SCREAM AND SHOUT, “MR. PRESIDENT! JUST ASKIN’.”

BEAUTIFUL USA

BEAUTIFUL USA

What to share? What to say?

Life is full. Life is busy. My body aches. My mind is weary.

I feel like I am writing a poem, but I’m not. Sometimes I begin thinking and my thoughts seem poetic. It’s just the artist in me.

I love reading. I love writing. I love words. What do you love?

Call me weird if you like. I am okay with weird. We are all weird in our own way. You must agree. Right?

Even if you don’t, it’s true. Differences are what make the world go around. I just wish those differences didn’t have to cause our Government to shut down. How crazy is that. Right?

National parks are closed. People are being sent home from work. People are being turned away when trying to visit a monument. Parking lots are closed.

Here’s an interesting question. If the parks and monuments are closed, because they are not paying the employees, how are the guards getting paid?

If the government is closed, why do the Senators, Representatives, Cabinet members and President still get paid?

I’m just asking. If a small business owner closed his or her doors to the public, without honoring its previous obligations, the owner would be chastised, tarred and feathered.

What is the government’s punishment for their behavior? How do we as taxpayers get repaid for their noncompliance of our trust?

I’m just asking. Not that anyone will answer me. Will you? Will they?
We all deserve a response. Our country is such a mess.

Yes people, we do disagree on things. We do have opposite opinions on things. But as a nation we must learn to compromise with each other.

How do you think other countries are looking at us now? “Those crazy Americans. Look at them. Ha, ha, ha!”

Here is a note, specifically for the President.

Dear President Obama,

I voted for you both times, even though it was more because of there not being any other good choice. Regardless of that, I gave you my trust. I had hope.

Please guide our leaders. Please show them the way. Isn’t that your job? I’m not being rude. I’m just asking.

How can our nation improve? How can we grow? How will our economy get better if our government is shut down?

I am utterly confused right now. Please help me to understand.

Your Sister-in-arms and U.S. citizen (I have the birth certificate to prove it),

Melissa Flynn
MAOM

I know he will never read this. I am just venting. Try it. It helps me. Now I can move on. Now I can just wait and see what they do. Not that we have a choice. Horrible. Isn’t it?

So, as I stress and ponder, I move on. I advise you to do the same.

LET’S SEE…

Cameron Random and his Single Mom (Ok that is intentional. Single can be taken either way)

Cameron Random and his Single Mom (Ok that is intentional. Single can be taken either way)

Julie Wakely

Julie Wakely

Jeremy Joyell

Jeremy Joyell

People looking around

People looking around

Will Dunlop, Dale Ellenbogen and her husband

Will Dunlop, Dale Ellenbogen and her husband

Alex Bugaeff

Alex Bugaeff

WWC's Banner

WWC’s Banner

By Melissa Flynn

Where do I start? There were authors. There were artists. There was a singer. There were books, paintings, healthy snacks, chocolate treats, a Mary Kay consultant, a motivational speaker, an inspirational speaker, a gallery owner and the son of a single-mom.

Keeping all of that in mind let me tell you a story.
All of this was taking place as the clock struck 1 o’clock pm on Saturday, 8/10/13. The music was lowered as I and my sciatic pain rose to speak. The words began to flow, and the crowd settled in for the ride. Applause ensued, and warm feelings filled the room.

I looked out to the audience and smiled towards some friends.
You know the saying, “Time flies when you are having fun?” Well, on 8/10/13, that’s how I felt. I hobbled around with my cane to check on our 24 authors. They all seemed pleased. Not only did they network and chat with the guest, but they also reached out to each other.

My dream came true. I wanted a place where artists across our small state would come together. I wanted them to embrace each other and help one another. I wanted to see people walking out with books in hand and that they did.

Each time I walked past the front door, I heard sounds of Denise Jones-Gagne and “Inner Grooves” singing on the front patio. I ran into others, as I walked by the front door to go upstairs, caught by the tune.

“She’s really good, isn’t she?”

“Yes, she is wonderful,” said a guest of The Wallingford Writers’ Community 1st Semi-Annual Free Artist’s Showcase.

I, Melissa Flynn, hereby mark this event as a Success. Perfection? No. Smiles, a few sales, music, food and happy people? Yes.

So for those who missed it, you will have other opportunities. Email or call me with questions if you are an artist who is interested in taking part in the next event.

