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!

St. Patty’s Day Enlightenment

St. Patrick was a courageous kind of guy. He was captured and taken hostage at a young age. His captors took him from his homeland in Britain to Ireland and kept him in prison for years. During his imprisonment, he claims to have had a dream in which God spoke to him and told him to escape. He did so and returned to Britain and became a priest. He then returned to Ireland and became the championship of Irish Christianity.

In most of our lives that is not the kind of courage we are called upon to deliver. To me, personally, courage means being brave enough to expose my vulnerability and risk rejection and judgement and not being loved. I do this with every blog I write, every piece of art I share, and….in every relationship I take part in. Courage is being authentically who I am, risking acceptance.

I had to learn this. I used to spend a lot of time trying to be everything everyone thought I should be. And what was that? Perfect. I thought if I could be the perfect wife, mom, teacher, friend, etc. then I would never get hurt. I found out there’s no such thing as perfect anything. My five year old students would come to school already wanting to be perfect – so afraid of failure, afraid of not measuring up. I remember telling them that I expected them to make mistakes. That’s how we go about this business of learning to read, write, and count. We make mistakes. I told them that if they already knew all there was to know, there’d be no reason for school. I’d encourage them everyday to become vulnerable. Little did I know I was showing them the path to courage.

Now, almost four years out of the classroom, it’s about time I start educating myself. Using my writing and art as a segway to relationships, I lay my vulnerability out there. I’m finally learning what I taught my students so long ago: it’s so much easier to be who you are, than it is covering it up by trying to be perfect. I’m working on voicing what is really going on inside me instead of covering it up by trying to blame someone or pick a fight just so I don’t have to reveal my heart. This takes courage. This builds courage.

And so, as another St. Patty’s Day goes by, I believe I’m a better person than I was one year ago, vulnerability leads to growth, growth is life being lived at its fullest, and…I have written.
Photo: mine Quote: Brene Brown, author of “Daring Greatly”

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