[Friday Five-Minute Writing Prompt] I’m inspired to


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I’m inspired 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.

If you get stuck, just repeat the writing prompt – I’m inspired 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 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.

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

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. 

Be on purpose from your heart…

 

prescott-children-and-pets-copyHere we are another new year and another chance to celebrate National Be On-Purpose Month.

Have you taken the time to reflect on the past year’s events or your life until this point? Perhaps you set some goals for the upcoming year based on these reflections. These goals all require changes to take place…decisions to guide you in living a life unleashed and being on purpose.

I know that people will only change when the behaviors that they have been using stops getting them the results that they want. The discomfort of the past, must be great enough for the person to want to change the future. When we set our goals for the future and aim to be more on purpose with who we want to be, we need to see and feel the past as uncomfortable.

Often, living on purpose leads to breaking your silence, unleashing from what is holding you back, being uncomfortable, and telling your truth. 

The world is changing around you every minute. Many things we accepted as “the truth” in the ’50’s is no longer deemed appropriate by the law, common sense and human decency. The children in the picture above grew up in small town America praying for the children of the world every day and regularly contributed their milk money to ransom Pagan Babies. 

The truth is that you can rewrite the stories and unleash your true purpose in this life. You can ransom the gift you are to the world. 

The seeds of “serving” and “seeing” each other are planted within us. And because of that instruction and inspiration, I see us all having the same dream. We are all citizens in action every day to make the world a better place for all of us regardless of race, creed, color, age or religion. 

We are all family…serving each other on purpose from the heart.

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] July…time to sizzle!

sparkJuly…our 7th month…are you enjoying long, lazy summer days of quiet stillness and gathering cherished dreams with delicious anticipation…or are you frantically honoring past obligations with a sense of dread without joy and delight?

Our theme this month is Inspiration. Your…spark…brilliance…sizzle. What do you do to find it? Why do you need it? Who embodies inspiration for you? What makes it the magic ingredient to promote independence…productivity…confidence…power…and joie de vivre?

When I say sizzle, I mean what makes you hot under the collar to share?

What makes you almost pop a blood vessel to express your opinion?

When do you just have to speak enthusiastically about a subject you are desperately passionate about? 

When do you explode with excitement because you have a chance to shed light on a subject dear to your heart?

When do you change someone’s vision by sharing your story and symbolically blasting away one picture and replace it with another by figuratively removing surface atoms with words?i

July is the month we may escape on vacation, take a break from our regular routine, and ignore all the rituals which have become so automatic we barely know we are doing them.

Sizzle…spark…pop…explode with excitement…

  • what new and exciting ideas are coming your way?
  • what delicious unknowns is yet to appear on your horizon?
  • what will unfold for you as the summer heats up? 

Will you travel to find your spark of inspiration, or will it visit you in familiar surroundings?

Will you dive deep under the surface of your thoughts to uncover buried dreams and longings?

Will you abandon the familiar and take up the road less travelled? 

Please hop over to my Facebook page to let me know what this message has sparked in you!

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[Free Training] Give it away for free…

excited little girl

become an excited child with your writing…Mary E Knippel.author

Do you ever wonder: “What if I blog? Really share what I know, and end up giving away what I’m supposed to be getting paid for?”

I recently had a conversation with a curious soul who was concerned that if she started blogging, she’d be giving “it” all away and there wouldn’t be any reason for people to hire her. She’s just getting started and not at all sure about how big the market is that she is here to serve, or what exactly she is going to be providing. All she knows is there is something more she is compelled to be doing…something that matters…something that makes a difference. 

I understand the hesitancy. Just like in the Bush’s Baked Beans commercials, everyone wants to know the ingredients in the secret sauce.

The truth is that you have more than enough information to share on our blog AND get paid for your expertise. You are overflowing with passion and a wealth of knowledge to inform, entertain and inspire your readers.

I’ll say that again…what makes you good at what you do…and will draw clients to you…is that you are overflowing with passion and expertise to inform, entertain and inspire your readers.

So – Get Excited about your writing and share that excitement with your readers on your blog and social media. Give them a chance to know, like and trust you...build a relationship…then they will come to you…hire you and buy from you.

