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

clearing nourishment winter Dec 02, 2018

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

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." —

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new year Nov 02, 2018

SHORT ANSWER: 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...

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When What You Really Need Is Inspiration To Write! 24-7/ 365!

ideas inspiration prompts 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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C-word- Some days, We Write About The Devil We Know!

breast cancer Oct 20, 2018


A Story PLUS: The socio-economic sisterhood, the breast cancer connection and the latest links to info and Breast Cancer Resources, after the story.

Entry in my journal. October 26, 2009– Breast Clinic Office.

Moving a pile of “scrumpled” newspaper sections I take a seat. I pull out my pen and journal before I scrutinize the room; one bored-looking gentleman dressed in khaki pants, cambric shirt, and Sperry Topsiders; an older woman two seats over minding a toddler;  a restless, wiry Hispanic man of indeterminable age who is cleaning his fingernails with a small, slim penknife.

A few seats away from me a middle-aged woman is stuck to the edge of the waiting room chair like dried food on a greasy plate. Fatigued skin on her face, neck, and arms, hangs in folds beneath her threadbare cornflower blue dress. Stories roll through my head for each of the waiting room occupants. The woman in faded blue captures most of my...

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How to Edit Your Story Like a New York Publisher

editing 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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Attention Entrepreneurs and Authors- Don't let The Gap get you; My TOP TIP!

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 Mastermind 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. Mastermind Group interaction will help fill in your SoftSkills Gap, and bring you back into alignment with why you wanted your own business in the first place, too!

Start your own Group, or join ours!


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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" (Part One)

entrepreneur writing Sep 04, 2018

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."

Those self-limiting thoughts...

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An Awesome Way to Release Pent-up Anger

Practical Energy Practices offers a flow-experience to release feelings of Anger. The message for today is clear: Release these Energies so they won't damage your cells, your health, and wellbeing, or get in the way of The Work you came here to do!

For highly-sensitive folks, some of the irritation you currently feel is seasonal, to be sure. Additionally, you may feel agitated, displeased, even uncharacteristically belligerent! Perhaps you believe yourself, or someone you know of (or someone you love) may have been wronged, violated, or disrespected. Let me say, of course, it is natural to feel anger. However, you need not STAY angry and suffer the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual cell-hit. Remember anger is fear or hurt, denied! 

Instead of continuing to harbor anger, shift into the field of RELEASE!

START WITH ASKING, "Are these feelings mine?" LISTEN. Immediately drop/release/let go of all feelings not your own. Other peoples' FEELINGS are not your work!

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What Would You Like?

One day I asked a client, "What would you like?"

She replied with, "Why? Did my face give an indication that I don't like what's going on now?"

My questions often flow from curiosity, but at times they can feel more like a statement.

Let me offer an example, "Does that make sense?" This question could go either way depending on tone and circumstance, although I hope I would always be open to new information. 

My students might tend to hear "tone" even with none intended. My partner misses "tone" entirely, going straight to my question as a request for information, as in, "Are you going to leave this here?" Even in print on your screen you hear the tone, right? 

Perhaps the more adult approach in that circumstance might have been, "Do you suppose we could find a more permanent location for this?" Maybe. Maybe not.

What do you find in your relationship with questions? (Or in your question with relationships?) I am curious about what and how you think.

Are you just...

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