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!

Without Numbers

It’s hard to live a life without numbers, but today that’s what I want to focus on. I don’t want to consider “how many” clients, students, members, etc. I just want to focus in the ONE I’m with.

I remember how I used to spend the first fifteen minutes of the school day standing in my doorway talking to a myriad of children and adults alike. Next to me there would be a child standing waiting patiently for my attention, without repeating my name or touching me, like they they were taught to do. For them, it was usually worth the wait because when I did turn to them it was like they were the only child in the room. I wouldn’t even let other students interrupt our interaction. When I was listening to the oh so important thing that was on that child’s mind, I was not thinking of the number of children that would go to first grade reading or the number of children that would do well on some future testing. I only cared, in that moment, about what that child was asking me or telling me.

Days without numbers. As I go to my current job today, it’s not about how many people I can sign up at the fit club. It’s about the person who looks at me, after we do their strength test and says, “You mean there’s hope for me?” That’s when the adrenaline courses through my body and I look back at them and say, “Of course there’s hope for you! We will start small. Make small changes in your life that will, in time, add up to huge health benefits. We will change your life one workout at a time.”

And they smile, and look back at me, thinking, for the first time someone really has faith in them that they can do this. And my faith in them is real, just as it was in that child standing next to me. They are not a number. They are not a conquest. They are a person who just needs to be shown a small step that they can navigate in a world that’s scary and foreign to them.

I want to think I can live my days days in a world without numbers. It’s a challenge, I know, because business and money depend on numbers. But maybe, just maybe, by focusing wholly on the individual we are conversing with, the numbers will take care of themselves.

And so, as another day goes by, I approach it by asking my God, “Who is it you would have me touch for you today?” and …I have written.

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