[Free Training] It’s What you know and Who you know

Mary-E.-Knippel-Teresa-LeYung-Ryan-teach-Be-Your-Own-Editor-at-SFWC-photo-by-Margie-Yee-WebbWe’ve all heard that it’s often not what you know but who you know. Of course, we know how important it is to get out there and spread the word about our message. We are among the lucky ones if we are fortunate enough to have friends who would help us prepare for an event, coach us on content and delivery, and then be our support “team” on the day of the event!

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, head cheerleader and my Mentor, Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan.

On more than one occasion Teresa has been there when I’ve been the featured speaker or facilitated a workshop. We have co-presented numerous times at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I had the opportunity to present Create Your Success Story to a fabulous group in San Francisco. This was a speaking opportunity as well as a mini-workshop with writing, collage, and conversation resulting in lots of creativity. When folks were asked to introduce themselves, Teresa was the first one to stand up and say she was there because of today’s fabulous speaker!  

Your success is determined by what you know AND who you know. My friendly advice is to be confident in not only what you know…to also recognize that you are not in this alone…to acknowledge the tremendous impact of those who support you in sharing your clear, concise and compelling message with the world.

Teresa and I have known each other for over a decade now and are members of the Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter and California Writers Club-Peninsula Branch. She amazes me with all that she does for everyone else, encouraging, supporting, and documenting our accomplishments. I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences because Teresa nudged me to consider taking on a bigger role.

Do you have someone who lifts you up?

How do you lift up others?

Tell someone that they shine today.

You’ll be glad you did.

Photo Credit:  Margie Yee Webb

[Free Training] Friendly hint on sharing your message

Writing Mentor Mary E Knippel and Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan

We’ve all heard that it’s often not what you know but who you know. Of course, we know how important it is to get out there and spread the word about our message. We are among the lucky ones if we are fortunate enough to have friends who would help us prepare for an event, coach us on content and delivery, and then be our support “team” on the day of the event!

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, head cheerleader and my Mentor, Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan.

On more than one occasion Teresa has been there when I’ve been the featured speaker or facilitated a workshop. We have co-presented numerous times at the San Francisco Writers Conference. I had the opportunity to present Create Your Success Story to a fabulous group in San Francisco. This was a speaking opportunity as well as a mini-workshop with writing, collage and conversation resulting in lots of creativity.  When folks were asked to introduce themselves, Teresa was the first one to stand up and say she was there because of today’s fabulous speaker!  

Your success is determined by what you know AND who you know. My friendly advice is to be confident in not only what you know…to also recognize that you are not in this alone…to acknowledge the tremendous impact of those who support you in sharing your clear, concise and compelling message with the world.

Teresa and I have known each other for over a decade now and are members of the Women’s National Book Assn-San Francisco Chapter and California Writers Club-Peninsula Branch. She amazes me with all that she does for everyone else, encouraging, supporting, and documenting our accomplishments. I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences because Teresa nudged me to consider taking on a bigger role.

Do you have someone who lifts you up?

How do you lift up others?

Tell someone that they shine today.

You’ll be glad you did.

[Timely] Your blog as an adventure

adventure girl in mustard fieldIn this fast-paced world of get-it-done now, are you a thoughtful, passion-driven being who has difficulty getting your blogs written?

Even though you know having a blog is…

  • an opportunity to tell the world about why you do what you do
  • all about sharing your expertise and knowledge with those who need it and those who don’t yet know that they need you
  • your on-line open door into your business
  • a conversation with the world about what matters to you
  • building a relationship with visitors to your blog

You hesitate and don’t write.

What if you had someone to guide you through figuring out what to write?

What if blogging was fun?

What if blogging became a part of your business you looked forward to?

If you answered YES! to any or all of these questions, I urge you to join our 6-week Sizzling Summer Blog Virtual Workshop happening now. (July 16-August 27)

We’re going to approach blogging from a different perspective…think about having a summer camp experience from the comfort of your own home. Nor, do you have to have a blog to participate. 

This six-week on-line blogging series is for you whether you are just learning the basics, or have been blogging for a while and need a little enthusiasm booster.

Mary helped me gain confidence about my writing so that when I posted to my blog, I got great comments! Mary B.

Are you dangling…juggling…and just getting by?

Are you dangling? help is here with the Writer Unleashed

Are you dangling…help is here with the Writer Unleashed

Wanted:  Women dangling at the end of their rope who realize they have been silent so long they fear no one would hear their cry for help…they feel stuck and are looking to change their situation by writing the story of their own happily ever after.

