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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 Motivate Your Monday: What If You Had Nothing to Do But Walk?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Billericay, Essex, England!And a short  YouTube Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Folks ask me: What was the most difficult lesson on my Camino de Santiago pilgrimage? Letting go. Letting go of the way I was. Letting go of my old self. Giving myself over to the walking.You think it's easy? Get up in the dark, pack in the dark, head out in the dark. Walk 15 or 20 miles a day, no matter how hot or cold or wet. No matter how rocky or lonesome or tired. Nothing prepares you for walking Camino but to walk Camino. How do you do it? Here's a tip: surrender. Give yourself over. You are here now. Make the most of it. When you want to stomp around and make furious gestures, make the most of that. Make the most of your joys and complaints. Give voice to them all.And then give yourself back to the only job you have: to walk. Every day my Camino lesson shows up like this: “Just walk it off, Diane!”Question: What single-minded purpose of yours guides you along your way?You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: How Do You Discern the Spirit of the Law From the Letter of the Law? Conclusion.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 8:04


    Hello to you listening in Dhaka, Bangladesh!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane Wyzga.As both lawyer and litigation consultant I've been faced with discerning the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Welcome back for the Conclusion of our story [The Fire on the Mountain] about a rich man, a servant and a bet which came to mind after reading this line by Henrik Ibsen: “A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” Story Prompt: When in your life have you struggled with the difference between the spirit of the law and the letter of the law? How did you resolve the struggle? 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.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts (while we are under re-construction) and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: How Do You Discern the Spirit of the Law From the Letter of the Law? Part 1.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 10:28


    Hello to you listening in Jaipur, India!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.As both lawyer and litigation consultant I've been faced with discerning the letter of the law and the spirit of the law. Welcome to Part 1 of a story [The Fire on the Mountain] I've often told about a rich man, a servant and a bet, a story which came to mind after reading this line by Henrik Ibsen: “A thousand words will not leave so deep an impression as one deed.” We've come to the end of Part 1. Please join us tomorrow for the conclusion of the story and your very own Story Prompt!You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts (while we are under re-construction) and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Which Comes First? Curiosity or Courage?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Kirkland, Washington!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.My Camino de Santiago pilgrimage is never far from my thoughts. Folks ask me all the time about the courage it took to walk 500 miles across Spain. But the courage was preceded by curiosity: What's out there? Who might I meet? How will I manage? Do I have what it takes? What if I quit?  Following are some good words to help you step into the adventure that's waiting for you:“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” [A.A. Milne]“One doesn't discover new lands without consenting to lose sight, for a very long time, of the shore.” [Andre Gide]“Within all of us is a varying amount of space lint and star dust, the residue from our creation. Most are too busy to notice it, and it is stronger in some than others. It is strongest in those of us who fly and is responsible for an unconscious, subtle desire to slip into some wings and try for the elusive boundaries of our origin.” [ K.O. Eckland]Question: What are you curious to know? What courage will it take? What are you waiting for? You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts (while we are under re-construction) and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: How America the Dream Came to Be With Award-Winning Recording Artist and Composer Steve Schuch. Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 2:20


    Hello to you listening in Ocean City, New Jersey!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and quite a bit more because it's a great story) for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Welcome back to a special bonus episode because The Boys Are Back in Town with my guest award-winning recording artist and author, composer, musician, the creator of America the Dream, and my brother-in-law Steve Schuch.  At the conclusion of Part 1 I asked Steve: “You use the analogy of a baseball game when you were talking about America the Dream. What does that mean for people who haven't yet been to the America the Dream website?” Let's rejoin the conversation to hear more music and how this remarkably talented project came to life.Click this LINK to access Part 2 of our conversation, links, resources, America the Dream website, downloadable music, and get in touch with Steve and Night Heron Music!Easy-to-access resources: America the DreamTo learn more from Steve, tap the Interview Clips: Steve Schuch and Night Heron MusicDr. Martin Luther King, Jr.America the Beautiful - 1893 You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts (while we are under re-construction) and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Celebrating Martin Luther King Day. How America the Dream Came to Be With Award-Winning Recording Artist and Composer Steve Schuch, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Weare, New Hampshire!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and quite a bit more because we're celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and your host, Diane Wyzga.Today we have a special bonus episode because the boys are back in town. My guest Steve Schuch is joining us from Hancock, New Hampshire. Steve is a former Peace Corps volunteer, Audubon naturalist, award-winning recording artist and author, composer, musician, and the recipient of the Parent's Choice Gold Award for his CD Trees of Life. You've heard his music on NPR, PBS, and 2 compositions right here on this podcast. But mostly I've known Steve as my delightfully droll brother-in-law. Barry in the 3rd grade wrote:"I really likt your songs and storeys. What do you do for a liveing?" I've invited Steve to share with us a most wonderful story about how his musing on Martin Luther King, Jr. and America the Beautiful traveled all its musical way to becoming a new America the Dream composition. What makes this such a neat story? Let's listen to learn how musing became musical notes.Click this LINK to access Part 1, links, resources, America the Dream website, downloadable music, and get in touch with Steve and Night Heron Music!Easy-to-access resources: America the Dream To learn more from Steve, tap the Interview Clips: Steve Schuch and Night Heron Music You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts (while we are under re-construction) and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Take a Risk - Show Up - Say Yes! - Leap Into the Unknown with Susanne Mueller, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 2:35


