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Are you Sharing or Shadowing Your Skills, Gifts, and Talents?

“Non nobis solum nati sumus. (Not for ourselves alone are we born.)” — Marcus Tullius Cicero
 
Here are a few reasons to share not shadow. Adapted from my friend Kaye Lean Ramos.
 
1. Other People Benefit
Humans coexist with one another. In a symbiotic relationship, one of the ideal relationships is Commensalism where the two individuals benefit from each other. Our gifts or talents are purposely created not just for ourselves but to help those around us.
 
We benefit from other people’s talents. We benefit from Jobs’ Apple creations, Edison’s light bulb, Ford’s automotive ideas or our mom’s cooking, Grandma's stories. Almost everyone around us contributes to our welfare in one way or another. 
 
Now the interesting question is: How do other people benefit from YOUR gifts or talents?
 
Our gifts or talents are ours, but they are not just there for us. They are to be shared with...
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Don't Know What to Write About? Try This imagination tickler

prompt Dec 13, 2018

You want to write, but you feel you don't know how to get started? Don't Know What to Write About? Read this story-stem, imagine "what happens next" and write that down. Easy Peasy. Flex that muscle, ignite your writing!

Dr. Landis is returning home after an all-nighter in freezing temps. She’d spent the night blood-testing, peering into her field microscope, and tending to a neighbors’ dairy-herd. They were continuing to die of an unknown disease, one by one.

Through the open farmhouse door, she trod upon a crazy parade of muddy raccoon footprints. ”Hey, guys. Guys?" They probably can't hear me, she thinks. Fox News is on the TV screen at full volume. My kids watching the news? The back of her neck prickles. Alarm registers in all of her body response systems as she realizes it's a school day, early morning, her family should be here, but they are not.

The phone rings...

(Now it's your turn! Still feel reluctant or stuck? Come write with us! Igniting...

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15 Ways to Nourish the Body, Mind, and Soul of a Writer!

What does a bunch of recipes have to do with writing? Memories=Senses=Nourishment for writers!

Taking a page from the past as well as from Mother Nature; some of the best things about the season of winter begin with warm and nostalgic aromas wafting from the kitchen. But Winter is also a time for going within, nurturing yourself, resting, dreaming, clearing stuff and emotions away, sorting photos, filling albums, doodling, napping, and enjoy good food!

Today, I am inspired to introduce you to some Yummy-Yet-Health-Conscious Food, and we'll finish off with a simple process to clear away the emotional glue which may still be hampering your wellbeing.

 

1. Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan bread soup)- First is Pappa al Pomodoro (Tuscan bread soup). I sometimes put cabbage and kale in mine, but you can add any veg you love. It’s a rich, tomatoey veg soup with the toasted bread added at the end, the hunks of bread make little dumplings." —

You can...

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You Can't Create Like Anybody Else

...because you AREN'T like anybody else in the entire Universe!

“We should write because it is human nature to write. Writing claims our world. It makes it directly and specifically our own. We should write because humans are spiritual beings and writing is a powerful form of prayer and meditation, connecting us both to our own insights and to a higher and deeper level of inner guidance.

We should write because writing brings clarity and passion to the act of living. Writing is sensual, experiential, grounding. We should write because writing is good for the soul. We should write because writing yields us a body of work, a felt path through the world we live in. 

We should write, above all, because we are writers, whether we call ourselves that or not.”  – Julia Cameron from The Right to Write: An Invitation into the Writing Life

While I agree with the spirit of what Julia puts forth here, if you’ve ever had any form of a creative block,...

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Writer's Inspiration Well! 24-7/ 365!

ideas inspiration Oct 21, 2018

365 Creative Writing Prompts For You!

If you want to find yourself writing and become a better writer, the best thing you can do is practice writing every single day. To help you set that habit we suggest you join a Writing Group! Get together with a few like-minded souls and play with prompts, share and receive encouraging and helpful feedback RIGHT HERE.

Writing prompts are useful because we know sometimes it can be hard to think of what to write about! To help you brainstorm, we put together this list of 365 creative writing prompts to give you something to write about daily. Whether you write short stories, poems, or like to keep a journal – these will stretch your imagination and give you some ideas for topics to write about!

 

May you feel Inspired!

1. Outside the Window: What’s the weather outside your window doing right now? If that’s not inspiring, what’s the weather like somewhere you wish you could be?

