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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!

You Did It Right!

I have, over two years time doing Bikram yoga 3-4 times a week, become very comfortable with camel pose. Today was no exception. I went into the pose, without fear, because I have come to trust my teachers to not leave me there for more than 20 seconds. I came out of the pose and laid down for savasana. The teacher said (as they all do time and again), “If you’re sick or nauseous, dizzy, or just feel weird – don’t worry, you did it right!” I always smile thinking how newbies think they going to get some sympathy for how they feel coming out of camel and they’re just told they did it right.

Camel is not only a physical pose. It’s a deeply emotional one. It brings up a lot of stuff, both physical and emotional and brings it to the surface. I once cried for no reason coming out of camel – be it something I was holding onto and needed to release, or just a huge amount of pent up stress going its own way – I couldn’t say. Today coming out of camel was pretty uneventful, but when the teacher said, “You did it right”, I laid down in savasana thinking how pushing through all the bad, hard, camels over the years has really taught me to weather the hard things in life. There are things occurring in my life today that I did not do a good job with managing before I started Bikram. Managing camels has taught me to manage fear and remain diligent until the storm passes, instead of throwing myself into an emotional wringer and making myself and everyone around me miserable. I have a close family member battling cancer right now. Instead of falling apart and having everyone take care of me, too, I think of being in camel, and push on through so maybe I could be of assistance to my family.

When hard things come, camel teaches perseverance and trust, builds endurance, and manages fear. So, today, when my very wise teacher, Mark, said, “You did it right”, I laid down and thought to myself, yes, I did, didn’t I?

And so, as another day goes by, my Bikram class is so much more than yoga, and….I have written.

Below: I follow both of these blogs.  Like A Flower Petal Blooming describes exactly why I say “Bikram is so much more than yoga” and Hell Bent describes the function of camel perfectly! Another yoga information site is Jen Reviews. Her latest post on 18 Amazing Benefits of Yoga, According to Science is so informative that I am sharing it with my health club clients! Namaste!

You Did It Right!

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