Begin Your Day With A Clean Slate-Be Open To New Ideas

Good morning everyone,

As I watch the morning news here in Las Vegas, Nevada-my new home I am still daily adjusting to the neighborhoods and people and how radically different it is here.
Today I hope you begin it with new and fresh ideas. Give yourself and hour in the morning where you regroup, reassess the goals you have in your life.


If you don’t have any goals, it is about time you create some!


To live you life without anything to aspire to and without knowing what your true talents are for you to foster is like not knowing yourself.

The closer you are to knowing every talent you possess and what you are best at, as well as what you love most-the closer you will arrive at living a life more fulfilling than you ever believed possible.

Don’t let others sway your decisions, because you will be living your life for yourself in the end.

After all of the things you do for others, after all the selfless actions you do for your kids, your spouse and the obligatory things you do in your daily work, you are left with yourself and that is it.

You are going to be on this earth hopefully for another 20 years and why not enjoy every minute of being on earth?

Give yourself time in the morning to hear the birds chirp, drink coffee or tea or other relaxing beverage, and just “be”. Don’t have any noise on except the ambient sounds of the world waking up in your city in your state in your country.


Listen in relative silence and you will be amazed what kinds of things this reveals.
It is through silence and the sounds of nature you can hear angels sing in your heart.


May you have a blessed day and meet people who are kind, caring and good and interested in the things you are.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright 2014

Let Your Life Be Your Message Image found on Pinterest
Digital Photo Collage created by Paulette L Motzko
Cappuccino Image & Let This Be The Day To Start Anew Created by Paulette L Motzko

To Reach Port You Must Not Stay Anchored or Drift-but SAIL! Rick Wagoner & Paulette L Motzko

My good friend Rick Wagoner does something wonderful everyday, throughout the day. He finds some of the best and most positive poignant quotes and shares them with the world on Twitter on @BigDreamFuel.

This post is a tester to see if I could share his tweet that I normally retweet on Twitter with my over 1,400 readers and the over 50 countries that tune in each month.


Image found on Facebook


Rick and I like to think with each post we write, we are putting good out in the world and changing people’s thoughts for the better.
When you change someone’s thoughts, you influence their actions for the better.
When you change the actions someone makes, you have just changed their life.

When you change enough lives you have changed the world by your actions.

God bless everyone reading this, and may this be the first in a series of light, empowerment and knowledge shared by Rick Wagoner and I, Paulette Le Pore Motzko.

Have a blessed and productive day.

Make at least one new friend today by finding the saddest and most alone person you can find and talking to them. You will never believe how valuable your words of “how are you” are to them.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright October 9th, 2014

Check out @BigDreamFuel’s Tweet:

If Life Were a Movie I Will Tell You Do It Right The First Time Because There are No Retakes & You Can’t Edit the Video!

Sometimes when I am talking to people from a different country than the USA, I will find myself making a point in a new way I think they will understand. That happened this evening here sitting at Target in the Starbucks within.

I was talking to Juan from Mexico who was with his dad an brother. That is one of the most extraordinary things about Las Vegas, NV. The city attracts people from all over the world every day. It is like a really hot Disneyland but here anything can happen, and it isn’t G rated!


Go into a Starbucks in Las Vegas, NV and if you work as an independent contractor, freelance writer, photographer; the odds of meeting international business people are very high. It is one of my favorite places to go, and yes, I have a gold card with my name engraved on it. For all the money I have spent there and time I have spent doing computer work, networking or reading or just relaxing, I feel like I should own Starbucks stock!

Back to the topic of living and life…

Life doesn’t give you a chance to “rewind the tape” and edit and say “no, that’s not what I wanted to do” or “I should have done that.”

The grand old tape keeps recording our actions every day in the anals of time with God looking down and helping those who are the most kind whose hearts are the most pure.

Every day ask yourself, what is the title of my movie, if you were to name your life.

Think about it carefully.


Now figure out what you need to do NOW (remembering the show ain’t over!), so the show can end up with the ending you desire.



God bless all who read this and may you find profitable work that more than meets your needs, that you love.

Kiss and hug those you love who are dearest and nearest to you too.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
July 19th, 2014
Copyright 2014
Abundant Life Image and Start Your Day with a Cup of Gratitude images found on Pinterest

Images and Polly’s Cappuccino Cup created by Paulette L Motzko on her Galaxy S Relay smart phone.

