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!

On Resistance:

Today on the elliptical the coach in my ear said something that resonated with me. The workout had me using the resistance in intervals. I would do 30 seconds at a higher resistance to raise my heart rate, then lower it to let my heart recover. While instructing me to put up the resistance he said, “Resistance is what causes the changes to happen in our bodies.”

All kinds of light bulbs went off with that statement. Whether it’s cardio resistance or speed, or a heavy weight, or even a life issue, the struggle presenting itself is really change happening. My heart was getting stronger with each interval.

When I went on to my weight session I was feeling good. Thinking this is an easy workout. Until I reached the last two exercises, that is. Second to last was 10 90 pound squats – ok, not too bad. The last one was a 60 pound squat to curl. Ok, that one was doing me in. I had to do 10. I struggled with the last 5. In that moment of wanting to quit on number 8, I thought of what I had just learned. Here, right here, on numbers 8, 9, & 10 change is happening. Muscles are tearing and will heal up stronger than they were before this workout.

In that moment, my struggle that had first appeared as an obstacle morphed into an opportunity. It was an opportunity to change something (even if was only my biceps). I left that workout applying this thinking to more than my weight session. I thought about the struggles awaiting me in my work day. As if I had a magic wand, I turned each one into an opportunity – an opportunity for change to happen. In many cases at work this means me learning a new skill by wrangling with something I was struggling with.

And so, as another day goes by, whether you are struggling with something in your fitness or life journey today, take a moment to look for the change that is happening right before your eyes. The issue may not get resolved quickly, but it will be encouraging to know something good is happening as a result of the struggle.

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