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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!

H is for Hard!

This is actually the Fun Friday A 2 Z blog hop post – it’s appearing on Saturday – so can you guess what kind week it was? Yup. Hard. What made it hard? The fact that I’ve been called to edge of my comfort zone so many times in just five days.

This was my first full week working at my new job at Koko Fit Club. It’s been five days of learning three computer programs and helping members without having a clear map of what I was doing. Then came my bout with Laughter Yoga. We all know how that went. (Click on it if you missed it.)

Today topped it off. I had to go open and work the Harwich club for the first time. My GPS succeeded in getting me lost IN the plaza the club was in. After finally getting there, my instructions were to unlock the the door with no lock on it, by turning the key away from you. Yeah. A member helped me figure that one out. When I went to log on to the computer the keyboard and mouse were unresponsive. After putting in a distress call for help, with a member waiting to update their key, I kept trying to figure out the problem. Finally help came and I was online. Phew! I was about to relax when a lovely woman came in and announced she wanted to sign up. Panic. I never did a new contract on my own. I took a yoga breath and because the lady was so kind and patient, we made it through it together. I had her up and running on her first elliptical program and the club manager walked in to help out. Was I ever glad to see her. (Let me just say the Koko members and employees I work with are the nicest groups of people I ever met.)

But it doesn’t stop there. Yesterday I found out October is employee adventure month and I might find myself rock or rope climbing. Don’t ask. It’s a topic for a future blog. (This new job is good fodder for future posts.)

It was a week of a lot of “firsts”. A week of being called to step up, get in the game, and figure it out. I always want to go the extra mile to help people and get so frustrated when I don’t have the knowledge or information to do so at my fingertips. I know I need to be patient with myself. It’s only my second week on the job. Being called to perform at the edge of your comfort zone teaches you to have patience with yourself.

I know by Christmas this job will easy and second nature, but right now I like the stimulus the challenge of new territory presents. Everyday in my Prayer of Jabez I pray for God to “enlarge my territory”. Well this week He’s gone out of His way to do so. Since Monday I’ve navigated more uncharted territory than I have in the last three years. And it’s good. It’s exactly what I need right now. I’m proud of myself for not for not backing down, even when the opportunity presented itself for me to say no. I said yes. I went in nervous and with palms sweating. But I went in.

Have you “gone in” this week? Entered a place where you’ve never been before and gave it your best? How did it turn out for you? Were you as scared as I was? If so, it’s okay. You tried. You didn’t back down or say no. Kudos to you.

And if you said, “No”, that’s okay too. There’ll always be a next time to jump in with both feet.

And so, as another day goes by, I’m high on spending time on the edge of my comfort zone – where life is at its best, and…I have written.
PS – check out some of the cool blogs below, and if your a blogger, click below to join the hop!


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