Welcome to Mary Anne Radmacher's blog.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

BUNDLES and some BUSINESS BACK STORY

997 words describing More Than You Might Have Wanted To Know about my current business philosophy and my BUNDLE practice. RADMACHER MONTHLY BUNDLE: The PHILOSOPHY

In 1985, I created in isolation. At my kitchen table. I produced work that was meaningful to me but I have very little connection to the people who purchased it.  Then I secured a warehouse space as I began to expand my “distribution.”  In isolation, I created.  Then...
a good friend, an artisan who had a production studio open to the public suggested I follow his example. Work. Create, and have relationship with the people who consider
your work.  I did.  And I did it over and over again...a gallery, three stores and a huge production company.  Let me emphasize HUGE for a handmade production studio. It was so big, I became a manager of employees instead of an artist who creates.  Personal loss, divorce, economy, 9/11, staffing issues: all conspired to make my enterprise smaller.  Incrementally smaller.  Until I handed it off and dedicated  my time to writing. In isolation, again.

Almost all of my best words/work have been written when I have been face to face with an extraordinary experience or a person in need of encouragement, celebration or comfort.  I missed that.  My work is built on connection and  relationship and my creativity and the vital flame and spark was starting  to diminish because I was creating in a void. In isolation.  Again.

Early this year I created a social media piece to share.  Freely. As with anything I post on social media - It is a gift...to share personal (not for commercial use).  But this particular piece was in high demand.  People were writing asking, PLEASE -
may I buy this?  I had twelve of the same empty frame in my studio.  I wrote: I have twelve of these to sell. I named a price and said first come, first served. They sold out in
minutes.  I intersected that experience with a show my husband is mad-crazy to watch: American Pickers.  They “bundle.”  The put an assortment of like objects together and put a price on it that reflects huge savings at a single, desirable price.  I could do that.
So, I did.

I’ve had many efficiency experts reach out to me and offer to help me streamline my process,  install “BUY NOW” buttons and trim up the process.  I’m  grateful they pay attention to my ways.  I’m grateful they notice my web site has errors in it and that m ordering process is kind of clunky.  Because taught myself how to build a web site.  And it’s clunky.  But it’s my kind of clunky.  I am earnest.  I am eager. I am enthusiastic. No one would ever (that I can recall) describe me as sophisticated.  Or streamlined. Because...I’m not.  I am real, and messy, and aspire to do too much in a single day every single day because I believe that I WANT TO live as if this is all there is.  And that means that my capacity for mastery falls in a very narrow field.  Connection and speaking for the hearts of those who struggle to find words to convey meaning to themselves and others.  That is my motivation for my own writing and it is what  motivates me to write for others. I’m sticking to it. 

Could my web site use more attention and some sprucing up and more of ZIP and less of Doo-DAH?  You betcha.  However, I model for a certain segment of creatives (and other professionals who learn from my demonstration model) that just doing it is sometimes the greatest accomplishment.  I am the ambassador of “know when good enough is good enough.”  And at the end of the day, I forgive and let go and get up and go at it again. 

I’m more accomplished at things now than I was 30 years ago. I imagine I'll gain additional skills in the next years that I am blessed, if I am blessed, to have them. But today: what you see is what you get.

RADMACHER MONTHLY BUNDLE is personal.  I know the names of people who order. I know some of their favorite colors, and the kinds of dogs they love.  I KNOW things about them because I am intimately connected to them.  And this is essential to my work right now.  So, please know that I know I’m not making the sales figures I could be making if my web site were more professional.  And if my ordering system was  more in line with what is common to the marketplace.  But here’s what: I’m not  common.  I do not do “business  as usual.”  And I’m  pleased to be able to declare that.
So those who are familiar with tried and true phrases might be reciting, “There’s the right way and there’s the hard way...”  Right now, in this time in my life, even though it might look like the “hard way” it’s the right way for me.  Because it is what I choose.
Videos without privacy screens, photos without make up.  Unvarnished narrative because this is how and where I live.

So. This is about a thousand words summarizing thousands of words of experience. If you have read this far, thank you. If you’ve wondered about the less than stellar web site or the kind of rambling  emails I send, at least you know they come from ME, not a PR expert.

Thank you for loving my messy, authentic, paint-spotted work that I release into the world.  AND you will not find an ORDER NOW button for my RADMACHER MONTHLY BUNDLES.  You have write me - and tell me you want me to send you an invoice.  Because I want you to order my work, and I want to do it in relationship to you, your life and your favorite things. I want to write your name  with my hand on your order.  And I want to PERSONALLY thank you for making it possible for me to earn my living doing what I love. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

An Aspiring Poet/College Student Reviews My COURAGE DOESN'T ALWAYS ROAR book

Kayla, following the model for an effective review, asked me minimal questions and submitted her first book review.  Kayla, who processes the grief of losing her sister when she was a youngster, has turned to conventional poetry to understand her loss.  She may now consider branching out into other forms of poetry, she tells me. I'm happy to share her review with you, with her permission.

