When Words Collide: A Whirlwind of a Weekend

I absolutely LOVE When Words Collide.

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A conference for writers, readers, publishers, editors…anyone passionate about books in some shape, way or form, this year it took me away in a  whirlwind of activity. I first heard about WWC two years ago. It is  affordable and for me it is also localThus my decision to attend the first one was easy to make. My intention, initially, was to learn. To absorb as much information as possible. To be a human sponge! And learn I did. The wealth of sessions to choose from was overwhelming. At that time, I had written my first book, and had no idea how to ‘put it together.’ I learned so much, I went home and spent the entire evening creating my project plan to assemble, promote and sell my book. And that I did. Incredibly, my book is now a concrete thing. I continue to promote and sell one book at a time. Capturing my personal story, this first book is very near and dear to my heart. My goal was to inspire at least one person with my words, and to raise as much $$$ as possible for a great cause. (Learn more here).

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The Writer’s Tool Box

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Welcome to my monthly post in participation of the Insecure Writers Support Group (IWSG). If you have never heard of it, check it out!!!

I have embarked on my first fiction book. I will fully admit, this is hard. But, I am totally committed to finishing what I have started! I have launched myself completely into this, and have scoured the resources out there. I have read books, taken classes, and asked for advice from the many talented authors that I have been so fortunate to meet.

The main result is that I have learned a lot, and I have built myself a writer’s tool box. I am so excited to share with you what is in my tool box. I hope that you find something here that will help you, no matter where you are in your writing journey. Continue reading “The Writer’s Tool Box”

One Step at a Time – Re-Becoming a Writer

Insecure Writers Support Group Badge This post is in participation of the IWSG.

First of all, I would like to apologize for missing last month’s post.  I did not participate in posting or in reviewing other writer’s posts.  I really, really, really do want to be part of this group.  I will strive to keep my monthly commitment moving forward.

With that said, my first post, back in January, was all about admitting to myself that I am a writer.  It was also about believing in myself, and taking the steps towards writing my next book.

Right after Christmas, a life event directed all of my energy elsewhere.  My husband’s mom passed away very suddenly and completely unexpectedly.  For my husband and I, it was our first loss of a parent.  My father-in-law moved in with us for a while.  Skills that I didn’t fully realize were simply a part of me surfaced.  I played the part of project manager as my husband, my father-in-law, and the rest of our dear mom’s immediate family forged through a very tough week.  We were all in shock, but, there was so much to be done.  I was so grateful for all of the experience I had gained from being in a professional environment, guiding along big system projects. I was even more grateful for my ability to simply be open and allow myself to be guided and to respond to what was most important at any given moment.  I found myself saying things to others that somehow helped, but that I wasn’t sure where these words had come from.

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Kickboxing, Power Lifting and Empowering People

I recently had the absolute pleasure of getting to know Tasneem.  Tasneem is small in stature, but big in personality.  Her energy flows from her, and leaves one feeling uplifted, excited, and ready to take on life!  She is extremely hard working and dedicated to quality and the people in her life.  She is an absolute fireball, taking on life straight ahead, no backing down.  She is also wise beyond her years, embracing both balance and learning from her mistakes.  Let me take you on a journey with Tasneem…

Tasneem has been a part of many sports thoughout her life.  Many, including basketball, rugby, rowing, running and trialathon, came into and went out of her life.  In high school she took her first kickboxing class.  She immediately knew this was the one.  She really got into it in her 20s, and at first she struggled!!  She had two left feet and no co-ordination.  But she chose to keep getting her ass kicked, literally.  She stuck with it, she worked hard and she learned.

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A Beautiful Brunch

The air was electric.  The room was vibrating with high frequency energy!!!

I was a newbie, it was my first time, yet I felt like I had been here before.  Everyone was so welcoming, energetic and enthusiastic!

It was no coincidence that the entire morning was such an amazing experience for me.

I had seen ‘Babes Who Brunch’ float by on social media a few times, and something about it grabbed my attention.  Thus, when a friend told me it was a must try, I immediately bought my ticket.  If this is in a city near you – GO!!!  The Ace Class is where you can find info and tickets.

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The space created by Mandy (host of Babes Who Brunch) and the energy she infused the entire room with completely guided me to an elevated place.  If anyone was feeling off or bad before arriving at the event, their entire being would be changed the minute they walked into the room.  The atmosphere coaxed happiness out of everyone present.  The vibe was naturally elevated by so many positively charged beings, sharing, supporting, and collaborating.

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Orcas Island

We left Friday Harbour on a ferry and headed to Orcas Island.  We didn’t have confirmation of a place to stay that night.  We had contacted one of the few places that may have some vacancy, so we took a chance.  When we arrived, we drove the peaceful, quiet road, easily sinking into the slow pace of everything and everyone around us.  We found the one small ‘main town’ and a lovely breakfast.  How delightful!! The food was tremendous, the view was spectacular, and who knew what the day held?  After our adventures in escaping from the blazing fires in Oregon (Burning Eyes of Fire) we were definitely ready to turn over a new page on our road trip!

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Ode to Ike – Persistence, Positivity, Patience and Presence

Henry Ford Quote

Whether you THINK you CAN or you CAN’T, either way you are RIGHT!!!

My brother was the one that first brought my attention to this quote.  I use it here because it completely describes my grandfather’s approach to life.

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My dear grandpa, Isaac (Ike) Doerksen, finally found a place of peace a few days ago after 103 years of life on this earth.  I don’t believe that there was any part of his life in which he did NOT believe that if he decided to do something, then he would.  The last week of his life was not easy.  As his ability to eat, drink water, and even get up slipped away, my family and I watched this man who had been such a strong figure in our lives slowly decline.  As his physical being lost it’s strength and became a weak shell of what it used to be, I watched in what was nothing less than total amazement as the strength of mind, soul and spirit emanating from him literally infused the entire room.  He didn’t once complain.  When I told him I loved him, he used what he had left to tell me he loved me too.  He often reached for the loving hand of whoever was sitting with him and gave a healthy squeeze.  He displayed such grace right to the end.  And as he did his entire life, he didn’t give up easily.  He simply lived true perseverance as he always had.

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