Be the 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 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.

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Create an Idea Catcher

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image5403017I’m sure you’ve seen the Native American Dreamcatchers adorned with feathers and netting intended to guide good dreams through the web while protecting sleeping individuals from nightmares.

An Idea Catcher is similar in that you chronicle all your ideas as they occur to you and do not allow yourself to edit, reject, criticize, philosophize, or chastise. Record your ideas in a small spiral notebook, on 3 x 5 index cards, on your computer, on your smart phone, on a digital recorder, even on your home answering machine. You could write them on the calendar hanging on your wall, but it may prove to be unmanageable when you go to review them.

My approach is a little different. Small rectangles of pink, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange colored sticky notes cover my office closet door.  Each sticky note is an idea or project which caught my attention and curiosity enough to write it down. It may be a single word, a phrase I read in a headline, snatches of conversation, a song title or lyric, a question that I’m pondering, a dream I want to explore, even a memory I want to capture. Some of the stickies might contain a possible book title, a line of poetry, a writing prompt, or a secret wish. It may be a destination, problem, or prayer. I can cluster them, or spread them around giving them breathing space. My sea of colored stickies is alive and a reflection of my imagination and creativity.

What does your Idea Catcher look like?

 

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Light for your journey

 

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 fails to find 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 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.

[Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip] Recite a poem

In honor of April being National Poetry Month, let’s explore poetry. While it could be opening up some memories of school days where you may have been forced to fix a poem in your mind and then dutifully spit the words out upon command. Let’s approach poetry in another way. Think of it as a story told in a beautiful way with descriptive and often unusual phrases.

Find something that moves you and read the words aloud. Record your voice on a tape recorder, on the voice memo on your phone, or on your answering machine. Play it back so you can hear the inflection and passion as your essence seeps into the words. Listen for the poet’s subtle suggestions through time and space. Breathe in a new way of being because you have changed your way of thinking with the help of poetry.

Here is one of my favorites…

The Wild Geese

by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

How will poetry change you today?

 

Hunt for Garden Fairies

Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip April 23, 2012 – Hunt for Garden Fairies, or whatever term you use to invite your 5-year-old self and your imagination out to play. Give yourself permission to have a tea party with animal crackers and apple juice while you sit in the sun for a little while today. Allow your creativity to bubble up and explore where it takes you. Enjoy!

Memorize a poem

Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip, April 10, 2012 – Memorize a Poem. Find something that moves you and read the words aloud. Record your voice on a tape recorder, on the voice memo on your phone, or on your answering machine. Play it back so you can hear the inflection and passion as your essence seeps into the words. Listen for the poet’s subtle suggestions through time and space. Breathe in a new way of being because you have changed your way of thinking with the help of poetry.

Here is one of my favorites…

The Wild Geese

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting –
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

-Mary Oliver

Who is your heroine?

Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt – Write about your heroine…Get out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a new word document, set the timer for 5 minutes and write on the subject of your heroine. Who do you admire? Who did you long to be growing up? Do not stop to check your spelling, or wonder if you are using run-on sentences. Just write. Take dictation from your imagination and do not stop until the timer signals your five minutes are up.

March to your own drummer

Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip March 13, 2012 – Do you march to your own drummer?  The closest I ever got to playing an instrument was when I played the triangle in the Mission Band  as part of the Moundsview Community Theatre production of “Guys & Dolls.” I had a lot of fun delivering my line (yes, I had one line), but I gave great stage reaction! In certain circumstances the band performed as a unit, but we were all individuals. It is just as true in our daily life. So much of our society tells us we need to follow the rules and comply with specific standards. Yes, we must obey the rules of the road for our own safety, follow directions on medications for our physical well-being, and I agree with that logic. But, what about the rules that limit our imaginations and dampen our spirit of adventure? Breaking the rules and experimenting to see what happens next lets your creativity shine.

