About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer/artist/illustrator. Follow me on my journey. Read More...

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!

Can’t Argue With This

I need to put that on my mirror for those days when I feel just plain lousy (I hate that word, but I hate the feeling too, so it works). Sunday I just didn't have my usual energy bounce. When trying to figure out why, I could only attribute it to the tremendous energy I spent over the last few days once again trying to control something I couldn't and I was left with no ambition to go workout. But I went anyway. I felt more relaxed when I got home, but I still just wanted to sit and read the day away.

I'm learning about myself. This morning, a blog I follow reminded me of the things I learned in my three years of Bikram yoga practice. In the hot room I learned to let go, to just calm down and see where things take you and to not be afraid to do do this – I learned to look at “not knowing” as an adventure instead of a fear of the future. Most importantly though, for a type A like me, who places order above all else, I learned that life isn't linear nor does it have to be. That's a big one for me. In my head the weeks that stretch out in front of me are laid out, Sunday thorugh Saturday, with everything in line and ordered just like I like it. When my schedule suddenly changes, I freak. My order is messed up. I become agitated and immediately invest a ton of energy in trying to fix it and get everything back in line again, actually leaving myself too spent to do the things I usually love to do in my down time.

When this happens, as it so often does in my current job, I need to go back to what the hot room has taught me. I need to stand still and breath through the uncomfortableness and see where the situation goes. Simply remembering this concept calms me right away, and I experience instant peace. It is in this blip of a peaceful moment I also become aware that God is standing just behind my right shoulder (I don't know why my right shoulder, it's just been His place all my life) whispering, “I got this.”

Read Leigh's blog post. She makes so much sense. Then, maybe relax your grip on that which you are trying to change, just for today, and grab yourself a peaceful moment.

And so, as another day goes by, miraculously, my situation fixed itself as easily as a satin bow becoming untied, and…I have written.

 

 

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