Kayla Patek
English Composition I
Dr. Vaughn
2 December 2013
A Wonderful Writer’s Words of Encouragement
    Mary Anne Radmacher’s most well-known writing, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, is the topic of this review. With its descriptive word choice, unique style and beautiful message of the different types of courage, this little book is meant to inspire. In a Q&A I did via email with the author (she lives in Seattle but considers herself a true Oregonian), she told me that her word choice was because she wanted to connect with a variety of readers. The author’s book was difficult to obtain! I had to go to Fairview Heights, IL, in order to buy her book for this assignment. The book was required because I’m critiquing it (positively) in this essay. If you could ask ANY author ANY questions with NO limit on the number, how many would you ask? That’s easy for me. I would politely ask Mary Anne as many questions as I could think of that have to do with this assignment. I would choose my words, and way of asking, carefully. Word choice must be creative when writing inspirational pieces.
    Mary Anne uses words like ‘courage’, ‘try’, and ‘again’ to create imagery. This would demonstrate the image of NOT giving up too easily without a fight. Other words used (and phrases repeated for emphasis) include: “It takes courage” and “To reinvent”. My favorite phrase that I found while reading was “Change of any sort requires courage…courage to write a new story of your life with the pen of each day…of every moment.” These words made a huge and joyful impact on me. Mary Anne and I both have the same gift; we are writers…of poetry, stories, books, and essays. Writing is a blessing and gift. In composing poems, stories or essays, each piece has a different style.
    This encouraging author “uses a style of figurative language that borders on poetry.” What author does NOT include figurative language in her writing? There is an easy answer to this rhetorical question: NONE. An example of her use of figurative language would be “Change of any sort requires courage…courage to write a new story of your life with the pen of each day of every moment.” (Metaphor). I could not find an example of poetry in the book, but the rhythm and flow of the words says it all. Mary Anne Radmacher’s message was meant to inspire us all.
    The words that inspired me most were at the very end of her short, little book: “Perspective in the LARGE, grace in the small, an open hand, a practiced…pause…a ‘YES!’, courage doesn’t always roar.” These six phrases at the very end of the writer’s book have words so strong that I became blissful upon reading the two pages upon which these phrases were printed. Inspirational authors are blessings to the writing world. Writers, such as Mary Anne Radmacher, give people hope in trying times. Thanks to her words, positive energy is spread all around the world. Inspirational authors are amazing people, and Mary Anne Radmacher is NO EXCEPTION. Her messages are of of hope, bravery, strength, willingness and more.
    In conclusion, the most well-known writing of Mary Anne Radmacher, Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, is wonderfully inspirational AND encouraging because of word choice, style and the message conveyed by the words on the page. I loved her variety of words; synonyms, figurative language, etc. The style of how Mary Anne writes interests me. I’ve never known or heard of an author using figurative language that borders on poetry. The best part about the book was the message she wanted to give the audience. Now, a personal note to Mary Anne: Thank you for allowing me to write this review of your great, little book. It has caused me to expand my horizons as a writer and branch out from only publishing memorial poetry.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

My Happy Childhood

I recognize that I can tell
the stories of my childhood
in ways that give wings to these days.

It's my story.

I can tell it any way I want.

My friend, Frankie Kiehl, told me repeatedly as she lay dying of pancreatic cancer, that she had
one important message to leave with me.  She said in many different ways that there is only
one "storyteller" of my childhood: me.  I Can Tell The Story any way that I want. 

I was put in a room, by myself, a lot.  My parents were surprised by me and it turns out their
plans for a "second honeymoon"  on their 25th wedding anniversary were cancelled because
they had me, instead.  I was their second honeymoon.  With trumpets.  And drums. And
lots of dancing.  More dancing than they bargained for.  So I got invited to a room, by
myself, a lot.  That could be a sad story.   But the wings on the story?   I was given the
opportunity, as a youngster, to learn to be entertained by my own thoughts.  Those
experiences prepared me for the somewhat solitary life of an author.  Wow. Thanks, mom
and dad!  And while they were at it, they instilled in me a lifelong love of books.  Because
there were always a stack of books in the room.  And they were adult books, not books for
"children."  So that experience gifted me with an expansive vocabulary.  And a love of
dictionaries.  And encyclopedias.  It's been a mighty helpful interest.

See how that works? 

Such a simple difference between VICTim and VICTory.  I choose VICTORY. 