Is this you? Or, someone very close to you? Do you spend your time juggling appointments and obligations…just getting by…instead of enjoying your life and living your dreams? 

As women it is in our nature, our very DNA, to nurture everyone else in your life. That’s how to we show our love. And they appreciate us…right?

Well, I’m hearing a few murmurs…usually…in a manner of speaking…not often enough.

 Okay. Let’s be honest. Sometimes you can feel like you are being taken for granted because the ones you are doing for just assume that it’s our “job” to take care of them. So, gratitude is in their acceptance of whatever you have done for them:  making meals, picking up dry cleaning, shopping for groceries, getting the oil changed, driving to soccer, baking brownies for the bake sale, helping at Sunday School or _________________ (you fill in the blank). 

Now, let’s say that rope you’re hanging on to is pretty frayed and needs reinforcement. You want to reposition yourself to receive love and support too.

As a woman who has spent decades caring for my family and home, I can understand and identify with everything I’ve listed above. 

I have a solution to help you reposition yourself to receive love and support for the most important person in your life…YOU!

I realize that it may sound selfish to be advocating such an idea. But consider this, when we listen to the instructions before take off on that airplane and are told to put our oxygen mask on first before assisting anyone else…we don’t question it. It just makes sense. You have to be sure you are prepared by doing all you can to keep yourself healthy – such as getting oxygen to continue breathing before you can think of assisting anyone else. That is all I’m suggesting. You nurture yourself so that you can continue to do the things you are already doing. 

So…you model for the rest of the world how you want to be treated by treating yourself with tender loving care!

 Unleash YOU! Community with Mary E. Knippel

At the upcoming Unleash YOU! Mothering Yourself Salon, on May 4, 9 a.m. 4 p.m. we are going to do exactly that …

  • Lavish mothering gestures on yourself
  • Learn simple tips to find time to indulge in the activities you love
  • Discover what nurtures you and a strategy to nurture yourself every day 

 

BONUS – bring a friend for free if you register by May 2, midnight.

Take the time to mother yourself…it will yield positively spectacular results! 

*$97 fee includes workshop materials for our day’s activities, and refreshments ,(a portion of the monies collected at Unleash YOU! Salons will benefit Breast Cancer Connections (www.bcconnections.org), a Bay Area non-profit organization offering free programs and services for those touched breast cancer and the people who care about them.

Let’s use that rope to bring us closer, encourage each other to speak up, and write the story of our own happily ever after.

 

What will you dream, design and decide in 2013?

http://www.dreamstime.com/-image871073Dream a little dream with me and decide how you want to design a brand new future for yourself in 2013!

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.

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

Join me, Mary E. Knippel, Writer Unleashed, this Saturday, January 26 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. for the Decide, Define ad Design Your Best Life for 2013 Workshop where you can not only tell us your hopes and dreams, but we will all be creating our own personal road map (Collage, Dream or Vision Board) and masterminding together to strategize how we all can accomplish our goals. 

Little MaryAs 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!

Where will you dreams take you?

 

 

Are you a reluctant writer who shares Albert Einstein’s opinion on insanity?

If you are ready to stop doing things the same old way and get new results, then you and Mr. Einstein share a similar opinion. His quote, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” depicts our frustration and confusion trying to figure things out on our own. Why not try brainstorming with an empathetic and sympathetic group on Saturday, Nov. 19? Join Your Writing Mentor and friends for a fantastic day of figuring out not only what to say to get our messages out to our clients and customers, but how to stay motivated and keep writing. Learn how to change your story! Tap into your creativity!

Don’t miss the special drawing and announcements of upcoming events!

Click here to sign up for this FREE Event!

Can a reluctant writer learn to love writing?

Are you a reluctant writer? Perhaps you hesitate to write because you don’t know what to say. You are unwilling to expose yourself to criticism. You are unenthusiastic about sharing your thoughts on paper, or you think you have nothing worthwhile to say. Maybe someone criticized your writing. OK, a lot of someones because after the first one you just gave up and didn’t want to try to write anymore. You felt justified in your attitude because their opinion mattered more than yours did. They made you doubt your skills and surrender all written ambition to those critics and worse, loved ones who only told you the “truth” for your own good.

The “truth” is that you are a writer. We are all writers. Moreover, we are also reluctant writers. We hesitate staring at the blank page or blinking cursor on the blank computer screen. We procrastinate because we’re not sure anyone will want to read what we have to write. We pause because we want to avoid the criticism and judgment when our writing does not agree with another’s opinion. But, we have to remember that as writers, when we publish our words, we are speaking for those who share our opinion. They see themselves reflected in our words and our writing validates their opinion. Our writing allows them to claim their voice.

