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Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington true-life, practical, funny, heartbreaking, insightful human experience stories and the lasting difference these journeys have made. You’ll see yourself here. Why? Because the sorcery of stories is this: they help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood. Circle back for daily 60 Seconds, weekly guest conversations, and Diane-On-Mic episodes. I’m your host, Diane Wyzga. "Come for the stories - stay for the magic!"

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    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday Gathas for Brushing Your Teeth & Drinking Your Coffee or Tea

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 2:01


    Hello to you listening in Urbana, Illinois!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington thisis 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.In contemporary Buddhist practice (as popularized by Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh), a gatha is a verse usually recited mentally in rhythm with the breath as part of one's daily mindfulness practice.For example, when you brush your teeth, just brush. Don't process thoughts, anxieties or plans. Perhaps mentally recite this gatha:"Brushing my teeth and rinsing my mouth,I vow to speak purely and lovingly.When my mouth is fragrant with right speech,a flower blooms in the garden of my heart." [Plum Village]Or, when you drink your coffee or your tea, feel the heat, smell the fragrance, savor the taste. Give your attention to your cup. You might enjoy mentally reciting this gatha:"This cup of coffee or tea in my two hands,mindfulness held perfectly.My mind and body dwell inthe very here and now." [Plum Village]60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts


    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Who's Going to Stop Me?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in Peterborough, New Hampshire!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday.How often have we waited for permission, waited our turn, waited to be noticed, waited to be seen or heard or understood?Enough! The question isn't, “Who's going to let me?”The question is, “Who's going to stop me?”While this quote is often attributed to Ayn Rand, an influential writer and philosopher, she never said it exactly like this. The quote is a mash-up of a portion of dialogue in Rand's 1943 book, The Fountainhead, as follows.Roark, a young, unconventional, aspiring architect is responding to the Dean of his college following Roark's recent expulsion from school.…[DEAN] “Do you mean to tell me that you're thinking seriously of building that way, when and if you are an architect? [ROARK] “Yes.” [DEAN] “My dear fellow, who will let you?” [ROARK] “That's not the point. The point is, who will stop me?”Practical Tip: Know what you want. Know where you want to go and how to get there. Know whether you will travel alone or with others. And begin!60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Whose Life Are You Living Anyway?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 2:01


    Hello to you listening in Vijayawada, India!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday.We each have a singularly exceptional life to live because it is our one life; but, you have to want to live it!His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama wrote “There is only 1 important point you must keep in your mind, and let it be your guide. No matter what people call you, you are just who you are. Keep to this truth. You must ask yourself: how is it you want to live your life. We live and we die; this is the truth we can only face alone. No one can help us, not even the Buddha. So, consider carefully: what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life? Story Prompt: Take stock of how you're living your one precious life. Intentionally examine it. Ask yourself what prevents you from living the life you want to live. What will you do to bring it about? Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 


    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Coaching the Engaged Storyism® Method Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 2:26

    Hello to you listening in Palma de Mallorca, Spain!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday.Our local Lutheran church supports a reader board on its front lawn with sayings changed weekly. This one caught my eye: “Come as you are. Change inside.” A subtle invitation attuned to sensitivities. You are welcome to join our community just as you are; and while you're with us you might experience a sense of belonging you didn't have before.What does this have to do with storytelling? Storytelling is a profession of sensitivities, not appearances. Storytelling is one of the few professions where sensitivity and intuition are valued. The best storytellers are attuned to the  connection between and among the story, the listener, and the teller. Relationship and engagement bring the story to life.Likewise, my Engaged Storyism® Method of coaching relies on deep listening, sensitivities, intuition, skill, experience, and traditional story methods to help guide professional women who are ready to confidently convey their message, project, vision, or story and be seen, heard, understood, and listened to.Practical Tip: If you have a desire to say what you mean, come as you are and change inside Quarter Moon Story Arts.          LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/diane-f-wyzga-QMSA 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: The Mobile Turkey Unit

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in Moss, Norway!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey.Yesterday I spent several hours with other volunteers cutting pumpkin pies into individual serving slices and placing them in eco-friendly containers. Many other hands had peeled potatoes, roasted and carved turkeys, spooned up cranberry relish, bagged rolls and butter, packaged napkins, utensils and even coffee. On Thanksgiving morning I'll drive over to our local elementary school, getting in line to receive bags of *complete* turkey dinners to be delivered around South Whidbey.  Each year the Mobile Turkey Unit exceeds the number of dinners it prepared and delivered the year before. Hundreds and hundreds. We are celebrating our 23rd year since this nonprofit community event was founded by Tom Arhontas, who had a special place in his heart for people in need.Click here  to enjoy the spirit of volunteer giving, visit the story, and share in the photos and videos of what we do and how we do it on our Island!And, wishing you and yours A ThankFulGiving Season!   60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Compare Yourself to Your Own Good Self

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 2:05


    Hello to you listening in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.Bruce Lee wrote, “I'm not in this world to live up to your expectations and you're not in this world to live up to mine.”These are important words to ponder especially now with so many social media platforms eager to strip away our individuality, compare one person to another, conform us to the herd mentality.Practical Tip: Take a time out and breathe. Let go doubts, confusions, insecurities. Focus on living up to your own expectations:You are safe nowYou are seen nowYou are held nowYou are heard nowYou are loved nowYou are guided nowYou are resilient nowYou are understood nowYou are empowered nowYou are courageous nowYou are enough right here right now. 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 


    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Thru-Hiking the Appalachian Trail - What Beckons You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 2:26

    Hello to you listening in Millinocket, Maine!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday.In 1955 she sewed a sack out of old denim and stuffed it with “a blanket, a plastic shower sheet, a cup, a canteen and baby bottle for water, a small pot, a spoon, a Swiss Army knife, a first-aid kit, pins, flashlight, a piece of rope, a raincoat, a warm coat, a change of clothes and Keds sneakers.”  She set out from her home in Ohio telling her children she was going for a walk. And walk she did. 2,050 miles. Alone. On the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. Her diet for the most part was raisins, nuts, chicken bouillon cubes, berries and leaves she found along the way. Her bed was often a pile of leaves, a picnic table, maybe a stranger's barn or porch. After 5 months in the wilderness Grandma Emma Gatewood reached Mount Katahdin, Maine. She was 67 years old.Not one to retire, Gatewood returned to thru-hike the AT again; she was 69 years old. Several years later she hiked the trail for a third time, in sections. This wasn't the end of her walking; more like the beginning.Question: What wonderful longing beckons you to begin?  60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Whidbey Coffee & a Cinderella Mocha?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 2:00

    Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories."Hello to you listening in Szolnok, Hungary!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday.Our local Whidbey Coffee dive-thru kiosk recently offered a Cinderella Mocha. I asked the coffee barista if the drink came with a glass slipper and a handsome prince. Not anymore, she said. We used to do that but we got so many returns. The glass slipper didn't fit, wasn't comfortable, too easily broken... And the handsome prince? Those were the worst! Seems all they wanted to do was sit on the couch and dream about their kingdom to come!But, she said, leaning out the window and giving me a wink, we still add a sprinkle of fairy dust on top of the whipped cream so you can write your own happy ending to the Cinderella Mocha Fairy Tale.Story Prompt: When have you dreamt a Happily Ever After ending to an episode of your life? Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: First Impressions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 2:10

    Hello to you listening in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday.How often have you made a decision about someone you just met? If you're anything like me perhaps your righteous, opinionated, judgmental side showed up. Not good! I know; I'm working on it.Why? There are virtues to withholding judgment. As Amor Towles writes: “After all, what can a first impression tell us about someone we've just met for a minute in the lobby of a hotel? For that matter, what can a first impression tell us about anyone? Why, no more than a chord can tell us about Beethoven, or a brushstroke about Botticelli. By their very nature, human beings are so capricious, so complex, so delightfully contradictory that they deserve not only our consideration, but our reconsideration-and unwavering determination to withhold our opinion until we have engaged with them in every possible setting at every possible hour.” [A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles]Question: When have you been surprised (and delighted) to learn that your first impression wasn't your last? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    How Quiet Disruptors Are Rearranging Our World for the Better Led by Sue Heatherington. Part 2.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 37:01


    Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk. You'll recognize yourself in these true-life stories of adversity, challenge, fear, discovery, adventure, expression, and more from women who are walking their lives while their lives walk them and the lasting difference their journeys have made. I'm your host, Diane Wyzga.  Welcome back to Part 2 of the podcast interview with my guest, Sue Heatherington, Quiet Disruptor, author of the book Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting, and a catalyst for thinking pioneers, innovators and change-makers who joined us from her small valley in Swansea, Wales. We were talking about quiet disruptors when I asked Sue to assume you might have to work with or encounter someone who is not so agreeable to this notion of disrupting quietly; how would you suggest working with folks like that to get them to see the necessity of hopeful, quiet change? Let's hear what she has to say about this and so much more on creating change without shouting.Minutes 37:010:00 to 2:00      Intro2:00 to 4:15       Experience Over TellingQuestion: Let's assume you might have to work with or encounter someone who is not so agreeable to this notion of disrupting quietly, how would you suggest working with folks like that to get them to see the necessity of hopeful, quiet change?We cannot tell anyoneIf someone has a clear view about how change happens, telling them won't work because they won't listen to the idea that there's another wayGive them the experience of itWhen Sue is working with people: truly listening and enabling them to feel heardSue practices Killer Questions in her coaching practiceSue believes we enable others to experience what's there4:15 to 15:35       The Quiet Disruptors BlogQuestion: One of the ways I've noticed you doing that (enabling to experience) is your blog. Would you tell us a little bit more about that.2018 was the early exploration and growth of Quiet DisruptionNot a simple formula but letting it breathe and growSue realized she needed to begin writing  The Manifesto was writtenSue committed on 9th September 2018 and wrote daily - has not stopped since that daySue's intention: (1) Only write what she knew was real and in the present; and, (2) being prepared to peel off the layers, share, be vulnerable and expose more of herselfThe blog post is usually written for the next morningSue has committed to publish - now what do I write?Content: walking the valley, noticing, thinking, observing, what is important, how to share itThe experiment in writing: being present, being real, not giving answers but provoking thought and with a surpriseAims of Sue's blog post writing: inspire, encourage, and provoke so the reader can thinkHost: Harvesting comes to mind as Sue walks through the valley: ideas, thoughts, images. The other is the reveal. After 3 decades in storytelling the experience is that the best tellers use a reveal, the invitation to vulnerability, to humanness, the story burns your bones. The world is in need of those narratives of depth. There is more here than you get at first blush; and if you are willing to go with me we can discover that together.  Harvesting is a reflection of the 15 years Sue and (her husband) Steve have inhabited their valley; they know it quite well as home and base for creativityCOVID increased isolation for Sue; incoming and outgoing client work stoppedA gift of COVID has been immersion in the seasons to greater extent than previously experiencedWhat's different is the immersion in the living cycle of life and a different harvest, an awareness of our connectednessHarvest is also a deeper awareness that we “inter-are”. [Thich Nhat Hanh]Sue's awareness of our integratedness has an effect on creativity, personhood, writing, and offers hope, of meaning  for existence15:35 to 21:05       Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without ShoutingThe unexpected gifts born of all the many challenges, suffering, turmoil still balances on hope. Who could have imagined there was good and hope to be experienced? Jane Goodall's newest book is hope. Suzanne Sinard's work on integrated forests as hope. And now Sue with the quality of hope. Question: is this notion of hope what gave rise to your book Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting OR, in the process of writing did you access hope?For Sue hope has always been a thread for her, but it has at times been pretty buriedDoing the work on the book, Quiet Disruptors, helped to bring the thread of hope nearer the surfacePart of that feeling of ties back to a prayer by Rob Bell: “I pray you are as honest with God as you are more and more open to your role in the ongoing creation of the world.”  Host: “I just love that! It belongs on a billboard.”What struck Sue is the search for meaning that all of us have; Sue had completely lost sense of who she was, her contribution to the world, meaning, belonging, purposeThe Rob Bell prayer was the support as Sue created her work and writingWriting draws so much out of us it is our essential self and workWe craft from the essence of who we areAs more people recognized what Sue was saying she was also re-uniting with herselfSue's book is also a rallying cry for The Others to join in with their unique contribution.It is our job to use our voice, to be the change we want to see and being prepared to be change   21:05 to 31:05       The Process of Writing the Book  I understood you to say at some time - correct me if I got these words upside down and backwards, “The book is the road & the practice.” Is that correct? Lets do it this way: tell us something about the process of writing this book.Sue wrote it 4 times over from start to finishPeople told Sue she had to write the book because everyone should know this Until Sue was clear what the book was there for, the process of drafting versions 1 thru 4 was the process of discovery - over a long time of edits and redraftingBy the 4th iteration Sue realized she was writing a book of advocacy: there are people in our midst we need to listen toListen (!) because these people are not shoutersSue's book is also for those who wish to develop their voice further; the last part of Sue's book is more like a handbook3 Key Points: (1) we cannot do change on our own and we need to belong; (2) calling herself a writer and peeling off the layers to expose one's true voice; and (3) finding the space/environments where Sue (and the rest of us) will flourishPartway through the writing process Sue and Steve changed churches because they realized they needed to change their space and belong with a different group of people  Sue has greater clarity and permission about the environment to flourish and write wellSue (and the Host) does her best thinking while walkingThe challenge: a Quiet Disruptor can become isolated (the Host recognizes this intimately); so they must pay attention to the challenges of this way of being  Question: How does a Quiet Disruptor go about inhabiting the role and do what they came to do without becoming invisible?Requires perseveranceRequires paying attention to what's going on insideSue is more attuned to when she is “drying up”, giving herself permission to play, seeking what she needs to flourishand saying “no” to the restSue asks, where do I need others and nourishment?  Sue cites a favorite podcast, “On Being” and giving herself time to reading poetryQuiet Disruptors might find themselves on the edge; but the belonging will feed youTip: find and invest in nourishment and belonging CloseQuestion: As we begin to close, is there something that was left unsaid?I am here. I am now. This is joy.I am here. I am now. This is joy.Before I say thank you to Sue I want to mention that all social media links and connections to Sue Heatherington, her blog and her book, Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting will be posted in the Episode Notes. Please make sure you drop by her website, subscribe to her blog and purchase a copy of her book.  Thank you very much, Sue, for walking along with us and sharing your story of quietly disrupting the status quo so that folks might think before they speak and read before they think and ask questions with grace, stubborn courage and belonging.  Thank you. It's been a delight to be with you.We could do this all day!!Here we are, at the end of the road but not the journey. Thank you for listening to Part 2 of this episode of Stories From Women Who Walk with your host Diane Wyzga and my guest Sue Heatherington, Quiet Disruptor, blogger, author of the book Quiet Disruptors:Creating Change Without Shouting, and a catalyst for pioneers, innovators and change-makers who joined us from her small valley in Swansea, Wales.  We hope you found hope, inspiration, and practical tips in our conversation about quietly disrupting, belonging and changing the narrative.  You're also invited to check out over 450 episodes of this podcast Stories From Women Who Walk found on Simplecast, your favorite podcast platform, including Android, and my website: Quarter Moon Story Arts. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! You will have wonderful company as we walk our lives together.  BIO/ABOUT  Sue Heatherington offers fresh sight from the quiet edge and believes that our words shape our reality. She is a writer and host of Waterside Conversations from a little valley in South West Wales.Sue coined the phrase 'quiet disruptor' in 2018 when trying to make sense of the journey of her life and work. Her book Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting was published in January 2021 and has been read across the globe.Her short daily pause points combine words of inspiration, provocation and encouragement, with a beautiful photograph from her home in the valley, which she shares with her husband, learning disabled brother and a herd of alpacas.Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting is available on Amazon in printed and Kindle versions. The short ebook Being Seen and Heard… Quiet Disruptors: Companion Notes for People Professionals is also available for free to those who have the main titleLINKS to Stay in Touch With Sue:email: sue@quietdisruptors.comhttps://thewaterside.co.uk/  https://quietdisruptors.com/  linkedin.com/in/sue-heatherington-98a87013https://twitter.com/SueWaterside Stories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Entering Erdenheim from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicSound Editing: Darwin Carlisle & First Class ReelsAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit and attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts   


    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Acclimate to Your Project

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 2:10

    Hello to you listening in Athens, Greece!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey.The other day I was talking with my friend and coaching colleague Jeffrey Tan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He's my December 2021 guest on Stories From (mostly) Women Who Walk.I mentioned a project I have on Whidbey that feels daunting to me. Jeffrey suggested acclimating like he acclimated to thinner air when trekking the high altitude mountains on the Annapurna Circuit within central Nepal. [To acclimate (or acclimatize) means that one adjusts physiologically or behaviorally to a change in environment in order to remain well and healthy in the new conditions.]As he and his group reached higher elevations the sherpas led them a short distance farther to stop, rest, breathe, and then return to camp. This up-and-back routine was repeated over a few days until the hikers adjusted to the decreased oxygen levels.Practical Tip: When you feel daunted, anxious, maybe even short of breath contemplating the project ahead of you, take time to acclimate. Slow down, approach your project with small steps, take breaks when necessary. You will find you have what it takes to go the distance. Guaranteed! 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Mindfulness Practices to Lighten & Brighten Your Day

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 2:00


    Hello to you listening in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.In contemporary Buddhist practice, as derived from the Zen (and Theravādin) traditions by my teacher Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, a "gatha" is a verse usually recited mentally in rhythm with the breath as part of one's daily mindfulness practice.Here's one for Waking Up:Waking up this morning, I smile.Twenty-four brand new hours are before me.I vow to live fully in each momentand to look at all beings with the eyes of compassion.And here's another for Walking Meditation:The mind can go in a thousand directions.But on this beautiful path, I walk in peace.With each step, a gentle wind blows.With each step, a flower blooms.Question: What practice lightens and brightens your day? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts


    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Can or Will?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 2:00

    Hello to you Linda King Pruitt listening in San Juan Capistrano, California!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday.Edward Everett Hale (19th Century thinker) wrote, “I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”  My long time story galpal Linda and I used to meet every month at Stacks in Dana Point. We'd share pancake breakfast, coffee, and about 4 hours of conversation, stories,  ideas and more. Today we catch up by phone Linda with her latte and me with a dark roast in hand.I do miss those mornings at Stacks; but like every good friend Linda gave me something to remember her by. She taught me this motivator for those times when my courage fails me: “I am. I can. I will. I am! I can! I will!”  Question: What will you do? And how will you do it? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: The Uncertainties That Steered You to Your One Life

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 1:55

    Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories."Hello to you listening in Kahramanmaraş City, Turkey!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday.Perhaps like me you've looked at the many ups and downs of your life- especially the downs - and wondered what was it all for? How did they do me any good?“Our lives are steered by uncertainties, many of which are disruptive or even daunting, but that if we persevere & remain generous of heart, we may be granted a moment of supreme lucidity - a moment in which all that has happened to us suddenly comes into focus as a necessary course of events, even as we find ourselves on the threshold of a bold new life that we had been meant to lead all along.” [excerpted from A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles] Story Prompt: Step back a moment and consider: How did all those daunting episodes deliver me to the life I'm meant to lead? Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    How Quiet Disruptors Are Rearranging Our World for the Better Led by Sue Heatherington. Part 1.

