ME? Moving? Ha! Ha!

It’s been a long time since I have shared. For that I must apologize. But you know how life is; just when you think you have a handle on life, you are tested.

Since 2015, I have moved on in ways that I never imagined.

 

RAIN

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

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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…

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.

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.