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One way to get to know a person you've just met is to ask them to tell you about their favorite friends. It's said that a person essentially becomes an aggregate of the five people with whom they spend the most time.

There's another telling question to ask a stranger. It's all about a book.

1) Is there one book that you have re-read and will read again (and again)?
2) What is the most recent book that you've read and what stands out to you most?
3) What is the title of a book you recommend most often to friends?
4) What was the last book you read that made you so sad when it came to the end? (Because you wanted to keep on reading, not because the ending was sad!).

If the person you are just getting to know has never re-read a book, can't remember what stood out from the last book they read, doesn't recommend books to friends and has never felt sad to stop reading an excellent book...

I suggest that you stop conversing with them. And, perhaps, run. Kidding (not kidding). Perhaps you might consider striking up a conversation with someone else that you might want to get to know. AND start THAT conversation off by recommending a book you've recently read...

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Promises TO MYSELF #25

PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #25 • LET LOOSE • I promise to let go and soar. • “Transform. Create, cry or sing because the beauty compels you. Scream, shout or take action because hands still hurt children and people think dogs do not understand a cage. Live like there’s no tomorrow…” • TODAY – Reflect on the year. Be ordinary, be extraordinary and know there’s just a little difference. Do what you know and be willing to learn what you do not know.

“Eat the present moment and break the dish.” Egyptian Proverb

“I thought the drama was when the actors cried, but the drama is when the audience cries.” Frank Capra

“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough.” Rabindranath Tagore

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #24 • ENCOURAGE MUSCLE • December 30, 2009 •

I promise to strengthen myself in every way. “mary anne, confirm your strength(s) in every opportunity.” • TODAY – Serve stamina in the physical and energetic realms; support your health in body and spirit in all your choices; practice wellness.

“The finest gift you can give anyone is encouragement.” Sidney Madwed

“If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow – the genius in most everyone would blossom…” ibid

Tuesday, December 29, 2009



Writer, composer, actor, director, and producer Mel Brooks; pianist and composer Dave Brubeck; opera singer Grace Bumbry; actor, director, and producer Robert De Niro; and singer and songwriter Bruce Springsteen.

I like to watch one awards show each year. This is the one. The one that acknowledges with full national force the significant role that the ARTS play in the life of America. The work of my day was put away. I turned off my phone. For two hours I was transported. Commercial breaks were taken in conversation with my husband about what we had just seen. Each performer honored had a place of significance in my our histories. And tonight their stories were part of my story. Because THAT is what art does. It engages. It draws you in. It’s the train wreck you have to watch and it’s the prolonged note, the beauty of which pulls across the skin of your life like a knife and draws blood. ART. It’s not the neat and the orderly. It is the inspiring and the impacting. It’s immediate. Dangerous. And essential.

As Bruce Springsteen’s music ran its full brush across the palette of the evening, I saw it again. The ART of America stirring the soul. I saw the memories playing on the screens of every person in attendance there in the Kennedy Center. In my home and home’s in the broadcast reach. Springsteen’s lyrical presence, like Whitman, like Sandburg, uniquely calls out that which is undeniably American in our experiences. They were dancing. They were clapping. They could not remain still. They, we, were calling to mind that which once was. That’s what ART does. It calls to mind that which was before and brings it again, alive, in this moment. Not predictable and anticipated but wild and utterly breath stealing.

My husband and I dried our tears. I uttered a holy expletive under my breath and declined bed for a bit. “I have to write.”

I am compelled. Because THAT is what ART DOES.

mary anne radmacher, December 29, 2009 11:15 PM


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #23 • RIGHT TIMING December 29, 2009 • I promise to patiently embrace the natural progression of things. • “Things really do unfold or transform in their own time.” • TODAY – follow the pattern of the season in your day; flow not push; call them targeted completion dates - not deadlines; take a walk and think of Carl Sandburg…

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” – Carl Sandburg

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.” - Saul Bellow –

Enroll in Radmacher Focus Phrase for January with PHRASEOLOGISTS Caren Albers at or with Ellen Lambert at Learn what matters to you most through the PROMISES TO MYSELF process with mary anne radmacher. Enroll now by writing

Monday, December 28, 2009


January offers three different writing options. I’m excited to introduce two fine, inspiring writers to you – Caren and Ellen. The first two phraseologists! Each has been training with me in the Focus Phrase process for months and participating in it for two years. If you’ve benefitted from a Focus Phrase process with me – you will enjoy having the process with a different voice responding to your writing. If you are stepping in for the first time, you have a choice of voice to guide you in this compelling and insightful process.