Tell the stories of your childhood in ways that give wings to these days.  mary anne radmacher

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Radmacher's November Bundle announcement

November Bundle $46. Represents a $98 retail value.  Bundling is
about joy and right livelihood for me and surprise and value for you!  With the exception of the poster, the offering is itself full of big colors and itsy connections.  There are cards to connect with others, enclose, leave on a desk, tuck in...or connect to your own motivation on a mirror, dashboard, planner book, wallet!  Message me if you want to order one.

Spoiler alert:  If you want to be a little surprised, stop reading
and just send me a message with your email and I’ll send you
a PayPal Invoice.  The order window begins today and closes November 17. Bundles SHIP:  November 22.

Pick ONE  original  - an acrylic/watercolor painted enso, mounted and hand-lettered, signed and pencil numbered with the total in this release. Choose FIRE (red/orange/pink enso) or ICE
(green/teal/blue)* you may purchase a second original
for $28 (a 33% savings).

4 affirmation designs/25 pieces with 12 small envelopes;
3 tall tucker sets featuring 36 different writings;  4 panel cards
with envelopes; 1 traditional tucker set featuring 10 Steve Maraboli
quotes; a set of reader-selected favorites on yummy new art.
2 greeting cards (not in photo).

* Include your preference in note section
of your PAYpal invoice or I’ll pick for you! I’ll ask you once if
you didn’t say which - just in case you forgot.

I see. You.

The back says, “Distance cannot matter between us...for I see you...over miles, through time, in the stuff of life.” This card in included (in a quantity of 5) in the November Bundle.

When I was a child I stomped when I was ignored.  I stomped and said, “I am right HERE!”  I found it very disrespectful that adults treated me, as a single digit child, as if I were not present.  I did not tolerate adults talking about me instead of to me.  They called me querulous.  Or, at least, phrases that are summed up in that single word.

In nearly every grade when a teacher asked, “Who helped you write this?” I was incensed that they questioned my originality.  When a professional author publicly doubted that I had just presented a “first draft,” I stomped again.

I AM RIGHT HERE. 

Yesterday, while speaking to my brother who is in the final stages of brain cancer, after a long pause in a conversation that had been going swimmingly, he asked, “Who is this? What is your relationship to me?”

There was no stomping.  I know that the ravages of a growing tumor in his brain is his story to tell.  And being his sister, “unseen” is part of my story.  I. Am. Here. For. You. Whether you know I am your sister, or not. I am witness to your condition.  I am witness
to you whether or not you can be witness to me. 

The basis of my teaching on Personal Symbol presumes that virtually every thing we do is an action taken to represent ourselves, to be seen, authentically.  The fact that we live in a culture of “celebrity” underscores the fundamental compulsion to notice and be noticed. 

So as I prepare  and gather artful, meaningful elements to present to those who notice for my November Bundle, I am motivated by the impulse to see and be seen.  Almost everything in this Bundle reflects this concept. 

I am right here.  And I see. You. 

Thank you for seeing me.

Love, Mary Anne Radmacher

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

What It LOOKS LIKE To Live Your Creative Dream...

http://startsomethingnj.risingtidecapital.org/vote_public_social_health.html#vote

(copy and paste the URL if the link doesn't take you there).

That's where you'll go to vote for the FOOD FOR THE SOUL TRAIN project of
Amy Tingle Williamson and Maya Stein.  These two wordsmiths and artists
have a vintage trailer fully equipped with their inspiration to draw out
the creativity of any person that comes to the door.  They are artists of the
highest order in that they share what they know freely and with enthusiasm.
I've seen it myself. I've been blessed by it.  I cannot sing loudly enough:
please invest a moment of your time in their project funding.  Who knows...
the traveling FOOD FOR THE SOUL TRAIN might be able to come to
where you are waiting to create!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Radmacher in November opportunities...

