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So it’s a lot easier to “take” the picture every day than it is to “post” it! for the 14th I had a picture I couldn’t find, took a different one and spent a half-hour and it wouldn’t load, then the page they say they “ALWAYS” save a draft of…didn’t save. I ran out of time and now here it is the 17th. So after a cranky Blog-system and a minor illness I am now ready to post!

14th subject-“heart” I chose a vintage Valentine my Mother had on display.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 15 subject “phone” – This is a phone we had in our “Fire-themed” Bar we used to own. It resembles a call box but cleverly is an actual phone. ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 16 subject -“Something New” – to expand my writing “offerings” I have branched out into framing some of my poetry along with the actual photograph or vision that inspired it. This gives people a chance to see more of my work in a more timely fashion than waiting for a kind publisher to fall in love with the manuscript enough to¬†put it all into book format!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 17 subject “time” – This is a photo of some green olives as in “not ready” olives we purchased in the North End in Boston on our annual Christmas pilgrimage. I chose this picture because we are curing these olives – novicely¬†– a process that if you choose to do the old-fashioned way takes a very, very, long time… as in months. I think we are nearing the point where we can try one but I have to say I am not as excited about that prospect as I was when we started! I think I’ll let the Mr. eat the 1st one ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‚ÄúStory Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts‚Ä̬†by Melissa Rossetti Folini¬†‚Äď Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO ‚Äď Jan. 2010 ‚Äď 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble¬† or from the author.

 

 

 

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Day 11’s subject – “makes you happy” My picture is of a bouquet of flowers that my husband bought me 1. as a surprise 2. because he was proud of something I had done this week that was WAY out of my comfort zone and a very big step. So beautiful blooms make me happy and so does having a husband that recognizes that sometimes a girl just likes some flowers for no particular reason. ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 12 “Inside your closet” OK a month ago I’d have taken a picture¬†of someone else’s closet as mine was not suitable for viewing! Since we got married almost 3 years ago, we have just had our stuff “in” the closet as the shelving unit we purchased that my nephew painstakingly put together, hadn’t been installed into the wall. the 1st obstacle was we didn’t have a stud-finder. By the time we solved that problem there were too many clothes and it seemed like too big a project to tackle on our only day¬†off together. In fact once we bought the brackets and rod¬†we still put it off a few weeks. Then one Saturday we bit the bullet and almost each other and got it done. My husband even found a piece of wood in the barn that we painted up to use a shelf to go over the new rod-system. I can now actually walk¬†IN¬†AND turn around and I am not stepping on or over anything! So my picture is of the new shelf showing a couple of my whimsical purses and the bags we use when we go to the beach and collect shells! An organized closet is a beautiful thing!

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Today’s photo is of “words.” Being a writer I had a LOT to choose from. What I chose however, was one of my favorite inspirational quotes from Thoreau. It is actually posted in various areas around my home. The quote of “Go Confidently in the Direction of your Dreams,” has everything thing you need in a life pep-talk that you could ever want. It commands you to “GO”, move, do it now, whatever “it” is. and do it confidently, bravely, with purpose and a plan. And it tells you plainly where it is to go. There are no other options, your dreams and goals are forward every action that does NOT lead towards them is leading you in the wrong direction. Simply and to the point. So this morning I urge you to “Go!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the List of Photo-a-day prompts see my Feb. 1st post!

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It has been awhile since my last post. It is ironic that when one is a full-time writer that there is often no time to write on their blog! More to the point I like this forum to be entertaining and somewhat informative and as a platform, I don’t feel I need to post everyday with just random thoughts for the sake of making a post. And to post a quote and wax poetic about it – well that takes time from the writing I am supposed to be doing that pays the bills. So, in some instances I am choosing not to “waste” your time and mine. I told myself when I had a new project for either writing or life as that’s what this blog is about, that I would share it.

So, it is now August 2nd and August has always been a kick-start month for me. Many of my most important events and milestones have happened in August and many projects I started in August were met with great success. It may seem a quirky thing to you but it’s something I pay attention to. Life is often odd and random and when something gives you goosebumps or seems to be “calling” to you, PAY ATTENTION.