Can a reluctant writer learn to love writing? Well, I won’t speak for all reluctant writers. However, I can tell you this. I love the result of knowing I’ve spoken my truth and touched someone else’s life when I overcome the challenge of whatever is causing my reluctance, and write what is on my mind and in my heart.

This Saturday, Nov. 19, Your Writing Mentor is sponsoring a writing PLAYSHOP for anyone who wants to adjust their reluctant writer status.  It’s a free event, but you need to reserve your seat with a $20 deposit.  Click here to register. What a great way to celebrate National PLAY Day!

Learn to be comfortable being uncomfortable…in writing and in life

Writing Wisdoms #13 from Your Writing Mentor

Are you comfortable being uncomfortable? Are you generally a person who likes to take risks and push the envelope? Growing up, I was never one to rock the boat, or do anything that would call attention to me. It was instilled in me that children were seen and not heard. We were to do as we were told, and never disagree with an adult. I’ve kept a journal since I was 11 to record how I was feeling when I didn’t feel I could confide in anyone else, and to witness how I would change things when I was older.

As writers, we are curious by nature, or we wouldn’t be very good writers. We’re asking questions and need to know why. We seek out the how and the what, which leads to the when and where. The result of our quest documents both the painfully ordinary and the extraordinary elements of each story.

Today, I’m going to share with you a story about not allowing yourself to be lulled into a comfortable frame of mind where your life drifts by on automatic pilot. Or, you feel the space you occupy is safe right now and you don’t want to disrupt the status quo. Your life is comfortable, secure and predictable.

 Also, completely not based in reality! 

Mary E.Knippel and Les Brown

Mary E. Knippel and Les Brown

 

Last weekend I travelled to Los Angeles to attend the Mindset Behind the Money Workshop with Les Brown, Dr. Julie vanPutten and their talented associates. Over 50 people sat at round tables learning how to change our stories and create our own success scenarios. Les Brown is an incredibly dynamic speaker and his presence fills the room with buoyancy that creates an atmosphere of enthusiasm. Dr. Julie inspired us with confidence and challenged us to change the outcome of our stories no matter what the circumstances of their origins.

My story has changed drastically and dramatically many times in my 61 years. I never imagined I’d live more than 100 miles away from my little middle America farming community. Now here I am situated near another farming community so close to the Pacific Ocean I can hear the waves crashing! Chapters from my story have included the shock of job losses resulting in job searches, stressful moves across the country, frustration of infertility followed by the joy adopting our beautiful daughter, heartbreaking deaths of loved ones, and surviving breast cancer – twice! I have changed my story by tapping into my creativity and stepping out to be seen and heard with my writing. Which brings me to the challenge of of moving beyond my comfort zone and being uncomfortable stepping over new thresholds to live the life of my dreams.

Consider the fact that as much as we struggle to have control in our lives, the only things we really have control over are our attitudes and our actions. The rest we can try to influence to be sure, but whether it is human nature or Mother Nature, we’ve got to be prepared to roll with the punches and enjoy the ride. We take precautions:  learn to swim but wear a life jacket, watch the weather report but take an umbrella, enjoy the fresh powder but always carry chains driving in the mountains. And keep opening your heart even though there’s a great possibility it will be bruised, bullied and probably broken. In other words, be comfortable being uncomfortable! Enjoy the anticipation of the sweet apprehension of waking up to not knowing what the day will bring.

So, let’s live on the edge…speak up, participate, share your dreams, be present in your own life!

What’s your story?

Are you comfortable being uncomfortable? 

Ya gotta have friends to help you share your message

Writing Mentor Mary E Knippel and Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan

 

Of course, we know how important it is to get out there and spread the word about our message. We are among the lucky ones if we fortunate enough to have friends who would help us prepare for an event, coaching us on content and delivery, and then be our support “team” on the day of the event!

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, head cheerleader and my Mentor, Writing Coach Teresa LeYung Ryan.

I had the opportunity to speak to a fabulous group at the San Francisco Professional Career Network Meet-Up yesterday. In fact, I conducted a mini-workshop (with writing, collage and conversation resulting in lots of creativity) entitled, Create Your Success Story. When folks were asked to introduce themselves, Teresa was the first one to stand up and say she was here because of today’s fabulous speaker! That set the stage for an amazing morning and I’ll share more about the thrill of being able to share what I’m passionate about in another post.

