Summer in action…

Writer Unleashed Sweet summer solutions

Here we are in those lazy, hazy days of summer. Or are they? Is this the time of year where you suddenly realize in a panic that…

a.  six months have already gone by and you haven’t accomplished any of your New Year’s Resolutions?

or

b.  Wow! Look at how much has already happened this year and all the progress that has been realized on reaching your dream?

or

You are in a dizzy because there has been so much compromise and punting going on since the beginning of the year that you don’t recognize what your dream is supposed to look like any longer. The good news is today is a brand new day and there’s a still lot of the year left. 

Summer offers us opportunities to slow down and explore new options if the first half of the year has not presented the outcomes we had anticipated.  Maybe you can sign up for that Independent Study course, or check out that video series to learn a new skill. Perhaps you can take a trip to see a museum exhibit in preparation for travel to foreign shores at some future date. Whatever tasks, goals or dreams outlined on your Bucket List, there is a way to achieve them.

Take the time now to make a plan. Grab your journal and start writing! Go sit under a tree…heck…go sit in a tree, or on the beach…in the water…anywhere you want…just write it down!

Use the lazy, hazy summer days to dream, doodle and develop all the details involved in your step-by-step instruction guide to making that dream a reality! 

Do some research…start practicing…by all means get out there and start doing!

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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

Sweet Solutions…

Writer Unleashed Sweet summer solutions Is this the time of year where you suddenly realize in a panic that

a.  six months have already gone by and you haven’t accomplished any of your New Year’s Resolutions?

or

b.  Wow! Look at how much has already happened this year and all the progress that has been realized on reaching your dream?

or

You are in a dizzy because there has been so much compromise and punting going on since the beginning of the year that you don’t recognize what your dream is supposed to look like any longer. The good news is today is a brand new day and there’s a still lot of the year left. 

Summer offers us opportunities to slow down and explore new options if the first half of the year has not presented the outcomes we had anticipated.  Maybe you can sign up for that Independent Study course, or check out that video series to learn a new skill. Perhaps you can take a trip to see a museum exhibit in preparation for travel to foreign shores at some future date. Whatever tasks, goals or dreams outlined on your Bucket List, there is a way to achieve them.

Take the time now to make a plan. Grab your journal and start writing! Go sit under a tree…heck go sit in a tree, or on the beach…in the water…anywhere you want…just write it down!

Use the lazy, hazy summer days to dream, doodle and develop all the details involved in your step-by-step instruction guide to making that dream a reality! 

Do some research…start practicing…by all means get out there and start doing!

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

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!

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

[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!

How ya’ doing in 2016?

Dancing Girls Mary & Tess

Ready to take the stage, Mary E Knippel and daughter

 

Has your enthusiasm disappeared for a brand new YOU in 2016 as easily as the confetti was swept up from ushering in the new year?

Are you feeling that your goals for 2016 are looking really big and unachievable? 

Are you wising 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 glorious 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 always 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 “company” in our company town, and resigned to live 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 2016 is that you realize your childhood wonder in every joyous new day to come…

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] From foggy to fabulous Summer Solutions…

Is this the time of year where you suddenly realize in a panic that

a.  six months have already gone by and you haven’t accomplished any of your New Year’s Resolutions?

or

b.  Wow! Look at how much has already happened this year and all the progress that has been realized on reaching your dream?

or

You are in a fog because there has been so much compromise and punting going on since the beginning of 2015 that you don’t recognize what your dream is supposed to look like any longer. The good news is today is a brand new day and there’s a still lot of 2015 left. 

Summer offers us opportunities to slow down and explore new options if the first half of the year has not presented the outcomes we had anticipated.  Maybe you can sign up for that Independent Study course, or check out that video series to learn a new skill. Perhaps you can take a trip to see a museum exhibit in preparation for travel to foreign shores at some future date. Whatever tasks, goals or dreams outlined on your Bucket List for 2015, there is a way to achieve them.

Take the time now to make a plan. Grab your journal and start writing! Go sit under a tree…heck sit in a tree, or on the beach…in the water…any where you want…just write it down!

Use these summer days to dream, doodle and develop all the details involved in your step-by-step instruction guide to making that dream a reality! 

Do some research…start practicing…by all means get out there and start doing!

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

Reach out 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 whisp 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 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!

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m counting the days til…

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Five-Minute Writing Prompt from Mary E. Knippel, author

I’m counting the days until…

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I’m counting the days until... 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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

Your dreams support 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 whisp 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 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!

 

[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m aware I need to…

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Five-Minute Writing Prompt from Mary E. Knippel, author

I’m aware I need 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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I’m aware I need 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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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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[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m rebuilding my…

Five-minute Writing Prompt from Mary E. Knippel, author

Five-minute Writing Prompt from Mary E. Knippel, author

I’m rebuilding my…

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 of time.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I’m rebuilding my
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 spiral notebook, your iPad, or even your iPhone, the theory is the same. Keep your hand and/or 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