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Daily Joys and Simple Pleasures

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Editing: It’s Not Just For Writing

“Editing. It’s Not Just For Writing.” I’ve spent much of my writing time since I was 28 trying to get rid of words. Editing down. Paring down. Getting to the core. I woke up this morning clear on the matter: […]

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“In Case of Emergency…”

There are two lines that people have to fill out when enrolling in school, in a new program, camp, new doctor… “Nearest relative.”   “Person to call in case of emergency.” In LIVE BOLDLY I explore several sides of the concept […]

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Courage Doesn’t Always Roar

Everyone comes to a time in their work or life when they would benefit from help.  This is my time. I am asking for your support and sharing of this significant Kickstarter Campaign.

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Do You Dread Your Monday?

Maybe this is the week you ask a little of your employer. Or a lot! Mondays come with a sense of dread for a lot of people. Numbers of people haul their hips to a job they hate, and do […]

A LIFELONG Leadership Story

Taken from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE, Conari Press, 2007, Mary Anne Radmacher From early in my childhood I heard my father recount a story which typified his management and leadership style. The building in which he was a graveyard-shift […]

What To Do on the Second Day of the New Year?

2014

Still I Pray…

Gratitude for You.

Childhood Stories

I recognize that I can tell the stories of my childhood in ways that give wings to these days. It’s my story. I can tell it any way I want. My friend, Frankie Kiehl, told me repeatedly as she lay […]

Operating at 100% is NOT Always the Best Choice

Perhaps this is near someone you know…

Grief, Heart Real Estate and One Day at a Time

Yes, I grasped when the doctor assessed, “Your brother has the fastest growing cancer that we have identified to date.”  I understand the word  fast.  And fastest.  I am familiar with cancer around the edges of it.  To take those […]

Speak Gently to Yourself

Remembering Yourself Back to What Matters

Or perhaps it is remembering yourself FORWARD to what matters! Remember and Do What Matters Discovery Process with Mary Anne Radmacher, $99 September 1 – 22 You might not realize it but you do KNOW what matters to you. You […]

For Your Friends Near Eugene, Oregon

An Overheard Prayer

In my office, answering mail, adding to the list for the day, I hear my neighbor and his father under my second story window. “Do you have everything you need for the tests, Dad?” I couldn’t hear his answer. “Is […]

An Exit Too Soon? Can You Stay The Course for One More Exit?

Taking an exit too soon. When we were first together, my husband  did all the driving. We were moving to areas that neither of us were familiar.  We did not have a GPS and with my directional dyslexia, me co-piloting […]

What Did You Love Doing When You Were A Child?

I loved singing. I sang sungs I’d been taught. I sang songs that sprang from my heart and experience that I hadn’t learned anywhere but in my own soul. And that was a very long time ago.  Now, decades later…I have the […]

My Social Media Compass Points

I’ve engaged in research and conversation. I’ve contemplated my work and my words and their place at the social media table.  These measures/questions the result of my reflection: Mary Anne Radmacher’s Social Media Compass Points Does it inspire, encourage, assist […]

Remember and Do What Matters on line process for June

Every One Can Be Celebrated on Mother’s Day

Contribute Good

What Shall You Do?

The Top of Your Hill…

What’s Your Why?

What Do You Teach Others About You

Now or Then?

You’re At Home – Happy Earth Day!

What’s Up, Cupcake?

“Just Americans”

Is There a BIG MUCH in YOUR LIFE?

Watch Carefully

What Do You Give Up for Poetry in Your Life?

What Is Possible?

What Do I Like About YOU?

Poetry…

Listen to Mary Anne with the “Introverted Entrepreneur.”

click here:  http://theintrovertentrepreneur.com/2013/04/10/quiet-courage-a-conversation-with-mary-anne-radmacher/

Poetry.

What Does Flexibility Have to do with Play?

What Do You Demand Of Your Own Life?

OWN YOUR LIFE Because You Know…

 

Own Your Life

Why Do You Seek Him Here?

Why do you look for him here?  He is not here.  He is risen.   New Testament Luke 24 I’m rooted in the construct of Christianity.  Absolutely.  My parents used it as reprieve and auto baby-sitter.  I didn’t have to walk […]

Love Needs No Defense. Love Is Defense Enough.

Wish for Well-being

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

A Traditional Irish Blessing dancing on the page with color and my lettering.

