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We have all hear people talking about ….waiting for their ship to come in…and maybe at times…we have wished that ours would come in as well.

Let’s think about it…a ship… is a large boat . ..that I for one… have never seen resting on a shore.

You may be thinking…but cruise ships come in to shore?  right?….Not really.  They come in to docks..(.not the shore)…. docks that have been specially built for them.

So I suppose that means …if you sit on shore and wait for it…you might be sitting there a very long time…unless there is a natural disaster that forces it to crash on the shore…

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Your ship  might come in but it will be damaged and broken …not exactly what you had in mind.

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So I suppose.. if your ship doesn’t come in… swimming out to it would be in order…..Don’t know how to swim??…and the thought of learning to is frightening? ….you may have to just start building that long dock.

 

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So… if sitting and watching…doesn’t bring in your ship….and you can’t swim or build…

you might have to reconsider the ship idea…

and settle for something a little smaller.

I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order.
John Burroughs

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I have spent hours on our lake waters the past three years…and each year I am amazed by the changes of the landscape and the wildlife that find a home within.  However…. …Where are all the ducks, geese, small wading birds and muskrat???   Why would there be many one year and almost none  the next???

The only thing that comes to mind is the differing water levels each year.  This year the lake water were extremely high…and moving too fast….could that be the reason???

Was there no place for nesting to take place??   I miss  watching the young grow up…and looking forward to finding them each time I  visit the lake.

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 However…the  Turtles…the beautiful painted turtles seem to be a constant in the landscape…everyday around 10 am.

I love to float beside them …near the reeds…as they  hug a piece of driftwood and raise the heads toward the sun in unison, is always a special moment.

thCAXRF6AP For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for  everything you gain, you lose something else.

Ralph  Waldo Emerson

Yes…I am missing something this summer…. the creatures …however…I have  spent more time observing the trees and the plants as they grow and change during the summer…more than ever before.  I have observed the changing of the shores…how the rain , sun and wind affect the growth, in and around the waters edge… how the water surface explodes some days with new growth…and how it can  visually change from being glasslike in one spot yet  choppy with waves in another.

Ahhhh…change.  Mother Nature seems to embrace it and accept the consequences .

Now…if only I could be as flexible as she.

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Hope is the state which promotes the belief

in a good outcome related to

events and circumstances in one’s life..

Think about it for a minute….unconciously we are all… hoping…hoping everyday…all the time without even thinking….. hoping that it will be sunny…hoping that we get to work on time…hoping the traffic  light does not turn red….hoping  you will  receive an email from a friend….and the list could go on and on.  We hope all the time.

        There are of course… times when hoping is what helps us to get through a tough day or a difficult time and is more conscious thought.

   It is at those moments  when having hope is what gets us through the day.

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Hope, like the gleaming taper’s light,

adorns and cheers our way;

and still, as darker grows the night,

Emits a brighter ray. 

   [Oliver Goldsmith]

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Now… I am the first to say that, by just hoping ,we cannot  make sure a good outcome to occur…however…it can sure make you feel better…more positive about the possible future…

So if all of this is true…why would we ever,ever want to…TAKE AWAY ANOTHER PERSON’S HOPE?

Oh no..!!!!!  Makes me wonder.. have I ever taken away someone’s hope??

Have you found your place….next to another?

Do you both sparkle?

Do we help each other sparkle?

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photo …copyright..Michelle Beaudry

This got me wondering  about sparkling….do I sparkle?

….How about you?…..have you found your place?…your constellation??

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…Do you sparkle?….do you care?

I think there are days when we all sparkle….however….I know there are days when I don’t.

Hmmmmm……

I wonder …is  there is a way to keep my  sparkle ??….

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a96735_heligan-head     So….here we all are….looking forward to another year….  !!!      Will it be full of things that never were????

For me….for the past 3 years….I have  made and kept a New Year’s resolution… I know that most people say….Bah, Humbug….to any kind of resolutions…We have all made them and tried our best to keep them with little or no success…so why bother???….Well…I have come up with a way  to be able to make and keep a resolution….easily……The trick is to decide on a change that adds to your life….not one that causes stress

For example….one year I vowed to buy only vine ripened tomatoes when available….nothing less….then there was the NOT turning on the radio in the car unless driving more than 16 kms….how nice and quiet my rides were….and last year I decided to ….around the first of each month…to go clothes shopping for an item or two….to help update my shabby wardrobe.   Now you must admit…..very easy resolutions to make….and follow through on.  Not a bit of stress involved ….and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each year.  And these resolutions I have continued to carrry on till the present!!!!!

