[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! 

Photo credit:  LilyDongPhotography

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!  

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] What is Your Legacy of Spirit and Wisdom

ask.believe.receiveDecember is Intuition & Wisdom as well as Spiritual Legacy Month.

Are you among those who knows that your future is in the palm of your hands and routinely have gut feelings so you follow your instincts?

Or, do you belong to the camp that ignores inklings or nagging feelings as indigestion and reach for the pink stuff?

What will the record of your life journey look like?

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 in 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 because nobody can tell your story from your perspective except YOU!

What is your story? Hop over to my Facebook page and share a part of your legacy.

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Your story…so far

onceuponatimeIt’s time to separate fact from fiction…Once upon a time isn’t just the stuff of fairy tales! All the great communicators are fantastic storytellers. The stories you share help your audiences know who you are on a personal level and helps you connect with them emotionally.

Your voice matters…your story matters…someone especially needs to hear your story.

Yes! Your story…your truth…not fiction…you CAN write your own happily ever after.

Your story changes. Think about the things you do today that you didn’t do, couldn’t do, or hadn’t wanted to do last year, last week, or even yesterday. You had to learn how to drive a car, read a book, construct a sentence, fry an egg (well, maybe for some of us consider making toast an accomplishment), the point here is that you are different emotionally, intellectually and physically than you were before.

And your story is different too.

Pieces of you have changed as your various roles evolve from child to adolescent to adult

Once upon a time you may have believed your Prince would take care of you.

Not now. Your story does not revolve around waiting for someone to rescue you. You are figuring it out for yourself.

Whether it is despite, or in spite of, the ugly truth of the Monsters in your world (job status precarious, change in marital status, empty nest, or a catastrophic illness), YOU rewrite your story every day. When you stand up for yourself to decide to add 15-minutes for yourself on your To Do list. When you check out the next time that Community Ed class is offered. When you start stashing your change at the end of the day to actually have a vacation fund instead of just dreaming about it. When you…(you fill in the blank). 

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 catastrophic illness, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, and major moves. It made me passionate about encouraging everyone not to wait to live this one precious life we have.

No one else on earth could tell my story from my perspective…no one else has lived my life…I have.

I unleash my voice and my legacy when I share my writing.

What are you sharing that someone is waiting to hear?

 

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com 

[Free training] Your legacy…Your HERstory

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 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 everyone to know their story has value and claiming their voice…delivering the message they 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. 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  long-hand 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! 

photo credit:  LilyDongPhotography

Be the Key Player in Your Story…

key playerI’m curious…are you the key player in your story?

I was channel surfing and this a black & white copy show reminded me of another show from a long time ago. I know I’m dating myself, but I’ll do it anyway. Remember that old TV show that ended with the narrator saying

There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.

The famous Naked City closing narration
 
I was eight years old at the time, so a lot of the actual stories of the Naked City drama didn’t make it into my memory banks, but I do remember that piece about all those stories.
 
Now I  repeat…
 
What’s your story?
Are playing the key role? And no, you don’t have to be a tennis pro or chess master to be a champion in this game. This is a game you win by being your authentic self!
 
Are you sharing what you are passionate about?
 
Do you hesitate to let the world in on what is really going on?
 
Are you living someone else’s life? You know…the one everybody else thinks you are perfect for, instead of following your dream? 
 
Or have you identified your bliss; yet hesitate for fear of being disconnected from those close to you who won’t “get it” and understand what you are all about.
 
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret…they don’t have to understand, or get it, because it isn’t their life…it’s yours!
 
Your story matters!

Yes, it does because it is exactly that…YOUR STORY. It belongs only you and not to any one else.

Your voice matters!

You matter!  

You hold the key to unlocking your story…the story of your business and why you are passionate about what you do…the story of how you’ve overcome life’s challenges as a legacy to future generations…the important thing to remember is that you are connecting with who needs to hear your message. People are waiting to hear from you. They are hungry for what you have to say. Yes, I do mean you. No on else can tell your story.

I promise you, you can do it! Share your story.

You are the key player…tell us…what’s your story?

 
 
 
 
 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Your Legacy of Spirit and Wisdom

ask.believe.receiveDecember is Intuition & Wisdom as well as Spiritual Legacy Month.

Are you among those who routinely have gut feelings and follow your instincts?

