Wednesday, January 7, 2015

My tale of change!

The writer must be willing,
above everything else,
to take chances,
to risk making a fool of himself—
 or even to risk revealing the fact that he is a fool.
                                Jessamyn West


Oh yes the holidays are over and the past few weeks seem to have flew by. I have been taking a long, hard look at myself and what I want to accomplish, or at least try to accomplish, in this yet another New Year.

I have to face it, I am not getting any younger and I have so much I want to do, while I am still able to do it. There are so many things in this world that I have not tried. Possibly like some of you, I really need to try some of those things and get past my fear of failure. A wise friend asks me every time we talk, over and over again, the same question......, “What are you waiting for, and why are you hiding?”

There have been a few things that happened during the end of the past year and leading into this New Year that has had me thinking about making some changes. Not big changes just a tweak here and there and exploring some possibilities I may have missed. I have some decisions to make and since you my blogger family have been there every step of the way with me I will keep you informed.


I want to focus on my storytelling and the sharing of those stories with others beyond this blog. A local newspaper has given me the chance to write a monthly column over the past year and for that I am truly grateful. All of this thanks to a young woman who believed in me. This column will continue into this year for as long as they want me. The first of this New Year has had me published in a Canadian national paper The Globe and Mail, this has me very excited and now believing there just may be a possible next step in my writing.

I have always shared my stories and my life with you my Blogger friends and I will not be stopping that, I will however be cutting my blog posts down to two days a week. I hope you do not mind. It may be temporary, only time will tell. I have been blogging steady for over four years, so there are a lot of stories.

In the meantime, I am going to concentrate on more writing and work on that dream I have had since I was a little girl, a little girl with a very big imagination. The dream of sharing those stories and seeing what will come of it.


I am a storyteller and a writer with a dream. Thank you for all the encouragement my dear Blogger friends. See you here every Monday and Thursday. Wish me luck.

Here are a few links to some of those published stories.








Later.

50 comments:

  1. I'm so glad to see your audience, and body of published work, growing Buttons... can't think of anyone who deserves it more!

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  2. I loved the family warmth expressed in the story printed in the Globe & Mail. It speaks volumes to a generation now having to make grave decisions about parents. Congratulations!

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  3. I'm happy for you, Buttons! Such a dream coming true for you, and many more people will now get a chance to read your stories! Hooray!

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  4. I'll look forward to Mondays and Thursdays. And, of course, I wish you luck. My best to you on the new endeavors!

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  5. Everyone should be so lucky, as to have a friend, who keeps encouraging us. :-)

    Best wishes, with the future, of your dream.

    Gentle hugs,
    Tessa~

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  6. Good luck with your writing, and it's great to read it's going to continue in the papers. Congratulations. Hugs M xox

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  7. Miss B,
    I like your thought about tweaking a few things in life and facing our fears. We are who we are, we can always work on being better people, but we are not going to wake up a new person when the calendar year changes. It's hard to "put ourselves out there" and to risk rejection. I think it is even more difficult for us oldest children. Congratulations on spreading your wings and taking a chance. May the breeze carry you to more places than you thought possible.

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  8. Oh congratulations Buttons! We are sharing you with the whole country- the world! You are a wonderful writer -it's only fair!! Best of luck -I read the first story about your mum and couldn't go on-hits so very close to home........ but I will read the others soon....
    Fondly,Rain

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  9. I am so excited for you! Glad you are seizing these opportunities :-) Love the donkey picture.

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  10. You never said anything about the Napanee paper publishing your stories!!! I am so excited for you!!! Good luck on the whole continuing saga!!!
    I love the donkey, and that wonderful window with the books!!!
    I will be with my Mom till Friday morning, then on the bus all day...

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  11. Three cheers for you, setting sail for your dreams.

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  12. Overcoming fear of failure I can identify with, it's so easy to make excuses and not put effort into trying new or challenging things. I'm glad you are getting to do what you do best- write!

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  13. Buttons I'm so excited for you! I read the article in the Globe and Mail and thought it was excellent! It really spoke about what so many of us have gone or are going through with aging parents. I wish you great success as you step out and share your dream of writing. Blessings to you! Pam

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  14. WOOHOO ! CONGRATS ! you go girl ! You should make a book with your stories . I am happy for you . Have a great day !

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  15. Way to go B. Look forward to reading your work all over the place. Enjoy the ride!

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  16. Go Buttons!!! I am so happy for you ... Globe and Mail is huge and you totally deserve it. Good luck. You are on a roll and I have a feeling it's just starting!

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  17. congrats buttons, you are so ready to share your "story" with the world!!! I will come back to read them, I could not be happier for you or your reading public!!!!!

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  18. You know how I feel about your storytelling and writing--you are gifted!! I am so happy that you are getting these opportunities and seizing them!