The 2nd Semi-Annual Free Artist’s Showcase will take place on February 8, 2014. It will be at the Wallingford Public Library at 200 North Main Street in Wallingford, CT.

Here are some links of some of the artists who attended on 8/10/13 (above, you can see some pictures of some of our artists/for more picture, be sure to check out WWC’s Facebook page listed below):
Here is the Amazon link to Shelley Ott’s book in both soft cover and Kindle edition:
http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Horse-Speaks-Little-White/dp/0989067920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376265780&sr=8-1&keywords=the+dark+horse+speaks+little+white+bird

And this is her website:
http://www.thedarkhorsespeaks.com

To find Steve Robichaud on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Sandman-Gallery-Frame-Shoppe

Alex Bugaeff’s links to buy his books:
https://www.createspace.com/3760524
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1478266848

Nancy Butler’s (our guest speaker) email and phone number:
nbutler@aboveallelse.org
860-444-0535

Kathryn Orzech’s book site and trailer:
Here’s the link to Premonition of Terror:
http://www.dreamwatch.com/KO-Books/Premonition/About-Premonition-of-Terror.html

YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7x1_G_gonoExVAWUuUdrWQ

Author Sage R Fury
Novel: Shards of Light
Website: http://www.radicaldreams.com
Amazon EBook: http://t.co/QMgkeZq

Jeanne E. Rogers
Danbury, CT
Web: http://warriorechidna.blogspot.com
Amazon link: http://amzn.to/17Dunzy

June Hyjek
860-985-9850
Author of “Unexpected Grace: A Discovery of Healing through Surrender”
http://www.aplaceofgrace.net
http://transcendingpainandstress.blogspot.com/

Other writers stopped by to support their friends. Some of their sites are listed below.
Marian L. http://www.marianl.com/
Robin S robinswetz.com

As the Chair of the Wallingford Writers’ Community, I thank everyone who took part and those that came as guests. We hope you will be back again and again.

And a warm ‘Thank You’ to Steve Robichaud for donating The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe at 14 West Main Street in downtown Meriden.

Here are a few upcoming dates for the WWC. Feel free to join us.

Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 2pm
Wallingford Writers’ Community Meeting
Funky Monkey, 130 Elm Street, Cheshire, CT 06410, 203-439-9161
Come, introduce yourself, and hear what we are all about.
Email me with any questions at: schedulemelissa@melissaflynn.org

Announcing the 2nd Semi-Annual Free Local Artist’s Showcase
Saturday, February 8, 2014, 1pm – 3:15pm
All interested artists should notify me in advance of their interest.
Event will be held at: Wallingford Public Library, 200 North Main Street, Wallingford, CT 06492
Join us in celebrating our CT Artist’s. Here is WWC’s Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/melissa.flynn.7568#!/wallingfordwritersclub
And if you have any problems with the link, just search for Wallingford Writers Community on Facebook.

Moving And Other Matters (MAOM) will be having its 1st Writer’s Spotlight. The event will feature 3 writers and their work.

Be sure to follow MAOM on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/GettingMyMoveOn?ref=hl

Any writer interested, should notify me immediately. Poets are welcome. The event will take place sometime at the beginning of November. A date has not yet been determined.

By the way, here is my author page on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/MelissaFlynnCT?ref=hl

Until then…
Remember? Me? Moving On? It’s what I do…

Me On TV :)

By Howard Petote

By Howard Petote

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By Gerri Brousseau

By Gerri Brousseau

By Melissa Flynn

Hello There,

I have been meaning to write more, but life is keeping me busy. I do promise to keep you updated more often. So bear with me while I get caught up on some things. In the meantime, I’d like to share a few bits of information with you.

We Connecticut artist have decided to put on a show case for the public. Admission is free. Parking is free. And the refreshments are free. What more could you ask for?

Below I have included a recent press release. And for a special on air invitation, click on this link:

http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/ct_style/wallingford-writers-community

I joined CT Style for lunch and took along some books and a painting to share with the viewers.

I look forward to seeing you all there.

Announcing the 1st Semi-Annual Free Local Artist Showcase:
An Opportunity to Meet Authors
Presented by Wallingford Writer’s Community

The Wallingford Writer’s Community (WWC) presents the free Artist Showcase, which takes place on August 10, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm at The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe, located at 14 West Main Street in the heart of downtown Meriden. Authors will read excerpts and offer books have books for sale. Attendees can browse tables during the event and light refreshments will be served. For questions, call Melissa (WWC Chair) at 203-707-3918.