    Hello to you listening in Boischatel, Quebec, Canada!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and quite a bit enjoyably more) for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane Wyzga.  Welcome back to Part 2 of my conversation with Susanne Mueller who shares what is at the root of luck. Susanne revealed that her luck was born of a willingness to see life's challenges for what they really were: an opportunity to show up, say Yes!, take it on, and help others. I asked Susanne who taught her the courage to risk. Let's rejoin the conversation as Susanne shares with us her Life journey and how risk-taking and saying Yes! informs her podcast, Take It From the Iron Woman, her blog, and her international CEO consulting and coaching practice. Click HERE in the Episode Notes to listen to Part 2 of Take a Risk - Show Up - Say Yes! - Leap Into the Unknown with Susanne Mueller, access links and resources and get in touch with Susanne.Story Prompt: Where and how have you gained the courage to walk your life your way? 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.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Take a Risk - Show Up - Say Yes! - Leap Into the Unknown with Susanne Mueller, Part 1 & Celebrate Lipstick Leadership's 2 Years

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 2:58


    Hello to you listening in Danvers, Massachusettes!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and quite a bit more because we're celebrating!) for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.  2 years ago I wrote this Advance Praise for Susanne Mueller's book, Lipstick Leadership: Empowering and Inspiring Women Who Dare to Lead: “When I asked Suzanne if she was luckier than most having been born in the shadow of a castle in Thune, Switzerland she said her luck was born of a willingness to see life's challenges for what they really were: an opportunity to show up, say "Yes!", take on the challenge, and help others. Leadership is a privilege. Suzanne's skillful leadership comes from a deep well of confronting challenges which taught her what's indispensable to bringing out the very best in people: curiosity, cooperation and collaboration.”Today I believe in Susanne Mueller and her work more than ever because she continues to show up. Lipstick Leadership will celebrate its 2 year anniversary on Monday January 16th. Click HERE in the Episode Notes to find Lipstick Leadership on Amazon and consider making a purchase. Meanwhile, join us to learn more about Susanne Mueller, friend and colleague, author, podcaster of Take It From the Iron Woman, and blogger who consistently creates engaging posts full of information, challenge and humor. Susanne lives for taking challenges to the professional level whether it's running marathons, competing in an Iron Man triathlon, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, or skydiving. This is how she coaches international CEO's: in the spirit of professional sport. Click HERE in the Episode Notes to listen to Part 1 of Take a Risk - Show Up - Say Yes - and Leap Into the Unknown, access links and resources, and get in touch with Susanne.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: How Did a Spring-Butt Learn to Stand Down?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 2:20


    Hello to you listening in Ferndale, Washington!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.Earlier in life I had tendencies toward behaving like a spring-butt. You know the type. The over-eager know-it-all with her hand in the air. Teacher! Teacher! I know! I know! Think Hermione Granger in the early years of Harry Potter.  Over time I learned to take to heart what my mother always said: “Just because you thought of something, Diane, doesn't mean you have to say it.” I can still hear her voice as mom continues to pull me back from “I know! I know!”  Practical Tip: Prompted by Jim Burke in a recent BizCatalyst 360 Friendship Bench discussion, I offer 3 questions that might have the same effect on you that mom's voice has on me:Does it need to be said?Does it need to be said now?Does it need to be said by me?  I know. I know ..... You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: How Do We Keep Heading True North?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 2:35