The hesitancy, in my opinion, is that so often overwhelm takes over with the questions of where to start…what to say…causing a shut-down resulting in no start.

In the words of a beloved mentor Mary Engelbreit...Snap Out of It!

Grab a pen, paper and journal and for five minutes don’t think; just write. Write about what is going on in your life, what happened yesterday that surprised you, what you are looking forward to next week, what you want to accomplish by the end of the year, or whatever is has been rumbling around in the back of your brain and demands attention now that you are inviting those thoughts to be heard. I guarantee that after five minutes you will have material for your blog, newsletter, and social media!

I’d love to hear what you come up with. Hop over to my Facebook page and share your thoughts.

 

Your ordinary life as your legacy…

 

farm legacy from Mary E Knippel, author

don’t hit the pumphouse

August poses the question – “What Will Your Legacy Be?”

Three generations have farmed the same homestead where I grew up. My father took over farming it from his father and my brother now farms with his son today.

The land is their legacy.

My sisters tease me about my lack of expertise when it came to various farm chores. The majority of my chores were in the house doing the dishes, setting the table, dusting, and cleaning our bedrooms upstairs (one small bedroom for my two brothers, and the other larger one of my three sisters and myself). My outside chores were limited, but I did have some responsibilities like most farm kids.

I hated being pecked by the chickens when I had to gather eggs. I just never developed the knack to not ruffle feathers! 

I lacked upper body strength, so my job during baling was driving the little Ford tractor back and forth to pull the bales into the hayloft. It was a treacherous job because I had to go in reverse about a half a short block in a semi-straight line making sure to miss the pump house, a tree and stop at the back door of our house.  That was the only time I was trusted behind the wheel of a tractor. 

In the era when I graduated from high school, the college track was not the norm as it is for this generation. Only a few of us had aspirations that required a college degree or specific education:  doctor, teacher and nurse. The rest of us would get a job and get on with the business of life. We were eager to make our mark on the world. Since then I’ve come to realize that the process had already begun…this creating of a legacy…as soon as you drew your first breath…the story of your life.

Your legacy isn’t the “stuff” we accumulate; it’s the stuff you do every single minute of every day. Your legacy is how you treat each other, your loved ones, business associates, Mother Earth and yourself with respect, compassion and kindness. Sometimes it may take every ounce of creativity and inspiration to keep your stuff together for this challenging part of your story, but having faith that whatever it bugging you will pass helps to stay focused on living your beautiful legacy of the story of a life well lived.

My legacy is sharing on-going stories…my own and helping you share yours.

A legacy can be an inheritance, an heirloom, heritage, birthright, money or the gift you leave behind which defies naming a monetary value. 

How will you be remembered? 

  • for making fabulous birthday cakes?
  • for making a house a home?
  • for inspiring young minds to explore new worlds?
  • for planting seeds that grow to feed hungry minds and bodies?
  • for writing about the issues to cause great change?

Hop over to my Facebook page to share…what is the story of your legacy? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] July sparks inspire…

July…our 7th month…are you enjoying long, lazy summer days of quiet stillness and gathering cherished dreams with delicious anticipation…or are you frantically honoring past obligations with a sense of dread without joy and delight?

Our theme this month is Inspiration. Your…spark…brilliance…sizzle. What do you do to find it? Why do you need it? Who embodies inspiration for you? What makes it the magic ingredient to promote independence…productivity…confidence…power…and joie de vivre?

When I say sizzle, I mean what makes you hot under the collar to share?

What makes you almost pop a blood vessel to express your opinion?

When do you just have to speak enthusiastically about a subject you are desperately passionate about? 

When do you explode with excitement because you have a chance to shed light on a subject dear to your heart?

When do you change someone’s vision by sharing your story and symbolically blasting away one picture and replace it with another by figuratively removing surface atoms by ion bombardment with words. 

July is the month we may escape on vacation, take a break from our regular routine, and ignore all the rituals which have become so automatic we barely know we are dong them.

spark ignitingSpark…pop…explode with excitement…

  • what new and exciting ideas are coming your way?
  • what delicious unknowns is yet to appear on your horizon?
  • what will unfold for you as the summer heats up? 