So….now comes the difficult part….coming up with a new resolution for 2013…..but thanks to some friends of mine….on New Year/s eve….we did some brainstorming on possible ideas for resolutions…..such as….

  • Once a month…..do a first….maybe trying a new food….or…buying a new kind of soap or shampoo ….or….watching a new tv show…or…how about just brushing your teeth with your other hand…or maybe going into a store you have never visited ….pay for a stranger’s coffee …etc. etc…!!!
  • Once a month….Taking one item out of my freezer downstairs and using it….(I keep putting items in but never take them out) so it might be an adventure for me

I am feeling that the freezer idea will be it for me in 2013 ….I think  once a month ….would be a good way to go this year…..Now I am a bit excited to find out what is lurking in that freezer downstairs. ….I am just going to have to come up with a date to start…..hmmmm….I suppose if I do it sometime during the first week of each month….will be it…..Hmmmm…although the thought of firsts really intrigues me …..could I maybe….do both…????

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Could  this is be a gentle way to step out????

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Yes…there may come a day when our life will flash before our eyes…would ours be worth watching???

Have you ever had a moment … a moment when something caused your life to flash before you???…a moment when something  caused you to take a serious look at the years that have passed. ..how you have  spent them..something that made you wonder about the years to come and how you will spend them???…If your life flashed before you today…can you say…Yes…it was worth watching or do you think you would want to change the channel ???

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had the ability to look back…and change the channel if we did not like what flashed before us???

Well…we all know that is not possible…what is past is past…However .. if our life has not been worth watching…or if our life could be a better watch…do we have the capacity to change that???…Can a person make their life…a …more worth while watch??…In the hustle and bustle of our daily routine…can a person make changes  to  their own channel???…Can we work to change  the inevitable “life flashing  before our eyes” so we will be happy with the channel our life has been on???

That got me wondering…Is it possible in looking back…  that what we see flash before our eyes …is in part …reality combined with our  perceived reality???…Is it possible that the life that might flash before us…is a mixture of…people and events and behaviors…that we have come to believe as our life…but may not have actually occurred as we remember???….Can there be memories of our lives…that  have been manufactured by others…or…redesigned by ourselves to suit our needs and attitudes ???

Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.  Albert Einstein

I wonder about this …as there are days I pick up an old journal I have written …and…I read and find to my surprise that…what I wrote about an event or feeling or behavior of a certain day…is very different from what I… now remember it to have been….In some cases it may have been only a few years and still…my memory has …over time… become distorted…So now I wonder about… if my life flashes before me one day…will it be my real life or my life distorted by time and the tricks my memory might have played.

So now I wonder…How  much of my life …that I remember to be my life…really is???…How much is a distortion of it???…When my life flashes before me one day…will I truly be watching my channel or might it be a bad connection somewhere…causing distortion???…

Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted.

Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

Hans Margolius

Think about it….How quiet are  your waters ???…How distorted are your  perceptions???



I have been invited to take part in an internet radio series about resilience.

I suppose my next post should be about just that…resilience!!

We have all entertained  others  in lots of different ways…which usually involves a bit of effort on  our part…like making a dinner…or…having a party…or…telling a joke…or relating a story….but…entertain by just listening???

Think about it…there are people who like to entertain sometimes…and there are people who enjoy being entertained…sometimes…and we have all met the people who seem to entertain …all the time???…I am not talking about paid entertainers…but rather…family members…or…friends…or acquaintances who talk…talk…talk…Those people who talk all the time and never stop.

I wonder…could it be that they have so much bottled up… that when in the company of others…they just have to share???….Could it be that they dread those moments of silence that might occur if they stop talking???….or…Maybe they enjoy having a constant audience …maybe they get some kind of positive reinforcement from it….Hmmm…one might say that they seem very self absorbed…but…could it be that they have no idea what they are doing?????..If someone were to tell them….you monopolize conversations… you never let anyone else talk…do you think they would be horrified??