    Hello to you listening in Boise, Idaho!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.    We're still in the early days of Begin Anew Year 2023 where it might feel like we are going through a shakedown cruise. What's a shakedown cruise? For the sailors among us you know that shakedown cruises are performed before a ship enters service or after major changes such as crew, repair or overhaul. For those of us who proudly served in the US Navy it is the final critical stage that tests and confirms the combined operational and material readiness of a Navy ship and her crew.Are we ready for the voyage ahead? To leave our safe harbor? Are we prepared to sail outward bound to the high seas? What might steer us when we falter? How do we keep heading True North? Perhaps a solid belief in what we take along - our extraordinary lives.“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was.” [Ransom Riggs]You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: What Does It Take to Get to the Finish Line?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Keenesburg, Colorado!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday and your host, Diane Wyzga.  If you followed my New Year's Day Polar Bear Dive story published in Episode 774 and Episode 776 it might have sounded all too easy: show up, scream, run, dive in, go home.I'm here to tell you that I'm a dyed-in-the-wool introverted kinda gal. I do not do well in settings where I have to show up alone, don't know anybody, have to make small talk, and may end up looking the fool.  The Polar Bear Dive was a real challenge for me. Not the part where I dove into the 43 Fahrenheit degree water of Puget Sound but showing up. I could have stayed in bed, stayed at home, walked onto the beach and turned back, stayed on the beach but hung out in the background watching the others. You know what I'm talking about. And, no one would have known. I could have lied about what I did or didn't do.But that's not how I live anymore. Practical Tip:  Here's what I've learned: the courage isn't about getting to the Finish Line; the courage is agreeing that you will start. And once you start it's all Finish Line from there on out! Guaranteed!You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: What Would You Do to Belong? Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Quintana Roo, Mexico on the Yucatán Peninsula!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane Wyzga.  January in the Pacific Northwest is generally raw, cold, overcast. The first day of 2023 was no different. Especially at Double Bluff Beach with the snow-capped Olympic Mountains across the water.At the 3 minute signal folks began stripping down to bathing suits. At the 1 minute signal we clambered over driftwood logs and found a spot to stand on the narrow strip of cold, wet, gritty beach. At the sound of the gun there was screaming and yelling as we splashed our way into Puget Sound. 43 degrees Fahrenheit. What the Coast Guard calls treacherously cold! Run! Run! Run! Get to deeper water fast so you can - close your eyes - and dive.Welcome to Polar Bear Dive 2023! Link to photos in the Episode Notes.[A little to the south of us in western Seattle, the Alki Beach Polar Bear Swim 2023 with a fun video]Yes! I showed up. Yes! I dove in! Yes! I joined my Whidbey Islanders because as my Victoria, BC, Canada  friend Michelle says, “If you don't go you won't know. So, give it a go!”Story Prompt: What is it you want? What will you do to give it a go? When and how? 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.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds For Thoughts on Thursday: Do You Have Something to Say But Can't Find the Words or How to Begin?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Chatel-Saint-Denis, Switzerland!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories from Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Do you FEEL it inside? Nagging at you? Just out of reach?You have something to say. But you can't find the words. So, your story can't create the change you want to see.For 30 years, I've helped people take their story from a message only they could hear to the publishing world, the courtroom, hospitals, board meetings and more.Stories that swayed juries. Built markets. Spread ideas. Changed things.Today, I help socially conscious women professionals and entrepreneurs build their story with the spirit of who they are.If you can feel the story in you, that's enough to get started. We'll get to the heart of your message and the message of your heart. We'll forge your story into what it's meant to be.And then we'll launch it so you can create the change you want to see and be.CTA: Feel welcome to DM me on LinkedIn, visit my Quarter Moon Story Arts website while under major re-construction and while you're here would you please subscribe to my podcast and say a few good words in a review.  You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: What Would You Do to Belong? Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 2:33