Will you travel to find inspiration, or will it visit you in familiar surroundings?

Will you dive deep under the surface of your thoughts to uncover buried dreams and longings?

Will you abandon the familiar and take up the road less travelled?

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] I believe in you…

 

Mary "Writer Unleashed" Knippel at Hermitage, Santa Sabina Retreat Center

Mary “Writer Unleashed” Knippel at Hermitage, Santa Sabina Retreat Center

Have you ever received a note of encouragement in the mail at the exact moment you needed to hear positive words?

You have the cool, clear eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth…Oh, I believe in you. I believe in you. Lyrics from the musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

 For many years I have attended a women’s retreat in Northern California. On the final morning of our retreat, our beloved workshop leader passes out envelopes and 3 x 5 index cards. We are then invited to follow a set of simple instructions:  address the envelope to yourself, write something on the 3 x 5 card, put the index card in the envelope, seal the envelope, then drop the envelope in the box provided in the front of the room. The note can be one word or a paragraph. It could be congratulatory words about how far we’ve come in realizing our dreams, simply a question asking what have we done to bring about the fulfillment of our goals, or a loving reminder to practice the nurturing spirit we experienced while on retreat.

Our retreat leader then takes the box home with her. Six months from the end of our retreat, she stamps the self-addressed letters and mails them. Many, many times I have been delighted to receive the pleasant momento of that spirit-filled weekend and astonished at the prophetic words I’ve written by the Fragile Me attending the retreat to console, inspire and reassure the Future Me who so appreciated receiving the loving gesture.

What better way to honor Effective Communications Month than to communicate with someone we are extremely close to, yet seldom acknowledge her strengths, talents, and passions.

Today take out a pen and some pretty paper, a note card, a post card,  (an index card in an envelope will do) and write a sentence or two in praise of YOU! Not sure what you want to say? OK, write down a favorite quote, or a line of poetry. Something that will inspire you, gives you pause, or evokes a sigh of delight.

What about song lyrics…I believe in YOU!

I’d love to hear what this post has brought up for you.

I can’t wait to see what the mail will bring… 

Encouraging words are effective communication…

 

Mary "Writer Unleashed" Knippel at Hermitage, Santa Sabina Retreat Center

Mary “Writer Unleashed” Knippel at Hermitage, Santa Sabina Retreat Center

You have the cool, clear eyes of a seeker of wisdom and truth…Oh, I believe in you. I believe in you. 

Lyrics from the popular musical How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying

Have you ever received a note of encouragement in the mail at the exact moment you needed to hear positive words?

 For many years I have attended a women’s retreat in Northern California. On the final morning of our retreat, our beloved workshop leader passes out envelopes and 3 x 5 index cards. We are then invited to follow a set of simple instructions:  address the envelope to yourself, write something on the 3 x 5 card, put the index card in the envelope, seal the envelope, then drop the envelope in the box provided in the front of the room. The note can be one word or a paragraph. It could be congratulatory words about how far we’ve come in realizing our dreams, simply a question asking what have we done to bring about the fulfillment of our goals, or a loving reminder to practice the nurturing spirit we experienced while on retreat.

Carolyn Foster, our beloved retreat leader, then takes the box home with her. Six months from the end of our retreat, she stamps the self-addressed letters and mails them. Many, many times I have been delighted to receive the pleasant memento of that spirit-filled weekend and astonished at the prophetic words I’ve written by the Fragile Me attending the retreat to console, inspire and reassure the Future Me who so appreciated receiving the loving gesture.

What better way to honor Effective Communications Month than to communicate with someone we are extremely close to, yet seldom acknowledge her strengths, talents, and passions.

Today take out a pen and some pretty paper, a note card, a post card,  (an index card in an envelope will do) and write a sentence or two in praise of YOU! Not sure what you want to say? OK, write down a favorite quote, song lyrics, or a line of poetry. Something that will inspire you, gives you pause, or evokes a sigh of delight.

Hop over to my Facebook page to share what you come up with.

I’d love to hear what this post has brought up for you. 