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 38:24

    Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk. You'll recognize yourself in these true-life stories from women who are walking their lives while their lives walk them and the lasting difference these journeys have made. I'm your host, Diane Wyzga.Today my guest is Sue Heatherington, writer, catalyst and thinking partner for pioneers, innovators and change-makers who want to cultivate a better change perspective in the world. In 2018 Sue coined the term “Quiet Disruptor” as a short-hand introduction to her unusually broad back story, which includes 10 years as a pioneering public service chief executive. Now, Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting is the title of her newly published book.Sue is joining us all the way from Swansea, Wales where she writes daily thought-provoking blog posts while inviting us to explore her valley through the lens of her camera. I've invited Sue to talk with us about the practice of writing, changing the narrative around conversations and belonging, her manifesto, her book, and most significantly doing it all without shouting. Welcome to the podcast, Sue!Minutes 38:2400 to 4:02       Intro and AlpacasSue (along with her podcaster husband, Steve Heatherington) are raising about 45 AlpacasDid you know that alpacas hum?They also anxiously look around: “Where's the baby! Where's the baby!”Some cluck to their babies weeks before the babies are bornSue learns so much from them4:02 to 6:28       Start From Where You AreHost: One of these fine days we will return to travel and Wales - among other places - is on my hiking itinerary. If I met up with you on one of your favorite walks, where is it and what might I notice about you?Sue smiles!Sue's valley makes she feel so good, to be in her own skinSue strolls to be where she is instead of fast walking to get somewhereSue is a wanderer, taking everything in, open to seeing what she needs to noticeSue is a stopper and a looker and a listenerSue's intention is to be very presentHost: Sue's blog posts with her photography comes from a place of slowing down, pausing and being aware.6:28 to 20:05       A Bit of Back Story. Before we get to your manifesto and your book, entitled Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting, I'd like to know a bit about how you coined the term “Quiet Disruptor” in 2018. Would you share with us how that came about and what you discovered about yourself in that process.A beautiful defining moment that Sue didn't see comingSue had gone through challenging times professionally and personally and not expecting beauty to emergeSue's approach (how can we do this differently) is not traditional and may make folks uncomfortable, like The Emperor's Clothes storyHealth, family, and Sue's own purpose, direction and income challenges together created a constellation of taxing and trying times and then Sue's diagnosis of breast cancerOut of all of this acute chaos, in her recovery time Sue was exploring “Now what?”Sue joined an online community with Bernadette Jiwa and coined “Quiet Disruptor” as a means of introducing herself with honesty but without dramaAlso reading David Hieatt and The DO Lectures As well as Susan Cane and her Quiet Power book  Being a Quiet Disruptor is Sue's life - in a quiet voiceAfter Sue began using this phrase she was stunned by how much people were drawn to it and wanted to use it as well: I can be a change-maker my own way; I feel seen and heard. Quiet Disruptor changes how people perceive themselves because change is theirs to say and do - call out the status quo, etc. but differentlyNow the “do” happens: as a way of changing the conversation for folks Sue wrote a Manifesto to enable those who want to be seen and heard to have a way to quietly disruptSue was seeing that the voices of the Quiet Disruptors were experiencing their time having come as a collective connective, to say, do, explore and createOne person can no longer be The HeroOrganizations will have to be on the forefront of the global changeHost: an unrealistic burden to expect The One to have the answers, especially when imposed by society. If The One has no answers or, not the right answers they might push, shove, shout or masqueradeSue is extending a welcome to The OthersCome on board and work together, all voices are to be heard    20:05 to 36:30       Manifesto for Quiet DisruptorsThe word Manifesto is strong, a public declaration of intention, of design. Would you give us the opportunity to hear your Manifesto.Sue reads her Manifesto as an advocate for Quiet DisruptorsWe need Quiet Disruptors and here's why.Host: There is so much in the invitation to come along. People drawn like filings to a magnet. Sue named qualities or attributes shared by the Quiet Disruptors: stubborn courage, do work quietly and insistently. Question: How might we notice change makers among us or even notice if we could be a change maker?Those who have read Sue's book and claim the Quiet Disruptor label for themselves, are self-identifyingBeing seen and heard is keySue uses tree and fruit as metaphor to explain how to notice the others.The Others have certain characteristics which we recognize: thoughtfully curious, how they are in the world, with others, those who ask the questions, delve deeper, join the dots, see the bigger picture, expression of creativity, the effect on othersHost: I imagine you have people and situations in mind. Question: would you share a few who are already carrying on as a Quiet Disruptors.The book highlights who is already out there - some well known, some not so well known - making courageous connectionsOne example: Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, MD:  as a practicing physician could see her patients in a way colleagues could not. Also saw that her colleagues were unseen and unheard and became protectively hardened. Remen shifted this experience and radically changed clinical practice in the United StatesHost: One woman begins the shift and then change happens over the course of time. Similarly in the legal profession. Litigators who learned to tell their own stories - doing an archeological dig on themselves - were better able to tell their clients' stories. Being seen and being heard goes toward our understanding and being understood.So often people struggle to listen deeplyThe traditional model is waiting to get the next word inCultivating your curiosity has more value in the questionsWe are at a space of asking deeper questionsQuestion: Let's assume you might have to work with or encounter someone who is not so agreeable to this notion of disrupting quietly, how would you suggest working with folks like that to get them to see the necessity of hopeful, quiet change?Here we are, at the end of the road but not the journey. Thank you for listening to Part 1 of this episode of Stories From Women Who Walk with your host Diane Wyzga and my guest Sue Heatherington, Quiet Disruptor, blogger, author of the book Quiet Disruptors:Creating Change Without Shouting, and a catalyst for pioneers, innovators and change-makers who joined us from her small valley in Swansea, Wales. We hope you enjoyed and are motivated by our quietly disrupting conversation. We'll be back in a week with Part 2.You're also invited to check out over 450 episodes of this podcast Stories From Women Who Walk found on Simplecast, your favorite podcast platform and my website: Quarter Moon Story Arts. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! You will have wonderful company as we walk our lives together.About Sue Heatherington  Sue Heatherington offers fresh sight from the quiet edge and believes that our words shape our reality. She is a writer and host of Waterside Conversations from a little valley in South West Wales.Sue coined the phrase 'quiet disruptor' in 2018 when trying to make sense of the journey of her life and work. Her book Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting was published in January 2021 and has been read across the globe.Her short daily pause points combine words of inspiration, provocation and encouragement, with a beautiful photograph from her home in the valley, which she shares with her husband, learning disabled brother and a herd of alpacas.Quiet Disruptors: Creating Change Without Shouting is available on Amazon in printed and Kindle versions. The short ebook Being Seen and Heard… Quiet Disruptors: Companion Notes for People Professionals is also available for free to those who have the main titleLINKS to Stay in Touch With Sue:email: sue@quietdisruptors.comhttps://thewaterside.co.uk/  https://quietdisruptors.com/  linkedin.com/in/sue-heatherington-98a87013https://twitter.com/SueWaterside Stories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Entering Erdenheim from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicSound Editing: Darwin Carlisle & First Class ReelsAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit and attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: What Must We Drop to Create Next?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 2:05

    Hello to you listening in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, East Africa!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday.My sister's rescue dog, Macarena, enjoys - like most dogs - a game of catch. When Macarena has that big red rubber ball in her mouth she looks like she's swallowing a ripe tomato. And, like most dogs, Macarena loves treats!  I can hold one in my hand while she sits for a moment and calculates. You can almost see the wheels turning: How to grab the treat but *not* let go of the ball? Never happens. She drops the ball, grabs the treat, and I scoop up the ball to play the game all over again.  The most powerful starting point for most endeavors is to ask: What can I eliminate to clear the way forward? What might have been useful to me - maybe even brilliant - in the past could now be distracting me or, even holding me back from envisioning my next creation? I have a few of these!Question: What ball will you drop to get your treat?Bonus Video: Faithful Hound A musical portrait of dogs and friendship across time. The song was written and performed by Steve Schuch, Night Heron Music (ASCAP). If interested in a concert to benefit dog rescue and animal shelters, contact Steve Schuch through his web site:  www.NightHeron.com60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: A Charm of Hummingbirds