Bridge To The Light- Poem Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko


Inspired by this photograph by Mena Habeeb entitled “Bridge To The Light”

“Bridge to The Light”

Title by Mena Habeeb

Poem by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Inspired by the quote from the great Helen Keller: “When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has been opened for us.”- Helen Keller

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

January 15th, 2014


Sometimes we are Looking on the Horizon for Greater Times to Come.

Seeing the sun peeking at us in a distance and the door to promise just opening with the key in your grasp.

If you only focus on the open door rather than one that has already closed upon you, your eyes will see the new opportunities awaiting you.

Hope is Fueling You with God as your Divine Guide

Determination keeps you grounded

Each day coming closer to the “other side of the bridge”…

Life will keep it’s Promise to you If You Keep Your Promise to It-by Finishing Everything You Start

 Goals are Achieved …with new goals taking the place of the old ones now achieved.

Life’s Cycle Blooms like a Rose and You Are The Master Gardener

The Soil Is Your Passion and What You Are Good At-The DNA of Your Being…

Your Work & Dedication

There are no bad jobs, as every job title is needed and deserves dignity and respect.

Life is a never ending process of Loving, Losing, Learning, Believing, Judging, Becoming & Appreciating.

“: What goes around Comes Around” and “The Good You Give Will Come Back a Thousand fold-when you least expect it will.

Through Daily Diligence with the Ultimate End always In Your Mind

You will Fool the Non-Believers when You Show

Life has no winners in because Life is not a game with players

Life is an eco-system with many people equipped with hearts, souls, loves, values and dreams…that call earth their home.

People share more in common than you know.

Understanding Paves our Bridge to Peace.

We are all given different abilities, strengths and blessings and some curses we must bear with grace

You will never know the crosses your neighbor silently secretly bears. Crosses aren’t worn  on one’s sleeve but in the deepest regions of one’s soul. I have mine and you have yours.

At times you might grow weary and feel as though you are struggling

But Look at Where You Were a year ago and How Far You Have Come…

Sometimes life throws us curve balls we think we didn’t earn…

But you will move past them and surpass your competitors in spite of it all and win-because Your Strength Made You Resilient

Life isn’t a contest but an ever-changing, exciting journey

Where Sometimes Your Destination is Better than You Ever Imaged.

Until Then by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

December 18th, 2013

7:50 p.m.-9:35 p.m.

December 21st, 2013 7:05 p.m.

Written at Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Bella Terra Mall, Huntington Beach, CA


Until Then…

By Paulette Le Pore Motzko



There will be so many bridges to cross in my life time but I will keep walking up with strength and courage until I make the other side.

 There will be so many goals to achieve until the vision in my mind matches the vision in life I live.

Every day I will mentor others to make their path easier because I have already learned how to make their journey easier.

There will be knowledge to learn hiding in every opportunity and experience I live, as long as my eyes can see “outside the box” to recognize one.

I see stories in every event, interviews in every extraordinary person, travel journals in scenic places and I will look at the world through the eyes of a Nikon camera.

Photographs I take become a storyboard for something greater than the photo itself and for Pictorials and advertisements for successful companies.

I want to never lose the wonder and magic living and of being receptive to sounds and music of life.

In every person I meet there are gifts of wisdom, talents shared, books read to take note of, lessons learned and bonds of souls and minds waiting.

Everyone is a stranger until you say the magic word “hello” then that is the open door to become something more.

If you told me when I read the cook books of my mother’s and made dishes of my father’s I would one day create two cooking web sites and every dish I created would be seen, shared and enjoyed by people all over the world-I wouldn’t have believed you-but I did and they are.

A year ago needed a platform so I could write about topics that mattered to me such as civil rights, disabled people, positivity, creativity, spirituality, the homelessness epidemic, the misuse of the budget in America by our leaders, and how we all can make a difference in our communities, in our cities, in our schools and in our homes-and how we are all connected on the planet earth, no matter what race, color or creed-and if you had told me it would be called “Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate”-but it is and between 20 to 70 countries in a month believe what I write is worth reading and the stories and photos I choose have great merit.

When you discover your talents and devote enough self-introspection to reveal your genuine passions and things that make you “tick” like a clock or that make your soul smile-you have the magic ticket to how to never “work” another day in your life and instead, earn money doing what you love.

My credo is to maximize each talent and learn as much as possible about it and immerse your mind like a tea bag in steeping to make a pot of tea. Associate with only the best people who have the highest moral standards and philosophies.

