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Life Changes Roll with It or Stagnate…

October 27, 2014

Man Sitting In ValleyWe all have different coping mechanisms when it comes to changes in our lives. Some changes are welcome, some raising curiosity while others are certainly not wanted or wished for. I experienced two smaller occurrences in the last couple of days and it began a line of thought I wanted to share. Do I resist change or embrace it?

As some of you will know I attended Words in the Park over the weekend. The hall was full of forty nine authors and nine vendors – all displaying books and accessories for the discerning book lover. In past years, I have been positioned close to my publisher, Dream Write Publishing and my writing group, The Writers Foundation of Strathcona County. This has led to an enjoyable time overseeing these tables in rotation with others and conversing and chatting with friends and visitors alike. This year as I had booked a whole table instead of half, I was placed on the other side of the venue, away from my usual comrades. It may seem childish (especially considering my age!) but I felt excluded at first. I could see them talking and laughing but unable to join in. Then I realized that I should take advantage of the opportunity and be more proactive in my promotion rather than await passers-by. I surveyed my display and knew it was eye-catching so stood behind my table and greeted everyone, stating the age groups for each book and a short description of the stories. It was a successful day for sales and I also received lots of compliments on my table arrangement and each individual book’s themed items. Several friends did stop by for a chat and one looked after my table while I went to participate in an author reading. All in all I feel I made more sales because I was more engaged and not distracted to my goal.

Today was a day of change as well at my workplace. After nearly two years, my manager and I have a new work colleague. We have been comfortable in how we arrange our work days and the day to day routine is pretty much set. The new employee will bring her own ideas of regime and structure and it is probably not a bad thing. We can all get stuck in a rut so easily. We will embrace this change and see what it brings in the months to come.

What changes have you experienced lately that made you leave your comfort zone?

Was the outcome successful?

What did you learn from the experience?



Creative Dabbling….

August 13, 2010


Creativity is, and I hope, will always be a large part of me. I have experimented with many different types of creative ‘hobbies’ – knitting, crochet, jewelry making, interior décor, collage, pottery – yes the list is large and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one. They captured me for a while and I strived to master the more difficult aspects, including advanced knitting! My sweet mother-in-law was always on hand when I had ‘lost’ my count or my place in the intricate pattern. No knit one, purl one for me!

Although I have always been an ardent reader, it never struck me to try my hand at writing. I enjoyed being transported into a story and was happy to be lost there. When I ‘discovered’ Stephen King for the first time with his book, The Stand, my appreciation of story telling changed a thousand fold. I even wrote to the great man – I was that impressed. To my utter delight he wrote back and now his letter is framed and in pride of place beside my writing desk. What more motivation could a writer have?

It would take many years before ‘writing’ became an all consuming passion. Lost amongst marriages, childbirth and child raising, the renovation of several homes, running my own companies and my biggest adventure yet – emigrating to Canada.

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