So, I have two new items that I will be “blogging” about.

1. is a writing item, not just for me but for the other writers (aspiring or otherwise) that follow this blog.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† 2. is a “life” project that I am embarking on along with my Mom and my husband I have not broken the news to them yet BUT when they see what it is I am sure they will both jump on the bandwagon willingly.¬† However, that reveal is for another day but I am looking forward to starting it as it should be a ton of fun for us and everyone needs something fun to look forward too!

With that I will say, “stay tuned” as I’d like to put it in a separate post as easier reference for those of you who may choose to follow or embark on that journey as well!

Thanks for following along and I hope that these new projects will inspire you to either participate or start projects of your own and if you simply reading for entertainment, well then that’s fine too! I’m glad to have you.

As always I welcome your thoughts and comments and questions on the blog!

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Put my creativity to work for you! Visit my services page and let me help you design a vision board, goal prop, or a custom poem for a special occasion! 

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‚ÄúStory Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts‚Ä̬†by Melissa Rossetti Folini¬†– Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO¬†– Jan. 2010 ‚Äď 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble¬† or from the author.

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Love it or Loathe it, Valentine’s Day is here to stay and I don’t feel that is a bad thing as sometimes we all need a little reminder to actually SHOW and TELL the ones we love how we feel. Going through our everyday¬†lives sometimes on autopilot important things often get taken for granted and feelings that should be expressed go unspoken. So you don’t have to buy into all the overpriced Roses hoopla but it wouldn’t hurt to take February 14th as a day to make it your mission to let everyone that you love know them, let them stop guessing, take the mystery out of it, don’t wait until there’s¬†a serious illness, tell them now. Tell them yesterday and tell them again tomorrow or show them with a nice meal or washing the salt off their car or doing the dishes. People need to feel loved 365 days of the year but if you can’t do that at least make it a point in February. Really, you have no excuse the heart, flowers, and cupids are everywhere to remind you!

Speaking of “love” thank you all for showing your love to this Blog as It has reached a milestone of 5,000 views! I am so excited about that and I thank you for taking the time out of your busy lives to spend a few minutes with the thoughts, stories, and advice I have shared here. I hope it has helped you and at the very least made you chuckle.

One of the points of this Blog is to help you be¬†happy. Sounds pretty simple and basic and honestly it is. Through my anecdotes and tips and examples, I’m hoping to give a base of a roadmap to help you “Live the Life you have imagined.” They say if your “do what you love, you will love what you do” and wouldn’t it be great if everyone was excited to wake up in the morning because their day was going to unfold exactly the way the envisioned it. How great it would be to book your vacations only now they are not “dream vacations” but reality trips and they happen frequently. Wouldn’t you like to NOT dread Monday because it’s your Monday, you’re excited to work because it’s what you have always wanted to do, or your living where you have always wanted, or working with whom you have always wanted.

The “impossible” dream is possible. Is it easy to attain? Nope. However, it can happen and wouldn’t you rather spend a day putting hard work into YOUR dream then hard work into someone elses for minimum wage? I can’t encourage you enough to think about what you LOVE. When was the last time you got chills that had nothing to do with the snow? If you’re watching something or reading about something and you get a feeling in your stomach¬†and goosebumps on your arms that is your body’s way¬†of saying, “Hey, Pay attention! We like this and we want to do more of it!” Write down what it was that made you feel the excitement and anticipation. Then and this is the step most people stop at….Figure out what is between you and that feeling or goal. Is it lack of talent, experience, knowledge, confidence??? All of those have solutions: Take singing lessons, take a class, read up on the subject, believe in yourself and celebrate the little victory’s along the way. It CAN be done. Find what gives you the chills and go after it! You deserve to wake up everyday with a smile. There are no do-overs in this game of life, know that, you deserve to do and be what you love!

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Put my creativity to work for you! Visit my services page and let me help you design a vision board, goal prop, or a custom poem for a special occasion! 

I am also available to speak for your group, club, or function.