They THINK It’s the Higgs Boson

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad…

The Problem With Success…

Do You Feel Like An Imposter?

ONE BILLION RISING.

Are You Having Problems With Success?

What Are You Excited About?

Where Are YOUR Rights?

Do You Have ANY Idea of What You Want?

What’s Next On Your List? Do You HAVE A List?

When Was The Last Time You Walked Down The Street Naked?

Not literally, of course.  Laws and civility discourage such things.  Metaphorically my friend, Eileen, did just that last week.  Inspired by Neil Gaiman’s words in a commencement address he delivered, she shared a poem that was impacting and deeply personal.  […]

You say MISTAKE as if it’s a Bad Thing…

Most of the key lessons of my life have risen from what appeared, at the time, to be a dreadful mistake. Or, more accurately said, what appeared, in the immediate looking back, to be a mistake.  Or A “Failure.”  My […]

What’s LOVE Got to Do With It?

It’s timelessly been said that if you love the labor of your hands – you’ll never “work” a day in your life.  I believe that work and the concept of work has been maligned.  Work and play are natural partners.  […]

How Does Hope Fly?

Do You Have A Career or a List of Aspirations?

Neil Gaiman addressed the graduating class of the University of the Arts, in Philadelphia on May 17, 2012.  His words are exceptionally relevant to me in my life and career (after 35 artful years).  Perhaps they are even more relevant […]

What Is Restricting You?

Paying Good Words Forward

Neil Gaiman, a man known to me through his novel, AMERICAN GODS.  I’ve not followed his work.  Until recently.  Michelle Fairchild, a “cosmic cowgirl,” forwarded a commencement address that Gaiman delivered to The University of the Arts, in Philadelphia, on […]

You Deserve A Love Letter

You Have Everything You Need

Do You Feel Like A Victim?

Value Diversity

One Person (YOU) Makes a Difference

Find Your Voice and then Raise It

WHAT Are You Paying Attention To?

You Decide Who Gets to Be Called “Family”

Is Love A Verb In Your House?

Honor Your Labor

MOVING WITH CHANGE

ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT

Possibilities Whisper

Are You Willing?

LOVE FINDS A WAY

A Question of Perspective

PLAY WITH ABANDON

LEAN FORWARD

LIVE WITH INTENTION

 

What’s Pinned to YOUR Bulletin Board?

If THIS were my Last Day

This is the first “working” day of 2013.  I have looked back.  I have looked forward.  I have set my intentions and established my goals/intentions/visions.   In that process, I discovered this essay that was a reflection on what I’ve learned […]

One Approach to Stop Losing Things….

Here is my 2013 Day One Answer to the question I find myself asking at least once a day.  The question? The question always begins with, “Now, WHERE did I put my___________(fill in appropriate item in blank).” I’ve cleared a […]

2013 SunRise Wishes

May YES come to you easily in 2013. May HOPE AND VISION adorn the skies of your days.  May your mountain peaks show you Your Capacity to imagine, to know Grace and to Experience JOY. In your daily paths may […]

Hanukkah Blessing

Let Your Light So Shine…

Santa’s Everywhere…

Spirit of the Season – Remembering Those We Miss

I wish you’d been with me the day I saw Santa I know she looked like a postal clerk to people zipping by. I was sure you’d know what I knew the instant I saw her try to brighten an […]

Forward as One

Remember.

In Memory of Amanda Todd

Do you know a young lady who is considering ending her life?  This is a love letter to her – She is a princess and can be reminded of her value and worth. This features the telephone number of the […]

JUST FOR TODAY

Signs of the Season

I am happy to return after a wonderful, creative sabbatical.  If you would like to see what I have been creating while I have not been writing here….please visit: appliedinsight.net    There will you see all that I have been busily […]

Are You Trying to Get Everything Done Today?

How Do You Study?

What’s Your Speed?

When’s Your “Someday” Coming?

What Do You Hear When You Turn the Volume Down?

In Which Place Do You Live?

What Is Your Responsibility?

What Is Your Compassionate Purpose?

Do You Remember to Celebrate Your Accomplishments?

Is There Room In Your Heart

Thinking of My Truest Friends..

I saw this quote in an email this morning: The music is not in the notes, but in the silence between. – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756 – 1791   It brought to mind my circle of dearest friends.  A few […]

Admit it…You Know!