    Hello to you listening in Issaquah, Washington! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.  Who could resist an invitation like this one: Polar Bear Dive 2023 – Benefitting Island County 4-H Teen Leadership Club! Start the New Year off with a splash! Join a fun-loving crowd for a bone chilling dive into 2023. WHY? It's fun. Seriously! Plus, it benefits the Island County 4-H Teen Leadership Club. A New Year's tradition since 2004. Swim at your own risk; no lifeguard on duty. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m. Splash at noon. FEE – Only $10! – includes coffee, cocoa, cookies, bonfires, music, and a downright festive event. That's for me. Sign me up! I'm in! A chance to belong to a community event supporting a very good cause.And since I'm recording this episode in advance as I do please tune in on Story Prompt Friday January 6th for Part 2: Did I show up? Did I dive in? Did I live to tell about it?  Question: Meanwhile, what would you do to belong?  You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    Time Out Tuesday: What Beckons You Forward on Your Path?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 2:18


    Hello to you listening in Okatie, South Carolina!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.As I walked the Camino de Santiago I often repeated these words by Antonio Machado:“Pilgrim, there is no pathThe path is made by walkingBy walking you make the pathAnd when you look backYou see the pathYou will never travel again.Pilgrim, there is no path.Only waves upon the sea.”My Camino pilgrimage (5 weeks - 500 miles across Spain) is with me every single day. For those of you who have walked this podcast path alongside me you will have heard many episodes where I recall the lessons, trials and tribulations that still unveil themselves years later beckoning me to keep walking.Question: As you set out on the path of this Begin Anew Year what beckons you forward on your path of 2023?   You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds For Motivate Your Monday: Are You Ready? Are You Prepared?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 2:33


    Hello to you listening in Saint Jean Pied de Port, France!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday and your host, Diane Wyzga.I had been traveling for almost 72 hours before arriving at L'Esprit du Chemin, a gîte in St. Jean Pied de Port, France to begin walking the Camino de Santiago. At dinner I was asked: Are you ready?Yes, I believed I was ready. I broke in my boots, invested in a sturdy backpack, assembled good gear, read my guidebook, practiced some Spanish, and so on.Yes, yes, yes ..... you might be ready. But, are you prepared?Prepared?Are you prepared to learn from every direction? Are you prepared to open your heart, your mind to receive what Camino has in store for you? True, the only way to prepare for Camino is to walk the Camino; but are you prepared to walk willingly?The next morning I set out on my pilgrimage prepared to learn how to walk willingly.  Question: You might be ready for Begin Anew Year 2023; but how are you preparing yourself for what's to come?You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: What Caught Your Heart This Year?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 2:08


    Hello to you listening in Vigo, Galicia, Spain!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Not too very long ago I saw a man wearing a tee shirt that read: “Many things in life will catch your eye but only a few will catch your heart. Follow those.”He was gone before I could ask him: What's the story behind your tee shirt?  How did you come to have it? What many things in life have caught your eye? What few have caught your heart? And when you followed those then what?Yes, he's gone but you're here.Story Prompt: What few things in life have caught your heart this year? And when you followed those then what? Write that story! And I'll see you next year.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.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: As the Year Winds Down What Marks Your Truest Success?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 2:40


    Hello to you listening in Gurugam, New Delhi, India!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories from Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.  As I walk the snowy woods on my island I am reminded that goals, clients, contracts, income, even podcast plays are only a singular measure of how successful I've been this year.Instead I'm asking myself who did I lift up, set free from their negative thoughts, invite to join in the circle. When did I take time out for a mindful walk around the lake, pick up the phone and call a friend, or even do something quite silly? When did my decision to set aside my righteous, opinionated, judgmental self make life a bit easier for someone else?I keep walking past these legacy trees that have witnessed so much evolution. And that's the point, isn't it? We are spiritual beings living a human existence and trying our best to walk ourselves and each other back home.Question: As the year winds down what marks your truest success?    You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Can You Feel the Story You Want to Tell?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Port Angeles, Washington!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories from Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.Do you FEEL it inside? Nagging at you? Just out of reach?You have something to say. But you can't find the words. So, your story can't create the change you want to see.For 30 years, I've helped people take their story from a message only they could hear to the publishing world, the courtroom, hospitals, board meetings and more.Stories that swayed juries. Built markets. Spread ideas. Changed things.Today, I help socially conscious women professionals and entrepreneurs build their story with the spirit of who they are.If you can feel the story in you, that's enough to get started. We'll get to the heart of your message and the message of your heart. We'll forge your story into what it's meant to be.And then we'll launch it so you can create the change you want to see and be.CTA: Feel welcome to DM me on LinkedIn, visit my Quarter Moon Story Arts website while under major re-construction and while you're here would you please subscribe to my podcast and say a few good words in a review.  You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: In This Moment What Belongs to Whom?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Bang Bai Mai, Surat Thani Province, Thailand!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories from Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.  This poem by Margaret Atwood feels like a welcome antidote to claiming all that we believe belongs to us:  The Moment"The moment when, after many yearsof hard work and a long voyageyou stand in the centre of your room,house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,knowing at last how you got there,and say, I own this, is the same moment when the trees unloosetheir soft arms from around you,the birds take back their language,the cliffs fissure and collapse,the air moves back from you like a waveand you can't breathe. No, they whisper. You own nothing.You were a visitor, time after timeclimbing the hill, planting the flag, proclaiming.We never belonged to you.You never found us.It was always the other way round."      [from Eating Fire (Virago, 1998), © Margaret Atwood 1998]Click HERE to listen to the author read her own workYou're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: What the Hell Is Water?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2022 3:06