I am leading a very small band of explorers in a premier, personally demanding process called, Promises to Myself. Details follow my two important introductions. Here’s Ellen Out Loud!

Learning to Live Out Loud. Do you have something to say? I believe we all do – something unique to us that we were born to convey. It’s taken me a long time time to find my voice – to live out loud – though the voice was always there waiting to be heard.

For me, I’m heard best through my writing. It would not surprise me if the earliest photos of me captured a fountain pen in my crib! Writing is my most genuine means of expression – how I convey who I am and what I am – it’s where I first learned to hear my own voice. I translate that expression into all facets of my life.

I’ve always found that January is a great month to launch new projects, dream great dreams, and jumpstart my life! “Lean Forward Into Your Life" is our January 2010 course offering and features phrases from Mary Anne Radmacher's book of the same title (Conari Press)

· Class begins on January 4 - January 29
Enrollment is $149.00

This would be a tremendous way to heed Ms. Radmacher’s advice, and: "Begin each day as if it were on purpose." 

To reserve your spot, ask questions or add your name to my mailing list, email me at

“ELLENOUTLOUD - Ellen Cunningham Lambert is a remarkable voice. She 
is funny, pointed, charming, wildly supportive
and has energetic, positive observations on your writing. She re-
wrote many pages of her life using the very focus phrase
process that she will walk with you through. She rocks. (And she's 
paper and scissors, too. after all, she's ELLENOUTLOUD.) “

-Mary Anne Radmacher

And here is Caren Albers process:

" Lean Forward Into Your Life" features phrases from
 Mary Anne Radmacher's book of the same title (Conari Press) January is a perfect time to begin creating a year that supports and encourages your dreams. As Mary Anne's book suggests "Begin each day as if it were on purpose." 

Class begins on January 4 - January 29. 
Enrollment is $149.00 

To reserve your spot, ask questions, learn more or add your name to my mailing list email me. Jump-start your dream! 


Caren Albers WILL Inspire You. 

She is engaging and enthusiastic yet her inspirations come quietly with clear certainty. Like her name, she is caring for you. Her thoughtful consideration of your words leaves the writer feeling that without a doubt "YES, SHE HEARD ME." 

She's adept at pointing out patterns in your writing and suggesting inspiring resources to explore. She invited some of her strongest qualities to come out and play using the focus phrase process. Just as I encouraged her to "LET WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY SHINE," as your guide, she will offer you the same invitation.

-Mary Anne Radmacher

Focus Phrase classes are four week sessions.

 Focus Phrase writing is Monday - Friday with weekends off.

 You receive and write daily on a Focus Phrase chosen specifically for the class that you are participating in.

 When you receive a phrase, we ask that you write it down and carry it with you into your day using it as a lens through which you view the events of that day.

 At the end of your day, send a three paragraph writing about your observations and experience with the phrase. Did you learn something new about yourself or your world? What lessons did it offer? Did it remind you of something you already know? 

Observe, focus, clarify, invite your inner wisdom to come through your writing. Leave your inner critic at home. Relax! no red pens here, no need for perfection. Write what your heart tells you about the phrase in your own way.

 I read your writing daily and offer you content-based commentary and heartfelt feedback eight times during the session. I don't edit your writing. 

Payment reserves your space.

And here’s the process I will be guiding:

PROMISES TO MYSELF • 31 days of guided, personal exploration into the most important promises you make to yourself. •$289.00 •

Beginning January 11, we will be in written conversation regarding the fundamental observations needed to begin the 21 days of creating your own program of promises. We will explore the most effective model of accountability for you and put that in place. It will be different for each participant. Our 21 consecutive days of process begins January 18. The process will end February 8/9 with our shared summary statements. Because of the very independent content and personal nature of this process, I will only be enrolling a small number of participants.

This process is based on utilizing disciplined daily writing for personal development and structural shifts. If you are looking to sharpen your writing practice or to introduce writing in to your daily habit… PLEASE participate in Radmacher Focus Phrase© with Caren or Ellen.