Be Like A Butterfly – Transform!

Today’s post is one of many new posters in mary anne radmacher’s Illuminations series available at:   appliedinsight.net  

Live With Intention

live with intention.   walk to the edge. listen hard.  practice wellness.  play with abandon. laugh. choose with no regret. continue to learn. appreciate your friends. do what you love. live (love) as if this is all there is.  – mary […]

In Your Own Best Company

A people, it appears, may be progressive for a certain length of time, and then stop.  When does it stop?  When it ceases to possess individuality.  – J.S. Mill – Rugged individualism. – Herbert Hoover – What another would have […]

What would YOUR last 500 words be if you knew today was your “last day?”

You can see how I answered that question…   Today I am the featured “Inspirational Luminary” on InspireMeToday.com, sharing my writings with the world. If my traffic and comments “break records”, InspireMeToday.com will share my content with millions of additional […]

Anticipating A Special Release

On April 2nd, 2012 I will be the featured Inspirational Luminary on InspireMeToday.com, sharing my writings with the world. This FREE website is one to bookmark! Inspire Me Today features the ‘Brilliance’ of a new Luminary every day. You can […]

Beloved Books

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. – Bacon – Worthy books are not companions – they are solitudes: We lose ourselves in them and all our cares.   […]

Get Your Shine On!

Above all things, reverence yourself.  – Pythagoras – Every one stamps his own value on himself.  The price we challenge ourselves is given us. Man is made great or little by his own will. – Schiller – Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control, […]

Love Letter to All “Know-it-all’s”

An expert is one who knows more and more about less and less.  – Nicholas Murray Butler He knew what’s what, and that’s as high As metaphysic wit can fly.  – Samuel Butler – It is better to know nothing […]

Dance Into Your Day

On with the Dance! let joy be unconfined.  – Byron – And the dancing has begun now, And the danceres whirl round gaily in the waltz’s giddy mazes, and the ground beneath them trembles.  – Heine, Book of Songs – […]

What Have You Learned Today?

_________________________________________________________ I’ll be watching the day to observe what I learn.  What I learn says more about me than what I know.  Isn’t that a fascinating measure?   Information is power.  – Arthur Sylvester The greater our knowledge increases, the […]

Blank Page

every day every moment a blank page upon which we write. mary anne radmacher

I Was Shocked…

…when my friend, sitting across our table in tears, said, “I haven’t had to change anything in twenty five years.  I’m not sure how to do this.” I practiced my hard listening skills.  I nodded.  I embraced every word she […]

Gardening Is Prayer

A Moving Target

I like to call my obligations, requirements, promises, “things to Do,” – Targeted Completion Dates. Years ago I stopped using the phrase, “deadlines,” for many reasons.  Not only do I react to the history of the word and how it […]

from LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO… “IT IS more important to know where you are going than to get there quickly. Do not mistake activity for achievement.” – Mabel Newcomer –

Listen!

Surprising power…

Failure. What is It?

An Exciting New “Illumination”

Let me share what Dr. Deanna Davis had to say today,   “I am SO EXCITED! We have just announced the release of our brand new line of inspirational posters and affirmation cards! Applied Insight is now the exclusive distributor […]

Love Letter.

Appreciation Lasts

Refresh

Who Walks Ahead of You?

Curiosity

Leaving…

know when to leave…

IN LIFETIME Achievement: aWord!

A Prayer When Uncertain

Oscar Wilde “Got It.”

Is It All About You?

A Prayer With A Thank You

Dear God, You know my Heart.  You know my Needs. You know my Ways. My prayers are often framed as a mirror. A prayer not to remind You but to reflect to me the many Promises you grace me with. […]

AROUND THE WORLD WITH COURAGE

DOESN’T ALWAYS ROAR.  From banners over firehouse doors after September 11, 2001, to the covers of cancer patient journals…my poem about courage goes around the globe. courage doesn’t always roar. sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of […]

mary anne’s notebook

Stand tall and believe in your instincts.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT: aWORD

First Words of February

These are the words out of “Mary Anne’s Notebook” that I intend to guide me in the mnth. If you had four word for the TWENTY NINE days in February, what would they be?  

