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!

Getting Started!

It’s the 5th week into isolation. During week 1 you promised yourself you will exercise at home during this, but some of you haven’t started yet. I get it. Life is different. After your morning coffee, you look around and see ANOTHER long day stretched out before you. Not a day you’d choose, and . . . → Read More: Getting Started!

Until It’s “Fixed”

I have a problem. I’m fixated on it. I can’t eat. I can’t sleep. I just pace and perseverate on it. Despite all the other things around me I could be thinking about or doing, I refuse to move off this problem until it’s “fixed “. Do you ever experienced this?

In the current . . . → Read More: Until It’s “Fixed”

NOT The New Normal

For the past two days I have been listening to the local news stations talk about getting used to the new normal. I beg to differ. This is NOT the new normal. The new normal implies that this is life from now on – forever. This is NOT our life forever. This WILL end. . . . → Read More: NOT The New Normal

Done For You Meals – The Unboxing!

My Done For You Meals Came on Saturday!

The Unboxing!

On Saturday (1/4) my order of 8 Done For You Meals came. I was excited to try them. The box was lined with foam and the meals came frozen solid and shrink wrapped.

Here they are on my counter:

I ordered: 1. . . . → Read More: Done For You Meals – The Unboxing!

Diet Culture, Part 1

This week my daughter sent me something of interest. It was a flyer entitled, What Is Diet Culture? It defined diet culture as “a society that focuses on and values weight, shape, and size over health and well-being.”

Then they gave six examples. After reading each one, I thought to myself, “Yes, this . . . → Read More: Diet Culture, Part 1

Energy From Your Head

Once again my cardio workout provided valuable insight. This morning the trainer said, “Your thoughts contain energy – you get energy from your thoughts.” I readily agreed with that. There are many times I am so engrossed in thinking about or planning something that I can feel the excitement build in my body. Even . . . → Read More: Energy From Your Head

Just Breathe – And Lose Weight

Today I learned something about health and weight loss that is really worth sharing because when talking nutrition and exercise, it’s something we rarely consider. We already know we gain weight because our body is not processing the food we consume. Many times we chalk it up to a slow metabolism and try everything . . . → Read More: Just Breathe – And Lose Weight

Execute With Power and Precision

The trainer in my ear during my elliptical workout this morning used the phrase “execute with power and precision” to motivate me to use good form and bump up my resistance at least one point. If I raised the resistance, and stood up straight, pushed my heels into the pedals, I would have the . . . → Read More: Execute With Power and Precision

Stop Talking!

I talk to myself all the time. Every time I begin a new project either at work or at home I am instantly overwhelmed. Then I start talking it through to myself. This helps me separate what is important from the mishmash swirling around in my brain. In this instance talking to myself is . . . → Read More: Stop Talking!

Scale Obsession

Let’s face it. We are a society obsessed with numbers. From our credit scores, our ages, to our scale weights, these numbers dictate how we feel about ourselves. Today I must take some time to address scale weight. In my experience as a fit coach, the numbers on the scale either pump people up . . . → Read More: Scale Obsession