PROMISES TO MYSELF is a process very important to me. It’s the title of my book just released and you can see some of the results of my current promise process posted on my blog at If you find the enrollment fee an inhibition…then I recommend you study the introductory statements on my blog and try the process on your own. It is worthwhile and produces exceptional personal insights and shifts. If the enrollment fee is within your means at this time – then notify me via email and I will get you registered.

I appreciate the time and attention that you give to messages from me. Thank you for reading this and I encourage you to pass it along if you think someone you know would benefit from this information.


mary anne radmacher


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #22 • PRACTICE PERSPECTIVE • December 28, 2009 • “I promise to enjoy contrasts. • “Understand the large is found in the small.” TODAY – it ALL matters, every bit. Everything is important and nothing matters. Lighten up: laugh.

“All know that the drop merges into the ocean, but few know that the ocean merges into the drop.” - Kabir -

“The place where – treasure can be found is the place where one stands.” – Martin Buber -

Sunday, December 27, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #21 • GET MOVING! • December 27, 2009 • I promise to be purposely active today. • “mary anne, you’re better at being focused and still when your partner with playful movement.” • TODAY – crank the tunes and dance, bundle up and go for a walk, fidget, try two stairs at a time.

“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy.” – Charles Dickens

“Walking is the best possible exercise.” - Thomas Jefferson -

Saturday, December 26, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #20 • PRACTICE PRACTICE • December 26, 2009 • Draw upon all of life, the whole practice, to create authentically. • “mary anne, be connected to the truth of your own practice.” • TODAY – practice practice!: utilize your own skill set to expand into unknown things, represent all aspects not just what appears or feels “successful,” listen hard, appreciate what you don’t know… honor knowing that you don’t know.

“Practice is nine-tenths.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson –

“The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance – it is the illusion of knowledge.” _ Daniel J. Boorstin -

Friday, December 25, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #19 • BE GRATEFUL • December 25, 2009 • I promise to connect with gratitude at all points in the day. • “mary anne, a thankful heart is a circular gift.” • TODAY – be dazzled by everything, let all things be a gift, participate in wonder and surprise.

“[anyone] should have an atmosphere of awe, and walk wonderingly, as if s/he was amazed at being her/self.” – Walter Bagehot (modified by mar) –

“Statistically, the probability of any one of us being here is so small that you’d think the mere fact of existing would keep us all in a contented dazzlement of surprise.” – Lewis Thomas -

Thursday, December 24, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #18 • PLAY WELL • December 24, 2009 •

I promise to have some fun! • “mary anne, revel and roll around in each sweet aspect of your day like a Labrador in summer grass.” • TODAY – do what you love, wrap necessary tasks in love, be a little silly, seize the spirit of the holiday and hoist it to the joists of your soul.

“get lost. that’s the best way to find yourself.” mary anne radmacher

“Work and play are words used for the same thing under differing conditions.” – Mark Twain -

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #17 • PLAY GENTLY • December 23, 2009 •

I promise to go easy in the day. • “mary anne, punctuate your movement with stillness.” • Today – nap! address that sense of weariness, have a short “list” OR no list at all, play upon your impulse.

“There is no pleasure in having nothing to do, the fun is having lots to do and not doing it.” - Andrew Jackson –

“We do not cease to play because we grow old. We grow old because we cease to play.” - George Bernard Shaw -

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #16 • CREATE LEGACY • December 22, 2009 •

I promise to do things that matter. • “mary anne, invest yourself wholly in matters of consequence; do not become absorbed by the trivial.” • Today – Let go of the small actions. Write. Study. Dispense efficiently the perfunctory and move to the planned and purposeful: allow for alchemy.

“Recognize equal value in building and deconstructing.” m.a. radmacher

“There are trivial truths and the great truths. The opposite of a trivial truth is plainly false. The opposite of a great truth is also true.” – Niels Bohr -

Monday, December 21, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #15 • SEE WORDS December 21, 2009 • I promise to look with clear sight at what I create. • “mary anne, be a servant to your craft today.” • TODAY – no clocks, no timers, no editing. Every idea will be welcomed. All things considered…

“Remember the difference between looking and seeing.” m.a. radmacher

“The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way. Hundreds of people can talk for one who can think, but thousands can think for one who can see. To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.” - John Ruskin -

Reflection at the end of yesterday…wearied from the second day of production craft at an art festival in a barn. I entered the day with an phrase assigned by one of my new phraseologists, Caren Albers. This is what I wrote before sleep,

amid the chaos, love calls my name.