Write in Radmacher on your November Calendar

Womanhood Success Summit                    Give Wings to Your Dreams
November 8 - 9, 2013, Friday/Saturday at the Embassy Suites SeaTac (Tukwila, Washington)
This one-day event is designed to help you “Give Wings to Your Dreams.” Bring your “Someday, I’ll…” and “I’d love to, but…” and leave with a practical plan and an inspiring visual to help your passion and purpose take flight. Immerse yourself in a full day of information, inspiration, and innovation that will help you move toward experiencing more of what you want (and less of what you don’t want) in your life.   Optional pre-event mini-workshops (all complimentary…because that’s just how we roll) will be provided on Friday evening. Look forward to power-packed topics focused on organizing, Feng Shui, relaxation, energy management…oh, and soooooo much more.   Explore topics including (but certainly not limited to):
How to tap into your heart’s calling while using the power of your mind to pursue it,
Creating unprecedented momentum for achieving your goals,
Designing powerful systems and structures that set the stage for less stress and more success, and
Using simple strategies for having fun in the process (because doesn’t it just make it a heck of a lot more enjoyable?).
What’s not to love? The event will be hosted by Deanna Davis, PhD, author of The Law of Attraction in Action, Living With Intention, and Laugh, Cry, Eat Some Pie, and Mary Anne Radmacher (author of Live Boldly, Live With Intention, and Lean Forward Into Your Life). Davis is known for her characteristic blend of humor with how-to, and Radmacher is lovingly referred to as our resident “inspirator.”   The registration investment for this event is $147, which includes lunch (and so darned much more!).   Register Now to join us for this powerful event.   We look forward to helping you “give wings to your dreams” at this year’s event.
The Success Summit will be held at The Embassy Suites SeaTac in Tukwila, WA. Attendees are responsible for booking their own hotel rooms, and there is no room block reserved for this event, so contact the hotel directly to reserve your room if you will be staying Friday night. Contact the hotel directly by phone at 425-227-8844 or visit their website: Click Here!

November 10, 2013  Sunday at the historical Caveness House, 1022 Caveness Drive, in Centralia , WA  98531  $88.  to register call Janis at 360-269-1419 or email:    jtaylorsmith@gmail.com

9:30 -   5:00 with lunch on your own
In the day you will explore proven,  low tech and technological techniques for gathering, capturing and creating cohesive written materials; begin the process of identifying the primary result areas of your life and create a measure that helps you say YES to the essential things; generate a physical system that becomes your personal curriculum for cultivating  qualities that matter to you; in a fun and secure way, ask questions that are significant to you and your process.   I make these kinds of investigations safe, effective and fun!

Monday, November 11, 2013  AN ARTFUL LIFE (creativity is not just for professional artists!)  9:30 - 5:00    With the inimitable Luna Jaffe at 7837 SW Capitol Hwy, Suite C, Portland, OR  In the  sweet core of Multnomah Village with many great eateries available for the lunch break. 
In this artful day I will guide you to discover your unique   PERSONAL SYMBOL*; you will  walk away with a functional  “decision deck” and the knowledge of how to “art it up” in your own time;  you  will create (gasp, even those who insist they are not “artistic”) a beautiful gift-card that will be sent to a Veteran in a Wounded Warrior program.  AND you will learn a three-step process to enable you to create lovely, balanced artful embellishment. This process translate into artful applications in many of your life experiences.                                                  (* recent symbol participants said: Ann Ellinger  Ann E.(GA) Eye-opening, intriguing and fascinating. I loved the experience (the workshop) and then seeing my personal symbol emerge through the process. Totally cool! And absolutely accurate!   Rachel D-B (PDX) Part of me wished I'd never created art before, just so my first time realizing I was creative could have been under the care of this lovely, effervescent woman. She just has a heart of gold, and the experience to lull your inner critics into quiet encouragers. and from a professional author and poet, Auburn M. (AZ) ...the best I can do is to say that it changed my life, and that ... finally ... I know who I am.
All materials provided.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Final Day to order October Bundle from Mary Anne Radmacher

IF you would enjoy
receiving my October
Bundle  in the post at the end of the month....
today is the final day to place your order.

you may write me through my website: maryanneradmacher.net



Thursday, September 26, 2013

Announcing Mary Anne's October Bundle

I missed creating and offering  my "bundles" in July, August and September.

Many of you know what's been turning my head from my work and encompassing a lot of my heart time. 

And thank you to those of you who have written to let me know you missed them (thanks for noticing).  This bundle is packed with love and plenty of value.  And surprise.  A book.  Yep.  Exclusive to this - THE BOOK OF PERMISSIONS.  Three posters One "jump" and two versions of "Breathe."  And in the spirit of "breathe" four small cards and nine affirmation cards to post about or share.  Plus surprises for when you open your package.

Write me at maryanneradmacher7@gmail.com and I'll send you a PayPal invoice.  It's $47.
I will accept orders through October 18 and they bundles will post on October 27.  

Breathe.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

REMEMBERING WHAT MATTERS

Remember and Do What Matters
Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99
September 1 - 22, 2013

You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You really do!

In the MUCH of daily living, it’s easy to disconnect from your MUST, the thing that puts wind beneath your wings and adds lightness to your being. Uncover how this disconnection manifests and create your unique way to reconnect.

Are you in your personal “flow” and do you want to heighten
your capacity to see and assess all the opportunity around you? Conversely,
Do you dread your “to do” list? Does most everything weary you?
Do you feel vaguely or even decidedly unsatisfied? Do you care a great deal (maybe too much) what others say about you? Have you said “Yes” to so many things that you feel behind all the time?

