Powerful combo: What you know and Who you know

Mary E. Knippel sharing on Rebecca Hall Gruyter’s Success Panel as part of the 2017 Women’s Empowerment Series.

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 system to strategize about next steps.

I’m sending a huge THANK YOU and lots of love to my friend, cheerleader and my Mentor, Rebecca Hall Gruyter. 

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.

Rebecca and I have known each other for almost a decade now and I’ve been a witness to her beautiful journey. We are both committed to empowering women to be visible, vibrant and successful on this challenging roller coaster ride we call life. Today she is an international best-selling author, compiler of the International Best Selling multi-author book Come Out of Hiding and SHINE, Network Director for VoiceAmerica’s Women’s Channel (both Radio & TV), as well as a sought after speaker, visibility expert, and CEO of RHG Media Productions. It hasn’t always been that way. She knew she wanted to make a difference in the world, but wasn’t sure how she could do that while hiding in plain sight. The Women’s Empowerment Series concept was birthed at a retreat we were both attending where we both expressed our longing to live our purpose. I’ve benefited over and over from the series as a speaker on the stage and as a participant in the room. As a direct result of my relationship with Rebecca, I have opened myself up to new opportunities and had some incredible experiences. All because Rebecca nudged me to consider how I could have a bigger impact. It’s because of that purposeful nudging that I can say I am also an International Best-Selling author as one of the co-authors of the Come Out of Hiding and SHINE series. (Click here to get your copy.) And we’ll soon be releasing the second in this series entitled Bloom Where You Are Planted and SHINE!

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:  Dot Claire.

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

[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

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…

 

[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.

Nurture you…

stone massageHave you ever been so caught up in what you were doing that you stood up and literally had to unfold yourself? Whether it was from being hunched over the computer, sorting a pile of stuff, digging in the garden, preparing for a presentation, or whatever keeps you focused and motionless. You obviously were passionate about what you were doing and your physical discomfort, although temporary, was not going to deter you from completing your task. But now that the task has been accomplished…take a few minutes to consider how to reward your body for all it does to allow you to share your gifts…nurturing the writing and the writer.

Sometimes my shoulders feel like they are in a vice grip. Do your shoulders ever need to loosen up? That’s where we carry the weight of the world. When I really treat myself, I get a massage. Have you ever had a hot stone massage? It is absolutely the most incredible experience.  Actually, it’s hot stones first and then cold stones. The stones penetrate every cell in your body. Your stress just melts away.

Don’t forget to pamper your hands! Whether you write with a pen or on a keyboard, your fingers, wrists and past your elbows should be worked as well. If I can’t get in to have a full body massage, I’ll head to the nail salon for a mani-pedi. Besides having pretty hands and feet, the gals usually give a nice foot rub and hand massage as part of the mani-pedi. 

I told you about two of my favorites. How do you nurture yourself? 

Photo credit:  Dreamstime.com

 

Hi,

 The Unleashed Homemakertm

create your own happily ever after…

Does the question “Now What?” echo as a vague whisper or a loud demand?  Have you spent your whole life taking care of others and now look up to discover your family has grown up, your marital status has changed, or you are experiencing health problems? Perhaps your children have grown, or your job has been reorganized.

Do you feel

  • invisible?

  • disconnected?

  • voiceless?

I know how you feel and I founded The Unleashed Homemakertm to help you along the journey from the woman you no longer recognize to the woman you want to become.

One of the goals I am no longer putting off is writing my book. I am the author of The Secret Artist, give yourself permission to let your creativity shine ! Tapping into our creativity has amazing power and I look forward to introducing you to so many fun things we can do to get in touch with our creativity.

I also realize the name homemaker brings up all sorts of thoughts and I’ll let you in a little secret – we are all  homemakers whether we create a home environment for a family unit, or practice self-care to nurture our bodies which is the “home” we all dwell in.

I have had two breast cancer diagnosis,  I am passionate about encouraging everyone not to wait until they have a health crisis to UNLEASH and take care of themselves.

You too can  create your own happily ever after. 


New Year blessings from Your Writing Mentor

Happy New Year from Your Writing Mentor. Whatever your story was in 2011, you have the opportunity to write a brand new story in 2012! Pour a glass of something bubbly, or brew a favorite cuppa and sit down to write a love letter to 2011. Get out a crisp sheet of writing paper, or open a new word document on your computer. Spend some time writing about what you have accomplished last year and be sure to acknowledge all you blessings.

Of course, all of YOU are a blessing to me! I am so grateful and thank all of you for reading this blog. Your encouragement and comments mean so much to me!

Congratulate yourself on overcoming your challenges and keeping on when you wanted to give up. Give thanks for all your valuable growth experiences and the promise of what is on the horizon. Disregard the things that kept you stuck in the past and create your path to success in the new year.

Next, take another sheet of paper, and write about your extraordinary life in 2012. Let yourself reach for the sky with this letter to 2012. Put your dreams on paper and the execution will happen later. First, give yourself permission to bring your dreams out of the shadows and into the light. Magic happens when you voice your dreams. They take on life of their own. You have the power to produce your own amazing story.

It’s your life – go out and live it! 

Happy New Year!

My greatest surprise in 2011 – Friday 5-minute writing prompt

 

Let’s look back at 2011 and reflect on your greatest surprise. Here is an opportunity for you to just let your thoughts flow around the first thing that pops into your head. This is a five-minute writing exercise; a free-writing exercise. Open a new word document, or pick up your favorite writing instrument and get out a clean sheet of paper. Set the timer for five minutes and keep your pen/fingers moving. Spelling doesn’t count. Write what comes to the surface no matter what it is and whether or not it sounds like it belongs with this writing prompt. Repeat the phrase – my greatest surprise in 2011 – and do not think – Write! Surprise yourself! Surprise me with your response! I’d love to hear all about it.


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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!

Who is your inspirational role model? – Friday 5-min.writing prompt from Your Writing Mentor

November is National Inspirational role model month. Take out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a new word document and set the timer for five minutes. Keep your hand moving for five minutes. Talk about what comes up when you repeat the writing prompt – who is your inspirational role model? I’ll meet you back here on Saturday morning to discuss who I wrote about.

Your first job – Friday 5-minute writing prompt Nov. 3, 2011

Get out a fresh sheet of paper, or open a word document, set the timer for five minutes and just write. Let your fingers fly and keep writing about that first job. Give yourself the opportunity to experience how much writing you can accomplish in five minutes. Do not edit. Do not worry about spelling. Just keep your fingers moving. 

I’ll meet you back here tomorrow to share my five minute writing experience.