Meow Wolf

I didn’t have any idea what Meow Wolf was walking through the doors in Santa Fe, New Mexico – one of my very favorite communities. Author and Santa Fe resident George R R Martin – the Game of Thrones guy – is at the financial helm of this endeavor was my understanding once I started to investigate what exactly this was we were experiencing. Walking into the immersive and discombobulating environment was a bit scary at the same time it was a thrill. My understanding is reactions to it have often been cut and dried – extremes of – love it or hate it – is not uncommon. I LOVED it. It was soothing and reassuring. I felt I wasn’t alone in my way of thinking as I walked through it. It felt more like life than so much of what we’re exposed to in media day-to-day. Ok – you walk through a refrigerator portal into a type of space travel...

Series: #1 Big Picture Vision

Book Author Question Series What is my big picture vision for this book project? This book project sparked a bigger idea for me last year. I turned 49 in August. I’ve themed my 49th year with the title – Year of 49. (My creativity knows no bounds.) I made a list of some things I want to accomplish in making this 49th year transition into 50 a year of celebrating benchmarks reached and life shifts that set up the trajectory of my life for the next phase. That list includes at least one book published and another manuscript done. A career shift toward something that leads to new possibilities in the next 10-20 years, not stagnation. Some other things on my list – no more apologies even to myself for anything I decide to or decide not to do. Boom. Sometimes I’ll be the gentle idealist I am and sometimes I’ll roar with passion as the lion-heart I am. I own me...

Series: 10 Author Questions

I have so much to share. I want to offer insight into my path toward writing a book, my own process of getting it down on paper and out there, and progress since I put it out. There have been some great developments so far and it's only just begun. Before I get to that in upcoming posts, however, I want to share a list of 10 questions I'll take on in individual upcoming posts. I've made note of these questions, because this is what I find I'm being asked often about writing itself so far. I want to offer a supportive nudge to others considering their own project. As for book content questions - that's another series ahead. I've touched on some of it in prior posts. Here is the rundown of my upcoming blog post series: 1- What is my big picture vision for this book project? 2- Why bother writing a book at this time? Is it passe? 3- Why bother writing a book and taking this on when you...

Amazon Book Sales Ranking

Wow Wow Wow… I got a call out of the blue yesterday. It was surprising and encouraging! I’ve had a hunch my story could connect with others. I’ve known I wasn’t the only one on the kind of path I’ve walked with ample learning facing things not entirely unlike what I’ve experienced finding ways to overcome and persevere one day at a time. I’m so happy people are finding it, so it can offer some sort of comfort, connection, and reassurance to them. My book is called, 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life. I hadn’t been updated on how my book was doing and I haven’t been checking. It went out into the book selling marketplace November 8, 2018. I’m new to this and have entered the entire experience with a curiosity about how it all worked, willingness to learn, and enthusiasm to enjoy it. This woman is working with me to determine...

Yay! Upcoming Book Signing!

I’m happy to share that the Normal Public Library is hosting my first book signing May 5th at 2p. Books will be available. I’ll talk about the book, the process, and we’ll read some from it. I want to share this experience with others who have their own stories to tell. Please join me! Thanks to John Fischer at the Normal Public Library in Normal, IL for making this happen. Here is a link to all of the information!

Unexpected Standing Ovation

I’ve been at a loss for words the last few days. Monday I gave a talk about my book at the Leadership Illinois Conference. I was coming off of a very busy weekend having flown back to the midwest from southern California the afternoon before. Plus, shortly after the speech I was informed the new Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker had requested my workplace participate in a news conference the next morning in preparation for rock bottom temperatures related to this 2019 ultra freeze snap. It was a request that directly involved me. In the middle of it, I’ve been processing the realization I’m deeply impacted by the way I was embraced at the Leadership Illinois Conference after my hour long talk. I was invited to speak about my book, 9 Word Rethink To Get On With Life.¬†When my talk was over, my best hope was that I would leave people with the belief that we are all in this...