 Say YES to one more, this one. Come spend time with me. I’ll guide you in a process that has enabled many to  embrace, again, the things that truly matter to them.   We’ll work together to get what matters to you back in your line of sight and create a set of reminding measures to call you back if you begin to stray or lose focus.

It’s a 22 day process - the perfect amount of time to form a new habit – the habit of being connected to what truly matters to you. Come discover and uncover with me starting Sunday, September 1.  Sensitive to the times and economy, I’m making this guided process the thriftiest I’ve ever offered at only $99. Write me for payment options maryanneradmacher7@gmail.com.

Remember what matters, YOU and your MUST!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DO You Want to REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS?

Begins June 1.   REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS.


Jane K, an author, wrote after she REMEMBERed, “I am a firecracker in Maryanne's classes. She lights the fuse and the explosion that follows against a night sky is full of color surprise organized joy renewed faith. It's what life long learning should be. Much gratitude!” 


REMEMBER is divided into three action blocks. On line with feedback, a secret Facebook group, surprises along the way and a google hangout.  The first week follows a model called Radmacher Focus Phrase™. Prose writers...you can do this with one hand tied behind your back.  The second week is a “research” week. In this week you “show up and take notes,” following the daily guidance. LIst makers? This is where you shine.  The third week is a process that teaches you how to reach for those elusive answers. Those willing to have deep reflection - this is your zenith. And this is the segment where it all ties together and you - experience change  you can’t possibly anticipate now. We don’t know WHAT it is - only THAT it is. Even if you don’t LOVE writing, these 22 days hold some powerful gifts for you.


22 days. Accessing a breadth of process and skills. Skills that you will use again.  Discovery. Ah-ha. Change. Resistance. Embracing your Must out of your Much. Surprise. What can I guarantee? This is a lot of boo-yah for your buck. $99 is because I love the people I guide and the times are tough.  This is the most economical process I’ve offered in years. If your heart gives you the impulse, I suggest you seize it. Register now. Spaces are first registered first taken. I will not “hold spots” but I will make a list for “next time.”


PayPal. My payment address is maryanneradmacher7@gmail.com  or if you are new to PayPal I can send you an invoice to make it easier.  Wanna?  Speak up. Now.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

"Again"

there is blood on the ground.
there is more blood on the ground.
the mothers are weeping.   again.
the fathers are grieving. steeling those
sobs which will only come when they
feel safe to weep.           again.

there is blood on the ground.
there is more danger beating on doors.
stay inside and hope to not hear a knock.
the mothers are ready to take up arms.
the fathers fear for their children. each
whisper a prayer every time the child
must journey out. 
they fear and try to assure themselves
the proportional odds, the times they
have returned safely, the certainty that
these things happen to other people.
until it happens to them.     again.

we rage.
we weep.
we light candles.
we buy guns.
we watch the news.
we snap at the grocery clerk because
    we are afraid to walk to our car.
we ask questions.
we rail at the silence.
we pray even if we’ve been prayer-less.
we lock our doors.
we turn off the news because we cannot
bear more smoke, fire, shots,
explosions,  loss.        again..

there is blood on the ground.
there is anxiety in the collective soul of our land.
there is the reach of community and reminders of
what we really believe butting up against the
grief.  and we commit to good. we rekindle
kindness. we extend ourselves to strangers.
we do the impossible and face the fear and
stand up, stretch out our arms and put
them around a shoulder that is closest.
we become, together, more than we are alone.
                                  again.
mary anne radmacher ©

"Just Americans"


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Write to Remember

This piece is available as a numbered, signed print, in a short run...contact me if you are interested in one.
When you look at all the little "write" images hear, "Scritch, scritch," or "tap, tap, tap."

write to make sense of experiences.
write to learn as much as you can from the all and the everything.
write because words and ideas are fascinating.
write because exploring concepts is play.
write to synthesize discoveries and make them practical. or relevant.
write to become the best version of yourself.
write to find your own power and in that process, empower others.
write to inspire, motivate, comfort, facilitate, discover,
communicate, create & connect.
In this scratching, this making of marks - find diverse ways
to make colorful, beautiful, lasting marks on the
pages of your days.
write to remember and do what matters. 
- mary anne radmacher ©

maryanneradmacher.net


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Daily Writing: Life Impacting



REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS.
22 Days and three Action Blocks to help you remember
yourself back to doing what matters.  Combining three
of my most impacting processes  produces stellar
results for participants.  Moderate feedback, two real time
consults (google, skype or phone) a few surprises and access
to a private facebook community (“remember and do.”)
Begins May 1.  $99  maryanneradmacher.net
“Yesterday’s google hangout has me EXCITEDLY thinking
and brainstorming about fearlessly creating art.” FL
“While my head is aware of some of these processes, it has been
a great way for my heart to express itself.” TN
“I am amazed at what’s come out. I am crying tears of joy to be
so blessed.  This process is so amazing.” WI

