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!

The Courage to Bumble

To do anything well you must have the humility to bumble around a bit, to follow your nose, to get lost, to goof. Have the courage to try an undertaking and possibly do it poorly. Unremarkable lives are marked by the fear of not looking capable when trying something new.

Have the courage to bumble.

Epictetus 
 The Art of Living.

I don’t know where the fear of failing when trying a new thing was born from. As a former teacher I witnessed a lot of children stressed out from “not wanting to do it wrong.” I would tell them that if we all could do everything perfectly the first time we tried it, there would be no need to even have schools. It was a constant battle to try to get them to view learning as an adventure. It was only when they became proficient at a skill, and looked back on their first attempts, did it make sense why they were there. Only then did they begin to discover the joy of learning something new and became ready to tackle something else. Gradually “mistakes” became a good thing and were the steps to improvement.

We have to have the courage to “bumble.” I love that expression. “Bumble about” and actually enjoy not getting it right the first, second, or even tenth time. It’s really not about becoming proficient or perfect at something new we are trying. Why? Because when that happens, guess what? It’s time to try something else new. It’s all about the journey, not the destination.

I put away my painting and writing for a number of years because of the fear I felt when faced with a blank canvas or page. Then this summer I came across that quote and decided to begin “bumbling about” with acrylics. I want to do my art/yoga studio over this winter, but I told myself I had to complete one painting first (even if it’s only following a You Tube tutorial.) There was no sense making over a room if I was just going to sit there and look at it, so I did it. I learned to paint a wave. I found a wonderful You Tube teacher and now there are hundreds of other things I want to learn to paint. I want to learn about color, texture and different mediums. I think I am finally willing to “bumble.”

Whether your journey is a creative one, or your beginning a new fitness program, you have to have the “courage to bumble.” Good coaches, teachers, or mentors will applaud your “bumbles” and point out what you learned from them. They will teach you how to turn them into wins.

And so, as another day goes by, consider what it is you want to do. Go out there and try and by all means, “have the courage to bumble.”

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