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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!

Everything

Happy everything. That is my wish for all of you for 2015. I like that word everything. Somehow it's more all-encompassing than the traditional Happy New Year greeting. To me, the luster of the concept of a “new year” begins to wane along about February first. Not my resolutions, mind you. I'm pretty good at meaning what I say, sticking to them and making them happen. It's the “new” part that slowly ebbs away much like the tide in my photo above and as the months go on, the year is no longer new. It's just 2015 and before I know it, Fourth of July is on the horizon. The year is no longer new, but everything I'm thinking about today is still very much there.

I usually pack a lot into my resolutions. I spend time dismantling myself piece by piece, carefully examining each fragment and crafting resolutions about putting myself back together in some improved way. Not this year. This year I feel whole and happy with myself just the way I am. The last four “New Years” have taken me on quite a journey from teaching to retirement. Each year was a breaking down and building back up of will and spirit. This year I want it simple. One resolution. Something totally measurable. Something easy to fail at one day and get up and try again the next. A short list with one item on it. This year I'm just going to make an effort to bump up my cardio at the gym. That's it. No deep thinking. Just get on the damn elliptical for fifteen minutes at least six days a week. Weight training three times a week is no problem. Over my two years at Koko that has become as much a part of my days as brushing my teeth. Why? Because that part is fun. Cardio, for me, is not fun, although I love the feeling of accomplishment I get after put in those fifteen minutes. I admire my members who come into the club and regularly do one cardio before their weight session, and after their weight session go and do one or two more cardios. These people are my heroes. So that's it – very simple – one cardio six times a week.

That might seem like such a little thing. Some would say Linda, where's the challenge in that? When I think of it in fifteen minute sound bites, I agree. It's not much. But when I think of it as blocks of fifteen minutes stacked up over the course of the next year, the multiple effect is huge. Huge in the sense that my heart will gradually grow stronger instead of weaker as I grow another year older. It's those tiny things you do consistently, day to day, that stack up and cause enormous growth and change that translate into your everything, for your whole year – even when the year is no longer new.

And so, as another year goes by, Happy Evertyhing for you this year, and…for the first time in 2015, I have written.

 

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