love calls my name and I’ve learned well enough to answer right back. quickly and with ready identifiers, “I am here.”

chaos swirled readily all day from the stranger with food challenges with whom I split my carefully measured for the day food, to the painfully shy ten year old boy whom I engaged in creative chatter. chaos followed me as I worked toward completing the donations I’ll be sending to a hospital for Christmas remembrances for those who are hospitalized on Christmas and new year’s eve. after break down chaos chased me all the way home.

wearied. blurry eyed. protein deprived and peopled out, that extra long trailer hitch of my wagon pitched itself self with some degree of speed into david’s front bumper. while he was unloaded bins of stuff, he was not hurt in anyway. however, his bumper was. cracked. it’s amazing how far a license plate can stretch without breaking. who knew? amid that chaos, as i sat in the driver’s seat, recovering from the dreadful sounds of plastic shredding and metal pulling, i heard love call my name. the voice of love sounded just like my husband! the words love formed were, “it’s just a car, sweetheart. come inside and let me take care of you.” i’ve learned well enough to answer right back, “thank you. i’m so glad i’m here.”

mary anne radmacher -

Sunday, December 20, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #14 • HONOR FRIENDSHIP • December 20, 2009 • I promise to appreciate my far-away friends. • “mary anne, demonstrate that each friend is a gift to you by using your skill set.” • TODAY – make something and mail it, write something and post it, name them and pray for their highest good, speak their names and tell stories about them.”

“When you have one friend, you hold the hand of the world.” mary anne radmacher

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Saturday, December 19, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #13 • RECIPROCAL GRACES • December 19, 2009 • I promise to give and receive equally well. • “mary anne, accept with the same grace that you give.” • Looking into this day – hands open, facing upward, act readily on impulse to give, say thank you easily when gifted with anything, recognize gifts are often intangibles.

“There is no small kindness, every compassionate act makes large the world.” – mary anne radmacher

“We should give as we would receive, cheerfully, quickly, and without hesitation; for there is no grace in a benefit that sticks to the fingers.” – Seneca

Friday, December 18, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #12 • December 18. 2009 • CREATE FEARLESSLY • I promise to follow the creative impulse to innovation. • “mary anne, pursue the natural progression toward unknown form.” • Looking into this day this might mean – experiment with unfamiliar materials, take an unknown road, make something utterly unlike my patterns.

“fly on the wings of possibility.” - mary anne radmacher -

“…what is real is not the exterior but the idea, the essence of things.” Constantin Brancusi

Thursday, December 17, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #11 • December 17, 2009 • EMBRACE INTER-CONNECTEDNESS • I promise to extend myself to strangers. • “mary anne, have the openness to allow a stranger to become a friend.” • Looking into this day this might mean – engage in unexpected exchange, reach out to a “friend of a friend,” broaden your circle.

“the greatest life lessons may come from people you have yet to meet.” – mar –

“each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” - anais nin –

Reflections on Promise #11. Somehow, in these recent days, many of my significant lessons are woven into origami. The patterns, the visual unlikelihood, the stretch of imagination asking, “A piece of flat paper did that?” The inter-connectedness of the origami folds strike me as symbolic of the complex layers and folds of our days. Crease, fold, harsh straight line, each flat building upon flat fold until shaken or the strength of breath is applied. With breath or stretch there is magic. Form recognized. What was flat, unfamiliar, becomes a bird in flight. This calls to mind those AHA moments – when all the murky, disconnected complexities line up in magnificent order to say, “This is the lesson I have been creating for you. THIS is a lasting, difficult beauty for your life.”

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise # 10 • December 16, 2009 • KEEN FOCUS • I promise to listen and act upon my mission and passion. • “mary anne, connect, in practical, visible terms, to what you are called to be.” • Looking into the day this might mean – fresh eyes and tuned ears, recreate the way I teach, let go of the small in favor of the large (cards might turn into to new year’s greetings, dear friends.)

Perform an action with the expectation of creating different results. Therefore, the action must be different. -mary anne radmacher -

I like the fact that listen is an anagram of silent... - Alfred Brendel -

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #9 • December 15, 2009 • NEW QUESTIONS I promise to ask fresh questions all day long. •

“mary anne, learn essential things by making irreverent inquiry.” • Looking into the day this might mean – with eyes of wonder look at old things in new ways, be relentlessly curious, look long in the mirror.

