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Needle Work, Quilting and the First Aspect of Joy

June 12th, 2023

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW How does needlework and quilting bring me Joy? In several ways: Tactiley — the feel of the cloth and thread in my hand and fingers brings me a sense of calm. Audibly — the sound of the pop of the cloth as the needle pierces the material from the other side. Audibly –the sound of the swish of the thread as it is pulled through to the top side of the piece where the picture is being created. Visually — watching the different stitches build the picture. These small steps are a process of creation that brings me great joy. When I quiet... Read More

In Which Trina Further Discusses Her Year of Joy And What She’s Learned So Far…

March 19th, 2023

By Trina O’Quinn for the NABBW I ended my last blog stating that I was going to use the following prompts to set my year of Joy. I hope that they helped you in January and February as they have me. Prompt #1: “What are you most proud of from 2022? Both my daughter (56 years old) and I were with my mother when she took her last breath here on earth. When I put her in the hospital in late December 2021, I was afraid that she would die alone before my daughter and eldest granddaughter (25) would be able to get to California from Washington State. They made it and were able to spend some... Read More

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux

November 18th, 2011

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Exercise Redux By Erica Miner NABBW’s Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Once again the holiday season is about to descend on us, and what better time to start journaling? As you\’ve read in previous articles in this series, there\’s virtually no better way to relieve stress than by journaling, and we all know that this time of year can cause stress to escalate. Why not choose TODAY as your day to start handling your holiday anxiety in a powerful, creative way? To help you along with this, in today\’s article I... Read More

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your “Exercise”

September 2nd, 2011

The Power of Journaling – Article 9 in a Series: Come on, everybody, do your “Exercise” By Erica Miner NABBW’s Journaling Expert Greetings, Boomers! Now that you\’ve had a sampling of some of my favorite journaling methods, let\’s discuss some exercises to further entice you into your journaling ritual. Don\’t be intimidated by the length of the list. These are intended to be savored, one at a time. Linger over each one for as long as you like. Take your time to fully explore whichever one or ones give you the creative impetus you need. Ready? Let\’s... Read More

The 3 Biggest Mistakes First-Time Nonfiction Authors Make & How to Avoid Them

September 22nd, 2010

The fact that experts know a lot is both a blessing and a curse. Both aspects come into play when you decide to take the plunge and write a book. While coaching a few hundred experts, coaches, speakers and business builders, I\’ve seen both the blessing and curse come into play. The blessing is that you have real solutions for people. You are a problem solver. You\’ve either learned how to avoid those mistakes in the school of hard knocks, or you\’ve spent time, money and trouble figuring something out, or you\’ve created a system that makes hard tasks simple. The bad news... Read More