2. The Unrequited love poem:...

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Writing About Life Helps Make Sense of It!

breast cancer Oct 20, 2018

"DEAR, YOU HAVE TWO DENSITIES"

(When you write about real life you get a second chance to find perspective.) 

Because everything we do, think and feel affects our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual life, the time came for us to be different in our minds in our lives and in the world. I've begun to work with women writers and women who think they will never be able to write. My belief is, "There are MANY reasons and ways to write and more than one way to live the life of a writer."I became aware of my vibration as The Writer's Energy Expert.

Writing is medicine, magic, and writing will be your constant companion well into old age. Writing creates sweeping and dramatic change. A revolutionary idea, indeed!

WRITING ABOUT LIFE HELPS MAKE SENSE OF IT!

Here's My Story

PLUS:

The socio-economic sisterhood,
the breast cancer connection and
the latest links to info.
Breast Cancer Resources included below the story:

 

Entry in my journal. October 26,...

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How to Edit Your Story Like a New York Publisher

an editor's checklist Oct 13, 2018

You have finished writing the first draft of your story, a version of your whole story from beginning to end. Now it is time to edit, to revise your words to make your story clear and compelling, so the reader will continue reading after the first sentence. Are you wondering how to edit your story? Don’t worry; I have some advice for you.

 

Editing your story might feel like an impossible task, but when you have a strategy to use, you can be confident you can edit your own story and improve your writing.

Whatever you do, do not skip the important step of editing your first draft. According to David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker, “Revision is all there is.”

17 Steps to Edit Your Story

When you say “editing,” many writers think of grammar or punctuation.

It is good to have all your commas in the right places and to make sure you don’t mix up to and two, too many...

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Authors and Biz Owners- Don't let "The Gap" get you!

authors branding business tips Oct 12, 2018

According to new research, amazingly the Tech Skills Gap (I'll bet you would have guessed the TechGap to be #1!) is by far out-paced by the Soft Skills Gap as the greatest knowledge gap in the business workforce world today! Soft Skills like oral and written communication, compassionate team management, etc are precisely where I have placed my services to help others.

Here's my TOP TIP to help you refine your messages/ products/ courses/ blogs, and books- Cross-pollinate in a weekly writing group with like-minded entrepreneurial souls.  Connect, clarify, refine, receive feedback, focus, audition ideas and offers, research and create pieces of writing in a safe, inspiring online environment. Group interaction will help fill in your SoftSkills Gap, and bring you back into alignment with why you wanted (or are considering) your own business.

Start your own Group, or join ours!

LEARN MORE HERE: Come write with us! Igniting Your Writing is what we...

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How to Have More of What You Love in Your Life Every Day

 

What if there was one thing you could do every day to Love Your Life? Who wouldn't like to feel a little happier?

What percentage of your day, would you say, is filled with joy, passion, appreciation, zest, and/or presence? What do you NOTICE and APPRECIATE, vs drifting your days through on auto-pilot?

What do you say you Love and what do you DO that you Love?

Perhaps you used to enjoy writing but you've "got away from it somehow." Did you know that writing is a gateway into loving the life you are living RIGHT NOW, rather than some date in the future that may or may not unfold?

TRY THIS FOR SEVEN DAYS- Use a page in the back or your journal, a recycled envelope on the refrigerator, or in a dedicated notebook to keep track of the stuff you love. Check your Love Page every day and make sure to include at least ONE in your To Do list! More? Even better!

 I include easy activities I love in each day. I adore you, so I do some Lovingkindness for...

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Sharing: Pathways to Writing Without "BEING A WRITER"

Imagine being one of the top 100 bloggers in the world. Ignore what poses as reality for a moment.

See yourself completing your book. Skip over the part where you start to write it.

You know you are one of the best in your field, now imagine the freedom of being "out there on your own!" Forget you feel like you can't even begin to describe yourself, your business or what you offer.

Many of us are inspired to be the next Elizabeth Gilbert, JK Rowling, or to create a beautiful website from which to launch a dream business like https://mcleanmeditation.com or https://holisticbodybasics.com

Moreover, if you believe there are hundreds of other writers and talented entrepreneurs who are much better than you, more capable, more tech-savvy, better-connected and more experienced, then you may never even BEGIN. As if to sound the death knell, from a hollow place inside you a voice says, "It would take years to gain a fraction of the skills they have." Boo, Hiss!

Those self-limiting...

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