Go ahead – be a rule breaker. Join the ranks of great artists, writers, scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, engineers and just plain free thinkers.When was the last time you just went out and did something for the simple joy of having the experience? Do you want to to out and beat a drum? In this image she certainly looks as though she’s enjoying herself!

What kind of drum beat are you marching to?

Hatch a bright idea – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip Oct. 18, 2011

Have you ever been inspired with an absolutely brilliant idea, but never allowed yourself to take the next step? Spend 15 minutes today noodling about that bright idea. Journal about it. Sketch it on a piece of paper. Scan a magazine for an image to represent your concept. Perhaps this will jump start you giving yourself permission to move forward with this idea. Or, spark another completely different activity! Just suspend reality temporarily, entertain the idea for 15 minutes and see what happens. Visit the land of Inspiration and Imagination and I’d love to hear what happens when your creative juices start flowing.

Start keeping an “inspiration” list – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip, July 26, 2011

Do you have a special wish list? You know, your some day list. I call mine my Inspiration List. Some day when I have enough ____________ (fill in the blank time, money, energy – all three?) It could include exotic travel, activities you’d like to try, or just checking out an interesting business in your own area.

This week I was browsing through the March/April issue of Victoria, a beautiful glossy decorating and travel magazine. I was pleasantly surprised to see a beautiful spread about Castle in the Air, a local Bay Area business. Just looking at the pages I was anxious to visit these purveyors of flights of fancy. I’ve been receiving their class schedules for years and even called about a couple of the classes, but have never seemed to make the time to actually go to one. The article has me checking my calendar to see when I can get to this establishment to check out all the possibilities instead of waiting until their class times fits my schedule. Berkeley here I come! I can’t wait to tap into my creativity surrounded by all the exotic offerings stimulating my imagination.

What is on your Inspiration list?

Create an Idea Catcher

Mary E Knippel with Idea CatcherI’m sure you’ve seen the Native American Dreamcatchers adorned with feathers and netting intended to guide good dreams through the web while protecting sleeping individuals from nightmares. An Idea Catcher is similar in that you chronicle all your ideas as they occur to you and do not allow yourself to edit, reject, criticize, philosophize, or chastise. Increase your productivity. Reduce your stress. Record your ideas in a small spiral notebook, on 3 x 5 index cards, on your computer, on your smart phone, on a digital recorder, even on your home answering machine. Of course, you could write them on the calendar hanging on your wall, but it could be unmanageable when you go to review them. Small rectangles of pink, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange colored sticky notes cover my office closet door.  Each sticky note is an idea or project which caught my attention and curiosity enough to write it down. It may be a single word, or a phrase.   Some of the stickies might contain a possible book title, a line of poetry, a writing prompt, or a secret wish. It may be a destination, problem, or prayer. I can cluster them, or spread them around giving them breathing space. My sea of colored stickies is alive and a reflection of my imagination and creativity. What does your Idea Catcher look like?

 

Create an Idea Catcher – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip Sept. 28, 2010

I’m sure you’ve seen the Native American Dreamcatchers adorned with feathers and netting intended to guide good dreams through the web while protecting sleeping individuals from nightmares. An Idea Catcher is similar in that you chronicle all your ideas as they occur to you and do not allow yourself to edit, reject, criticize, philosophize, or chastise. Record your ideas in a small spiral notebook, on 3 x 5 index cards, on your computer, on your smart phone, on a digital recorder, even on your home answering machine. Of course, you could write them on the calendar hanging on your wall, but it could be unmanageable when you go to review them. Small rectangles of pink, green, blue, purple, yellow, and orange colored sticky notes cover my office closet door.  Each sticky note is an idea or project which caught my attention and curiosity enough to write it down. It may be a single word, or a phrase.  00441481Some of the stickies might contain a possible book title, a line of poetry, a writing prompt, or a secret wish. It may be a destination, problem, or prayer. I can cluster them, or spread them around giving them breathing space. My sea of colored stickies is alive and a reflection of my imagination and creativity. What does your Idea Catcher look like?