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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.

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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!

Wrestling

Today was a day that could only be described by that one word – wrestling. I woke up with a headache that wouldn't quit. For me, that makes even the mundane tasks of breakfast and teeth brushing difficult. Next came prayer and meditation. It hurt to write or read anything. So I took frequent breaks and the whole process took twice as long. Wrestling.

Next came email checking. In it was a welcome letter from the Ultimate Blog Challenge with the guidelines and directions. One was that I must post on their Facebook group and twitter sites for maximum exposure and to let them know I posted a blog. They were very kind and encouraging and assured me there was no "blog police". Since I write everyday, I had no problem with posting my blog to their sites – except – I didn't know how. I spent the morning back and forth between my phone, computer, Facebook and twitter. Again, the headache persisted, and things were muddling fast. Wrestling.

I decided a break was in order. I went for a walk. Is it cold out? Is a sweatshirt too heavy? How far should I venture? Dropped and cracked my water bottle…..you guessed it – wrestling.

The walk helped everything but the headache. After the walk I reached for the Excedrin and some food, then went back to the challenge of posting my blog on these two sites. Amazingly I figured it out and learned a great deal more at the same time, but it was a struggle with every keystroke. Wrestling.

In the end, I decided there's only one place to take this day – to the mat, where it belongs. I went to 6 pm yoga. As soon as I entered the hot room my monkey mind started: it's really hot in here, I'm in for it, gonna be a hot messy wrestling match on the mat, hard to breath, groveling around on my knees,…and on it went. I laid down in the hot, dark room and quieted myself. No expectations.

Class started and the teacher was awesome at keeping the right climate in the room. He adjusted the heat and humidity during the standing series. I felt myself immediately get stronger. I had a magnificent class. And….get this….on the way out he said I had a great rabbit pose. Me. A great anything pose is rare. I drove home feeling better than I felt all day. Headache gone. Energy back. Great mood. Pleasantly tired. All WWE events belong on the mat.

And so, as another day goes by, I learned "wrestling" belongs on the mat, as soon as the fight starts, go back to basics – stillness; no expectations, I also learned I have a great rabbit,…and I have written.

Wrestling

4 comments to Wrestling

  • I love Bikram too and the message in your post go back to basics – stillness; no expectations

  • Nicely said. Hope your headache went away!

  • It’s wonderful how you took an otherwise bad morning and turned it into wonderful prose.
    Hope that headache is gone by now. I would think Yoga would help, did it?
    I would also like to point out that entrepreneurs wrestle everyday with one thing or another in your business… and a good dose of reflection helps as does going back to the basics.
    I shall remember this when my day isn’t running as smoothly as it should. thanks!
    – Bonnie

  • Thanks Bonnie! Im glad you liked it!
    You cant give up on the things you love, not ever…
    Charlotte ~ Private Practice
    Sent from my iPhone…
    Linda Bartosik 🙂

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