The Artist Showcase is a rare opportunity for the public to meet local authors who will introduce and share excerpts from their work. Other art forms will also be displayed. Come, read, share, listen and let us all enjoy art in many forms.

The event is designed to make local artists and their work more accessible to the public. Diverse art forms and book genres will include Fiction and Non-fiction: thriller, mystery, romance, paranormal historical, young adult, how-to and much more. Guests are sure to find something appealing.

Wallingford Writer’s Community members meet regularly at the Wallingford Public Library to share and discuss their work.

Join them on Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 12:30 pm to 2:45 pm at The Sandman Gallery and Frame Shoppe (sandmangallery.com), 14 West Main Street, Meriden. Free parking available at nearby lots.

Refer all artist questions to Melissa Flynn at schedulemelissa@melissaflynn.org or 203-707-3918.

P.S. In case you are wondering, I am still moving on–quite well. More exciting news soon.

WORDS TO REMEMBER, LITERALLY…

By Melissa Flynn

Office PicJune
Busy
Tired
Confused
Inspired
Home
Rowe
MA
Good
Inspirational Woman
May
WDRC
Shoulder
LWV
Embrace
The Sun
Sy Syfransky
Dent
Business Expo
Movers And Shakers, MAS
Moving On
Health and Wellness Symposium
Query
Agents
Memoir
Nervous
Happy
Love
Mommy

Just a few words while I’m moving on. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

HE OWES ME

Learning to walk

Learning to walk

By Melissa Flynn

 

 

 I was recently reassured in my desire to inspire the masses. I want to inspire people to: Get Up! Get Out! And to Be Productive!

“He owes me for all that I have done through the years…I have no money. He does. So he has all the power.”

This was from a fifty-something-year-old man who is looking to his brother for financial aid.

I have repeatedly tried to sway this individual in his desire to seek aid. I have asked him to look within himself. I have asked him to find his purpose in life—figure out what he aspires to do.

“Try to only reach out to others when you are in dire need. If you regularly ask for help, others are less likely to be willing.”

I told him as I have told my son, over and over. “I will only help those who are trying to help themselves.”

I tried to explain that we are owners of our own fates. This reminds me of one of my favorite poems by William Ernest Henley.

“…It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.”

We all have our trials and hardships, at times. But no matter what, we must learn to refocus, never letting our goals out of sight.

Having this conversation reminded me that I have a lot of work to do. Many people are looking for direction. I want to be a guide to all those that are seeking solutions to all of life’s puzzles. I want people to know that there is hope for us all.

Within my soul, I believe that life is meant to be lived. And we all are here for a purpose. Find yours. And remember not to allow other to take control. It only adds to your sorrow.

As for the earlier mentioned individual, I guess time will tell his fate. But as for me, I’m moving on and trying to make my mother proud.

THE DATE IS APPROACHING…

LOGONo matter who you are, you will face obstacles and problems. Perhaps you have fallen into a rough patch in your life. Perhaps you have a goal, but it seems like you cannot make progress. Either way, the problems that lay between you and where you want to be can seem insurmountable, which is why it is important that we all receive a dose of inspiration in our lives. Moving And Other Matters (MAOM), inspirational leaders of Cheshire, will be sponsoring their first annual Driving Forward Seminar to do just that.

The Seminar will take place on July 14th and 21st, back to back Sundays, and is designed to be suitable for people from all walks of life. Each runs from 4:00 pm to 7:30 pm. The first will be held at CoCo Keys in Waterbury, CT, and will feature Melissa Flynn, founder of MAOM, and guest speaker Ken Brown, an educator and advocate for justice and human rights. The guest speaker of the second, held at the Omni Hotel in New Haven, CT, will be Walt Hampton, motivational speaker and leadership trainer, whose goal is to help people achieve lives that are both successful and meaningful. Will Dunlop, writing & editorial intern of MAOM, will act as MC at both.

The talks of all the speakers are intended to inspire people to overcome the obstacles in their life. Each speaker will share meaningful insights into what gets in our way and how we can deal with these issues. The seminar will also feature vendor tables, and attendees may find it a good place to network, a truly multi-layered experience. Melissa Flynn has designed this seminar to embody her belief that “it is never too late to get your life back on track” and as a place to bring people together.