    I, too, am trying to focus my writing more and do more of it. What am I waiting for, right!

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  19. Wishing you lots of luck with your stories, if your blog is anything to go by, they will be great!
    Lynne x

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  20. Love that your dreams are finally within your grasp and that you are bravely striding out to meet them. Good luck. And congratulations.

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  21. Exciting changes, Buttons - best of luck! Congratulations! xo Karen

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  22. What a wonderful opportunity! We're here, cheering you on. :-)

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  23. B,

    Follow your dreams dear friend, don't let anyone slow you down.
    Congratulations!!! I loved reading your articles, keep up the good work.
    And will always look forward to reading your posts.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  24. Waiting to see all the success you are definitely going to have! You write beautifully,

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  25. You should always follow your dreams. You only live once and you gotta do what makes you happy!
    Please post the column links. I love your stories.
    Cheri

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  26. You write so beautifully and with the heart. I really enjoyed reading your article. I can relate the difficulty of putting a parent in a care facility.
    I also like that even though it's a sad story, I love your touch of humor in it.
    Well done.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  27. Oh how exciting. I am looking forward to reading them.

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  28. Great news, Buttons! I love your writing! Sending you the very best as you pursue this dream! xo Nellie

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  29. Fabulous news, Buttons! I was in the middle of reading your post when the earth moved. We just had a small earth quake.

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  30. Congratulations on having stories published. I look forward to two days a week as you do tell a good story.

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  31. Oh Buttons, I'm so happy for you and wish you all the success in the world as you pursue your dream!

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  32. I read your article and thought it was fantastic! Did not know that it was an ongoing thing. How wonderful. So excited for your new venture. I will be blogging less also...bit of blogger burnout. But I will check in with you!

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  33. That's such great news Dear B. You're such a natural writer and teller of stories you won't need any wishing of luck... instead I wish you much satisfaction and joy as you go forward and make that girl's dream a reality. There's no limit to what you can do.
    Thanks for giving the links for your published stories. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each heartwarming one. Well done, big hugs and see you on Mondays and Thursdays back here :D) xx

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  34. You go girl! Seize the day! You have proved that you have the talent in this blog and in your published work. Good luck in your endeavours.

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  35. What a talented lady you are!!!!!!!!! I agree with others, seize this day, seize the opportunity. We never know what tomorrow will bring. Your stories are precious. They deserve to be shared. May God bless you and lead you in all that you do!! I love your stories, and look forward to reading many many more!!

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  36. i am amazed by your luck - i don't like using luck - but i hope you know what i mean ... you are so cool to have the chance to get to do all these articles - pieces of work. i say Congrats to you. the question is - why did you get so cool? i have always wondered about my path ... hoping to find it one day. thanks, for stopping by today. it is freezing here in VA. i can only imagine in your neck of the Woods it is freezing and snowy too? right??! ( :

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  37. How funny . . . I saw your blog on a friends blog-list and I had to come visit. Buttons Thoughts . . . well I thought you were going to be another blog about sewing or quilting, but to my surprise you are much more interesting than that :) I think that it is wonderful that you are following your dream to write and tell your stories. One small step came lead to another and another . . . I want to be here to tag along on your creative journey and enjoy your adventure.
    I am your newest follower,
    Connie :)
    P.S. At the moment I am celebrating my three year blogging birthday with a Give-A-way, please come visit and get your name in the hat.
    Happy to meet you!

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  38. Exciting Buttons . . . Live your dream . . . so happy for you!

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  39. Your writing needs to be shared with the world. So glad you have these opportunities.

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  40. Exciting times!! Is that last pic of your Mom reading one of your articles??

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    1. Holly that would be My Hero reading my article at a little celebration breakfast when we had to go into town to buy a paper:)

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  41. Oh, Buttons! That's absolutely wonderful!!

    Pearl

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  42. Grace, that's wonderful and I wish you well! Those of us, of a certain age, are having some of the same questions. It will be interesting to see our responses.

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  43. sounds like a good start into the year. happy 2015 and all the best xo

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  44. Oh Grace, I am thrilled for you! I love your stories and I think it is wonderful that you are getting them published!

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  45. Dearest Button, I don't mind you posting twice a week if that will help you to write. I would love to see your farm tales, your auction tales, your cows, your knitted hats, your mom, your Cadillac boots, and your Hero's ladders in a book. I have said it before and I say it now. I so hope that is a goal of yours. From my other author blogger friends, I know this will not be an easy road to take, but so worthwhile. Because you are so very, very good at it!

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  46. Wonderful story telling, Buttons! Some were familiar to me and some were not, but with each one I picture you loving every moment, and I can't help but smile! I'm delighted that more and more people are getting to hear your "voice." Hugs!

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