Teresa and I have known each other for over a decade now. She amazes me with all that she does for everyone else, encouraging, supporting, and documenting our accomplishments. I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences because Teresa nudged/suggested me to consider taking on a bigger role.

Do you have someone who lifts you up?

How do you lift up others?

Tell someone that they shine today.

You’ll be glad you did.

Claim your independence – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip July 5, 2011

Mary E. Knippel with "Simple Abundance" author Sarah Ban Breathnach

Mary E. Knippel with Sarah Ban Breathnach, author of "Simple Abundance"

I’m writing this fresh from an old fashioned  4th of July Indepence Day Celebration in Seward, Nebraska.Sarah Ban Breathnach judging Seward, NE bubble Gum blowing contest This slice of Americana in our heartland has sponsored a yearly 4th of July celebration since 1868. There is something for everyone throughout the day:   Pie Eating Contest, Pie Making deomonstrations, Bubble Gum Chewing contest (which Sarah Ban Breathnach helped to judge), Antique Show, Arts & Crafts booths, a parade full of pagentry and princesses, a concert at the band shell, culminating with with red, white and blue fireworks.

I came to support “Simple Abundance” author Sarah Ban Breathnach, and to participate as a “Simple Abundance” Certified Workshop Facilitator. I attended “Simple Abundance” certification training in 2007, and  in 2010  the “Peace and Plenty” Certified Workshop Leader training. Stepping up to become the leader, instead of a participant, I claimed my independence. I am showing up in another light to share not only Sarah’s words, but how they have impacted me. I encourage others to create their own story by telling mine. I realize that leading workshops isn’t for everyone. But I’m sure there is something you’ve been imaging yourself doing and just haven’t given yourself permission to try. would you like to take a class? Are you longing to take a trip? Is there a hobby you’d like to dabble in?

Well, I say go for it! Now. Right now. Make that appointment. Call for more infomration. Do some research. Let me know your results…

Creating with collage and free-form writing at the San Mateo County Fair

Mary E. Knippel, Writing Mentor, speaking to workshop participans at June 17 San Mateo County FairI recently had the pleasure of leading a creativity workshop at the San Mateo County Fair. We spent a very lively two hours creating fascinating art in traditional written word and story form through collage. In the making of the collage, participants tore up magazines, glued down images, and layered pictures on paper to reveal some amazing stories without words.

The free-form writing experience was a way to get the words down as fast as possible without worrying about organization or editing. During this 5-minute timed writing exercise, participants simply kept their hand moving along the page to allow the words to come through them. Sometimes when you don’t feel like writing, yet have a “need” to do so, free-form writing may be your way to get started.

Simply set the timer for five minutes (or any timed amount you choose), pick up your pen, or open a word document and go. Don’t think about what is coming up, why you keep coming back to the same subject, question, or comment. Just keep your pen/fingers moving. Think of the exercise as a way to get things moving creatively speaking. You wouldn’t just put on your running shoes and go out on the track at your fastest pace would you? No, you would stretch and warm up. Think of free-form writing as a way to warm up for whatever it is you are preparing to write.

Literary pursuits may not be the first thing you think of when you think of the county fair, but I’m sure there have been many pieces of great writing which began in country settings. I know there were all kinds of writing from classic novels to Sunday comics, from New York Times best sellers to teenage magazines, read in the secret sanctuary of our barn’s hayloft. My dreams of becoming a writer began there among the straw bales and the sounds of clucking chickens and bellowing cows.

Where did you learn to love to read and write?

Indulge your sweet tooth – Coaxing Creativity Tuesday Tip June 14, 2011

I’m heading off to the San Mateo County Fair this week so my thoughts are turning to feasting with all the senses,  touch, scent, sight, sound and taste, at the fair. Walking through the main gate our senses are engulfed with distinctive aromas. Having grown up on a farm, I’m familiar with the earthy odors as well as mouth watering smells coming from the various food vendors. Eating at the fair is a very important part of this sensor experience. The last time I was at the Minnesota State Fair the latest deep fried offering was a Snickers candy bar. Surprisingly, it still tasted like a Snickers.

Of course, the Coaxing Creativity Workshop I’m facilitating as part of the California Writers Club Literary Event, is a completely calorie free experience! We will engage sight with all the enticing magazine images, sound when we rip those pages apart, and touch with all the textures of the paper.

June is National Candy Month. I think I’ll treat myself to a bag of  tiny sugar doughnuts at the fair in observance of the designation. Right after I host the Coaxing Creativity Workshop, of course!

What is your favorite fair treat?

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