“It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers.” James Thurber • “Learn to love the questions themselves…” Rilke

HOW? MIGHT your day be different if you made a promise to yourself and kept it throughout this day?

Monday, December 14, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise #8 • December 14, 2009 • DEEP BELIEFS (ONE THING) I promise to connect to my deepest beliefs and act on my ONE THING. • “mary anne, in spite of circumstances, be buoyed by your ONE THING.” • Looking into the day this might mean – being connected to my beliefs/meaning in all my actions. Prepare and package holiday gifts with love, allow my intentions their practical application in the day and be encouraged, in the large, by my intentions, not discouraged in the small, by disappointments.

E.B. White said, “I get up every morning determined to both change the world and have one hell of a good time.” In the words of Rumi I find this treasure, “There is ONE THING we all must do. If we do everything else but that one thing, we will be lost. And if we do nothing else but that one thing, we will have lived a glorious life.”

Sunday, December 13, 2009


PROMISES TO MYSELF • Promise # 7 • December 13, 2009 • STRAIGHT SCOOP • I promise to participate in directness observation and unpolished truthfulness. • “mary anne, be forthcoming with the whole spectrum of what is true.” Looking into the day this might mean – not taking on additional projects, regardless of their merit, expressing response with integrity, including anger, having a solid YES or NO along with my responses…very little “maybe.”

Saturday, December 12, 2009

PROMISEs to Myself #6

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 12, 2009 • Promise #6 • ENGAGE EXCELLENCE • I promise to focus on quality not quantity. • “mary anne, tend a few things well (not “too many” things, quickly). • Looking into the day this might mean – just one artful project at the festival, totally attentive to conversation, package cookies for friends with excellent details, not just efficiency.

Start making a PROMISE TO YOURSELF any day...what is yours?

Friday, December 11, 2009

Promises to Myself #5 and reflections on #4

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 11, 2009 • Promise #5 • FUN PREVAILS. • I promise to allow fun to permeate the day. • “mary anne, you can have fun AND make significant contributions to the world.” • Looking into the day this might mean – “insert fun ______(here).” setting up my festival booth in a cold barn turns into a festivity, do things with friends, get the MUSIC on, dance through ordinary activities.

Reflections on Promise #4. Absent hurry, many aspects of a fully occupied day become an invitation for unexpected joy, gift and pleasure. • It’s easier to see when I’m not moving at warp speed. • Engaged observation is the gift of the even pace.

PROMISES TO MYSELF, Conari Press, 2010

available for pre-order on

Thursday, December 10, 2009

promises to Myself #4 and reflections on #3

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 10, 2009 • Promise #4 • NO HURRY • I promise to not rush through the many requirements of my day. • “mary anne, pace yourself, enjoy the “list” and allow “good enough” to seem like perfection. • Looking into the day this might mean – not getting revved up, walking purposely, passing on non-essential actions, ha! not taking a shower.

REFLECTIONS on Promise #3 • Stepping aside from habit makes room for the fresh winds of power. • Compassion lives on the border of established structures.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Promises to Myself #3 and reflections on #2

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 9, 2009 • Promise #3 • COURAGEOUSLY UNCONVENTIONAL • I promise to behave/think outside habitual structures. • “mary anne, you are unlimited in your ability to be inventive.” • Looking into the day this might mean – writing/working in bed instead of my desk, asking for help when I’d do it myself self, delivering different messages to friends, surprising the guests (& myself) at tonight’s lecture.

REFLECTIONS on Promise #2. • Friends trump almost everything. • Friends are the UTMOST of all priority. • Distractions got written on little cards and put in a pile of “to be done later.” Very effective.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Will you let your friends in Seattle, WA know...

that I am appearing at East West Bookstore, located at 6500 Roosevelt Way NE on Wednesday, December 9, at 7 pm?

Wednesday, December 9 at East West Seattle
Simply an Inspired Life in the Holiday Times
7-8:30 p.m. Free!

Rekindle your truest joys inspired by the holiday season. If last year you uttered “never again” to the crazed and demanding schedule, let MARY ANNE RADMACHER, author of her new book Simply an Inspired Life and Courage Does Doesn't Always Roar, among others, help you keep that promise to yourself. If the holiday season is already your favorite time of the year, but your find yourself literally overwhelmed by the abundance of opportunities to give and socialize and...! this is an opportunity to enhance the delight.