Accentuate the positive while ignoring the negative and destructive and abusive and you will paint your life just like Vincent Van Gogh painted his famous sunflowers in French Impressionistic style.

When you take the time to “invest in yourself” and in truly being your best friend, the world will play a symphony and you will be in-sync and living will feel natural.

There will never be a perfect time to do what you have longed to do, so do it!

You are the only one you need persmission from to follow your dreams and persue what you have always wanted.


With persistence and determination your present will keep giving “presents” of joy, growth, breadth and understanding, knowledge, and so many more small and large gifts when you expand your view of what you know to something greater than yourself.

And until my goals are achieved I will do my best, strive for the best, associate with the best, not give up, not back down and enjoy my life and what I have and enjoy my friends and family-

Until Then.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Copyright December 2013

Sea Scape Photo taken by Paulette Motzko
Photo of Paulette Motzko Writing on The Metro by Nick F. Belman

What do you love doing more than anything else that you have a special talent for?

This is where I ask you my readers, all 511 of you on Totally Inspired Mind: Where Positive Minds Congregate….a telling question.

When you do what you love you will always be successful at it.

What do you love doing more than anything on earth? How do you know what things are? Tell tale signs are the time flies so quickly, you have no idea where the time goes!

Not acceptable answers are video or computer games or watching the tube which are passive passtimes usually. But I am talking about things that involve the world, people and things in reality.

When I first posted this I had 500 followers now there are 11 more and they keep growing. I hope that out of the dozen people who loved this post, you will go one step further and write an answer to this.

What are your special talents and abilities?

Look at your answers and look for ways to earn money, help others etc with what God gave you.

There is no right or wrong answers here, only YOUR ANSWER that illustrates your unique self.


You can have passion for more than one thing in life. The trick is to take stock of all your innate abilities first, then figure out ways you could earn a living doing just that.


Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Originally posted on the last day of November 2013 at
3:17 p.m.

Updated December 3rd, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.

Photography by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright November 2013

Look How Far You’ve Come…


So often we are so busy trying to achieve major goals in our life that we forget to look and see just how far we have come.

What goal have you been working on?

How did you mark your progress on that goal?

Did you reward yourself on smaller time markers as you stay on track, working to achieve what you set out to do?

It could be a college degree, losing weight or reading a book and doing the exercises in the book.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Photo found on Facebook, author unknown

November 3, 2013

7:11 a.m.

Affirmation of The Day: Peace Among Chaos, Time Outs, & Clear Thinking

Always remember if you were treated with indifference, or are a victim of verbal abuse that all people in the world are not that way. The most difficult thing to do is to treat people with kindness and respect, knowing they are not guilty of anything but simply being. Find a center deep inside you that becomes the wells spring from which everything that is good in you, kind in you draws from.


Image from Pinterest, Author Unknown

Two wrongs don’t make a right and just because you around people who are abusive, racists, show hatred or even stupid..RISE ABOVE THEM AND SHOW CLASS, INTELLIGENCE and INTEGRITY. Later you will be glad you did.


Image courtesy of Pinterest, Author Unknown

If you are upset, go somewhere where you find peace and comfort and come back when you have calmed down and cooled off and know you are in a better state of mind.

Wherever it is where you can go, think more clearly. Even if you need to stay for a few hours, try and do so. What you will find, from my personal experience, is you will feel refreshed and feel better about making any important decision(s) you need to.


Photo Montage Created by Paulette Le Pore Motzko

The world can go crazy all around you, and in many respects mine is now, but it doesn’t mean you have to go crazy with it.

Create a list of the things that bother you most and then write the solutions to them.

Stay centered on your solutions every day.

Give yourself credit for how far you have come each day.

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
October 5th, 2013
5:03 p.m.

Photo Montage created by
Paulette Le Pore Motzko Photography Studios

Man’s Real Life is Happy, Chiefly Because He is Ever Expecting That it Soon Will Be

“Man’s real life is happy, chiefly because he is ever expecting that it soon will be so.” – Edgar Allan Poe


My mother Ramona use to tell me when I was a small child
“Whatever you believe you can do you will do. Envision yourself successful and you will be. Work as hard as you possibly can on every task you do, and you will be successful at it, whatever it may be.” Mom was right and I think of her many times every day as I am living proof that what she told me was fact. Shoot to be the top in everything you do, and try to be the best at it. Any job that is worth doing, is worth doing well.”