    Hello to you listening in Thornleigh, Australia!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories from Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and a bit more because it's worth it) for Motivate Your Monday with your host, Diane Wyzga  The following is excerpted from This Is Water By Jenna Krajeski, published September 19, 2008. “In 2005, David Foster Wallace addressed the graduating class at Kenyon College with a speech that is now one of his most read pieces. Click HERE in the Episode Notes to access the speech. In it, he argues, gorgeously, against “unconsciousness, the default setting, the rat race, the constant gnawing sense of having had, and lost, some infinite thing.” He begins with a parable:There are these two young fish swimming along, and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says, “Morning, boys. How's the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes, “What the hell is water?”All of this is, no doubt, just the tip of the iceberg, peeking out of the sea. At Kenyon, Wallace elaborated on his water parable:The point of the fish story is merely that the most obvious, important realities are often the ones that are hardest to see and talk about....The fact is that in the day to day trenches of adult existence, banal platitudes can have a life or death importance.And, nearing the end of his speech:The capital-T Truth is about life BEFORE death. It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:This is water.This is water.”Question: How's the water you're swimming in?  You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Late One Snowy Night in Poland, Conclusion

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 5:12


    Hello to you listening in Burnaby, British Columbia,  Canada!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and a bit more) for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane WyzgaThe next morning when Babcia awoke it seemed to her all a dream.  Surely the great Kings had not come; surely she had not refused to follow them.  And she jumped from her bed.Babcia looked for her broom.   It was not in its usual place in the corner, nor in the cupboard or behind the stove.  Where was her broom?  Then she remembered.  She was sweeping the doorstep when the Three, when the dream came.  She opened the door.  There was her broom standing in the snow.  Snow had fallen through the night.  There was no trace of wagon wheels or footsteps.  Babcia felt puzzled....  Story Prompt: No matter your religion, creed or belief this remains a world-wide season yearning for hope, peace and goodwill toward all Creation. Imagine that place. 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.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: Late One Snowy Night in Poland, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 7:04


    Hello to you listening in Warsaw, Poland!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and a bit more) for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Late one snowy night in Poland, more than nineteen hundred years ago, Babcia was sweeping her house.  She was the best housekeeper in the village.  And although she lived by herself, her little cottage was as bright as a groszy. Her painted walls were gay with color.  Her carved doorway, her carved bed, her little carved chairs were waxed and polished until they shone like the soft satin of some rich lady's gown.  From sunup to sundown Babcia was at work in her tiny house, so it was no wonder that she was still sweeping late this snowy night...You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Why Do You Do What You Do? A Technique From Brand With Simon.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2022 2:59