Could it be …the only way to entertain such folk …is to listen to them…or…at least seem to listen???…Have you ever spent time with someone like that…only to come home and realize…they never asked you one question???…That although they have told you tons about themselves…they have learned nothing about you…

Many years ago I had a good friend…we used to sit for hours chatting…till one day I actually listened…What I realized is that we were having two very separate conversations ..we were each just waiting for the other to stop talking…to then get our words in…neither of us really ever heard the other… yet to an outsider it would have looked like a normal conversation taking place…It was then I had to say something to her….and I told her what I just realized…we were not having a conversation at all…we were having two!!!…Interesting how after that…our chats totally changed…We had no idea we had gotten into such a habit and it never happened again.

Oh no…what about me???….I don’t think I monopolize conversations…do I???….Although  I will admit …I do like to talk??…Yes..and  I do occasionally interrupt others when talking…but I am working on that…Could it be that listening is the only way to entertain me????…Hmmm…I suppose knowing that to be a possibility…is the first step to improvement.

Have you ever considered ..is your entertainment …others listening to you????

I found this quote and it made me smile…

mostly because…

even in it’s shortness… it says so much.

be kind whenever possible…it is always possible

This simple little statement made me wonder … it sounds so simple…BE KIND…yet in practice…it is not…However…for  us to be kind…it does not cost us anything…it does not hurt us…it doesn’t take much of our time…and….we all know how to do it…so why then… is it so difficult???

I would guess that we can all very easily…think of a time  when someone …was  NOT kind to us…when someone said or did something that hurt…that made us feel bad…or….how about the times when…we have done that to others…when we have not been kind.

Why if being kind… is such an easy thing to do….do people choose NOT TO  BE..?

I would like to believe that …we all want to be kindwe all do our best to be …as kind as we can be…so why are there times we are not??… Could it be that we don’t really think about it?? …Could it be that we don’t realize our unkindness??…Could  it be that we are in such a rush to get on with our lives….that we sometimes…forget about those around us??…Maybe it is that we are just too tired to even consider it some days…being kind.

I think you would agree that. ..people love it when  someone is kind to them…..and that…it sure make us feel good when we are kind to someone… so why then… why wouldn’t we all want to be kinder to each other …more often???…Do we not like feeling good???….Is it that other things and emotions ….get in our way and make being kind … more difficult than it should be?

Sure we all partake in those special little acts of kindness…those good Samaritan acts… But what about our everyday actions??…How kind conscious are we with them???…How kind conscious are we to our kids…our husbands….the people we see everyday??…How kind are we from minute to minute???…Is it possible to be kinder…or not???…If there were a seminar on learning to be kind….how many of us would consider taking part?.

How kind do you want to be???… Think about it.

Be kind whenever possible…it is always possible

isn’t it???




Yes…You may have guessed…I have been away on holiday…Maui Hawaii to be exact….great to get away for all the snow and cold to break up the cold Manitoba winter..

I am now back and ready to blog once again…   However…as I am still in the process of unpacking…it may be a bit before I have time to sit down and write….lots to share.

Yes…did you decide whether to make a resolution or not????….and…if you did…did you choose one yet???…or are you still sleeping on it???

As for me…I have chosen a few actually…I thought about it a lot and decided on this one…I will go shopping…and buy one piece of clothing…at the start of each new month…Now how is that for an addition to my life….Maybe you shop all the time…but I don’t and it is about time….also….On New Year’s Eve my husband and I filled a box with a few of our bad habits we are willing to try to get rid of….tossed the box  into a fire …along with my Breast Cancer Radiation mold…out with the old…as they say….and…I will do my best …to keep these resolutions…and bring in the new.

Have any of you heard of the 21 day theory????….What it states is that….if you do…or stop doing….something for 21 days…consecutively…it will then become a habit….If for some reason on day 19…you slip…you must begin all over again with day one….I will attest to the fact that I have tried it in the past…with teeny weeny things….and yes… it actually works!!!….how ever… the difficult part is reaching day 21…And so…I am on day 5 …with bad habits under control….and doing quite good so far…but…I will not begin to feel good until I wake up on Jan. 22…and… am able to look at my calendar with 21 x’s on it….and…with any hope…my bad habits will have skedaddled….for good!!!