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 2:26

    Hello to you Tania Marien of TalaTerra  listening in Riverside, California!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey.I love language. And I love the delight with which language celebrates the Animal Kingdom. Here on Whidbey we have quite a few creatures large and small.  A Murder of CrowsA Cast of SparrowsA Coronation of TernsAn Unkindness of RavensA Murmuration of BlackbirdsA Scurry of SquirrelsA Flame of EaglesRomp of OttersA Cauldron of BatsA Parcel of DeerA Mischief of MiceA Whisker of CattleA Gaze of RaccoonsA Congregation of PloversA Parliament of OwlsA Charm of HummingbirdsMaybe where you live there is : An Embarrassment of PandasA Gang of ElkA Shiver of SharksA Pride of LionsA Streak of TigersA Sloth of BearsA Troop of BaboonsA Shrewdness of ApesA Dazzle of ZebrasA Shadow of JaguarsA Flamboyance of FlamingoesQuestion: What else can you add to this magnificent list?Suggested Link to Animal Groups 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: If You Are Busy Spend an Hour in Nature

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 2:10


    Hello to you listening in Hadera City, Israel!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.They say, “If you're busy spend an hour a day in nature. If you're very busy, spend two hours a day.”I have a few tips to help you begin to practice Time Out.Start small being gentle with yourself. Taking a few minutes to breathe in and out mindfully - aware of your breath entering and leaving your body - might one day become your daily meditation practice.Consciously give your body a rest. Invite your feet to touch the earth. Encourage your shoulders to drop down. And, if you don't quite feel like smiling, turn up one corner of your mouth and soon the other will follow.The power of the pause. My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh pauses before he turns a door handle to enter a room, pauses on the threshold of that room before he enters, pauses before he gives a dharma teaching.  Question: What else can you do to slow down your own busy good self?60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts


    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: What Is the Smallest Gesture You Can Offer to Delight the World?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 2:10

    Hello to you, Charlotte Wittenkamp, listening in Tisvildeleje, Denmark!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Motivate your Monday.On my last day in Finisterre, Spain, I walked the wide beach to calm my anxiety about returning home. So much trash had come in on the tide; how to pick it all up? And, like magic I saw a discarded 5 gallon plastic bucket. Staggering under the weight of what I collected I stopped in the doorway of the bar/restaurant asking: ¿Dónde está la papelera para esta basura? (Where is the bin for this trash?)The barkeep pointed outside. Back inside the bar I ordered a grande Cerveza for my labors. My money was refused. One of the locals turned to me and said, “It's for you - for cleaning up the beach.”Even our smallest gestures delight the world. When you feel your worst step outside and offer a kind gesture. It will re-awaken our universal spiritual heart. Guaranteed!Question: What is the smallest gesture you can offer to delight the world today? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Let It All Go! Let It All Slide!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 1:50

    Hello to you listening in Quito, Ecuador, South America!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories."At Deer Park Monastery we sing a song called We're All Moving. Click here to listen.  The lyrics go like this:"We're all movingOn a journey to nowhere,Taking it easy,Taking it slow,No more worries,No need to hurry,Nothing to carry,Let it all go."For today, choose to let go of something, let it slide. Skip the email. Shut off the phone. Leave the dishes til tomorrow. Let someone else take out the trash. Whatever it is you choose, let it all go, let it slide......Story Prompt: What did you choose to let go? How did it feel to take back that time for you? What will you let go next? Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Bringing Camino Home

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 2:06

    Hello to you listening in Taipei City, Taiwan, China!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday.I've come to the end of my annual ritual, re-tracing my steps along 500 miles of the Camino de Santiago.When pilgrims arrive in Santiago many attend the Pilgrim Mass. It's tradition. The Cathedral of Saint James (Santiago) seats 1,000. At Mass all seats are filled with many more pilgrims standing in the aisles, perched on the steps.The homily given that morning challenged us to: “Bring Camino home. Camino is not just The Way here in Spain. You must walk Camino at home. How? Give thanks. Give help.”As my life gets farther and farther away from actually walking the pilgrimage road I find I am closer to the purpose of the walk: Give thanks. Give help.My daily 60 Seconds episodes are a gift of thanks, imagination, inspiration, courage, and more from me to you in the hope that they give help wherever you might need it.Question: How do you give thanks, give help?  60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Soap Bubble Gazing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 1:55

    Hello to you listening in Durban City, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey.Taking advantage of the first sunny day in a week of dense clouds and rain I walked a trail near the Admiralty Head Lighthouse bordering the old parade grounds at Fort Casey on my way to the beaches below the cliffs.Drifting overhead were soap bubbles, the size of basketballs. But how?An elderly man held two poles, one in each hand from which was suspended a long loop of string. Slowly he'd dip the loop into a bucket of soapy water at his feet, then raise his arms inviting the sea breeze to create shimmering soap bubbles. Children and dogs ran here and there trying to catch them floating up, up and away.But what caught my eye were the big humans, standing still, gazing and, I imagine, remembering once again being a child, young, free, chasing soap bubbles of a sunny afternoon.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Grateful Heart Come What May

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 2:06

    Hello to you listening in Eggenfelden, Bavaria, Germany!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.Many years ago I took part in a sweat lodge purification ceremony facilitated by a Lakota shaman who taught this prayer:  "Good morning guides, guardians and Grace, Mother Earth, Father Sky, Creator of all, above and below, within and without, furred and feathered, creeping, crawling, 2-legged, 4-legged, rooted and flying ones, those that swim and me. Thank you for rest and leading me out of Dreamtime to live another day - with a grateful heart - come what may." This last part is the most important because as your day rolls along there will be annoyances, aggravations, and  inconveniences. When they occur - as they most definitely will - pause and repeat this, “with a grateful heart come what may.” It'll save you a lot of unnecessary grief. Guaranteed!Question: How do you save yourself unnecessary grief? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Take the First Steps to Wide Open Road

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 2:06

    Hello to you, Erlinda, listening in San Clemente, California! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday.Long ago in one of the worst times of my life - no marriage, no mother, no job - I was assigned a Prayer Protector. This was a first for me, and I was a first for Erlinda.  In the beginning we shared coffee and conversation; but soon she decided we needed to run. I hate running. And so we ran.  I didn't know that Erlinda was an avid runner and part mountain goat. When she took off on a hill I couldn't catch her; but that wasn't the point. The running was all about getting me to put one foot in front of the other, and keep moving; something I didn't feel like doing. In time, that first mile became a half marathon. In time, I found a way back to myself.Practical tip: Oftentimes the move we need to make looks scary, daunting, painful. What I learned is this: take those first steps anyway. The ones in front of you. Get them over with. Now you have open road. Follow that!60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Someone Stole My Trekking Poles!

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 2:21

    Hello to you listening in Red Bank, New Jersey!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories."Someone stole my sticks! I need those sticks for the weeks ahead on the Camino, to navigate muddy, rocky, slippery, downhill slopes, mountain passes, and raging streams. My sticks are red. I know them. They know me. Now they're gone!Glancing around the café where we had stopped for late morning coffee I could see pilgrims patting their sticks protectively worried someone might take their trekking poles, too.Now what? I decide to head out at a run, in my hiking boots, with my pack, to see if I could find my sticks. I was angry, self-pitying, cursing, and crying. Eventually out of breath. I stopped. I conceded. I realized I could buy another pair in a city up ahead.Just then I saw her swinging my sticks. I called out, caught up, and without a word she turned and handed them to me, reminding me once again that much we suffer is a mere inconvenience, an annoyment. And then Life provides.Story Prompt: When has Life provided for you when you least expected it? Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    Thoughts on Thursday: Dropping Your Burdens at the Cruz de Ferro

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 2:21

    Hello to you listening in Foncebadón, Spain!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday.For several hundred miles on the Camino I carried a bag of rocks in my backpack. It wasn't an extra penance but a gift to a dozen or so friends and family members who entrusted me with a rock and a message to leave at the Cruz de Ferro.Today the Cruz de Ferro is a replica of the monument first erected by the ancient Celts, then dedicated by the Romans to their god, Mercury before being renamed as a Christian site in the 9th or 11th century. The tall wooden pole topped by an iron cross stands deep in the earth surrounded by a massive towering pile of rocks, stones, symbolic items and messages to represent burdens left behind.The tradition is for a pilgrim to stand with her back to the cross and toss away the rock bidding farewell to the sins and burdens it represents. Standing in the rain I threw away rocks one-by-one imagining the relief my loved ones felt. And then my rock, fear of poverty.Question: What ritual will you establish to lighten your own burdens, throw away your own sins?60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    Wednesdays on Whidbey: Eagles, Great Horned Owls and Freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 2:10

    Hello to you listening in Camden, Maine!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey.    No matter how many times I see them soar overhead, chase predators away from their nest, cast a long shadow over a field, perch on a tree top, or chirp with their high-pitched whistles, my heart stops when I see an eagle. Click to hear the sounds.I hold my breath. A fleeting moment or three.  Late at night I hear their ping pong mating calls: the 5-note hoots of the Great Horned Owls courting. Click to hear the sounds. And again in the wee small hours of the dark morning they're back as if to say we've been out and about all night but it's time we found a place to nest in for the day.In these moments something transcendent takes place in my being and I'm no mere earthly mortal tethered to earth but a soul sent to fly. It is then I remember, I remember, I remember how to be free again.Question: What Nature experience un-tethers you and sets you free to fly as your one true Be-ing self?  60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Each Listener Location Is a Person.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 2:21