    Hello to you listening in Port Townsend, Washington!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.  Recently I was inspired by my London-based friend and colleague Simon Ratcliffe, podcast host of Turning the Tables, and the genius behind Brand With Simon (also on LinkedIn) who suggested a 5-Why technique to further clarify what you do and why you do it.I took the challenge. Following is my working draft version:Why do I use my Story Doula skills at Quarter Moon Story Arts to help others?Because a quarter moon is just the beginning; you may have an image of an idea but don't know how to translate that into words or action.Why?Because 30 years as an RN, JD, Storyteller and Podcaster has taught me how to successfully help those who are committed to consciously developing their story messaging but don't know the words to shape the value of their work.Why?Because when my clients discover their story message they know how to state their values, purpose and vision confidently, decisively, standing in the power of their own voice.Why?Because that is the true voice - the voice we know we have but we are often struggling to express; to get out from under the burden of not being heard, understood or listened to.Why?Because at the end of the day we want to be seen, heard, understood, and listened to so we can influence action and be ready to help others.  And, THAT is how we shift attitudes, behaviors, cultures on a deeply human, engaged level.Practical Tip: If you have a branding question, need, opportunity, or dilemma, click HERE to reach out to Simon, and on LinkedIn.  Meanwhile, give it a go in 5 steps: Why do you do what you do?You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: Sharpen Your Message and Amplify Your Impact! with Dafna Gold Melchior, Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2022 2:24


    Hello to you listening and celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem, Israel!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and quite a bit more) for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Welcome back to Part 2 of my replayed conversation with my guest Dafna Gold Melchior - founder of Let's Clarify It! - who joined us from Jerusalem, Israel. Dafna is a clarifier. As a clarifier Dafna teaches researchers and entrepreneurs how to sharpen their message and communicate with clarity so they are prepared to clearly and concisely speak about the value of their work to high stakes audiences. As an entrepreneur herself who is striving for a global client base I asked Dafna, “How do your clients find you?” Let's hear what she has to say about this vital building block for any enterprise as well as becoming a podcaster, reaching for the almost impossible, and the bold shift into her professional dreams.Click HERE in the Episode Notes to listen to Part 2 of Sharpen Your Message and Amplify Your Impact with Dafna Gold Melchior, access links, resources and get in touch with Dafna.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts 

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Sharpen Your Message and Amplify Your Impact with Dafna Gold Melchior, Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2022 2:24


    Hello to you listening and celebrating the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah in Jerusalem, Israel!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds (and quite a bit more) for Motivate Your Monday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Welcome to Part 1 of my replayed conversation with my guest Dafna Gold Melchior - podcaster, blogger and founder of Let's Clarify It! - who joined us from Jerusalem, Israel. Dafna is a Clarifier. As a clarifier Dafna teaches researchers and entrepreneurs (or “ResearchPreneurs” as she calls them) how to sharpen their message and communicate with clarity so they are prepared to clearly and concisely speak about the value of their work to high stakes audiences. What helps drive this mission? Dafna's belief that “We're the happiest and most fulfilled when our work in the world is at the intersection where what we love meets our superpower.” For Dafna it means helping others toward crystal clear expression and collaboration.Click HERE in the Episode Notes to listen to Part 1 of our conversation, access links, resources and get in touch with Dafna.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: How Might It Feel to Be Seen by Another's Gesture?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2022 2:30


    Hello to you listening in Flat Rock Village, North Carolina!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane Wyzga.A year ago I was sitting in traffic at a stop light in Oak Harbor. I remember that on the sidewalk to my right was a man, homeless by appearance, standing in the rain with his shopping cart of belongings. He held a cardboard sign: Please buy me lunch.I rolled down my window to hand him a few bills when I saw a woman get out of her car and walk toward him with a bag of food and beverage cup from the local takeout. As she approached him she smiled and asked: What is your name? She handed him the food and drink and then reached up to hug him.Two things: Anyone can give money; but when she asked him, What is your name? she recognized his humanity. When she reached up to hug him the word that came to mind was .... divine. As in Divinely ordained.Story Prompt: When has someone's gesture enabled you to be seen? How did it feel? What happened 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.You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the QMSA website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds For Thoughts on Thursday: Who Here Would Like Feeling Less Agitation and More Solid?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2022 2:40


    Hello to you listening in River Forest, Illinois!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Maybe like me this time of year catches you unawares. How did it get here so soon? So much to do and so little time left! How will I ever wrap up the year?My teacher Thich Nhat Hanh would point to the trees and say, “When you look at the tree during the storm you can see that the top of the tree is not solid. You can only see the tiny branches and a number of leaves on the top of the tree swaying back and forth under the effect of the wind. You have the impression that the tree is very vulnerable but if you look down to see the big branches and the trunk of the tree you see that the tree is strongly rooted in the ground. The impression that the tree is vulnerable will vanish. You see that the tree is much more solid than it looks at the top. We are like that too.”Practical Tip: When you feel agitated, vulnerable you can practice to get solid again. The stability of your body will help stabilize your mind. Sit quietly and say to yourself: Breathing in I see myself grounded; breathing out I feel solid. Keep repeating until you feel solid, grounded. Because you will. Guaranteed!  You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the QMSA website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: How Far Do You Imagine Your Particular Gift Will Go?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 2:30


