Show Some Love to Book One

Show some love to book one with me, as I mentally prepare to begin book two on March 1st. In So Many Words is my baby, will always be my virgin step into ‘author-dom’ and has had exactly the response I hoped for.

So, here, with five days until my fingers hit the keyboard for another deep, introspective, and frankly, a bit scary ride, thank you to book one, the people who read it, and the impact it has had on friends, family, and complete strangers.

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The task ahead is daunting, but so exciting. Book one churned up quite the array of emotions. Book two has the potential to take me back to places which will make me stop in my tracks and feel a pit in my stomach. But the purpose behind sharing these things will far outweigh the fear.

Reading In So Many Words is not a necessary prerequisite to reading She Waited for Me when it comes out later this year, but it would be helpful. You can purchase it on this website under my Author tab above or on Amazon. If you read it, I would greatly appreciate a review on Amazon and/or this site.

 

Always connect.

Namaste.

 

 

Featured by Cee’s Photography!

Being featured on Cee’s Photography is such an honor! She is a fabulous photographer and lets us play with her all week in her cool photo challenges. She featured my post, Boulder Faces, and her message came at a moment when I needed something to smile about. Thanks Cee!

Now, onto Looking Down at Things…hmmm.

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Here is something really amazing about Cee (from her page About Cee):

“One of my other passions is in life is Qigong for healing.  I had Chronic Lyme Disease and it was undiagnosed for 25 years and have been through a 40-day coma with multi-organ failure and am dependent on insulin (Type I Diabetes) because of my Lyme Disease.  To read more about Lyme Disease, please see My Lyme Disease Story.  In November 2012, I was on my death bed and a Master Qigong Healer started to treat me and began healing my body.  Currently all symptoms and infections of lyme disease have been healed.  My body has sustained a lot of damage over the past 30 years and is still healing and will be for a few years yet.  But the constant threat of dying from lymes is no longer a part of my life.  Just this past month I have started classes to become a qigong teacher and eventually a healer (2014).  It will take at least six years to become a healer.  I’m just starting that journey.”

Boulder Faces for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

Boulder Faces for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

I fell in love with this boulder on my brother’s property, 8 Point Farm, a couple summers ago because I liked the top image of a dancer in mid leap. But it was the first photo I thought of for this challenge because there is so much else to see. I can also see a few different faces: a squished face, a guilty face, a fat face, and a scarred face. I’m sure if I studied it longer, I could find some more. What kinds of faces can you see?

I’ve offered two different rotations of the photo, but feel free to look at it from all directions. Who knows what you might find!

 

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Facebook Asked, What’s On My Mind?

Facebook asks me, “What’s on your mind?”  Well, that’s pretty cool. It’s nice and open ended. Tonight, as I enjoy a hotel stay by myself on my way to a conference, I’d like to simply tell you what’s on my mind.

  • A headache is on my mind, but it should be gone soon. Bedtime will be early tonight.
  • My daughter and hubby are on my mind. I will miss them this weekend but hope they have lots of fun together. Facebook
  • Fundanoodle Fiesta is on my mind. This is the first ever National Sales Conference for Fundanoodle. It will be so much fun! We will learn how to grow our businesses by sharing ideas with each other and learning strategies from the experts. I have the honor of sharing a yoga practice on Sunday morning. We will explore postures for our Second Chakra and tap into our creative energy.Facebook
  • Two of my yoga students from this morning are on my mind. One of them is a friend of the women who contributed to my book, In So Many Words. We really connected and hope to work together on some yoga/healing work. The second one is a woman who had been out of class following knee replacement surgery. After class, I asked her how class felt. She said, “It was like coming home.” What an amazing response! Those words made my day!
  • Lots of SEO work on my websites is on my mind. Two experts in the field gave me some really good information about the importance of Search Engine Optimization and the best ways to implement it. Will be a lot of work, but not difficult.
  • And lastly, my very full belly is on my mind. But it won’t stop me from eating the chocolate covered raisins I bought at Cracker Barrell.

Peace out !

