About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
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My newest book now available on Amazon!

My newest book now available on Amazon!

Many treasures lie under the sea, but will Alistar find the one that will make ‘The Perfect Birthday Present’ for his mom? Join this adventurous little sea star and his best buddy Barnaby (a blob fish) as they travel through the beautiful deep blue sea, meeting many other creatures of the deep. When the two friends finally stumble upon the perfect present, Alistar needs to make a difficult decision, which only he can make. When he does, the little sea star learns that there are times when it is not the present that is important, but the thought behind it.

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

My First Cover! Now available on Amazon – Kindle & Hardcover

For Linda Crowley, the first day of the year had always been set aside to work on new, positive beginnings and 1970 was no different. Her husband and children were by all accounts healthy and no one even considered the terrible thought that tragedy would strike before the day was over, and life as she had known it was gone.

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My first illustrating project available on Amazon

My first illustrating project available on Amazon

Haley doesn't have a normal pet she has a goat, Ralph. He thinks he's having fun but he's causing untold trouble for Haley. Trouble seems to follow Ralph everywhere he goes only he doesn't know it. Haley's father says Ralph has to be sold!

42 Days…That First Step

Today a new group is starting the Koko 42 Day Detox program. I’d like to take a moment and welcome them to the program and also commend them for taking that first step. The first step is the most important one. If you don’t venture out there by making an appointment and keeping it, your journey never starts. Good for those of you that walked in my door.

The first step in a 6 week exercise/nutrition program can be both exciting and daunting at the same time. It’s exciting to feel like you made an effort and set a process in motion. It’s daunting when you realize you committed yourself to making a huge life change in 6 weeks. 6 weeks is the length of time it takes to change old habits and adopt new ones. 6 weeks is only the training program. After the 6 weeks you will live and eat differently for the rest of your life.

I know because I did it. I have been where you are. Five years ago when I woke up weighing a weight I have never weighed in my life, I too, experienced that moment of clarity when “something must be done.” I committed to an exercise and food program and stuck with it. Today exercise and food are not even a question for me. And that is your goal.

In addition to preparing all your food for the week on the weekend, put your exercise schedule on your calendar and treat those sessions like non-negotiable appointments. Oh, and never, and I mean never, have conversations with yourself about possibly skipping the day’s session. Never. You see it on the calendar, you just go at that appointed time. If, and only if, something unavoidable interferres, you rearrange and reschedule. Never cancel. Once your body and mind get in the rhythm of exercise it will be as natural as showering and brushing your teeth. (You don’t cancel those do you? And they only take 30 minutes, too.)

One more tip – take it from one who has been there – you go when you’re tired. When you are dead tired at 5 pm you don’t skip your exercise appointment and head for the couch. Your body will respond by perking up and feeling wonderful, giving you energy for an evening with your family. All this exercise and food prep may be a little chaotic at first, and that’s okay. Be gentle and patient with yourself. Tomorrow is always a new day.

And so, as another day goes by, a very important day, let’s check that calendar one more time tonight, stack the food in the fridge, and have an amazing first week. You CAN do this. Let’s go!!

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