So…how about you…making any changes for 2011????

Got to go…have not done my January clothes shopping yet!!!..Yikes!!! ….Hmm…will it be a shirt…pants…sweater…??? …Usually just finding something that fits is the biggest battle….so off I go to battle with  …debit card in hand…and the car gassed up.

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Before I go…I will leave you with one picture.  My newest virtual collection will begin tomorrow……till then

How is that for snapping a photo …at the most interesting time…now that could make a fun holiday photo!!!

Love the holiday season…but happy that it is now over???…Ate a bit too much???…feel as if your clothes have shrunk …just a bit???… …

Feeling kind of  like  this????

Well…maybe not quite like this…..maybe these critter will

help you put  it all into perspective…just a little????

Check out my new visitor counters that show countries visitors are from ….I am now curious to see what shows up ..I know I have had visitors from  places other than Canada…hmmm…I’ll just have to wait and see. Calling visitors from around the globe to check in!!!!

Weird…that is a word I didn’t use much before Sam’s Weird Afternoon was born….however…since then it is a word I use daily…both in my speaking vocabulary and in my posts and sites. ..Like tonight….Tonight I have been searching for weird photos to add to my collections…and the more I looked the more I found….and yes…I will be sharing them with you in the future.

Canadian Thanksgiving will be here in a few days and that means it is time for turkey. I remember making turkey the old fashion way…thawing…stuffing and cooking for hours…but flash..flash….have you heard????….there is now the …from freezer to oven turkeys and it is the best thing since microwave ovens….Oh..and yes…mine is working again…just a small temp piece needed replacing and …voila!!!! …I am microwaving once again…and all is well with the world…well…my world anyway.

Wow..it is almost midnight…my dog is calling me…so I will go and spend a bit of quality time with her/them…so till next time …here is one more sand item….

 

 

 

 A floating art sculpture..to the right is a closeup.

Yes…I am now back. …after a week of computer troubles….your trusty blogging friend is back on-line !!!!

Had a bit of a glitch this past week …after a small black out….my computer got fried!!  You can be sure that if I am not home or am sleeping or if there is a storm out…this baby will be turned off so this never happens again. How inconvenient. At first I had got a terrible feeling and then…… of …OH NO!!…I hope all of our files are not gone for good…but once I found out that for a price …it was all retrievable I relaxed. Then came that feeling of being disconnected to the world.

This is kind of how I felt when I found out my computer had crashed…… 

I thought I might have a bit of computer/blog withdrawl…but… low and behold…NOT !!  I thought my evenings would feel long without my buddy computer…but….again…NOT.  In fact…not having the constant hum of the equipment going was really quite relaxing.  I had lots of time to do other things like shop…work on items for the craft show…clean up my craft room…and even clean out some closets and wash  windows!!!   So now I am thinking …taking regular holidays from the computer world may be a good thing to do. I will have to look at my calendar and do just that…mark out some time.

But here I am…feeling the need to give my computer a bit of attention.  I did spend the past two days inputting programs and making sure the system is all  in place….but that was like maintanace…a necessity …this is more like giving attention to a good buddy.

Just thinking about yesterday…THE ZOO….we visited the Assiniboine Zoo and what a hoot that was….I am sure it has been a few decades since I have been there and of course my favorites were the monkeys…especially the babies…I could have sat myself right down with a nice drink and watched them for hours as they interact so much and just make everyone laugh.  It was fun, nostalgic and a relaxing way to spend a few hours together.  If only I had my camera with me. However, below are some pictures of some of the animals we saw….

To all you wanna be published writers out there…Since the day I signed a contract with Tate Publishing….I have learned so very much…Much about the publishing business…much about book writing…much about what being a published author really means…and much about myself…Rather than dribble on and on…I will just make a list….here it is…..

Don’t Publish a Book If…..