    Hello to you listening in Lake Chelan, Washington!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.  Unpacking boxes of Christmas decorations the other day I came upon a faded red folder I had first received in early December of my freshman year when I was away at college. It held faded multi-colored sheets of construction paper. On a side of each one was carefully glued the face of a re-purposed Christmas greeting card and under each card was text in mom's careful Palmer style handwriting. A poem, a quote, a few favorite remembered lines.  The cover sheet reads: “Kris Kringle Vitamins One-a-Day Brand. Take 1 while supplies last.” It was mom's way of helping me prepare for the Christmas Season so I didn't get lost in the bright lights of the HoliDazed.  This is the verse I read today:“The weakest among us has a gift, however seemingly trivial, which is peculiar to him, and which worthily used, will be a gift to his race forever.”Question: What particular gift of yours will be a gift to your race forever?   You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the QMSA website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: How Often Do We Take the Time to Stand and Stare?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 2:10


    Hello to you listening in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Walking home from a trip to the library and post office the other day in the damp chill that has settled on Whidbey Island I heard them before I saw them. Looking up I could make out two bald eagles hunting over Holmes Harbor. Like a child I held steady in silent witness and thought of this from Kenneth Grahame:      “All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.” ~ Kenneth GrahameIf you are curious and would like to learn more about the bald eagle, click HERE to watch 11 minutes on the Nature Here TV show featuring bald eagles wintering in Oregon and Washington.Question: What has prompted you to be still, live breathless and wonder?You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the QMSA website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: How Would You Like to Join Passionate People Making Meaningful Climate Change Differences?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 2:30


    Hello to you listening in Memphis, Tennessee!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Imagine this: 300 Contributors + 90 Countries + 2,000 Global Changemakers came together as a global community eager to make meaningful change. The result? The Carbon Almanac  - a powerful tool of facts, connection and action to create the change we say we want but don't know how to go about doing.Click HERE in the Episode Notes to become part of the action by subscribing to The Daily Difference, a free email that will connect you to the Carbon Almanac Network. Every day, you will get an opportunity to join thousands of people from all over the world in taking action and making a significant positive impact on behalf of the Earth. As the movement grows we will be able to claim Barry Lopez's words for our own:"To include nature in our stories is to return to an older form of human awareness in which nature is not scenery, not a warehouse of natural resources, not real estate, not a possession, but a continuation of community.” [Barry Lopez]You're invited: “Come for the stories - stay for the magic!” Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, and join us next time! Remember to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday: Horse Manure or Something Better?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 2:35


    Hello to you listening in Trabuco Canyon, California!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Perhaps you've heard the old joke about two boys each of whom is brought into a room in the middle of which is a staggeringly high pile of horse manure. The first boy looks at the pile in disgust and says, “What's the big idea here? This is nothing but a pile of horse manure!” But in the other room the second boy is down on his hands and knees gleefully scooping away at the pile saying, “I just know there's a pony in here somewhere!”We all face unfairness, misfortunes, difficulties, challenges, and worse. And yet these might not be wasted moments if we can see a chance to learn from our misfortunes. The School of Hard Knocks is not an easy place to get an education but the lessons learned might help us to overcome, perhaps even thrive in what Life throws our way.Story Prompt: Think about a time when you surprised yourself by turning what appeared to be a great big pile of horse manure into a rare chance to learn something about yourself. 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.CTA: "Come for the stories - Stay for the magic!" Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, bring your friends and rellies, and join us! You will have wonderful company as we continue to walk our lives together.You're invited to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday: How Does a Second Arrow Magnify Our Suffering?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2022 2:56