Come participate with Mary Anne and apply the principles of inspired living to your "holidaze." Bring a pen...Mary Anne will supply everything else you'll need.


PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 8, 2009 • Promise #2 • UTMOST PRIORITY • I promise to act on my identified, most significant priorities. • “mary anne, attribute measurable, specific aims to your entire day and let the sparkly distractions fly by.” • looking at my day this might mean – be flexible, remain undeterred by distraction, use the hourglass to time focus on a project, restore and renew throughout the day with water, stretching and music.

REFLECTIONS on Promise #2. • Friends trump almost everything. • Friends are the UTMOST of all priority. • Distractions got written on little cards and put in a pile of “to be done later.” Very effective.

Monday, December 7, 2009

PROMISES TO MYSELF Format & Promise Number One

Each day I will post:

- The promise # - i.e. Promise Number ONE...

- The Caption or Category.

- A brief statement supporting what I mean by the caption.

- A statement actually making the PROMISE TO MYSELF, framed in the same way I would say it as if I were speaking to someone else. It will appear in quotes.

- Looking ahead that means - bringing the promise, with practicality, into my day. Write a brief exploration of ways that I might keep that promise to myself throughout the day.

A day's end I may reflect on facebook (and some days I may not) how the PROMISE TO MYSELF unfolded in the course of the day. I want to be able to determine if following this format on a consistent basis actually changes my course of action and impacts my decisions. I'm confident it will - but we'll see.

This is supporting text for this exercise. I wrote it for my friend, Tonya Wells, a year ago and have adjusted it slightly for this process.

Judgment or broken promises come unexpectedly and can be unfair. Asking ourselves, "why?" or "do i deserve this?" is not really productive. People break promises. People judge others. Sometimes accurately, sometimes not. An individual's personal assessment has the greatest significance and impact. The appraisal of another only has the importance that is attributed to it. One can value the opinions and judgments of others with being determined or deterred by them. And one can be heartened by the intention of a promise extended without being disappointed when the promise is not fulfilled. Essentially - the most important promises are the ONES WE MAKE TO OURSELVES.

PROMISES TO MYSELF • December 7, 2009 PROMISE #1 • PHYSICAL WELLNESS • I promise to run all my decisions today through this filter, “Will this contribute to my physical well being?" I will support and nurture my health by taking aggressive actions toward my vitality and strength. • To myself I say, “mary anne, I will take good care of you.” • Looking forward into my day this might mean – paying attention to the remaining impact of that seasonal cold, dressing warm, drinking lots of water and herbal teas, taking supportive supplements, making great food choices.

What will YOU promise yourself today?

Friday, December 4, 2009


friday, December 4.

events of consequence swirled around my brain this morning as i leaned into the brightening dawn. my friend in colorado who is in chemo and great pain. my friend in san francisco, hospitalized for an as yet, unexplained, painful growth which was removed. news of renewed attacks against the citizenship of our president.

i focus my day, each morning, with reading and writing. in her book, 365 EXCUSE ME – DAILY INSPIRATIONS TO EMPOWER AND INSPIRE, mina parker challenged me to express appreciation to myself for one of my qualities for 31 consecutive days.

that got me thinking about PROMISES TO MYSELF. it’s my next book and it will be walking into the world in the second week of January, 2010.

the holiday season. this has been in my experience and many of you have told me it’s yours, too – too much, too many, too often. events, mail, presents, food, parties, cards, shopping, cooking, cookies! and on the list goes. connection to our promises, the ones we make to ourselves, can get lost in the press of “so many things.”

THE MOST IMPORTANT PROMISES ARE THE ONES WE MAKE TO OURSELVES. the promises we makes to ourselves are the things that assure us we have the capacity to keep our promises to others. i will be explore my promises in a very public way, every day. if you would like to share in the process by reading, great. if you would like to participate by identifying a promise to yourself each day, marvelous. would you like to inspire others by sharing your promise? perhaps your words and experience would resonate with another reader. i invite you to be forthcoming, bold and state your promise to a larger world. i see that it helps validate and endorse your experience.

tomorrow is the first day of my very FIRST holiday art festival in my career. beginning monday morning, i will share the promise to myself that speaks to my in my morning practice. I will carry that promise with me into the day and see what it has to teach me. i will do that every day until my book is released in january. please, please! join in the process in whatever way contributes to your greater health and ease in an exciting and demanding holiday season.