Childhood Memories for Cee’s Share Your World

Childhood Memories for Cee’s Share Your World

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Admittedly, at times I prefer juice because it’s easier. If a fruit requires peeling, cutting, or coring, I will go for the juice. Fruit also has to be at it’s best point for me to eat it. Canteloupe is so yummy when perfectly ripe, but I never know until I eat it. Then, I’m either really disappointed or making yummy noises. So, orange, apple, and, occasionally, cranberry are my go to juices.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

We moved around a lot when I was little, so bear with me…

I grew up (partially) in a small town on the south side of Chicago called Beverly. I loved it. We only stayed until I was six, but I remember walking to school, playing in the snow, and being envious of the Barbies the girl down the street had.

From there we moved to Lambertville, NJ. Another small town where we lived on the outskirts in the country. We had ducks, rabbits, cats, gerbils, and a Great Dane. My most vivid memory there is falling off my bike at the end of our steep driveway, face planting into the gravel. Youch!

Then we entered what my Dad calls, “The year of the turd.” All five children remember it with fondness. We moved in with my grandparents in the farm town of Ottawa, IL. All five kids slept in one room. I helped my Grampa feed the cows. We took truck and tractor rides. Our Gramma gave us “midnight” snacks like apple slices and raisins in a bowl made of tin foil. It was the best six months of my eight year life!

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Then it was on to Barrington, IL. A little bit larger suburban area, in a brand new neighborhood. Honestly, I barely remember this place. We had the same Great Dane and when we walked her to the pond down the street, I always imagined the Lochness Monster emerging from the water. One of my three older brothers must have put that thought in my head.

Finally settling for the rest of my childhood, we moved to Great Falls, VA, a beautiful town in Northern, VA just outside of DC. I often dream about this house, the pool, our neighbor’s horses, the nearby park, our schools, parties I wasn’t supposed to have, etc. I adored this place. We stayed there from 1977 – 1987. Our Great Dane, Tia, died there at the age of 13. At age ten, I received a cat, Bojangles, for Christmas. He lived to age 21.  I was in college when my parents moved and I never properly said goodbye to this home. That’s why I return there in my dreams. It was my absolute favorite home full of treasured memories.

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If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

Brown and Green for all of the country and farm land.

Yellow for the joy.

 

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

  • YOGA
  • Hanging with friends
  • Being with my daughter at bed time

Emma Grace Dances for the Weekly Photo Challenge

Emma Grace Dances for the Weekly Photo Challenge…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Graceful

When thinking of the word graceful, the photos from one of my music reviews in 2015 came to mind. My daughter is certainly not always graceful, but she has her beautiful moments and these were some of them.

This was before I enrolled her in dance class and it was evident right away that she would be drawn to music, movement, and theatrics. Now, she is in her second year of dance and I am seeing a great deal of natural talent. It makes my heart soar, as I was a dancer for 39 years. And I suppose it is no mistake that her middle name is Grace.

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Almost Fiesta Time for Fundanoodle!

In just two weeks, several savvy women will be gathering in Charlotte, NC for the first annual Fundanoodle Fiesta! We will come together for three days of networking, learning, sharing, shopping, eating, drinking, and celebrating. And I just can’t wait!

Twice during the conference, I will share my talents with these inspiring women. Because I’ve been with the company since their pilot program in 2015, I am one out of four Ambassadors chosen to speak briefly about our methods for selling, planning events, and marketing. I can’t be sure but I think I was also chosen because I am the turtle of the group. This means that I am building my business very slowly, as opposed to some who hit the ground running and are knocking it out of the park! Our CEO, April Whitlock, loves to remind us that “This is a marathon. Not a sprint.”

It’s a good darn thing.

When I officially started this direct sale business, I was also in the middle of writing my first book, so needless to say, my time and energy was split. Sometimes, Fundanoodle took precedence. Sometimes, the book did. Somehow, I’ve managed to do fairly well in both areas. Nobody’s getting rich any time soon here, but it’s been fun and rewarding.

My main contribution to this conference will be my yoga class for the team. I am so excited about that. We will be tapping into our second chakra for creativity:

Yoga for Creative Energy – Fundanoodle Ambassador Libby Blumberg

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Libby will lead the group through a 75 minute yoga practice based on the second chakra (energy, life force). We will warm-up, do standing poses and balances, do one or two restorative poses on the floor, then finish up with relaxation and a guided meditation. The practice will be based on unleashing our creative souls. Libby will use essential oils and gentle presses at the end of class to integrate the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the body.

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Closet Doors and Phobias for Cee’s SYW

Share Your World – January 16, 2017

 

Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?

