About Me

About Me

Linda Bartosik...
First steps of a beginning writer. 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!

Smart Training

Here at Koko we workout on a Smartrainer – but today my workout was about BEING a smart trainer. The workout was a lot of arms and I knew the total weight was going to be about half of what I normally do. Arm exercises run at 15 lbs forever, and it took me six years to get to the 17.5 lbs I was doing today. It made me think of where I started out when I didn’t know anything about weight lifting and just had to trust the process and follow the program, no matter if I thought I could lift heavier weights or not.

When I work with people new to weights, I always hear “Why is it so light? I know I could do more.” I get it. I have been where they are, but I learned early on that you don’t buck the professionals. People new to weight lifting don’t understand it’s not about how heavy the weight is. It’s about the consistency over time that you do it. You cannot rush muscle building. This was the was the quote on the beginning of my workout today that got me thinking down this road:

“Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is a great physique. But consistently putting a couple of bricks, i.e. strength sessions, in the foundation will yield visible results. Stick with it!” – Karen Smyers, World-Class Professional Triathlete (and Koko User).

I instantly pictured a huge building being built by adding a few bricks a day – brick by brick – a few a day, until the magnificent completion of something that didn’t exist. Our bodies gain strength the same way the building does – a few pounds lifted, a couple of times a week, and in time we have magnificent muscles where none existed maybe a year or two ago.

And so, as another day goes by, step by step, bit by bit, day by day…that’s how strong things are built.

Some muscles that were definitely not there 6 years ago!

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