As Edgar Allen Poe said in his words about Man being happy largely due to him believing he will be, he was right.

Whether you are a man, woman or child, your attutude and the words you tell yourself outloud or subconsciously can bring you up so you reach the stars in the sky, or they can drop you in a depressing revene it will take some work & determination to get out of.

Choose your friends carefully and avoid negative, hurtful “family” members that only bring you down.

Remember this when evaluating who to keep in your life and who to avoid:

Family is who loves you, cares about your welfare, includes you, remembers you, worries about you and would miss you if you weren’t there.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright September 25th, 2013
11:56 p.m.



I recently played my first game of pool with two friends of mine. My friend gave me the photo earlier tonight and I created a HD version of the photo and added the borders that matched the green on the table.

I immediately thought of this analogy:

Accomplishing your goals is a lot like playing a good game of pool.
Both require you to:

1. Concentrate and Focus
2. Use Strategy
3. AIM FOR WHAT YOU WANT and shoot your best shot
4. Be persistent
5. Even if the ball doesn’t go in the pocket you want, that doesn’t mean you end the game.
6. You keep playing, find new techniques and perfect your craft so you can win the game.

In this case, life is the game and although none of us know “what hands we are dealt” as in cards, you play it and learn everything you can about winning the game, or your specialty, and you will, like an archer, hit the bull’s eye!

Written by Paulette Le Pore Motzko
Copyright 2013

“Focus on your …

“Focus on your goals like an archer keeps his eye towards the bull’s eye! Don’t waiver from your destination and never lose sight why you are striving for what you’re doing. Keep the main purpose ever present as though it were right in front of your face. When something matters and it will help others there is never any task too great that will save someone’s life or improve it in even a small way.”
Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Focus on your goals like an archer keeps his eye towards the bull’s eye! Don’t waiver from your destination and never lose sight why you are striving for what you’re doing. Keep the main purpose ever present as though it were right in front of your face. When something matters and it will help others there is never any task too great that will save someone’s life or improve it in even a small way.

Paulette Le Pore Motzko


Copyright July 2013, Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Looking For Ideas For Totally Inspired Mind


Paulette Le Pore Motzko here at an Italian restaurant with friends…
I wanted to ask YOU my readers and followers, what ideas you have on features for this site.

I will be featuring young, positive, goal-oriented people who know what their passion is in life and they set goals to achieve them. They place education high on their list, care about the environment, and can see what they want to do not only a year from now but ten years from now…and perhaps even 20 years from now.

I met such a person yesterday named Luis when I was at Starbucks yesterday and you will be seeing a story about him after he passes his nursing exam to become an RN.

If you know of a person who is one of these positive young people who genuinely care about not just themselves, but others, and have a kind heart let me know!

Tell me about him or her and why you think writing about them would be a good thing.

Kids and teens have tons of peer pressure to smoke, drink, look at porno and use abrasive language. Gosh knows I have ears and can hear the FU__ word said these days as though the teens were saying a phrase like “you know” or “really”?

There are kids that chose wisely and a better route.

Tell me about them and I will give them some kudos, even that’s not what they were looking for.
I am hoping that by putting more great kids in the fore front they will set great examples for others and start a new better trend.

Email ideas for future stories to me at

Paulette Le Pore Motzko
June 8th, 2013

Driving Life’s Highway by Brother Carl Frye


Driving Life’s High  Way by Brother Carl Frye

Copyright March 2013


Here is a wonderful post written by my dear friend Brother Carl Frye in Coushatta, LA. I read it on Facebook and immediately thought how wonderful it would be to share it with all my nearly 900 readers on this site.

Brother Carl Frye is a pretty extraordinary guy. We went to high school together many years ago at Garden Grove High and after I married we lost touch with one another. He located me on Facebook because I kept my full name on it, and we have been in touch ever since. I am working on editing his book manuscript, and will let you know when it is finished.


As we journey down life’s highway we travel among much traffic.we have objects that are bigger than us that need room to pass so we stay in the slow lane.As we travel along the way we see the line that divides the road,and one each side white lines which divide the median from the road and the shoulder of the road,and straight ahead traffic ahead of us.If the traffic ahead of us slows down we must slow down,We must keep up with the traffic ahead of us so the ones behind us will travel safely also.When we walk with God we travel with him.We see the line he puts in our road dividing it so we won’t go astray.He puts lines on the side of us to keep us from going off the side of the road,or the median,and we travel always looking straight ahead because we are all going the same direction,the same place,and stopping at the same destination.God’s House.As we travel always obey the signs that God put there to see,obey all his laws,give the right of way to more mature Christians,and always travel the same speed together until God has told you to turn off at an exit that leads you to your ministry,your calling,or your destination of his choice.God’s highway is sometimes very busy,and there is much traffic on it,but if people will work together,and allow others the right of way then we can all reach our destinations together.