Want to Shift the Way you See Your World?
Radmacher Focus Phrase™ Process (May 14 - June 7)
THE THOUSAND GREENS: 3 Paragraphs to Clarity;
3 sentences to Focus and four weeks to Shift Your Seeing.
On line writing process M-F. No week end prompts.
Consistent Feed back, encouragement, exchange. Your
words, rendered in Radmacher’s artful lettering mailed
to you, included in the package.  $249. Registering
now via PayPal. Send Mary Anne your email address
and you’ll receive a PayPal Invoice and reserve your
place in THE THOUSAND GREENS.

Two Upcoming On Line Processes with Mary Anne Radmacher

Monday, April 15, 2013

Boston: In My Heart


Boston Bombin

I don't have to know the who, how or why to grieve the harm done at the Boston Marathon.
I weep.  I hurt.  I ache for the pain of the Sandy Hook parents who were there to run 26 miles for 26 lost lives.
In grief I try to school and soothe myself by looking through the lens of history.  Throughout history, broken people try to break others. Those who have been harmed visit their harm on others. Harm tries to find its own watermark.

I was just thinking that maybe the Medici Family was visited by random harm as they pursued their interests in the 15th Century. And the familiar tale of the good Samaritan is in the context of that road being known to be dangerous. Harm lurking, causing concern. The broken people have always brought harm to themselves and others...but now, with dense population centers and immediate access to news, tender hearts meet a perfect storm of sorrows. Increasing inclination and immediate access. In fact, the "immediate access" is incentive for some of the broken ones. 15 minutes of "fame." All heart breaking.

So my prayers, attention, emotional support and all goodness go to the people who are bleeding. The people who were harmed. The people who stood as witness to this travesty.  The runners whose hopes and dreams and calendar and resources are tied to this historical, national event.  The perpetrators?  To you I stand away.  I will not fuel your celebrity by turning my head to look long at you.  Sorrow multiples and I can only wish that you, the bringers of harm, find new equations that do not add to an equation already filled with pain.
Boston - my heart aches for you, and yours, today.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS

MY NEXT on line guided process:

Begins May 1.   REMEMBER AND DO WHAT MATTERS is divided into three action blocks. On line with one, maybe two Skype calls or google hangouts.  The first week follows a model called Radmacher Focus Phrase™. Prose writers...you can do this with one hand tied behind your back.  The second week is a “research” week. In this week you “show up and take notes,” following the daily guiidance. LIst makers? This is where you shine.  The third week is a process that teaches you how to reach for those elusive answers. You souls given to deep reflection - this is your zenith. And this is the segment where it all ties together and you - experience change  you can’t possible anticipate now. And I can’t tell you WHAT it is - only THAT it is.

22 days. Accessing a breadth of process and skills. Skills that you will use again.  Discovery. Ah-ha. Change. Resistance. Embracing your Must out of your Much. Surprise. What can I guarantee? This is a lot of boo-yah for your buck. $99 is because I love the people I guide and the times are tough.  This is the most economical process I’ve offered in years. If your heart gives you the impulse, I suggest you seize it. Register now. Spaces are first registered first taken. I will not “hold spots” but I will make a list for “next time.”

PayPal. My payment address is maryanneradmacher@yahoo.com  or if you are new to PayPal I can send you an invoice to make it easier.  Wanna?  Speak up. Now.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Introverted Ones Are Not Always Quiet

I provide evidence of that in this interview with Beth from the "Introverted Entrepreneur."


LIsten to us here:

Being an introvert has been a puzzle to most people who have known me. 

I do not appear as an introvert in many circumstances.  
And yet, I am.

I hope you enjoy listening to the podcast.


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Schooled By Judgements

Yesterday was populated with harsh judgement.  Judgements that I assessed about others and those that I served up to myself.  I was contemplating the process:  it is a truth that I resist.  That which I judge others by, most harshly, is really about me.  It’s  somehow, somewhere down the line, a judgement about myself.  I knew I needed to write about this.  It’s no surprise I sat in front of a white sheet.  Unmoving.  I did not want to attach words.  I did not want to make this part of myself visible to others and more visible to myself.  So I sat.  And stared. 

Increasingly the rise of a neighbor’s voice moved from a distant, unintelligible rumble to clear, precise words delivered loudly. Pft. Loudly?  She was shouting.  At the top of her lungs.  And here’s the punch line.  Her final delivery that persuaded me to write this.
“I’m just trying to help you and you always yell at me.  Why are you always yelling at me?”  Slam went a screen door. Boom slammed the wooden door.  She was even shouting with the architecture of her home. 

