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Why the virtuous path doesn’t work for me – or, using play to accomplish your goals

January 7, 2010


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=kids+race&iid=31242″ src=”0030/61c63a52-f22b-4cb6-9dc4-5e7b25fa135f.jpg?adImageId=8850021&imageId=31242″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /] I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints . . . The sinners are much more fun.  – Billy Joel I’m a 40-something wife, mother of 3 and occasional Very Serious Professional, and I’m still rebelling against the ‘should do’s.  I don’t want to […]

Achieving your outrageous goals with MAGIC!

December 30, 2009


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=magic&iid=5102865″ src=”2/1/4/9/Person_waving_magic_044f.jpg?adImageId=8732567&imageId=5102865″ width=”234″ height=”321″ /] Magic!  That’s all we need – something that will make achieving our goals effortless, mythical, astonishing.  When guilt and longing (and procrastination and intimidation) fail to make it happen, magic will help you achieve your goals. Well, okay, I don’t actually have a magic trick to make […]

Outrageous Goals – Outrageous Ideas, we got ’em

December 26, 2009


Everyone have their outrageous goals for 2010?  No?  Just for those of you who might be feeling stuck, or unmotivated or blase about your goals for 2010, here are some ideas to get your brains going: Find your calling, follow your passion – Start a blog! This one’s not just for writers.  Even if you’re […]

Setting outrageous goals, part 3 – write the story of your life

December 21, 2009


Updated to add the picture: Sitting on stone by artist Timur Tsaku.  Click on the picture or on the link to see more gorgeous work by this artist. Once upon a time there was a witch who spoke the truth.  And the people were afraid of her, for no one wanted to hear the truth. […]

Setting outrageous goals, Part 1 – What in the past year made you squeal, laugh, roar, kick, hop and dance with delight?

December 18, 2009


Wheeeeeeeee!!!!!!!! Time to set some outrageous goals.  Some scary, crazy, ridiculous goals.  And then to publish them. But first, let’s make sure we’re on the same page. Why do we need personal goals? Well, all of us chickens are sitting here in this blog-chicken house because we want to live lives that matter.  And one […]

What I learned from writing a book in 30 days

December 3, 2009


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=manuscript&iid=239331″ src=”0235/d2b327bb-0146-491e-98e1-2ad940fc5f75.jpg?adImageId=8010271&imageId=239331″ width=”234″ height=”156″ /] I did it!!!!!  Did you hear me roar all the way from central Virginia?? As some of you know, I participated in NaNoWriMo in November – tackling the feat of writing 50,000 words (more than I had ever written) of a book during the month of November. […]

Day 14 – Lose control – and learn more (or learning about life with taekwondo)

November 2, 2009


[picapp src=”0306/0000306220.jpg?adImageId=7086418&imageId=309488″ width=”234″ height=”187″ /] Well, I hit an Official Writer’s Block my friends, my very first night of NaNoWriMo. I’d done my “research,” and all the kids books I’d loved as a child, all the great classics, had been written in the 3rd person. A lot of good kids books are written in first […]

Day 12 – (re)defining myself

October 29, 2009


[picapp src=”a/1/f/4/Womans_face_and_e459.jpg?adImageId=6986132&imageId=5281934″ width=”234″ height=”299″ /] First say to yourself what you would be; and then do what you have to do. – Epictetus The effort to define or re-define oneself can be difficult.  There is a lot of ego tied up with an established identity, a lot of capital, and I fear “throwing away” what […]