Drive carefully.!

Have a blessed day.!

A Change of Pace

A Change of Pace

By Paulette Le Pore Motzko

Copyright December 29th, 2012

In the mail came one of the best Writer’s Market magazines I have ever read yesterday, and I have been saving the putting to use the article “Have a Perfectly Inspired Week” by The Writer’s Digest Staff.

I decided to change my surroundings and do something different or go somewhere I don’t normally go to write.

I chose Mimi’s Café, which was around the corner from me and not as far as my usual place in Huntington Beach. I remembered they made some of the best cappuccino I ever tasted and their pretty French Provencal decor was “my style”. Daniel walked up to me and made me happy I walked through the door with his cheery smile and immediately saw me sitting and wanted to take my order. People here notice everything and are on top of it with service, but more importantly they are nice, outgoing people who make you feel at home here.

The wonderful decaf cappuccino I savored at Mimi's Cafe topped with freshly ground cinnamon. I nice touch that only Mimi's Cafe does.

The wonderful decaf cappuccino I savored at Mimi’s Cafe topped with freshly ground cinnamon. I nice touch that only Mimi’s Cafe does.

As a writer I can work anywhere I choose to and do anything from writing web content for a client, editing something, writing a Feature Story for a restaurant or other business, a press release or new content for Totally Inspired Mind and Photos Without Words on Word Press or a new dish on my cooking site called “Cooking Up a Storm All Over The World!”

Over the span of the six years I have been a paid writer, I have seen my knowledge build with each article I read and book I read and my world expand with each new piece of information. My motto in life is:

Do what works and pay attention to what does work. Make note of it and do it over again, refining all the way. Listen to what people in the business say and your readers and take criticism constructively, improving all the way.

Also, pay attention to what doesn’t work and by all means do not repeat the mistake and learn wisdom and gain distance from your work.

I will come here on a more frequent basis because I love the food and menu items that Mimi’s Café serves, and have wanted to write a Feature Story about it for 2 years now, with the manager being interesting in hiring me. (We just haven’t organized a meeting with him, the General Manager and the Regional CA Manager and Marketing Director and I yet. The keyword is YET.)

Tonight I met Corey, a beautiful young lady who was greeting everyone with her warm smile as the hostess. I noticed she looked like she was freezing and I was right. I told her where she could get a pretty black camisole for a reasonable price and then she wouldn’t freeze any more. Then we began talking and after I told her what I did, she thought I had a really wonderful job, and I must admit I do. If you would have told me five years ago I would have 4 web sites, and they would be increasing in popularity daily, I wouldn’t have believed it, because I didn’t know how to do web sites then. I read books, copious amounts of books, and even scour the racks of magazines at Barnes & Noble all the time seeing what is hot and who is doing what. I am also not afraid to ask someone smarter and more knowledgeable how to do something. Most truly successful people love mentoring someone. I know I do. I am constantly being put in touch with people who have always wanted to write or thought it was too hard, and then I tell them how to begin the book and give them exercises to do. (Perhaps that will be another book, come to think of it!)


Corey is going to do the first exercise I gave her, which is to open MS Word on her computer and then number the things she loves doing the most and is the most passionate about.

It is from this spring of innermost feelings that the best stories are made.

I wish I had recorder when I was telling Corey about life and what you take from it. I will try and re-create what I told her.

“In life you simply take the best of any situation and leave the rest behind. You learn from the things that didn’t go the way you expected, and then gain wisdom from it. Most people do not get what they want in life and are constantly on a quest to achieve something. If you asked some of the richest people or supposed successful people what gives them the most happiness, you will find the answers follow a close parallel. I know that my best and fondest memories are from the simplest of things and I derive joy from nature and wonderful interesting people.”

When I talked to Matt here I told him I was really happy I “decided to shuffle the deck and do something different. When you go to new places and talk to new people your frame of reference changes, the people who frequent the place change and it opens your world to new experiences, conversations and stories.”