Judgements delivered up to others are usually about ourselves.  Bring it on home...how I judge others is a follow-the-thread-back-to-your-own-unraveling-garment assessment of myself.

Just three snapshots.  (Sadly, there are more but I’m sticking with three.) 1) Yesterday I observed the extraordinary dense population, by virtue of full parking lots, at every fast-food establishment I drove past.  Tsk tsk.  And I fed myself poorly and made choices that did not serve my best interests.  2) A young man (that looked every bit the part of one of the thieves recently reported as car-burgling on our island) was bent over, bobbing up and down.  Perhaps he was hurling some excesses of the night before I narrated to myself.  In my rearview mirror I observed the actual picture: he was picking up the trash on the side of the road.  He was doing what I do when I take a walk. Immediately “schooled,” I did manage to toss out a “Thank you,” before my car was too far past him for hearing.  3) “Hmpf,Pajama bottoms,” I remarked to my friend as a large woman was packing herself into a small car.   I’ve been more than critical of the cultural phenomenon of folks wearing pajama bottoms out and about in the world.  The voiced judgement led to a fascinating conversation about comfort and unconventional choices.  What we didn’t talk about was the judgement around weight and size.  Slowly schooled.

In these judgements I observed self-recrimination when I looked a little closer. And I heard the voices of my parents from childhood.  Defending their sense of propriety and judging others based upon the choices they made for themselves.

Dang.  It happened again.  I just became my mother for a little while.  And the sneaky truth taps me as I write.  “Oh Honey, you’re your mother more than you ever notice.” Yes.  Well, perhaps I will consider that another time.

If yesterday was populated with harsh judgement (and it was) then today is my own invitation to challenge my own norms.  Again.  (Really, is this a never-ending process?)
So on went my Joe Boxer capri length pajama bottoms.  And my Stephanie Schuster sweater and a pair of Keen shoes (“best pair of shoes” because they are a gift from a friend) and out I went, walking. Dog and dog leash in hand.  Not headed for the anonymity of the beach but the visibility of the Post Office. 

Remarkable.  I was met with smiles.  Greetings. A stranger held the door for me. People complimented my dog.  The earth kept spinning and no one seemed the worse for wear that I appeared in public in (PEOPLE don’t you see that these are pajamas?  Sleep wear?) quite unflattering, hard-not-to-notice, spring plaid pajama pants.  No. I am not going to provide a photo.  Please just take my word for it.

Well, stop the presses.  Even judgements can be an instructor if I let them.  If I care to
be honest as I can with myself and notice their remarkable breadth of presence. I can be schooled.

So.  When the judgement oozes out of my mouth about anybody or anything, the trick is to partner it with the question, “What are you really saying about you?” 

Judgement River does, meanderingly, ultimately return to the Sea of Self. 

Mary Anne Radmacher©  Author of LIVE WITH INTENTION, HONEY IN YOUR HEART and numbers of other books

Sunday, March 31, 2013

An Easter-Inspired Essay

Why do you look for him here?  He is not here.  He is risen.   New Testament Luke 24

I’m rooted in the construct of Christianity.  Absolutely.  My parents used it as reprieve and auto baby-sitter.  I didn’t have to walk all the way around the block to show up in the appointed room for the specified event.  I just climbed the fence that divided by back yard from the basement steps of the church.

I’ve been climbing that fence ever since.

I’m not in a church building today.  But I do recognize the significance of an empty tomb.  Imagine.  The guy you’d given up everything you owned, believed, been taught...the guy
that you suffered the disdain of your family (What do you MEAN you have a new family?) and the mocking of your friends (You are missing the huge buffet event AGAIN to feed the never-ending poor?  Whadaya crazy?)...THAT guy.  Just broke your heart by being killed, right before your very eyes.  And now?  You don’t even get to mourn.  The body’s gone missing.

That is how it is in a season of Spring.  Of Renewal. Of Fresh Constructs.  Of surprisingly empty tombs.  You go along - living your days according to a mission/model/intention statement/set of beliefs that have worked.  Well.  Well, pretty well. Then there are those inexplicable holes where you just try to jump over the stuff that makes no sense. Simply because it used to make sense.   You are hoping to soon get back to the “things making sense place.”  But you can’t.  What are you looking in there for?  It’s empty.  That has risen.  It has moved on.  Without you.

Spring is the growing season.  The season of change.  The season in which the seeds surprise you.  Sometimes really surprise you - as I just learned from my resident seed saving experts - you can plant a red pepper seed and get (viola!) a different kind of pepper all together.  One of the many surprises of the season. 