    Hello to you Karena de Souza, (author of Contours of Courageous Parenting) listening in Oakville, Ontario, Canada!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.They say, “Your purpose determines the response of your audience.” I created Stories From Women Who Walk to help each of us to be seen and heard, to understand and be understood. That's the sorcery of stories. My purpose with daily 60 Seconds is to reflect on larger themes of imagination, inspiration, hope, healing, story, wisdom, and practical tips for life and business both.For those of you who recently joined our podcast you might be curious about the opening greeting. When Stories From Women Who Walk turned 1 year old I said “Thank you!” with a roll call of all the towns, cities, states, and countries around the world where my listeners are living. Each location lights up on the data analytics map. Seeing how connected we are to each other I decided to kick off each 60 Seconds episode with a “Hello to you listening where your feet touch the ground!” and add a hotlink in the Episode Notes, as my daily "Thank YOU!"The 10s of thousands (!) of downloads is the audience response that tells me to keep on going.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Acknowledge Your Priorities and Change Your Perspective.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 2:06

    Hello to you listening in Toyohashi, Japan!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday.Walking the Camino de Santiago I learned to change my perspective for the better once I acknowledged my priorities. Some days my priority was to intentionally harmonize my head, heart and feet so I could walk stronger, more at ease, less focused on what hurt. Other days I realized that as long as I was relatively warm and dry with some food and water in my pack I had what I needed to walk another 10 miles, resilient, forward looking.Here's my take-away: once I know what my priorities are and acknowledge them, I'm prepared to shift my perspective for the better to meet the challenges ahead. It's a simple lesson although not always easy to shift your perspective for the better. It takes practice. What's encouraging about practice is that you can't fail. You just keep on practicing and get better.Question: As you set out into the week ahead, what are your priorities? How does your answer shift your perspective? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: We Have the Key to Unlock the Chains

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in Coquitlam, BC, Canada! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday.I know it's a bit early but soon the Dickens Christmas Carol will rear its holiday head. I'm thinking about the character Jacob Marley and all those chains he wore - chains made of cash boxes, ledgers, and heavy purses wrought in steel. Marley forged these chains of his own free will and is doomed to suffer in death because he valued money over humanity.  We, too, have crafted chains over the course of our lives. Heavy chains. Immobilizing chains. We might not even know these chains are wearing us down. We might not even know that we hold the key. But one day something or someone shows us how to put the key in the lock, turn it  open, the chains fall away. Yes, it might take time but in the end we can prevail over the chains.Story Prompt: Think of a time you realized you were carrying chains you forged. Think of a time when someone or something showed you that you were holding the key to unlock those chains and set yourself free. Write that story!   Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    Thoughts on Thursday: When You Don't Know Where You're Going Look Back.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in Astorga, Spain!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday.My Camino memories come alive this time each year when I revisit my pilgrimage, re-read my journal notes. How come this annual ritual? On the one hand I'm honoring the Great Divide in my life: Before Camino and After Camino.But in truth I want to hold close moments in time like an evening I walked down a cobblestone street in a village, stepped into a small bar for a glass of vino tinto and drank it outside overlooking The Meseta   - the great, wide open plains I had crossed, miles and miles of walking. An elderly gentleman joined me saying that The Meseta gives him peace and tranquility.When I returned my glass to the bar the owner says that the Tempranillo he served me was noted in The Wine Enthusiast. He held up a yellowed article and said, “See!”  He was so proud of what he had produced in his vineyards.I revisit these days because they help show me a way. It's true: when you don't know where you're going look back at where you've been.  Question: How do you look back to see your way ahead?60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    Hear All About It! How Radio Broadcaster Catherine Johns Turned Professional Speaker, Communication Coach and Author. Part 2.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 28:19

    28:18 Minutes00:00 to 1:47        IntroComing to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk. You'll recognize yourself in these true-life stories of adversity, challenge, fear, discovery, adventure, expression, and more from women who are walking their lives while their lives walk them and the lasting difference their journeys have made. I'm your host, Diane Wyzga.  Welcome back to Part 2 of the podcast interview with my guest, Catherine Johns, professional speaker, communication coach, and author of Show Up and Shine. I asked Catherine what will be the same and different about business following COVID as we continue to meet up virtually and again in-person. Let's hear what Catherine has to say about what will be key as we navigate next as well as simple steps to boost your confidence and charisma when you communicate in business.1:47 to 7:00        Pivot and What Will Remain in Business Post-COVIDQuestion: When you made a change from radio to professional speaker and coach you were on a trajectory that would eventually intersect with COVID. We've all been experiencing virtual training, virtual workshops, and more. What will remain the same as we go forward in business with a new hybrid of some online/virtual & some in-person?Many people have discovered a preference for virtual workMeetings work reasonably well over virtual platformsMay organizations and such had better attendance onlineLots of gains in terms of efficiency to be onlineCost: the energy we feel from a person may not come across on a virtual platformVoice becomes even more important onlineCatherine realizes she was doing virtual work before we had a name for itIf anybody can talk into the ether, it's Catherine!Catherine did not hide from virtual work but embraced itSpent much of last half 2020 coaching and supporting othersConsiders herself lucky to contract with corporate client for a national virtual conferenceFinancially 2020 was best year for her business!Others experience this too: the pivot turned out to be profitableQuestion: What would you like to do more of and finding out what worked well?More speakingCatherine loves speaking in groupsProfessional calendar is fillingVirtual work will continue but did have an in-person engagementCatherine - like the rest of us - already venturing into in-person speaking and it's welcomed!7:00 to 12:15       The Book: Show Up and ShineQuestion: There's a place where Catherine has compiled so many of her tips and experiences, in her book “Show Up and Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Charisma.”  Not only was her gift of a copy a generous gesture from a generous woman but now with my own copy in hand I could underline and write marginal notes to my heart's content. You wrote this book for and about how professional women communicate in business: how they speak, how they present themselves. Would you tell us what drew you to write this book; what was the need  that you saw?Catherine has a message she hopes will be supportive: write a book!Almost everybody has a book in them and many won't release itThe idea of writing a book felt daunting; but she understood that she needed a book to demonstrate her expertiseCatherine went home and wrote the book in a few weeks and self-published itTaking your own book directly to market is a giftWhat people say about Catherine's book, “I could hear you  talking to me.”Catherine's book is short, sweet, less than 100 pages, full of stories, practical action steps, and the benefits you'll receiveWrite a book people will read; people pick up books in airports because they read on the flight100 pages is golden12:15 to 17:15       Overlooked and Under-Heard No MoreQuestion: Professional woman often feel “overlooked & under-heard;” would you tell us what you mean about that and how to turn it around.Women complain that they don't get credit for their ideas, no one listens to them, they are not acknowledgedThis is a common experience in corporate and organizational lifeSome people still accord more power to men than womenIt's also our fault if we slouch, perch in a chair, twirl our hair, talk in a tiny voice, looking at the table, hesitating, smiling a lot, perching in a chair, and so onWhen a woman shows up looking like she belongs in 7th grade she won't get respectPractical Tip: Show up, claim your space, speak from your core as if you have something valuable to say - which you do.Body positions count: sit up straight, plant feet on floor, eye contact, bring hands apart and so on lend themselves to you being heard with confidenceThe listener hears confidence as well as sees itYou can learn thisThe premise of Catherine's book and why she felt so drawn to write it was to show professional woman how to become more magnetic, charismatic by our physical presence and the sound of our voiceWhat we say and the way we say it is keyLearn when to stop - that gives the impact!17:15 to 22:54       Command a RoomQuestion: I've heard you say that the listeners, the audience want you and this connects with your earlier statement about connection and relationship. At the same time there is the notion that by being confident we can command a room or attention. What would you say to women to be more willing to connect and command the space they stand in?If you want to have an impact on people you have to show upIf you do care and have an interest in how something goes you have to be willing to show up: being willing to be seenIn the context of virtual meetings turn on your cameraYou have to show up to have an impactIn real life settings be willing to be seenCatherine's advantage gained in the ensemble radio morning shows: bring your whole self into the studioBe willing to tell a story about yourself that is relatable for the audience and connectsStory: Catherine Johns bought her house as a single women which was unusual then. On her mortgage it said: Catherine Johns - SpinsterSpin-offs were created from that single storyCatherine developed a willingness to be embarrassed if the audience will benefitIf I am going to be seen fully I have to be willing to make a mistake, to be seen as not brilliant, or to be perceived as someone who a lot to learn.The more willing we are the more free we become22:54 to 28:18       LegacyQuestion: As we sit here today what else would you like to see happen in the world as a result of both your book and your professional speaking/coaching work? Catherine is happy when people tell her there is something they learned and importantly done something to better their lives as a result of what she said or wroteThis happens oftenCatherine's weekly newsletter since September 2014 - no stops - very proud of this recordSomething about the responses Catherine gets: "I did what you said and this happened!"Catherine loves that experienceHost observes how gratifying to be about our purpose and making an impact, doing some good, lifting up a person we may never meet or see or encounter.Catherine replies: It's the best!  Before I say thank you to Catherine Johns I want to mention that all social media links and connections to Catherine, her professional speaking and coaching work, her blog, her newsletter, book and even other podcast guest episodes will be posted in the Episode Notes. Inviting all listeners to make sure you drop by her website, sign up for everything you can, and do consider consulting with Catherine.  Thank you very much, Catherine, for a most delightful morning, walking along and sharing your story about being heard, making the most of communicating what we mean and say to connect and make the most of our personal and business relationships.Catherine: Thank you for the invite, Diane. It's been delightfulHere we are, at the end of the road but not the journey. Thank you for listening to Part 2 of this episode of Stories From Women Who Walk with your host Diane Wyzga and my  guest Catherine Johns, professional speaker, communication coach, and author of Show Up and Shine. We hope you're informed, inspired and illuminated by our conversation.  You're also invited to check out close to 450 episodes of this podcast Stories From Women Who Walk found on Simplecast, your favorite podcast platform, including Android, and my website, Quarter Moon Story Arts. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! You will have wonderful company as we walk our lives together.ABOUT Catherine JohnsWhen it comes to communication, Catherine Johns has plenty to say. How can you command a room and connect with the people listening, whether you're on a stage or at your computer? How do you have real influence on your audience?All those years on the radio … Catherine was doing virtual presentations before we had a name for them. She established relationships with people she would never even meet in person. So much so, that many still feel a bond with her today. Now we're all working on Zoom or Teams or Webex. Catherine shows executives and entrepreneurs … speakers and leaders … how to have make a genuine impact with your virtual presentations.Catherine has a special interest in women who've been overlooked and underheard in their professional lives. She wrote Show Up and Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Charisma for them.How to Keep in Touch With Catherine JohnsWebsite:  www.catherinejohns.comBlog: www.catherinejohns.com/blogLI:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinejohns/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.johns.chicagoBook:  https://www.amazon.com/Show-Up-Shine-Confidence-Charisma-ebook/dp/B00EKX7I8U/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=show+up+and+shine&qid=1630679282&sr=8-3Stories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F. Wyzga & Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Entering Erdenheim from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicSound Editing: Dawin Carlisle & First Class ReelsAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit and attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Telling Your Own Story Is a Revolution