We hope you will all join us for a night of inspiration and connecting with people. And if that’s not enough, there will be a raffle at the end of the seminar, the prizes being a Flat screen TV and a BluRay player. You must be present to claim the prize.

Tickets for Driving Forward may be purchased at: https://July2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs
for July 14, 2013, and July 21, 2013.

A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO FUNDING THE PEORA TYSON CANCER RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND, (established to help a deserving student study oncology) in honor of Melissa’s mother, who died of cancer on Feb 28, 1996.

Melissa also started this fund because she studied science in college (Molecular and Cell Biology), and she always felt that our country needed more women in science and math; Melissa wants to help to encourage that idea.

Get your tickets now. Just go to https://july2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs. Then share the link with your friends, family and groups. And encourage them to share with others.

Please feel free to send a note, if you have any questions.
movingontoinspre@gmail.com

And if you have a book or business that you would like to promote/sell, we still have a few vendor tables available. Just ask and the form can be sent to you.

Also, there is always room for more sponsors. Three sponsorship levels are show on the event page. For the lower levels, please email with questions.

Questions and comments about the scholarship fund can be directed to our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PeoraTysonCancerResearchScholarshipFund

See you all soon.

MOVERS AND SHAKERS

Launch Issue

Launch Issue

By Melissa Flynn

Moving And Other Matters (MAOM), inspirational leaders of Cheshire, have long been working on our upcoming Driving Forward Seminars, scheduled for July 2013. (https://july2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs) However, while we wait for summer to come, we realize that there is so much more we could be doing to interact with the community. Keeping in line with the idea of increasing our network, we at MAOM are proud to present our first monthly company newsletter, Movers and Shakers.

Movers and Shakers (MAS) was designed to provide you with a more intimate view into the workings of MAOM. In the first issue, we have concentrated an introducing the company, recapping what we’ve done recently, and advertising upcoming events. Yet, despite the factual focus, all the articles (and articles in future issues) were infused with the philosophy of Melissa Flynn and the company, designed not only to inform the reader of what we’re up to, but also as a medium for sharing our inspirational messages. Most pieces contained within were written by Melissa Flynn, with some very noteworthy exceptions. Will Dunlop, writing & editorial intern, runs a column in which he applies lessons from Melissa to solve real life problems, showing you just how easy it is to benefit from her practices. Kelly Schmidt, Vice President of Operations, has a small section in which she will share her own original sayings. We are sure you will find them inspiring, speaking to your inner musings about life and goals, and sometimes even entertaining.

And the other exception is one that you, prospective reader, might find particularly interesting—MAOM is offering a Guest Spotlight column for anyone who would like to contribute to the newsletter. We accept opinion articles, letters to the editor, and other works. We at MAOM feel your work will help enrich our newsletter, but we also offer this opportunity as an extension of our company’s policy to help people—writers, in this case—share their work and thereby achieve their goals. The official guidelines for submissions are included in this first issue of MAS, and the Guest Spotlight was a short story by Connecticut writer Robin Swetz.

To receive a copy of our April or May newsletter, send your contact information (name, address, and email) to movingontoinspire@gmail.com or fax it to (203) 303-7225. Or you may call our office at (203) 707-3918 and give it to a representative.

You can also like our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Movers-And-Shakers-newsletter/565923096771753?ref=hl

After you like our page, feel free to share a note.

And as we move on, let’s all remember to say an extra prayer for those affected by the events in Boston, MA.

DRIVING FORWARD

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Get Your Tickets Today!!!

Get Your Tickets Today!!!

By Melissa Flynn

Moving on does not have to mean action. My inaction can be considered progress. I’m still thinking. I’m still planning. I just need some time before I can put it all into action.

My constant exhaustion, pain and soreness has caused me to consider my mobility—action versus inaction. I’m stressed. I’m sleepy. I’m thirsty. Wine anyone? I seemed to have gotten sidetracked.

I believe I was discussing my moving on. The fact that I’m not out running a marathon doesn’t bother me much. If I were twenty years younger, maybe I would be upset. I’ve moved on from wanting to be in the WNBA. Just kidding. I don’t think it was a thing back in my day. I make myself sound old, huh? I’m not really that old. But believe me when I tell you, sometimes I feel as if I’m eighty.

