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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!

Something Hard

Not too long ago I cited Eleanor Roosevelt’s quote, “Do one thing each day that scares you.” Today I revamped that quote: do one thing everyday that is hard for you.

Tonight I went to night yoga, which for me, is quite unusual because I don’t go to yoga on the weekends. I’ve been doing so well alternating yoga and fit club and it worked with my day today, I just decided to go. Pranayama breathing is always tedious. Tonight was no different. The teacher always encourages us to give our all “to set up our practice”. My goal for the breathing exercise is to simply get it over with. I’m no fool. I don’t want to tire myself out before I even begin the “real” poses by sucking in my stomach and pulling my elbows up past my ears and tilting my head back with my elbows up off of my chest, etc. Since I’ve been going to Koko Fit Club the amazing muscle strength I’ve gained (38%) since October, has been, unbeknownst to me, laying a great foundation for my yoga practice. It is a good, no…it’s a GREAT marriage of the two.

During the breathing exercise, for the first time tonight, I followed each and every bit of dialogue and didn’t even feel the least bit fatigued. Halfway through the first set I just told myself you really should do something hard for once, that’s good for you, and let it help you. This breathing exercise, if done right, WILL set up the rest of your practice and make it even more effective. Taking my own advice I dove into the second set full force. Half moon came next and I found myself trying to adjust and perfect the pose instead of praying it would be over soon. And so it went for the REST of the class. I’m not sure if it was doing the breathing exactly right or my change of attitude that made tonight’s class so awesome, but I didn’t care because I left feeling amazing.

Going tonight freed me from having to do both things in one day tomorrow to get each one in three times this week. Yoga every other day instead of everyday gives my body the time it needs to hydrate and collect those lost electrolytes. Koko in between builds the muscle I need in the hot room so I’m not straining to hold poses. They love each other. I love them both.

I value the lesson the yoga taught me tonight – do one hard thing everyday. Nothing teaches and inspires like stretching to go to a place in something each day you’ve never been before – even if it’s hard. Tomorrow I have another fit test at Koko. That will be my hard thing. I will concentrate, pay attention and try to do each exercise to the best of my ability – until I really can’t do another rep to get a real reading of my progress instead of quitting because I’m afraid it’ll make my next set of exercises too hard.

And so, as another day goes by, pranayama breathing sets up my practice, doing something that is hard sets up my life, and…I have written.

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