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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Do You DESIRE TO INSPIRE?


I am thrilled to announce I am on the roster of twenty contributors to Desire to Inspire:  Using Creative Passion to Transform the World by Christine Mason Miller. In Desire to Inspire, readers will be introduced to twenty extraordinary women - writers, artists and entrepreneurs - all of whom share a unique example of how they create a meaningful life and, in turn, make a positive impact on the world. The stories and examples explore the roots of their desire to inspire and how they manage to pursue their passions in the midst of all the twists and turns life has given them. In addition to a beautiful collection of quotes, stories, and anecdotes, readers are given substantive, encouraging exercises aimed at supporting their own journey towards a meaningful, mindful life.

Published by North Light Books
Available November 2011
144 full-color pages, softcover
Pre-order your copy on Amazon today ~ http://amzn.com/1440310734

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Are There Angels Hiding in YOUR Day?


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Do YOU Want to KNOW the Secrets of Highly Successful Women?

Thanks to author Gail McMeekin, they aren't secrets any more.
THE 12 SECRETS OF HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL WOMEN -
A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women is destined for its
second reading on a flight I'm taking.  This time I'll have a highlighter
handy. 

I actively avoid playing the game of "What if's?"  Yet I am compelled to wonder
how my business experience might have been different if I had had this book 25 years ago.
That is, indeed, a question that will remain speculative.  For sure, today, I have this book in my hand.  I anticipate it's going to continue to impact the ways I do business today.  I'm here to tell you that this old dog is learning new tricks thanks to Gail McMeekin.


Wednesday, June 22, 2011

"What Religion Are You?"




It was one of my first New York Stationery Shows.  The Javits Center overwhelmed me, as did the two floors of vendors waiting to ply their wares.  The show lay out encompassed more than fifteen times the square footage of the downtown core in which I conducted my business.  I was one of the largest employers in the small town I was from.  Here, I was clearly one of the smallest fishes in a relatively large stream.

My booth set up was simple and I finished a day in advance of the schedule.  No flashy pre-fabricated walls.  In fact, nothing flashy at all.  Just me and my work.  So the simplicity bought me an entire walk around day in Manhattan that I hadn't anticipated.  Most of the memories of that day are just ripped fragments of paper, the best falafel I'd ever eaten in my life, the burn on my thigh from resting on the stoop of a brownstone.  Among the shreds of incomplete memories is one vivid picture.

Wandering the streets of Greenwich Village.  Mired in thoughts of all the authors and artists whose footsteps I was inadvertently following...one door captured my attention.  Then and now.  In gilded letters on the glass pane of the door, just like a law office or an accountant, appeared THE CHURCH OF THE EXQUISITE PANIC.  I never wanted to know about the church than the thoughts that the name conjured up*.  And the name rose up in my experience whenever I was on the cusp of giving myself over, utterly, to some anxiety about a moment that was not "now."  Without tithe or formality I enrolled myself in the Church of the Exquisite Panic by resisting the temptation to inquire further.

That is, until today.  When I read Janet Conner's (author of WRITING DOWN  YOUR SOUL and instructor of the process of Soul Writing) newsletter declaring she has finally found her religion.  Perhaps someday, when I'm sauntering the hot May sidewalks of Manhattan I'll come upon a door that leads to Janet's religion, "The Church of the Exquisite Amazement."  Perhaps.  The great news is this, I'm already a member!

If you would like to read about Janet's journey, you may do so here: http://janetconner.wordpress.com/2011/06/22/i-finally-found-my-religion


Thursday, June 2, 2011

"Who Taught You That?"

"Who taught you that?" is a question that is as much a part of my memories of childhood as my tree fort and banana seat huffy bike. Adults were frequent to question my source of knowledge. I read several grade levels ahead and my mother had arranged unlimited access to all the material in my local library. I was an early "dot connector." If THIS in true, and THIS is true, I would be able to conclude that likely THAT was true. And the source I would cite for the THAT? Me. I have considered my own soul a valued and viable source of knowing since childhood.

When I first became acquainted with Carmen Torbus and her art work, I noted she often described herself as "self taught." That reference would whoosh me back to my own learning experience where it was somehow implied that knowledge was more viable if one received it from a validated source. An OTHER source. My view toward knowingness is very different than what is generally accepted. I believe the knowledge and capacity we each hold within ourselves is our first line of education. That is the first "go to" place I use myself and suggest for others. Then, absent satisfying discovery there, the search begins to circle outward.

Torbus's "self taught" proclamation said many things to me. She embraces her own vision. She has courage. She's willing to fail in order to make discovery. She's innovative. She is imaginative. And over the time I've become more familiar with her and her work...these observations have been proven correct.