I only wish Mimi’s were open a little later, because the booth is so comfy, the people are so warm and friendly, and the words keep flowing like a quill pen being dipped in an ink well writing calligraphy.

Going back to the article of “Have a Perfectly Inspired Week”, the pointers were:

Day 1-Set a word count goal for the week ahead. –I don’t really do word count but I have really finite ideas as to what kind of story or article I want to create and begin with an outline. Once I get the idea crystalized in my mind, it is then easy to expand it into a cohesive story. I always begin with an outline as a master plan.

Visit a library-My favorite is the Newport Beach Library and I could be their PR Director. It is there I discovered The Writer’s Market magazine article about creating a blog to gain readership, notoriety in my field, experience and exposure, and to promote my books when they come out.

Cooking Up a Storm All Over the World! Was born shortly afterwards.

Now there are 202 members on it and it is going to undergo a major change in the near future. I want to convert it to Word Press if at all possible, so I am going to talk to a customer service person about it.

Order a drink you never tried before-I haven’t done this one today, but it has been awhile since I ordered a decaf cappuccino at Mimi’s. I forgot how fantastic they are, especially with ground cinnamon on top.

Day 2 Do field research for a potential story-I have one in the works now.

Meet a writing friend for coffee-I will make some phone calls.

Tune into an unfamiliar radio station-I had always said “I like all music except rap, and I thought they left the “c” of it! That was until I heard a song called “Whistle” by Flor_ida, and now I listen to hip hop when I am doing things around the house. I never would have believed that I would like that genre, but I heard it playing on Christmas Day at Taco de Ojo in Huntington Beach and started moving to the music with my friends Erica and Eric.

Day 3 Take a risk with your writing-I will be looking for interesting, untapped avenues and genres in my Writer’s Market 2013 book.

Attend a reading or book signings at a book store or coffee shop-The Newport Beach Library has signings all the time and Barnes & Noble has them too. I have just never made it a point to go. I will now.

Walk in someone else’s shoes-literally-this one I will skip. God knows where their feet have been!

Day 4 Register for a writing retreat, conference or other event.-This one gave me the most joy of all of them, because I never thought of it, and a retreat would be heaven. I would love talking to contemporaries in my field, building friendships while I build my perspective and knowledge.

Visit a newsstand and make a list of publications you’d like to see your work in someday.-I have done this already and am working on an article for Family Circle as we speak.

Assume the attitude of a curious bystander-at home.-I don’t have cable now because I will be moving soon, and many of the utilities have been cut by my miser of a brother-in-law who was dubbed POA on my mother’s behalf by my now late father. I do have an IPOD thought that gets a trillion and one media on it, which will be a nice sub. Well on this exercise between a sporting event and a sitcom, I would take the sitcom because I can use some levity in my life with all the stresses of my mother and ill intentioned “family” members. I never thought about writing what I learned from it before.

Day 5 Learn a new word-This is easy and I do it every day anyway. I

Contribute to a blog

Do something you haven’t done (or wanted to do since you were a kid.)-The first and only thing that comes to mind is swing on a swing, but I don’t’ know where I can find one I could fit in! I am honest folks!

Day 6 Ask a friend to read something you’ve already written but haven’t shown anyone

Write a poem-I wrote a Haiku recently and published it on “Totally Inspired Mind” on Word Press and the responses were very good. Many people wrote me and told me how refreshing it was to find someone who wrote quality content like myself. That truly was my Christmas Present delayed two days.

Engage in a form of physical activity you don’t usually do.-I do love my membership to 24 Hour Fitness and love walking by the sea. I would love to get a cruiser bike that looks like a 50’s bike. Then, all I have to do is find someone to ride with and get a bike rack for the back of the car, and then ride. I used to love doing that when I was a kid, along with roller skating. The latter is out because with 4 leg injuries over 6 years, I don’t want to risk another. Bike riding is low impact and relaxes me.

Day 7 Write collaboratively, just for fun.-This one I love the sound of and there are four people who come to mind and I could write with each of them individually, one by one: Ben Carlin of Kissing The Cook blog fame; Chef Chuck Kerber of Pittsburgh Hot Plate fame; Yesim Caglar of Yesim Style Kitchen, and Teresa Reale La Pasticciona of her amazing Italian blog by her own name “La Pastionna.”

When you met your weekly word count goal, treat yourself.

