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Doing a personal year-end review

December 15, 2009


[picapp align=”none” wrap=”false” link=”term=analysis&iid=7312134″ src=”b/2/f/c/The_Cabalistic_analysis_2861.jpg?adImageId=8338383&imageId=7312134″ width=”234″ height=”380″ /] How did you do this year in terms of your calling?  Well, it depends on what’s important to you.  Your results may look better or worse, depending on what you decide to measure.  (a trick understood by every successful corporate employee)  What you decide to measure should […]

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. […]

It’s not settling if it’s part of the Plan for World Domination

November 16, 2009


[picapp src=”0256/0a6ee4d5-5b45-408b-b776-3f8c94929fda.jpg?adImageId=7533097&imageId=259761″ width=”234″ height=”331″ /] I am a bit of an Idealist.  For me, Tilting at windmills = cool.  Writing a crappy book in 30 days without hope of publication or payment = sublime. The problem with being an Idealist is that you want and expect everything to be perfect and wonderful, and sometimes you […]

Change your view of what’s possible and change your life

November 15, 2009


[picapp src=”b/0/7/f/Roger_Bannister_33e4.jpg?adImageId=7500529&imageId=6055266″ width=”234″ height=”162″ /] Roger Bannister was the first man to break the 4 minute mile. Photo: Allsport UK/Getty Images It seems to me that some of the saddest phrases I hear are: I could never do that I’d be scared to try that I’m too old to try something new I wish I […]

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 13 – Not too old . . . for anything!

November 1, 2009


[picapp src=”0249/c7097235-361a-4ab9-b700-dd86cb0345b6.jpg?adImageId=7072172&imageId=253365″ width=”234″ height=”158″ /] I hope my kids think I’m as cool as this lady (someday)! [picapp src=”b/3/b/9/74.jpg?adImageId=7072231&imageId=3646326″ width=”234″ height=”298″ /] That’s former prez Bush (senior), skydiving on his EIGHTIETH birthday I just read a mini author bio about author Barb Johnson, who published her first book at age 52, after spending 20 years […]

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 […]

Pausing for self-assessment

October 22, 2009


[picapp src=”0155/7ea0b9ce-58c6-4ca8-8e81-db5319cf9594.jpg?adImageId=6407962&imageId=159502″ width=”234″ height=”351″ /] Well, I made it to Day 10 (did you?) What did I learn? 1. I enjoyed the first 10 days a lot.  A LOT.  Even though at times it has felt like work, even though I still worry about frittering away my time.  There is something amazing about this whole […]