Exercise and age aside, I’m moving on with my plan to share. I am moving on with my plan to spread the word. And I’m inviting you to spend a few hours in an environment guaranteed to bring people together.

DRIVING FORWARD:
A Seminar In Empowerment and Moving On

Sunday, 14th, July 2013
CoCo Key 3580 E. Main Street, Waterbury, CT 06705

WEEK 1
Starts: 4:00pm – Ends: 7:30pm

Speakers: Melissa Flynn
and

POET, ACTIVIST, MINISTER, CONSULTANT AND EDUCATOR

KEN BROWN

Sunday, 21st, July 2013
Omni Hotel 155 Temple Street, New Haven, CT 06510

WEEK 2
Starts: 4:00pm – Ends: 7:30pm

Speakers: Melissa Flynn
and

IVY-EDUCATED TRIAL ATTORNEY, HIGH-ALTITUDE MOUNTAINEER, PHOTOGRAPHER, SAILOR, RUNNER, CAREER COACH, AND AUTHOR

WALT HAMPTON

SEATING IS LIMITED!
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

Advanced Tickets: $25
At the Door: $35

Door prizes, Local Vendors, Giveaways, and a Raffle

[32” FLAT SCREEN TV AND BLURAY PLAYER]

Must be present to claim prize.
Phone: 203-707-3918
Fax: 203-303-7225

A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS WILL GO TO FUNDING THE PEORA TYSON CANCER RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP FUND (established to help a deserving student study oncology) In honor of my mother who died of cancer on Feb 28, 1996.

So get your tickets now. Call, email or fax to request a guest registration form. Or you can click on this link and buy a ticket online. Tickets for Driving Forward may be purchased at: https://july2013.ticketbud.com/maomdfs .

You can also call us and pay with a credit card over the phone. Or we can snail mail you a guest registration form. It’s all pretty simple. We believe in giving you options.

First you buy your tickets. Then spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues and group members.

And if anyone has a book or business that they would like to promote/sell, we still have a few vendor tables available. Just ask and I can send you the form.

Also, there is always room for one more sponsor.

For any forms, email movingontoinspire@gmail.com. You can also call 203-707-3918 or fax us at 203-303-7225.

See you soon, as we move on, hand and hand.

WHAT?

Stuck

We need a heat wave.

We need a heat wave.

By Melissa Flynn

Ok. I’m so tired. I’m achy. My brain is overloaded. And I’m tired.

Why are you supposed to care, you ask? You aren’t. I’m venting, as we women like to do. There was no one around to vent to. So I let my fingers do the talking, as they say. Or is it “fingers do the walking?” I’m not sure, but I think you get my point.

Anyway, I came to the realization that I’m getting older. I saw another gray hair. It was small, but it was there. I’m going to be just like Dionne Warwick and Jamie Lee Curtis; I’m going to gray gracefully.

I feel as if people try halting old age. You can be gray and vibrant just as well as you can have no gray and be vibrant. I just don’t see a purpose in hiding my gray hair.

So when I turn 60, I’m sure that I will be fully gray. If I’m not, feel free to call me on it. I hereby swear to not dye my grays. This doesn’t mean that I won’t get highlights, from time to time.

If anyone is wondering what all this has to do with me ‘moving on,’ I will explain. It’s actually really simple. As I move on, I’ve got all kinds of crazy stuff going through my head. I always find it easier to get it out—write it down. I didn’t say it fixes anything. It just makes it easier.

So as I get old, grow and get ‘gray-er,’ I shall share.

The Blizzard of 2013 has locked me indoors. What better time than this to share? Don’t get me wrong. There are people outside working on clearing a path. But my only current option is to climb out a window and scale the roof. My ailments have ruled that out as a real plan.

So I read, clean, write, clean, email, eat, play with my hair and watch British television. I love hulu.com and Acorn TV.

How can I move on, when I can’t get out? LOL. This is where the sharing thing comes back in. I need to share—to vent. Everyone has their methods. Feel free to try out some of mine, or just test some of your own.

“What works for me may not work for you. But if you keep at it, what works for you will become evident.” A quote from a speech of mine.

I’m not sure why it bothers me to be stuck in the house because of the snow. Most weekends, I’m in working anyway. I guess it’s the idea of my options being limited to indoor activities.

