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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!

Why?

When the season changed from summer to fall and I embarked upon a journey of new directions to change with it, that word "why" kept resurfacing.  When I opened my business in June (see it – over there on the left? I figured out how to put it there yesterday!) anyway, when I first opened it and attended trainings, that word "why" was always in the first lesson.  A few weeks ago, a dear friend embarked on on a new exercise program and when she was telling me about it, the first thing she said was, "I'm doing it because…".  She stated her "why".  Today, as I was working along, another Dr. Philism flew out of the TV.  I heard him say, "Inner words are very powerful words".  He was talking to an overweight woman and went on to explain that those "inner words" must be ever-present in her mind for true change to take place. 

Soon after that, I went for a walk to ponder this "why thing".  I thought of all the new age talk of vision boards.  In my business training we were instructed to make a vision board and put it in front of us where we could see it daily to remind ourselves of our "why" for doing this business.  My friend keeps her "why" front and center so she won't get sucked into missing workouts.  The lady on TV had to repeat her "why" many times a day to keep to her new eating schedule.  I concluded that stating very clearly "why" we are doing something and constantly referring to that "why" is a catalyst for change and without it, nothing changes.  We sit on square one.

I used to be of the school that when someone asked me why I was doing something, being of the retirement age, I could just say, "Because I can", like I don't need anyone's permission to do it anymore because my age and life experience give me the right.  Now, I think that while that may be a very freeing thought, it's not really a good thing for focusing on something and initiating real change.  Currently I'm working on big changes in three areas of my life and since being involved in the 100 Day Personal Development Challenge, the Ultimate Blog Challenge, my business training sessions, and the new bible study, the writing of clear goals (both long range and daily) is stressed across all four activities.  If it's taught in all of these things, evident in my friend, and on Dr. Phil, perhaps it's something I should give more reverence.

In looking back over the last 5 weeks, I guess I have given up the non-chalant "Because I can" line of thinking.  I have been diligently writing goals, setting deadlines, and stating my "whys" very clearly.  In the first few weeks, I'd actually do my 100 Day Challenge lesson at night, and write my goals for the day after the day was over.  It was great to see I was progressing and getting things done in my writing and in my business (afterall, just look at the left side of this page).  Just this week I tried writing my goals at the beginning of the day.  It was difficult to predict what I was going to accomplish that day at 8am.  I realize now that my "whys" need to be stated clearly and visible to me when I start my day.  Whether it's writing that query letter, gathering new customers, (again, look to the left – you might want to be one), or keeping to that workout schedule, my own, personal "why" is the driving force in accomplishing those goals.

And so, as another day goes by, I'm awed by that sentence I heard today: "Inner words are very, very powerful", I clearly see the need for keeping the "why" front and center in any area of my life I really want to change, and ….I have written.

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