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‚ÄúStory Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts‚Ä̬†by Melissa Rossetti Folini¬†– Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO¬†– Jan. 2010 ‚Äď 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble¬† or from the author.¬†¬†

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If you look at the word¬†“resolutions” you will see all the ingredients necessary for “results”! Pretty neat huh? They’ve been there all along you maybe just didn’t see it. With the dawning¬†of 2011 people around the World make wishes, goals, & resolutions¬†as what better time then the start of a new year? Some people genuinely make these resolutions as they are looking for change and need a meaningful start date. Some people make drunken plans they won’t remember in 24 hours. Many people scoff at those who would use a calendar change to bring about a life change and that’s probably why in 2012 they will be exactly where they were in 2009, 2010, & 2011 – “if nothing changes, nothing changes.”

I think the reason resolutions have gotten a bad reputation is the fact that :

1. Most people are afraid of change and committment so they refuse to step out of their comfort zone and make one at all.

2. People make the wish without making a plan to make it so.

It is not the resolution that failed it was the person that made it! Period.

This has a simple solution though. That is……

Write the dang thing down!

If you keep it as a secret¬†wish in your head and never formulate¬†a plan or outline any steps it remains as a wish and will be gone by February and replaced with self-loathing and disgust at your lack of “will-power.” It’s not your lack of willpower it’s your lack of planning.

Give your dream/resolution life. Make it count by writing it down then, there it is, your intention is on paper and out into the World. Now that you’ve¬† launched it, give it direction. Write right underneath as many steps that come into your head on how to make it happen. Then start putting symbols or checks next to those you can do right away. Don’t forget to give yourself an end date – ¬†something to shoot for, it need not be concrete but it will help you measure your progress and keep your confidence and focus. Starting on New Year’s day is only part of the battle.

Also, mark those items that may be perceived as challenges or obstacles or hinge on something or someone else before you can complete the step. Separate those out on another piece of paper and list WHY you “think” it’s an issue,¬† then¬†brainstorm how you will get around¬†it. Give yourself short-term goals and if you need to, short-term¬†rewards as well.

This is about you, it is what you want and you can make it happen. You wouldn’t buy a car without doing research, defining a budget, etc. Goals are the same way decide which make and model you want then outline what you need to do to get it and most importantly ….Begin.

Don’t let your resolutions become a clich√©, make them a reality. All you need is your wish and a pen and a piece of paper to begin. Fear is not welcome here.

As usual I have made a few resolutions/goals myself. I make them constantly but I admit to saving the big ones for birthdays and New Years. They’re very powerful days and bigger goals need all th extra oomph I can muster. I let them swim in my head for a while until I get a clear picture or vision then I can write down exactly what it is I’m hoping to accomplish then I set out figuring out how to get there. I have also helped several others with this technique as well. Voicing or writing down your intentions is a VERY important step, if you won’t take the time to do that then I can tell you, you¬†won’t invest the time to¬†make it come true either. It really is that simple and the control is all yours, don’t fool yourself with that one. Life is about choices, YOUR choices, you either make them or your don’t. This year why not try making the ones YOU want and then making your dream a reality. Life throws us enough obstacles without letting ourselves get in the way. Keep your vision clear and when things get hectic and sketchy call on that picture in your mind, read your goal list, and regain your focus.

2010 was a mixed year for me, I saw the publication of my book, and several poems, I grew my speaking business and help out my husband on the way to attaining some of his goals. However, we lost a family member suddenly and while it drives home the point of life being to short it also leaves you with trying to help those left behind get on with daily life and create a new “normal,” There is also a year of 1sts to go through without that person. I have been through it a number of times and you don’t get over it BUT you do get through it. There are times when others needs are more important than yours and as long as you hold on to your focus you can move forward and do the right thing by your family as well.

In November we also lost our¬†entertaining, flatulent, ravenous, four-legged companion Max. Those of you familiar with the blog are very aware of his antics and penchant for eating EVERYTHING. But, when the hungriest dog in the World won’t eat you know he’s sick. I miss my buddy everyday as since I work from home he was a constant presence (& pain) and also muse. So we have had some loss but had some good also and we are all moving forward into this brand new year with hope, optimism, and determination and we will come out on the other side better than when we started..know that!

