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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Courage Doesn't Always Roar...

Courage DOES have  the ability to begin. Again.

It's never too late for a fresh start.

If you have an interest in my work or have been impacted in some positive way by the work that I do in the world - I hope you will consider throwing your momentum behind this KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN that will give both Dr. Deanna David (of Applied Insight) and I the immediate tools we need to move into the next level of our work in the world. You can consider and share our campaign at this link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1279672343/courage-doesnt-always-roar


Sunday, July 20, 2014

US! Celebrate Your Friends


Rolling with the Day or REMEMBERING What Matters...

I find it easier to go with any "flow" when I am clear on what really matters to me. Knowing this allows me to step out of the metaphorical river when the tide is going a direction that is not resonant with my own priorities.  Here is the on line process that helps bring clarity to these things:


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

"How Does IT work?"

This is a variation of a question I am asked repeatedly in interviews and in person.

"HOW does _______________(writing, creating, collaborating, thinking up ideas...) Work?"

The core of the inquiry implies that that is one way.  A single path.  A sturdy, works everywhere for anything, methodology. 

Philosophers have been suggesting (thanks to Soren Kierkegaard for posing this to me as a teen) that the "either/or" approach is limiting.  Patti Digh, author and trainer,  loves to promote the use of AND.  Not this or that but rather, this AND that. I march in that parade.

When it comes to innovating, inspiring, imagining, creating, making...there are few makers who fall into the
"one size fits all" category.  Like the inventive cook in a home kitchen...there is a starting place. Perhaps it is a recipe.  Perhaps it is whatever is available in the chillcase or the pantry.  And then...it's "a little of this and a little of that."  Many culinary delight would be missed if a kitchen only produced all food items in a single method.  So it is with ideas. With art. With wondering and planning.

I have core practices that straddle all my disciplines.  In some form.  What it looks like in a production art effort is a very different snapshot than what it looks like when I am creating a custom piece for someone.  There are similarities at core points and from there, outward, things look very different. 

The question can be more specific to be effective.  "In THIS instance, did you follow a single methodology or did you employ many different approaches?" 

To reverse engineer the subject:  work backwards on an endeavor that didn't feel right or work well for you.  Were you applying an approach that worked successfully in another effort?  The concept of transferable skills is a brilliant one.  And there are instances that a fresh, utterly untried way, is what is essential to the success of the effort.  HOW do you call out that freshness?  Yes, I am asking.  How do you call out that fresh approach in your own home,work, personal pursuits.  I'd love to know.  You are welcome to write me through my web page: maryanneradmacher.net or you can comment here. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Review of LIVE WITH INTENTION submitted by a loyal reader

Master of Intention

 “Expertise is defined by 10,000 hours of practice.”  Malcolm Gladwell 

In her latest work  Live with Intention  maryanne radmacher expands on her beautifully calligraphed phrases in a way that inspires reverence and authentic action.  It has taken maryanne two decades to compile every word, every symbol, every quote found tucked among the pages of this collection.   For years she has held her intentions deeply within her core (being) and learned through her art, her writing and her living how to reflect on ordinary things to produce extraordinary shifts in her life and the lives of others.    As any master, she has mightily practiced to solidify her craft. 

It is truly an art form to be able to write simply with depth and complexity.   How many of us have struggled with finding that one thing important in our life?  In her introduction maryanne writes an intentional poem.  It is as if each phrase of the poem portrays a gem strung on a necklace.  The continuous strand is shaped by Rumi's wisdom: he says we will be lost if we cannot find that one thing!   How beautifully simple to write her intentions and name it your one thing.  All at once I am struck with the thought that I too could find my important, one thing and that there is a chance, after all, that I am not lost.

The expansion of each element of the poem becomes a stand-alone chapter that is spirited, fun with conscious reminders of our humanness.  Maryanne crafts each phrase drilling down to find the core of the practice.  She names "practice wellness” health and "listen hard" spirit.   She then weaves the element through the structural lenses of "promises to myself" and reacquaints us with the importance of consistency and courage.   The "word birds" tucked within the structure of the book are simple reminders that we too could practice and give wings to our daily thoughts, actions and behaviour.  The secret is to hold our own intentions giving us a conscious map of how we wish to reach and stretch.   Our intentions are like gems, treasures bringing a rich reality, direction and humility to everyday living.  


As I peek above my computer I am perched on the shore of the Pacific Ocean.  It is cool, windy and raining on Whidbey Island.  Despite the weather I am toasty, comfortable writing at my inside work table.  I am also warm and cozy with the thought of meeting maryanne.    For over 2 decades I have purchased her beautiful cards, offered her small gift books to well over 250 wellness recipients and bought at least 4 copies of every book she has written.  The last few years I have taken her online writing courses.  To say the least I am a super fan.  Being in her company has allowed me to explore with confidence my own notion of goodness and she has helped guide me toward a richer and more meaningful life.  She has helped me navigate that fading away feeling when work life shifts, as I have grown older.  She has helped me search for my cracks and encouraged "mud on my words".  As the hour nears I wonder what has drawn me to her?  I wonder what is in store for us?   



Book review written by Donna VanSant
Date right after Live with Intentions was published!