What I Know…

\”What I Know…\”

I’d Do Anything for You, Dear…

If you are blessed, there are a few friends in your life for whom you would do just about anything.  And, then, when it was all over, you might be inclined to say, “It wasn’t a big deal…it’s my friend. […]

Let Your Light Shine

Epiphany exists beyond the realm of reason. -mary anne radmacher – We do not cease to play because we grow old.  We grow old because we cease to play. – George Bernard Shaw – It isn’t the great big pleasures […]

Something I Learned From My Dog

None of us knew that Judah was ailing with a lung cancer.  Everyone that was fortunate enough to know my big black labrador retriever, Judah, just watched and learned. Didn’t matter how far from home we were, didn’t matter if […]

Words of Grace

Take a moment today to extend a quiet grace to yourself.  Perhaps you have been a little hard on yourself lately.  When your to do list is longer than your day, it’s easy to be critical of your own efforts.  […]

Fill Up Your Medicine Cabinet While You Are Well

In my book, LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO, published and available exclusively through simpletruths.com – I suggest that you craft your own list of secret medicines. What is healing for you?  What restores your waning energy?  What lifts your spirits? […]

ONE MORE THING

Anyone who has followed Steve Jobs with any consistency recognizes the phrase, “one more thing.”  Oh, how we were delighted after his breath taking “next thing” announcements to hear him pause and then say, “But there IS one more thing.” […]

Uncover Your Hidden Talent

One of my greatest joys has been watching a friend of mine go from claiming she hasn’t a creative bone in her body – to giving outstanding, beautiful gifts to her friends and family…that she has made! It took her […]

The DO in DOne…

This is the January page from my 2012 Datebook/planner.  It is available for sale at maryanneradmacher.net and at brushdance.com Conventional wisdom dictates that if we take small steps toward a large dream or project…those small steps of DOing will eventually […]

How To Make Friends

Enjoy these quotes from my book on friendship: US! Celebrating the Power of Friendship Stand often in the company of dreamers…They tickle your common sense and believe you can achieve things which appear impossible.  mary anne radmacher Smiles are wordless […]

I’ll Take That CUP of CAN’T without the T…

It was my second Saturday that I sat with the small group of knitters.  Once my good friend learned that my passionate interest in knitting was going to “stick” she invited me to be a part of this long-standing group […]

Courage Doesn’t Always Roar…

I used to write at a local coffee establishment. “The Beanery.” They were mad for coffee and the bulk of the baristas were passionate about all things coffee. There was a way to tell: their passion translated into the perfect […]

Overcoming Obstacles

“How do you DO it?” she demanded. Her tone was a mix of incredulity and anger.  I didn’t know what to say.  I remained silent, anticipating she would tip her hand a bit further with the opportunity.  Indeed, she did. […]

“What SHE Said…”

Perfectly expressed by my fellow writer, Ellen Lambert (who blogs at EllenOutLoud at Braveheartwomen.com)  I woke up hearing the words, “Children don’t like it when their parents fight.”  Ellen captures this sentiment perfectly. I grew up in a family where […]

TRANSFORM: BECAUSE WE MUST

See this picture?  I am certain it is apparent to you that it should be vertical rather than horizontal.  It is apparent to me, too.  I’ve edited.  Flipped.  Turned. Saved. Rinsed. Repeated.  And the demonstration piece meant as a visual […]

Lessons FLY Past You at 45 MPH

In THIS case, the lesson that might be flying past you is a Dragonfly. The dragonfly is capable of reaching speeds upwards of 45 miles per hour. Yes, that little thing.  That prehistoric, perfectly aerodynamic shiney, little thing.  And it […]

My Case for the Dragonfly

Over the coming few days I’m going to make a case for the dragonfly as a model for modern behavior. I am utterly taken with all the lessons the dragonfly holds for me and I hope you will find some […]

Hail, Atlantis!

I can date my life by where I was in various Shuttle launches.  The wonder with which they were greeted in my childhood has chilled somewhat for the generation that has seen so many technological advances.  I hear many people […]

Experiment Turns Into Experience

  My experiment using Carmen Torbus’s book, THE ARTIST UNIQUE, has turned into a wonderful experience.   I used her book, internet resources, and the advice of friends to explore this entirely new medium.  I invited a good friend of […]

Questions for the “Self-Taught Artist” Carmen Torbus

Today I’ll share the rest of my interview with Carmen Torbus, author/editor of THE ARTIST UNIQUE.    I am providing another perspective through the view and questions of my friend and fellow artist, Christine Mason Miller.  Her interview with Carmen […]

One Day Everything Shifted…

All through high school I wrote in my journal, “I want to be an artist.” I kept writing it through my first several jobs after high school  Somewhere in the midst of becoming the Director of Public Relations at a […]

The LEARNING Part of the Curve

I’ve addressed the unseen nature of the “curve.”  Now I’ll share about the learning part.  What Jenn did with her content on polymer clay and what Carmen did by offering it in a beautiful book was to get me curious.  […]

How Do You HONOR the Learning Curve?