blessings - mary anne radmacher

Thursday, December 3, 2009

a delightful, amusing moment

it's the kind of day that has led me to observe, "the only priorities i can govern or direct - are my own." you may draw any conclusion that you might as to what "kind of day" might inspire those words. in the midst of preparations for many different targeted completions - my attention was drawn to an event on the deck. you could say it was a party. you can say - it was "for the birds!"

it's cold. the water is freezing. food is scarce. and yet - these creatures know that anything, when done with friends, is made more enjoyable. it's a lesson i decided to photograph, ponder and SHARE with you. and, i'll be smiling for the rest of the day as i tend my own priorities - and gladden my heart with thoughts of my treasured friends.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

december composition book

Each month I am creating a personal composition book. The project has been delightful and inspiring to me. As an author and artist, I am often called to create for a larger community. And, while I am showing this piece to you, I have created it especially for me!

In this very busy season I want to encourage you to do two things. Take time to create something special for yourself. It's indeed the season of giving. I suggest beginning with you! The second thing? Expand your creativity to those you love. Even if you are inclined to think you are not that "creative," you might consider lending a little bit of time toward something hand created. An appreciation note, hand scribed with ink on nice paper is a real treasure in these days of quick email! That would be creating a treasure.

Please enjoy these coming days of festivities in all the best ways you can imagine.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

a significant book available for body issues

Throughout my life I’ve met and dealt with the societal and health struggles of being a “big girl” in a tiny girl world. If you or someone you love struggles with embracing their body the way it is - Sarah Maria is telling an important story. There is a tug of war between two points. There is indeed a genuine challenge with obesity in America. And there is a fabricated sense of ideal body types based on models and magazines. I and my associates here are participating in the launch of her book. You’ll find a special gift that you can use as a screen saver as a celebration of your purchasing this book:

“Love Your Body, Love Your Life!”

And here is your quick and accessible guide to the 5 steps that can end Negative Body Obsession forever and start you on the path to living happily and confidently … once and for all!

It’s for anyone who wants to gain more from life, anyone who wants to achieve a higher level of health, fitness, love, and vitality … and who has been held back by a devastatingly low view of their bodies and themselves.

Yes, a whole new world awaits you – a world of unimaginable love and accomplishment, as you discover and pursue your heart’s desires...

…and your world will reflect this immeasurable beauty that is residing within you!

“Love Your Body, Love Your Life!” will help you finally take back control of your life, see yourself for the beauty you truly are, and eliminate any influence Negative Body Obsession has had over you…

If you want to begin to be happy with your body and yourself, go here right now:

I appreciate your loyalty to and the support that you show

by utilizing my words and work. Thank you for letting me share my enthusiasm for this new book with you.

mary anne radmacher

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

STILL time to register for FOCUS PHRASE for the holidays...


Explore and connect with the spirit of your home, holiday traditions and identify your truest joys contained within the usually hectic and overwhelming chaotic season. If last year you uttered, “never again,” to the crazed and demanding schedule, let mary anne help you keep your promise to yourself.

This process is a daily writing practice that draws upon the writer's natural perspective. This truly is a way to "write to discover what you deeply know."

Add a remarkable dimension to your holiday by writing your invitation to a joyful and purposeful celebration of your days.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

mundane? magic? or magic in the mundane?

find the magic in the mundane (phrase by newly authorized "phraseologist," ellen lambert)

where is the mundane in this day?. good bye to my employee of 12 years ago who came and stayed and had to leave a day early because her little toddler was flu-sick. breakfast club with dear friends at a restaurant down the street where we meet every sunday. the meal always completes with a visit to barbara’s car where her two dogs cover me in dog love and i give great scratches. home for catching up and reading and writing and sunday afternoon napping.

healthy food preparation. the dishes are placed. I love my husband and inquire after his health and solicit his opinions and touch his sternum in the way that tells him he’s hot. i take a hot epson salt bath and pour in lavender oil. i do a variety of things to address this pending sinus condition. i nap again. in none of these actions did I wish I was doing the next thing, nor was i in a hurry, or disengaged or bored.

