Friday, June 19, 2020

Wee-Sources with All My Heart

Welcome dear weader! I am starting today's post with a quote from Confucius (have you ever noticed how close his name is to 'confusion'? Now you have a sense of my constant state of mind, but I digress...)
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Come on a journey with me, with all your heart.

First stop, my bookshelf...
Pardon my mess...













...in order to share with you a Book Wee-View!

I just finished, It is What it is...Now What?!: A Guide for Getting From Where You are to WHO You Want to be by Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW.

A book I loved with all my heart!


















This is not a writing book per se, but if you have a goal to become a writer (or anything else!) then the concepts and activities contained in this book will get you there. Kathleen Pickrel, LMSW is a life coach working with people who are ready to make a positive change in their lives and want additional support in making that change. Her encouraging writing style and accessible content really will change your life...but you have to do the work. I must confess that I've read my fair share of self-help books and I usually come away feeling worse about myself because I can never quite implement what is described. What makes It is What it is... Now What? different are the "Action Sheets". These worksheets help align your thinking into an accessible actionable steps that will literally change your life. It is heartening to know that the author is walking the walk of the talk she talks - she transformed her life using the techniques outlined in this book. I also love that each chapter includes inspirational quotes that support the concepts. One of my favorite quotes in relation to the discomfort we all feel about change is:
Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. - Neale Donald Walsh

To find out more about Kathleen Pickrel and the life coaching services she offers, visit her website at ChooseCongruency.com. Her book and coaching services have helped me in immeasurable ways - even from abroad!

The next stop on our journey is a heart-full forest walk in central Switzerland:
Smidgey is our flower girl.



















Like many of you, I seek out nature to keep me grounded sane. My favorite way to recalibrate myself is to take a walk in the forest. Until arriving in Switzerland, I had always fancied myself a water person - backyard pool, lake or ocean. I don't have access to a backyard pool or ocean here, but Lake Zug is walking distance from our house. But the lake is not where I gravitate to day after day, it is the forest that is up the hill from us. The density of the trees, the lushness of the green, the cacophony of bird and frog sounds settle my brain and lift my spirits. In fact, that is where I spent last Wednesday afternoon celebrating my 31st wedding anniversary with my one true love (not Smidgey, Joe!). Out of this stroll came this tiny poem:

nature officiates
our continuous
walk down the aisle
©2020, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.

Finally, speaking of tiny words, I whole heartily subscribe to the idea 
of using tiny words (hence, my wee words blog name) to make 
sense of life. 
And as luck would have it, I have found a Wee-Source for a FREE international, daily magazine of haiku and micropoetry called tinywords.
The editors say this about their journal: "Our goal is to publish excellent poetry whose ambitions and effects far outstrip its small size."
The poems arrive every weekday in my inbox, sometimes just 8 or 9 words long, and they never fail to either make me pause and think or smile.
They accept submissions only during February and August. If you subscribe now you can study their micro brilliance and possibly submit come August.

Today Tricia at The Miss Rumphius Effect is hosting the Poetry Friday roundup. Please check out the poetry goodness.


20 comments:

  1. Hi Bridget, thanks for all the resources, the "It is what it is" book sounds interesting & I will subscribe to that 'wee words' poems, thinking of you every time I receive one! Happy Anniversary. Your wee poem is perfect for our days. I don't have a forest to walk to, but neighborhood walks full of trees is special, too. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! You are always such a kind supporter of my wee-sources. I hope you enjoy the tinywords. :)

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  2. Happy Anniversary! Your anniversary poem is lovely. I subscribed to tinywords -- thanks for the Wee-Source!

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    1. Thanks, Tabatha! Glad you were able to join in our forest celebration via my poem. I hope you like the tinyword poems, too. :)

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  3. Happy Anniversary -- love your tiny poem. What a beautiful forest walk -- no surprise that it's such a rejuvenating, healing place. Yeah for Smidgey! Thanks for the book review -- will check it out (I need all the help I can get)! And, I'll also subscribe to the haiku/micropoetry emails. Wonderful wee-sources as always!

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    1. Thank you, Jama! I love to share wee-sources with wonderful weaders like YOU! :)

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  4. Bridget, what a wonderful post. So much to respond to. First, I am a total forest girl. The colors, the sounds, the fragrance of the woods is my home and place to find balance. A walk in the forest of Switzerland sounds like a little bit of heaven to me. Thanks for sharing your poem from your walk. It pairs perfectly with Molly Hogan's poem this week. And, thank you SO MUCH for the tip to Heather Richardson Cox's newsletter. I signed up for the freebie...but am totally going to subscribe. What a resource it has been in just one week. I do also love the mindfulness of tiny words, tiny descriptions for big and universal things. Keep writing!

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    1. Thank you, Linda! Yay, I am so glad you like the Heather Cox Richardson newsletter - it has helped my psyche so much. :)

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  5. Happy Anniversary –your afternoon with nature sounds enchanting… how marvelous to have the wooded path in walking distance–and mother nature inspired a lovely wee poem. Thanks for all and for the link to TINYWORDS!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I hope you enjoy tinywords - I love when they arrive in my inbox. :)

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  6. Your tiny poem is absolutely beautiful - it speaks to the power of committed love linked to the "holiness" of nature. Thank you for sharing such delightful resources - what a gift!

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    1. Thank you, Fran! I appreciate your visit and comment. I'm pretty lucky with my guy...as he is with me. ;)

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  7. Pickrel's book sounds perfect for the times. So many want change. I love how you describe in your poem, marriage as your "continuous" walk down the isle and paired that with being in the woods. Sometimes we're lost, sometimes on a lovely path.

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    1. Thanks, Janice! Yes, I highly recommend Kathleen's book for change. Many times over the years I've been lost on the path of life with my guy, but a lot of it has been on a lovely path luckily. :)

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  8. I love the idea of nature "officiating" and how you used the word "aisle" in your poem. You found the perfect way to celebrate your anniversary! (We just celebrated our 31st a few weeks ago!)Thanks so much for all the resources. I signed up for the wee poems and am also intrigued by the book you mentioned. Happy walking!

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    1. Thanks, Molly! And happy anniversary to you and your guy as well! 1989 was a good year! :)

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  9. Hi Bridget,
    Congratulations on your "continuous" walk and the lovely poem. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary in April with a walk, too. The forest preserve was one of the few places open at the time, and a great respite.
    Thanks for the tinywords magazine info. I'd never heard of it.

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    1. Thank you, Carmela! Happy anniversary to you and your husband as well. I'm glad you are going to check out tinywords - small commitment, but huge satisfaction. :)

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  10. Happy anniversary! I love your tiny poem and I'm off to take a look at tinywords. Thanks!

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    1. Thank you, Karen, for stopping by and commenting. I hope you like the tinywords universe. :)

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