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!

Love Yourself

Yes, I know how that sounds. We were taught not to dwell on ourselves. Loving ourselves and thinking of ourselves first is frowned upon. Put others first. That is how most of us were programmed to live. That couldn’t be more wrong.

Think about the logistics of that. If we always put others first and ourselves last, just how long do you think we, ourselves, will last? With no self-love and very little self-care, not very long. Not as long as we’d like to be able to be a part of our children’s and grandchildren’s lives.

February has always been about showing love to others, but here at Koko I like us to focus on ourselves for the month. Here are a few ways to do this:

  1. Commit. Develop an exercise schedule for yourself and commit to seeing it through for the whole month.
  2. Adopt an attitude of no negative self-talk. Treat yourself with kindness and respect. In any diet/exercise plan mistakes will be made. Changing behavior cannot happen without them. Missteps are the building blocks of learning new things. The so called “falling off the wagon” is the greatest insight to finding out how we truly process new learning.
  3. Realize you must take your journey step by step. You need to spend some time learning about yourself in relation to food and exercise before you can make changes. And when you do make changes, they need to be in small increments so you can absorb them.

With that said, I beg you to take great care of yourself this month. Celebrate success with non-scale victories. Eat well. Exercise regularly. Get some extra rest and sleep. Take a yoga class. February is a short month, so let’s start today!

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