There is a period of time for everyone that is called the learning curve.  Curve.  You can’t see around the edge of a curve, but you do know something is there.  Something just waiting for you to round that bend. […]

LOOK What I Made! Ugly Lumps! Yay.

These are pictures of Carmen Torbus! She’s the author of the book I’m writing about this week. Carmen Torbus is a self-taught mixed media artist and workshop leader from Port St. Lucie, FL.  Self proclaimed bliss follower, big dreamer and […]

THE ARTIST UNIQUE by Carmen Torbus

Carmen Torbus.  A name familiar to me through industry peers.  In the last year Carmen and I have become more familiar with each other as friends on Facebook.  Her just-released first book was a real celebration.  I was intrigued on […]

Quotes on Friendship – And a Gift for You to Share…

The following quotes on friendship are taken from my brand new book:   US! CELEBRATING THE POWER OF FRIENDSHIP It’s available signed and personalized at my author site: maryanneradmacher.NET   Stand often in the company of dreamers…they tickle your common sense […]

The Day I Flew with the Birds…

My friend, Ellen, writes a Blog at Braveheart Women’s web site called ELLENOUTLOUD. This morning she wrote about almost going parasailing.  I relived the time that I did. I was a guest of two dear friends.  We were enjoying lunch […]

Nesting in Home

For those feeling overwhelmed, or taken with the idea of experiencing a short sabbatical I can suggest an awesome destination for restoration and rejuvenation: home.  Not “home” with the HONEY-DO list and laundry and dishes, and dust under the sofa… […]

Have You Something Nice to Say?

Last week I did something for the first time.  I entered the “comment stream” of a review on Amazon. I went on Amazon to check the status of a book several peers in the design industry had recommended  and found […]

Planning Ahead for Restoration and Retreat

I returned a week ago from teaching at Dr. Deanna Davis’s  banner event, WOMANHOOD WEEKEND.  Even though I was faculty and there to teach, I came away over flowing with energy and ideas and new insights.  Dr. Davis reminded us […]

LIFE BEGINS WHEN YOU DO

That’s the title of my book released exclusively through SimpleTruths.com in February of this year.  I’ve just learned that the title has been in their top ten titles for three months in a row. Today they are offering my book […]

Stalled Friendships and Faltering Dreams

I’ve just finished reading CUTTING FOR STONE by Abraham Verghese.  This single sentence, “The tragedy of death had to do entirely with what was left unfulfilled.”  His whole book weaves around the irony of the cost of an unrealized dream […]

WORDS MATTER: USA.gov/contact/Elected.Shtml

USA.gov/contact/Elected.Shtml Words. Our world’s are built upon the words we choose to use. History is encompassed in Word. The world was created by Word. Lies are perpetrated and wisdom is shared with Words. The impulse to create inhabits the mystical […]

Bee enCOURAGEd

It takes courage to let go of weighty parts of your past. It takes courage to find your own voice.  It takes COURAGE to reinvent joys. from “Courage Doesn’t Always Roar” by mary anne radmacher

crows, crowns and pointy hats

Sure to draw a chuckle from my friend and graphic designer was my emphatic promise upon delivering illustrations, “I promise! None of them will have crowns on their heads.” This, of course, was a sweet little industry joke we shared […]

Sweet Treatment for Yourself!

One of the significant advantages in guiding people through my Focus Phrase™ process is reading rich and tender work. Each person brings their unique voice to the process. And every once in awhile I get to celebrate that voice in […]

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WHEN DO YOU LEAVE?
from LEAN FORWARD INTO YOUR LIFE (2007 Conari Press, Mary Anne Radmacher, author)  “Know When To Leave” It was time for me to leave. What I was leaving was so delicious in its appearance. The opportunity to be a part-time hero is ...

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Editing: It's Not Just For Writing
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