There is a chance that my week could start without me. It’s Sunday, and my Wednesday meeting has already cancelled. Maybe we can be like school. Have make-up days. If I miss everything from Monday to Wednesday, I can make them all up in June.

That sounds great. I will wake up tomorrow and start calling my bill collectors. Got to get them ‘up’ on the new plan.

Wait. Do my bill collectors have to sign off on it before it’s a plan? Naw. It’s my plan. I’m the one moving on.
So everyone out there, make your own plan.

“It’s never too late! Get out [I mean figuratively, not literally, of course, if you live in New England]! Get up! Be productive!” Just something I heard Melissa Flynn say along the way.

Oh wait! That’s me again. 🙂

NEW VIEWS. OR ARE THEY?

Cute boots, huh?

Cute boots, huh?

Explaining the meaning of life...

Explaining the meaning of life…

By Melissa Flynn

It’s 2013 and I’m still moving on. What about you?

Whatever you are doing, please tell me that you didn’t make New Year’s resolutions. Please tell me that you didn’t write down that you wanted to lose weight and dump that loser.

Instead let’s all make a list of life goals. Then every year, I want you all to review and revise those goals. It’s all about retrospection and redesign.

Recently, I did one of my “Moving On” workshops at a local church. I preached the same thing to them—forget resolutions and concentrate on the bigger picture.

My sister Halima has an interesting idea of rebooting that I also shared with the group. At the beginning of each year, she cleans the house, stocks up on all supplies and toiletries, and even backs up her computer. It’s all a bit more than I want to do, but I like the idea. Feel free to read more about her ideas on her blog. (halimaflynn.blogspot.com)

I think we can all agree that it doesn’t hurt to reboot, reorganize or re-evaluate our lives—especially for those times when we feel like we are hitting a wall. It’s like that saying that I have repeated to my son over and over. “If you keep doing something and it isn’t working, then try something different.”

Sometimes when we try to move on, no matter what we do it does not work. That means it is time to re-evaluate—revise your course of action.

I explained my notion of retrospection to the church group. But I also added that we must all pull together and help one another. As I talked, I saw a smile and a nod, here and there. Being presumptuous, as I tend to be, I took those expressions and body language to mean that they agreed and understood.

My talk continued, as it usually does, with me going on and on about my trials and tribulations. I decided to move on from my mess and reach out to help others. (FYI: Helping others helps you. Helping you helps others.) And as many do, I struggle along the way. No matter how great my determination, life doesn’t always work out as planned. I conjure up inspiration wherever I can: a Psalm, a MLK Jr. Speech, The Presidential Inauguration, and maybe even a glance from my mother’s picture in my office.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

These and many other words, help me maintain my balance. The world needs more beacons of hope and inspiration—people who are willing and able to spread the word that it is never too late to get your life on track. I have decided to be such a person. So if you need a bit of inspiration for any cause, send me a note: movingontoinspire@gmail.com.

If you have a group who needs inspiration, send me a note. If you need a coach to keep you on track, send me a note. Even if you just want to say hi, send me a note.

We all find ways to cope with what life throws at us. Sometimes those coping mechanisms are not very healthy. I can give you some tips to find healthier ones. And in the meantime, I want you all to do two things for me.

 Make a list of goals
 Then get up every day and work towards those goals

And at the end, it is not important whether or not you complete those goals. What are most important are the journey and the people you meet along the way.

To reiterate, forget the making of New Year’s resolutions. According to the definition, resolutions could look a lot like goals. That I can agree with; just don’t wait until January 1st to try and push yourself towards succeeding within the next twelve months. Sit down and set some short and long-term goals for your life. Then be realistic about the things you need to do in order to reach those goals.

And in order to stay focused, I want you all to copy these things down and repeat them regularly.

 I AM SOMEBODY
 WE ARE ALL SOMEBODY
 WE HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER, THAT’S HOW COMMUNITIES GROW
 I WILL IDENTIFY MY FEARS
 I WILL OVERCOME MY FEARS
 I WILL STAY FOCUSED
 I WILL BE A LEADER
 I WILL BE AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL CHILDREN
 I WILL HELP MY NEIGHBORS

As I put this down on paper for you, I was remembering a couple of things: that movie “Pay It Forward” and Ann Curry’s 26 acts of kindness campaign.

So let’s move on and make the most of our time.