I spent a lovely, rainy morning with some delightfully creative folks at The Historical Society of Palm Beach County. On the way out of the museum, I spotted this gorgeous little beauty:

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If you’ve spent much time around me, you likely know that in addition to tree houses, I am an absolutely freak for old antique typewriters. This gorgeous old girl was SO INCREDIBLY SMALL (seriously, like the size of a basketball).

In my excitement, I did manage to ask the kind docent if I could snap a flash-free photo with my cell phone. Thank goodness the answer was “sure.” Thanks!

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We’re excited to be writing for On Your Mark Performance Center each month now in the Healthy Living section of Florida Weekly. Here is our July article (click on picture for article link):

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Just in case you missed our June article, here it is, too:

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Stay tuned for more news on additional health and wellness articles coming soon from Green Treehouse Media.

(We’re kind of proud to be putting over two decades of Physical Therapy professional practice to work in this newest way for our clients- sharing our healthcare knowledge while still following our creative passion for writing).

It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot

dream a little dream

September 27, 2012

I’ve been thinking quite a bit about dreams lately. I do this when I can’t sleep…

And it is in those wakeful wee and watchful hours that I ask  myself questions such as this one:

“How many exquisite, glorious dreams sent to heal the world has Heaven mourned because the dreamer, weary and discouraged, relied only on her own strength and could do no more?” – Sarah Ban Breathnach from Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy

And I remind myself of Wisdom like this:

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” – Proverbs 13:12 

And I believe a statement like this:

“Dreams are necessary to life.” – Anais Nin 

And I try my very best to summon a courage like this:

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours. ” – Henry David Thoreau

But before long, my critic voice interrupts and says things like “get your head out of the clouds” and “you’re just a ‘daydream believer’ ” and (worst of all) “wake up.”

How many other dreamers sigh at this final insult, roll over and tumble back into sleep like I so often do? Could this instead be a helpful clue? Could it a key to reclaiming our Wonder?

Perhaps it is only in fully awakening that we can appreciate the treasure of our dreams. We have to secretly slip them out from under the pillow case and tuck them deep into our pockets as we tidy up the covers. We need to keep them close at hand throughout the day so that we can finger them over and over again lest we forget. We need to touch them with our heart-tips to remember that they are ours – and ours alone – to hold onto like an alarm clock whenever we may be tempted to fall back asleep.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this cool chick’s shtick:

Meet Grammar Girl (a.k.a Mignon Fogarty).

I’ve subscribed to her newsletter, listened to her podcasts, watched her on YouTube, followed her on social media and searched her website for grammar help for months now. I am totally a fan.

(And sincerely hoping I don’t make too many errors in this post).

Her wit has lifted me out of many a writer’s funk. I am forever grateful for her wisdom.

Check out all the Grammar Girl titles on Amazon.

 

I believe each of us is a poet (or a photographer or a musician or a dancer or an author or a visual artist) or whatever uniquely creative being we were specifically designed to be. For some of us, identifying our gift takes most of our lifetime. Other individuals may tragically never discover their light because they are too afraid to look for it.

An excellent resource to help you begin the journey toward uncovering your creative talents is The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron.

A friend was kind enough to introduce me to this book seven years ago. Since then, I have told many people about it and given away countless copies as gifts. Pictured here is my first well-worn copy along with my fourth filled-almost-to-the-brim volume of “The Morning Pages Journal.”

The program is set up as a 12 week self-study course. It is easy to read but can be difficult to carry out successfully without discipline and the commitment to spending about an hour a day on the exercises. For this reason, a relatively new on-line offering called Julia Cameron Live is available for support. Many additional titles have been added to the original series, too.

Have any of you read The Artist’s Way in the past or are you perhaps reading it right now? If so, please share your comments with me.

Although one would think that success is the ultimate goal of any endeavor, this particular challenge is a very common one. Does it speak to you as well?

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson

I love blogging as a form of personal self-expression.  The mere act of composing a post – choosing my favorite photos, links and quotes to include – becomes a therapy session for me while also assisting me to work out new creative ideas and concepts.

If I am completely honest, however, I also enjoy sharing my personal writings with a larger audience. I really hope that other readers will want to connect with me through my blog. A wonderful way to do this type of sharing is through the social media outlet of a Facebook Page.

If you have a new Page, however, waiting for people to actually LIKE it can be an incredibly frustrating experience. You’ve worked hard to get your beloved page up on the Facebook forum, but until you have a minimum of 25 followers, your page will not be easily visible in searches or be able to be viewed outside of Facebook.

But just HOW do you get those first (blessed) twenty-five LIKES?

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This weekend I tried a very specific “Action Request” on my personal Facebook Timeline with pretty amazing results. So much so that I quickly shared the approach with a few of my newest clients after setting up Facebook pages for them. And guess what? IT WORKED AGAIN!!!

That’s why I thought I’d share it with each of you as well….

You can write your very own “Action Request” by answering these five basic questions:

1. Who?

2. What?

3. Why?

4. When?

5. How?

Here is the actual example I used on my own Timeline:

“I’m looking for 15 more friends to LIKE my newest page (25 is a very important number on Facebook and will allow my page to show up in the general searches much better as well as outside Facebook). Would you please help me? Just click-through to my actual page and hit the LIKE button in the upper right-hand corner. Thanks!”

(Do remember to add your own newest URL to the Page at the end of your update so it shows right up in the post).

It’s important to direct folks to click-through all the way to your actual Facebook Page in your “Action Request” because otherwise some think that by merely liking your status update, it counts as a real LIKE on your page. Unfortunately, it does not.

If you try this technique, let me know, OK? I’d love to hear how it worked for you. If you are new to Facebook and not quite sure just how to create a Page for your own local business/organization/community cause/etc., please contact me right here in the greentreehouse.  I’d really love to work with you…

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