Write a letter to an author you admire.-This one I did over a year ago to the great iconic Italian cooking teacher and writer Marcella Hazan. I had wrestled with each word of the letter I wrote her, hoping to let her know I was someone very genuine and kind and that I would be honored if she would take the time to write me back. She did and when she did I was elated! Now, each time she writes me back, I remember the time I asked her about her paleontology degree and she old me to read her memoirs entitled “Amacorde”. Oddly enough or as fate would have it, Barnes and Noble had that very book that week for only $10 in their discount section. I was going to do work and then when I saw it, I took the day off and just read and read and read and admired her even more than I did before reading it, knowing the things she went through, the bombings over the family house, the way she did without, and the way she almost lost her hand.-the very hands that would eventually become famous showing others how to cook!

I am surprised this is now 2057 words, but I meant to write yesterday but met a nice lady named Janice, who I am going to help get a job, and we spoke about life, tragedies, loves and aspirations.

I also was privileged to be at Walgreens sitting down because it allowed me to meet Tom, a Senior Tech for Microsoft and his wife Kin who were there. After we talked awhile about what he did and kids being our future, the petition I just created making financial aid available to any American citizen who needs it on a temporary basis, no matter if you have a child or not. They both had said what a good person I was, and that is one the greatest compliments I can receive. Integrity is not something you can buy in a store and I was raised around people who walked the talk and honesty was valued. When I mentioned the title of my book “Self Fulfilling Prophecies & Positive Affirmations” Kim looked excited when she hear what the chapter outlines were going to be and that made me happy. A writer can have the best book in the world, but it takes people who look to be filled with the knowledge you are sharing. I am so pleased that the more people ask me about the book I am writing, or about what my blog is called or my web sites, they want to join it and read the things I write. That is very rewarding indeed. I have a database of the people who are now on my book list so when I feel it is as great as it can be, I will let them know so they can buy it. That is my promise to them.

Recently I took a trip to a hotel I love in Huntington Beach for a few days and it felt like a month. Everyone needs some “time away” so they can do anything they want, not be bothered by anyone to enable your creative juices to flow. As a writer, I know what helps me write in the most effective ways, what music inspires me and what I need to do. As a writer or photographer, discover the places where you feel the most inspired, the music that makes your fingers flow on the paper and get into the right mindset to tap into your creative juices.

When I came back from my trip, I realized not only did my mother need to go into a home that gives 24 hour care to those with alzheimer’s disease, but I needed to move away from negative toxic family members who had been shooting verbal bullets at me for years. I made great sacrifices for my mother Ramona, but not that she is taken care of, I can go anywhere my heart desires. I am hoping I can make a move in short order and have Atlas Van lines coming this week to get an estimate.

I can live anywhere in the world really and thrive in a positive environment. It will be so nice to live in a real neighborhood where people talk to each other, care about each other and English is the language of choice instead of Little Saigon which has the most Vietnamese next to Vietnam!

I am looking forward to having my own, even if it is smaller and I have to down size, it will be mine and I can control every aspect of my world for the first time in years. It doesn’t matter that my siblings cannot appreciate the meals I made for mom all those years and dad. I know I did it and God knows and the world knows because the recipes I created that they ate were published on my blog.

I have skipped all over in writing this but it needed to be written because by tomorrow this will be history and when I am moved in to my new place I will look back at writing this and remember how hard I tried to make it all come together.

Anything worth attaining is worth working hard for. If you can visualize it, you can achieve it.

My exercise for you this week:

  1. What have you wanted to do more than anything in your life and what have you thought of and wished you could do? Is it too late to pursue it? If not, write down the steps you would need to go from passive voice to proactive voice.
  2. If you took my advice, write about it in the discussion boxes and comment boxes on:

I hope you have enjoyed reading this. I am always touched by all the comments I have been getting and welcome any comments you have.

May all the positive forces in the universe be attracted to you and may you attract people who are positive, talented and who care about the world around you, and avoid all the ones you do not, like water droplets on Vaseline.

One Person Can Make a Difference, and Everyone Should Try.

One of my favorite quotes that I have sitting in a small book case by my roll top desk is this one. If I ever feel bombarded with things I am trying to accomplish for my mother or goals I am trying to achieve, I look over at the magnet I have propped.

The quote comes from the late president John F. Kennedy.

I president I vividly remember on our black and white TV talking when I was 6 years old and thought it was amazing that he would have a goal of having a man on the moon, and we did!

Paulette Le Pore Motzko

December 28th, 2012

11:03 a.m.