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 2:06


    Hello to you listening in Ojai, California!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey.Rebecca Solnit said, "The ability to tell your own story in words or images is already a victory, already a revolt."I'm the eldest of 7 children, an incest survivor, and a product of “Children should be seen and not heard.” I discovered that I could be seen, heard and understood when I conveyed my own story in my own words, my own way.Today I bring 30 years of professional service in healthcare, law, education, and story skills to coach professional women to show up as their best possible self, to communicate with clarity in their one, true, authentically powerful voice.If you're ready to explore telling your own story to advance your business, create clarity in life choices, produce effective results from your ideas, or shape your message, DM me and we'll have a discovery chat.Question: What problem can we solve together? 60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts


    60 Seconds For Time Out Tuesday: Dreaming Something Into Existence.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 2:00

    Hello to you listening in Kingman, Arizona!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday.Let's say you have your heart on something you want. No matter how much you ask you end up thinking that your prayers are not being heard. They are. The answer may be “No.”  When I was younger than I am today I asked for what I thought I wanted and felt disappointed when I didn't get it. Often times I got something better, something UNimagined - at least to my little mind.It took time to realize that asking for what I thought I wanted was playing small. How so? Because “We don't get what we ask for; we get what we dream of.”  What we dream of is not right on the surface; it's more elusive, seemingly just out of reach. But if you believe in dreams then know this: what you dream of is coming to you from where it is.Question: What might you be dreaming into existence right this very moment, and you don't even know it?   60 Seconds is your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Each 1 Reach 10.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you, brother Steve, celebrating your Happy Birthday in Gaithersburg, Maryland!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.In his commencement speech to students graduating from the University of Texas Admiral William H. McRaven, (BJ '77, ninth commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, Texas Exes Life Member, and Distinguished Alumnus) said, assume as an average American you will meet 10,000 people in your lifetime. Assume further that if every 1 of you 8,000 graduating students changed the lives of just 10 people and each 1 of those folks changed the lives of another 10 people - then in 5 generations the class of 2014 will have changed the lives of 800 million people. Imagine that!Often we get so mired in all the social media clamor for approval that we disregard how we might be shifting attitudes, behaviors and cultures by pursuing our purpose, influencing others we might never meet or know.Practical Tip: Create your content. Offer your good work. Intend that you will shift lives to the better.  This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsStories From Women Who Walk Production TeamPodcaster: Diane F Wyzga: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Knowing Yourself Speaking Truth to Authority.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in Goeteborg, Sweden!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories."Perhaps like me you've been surprised about when and how your personal knowing shows up.I remember a 6th grade grammar school homework assignment: write a story for English class. I did. Here's my story: “Once upon a time long ago and far away they all lived happily every after. The end.”Problem was my teacher didn't see it that way. “Miss Wyzga, you didn't understand the assignment.” And from out of my very deep knowing came this reply: “Yes. I did. You didn't understand my answer.”Needless to say I ended up where all the back-talking girls find themselves more often than not: in the principal's office. But something had shifted. I realized that they didn't know everything and, more importantly, I did know something -  about me!Story Prompt: When has your bold, daring, unexpected Self surprised you?  Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    Hear All About It! How Radio Broadcaster Catherine Johns Turned Professional Speaker, Communication Expert & Author. Part 1.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 36:27