Or, do you belong to the camp that ignores inklings or nagging feelings as indigestion and reach for the pink stuff?

What will the record of your life journey look like?

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.

What is your story? Hoop over to my Facebook page and share a part of your legacy.

photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Coaxing Creativity Tip] Separate fact from fiction…

onceuponatimeIt’s time to separate fact from fiction…Once upon a time isn’t just the stuff of fairy tales! All the great communicators are fantastic storytellers. The stories you share help your audiences know who you are on a personal level and helps you connect with them emotionally.

Your voice matters…your story matters…someone especially needs to hear your story.

Yes! Your story…your truth…not fiction…you CAN write your own happily ever after.

Your story changes. Think about the things you do today that you didn’t do, couldn’t do, or hadn’t wanted to do last year, last week, or even yesterday. You had to learn how to drive a car, read a book, construct a sentence, fry an egg (well, maybe for some of us who consider making toast an accomplishment), the point here is that you are different emotionally, intellectually and physically than you were before.

And your story is different too.

Pieces of you have changed as your various roles evolve from child to adolescent to adult

Once upon a time you may have believed your Prince would take care of you.

Not now.

Your story does not revolve around waiting for someone to rescue you. You are figuring it out for yourself.

Whether it is despite, or in spite of, the ugly truth of the Monsters in your world (job situation precarious, change in marital status, empty nest, or a catastrophic illness), YOU rewrite your story every day.

When you…

  • stand up for yourself to decide to add 15-minutes for yourself on your To Do list
  • speak up and ask for help
  • check out the next time that Community Ed class is offered
  • start stashing your change at the end of the day to actually have a vacation fund instead of just dreaming about it
  • When you…(you fill in the blank)

Sharing your passion and beliefs exposes your vulnerability, deepens your authenticity, your transparency, and builds trust with everyone you encounter. I found my voice through my catastrophic illness, loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, and major moves. It made me passionate about encouraging everyone not to wait to live this one precious life we have.

No one else on earth could tell your story from your perspective…no one else has lived your life…only YOU have.

The world waiting to hear from YOU.

 

 

You hold the key to your story…

What's your story?I’m curious…

I know I’m dating myself, but I’ll do it anyway. Remember that old TV show that ended with the narrator saying

There are eight million stories in the Naked City. This has been one of them.

The famous Naked City closing narration
 
I was eight years old at the time, so a lot of the actual stories of the Naked City drama didn’t make it into my memory banks, but I do remember that piece about all those stories.
 
Now I  repeat…
 
What’s your story?
 
Are you sharing what you are passionate about?
 
Do you hesitate to let the world in on what is really going on?
 
Are you living someone else’s life? You know…the one everybody else thinks you are perfect for, instead of following your dream? 
 
Or have you identified  your bliss; yet hesitate for fear of being disconnected from those close to you who won’t “get it” and understand what you are all about.
 
Well, I’ll let you in on a little secret…they don’t have to understand, or get it, because it isn’t their life…it’s yours!

you hold the keyYour story matters!

Yes, it does because it is exactly that…YOUR STORY. It does not belong to any one else.

Your voice matters!

You matter!  

You hold the key to unlocking your story…the story of your business and why you are passionate about what you do…the story of how you’ve overcome life’s challenges as a legacy to future generations…the important thing to remember is that you are connecting with who needs to hear your message. People are waiting to hear from you. They are hungry for what you have to say. Yes, I do mean you. No on else can tell your story.

I promise you, you can do it! Share your story.

You hold the key…tell us…what’s your story?

 
 
 

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? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Write it down…your life as your legacy…

Gratitude journal by mary.e.knippelWrite it down…record 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.

What is important to you right now? How do you spend your time? What are you passionate about? Your Legacy is in the life you live at this very moment!

I’m passionate about everyone giving themselves permission to explore their creativity. Writing is how I tap into my creativity on a daily basis. I start my day with a pot of tea, my journal, 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 just as Anne Frank addressed her thoughts to “Dear Kitty,” you could do the same. 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 sheets from the printer and No. 2 pencil – just get comfortable and write.

What's your story?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. Decide if you are going to write on the computer, or have a long-hand experience for these conversations on paper.

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! And I’d love to hear about your experiences…so please share!

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