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!

Glasses

Let’s start with a bit of humor today. This morning my husband shared a Facebook post with me that made me laugh. It said “If you see your glass as half-empty, pour it into a smaller glass and move on!”

I did laugh and then I really thought about the message in that when applied to something we all face in our fitness routines. How many times have you left work, knowing you’re supposed to go to the gym, but you are so tired the last thing you feel like doing is going to the gym and jumping around? Yup. Your glass has barely anything left rattling around in the bottom. So pour it into a medicine cup and get to the gym. How? Simple. Learn the art of re-framing. No, not with real pictures – with the thoughts about working out going through your brain trying to derail you.

Wipe out the thought of being too tired to work out, and replace it with “The gym is my haven to relax my mind after a hard day. I can settle into my workout and decompress. My work world can stay outside the gym door and I can seek some mind peace. No one is going to bother me inside these doors. It’s precious me-time.” Suddenly the gym is a place you look forward to going after work. It’s now a promise of peace and time to take a break from the rest of your life. Wow. Who wouldn’t want that after working hard all day? Right?

Re-framing also works with other difficult or just annoying times in life. For instance, a favorite app of mine redid itself and took away a lot of my favorite cardio workouts. I was mad. I read the negative comments about it on Facebook. I sat there thinking, “I’m going to quit this app! How dare they!” I bought into all the talk in the post until today. I re-framed it. I told myself this will force me out of my rut and challenge me to do some different workouts. It worked! I tried new ones and loved them. On the elliptical I used glute muscles I didn’t know I had. Give it a try the next time you are upset about something.

And so, as another day goes by, don’t let circumstances define you, re-frame it – pour it into a smaller glass and move on.

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