Happy 2011! Good luck with your resolutions and if ou need help getting “results,” Contact me for help. There is a list of what I can do for you under the “services” page.

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Put my creativity to work for you! Visit my services page and let me help you design a vision board, goal prop, or a custom poem for a special occasion! 

I am also available to speak for your group, club, or function.

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‚ÄúStory Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts‚Ä̬†by Melissa Rossetti Folini¬†– Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO¬†– Jan. 2010 ‚Äď 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble¬† or from the author.¬†¬†

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So the month-long NaNoWriMo¬†begins today! This is where myself as well as people around the country (World) will attempt to craft a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. As I have said before I have written a novella in 3-days so I am confident I can meet this challenge! Since October I have been mulling over exactly which novel, however, to work on this month. You all know how much I love to multi-task so I usually have several projects going at once so trying to pin myself down to just one “novel” idea for a month has been a challenge all by itself. I have jotted some preliminary notes for at least two different novels and have back-burner ideas for¬†3 others. Decisions, decisions.

This brings me to a point I’d like to make about writing and life in general. As a child when I spent hours a day visiting the library I dreamed of being a writer. As I got a bit older and begin working my way up the “Library Ladder” to Director, I again dreamed of being a full-time writer. In my head when I saw myself as a “Famous Author,” it was always novels. It is ironic then that my first published book was a non-fiction story time/cookbook manual stemming from my years of Library work and children’s programming. It is even more ironic that the next 3 things I published were poems. Between my signing my book contract and making the decision to retire from my Library life to pursue this dream full-time I also had 3 short stories published. Since retiring I have manuscripts for poetry, a collection of true, humorous¬†New England stories, and a children’s picture book. no completely finished novels.

This makes me chuckle as I guess the stereotype of a writer and their “life” of tapping away at a keyboard for hours writing the “Great American Novel,”isnot necessarily reality. In my case¬†I found, I just like to write. My poems often come to me quickly and completely with very little revision needed, this is a bonus and a wonderful gift. I also¬†write screenplays, novels, and of course short stories. What I DID realize a couple of months ago was, even though I wrote a book column for the local paper for 3 years I actually do not like the journalism aspect of writing. I kept thinking¬†I should be querying magazines and interviewing people for these fascinating articles and truth be told. I couldn’t make myself¬†do it. I just plain don’t like it. I LOVED my book column as it was about books and I could put whatever spin on it I chose and I loved the deadline aspect. However, trying to create a fact-based article just really bored me and for a while I felt bad until I realized I didn’t HAVE to write a single magazine article if I didn’t want to. No one¬†was forcing me and I don’t know why I felt obligated too in the first place. Every place I visit and every experience I have can be used in a poem, essay, screenplay, or novel it doesn’t have to be for Yankee, or NHtoDo or anyone. I felt so relieved when I gave myself¬† permission to NOT write articles and instead stick to what I love and what is most creative.

My point being, it is just as important in writing as well as life to know what you DO NOT want to do as it is to know what it is you like. Doing something you don’t like or want out of sheer obligation or whatever is a disservice to you and everyone else. So if you’re having trouble figuring out “where” to start. Why not try eliminating where you “DON’T” want to start and then evaluate the choices that are left!

Now, I am on to NaNoWriMo! (National Novel Writing Month). Good luck to my fellow NaNo participants and anyone else embarking on something new in November!

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Put my creativity to work for you! Visit my services page and let me help you design a vision board, goal prop, or a custom poem for a special occasion! 

I am also available to speak for your group, club, or function.

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‚ÄúStory Times Good Enough to Eat! : Thematic programs with edible story crafts‚Ä̬†by Melissa Rossetti Folini¬†– Libraries Unlimited/ABC-CLIO¬†– Jan. 2010 ‚Äď 3 5-star reviews on Amazon.com, also available from Barnes and Noble¬† or from the author.¬†¬†

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