I have never set aside my faith, my deep seated understanding of my beliefs.  I have simply stopped walking around the block to enter the narthex, the sanctuary, the meeting room.  I climb the fence.

My understanding of spirit serves me as I serve the world.  I didn’t explain to anyone when I was a child when asked, “How’d  you get here so fast?”  That was between the backyard, the fence and me.  Nor do I much explain when people ask me weekly what beliefs fuel my journey.  That I show up and do what I do in the world is my most common answer to inquiries about the specifics of my belief system.  To use another familiar metaphor  - If you want to know what kind of tree it is, look at the fruit.  But even there  Spring has a surprise for you.  The seed you think you plant may not be the fruit the tree ends of up yielding. 

So this Easter Day I yield to the new ways.  The beginnings.  The empty tomb of all the ways I used to work, know and be.    In practical terms, on this day, the tomb is empty because I myself am rising.  Born again.  Again. 
mary anne radmacher ©

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A remarkable opportunity awaits at this extraordinary Camp Experience, DESIGN YOUR LIFE CAMP,
 that author Patti Digh has dreamed up.  I'll be sharing there and I'm hoping I get to be a back up
singer at the talent show.  We'll just see.

Check it out.  The "early bird" registration is not only affordable for a weekend of life-changing
fun and creativity, but there's a companion "bring a friend" option that is jaw dropping. 

http://www.designyourlifecamp.com/

If you have been wanting something to infuse creativity, vision and just plan old-fashioned
zest into your days, I'm telling you - this could very well be it.







Thursday, March 21, 2013

Spring Equinox Thursday!

Celebrating the Equinox in ways unique to my household -  wishing you the start to a
stunning Spring.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Remember and Do What Matters

Remember and Do What Matters
Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99
March 25 through April 14

You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You really do!

In the MUCH of daily living, it’s easy to disconnect from your MUST, the thing that puts wind beneath your wings and adds lightness to your being. How does this disconnection manifest?

Do you dread your “to do” list?
Does everything weary you?
Do you feel vaguely or even decidedly unsatisfied?
Do you care a great deal (maybe too much) what others say about you?
Have you said “Yes” to so many things that you feel behind all the time?

Say YES to one more, this one. Come spend time with me. I’ll show you how to use Google Hang Out and ask questions aimed at reconnecting you with your MUST. You will respond via video, recorded text and in writing (and yes, I’ll show you how).

We’ll work together to get what matters to you back in your line of sight and create a set of reminding measures to call you back if you begin to stray or lose focus.

It’s a 22 day process - the perfect amount of time to form a new habit – the habit of being connected to what truly matters to you. Come discover and uncover with me starting next Monday March 25th - April 14th.

Sensitive to the times and economy, I’m making this guided process the thriftiest I’ve ever offered at only $99. Write me for payment options maryanneradmacher7@gmail.com.

Remember what matters, YOU and your MUST!

maryanneradmacher.net
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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

We Learn When Others Learn

I built a new web site.  I'm going to start using google hang out.  I'm pretending it's all easy (and some of it really is). I signed up as an amazon affiliate.  What?  It only took me ten years?  Well....now. Some things just take time. My cheerleading friend, Caren, was was watching all this as I narrated my learning curve - in public. Out loud. Typos and all.  Here's what she said she learned....

SIMPLY BEGIN - by guest blogger, Caren Albers

Here’s my lesson…don’t wait till it’s perfect. Put it out there now. Keep working, hone the message, correct the typos (we all make them), change directions, learn new tricks, but whatever you do get off the sidelines. No points are ever scored from there.

Entering the game is monumentally more important than being perfect at it but too often we refuse to play. Too often we hold ourselves hostage to a standard of perfection so high that it smoothers our creativity sucking all the oxygen out of our ideas.

Most of us want to create our rainbow but fear picking up the brush because we think we might not be good enough, talented enough, or we might make a mistake and be criticized. 

Creating and innovating inherently contains elements of uncertainty. If you don’t wonder once or twice “what the heck am I doing?” You probably aren’t sticking your neck out far enough.

What if we threw out the old playbook, chucked the impossible standards, and parted company with the insane notion that we have to “know” how something will end before we can begin and simply just began?

What if we took a step back and gently blew on the smoldering embers of our ideas encouraging what wanted to ignite?

What if our highest standard was showing up and doing our best?

If we did that, I believe we’d all SCORE big time!

Caren Albers is a creatrix, writer, blogger, phraseologist/writing guide offering Radmacher Focus Phrase™ eCourses, dream devotee, joy junkie, recovered self-doubter and serial hugger always Caren4u carenalbersinspirations.com


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