    Hello to you listening in Tangerang, Banten, Indonesia!Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Thoughts on Thursday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Recently I was in a situation where I felt like I was way out of my element. Not quite like a fish on a bicycle but certainly tongue-tied, feeling foolish, even stupid in a place I clearly did not belong. I should not have agreed to be there; but I did and that was the first arrow. For hours thereafter I churned my painful feelings over and over in my head. That was the second arrow.“If an arrow hits you, you will feel pain in that part of your body where the arrow hit; and then if a second arrow comes and strikes exactly at the same spot, the pain will not be only double, it will become at least ten times more intense. The unwelcome things that sometimes happen in life—being rejected, losing a valuable object, failing a test, getting injured in an accident—are analogous to the first arrow. They cause some pain. The second arrow, fired by our own selves, is our reaction, our story line, and our anxiety. All these things magnify the suffering. In life, we can't always control the first arrow. However, the second arrow is our reaction to the first. This second arrow is optional." - Thich Nhat HahnPractical Tip: When you have a strong response of pain or annoyance to a situation ask yourself, “What is my story line here? Does it deserve the pain of a second arrow or have I had enough?”CTA: "Come for the stories - Stay for the magic!" Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, bring your friends and rellies, and join us! You will have wonderful company as we continue to walk our lives together.You're invited to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey: Why Merely Seek a Niche When You Can Create Your Own With a Story Doula.

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 7, 2022 2:15


    Hello to you listening in Paradise, Washington! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Wednesdays on Whidbey and your host, Diane Wyzga.Recently my friend and colleague Tania Marien of Talaterra and The Carbon Almanac sent me an email with the salutation “Dear Doula.” Tania knows I've created a niche as a story doula who is adept at listening out your story in your voice so you can develop your values, purpose and vision. My clients get to stand in the power of their own voice - their own words. With that power they create a successful niche for their work, their service, their business.Why is this important? Because YOU WANT TO BE THE ONLY PERSON WHO DOES WHAT YOU DO! Be the niche you want your work to fill.Practical Tip: When you're ready I can help you create your story messaging niche in service to your values, purpose and vision so you, in turn, may help others.   CTA: "Come for the stories - Stay for the magic!" Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, bring your friends and rellies, and join us! You will have wonderful company as we continue to walk our lives together.You're invited to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday: What Did Saint Nicholas Leave You?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 2:20


    Hello to you listening in Almaty, Kazakhstan! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Time Out Tuesday and your host, Diane Wyzga.For decades now my family has celebrated December 6th as the Feast of Saint Nicholas; a reminder that Christmas is on its way and someone is watching us - from a distance. On the night of the 5th we each set a pair of shoes or slippers outside our bedroom door and on the morning of the 6th we awoke to find a small gift left by Saint Nicholas himself.But what if it isn't enough of a gift? What if we still have concerns, anxieties, worries about assets, resources, and the like. I know this place. And even though I left my rock of poverty on the Cruz de Fero when I was a pilgrim on the Camino de Santiago, I can feel a sense of lack, unreasonable as that may seem. Now what?Practical Tip: Begin to think of everything you are grateful for, appreciative of, beginning with “A” the first letter of the alphabet and see how far you get. I've not been able to make it past D. What about you?  What does your Gratitude Alphabet sound like? CTA: "Come for the stories - Stay for the magic!" Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, bring your friends and rellies, and join us! You will have wonderful company as we continue to walk our lives together.You're invited to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts

    60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday: Who Believes in You More Than You Do?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 2:05


    Hello to you listening in Lohr am Main, Bavaria, Germany! Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is Stories From Women Who Walk with 60 Seconds for Motivate Your Monday and your host, Diane Wyzga.Several Christmases ago my brother Paul gave me a copy of his favorite book: The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.It has become my daily habit to select a page from the book to help guide me through my day.Here is one of my favorites:“Sometimes I think you believe in me more than I do,” said the boy.“You'll catch up,” said the horseYou feel it, too, don't you? That same sense that we rely on another's sturdy hand until we are ready to see and believe what they see and believe in us. We will catch up. We do catch up. And, then we can offer our sturdy hand to another. Because "Each One Lift One!" is how we roll here! CTA: "Come for the stories - Stay for the magic!" Speaking of magic, I hope you'll subscribe, follow, share a 5-star rating and nice review on your social media or podcast channel of choice, bring your friends and rellies, and join us! You will have wonderful company as we continue to walk our lives together.You're invited to stop by the website, check out the Services, arrange a Discovery Call, and Opt In to stay current with Diane and Quarter Moon Story Arts and on LinkedIn.  Stories 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 to Present: for credit & attribution Quarter Moon Story Arts