    Minutes 36:2600 to 2:00       IntroComing to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk. You'll recognize yourself in these true-life stories from women who are walking their lives while their lives walk them and the lasting difference these journeys have made. I'm your host, Diane Wyzga.Do you ever wonder if people listen to what you said?Have you ever wanted to know what to say to get the professional connections you seek?Does the idea of showing up and speaking give you Stagefright Willies?If you answered ‘yes' to any of these questions, then this podcast episode is for you.Today my guest is Catherine Johns, a professional speaker and expert in communication who's joining us from the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. Today Catherine brings her powerful experiences as a broadcaster in large radio markets to coaching executives and entrepreneurs who want to make meaningful connections at every turn, real or virtual.  Catherine also turned her professional speaking skills to a book: Show Up and Shine to help women who've been overlooked and unheard in their professional lives.I invited Catherine to talk with us about her expertise as a professional speaker, what is personal presence and charisma, how to become more confident being heard and listened to in the business arena, and more. Welcome to the podcast, Catherine!2:00 to 6:00       Start From Where You AreI read recently that you and your husband took a stroll around your neighborhood meeting up with folks along the way. If I met up with you as you were taking a turn about the block, what's the first thing I'd notice about you?  Energy! That's the first thing we notice about most people.We all carry a certain energy; it's palpable, visible and tactileWe all have energy;  we can shape it and use it, tooSo, having some time to walk along together what else might I get to know about you?Catherine's first priority is getting to know the host by asking questions and listening closely to the  answersMost people feel under-heard most of the timeA tip to being more charismatic is not what we put “out there” but what we take inWe want to be seen and heard with a willing partnerQuick story: Catherine was talk show host. A favorite regular feature was Bug House Square based on the “loonies” who stood on a soapbox in Washington Square Park to be heard. Catherine opened the radio lines to take calls asking people questions from many many people who just wanted to talk about themselves. These folks waited a long time on the phone - sometimes an hour or more - just for the chance to be heard.The lesson for Catherine: how to approach people and what we need from each otherToday we still need to be seen and heard6:20 to 17:25       A Bit of Back Story: Radio Broadcasting CareerI'm a child of radio. I remember my mother listening to a morning broadcast out of New York City called Rambling With Gambling. In my law school years I drove home from class listening to the old Lux Radio Hour episodes like The Green Hornet and Yukon King; the sorts of programs what my dad listened to. Q: So, before we get to your professional speaking and coaching practice and your book, Show Up & Shine, I'd like to know a bit about what brought you to radio in the first place. Question: Would you tell us what was the draw about radio for you?His name was Byron.When Catherine was a freshman at Valparaiso University majoring in nursing a fellow in her dorm suggested Catherine go on campus radio because she had the voice for itThis idea was opposite of how Catherine saw herselfCatherine went to the audition because she had a crush on Byron and ended up getting the gig and he didn'tCatherine stumbled into radio on the campus station: The Station on the Tracks - next to the freight train tracksCatherine was shown what to do and told, “Now just be sexy.”Over time Catherine has built 3 different careers on her voiceLesson: we often don't know our gift until someone holds a mirror upQuestion: What came naturally to you to be able to sit in a studio to learn about and then become a radio broadcaster?Catherine is curious about a lot of things and about peopleAsking questions and listening to what people sayCatherine always loved wordsConfused parents when she decided to go into nursingAnd then things changed: make yourself available for another opportunityHost: This is how the road goes: we walk until we can't. Fortunately, someone pointed out a never considered  opportunityWhen Catherine decided to change majors and schools to get her degree in broadcasting the head of the department told her “no place for gals in broadcasting.”At that moment Catherine said, “Watch me!”And, what happened next?Catherine dug in, studied and worked her way in only 4 years' time from graduation to WLS Radio Chicago, a major market radio station!A gal wound up on a major broadcasting station! It was Catherine. So there!Catherine eventually got her own showQuestion: If a listener is thinking about making a leap into radio or some such place where “gals might not make it” what are highlights that made it all worthwhile, for youCatherine loves conversationRadio is all about conversationCatherine got lucky at WLS Chicago with the advent of ensemble morning show radio conceptInstead of being the News Gal Catherine had an opportunity to develop conversation on the airCatherine earned Side Chick exposure because Larry Lujack (the host) created space for herLarry Lujack, also called Superjock, Lawrence of Chicago, Uncle Lar, and King of the Corn Belt, was a Top 40 music radio disc jockey who was well known for his world-weary sarcastic styleIf a story was interesting, funny, or entertaining Catherine was in the spotlight where she learned to the craft of telling the story, bringing in the listeners and knowing when to stop Practical Tip: Knowing when to stop: most people “get high” on energy, excitement, and take it too farCatherine learned the brilliant Power of the PauseCatherine's mantra: “Say it once, say it well and zip it!”One of the ways people over-talk is by repeating themselvesMake your point well and leave space for the other person to say something, too17:25 to 34:23       Changing the Narrative: Reinventing Yourself -> Speakers Programs The broadcasting world came to an end as so many things do, but like so many successful professional women you chose this opportunity to Begin Anew - you reinvented yourself. You took all that wonderful knowledge, experience, ah ha's and so on and reinvented yourself as professional speaker and coach. Question: Would you let us know how that came about and the experience of moving into the next roll.Catherine got fired, as so many transitions beginRadio had been her life for 25 yearsCatherine wondered if she was able to anything else; but there were no options to quitCatherine herself: what did I really love about radio?Chunking up and chunking downChunking up: looking from the mega perspective at what she did: she is a performerJohn Landecker was another model on WLS ChicagoJohn Records Landecker is an American Top40/oldies disc jockey best known for his trademark saying "Records truly is my middle name" and creating Boogie Check, Americana Panorama, and satirical songs and bits based on current events such as "Make a Date with the Watergate", and "Press My Conference".Chunking down (granular activities): what are the skills, talents, abilities that go into being a Morning Show Side Chick: is curious, asks questions, gathers information, synthesize it, shares what she learns, balanced competing interests, team player, plays well with othersCatherine asked: where to take this tool box outside of a studio, where else to applyCatherine decided she wanted to speak but didn't like professional speakers - too much egoA conversation with a NSA conference attendee revealed her next role: be a trainerCatherine's 2 Practical Tips: Get membership in a professional society to learn and be exposed to people who do what you want to do + realize transitions can be time-consuming and depressing and hard; so stick with it through the rough patchesThis led to Catherine to a presentation skills position and eventually to professional speaker and communication expertHost notes themes of luck and resilience + diligence + mind-set to Begin Anew as well as Catherine's faith that this is the right path as more and more people and venues and opportunities show up. Willingness is hallmark of Catherine's story. Question: I'm curious: which audiences were you drawn to and how come?Professional women who were not yet senior executivesCatherine got her training gig because she was open to peopleWhen we are open to people and recognize that there is the chance for “luck”Story: A friend of a friend of a friend she met in a manicure salon led to an audition in New York; but the feedback was, “Catherine needs work on presentation skills - no eye contact.”Her experience was in radio for 25 years; there is no eye contact in radio; BUT! It was a key skill Catherine could master and meanwhile was hired for her energy to command a roomWhat the employer was looking for was a certain kind of energy and Catherine had itQuestion: Did you know you had this Super Power of commanding a room, an inherent energy?The CEO pointed it out to Catherine that she had the certain kind of energyWhen Catherine began to think about herself as a person who has influence or sway over a group so much made sense, so much fell into placeHost observes the themes of Catherine's follow-up, risk taking, persistence until something tangible rewards that. To be successful with the intimacy of radio one would have to have some form of inherent energy and draw in their voice to keep the listener engaged. Question: What is the difference between energy, vibe, charisma, and presence or are they different ways of saying the same thing and, if so, what is that thing?These words are difficult to defineCatherine thinks of charisma as the energy that happens in interactionWe are charismatic in connection with anotherThe exchange of energy is a charismaMany different ways to have charismaThere is that something you want more ofHost: Maybe it's an energy vibration exchanged between human beings.  We as human beings are exchanging energy and looking for those who are receptive to our energy. Question: Along those lines of connection, you were on a trajectory that would eventually intersect with COVID. As we transition from Zoom to a hybrid way of some online/virtual and some in-person,  What's changed in business, what's the same, what will still be important?34:23 to 36:26       ConclusionHere we are, at the end of the road but not the journey. Thank you for listening to Part 1 of this in-depth Guest InnerView episode of Stories From Women Who Walk with your host Diane Wyzga and my guest Catherine Johns, a professional speaker, expert in communication and the author of Show Up and Shine to help women who've been overlooked and unheard in business. We hope you are enlightened and inspired by our conversation about unexpected careers finding you, radio broadcasting, reinventing yourself, and the elusive energy called charisma. We'll be back in a week with Part 2.Meanwhile, you're invited to check out close to 450 episodes of this podcast Stories From Women Who Walk found on Simplecast, your favorite podcast platform, including Android, and my website, Quarter Moon Story Arts. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! You will have wonderful company as we walk our lives together. ABOUT Catherine JohnsWhen it comes to communication, Catherine Johns has plenty to say. How can you command a room and connect with the people listening, whether you're on a stage or at your computer? How do you have real influence on your audience?All those years on the radio … Catherine was doing virtual presentations before we had a name for them. She established relationships with people she would never even meet in person. So much so, that many still feel a bond with her today. Now we're all working on Zoom or Teams or Webex. Catherine shows executives and entrepreneurs … speakers and leaders … how to have make a genuine impact with your virtual presentations.Catherine has a special interest in women who've been overlooked and underheard in their professional lives. She wrote Show Up and Shine: Simple Steps to Boost Your Confidence and Charisma for them.How to Keep in Touch With Catherine JohnsWebsite:  www.catherinejohns.comBlog: www.catherinejohns.com/blogLinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/catherinejohns/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/catherine.johns.chicagoBook:  https://www.amazon.com/Show-Up-Shine-Confidence-Charisma-ebook/dp/B00EKX7I8U/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=show+up+and+shine&qid=1630679282&sr=8-3Production Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Entering Erdenheim from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicSound Editing: Dawin Carlisle & First Class ReelsAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit and attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Pilgrim, It's a Long Way to Find Out Who You Are.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 2:04

    Hello to you listening in Castrojeriz, Spain! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.Every year at this time I retrace my Camino de Santiago pilgrimage steps, day by day, reading my journal, absorbing the memories.Along the Way you are often asked: how come you are walking? In the beginning I said finding myself or healing old stuff. But it never rang true. Rather, I was called. That was true. There was no more denying that call than stopping my own heartbeat.But called for what? There were days I felt like I missed the spiritual boat. There were days I felt like I made a poor pilgrim. There were days I asked for answers and heard only silence in the wind. Now I know. As the song goes, “Pilgrim, it's a long way to find out who you are.” [Pilgrim by Enya ]The Camino asked only that I walk, be the walking, and be the road that lead to me.Question: How have you been called to find out who you are?    This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Temporarily Able-Bodied.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in South Windsor, Connecticut!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.Whidbey has much to offer but one of the gifts might be over-looked. What is it? Our elderly population. Almost 60% of the Island is grey beards and seniors, elders, witches and wizards. You might expect life here to be nice and easy; but its alive, vital, young at heart.How? Volunteering at the 400 different organizations that need help. Paddling kayaks. Driving pick-up trucks to the recycle center. Involved in politics. Digging gardens. Plowing fields. Creating art. Singing at the bedsides of the dying. Raising chickens. Protesting with placards on street corners. And this: a women in my pilates reformer class celebrating - her 89th birthday - eyes clear and bright.We are all of us only temporarily able-bodied. We'll stop when we die. Until then, life requires being young at heart and persevering.Question: How are you keeping yourself temporarily able-bodied?     This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Ghost Fawn.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 2:11

    Hello to you listening in Snowflake, Arizona!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.I've seen them now and then as I walk Honeymoon Bay Road: sitting still as statues in a mist-shrouded morning yard, tapping slowly across a 2 lane road, disappearing into the woods. I wish I had two hearts to express what it feels like to see a brown deer and her ghost fawn - white, all white, except for the dark nose and eyes.Locals know how to drive the roads with an eye out for the wildlife and when we come upon deer in the roadway we stop, put on our flashers and wait until the road is clear. I've seen people from away - the city tourists - also stop and look as if mesmerized, not quite able to believe their eyes: did we really just see a ghost fawn?  I know I could take photos just to look at when I finally slow down. But most days I stop my walking and stand with my hands folded near my heart, breathing, smiling. And it's enough.    This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: All It Takes Is a Reframe.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 2:04

    Hello to you listening in Placitas, New Mexico!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.As I walked higher into the mountains and deeper into October the warm weather on the Camino de Santiago shifted to cold. Imagine having to leave your snug sleeping bag, dress in all your gear and pack up your belongings in the dark, maybe get a coffee and bread with cheese before setting out for another 15 miles or more of walking in the cold.You've been here, too: wanting only to snuggle back down where it's warm and shut out the world. But on the Camino everyone is booted out of the albergue at first light. So you have to go.What if I could reframe how I thought about the cold? I converted European Celsius to the more familiar American Fahrenheit. What looked like a 4 degree Celsius morning actually became a 40 degree Fahrenheit morning. 36 degrees warmer - just because of a reframe.Question: When you've had an uncomfortable situation to deal with, how did you turn it around? What was your reframe?  This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Should I Stay or Should I Go? Healthy Boundaries.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 2:06

    Hello to you listening in Hounslow, Greater London, UK!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories." You may have heard the song by The Clash: Should I Stay or Should I Go. Click here to listen.I was thinking about the song after a friend turned out to be other than what I thought. Her betrayal was pretty big. Now what? Give a second chance? Suck it up? Ask again for the apology that didn't come?Healthy boundaries begin with naming and claiming what's right and healthy for you. When we choose from clarity, confidence and compassion instead of raw emotion we can create a sense of inner peace and even growth from a sad or disappointing event.  If respect is no longer being served at the table where you're sitting, you can choose to stay or go.Story Prompt: Think of a time you surprised yourself by summoning the grit to go because there was nothing left to stay for. Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: A Second Chance to Say “Thank You!”

