Stronger Than You Think

We made it to Thursday! Yes!

On Wednesday night I teach a fitness class. I have several regulars that make my day. No matter how tired or sore I am from the day, or workout before, these gals get me through the class! We all remind each other that we are stronger than we feel at that moment.

A big thank you to my Wednesday night gals!

Stronger than you think haiku

Today’s Haiku:

tired from the day
mind stuck in a hurricane
friendship gives me strength

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Have you told a friend how much they mean to you?

~Nicole

Happiness, Peace and Abundance

I was unable to start the third book from the Millennium Trilogy this past weekend, but I should have time this weekend. Instead, I stole a few private moments to read a book by Wayne Dyer that I have had since 2004. I have read this little gem dozens of times, especially when I need a little boost in positive thinking. It always works. The book is called, 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace.

My favorite secrets are Don’t Die with Your Music Still Inside and Treat Yourself as if You Already Are What You’d Like to Be. The first one mentioned simply refers to listening to your heart. Do what you love! And, the second secret mentioned speaks for itself.

So, if you are feeling like you could use a little attitude adjustment, check out Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Happiness Success Abundance Haiku

Today’s haiku has nothing to do with the image above or Wayne Dyer. It simply wanted to be. Enjoy.

words and
fancy prose captivate—
distant sunrise

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Do you read certain books or find inspirational quotes when you need an attitude adjustment?

~Nicole

Magazine Writing: Research Plan

Tuesday’s Writing Tips: 

Portable MFA in Creative Writing: Formulate a Research Plan

Lots of magazines offer research guidelines, which advise you to ask for transcripts, tapes and citations for information included in the article; and for phone numbers or other contact information for those being interviewed.

Most larger magazines have fact-checkers on staff, who go through every article carefully, looking for possible errors. Your name is on the article and if there are errors you’ll take the blame. (The magazines I work for don’t have fact-checkers, the editor is the fact-checker.)

So, in order to help out those fact-checkers keep phone numbers and research material handy. It’s advised to keep a notebook or file on your computer with all relevant information.

Next week we’ll discuss Interviewing.

I couldn’t decide on one haiku, so I wrote two. Haiku of the day:

affirmation steps to dreams haiku

sinking sun
dips below the horizon—
one stone at a time

I leap towards
the sinking sun—
it slips out of view

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The step I am taking is to jot down my dreams in a notebook today.

What are you going to do to get one step closer to your dreams?

~Nicole

Milestone Event

Today I am giving a shout out to the blog Haiku Horizons! The blog is celebrating its first birthday and I thought I would celebrate by writing a birthday haiku to go along with their birthday prompt!

I couldn’t decide on one, so I wrote two…

Haiku Horizons Birthday haiku prompt

Today’s Haiku:

birthday delight
celebrate with a mound of
icing and sprinkles

first birthday—
flickering flame burning bright
sweet breath smothers

~

Anyone celebrating a milestone today?

~Nicole

Expectations

“Refuse to allow yourself to have low expectations about what you’re capable of creating.” ~Wayne Dyer

Expectations Haiku

Today’s Haiku:

journey begins
a thought develops into
her wildest dreams

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I have SO many wild dreams…I’d love to write true crime novels and research the inner thoughts of a serial killer. Or how about getting to paid to travel to exotic locales and ride a zip line or go snorkeling and then get paid to write about the experience. How about going back to school for an MFA in Creative Writing for FREE!!

Dream big friends!

What are some of your wildest dreams?

~Nicole

Protect Your Dreams

Happy Friday!

This year’s edition of Experience Rochester is available and I am so thankful that I am apart of it. I had the pleasure of interviewing Steven Anderson, a glassblower at Mayo Clinic in Rochester. His work at Mayo is scientifically based, but he also has work in a few art galleries.

I also had the pleasure of interviewing Emily Tremaine. She is an actress from Rochester, Minnesota, who now lives in New York. She is known for her work in The Wolf of Wall Street, The Black List and most recently, The Experimenter.

The structure of the piece is a spotlight on creative minds rather than a typical magazine article. You can find the piece on page 41: Experience Rochester 2015

“You get what you think about, whether you want it or not.” ~Wayne Dyer

Haiku

Today’s Haiku:

protecting her dreams
she wraps her thoughts with love
flower in bloom

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Have a wonderful weekend!

~Nicole

See the Beauty

I finished the second book of the Millenium Trilogy last week. For those of you who don’t know what I am talking about, it’s the series of books written by Stieg Larrson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest. I am excited to start the last one! I would have started it earlier, but I’ve had my nose stuck in  a more inspirational book this week, Being in Balance, by Wayne Dyer. Anyway, at some point this weekend, I should have time to start the third and final book. I can’t wait to dive in!

I am also going to try to go snowshoeing in Whitewater State Park on Saturday, hopefully we’ll have enough snow (sorry New Englanders, not trying to rub it in). I do hope the temperatures rise by Saturday. It’s negative four right now as I sit here and type. It’s the kind of cold that burns your nose when you breathe. Ouch!

Have a great Thursday everyone! I leave you with this inspiring quote and today’s haiku. Enjoy!

“Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead…” ~Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott haiku

Today’s Haiku:

dreams run deep inside—
a powerful beam of light
honors your request

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Do you have any fun winter activities planned this weekend?

~Nicole