact and is making a difference for you and me, along with everyone else in our lives.

The art of making dinner may sound old fashioned and the act seems a ritual these fast-paced days do not accommodate. However, I think the art and act of making dinner tells us you care about the welfare of your loved ones (including yourself)! It represents your commitment and compassion. It demonstrates organization and creativity. Above all, it celebrates love and connection.

Dinner is an opportunity to feed the body and nourish the soul.

Dinner is an adventure, an exploration and an experience that can last a lifetime. I would like the phrase “from making dinner to making a difference” to be an invitation to a new way of thinking. Yes, making dinner is a vital and valuable skill. A skill every individual needs to have to be nourished on a routine basis. The fact is, many are put in the situation where making dinner is ALL they feel capable of and are viewed as only being capable of that one thing. When the reality is that dinner is just the beginning of their contribution to the world.

I had the opportunity to be on the Women’s Empowerment Stage (hosted by Rebecca Hall Gruyter) speaking about this subject and you can now watch the video on the Women’s Empowerment Channel.

 

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Video courtesy of VoiceAmerica.TV

Your dreams lead to an independent you…

Dreams and independence…

What do your dreams have to do with an independent you?

Everything!

If you fail to dream about the things you want to do, you will end up never doing what you want to do.

And you won’t know what to pursue in order to achieve the kind of excitement and joy on this little girl’s face. Imagine having that kind of thrill upon launching into your day…every day! Imagine…approaching life with self-confidence and enthusiasm knowing you are the architect of your life!

How do you keep track of what you want to accomplish and how you will make things happen? What is your favorite method to capture everything from flights of fancy wondering how they positioned such a great car on a mountain peak to your  brilliant business plan, from what you’ll do next weekend to a fabulous vacation destination next year, or __________________ (you fill in the blank).

The first thing I do is make a list. Surprised? Of course, I’m going to suggest that you write it down. From the biggest dream to the smallest wisp of an idea, to achieve it…you first have to describe that dream. Plot it out with as much detail as you can so that it is as real as anything else in your life.

Writing it down is excellent advice.

But don’t take just my word for it. Here are some numbers to help you decide. Statistics from Tom Corley’s RichHabits.net blog recently revealed:

  • 67% of the wealthy write down their goals vs. 17% for the poor  
  • 81% of the wealthy maintain a to-do list vs. 19% of the poor
  • 80% of wealthy are focused on accomplishing some single goal vs. 12% of the poor do this

Now…what about you? Let’s hear about those dreams of yours!

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[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Write your story with a happy ending

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!

 photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

Congratulations…

daisy fieldIt’s May! The bright colors and and sweet sentiments of Mother’s Day are lingering in the air. And you don’t think any of that applies to you because you haven’t “given birth!” I cherish being a mother to my darling girl. The road to becoming a parent was a long one and I’ll share that story another time. What I want to focus on right now is that there are many kinds of mothering. (Some even refer to self-care as mothering and I think that is wonderful!) As I was watching yet another commercial about honoring Mom on her special day, my heart sank for all those who would not feel honored and appreciated because they are not “mothers” in our traditional sense of motherhood.

Let’s look at this phrase from a different angle.

Have you ever come up with a new way of accomplishing a task that satisfied absolutely everyone involved…from the most senior person down to the newbies?

Have you ever invented a system which shaved time off a process, or saved money in materials?

Have you ever had an idea and ran with it until it blossomed into an article, a book, a piece of art, a physical product or program?

Congratulations, you’ve given birth to a dream!

Now, I hope I’ve given you pause to re-think how you view the concept of “Mother.” You are, of course, going to have your perspective and I’d love to hear from you about your definition, please hop over to my Facebook page.

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[Coaxing Creativity Tip] How will you leap?

Monday, isn’t just an ordinary day. It’s a bonus day. February 29, 2016 Leap Year. The “leap day” of 29 February exists for purely astronomical reasons, but let’s talk about how to use the time to your advantage.

Now I ask you…How will you leap?

This is a special day which only occurs every four years. Don’t waste that extra time and take advantage of the luxury of an additional 24 hours.

What will you do to mark the occasion?

Is this the year you turn a significant number on your birthday? Spend some time reflecting on where you have been, what has happened in your life, all the shifts that have occurred, about dreams delayed, deferred or denied. Decide to make a new dream come true. Then take out the calendar and map out a strategy to make that dream a reality. Plan a celebration to mark the occasion. Have you always wanted to travel, publish, paint, or (you fill in the blank)?

Stuck and need a little help getting started? Grab your journal and ask at the top of the page – what am I dreaming about doing and haven’t shared it out loud? Write in your journal about how you will accomplish that goal. Be creative. Be bold. Be willing to leap!

Hop…umm…or you could skip, jump, leap, stroll, or rock’n’roll…to my Facebook page to share what you are doing to jump into 2016 and what you will do in honor of Leap Year in 2016!

What are your 2016 dreams?

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image871073Dream a little dream with me and decide how you want to design a brand new future for yourself in 2016!

January offers us all a new beginning and an opportunity to start over. That’s why so many of us, approximately 40%,  spend Dec. 31 writing resolutions. 

  • 34% of us set resolutions related to money
  • 38% of us set resolutions related to weight
  • 47% want to do something geared toward self-improvement or education
  • 31% of us set resolutions related to relationships

Are any of these topics on your list?

How confident are you feeling about making the journey from resolution to reality?

Are you ready to do something about that dream to…

  • get the education you need to pursue your heart’s desire
  • start that new business
  • enter that marathon
  • launch your website
  • write that book
  • develop a lasting relationship
  • save for that dream…vacation, home, car, boat, horse

You don’t have to go it alone. Join a professional organization, or start one. Research your mentors to observe how they surround themselves with a team. If you’d like to brainstorm with me, schedule a complimentary time to talk.

In fact, human nature suggests that when we share out loud our hopes and dreams we are much more likely to achieve our goals. And people who make resolutions are ten times more likely to attain their goals than those who don’t explicitly make resolutions.

Little Mary

Little Mary photographed by E..A.Overland

As a child, I didn’t see myself living beyond 100 miles of where I was growing up. Today my dreams have taken me half way around the world writing, speaking and living in joy!

Hop over to my Facebook page and share where your dreams take you.

 

 

 

graphics photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

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