Carmen's book, The Artist Unique: Discovering Your Creative Signature Through Inspiration and Techniques, is wonderfully rich and inviting. A circle of five professional artists will be showing their personal, playful side during the month of June. Along with Carmen and me, Liz Kalloch, Christine Mason Miller and Christine Olivarez will each be picking a technique presented in Carmen's book. We each have our own "Creative Signature" known to the people who follow our work. The challenge for us is to choose a technique that we are not particularly familiar with, share the process of learning and, ultimately, give something we've created to a friend of ours. Even though each of us earn our livelihood through the creative process, we also love to give what we make to our treasured friends. Not all our creativity is tied to our careers. We are each passionate creatives who love to discover, explore and just make things...in our "spare time!"

Be watching for photos and story as I share my journey learning about a media I've been reluctant to try. In fact, I've chosen something that I've been heard to say, in low-hard-to-hear-tones, "I'm just not that good at that..." Carmen's inviting me to say something different! And now, when people ask me, "Who taught you THAT?" I'll be able to say, "Carmen Torbus, one of her friends and me!"

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Womanhood Week end 2012 Registration Special

I'm delighted to serve as faculty for this awesome event. From Dr. Deanna Davis, the founder of Womanhood Week End:

Here’s an IMPORTANT TIME-SENSITIVE Womanhood message!

We hope that you've had a smooth "re-entry" into life after Womanhood Weekend 2011. We trust that you’re still basking in the glow and hope that you're ready for more in the coming year! Because you asked for "short sound bite" emails (and because we actually listen to you J), please read below...AND RESPOND BY SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH.

The registration page for Womanhood 2012 / Success Summit 2011 is live and ready for you to refer your friends, family, colleagues and random passers-by to register using your alumni discount! As you may recall, if you registered for next year's event at the end of this year's event, you can extend your alumni discount (up to 40% off!) to anyone you refer to the event. BUT THEY MUST REGISTER BY THIS SUNDAY, JUNE 5TH.

It's as easy as 1,2,3:
1. Alert everyone you know that this special is the deepest discount that will be offered for Womanhood, and that it's only valid through Sunday, June 5th.
2. Invite them to learn more on the Womanhood web page, and then to register online on that page or via phone at 509.532.1600. No coupon is needed—prices posted reflect the alumni discount and this page will not be promoted to anyone but you until after June 5th.
3. We will refund YOU 10% of their registration fees to use as you wish (yep, toward hotel rooms, spa services, or travel costs…and the list goes on!).

Thanks in advance for sharing this opportunity with everyone who might benefit from Womanhood, because we believe that ALL women deserve the opportunity to center...connect...and create their ideal lives. Thanks for sharing our vision and for helping spread the word. As always, please feel free to contact us with questions.

More soon...let the alumni registration discount commence!

Deanna Davis and the Womanhood Weekend Faculty


Deanna Davis, PhD
Author of Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie, The Law of Attraction in Action, & Living With Intention
Applied Insight, LLC
www.deannadavis.net

Thursday, May 12, 2011

How Close Are You To Your Dreams

This young lady, a talented musician, fit in my arms years ago when I said
I would operate as her Godmother. Differing roads and varying perspectives
may have "fired" me, essentially from a job I accepted then, in earnest.

And these many years later I cannot help but want to help her realize her
passion, her dream of her first recording. She's a talented and wild creative -
and if that sparks a fire of enthusiasm in you...I'd love for you to visit her
project page and put some money in the rainbow pot.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/kathryndueber/the-kathryn-dueber-project

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO

That's the title of my book released exclusively through SimpleTruths.com in February of this year. I've just learned that the title has been in their top ten titles for three months in a row.

Today they are offering my book at a 25% discount. Since it's an ideal book for graduation and for retirement - I thought I'd let you know. I hope you'll enjoy a copy for yourself, as well.

Here's one of my favorite pieces from the book,

"Challenges mold me, they do not make me. Praise encourages me, my own intentions inspire me. Successes spur me on but it is the reward of perseverance that satisfies me. Lack may assail me yet understanding "enough" assuages my hunger. Criticism may knock but I choose whether to open the door. Abundance showers me and generosity lights the path. Pain may permeate but hope prevails. As long as I'm breathing, I'm living, all the way, my way, beginning fresh each day. I may have a stare-down with dawn, but I hear the Great Voice say, "Life begins when you do." mary anne radmacher

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Creating Alone In America

The impact of "Bowling Alone in America" was a heightened awareness of how isolated many of our common pursuits have been. The irony of the "cyber community" is that each participant is alone, in the company of a technology instrument, while participating in this greater sense of community. It does not argue with the facts: it is a functional contradiction. Increasingly we are alone when we are together.