as I looked at these things while they were happening and in retrospect i couldn’t see either the magic or the mundane. I considered pulling a rabbit out of my hat, so to speak and write what I knew I could fabricate about this. say what OUGHT to be true about finding magic in the mundane. but. i won’t use this process that way. i know for sure that for many years preparing tax information felt mundane. but this last time I changed that. the last tax prep bordered more on magic than mundane. as I was puzzling over this absence of mundane-ness, I got a message from a girl tonight. a woman. the adult (child) of my oldest friend. she said, “I have a very vivid memory of sitting on the floor in your apartment ( I think in Portland) and you served me toasted bagels with cream cheese. It was the first time I ever had bagels and it was so exciting. A small simple thing, but I remember how magical you made it and how fun it was discovering something new with someone who seemed as delighted about it as I was.” so there it is. i accept this as something that is true for me. the magic that I have found today is that i have virtually nothing that is mundane in my life. i am delighted by the things in my life that might appear mundane, and THAT is the magic.

- mary anne radmacher©-

Saturday, October 17, 2009

miracle or masterpiece?

when love and skill work together expect a masterpiece.

-john ruskin – a phrase from ellen lambert, new phraseologist...


yes. i know john ruskin said masterpiece. was it ellen or caren teasing me about people changing one word of a quote that did it? i don’t know. i drew the card. i wrote the phrase down, verbatim, twice and repeated it to myself as I fell into a migraine accompanied sleep.

miracles occurred in my sleep. along the waterline on the beach, in my running clothes with a sweat band on. i launched a huge, unconventional product line. i started my own company. from my small voice – i made a song that reverberated – with vibrato! – around the world. a collage of possibilities – miracles – unfolded in my dreaming window.

i wakened with a slightly different phrase, miracles occur when love and skill combine. as I reflected on my night time dreams i realized it was not a window into the may be of potential but the has been of realized action. is it true? is it possible? in the road with all the difficulty, challenges, broken hearted times and dropped off the shelf disappointments - my life to this point has been a miracle? is a miracle? a glance over my shoulder sees love pairing up with skill at almost every turn. Ruskin didn’t say “love and…” education, or certification or awards. he said skill. and note, radmacher didn’t say, “masterpiece,” she said,


Friday, October 16, 2009

two upcoming RADMACHER FOCUS PHRASE© processes


Explore and connect with the spirit of your home, holiday traditions and identify your truest joys contained within the usually hectic and overwhelming chaotic season. If last year you uttered, “never again,” to the crazed and demanding schedule, let mary anne help you keep your promise to yourself.

LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE $179. January 3 – 29

The first of a new year is an excellent time to connect and commit to the things that are meaningful and propel you forward into your vision, hopes and dreams. I will guide you in the process to begin each of your days – on purpose and seizing your unique focus.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Advantages of writing with FOCUS PHRASE process

“What will you set down in order to host hope?”

This was the prompt sent out through my daily inspirational phrase mailing.

Several people use that mailing as their own personal FOCUS PHRASE. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to have them share it with me. Two people today did and I’ve asked their permission to share their focus writing with you… here we go!

First, from Jennifer Nace (used her with her permission):

"Set down in order to host hope", or hoist hope? When days are burdened already it can feel like I need to hoist hope, knowing that it is too precious and important to leave behind, yet it has attached to it so many demands of its own. It demands you also carry determination, joy and patience. It bickers incessantly with guilt and worry. It wants to be carried on the hip of self esteem, even if that is your weak side. Oh, and all the while it pleads for you to sing and dance as you travel!

As though child I will hoist hope and carry it on my journey of the day; because like the weight of a child, though not easily lifted, that extra company lightens the load of the worldly and blesses each step I take.

From Caara Chantral, a diligent DAILY FOCUS PHRASE-er…(printed here with her kind permission)

What will you set down in order to host hope?

This is a question that makes me ponder....have I ever lost

hope.? I don't think so....the light of hope may have become

very dim....through many tears. I believe that even in my darkest

moments of despair....I have held onto hope.

I will set down my being in the midst of friends who love me

and feed me both food and belief that my life is a miracle. It is

such a wonderful blessing to have so many friends who reflect to

me that..

All is well...and in that hosts my hope.

Just this morning on the phone there was a message...from my

dear friend Andrea saying.."we are waiting for your arrival". It was

words that gave me "hope" that there is always a place for me.

Andrea's bowls of soup....that she sits in front of

my hope.

Accepting that I am a gypsy that loves her freedom and within

that freedom.....finds a place ...called "home".hosts so much

hope in the peace of who I am. I know...

I am at home with hope..

I am..

I am...

a gypsy filled with hope.