Make a Mark and Start Your Story

Every story begins somewhere. I have a sign in my home office that says, “Home is where your story begins”.

But stories don’t necessarily start at home. Some start the minute you walk out the door, or board a plane, or put the car in gear. Some stories start when you open a door or answer the phone, or say “hi” to a stranger.

And not only that, but our lives are not just one story, but many, many stories. There’s the story of my childhood, the story of life and Grandma Johnson’s house. There’s stories of school and friends. I have stories from an old apartment house that isn’t even there anymore. But the story is still there. That’s the great thing about stories-they live forever.

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What story are you in right now? Or what story will you start tomorrow? Is your story about success, career, love, loss, or hope? I’ll bet you have a story that touches on each of these. We all do.

Life is just a compilation of our stories.

Anything Is Possible

Anything is possible.

It’s a fun statement full of hope and magic. Although some people would rather live by what’s probable than what’s possible. Part of this comes from fear of change. Reaching for the ‘possible’ can mean reaching outside of your comfort zone. It can mean taking a risk, testing your faith, capabilities, or knowledge. It is often much easier to live in a world of what we know and are comfortable with.

That darn comfort zone! It’s our worst enemy.

Is there something you want but felt it was out of your reach? Maybe you don’t feel qualified for a particular job or task? Or like some unfortunate souls, feel you’re not worthy? Who establishes your worth? Who establishes your qualifications? Who says you do or don’t need that enough to warrant your having it?

You do!

Your life isn’t up to anyone else, it’s up to you. If you’ve given the control of your life away to someone else, then it is fully in your power and right to take that control back. It’s your life, not theirs. What is possible in your mind, that you haven’t tackled, tried, or reached for yet?

It’s time. Take the first step today to do the possible.

Turning Point

Every moment brings an opportunity to experience life anew. Every day carries the potential for transformation and growth-for adopting a fresh perspective, making a different choice, or taking a new path.

Be thankful

I choose to make today a turning point day. Whether the changes I make are large or small, each one propels my growth. I discover more about myself, how Spirit works in and through me, and how to express my divine nature in meaningful ways.

I step out in faith to experience life more fully. I am confident and excited as I venture into new territory and embrace this turning point of my life.

An Inspiring Teacher of God

Every year I travel to the Vancouver, WA area to spend Thanksgiving with my oldest daughter and her family. Thursday we have our traditional turkey dinner, Friday we find some great Black Friday specials to take advantage of, and Saturday we have first Christmas with my grand kids there. It’s always a magical time.

But this year I got an extra treat. My son-in-law, Demetrius Rogers, is the new pastor for the Mount Hood Christian Center in Gresham, Oregon.

Demetrius Rogers
Demetrius Rogers

I have attended a lot of churches and a lot of services in my years, but none so enjoyable and fulfilling as Demetrius’.

He is:

  • Energetic
  • Passionate
  • Dynamic
  • Charismatic
  • Entertaining
  • Engaging
  • Informative
  • Relevant
  • Inspiring

Being a public speaker myself, I appreciate a talented and gifted speaker when I hear one. Demetrius Rogers is one of the best. The Mount Hood Christian Center is blessed to have him at their helm. He presents his sermons in a way that makes you think, makes you laugh, and makes you feel touched by the very hand of God.

I loved how he made it so relevant to life today. How he pulled in personal stories, and even made me laugh.

He is a gift. If you live in the Portland, OR or Vancouver, WA area, I strongly encourage you to visit this church and hear this great man.

I do not give this recommendation lightly, it comes with true conviction. creative-writing-prompts

I May Not Be Perfect

But parts of me are pretty awesome.

In fact, none of us are perfect, but I believe that we all have something about us that is pretty awesome.

What is your awesome? Where do you shine?

What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing?

These are your awesomes.

I’m happiest when I’m writing, reading, making crafts, creating in nearly any form, and spending time with those I love.Dan's wedding

What makes you the happiest?

Nurture your awesome parts and feel your life flourish in joy and happiness.

Success is doing what you love, and loving what you do. Be successful. Be awesome!

Mom!

As I sat in my comfortable chair this morning, sipping my chai latte and reading a Nora Roberts’ novel The Obsession, it occurred to me how much my mother has influenced my life.

Many of my favorite authors now, were her favorite authors too. Nora Roberts, Tony Hillerman, and of course-J. K. Rowling!

Mom was a coffee drinker, always started her day off with a cup of coffee. Sorry Mom, I never did acquire the taste for coffee, but my chai latte is a perfect substitute.

And it occurred to me all the ways that she had influenced my life, and that she had so much to do with who I am today.

Mom and me when I was about 3 years old
Mom and me when I was about 3 years old

When I came home from living in Europe, Mom took me to a new church she found and started me on the path of my spiritual awareness. She and I spent many Sundays, especially the last few years of her life, going to church together. And I loved sitting with her on a Sunday afternoon having deep spiritual conversations. I miss that so much!

She had so much faith in me, and saw more in me than I often saw in myself. Today I see what she saw, and I wish she was here so I could tell her.

Much of who I am today, is a result of my mother’s love and faith in me. She taught me the importance of honesty, hard work, spirituality, family, friends, and patience. She taught me to be creative, to let my mind see the possibilities, to be a visionary. She also taught me to enjoy life, to laugh, to have fun. And above all – experience the adventure of it all.

Thank you, Mom.img_0170

Ann Rutledge  Feb 3, 1937-March 13, 2010

The Color of Life

We recently went to Stanley, Idaho for the weekend. What beauty! The weather was great, the sky was blue and color was everywhere.021small

Autumn is my most favorite time of the year, and I think it’s greatly because of the color of the season. The leaves turning to crimson and gold and falling in huge piles.

I remember jumping into gigantic piles of leaves when I was a little girl and getting lost in them. It was so much fun.

The world is full of color and fun.

The Power of Anticipation

Alfred Hitchcock, the undisputed master of suspense, once said, “There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.”

  1. Set up a character goal
  2. Have a character talk about the future
  3. Set up a secret plan
  4. Have a character be warned
  5. Establish dramatic irony, a.k.a. ‘reader superior position’

As a writer, we sometimes have to write backwards, especially in mysteries and suspense, it helps us plant the little clues along the way.

What’s your favorite mystery or thriller?

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Follow Your Heart

But take your brain with you.

I watched my cat chase a squirrel up to the top of a tree once. The squirrel was much faster that my fat cat, and got away. Then my cat found himself way up in the tree, squirrel-less, and higher than he felt comfortable with. He started meowing for help.

I coaxed him and he slowly backed his way down out of the tall tree.

Cosmo
Cosmo

How often do we chase after something with our heart, only to find out when we get there, that it wasn’t what we thought it would be?

Stop and think about what it is you want. Why do you want it? Will it make any difference if you get/achieve it, or not?

Think of all the pros and cons of both outcomes. Will it make you a better person? Will it make you happier?  How?

All I ask, is that you THINK along with your feelings.

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