[Friday, Five-Minute Writing Prompt] My great idea…

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image13221972My great idea today…

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 – My great idea today…
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

Giving it away for free…

excited little girl

become an excited child with your writing…Mary E Knippel.author

Do you ever wonder: “What if I blog, really share what I know, and end up giving away what I’m supposed to be getting paid for?”

I recently had a conversation with a curious soul who was concerned that if she started blogging, she’d be giving “it” all away and there wouldn’t be any reason for people to hire her. She’s just getting started and not at all sure about how big the market is that she is here to serve, or what exactly she is going to be providing. All she knows is there is something more she is compelled to be doing…something that matters…something that makes a difference. 

I understand the hesitancy. Just like in the Bush’s Baked Beans commercials, we all want to know the ingredients in the secret sauce. The truth is that we have more than enough information to share on our blog. We are overflowing with passion and expertise to inform, entertain and inspire our readers.

I’ll say that again…we are all overflowing with passion and expertise to inform, entertain and inspire our readers.

So – Get Excited about your writing and share that excitement with your readers on your blog and social media. Give them a chance to know, like and trust you...build a relationship…then they will come to you to hire you and to buy from you.

The hesitancy, in my opinion, is that we are overwhelmed with where to start and what to say that we don’t start. Let me help you in the words of a beloved mentor Mary Engelbreit...Snap Out of It!

Grab a pen, paper and journal for five minutes about what is going on in your life, what happened yesterday that surprised you, what you are looking forward to next week, what you want to accomplish by the end of the year, or whatever is has been rumbling around in the back of your brain and demands attention now that you are inviting those thoughts to be heard. I guarantee that after five minutes you will have material for your blog, newsletter, and social media!

I’d love to hear what you come up with. Hop over to my Facebook page and share your thoughts.

 

The business of life…

 

farm legacy from Mary E Knippel, author

farm legacy from Mary E Knippel, author

August poses the question – “What Will Your Legacy Be?”

I’m spending a couple of days on the farm where I grew up. Three generations have farmed here. My father took over farming it from his father. My brother and his son farm it today.

The land is their legacy.

My sisters tease me about my lack of expertise when it came to various farm chores. The majority of my chores were in the house doing the dishes, setting the table, dusting, and cleaning our bedrooms upstairs (one small bedroom for my two brothers, and the other larger one of my three sisters and myself). My outside chores were limited, but I did have some responsibilities like most farm kids.

I hated being pecked by the chickens when I had to gather eggs. I just never developed the knack to not ruffle feathers! 

I lacked upper body strength, so my job during baling was driving the little Ford tractor back and forth to pull the bales into the hayloft. It was a treacherous job because I had to go in reverse about a half a short block in a semi-straight line making sure to miss the pump house, a tree and stop at the back door of our house.  That was the only time I was trusted behind the wheel of a tractor. 

In the era when I graduated from high school, the college track was not the norm as it is for this generation. Only a few of us had aspirations that required a college degree or specific education:  doctor, teacher and nurse. The rest of us would get a job and get on with the business of life. We were eager to make our mark on the world. Since then I’ve come to realize that we’d already begun the process of creating our legacy as soon as we drew our first breath…the story of our lives. Our legacy isn’t the “stuff” we accumulate; it’s the stuff we do every single minute of every day. Our legacy is how we treat each other, our loved ones, business associates, Mother Earth and ourselves with respect, compassion and kindness. Sometimes it may take every ounce of creativity and inspiration to keep our stuff together for this challenging part of our story, but having faith that whatever it bugging us will pass helps to stay focused on living our beautiful legacy of the story of a life well lived.

My legacy is sharing on-going stories…my own and helping you share yours.

A legacy can be an inheritance, heirloom, heritage, birthright, money or the gift you leave behind which defies naming a monetary value. 

How will you be remembered? 

  • for making fabulous birthday cakes?
  • for making a house a home?
  • for inspiring young minds to explore new worlds?
  • for planting seeds that grow to feed hungry minds and bodies?
  • for writing about the issues to cause great change?

Hop over to my Facebook page to share…what is your story? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                             

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