Closed, for sure. Not really sure why. Maybe because the closet has a window and I want to keep the light out. I just now realized how weird it is to have a window in a closet. What’s the point?

Do you take the shampoos and conditioner bottles from hotel?

Yes, I do. But only the ones that we haven’t used. I like to leave them for my guests.

What is your usual bedtime?

It should be 10:00 pm. Sometimes it’s 9:30, sometimes it’s after 11. Ideally, I would sleep from 10pm-6am. I need my 8 hours.

Do you like to use post-it notes?

I do. Especially from a dispenser that sticks to the table. And I like the neon colors. Square only. Can’t use those tiny ones.

When was the last time you wrote a letter to someone on paper?

Whoa, that’s a tough one. It’s been a while. I’ve done a few handwritten notes here and there, but no letters.

Any phobias?

Oh yes. Snakes.

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This snake was in my neighbor’s pool. It gives me the willies just looking at it!!

How tall are you?

5’4″…technically 5′ 3 3/4″…I think I deserve a quarter inch, don’t you?

More Yoga: It’s Unanimous

One of the goals I set for the new year (and beyond) is to do more yoga. It was nice to find out over the last few weeks that all three of my classes want to do more too! My Chair and Gentle Yoga classes all want me a second time each week. My community mamas want more yoga too. There is certainly enough time to do it and I am all for it. We shall see if schedules coordinate or collide.

Yoga has been a part of my life for about 12 years now. There’s one aspect of it that consistently makes it special: the people. I rarely do yoga on my own. I seem to need my people. And that becomes more and more true as I build clientele. Their feedback, conversations, willingness, and humor keeps me going and striving to be a better teacher.

A woman stopped me after my gentle yoga class the other day and said, “That was a great class. This is just what I was looking for.” Those words are gold to me. She was in search of something and it showed up. The Law of Attraction at its best.

A man in my chair yoga class asked for clarification about how to do a torso twist. I always emphasize that a twist starts at the waist, follows through with the ribs and chest, and finishes with the shoulders and head. He said, “That’s just like a golf swing.” What a perfect analogy. It was an AHA! moment for both of us.

My community mamas were coming to me once a month for Yoga Under the Palm Trees. We do yoga on my back patio surrounded by palm trees, our pool, and the sunny Florida sky. Before I even had a chance to ask if anybody wanted to do it twice a month, one of the moms, who had never done yoga before and has a really hard time relaxing, said, “Does anybody want to do this more often?” It was music to my ears. And now we do it twice a month.

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Dreams Realized in Small, Yet Wonderful Ways

Dreams Realized in Small, Yet Wonderful Ways…

My first book, In So Many Words, was released on December 7th and I can’t believe the heart warming response received thus far. My sales are more than I imagined. My reviews and comments contain just the feedback I had hoped for. It has even reached beyond my little community into North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Illinois. I am simply blown away and this is only the beginning!

You can buy my book here or on Amazon. Join in on the conversation.

A few stats:

Books sold via pre-sale and this website: 22

Books sold on Amazon: 11

Books given to stores to consider selling: 2

Books given as gifts or in exchange for a review: 14

Reviews on Amazon: 2

A great read…

A wonderfully woven tale of friendship, discovery and a journey towards motherhood. A great read for all but particularly if you find yourself at a crossroad of spirituality, growth and the human experience. Libby allows us in as she discovers the spiritual connections around her.  
I loved this book! It’s a quick read but packed with marvelous observations about friendship, becoming a mother and learning about life. Makes me want to try yoga.

 

So, there are 51 of my books out there in the world giving people inspiration, love, and a feeling of connection. Insert happy dance!

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Three of my contributing writers: MaryAnne, Donna, and Mary.

Some of the feedback:

From fellow mom: Hey girl..awesome book! Just finished…I wanted to read more…lol guess I’ll have to wait. Let me know about your link to site for review. I’ll start working on it. So happy, proud, and excited for u. 

From my Aunt: Libby, I thoroughly enjoyed your book. It was insightful and I keep thinking about what you wrote. An easy read, a quick read and an unforgettable work.

Check out Sonya’s Facebook Post.

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From fellow mom and friend, in reference to the page below:

Oh how I struggle with this. So glad you put it on paper for me to see it.

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