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 2:00

    Hello to you listening in Saint Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.One summer of my college years I was dating a really rich guy who let me drive his really nice car that Saturday night. He and I, his brother and the girlfriend shared a few beers before we piled into the car and headed out.  I remember the crunch from the right as my forehead hit the rear-view mirror and both cars stopped in a 4-way lighted intersection. To this day I believe the elderly woman who T-boned the car sped up the steep incline and ran the light. But because I was young and had beer breath there was another, more plausible explanation. And yet, no charges filed, no damages, no nothing, but this lesson.Some days I do not fully appreciate how a great wind is bearing me across the sky. With this story I get another chance to say “Thank you!”Question: When have you been given another chance to say “Thank you!”?This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Rejoicing in Ordinary Things

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 2:06

    Hello to you listening in Seoul, Korea!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.My friend and writing colleague Sue Heatherington - The Quiet Disruptor - offers a daily blog of writing, poetry and photography observing the ordinary things: spider webs, dew drops on a blade of grass, lichen on a tree trunk, and more.Aware of the ordinary things I might encounter as I walk the roads and shorelines here I take care to watch and listen: a ghost fawn with its mother slipping out of view, a juvenile coyote nose lifted head turned to the sound of my feet, flocks of birds circling off to the warmer south, fallen leaves moldering, and the occasional sand dollar left whole and intact in the retreating tide.Pema Chodrin says, “Rejoicing in ordinary things is not sentimental or trite. It actually takes guts. Each time we drop our complaints and allow everyday good fortune to inspire us, we enter the warrior's world.”Question: What complaint have you exchanged for everyday good fortune?  This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Cold. Dark. Wet. Now What? Adjust.

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 2:12

    Hello to you listening in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.Very cold, dark and wet outside the albergue kitchen crowded with pilgrims jostling for morning coffee. Wearing most of my gear I feel afraid it won't be enough for what I imagine is outside. How will I walk in this weather? A pilgrim wearing a black hoodie turns around and I see white block letters spelling the word: ADJUST.Tugging down my black wool watch cap before pulling up the rain jacket hood I agree with myself to ADJUST and set out. That's why I'm here: to journey into the dark and come out in the light.Village street lamps are shrouded in fog, misty rain muffles even the closest voices, hiking boots echo on cobblestones. I get the sense we are all feeling our way along  hoping to stumble on the yellow Camino marker so we don't miss the turn. There it is. Single file we go. In time dawn rises, a small café is serving café con leche, and I've adjusted to the Camino once again.  This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    Motivate Your Monday: Perseverance

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 2:06

    Hello, to you listening in Brainerd, Minnesota!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.In her book, Perseverance, Margaret Wheatley asks, “How is it that some people persevere no matter what?"  Mom taught me: “We're almost there; may as well keep going.”Imagine this: an icy February weekend, two-lane rural road, last minute trip to visit my sister in upstate New York. Dark was falling. We were unclear about the way ahead. And the dog who had been whining the last 10 miles finally let us know that we should have stopped for her. She let go an impressive pile of dog dump on the plastic covered middle seat of the family station wagon where she and I had been skittering back and forth as the car slid this way and that. I remember dad pulling over and hauling her to the side of the road while he tried to scrape the worst of it off the seat with dirty, gravel-studded snow. Back in the car he turned to mom and asked, “Now what?” “Mom said, “We're almost there; may as well keep going.”And so we did - enjoying a snowy weekend while adding a story to the family lore.  Question: How is it that you persevere?    This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: After 10 Minutes Memories Are Wiped Clean

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 1:57

    Hello to you listening in Longmont, Colorado!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with questions carefully chosen to help you collect stories in the oral tradition or spark your own writing. Either way, you'll say, "Thanks for the memories." A week ago seriously high winds and rain took out power for 24 hours. My computer was useless. Maybe like me you've watched in dismay as a power outage or other battery-powered hiccup caused your computer to shut down, work unsaved, no back-up. Now what? For the most part we let it go, do the work again or go searching for it in the cloud.But now imagine that in 10 minutes' time you would lose all your memories with the exception of those you capture right here, right now. What memories would you keep?  Story Prompt: Set the timer for 10 minutes and put down all the memories you want to hold on to in as much sensory detail as you can. When the 10 minutes are up, revisit the memories you chose to keep. What's confirmed for you? What surprises you? Write that story!Practical Tip: The magic of stories is also in the sharing. If you wish share your story with someone or something.   All that matters is you have a story.This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: 365 Days of Small Steps - A Practical Tip For Living Well

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 1:57

    Hello to you in Albany Creek , Australia!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.Maybe like me you keep track of the footsteps of your life. I've been practicing 365 Days of Small Steps every year since October 1st 2011 when my nephew, Brandon was married and I was unable to make the cross-country trip to celebrate with the rest of the family. I agreed with myself that I would take 1 small step every single day. For a decade now I've been creating my own way of knowing my own way. I begin Volume 11 in the morning.Practical Tip: You might wish to create a document with the heading: 365 Days of Small Steps. Each day make an entry that is yours and yours alone. When feeling lost dip back into your pages and believe how far you've come. Before the year turns, take time to sit with your pages and fully relish how you allowed yourself to live all those small steps to now. This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: My Camino Shadow Beckons

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 2:01

    Hello to you listening in Hickory, Tennessee!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.A pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago walks from East to West, sun behind, your shadow in front. No matter how you hard you try you cannot get ahead of your shadow. What to do? Slow down. Breathe. Walk. Be glad it's there to lead you on.    Even now I see my pilgrim self clearly, certain of my singular purpose: walking, giving myself over to walking and becoming that which I do.Here on Whidbey Island I've gotten caught up in all that comes along with a move to a new community. And, there's been COVID. I'm feeling a deep longing. I've neglected giving myself over to the rhythm of walking - every single day - as far as I want to go. My Camino shadow remembers and it beckons. In the time I have left I must follow.Question: What deep longing beckons you?      This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Taking Time Out to Go Back to Camino

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 2:01

    Hello to you listening in Viana, Spain!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.This day on the Camino de Santiago I arrived in the lovely walled town of Viana. I had been on pilgrimage only 8 days walking 12 to 15 miles a day. My journal reminds me that amidst all my complaining about how everything hurt, the weight of my pack, whether I made a good pilgrim or not, the uncertainty of the weeks ahead, I was learning to take the long view, I was becoming aware that I'd been given the Gift of Years.Nothing prepares you for the Camino. One day you set out and there you are facing yourself, your Bad Mind Radio, silence, sheep, farmers, villages, pilgrims, crowded dorm rooms, snoring, wet clothes, fatigue, humility, laughter, vino tinto, achievement, and a range of emotions. In the morning you set out to do it all over again making the path by walking, the path that will never be trod again.This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday The Change Equation: Awareness + Freedom = Opportunity to Choose

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 1:50

    Hello to you listening in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, Germany!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that.Maybe like me you have a thing or two you'd like to change about your life. How do you know you want to change it? Because whatever it is you're *aware* that it's bothersome, unsettling, disturbing, downright uncomfortable, or maybe it just no longer serves you.Awareness is a funny thing because it sets us on a path to freedom. Awareness is that first step when we understand how we've been going in circles and that to stop means we are the change we seek. Change in our grasp creates a sense of freedom. Now we can begin to see the opportunities that open up. What comes with opportunity? Choice.Practical Tip: When all is said and done you have your freedom today! That freedom comes with the opportunity to choose a new way of being.This is the place to thrive together. Come for the stories - stay for the magic. Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a nice shout out on your social media or podcast channel of choice, including Android, and join us next time! You're invited to stop by the website and subscribe to stay current with Diane, her journeys, her guests, as well as creativity, imagination, walking, stories, camaraderie, and so much more: Quarter Moon Story ArtsProduction Team: Quarter Moon Story ArtsMusic: Mer's Waltz from Crossing the Waters by Steve Schuch & Night Heron MusicAll content and image © 2019 - Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

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