  1. you can’t feel extremely proud of you creation
  2. you are intimidated to ask  for opinions of it from friends and family and other writers
  3. you expect your publisher do all the selling of your book for you
  4. you assume your job is over once you sign a contract
  5. you expect to make enough money to leave your day job.
  6. you are easily discouraged
  7. you don’t like using the computer.
  8. you do not plan on going out there to sell it
  9. you have no money to put into the project
  10. you are not flexible and willing to compromise
  11. you are intimidated by meeting strangers.
  12. you are not interested in learning about marketing
  13. you are not a self-starter
  14. after beginning the publishing process….you plan on spending 24/7…365 days a year…writing

and the following comes from a visitor to this blog…more good advice…thanks to “naked listener”

Don’t publish a book if … you cannot write to spec or work fast or be adaptable, such as not being able to suddenly get up at 3am to work on the 17th draft or get a tad tetchy about how the editor edits your manuscript.

Publish a Book  Only If…..

  1. you are willing to devote hours to the book…. after signing a contract or beginning a publishing process
  2. you enjoy meeting and talking with new people..any people
  3. you enjoy the computer and are willing to  develop and put time into  a blog, site, Facebook page, twitter account
  4. you are ready to physically get out there , pound the pavement and sell  your book
  5. you can afford to do so
  6. you are self motivated and willing to step out of  your comfort zone
  7. you are willing to research, research, research all you can find about book marketing
  8. you are willing to accept criticism
  9. you are self motivated and can work well on your own
  10. you have a good understanding of  your and your publisher’s job descriptions
  11. you can view this as a long-term commitment…2,3,5 years.
  12. you are willing to compromise  if required
  13. you are able to keep up a comfortable pace and not crash and burn after the first few months of release
  14. you are able to find fresh new ways to get excited about your book  to motivate others to buy

Well there you have it….Things I have learned….so far…    Like starting a new job there is always a steep learning curve at the beginning of it and my book publishing adventure has been no different….With new jobs they always say…year one-challenging….year two-beginning to understand it better…year three-know the job pretty well by now…year four – very competent…year five-  ?????

I wonder how it will have all gone when  June …2015 …rolls around…that would be the five-year mark.
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Weird , weird, weird…..


I just love the internet!!!

I received a message today from a friend/family living in Montreal at the moment…someone who used to be a big part of my life many years ago…and…all I could do was smile as I read.  It was so good to hear from her.  In 1999 when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer…she sent me a beautiful framed drawing called…”Goddess of Hope”….I remember how it was so carefully packed with tissue paper ….with  ladybug stickers all over the wrappings….funny the things you remember!  Anyway that drawing hangs on my bathroom wall where I can see it daily…. Not only is it a reminder of how I beat my cancer… but also…it makes me think often of this special person who drew it and sent it to me many years ago.

I suppose we all have items in our homes that …when we look at them… remind us of someone who is or has been  a very special  influence in our lives…someone who has touched us in some special way…. It may be a person who  touched us for just a moment or someone who was a daily part of our lives…

It is strange how people can come and go from our lives….and I wonder some days….why???   I suppose geography can be a problem…or maybe a change in situation like….job change, retirement, a move,  divorce or death.   And then there is interests…sometimes we may lose touch with someone because our interests are no longer the same and so our paths just no longer cross.   Although there are thousands of people who pass through our lives…and it would be impossible to stay connected to them all….ever wonder why some of them seem to always be with you even if you never are in contact with them???

Think about it for a minute….who are the people in your life…  you seem to carry with your everywhere you go????  Who are the ones that  most influenced your life???  Who are the ones you often warmly think about??? Wouldn’t it be nice if we were to be able to contact all of them…and tell them????

Imagine if there was a special day to do just that…like Mother’s or Father’s day… Hmmmm..now what could we call it???  Have any thoughts  or ideas on that one????  It would be a day where everyone contact one special person…. who really influenced your life…and tell them just that….and….think how cool would it be if…. on that day….. someone contacted  YOU!!!

Well…how about today….To the wonderful person who I spoke about in my first paragraph….You are one of those people!!  We may no longer spend time together…but you should know…I think of you often and think of the wonderful memories we both share.

Wheeww…now that wasn’t too difficult.   In fact…what a good feeling that just gave me.   Go ahead….I dare you to try it…let someone know they were and still are still important in your life…it may just make your day!!  It did just that for me!!!

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Here is the second of my WEIRD pictures…..have a good day….

Ohhhh...I just don't know...should I help out????