For independent creatives this has long been a familiar song. A professional editor, Betsy Lerner, refers to this often in her book THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: An Editor's Advice to Writers. She says, "Whenever I attend writers' conferences, I am struck with the overwhelming sense of alienation that many aspiring writers seem to feel.." Further she addresses the irony that creatives, writers specifically, work to cohesively join and connect with the world - while working alone, with no human contact, for hours, days and weeks at a time.


http://www.athenadreams.typepad.com/design
http://www.etsy.com/shop/athenadreams


My friend and fellow creative, Liz Kalloch, has addressed this issue wonderfully. If these issues seem familiar to you, you will take school and comfort from Liz here: http://www.scoutiegirl.com/2011/05/are-you-a-seeker.html

Learn more about Liz and her work at:

The impact of "Bowling Alone in America" was a heightened awareness of how isolated many of our common pursuits have been. The irony of the "cyber community" is that each participant is alone, in the company of a technology instrument, while participating in this greater sense of community. It does not argue with the facts: it is a functional contradiction. Increasingly we are alone when we are together.

For independent creatives this has long been a familiar song. A professional editor, Betsy Lerner, refers to this often in her book THE FOREST FOR THE TREES: An Editor's Advice to Writers. She says, "Whenever I attend writers' conferences, I am struck with the overwhelming sense of alienation that many aspiring writers seem to feel.." Further she addresses the irony that creatives, writers specifically, work to cohesively join and connect with the world - while working alone, with no human contact, for hours, days and weeks at a time.


http://www.athenadreams.typepad.com/design
http://www.etsy.com/shop/athenadreams

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Serving Commitments of Our Past

When my friends asked me to be godmother to their daughter and I said, “Yes,” we had no idea different, unconnected roads were ahead of us. And still…candles were lit for this beauty and her brilliant sister in every cathedral I’ve visited. I prayed for their spirit of adventure. Still do. Kathryn Dueber is on a creative journey. If you are inclined to help a young person realize a dream, this is a good one. Check out her “song.”


The Kathryn Dueber Project

www.kickstarter.com

Friday, April 22, 2011

Friday, February 18, 2011

Two Minutes and 45 Seconds

of inspiration from the folks at SimpleTruths.com

I was honored to write the Foreword to this sweet, uplifting volume.

http://www.movieofcourage.com/?cm_mmc=CheetahMail-_-All-_-02.18.11-_-CDARMovie&utm_source=CheetahMail&utm_campaign=CDARmovie

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Shout From The Roof Tops Your Joy!


Rumi gave such good advice. I'm shouting from the roof tops! I have great joy over a beautiful new book presented to the world through SimpleTruths.com

LIVE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO is a vitamin shot any time you need one. You can open it to any page and be treated to some of my best writing, my life time's favorite quotes of others, marvelous words from Steve Maraboli and engaging photography.

This book is an inviting call forward and a motivational push from behind. I'm standing it open to a different page each day. It's a book full of moving, inspiring art.

Help me celebrate? Order one! (or two).

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Great Way To Spend/Invest Three Minutes

Mac Anderson, founder of SimpleTruths.com put together this inspiring three minute movie and let's my words hang out with some pretty impressive "others." It's a worthy investment of three minutes of your time...it's a free movie called FINDING JOY, based on the book of the same name.

http://www.findingjoymovie.com

Monday, January 17, 2011

- Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

- Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

Dr. King Was All About Action Backing Up Attitude

I'm taking this challenge from the educators at ReadWriteThink.org

After studying about Martin Luther King, Jr. and what he believed in, students need the chance to apply those lessons. Students count the days between Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Valentine’s Day and are challenged to complete 100 acts of kindness during that time. They brainstorm examples of kind acts they could do and discuss how to report acts of kindness they witness. They also select a service project to plan and complete together as a class. For the project’s duration, acts of kindness are tracked on a classroom chart. Students are encouraged to acknowledge kind acts by others through thank you notes, and families are encouraged to help report acts of kindness. The project culminates with a Valentine’s Day celebration.

Though the lesson describes activities that take place between Dr. King's birthday and Valentine's Day it can be adapted to take place any time of year.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

WORDS

More on this to come in the days ahead.


WORDS matter.

Choose your words well: they are the materials of which you build you life. - mar -

Friday, January 7, 2011

Wrapping Myself In What I Love To Do

I am blessed to pursue a career that is based on my passion in life and what I am called to do and be. Blessed!

I'm preparing to leave for a week end of teaching and learning at East West Bookshop in Seattle, WA. (6500 Roosevelt Way, N.E. to be specific!). If you read this and know a friend near there, please share!

I light up like a lighthouse on a blustery night when I get to teach. Since I love learning, I know I am going to come home with at least an equal amount of what I have left with...and most often, even more. Many people "save up" the thing they love to do for their "days off" or their week ends. What would every day look like for you if you managed to wrap in what you love to do in the course of all the things you are committed to doing every day?