If you have read my ramblings…you will know that I have pondered how to get more hits on my site…not because I think I have such profound things to share…not because I am such a good writer….but because…I am curious…Curious about how possible is such a goal…

So then I did some thinking… I thought that one way of getting more hits…might be to ask for your help!!…First of all…anyone who knows me…knows that I won’t very often ask for help… Am I just too stubborn????…Too independant???…or am I … Afraid to ask???…Well this is one way for me to try to break that …what some may call a character flaw….and ask for HELP.

Yes I know…I am not asking anything …directly to you in person…and I am aware that this may be a bit odd…but…this is an easier way for me to ask….here goes….

 I was thinking….if everyone who visits my site…would forward a link to my site…to one or two people … asking them to check it out….and they forwarded a link to one or two others….and so on and so on….maybe the number of hits on my site would increase even just a teeny-weeny bit. ..If you helped me out with this small request…I wonder how many hits …with all of you helping…is possible ???

Ok then….today is July 10th and my site has 5, 093 hits at this very moment…and for the past three months there has been an average of 499 hits per month…do you think that by August 10th…one month’s time…the monthly average hits can increase if you help me????…And if so I wonder by how much???….If it went to 600 for the month…I would be thrilled!!!

I will consider this to be an experiment…one that hundreds of people can play a part in…I wonder …if I ask for your help …will  anyone  really jump in and go for it????…Depending upon how this experiment …in ASKING FOR HELP goes…will it help me to change my ways and considering asking for help for other things in my life in the future???….or …Will  I  get no  help  at all ???.

If you think about it  for a sec…you might be playing an instrumental part in how you affect  my future decisions about … asking for help… Could it be that I have not asked in the past… for fear that someone will say NO????…Will you say no to this or will you take a second and help me.    Here is a link to my site    https://fatquarter.wordpress.com  . You can just cut and past it into an email  and encourage it to be opened.

Now I will keep my fingers crossed …think positive thoughts…and see what happens…   I will keep you  all posted.

Here is that link once again….  https://fatquarter.wordpress.com

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Know what this is a collection of yet?????

World turtle day is today. Did you know that Sea Turtles are considered by some to be the most endangered animals on earth??

I don’t usually write much on Sundays, but , having a turtle tattoo…and this wonderful animal meaning much to me by symbolizing…longevity..pursistance…and today being World Turtle day…I had to write a small bit. 

Sea turtles continue to be collected for their eggs, meat and shells even though there are local, national and international laws to protect them from trade. As well polution is causing them to become ill and die. Fortunately there are groups working to make the oceans a safer place for one of their oldest inhabitants.

While in Mexico over the past few years I was able to see an old sea turtle wash up on shore dead and as well to be able to see baby sea turtles being let out to sea by a local group of concerned citizens… making me more aware of the plight of the turtle.

Tomorrow is a special day for me…May 25th…Sam’s Weird Afternoon…will be released!

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Used in ancient Greece. Looks like a place for social gatherings????

CRITICISM

 the act or an instance of making an unfavourable or severe judgment, comment, etc. .. the analysis or evaluation of a work of art, literature, etc. the occupation of a critic … a work that sets out to evaluate or … Also called textual criticism the investigation of a particular text, with related material, in order to establish an authentic text//

Criticism…it is something we all think about. There are times when we are criticised and times when we do the criticising. We like to think that we aren’t critical…but let’s face it…we just can’t help ourselves sometimes. And if you are like me …even just a weeny little bit…you don’t like being on the other end of it all…recieving criticism.

To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.” — Elbert Hubbard

Little did I know that  in writing and having a book published…a person is leaving themselves wide open for the world to have an opinion about it…and as a published writer now…I know that although my best friends have nothing but good things to say about it…my book will not be so well received by all.

So that got me to wondering about how we handle receiving criticism??  We can ignore it…..we can take it personally…we can  get upset…we can truly listen to and learn..we can even thank the person for their advice.  sometimes we disagree with what is said and other times we know in our hearts it is true. .

So now with my book out…I have thought about it all and hope I will be able to graciously accept it  if/when it comes my way.  This is not what I signed up for when I first stepped into this writing adventure!!

I will be the first to admit that initially this whole thing was very intimidating and having to share my work to get endorsements was difficult. It has been almost a year now …and it somehow all changed as now… I am just excited to share Sam’s adventure with everyone I meet.

Now…how did that happen?????

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