Archive for July, 2010


This morning I woke up the word contentment on my mind.  I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes I wake up with a word on my mind that I think about, todays was the word contentment.  Things are so different now that I am out of the bay area, I feel content with much less.  When I was in the bay area, between my teaching gig and owning my own educational center I made nearly 300K  a year.  But, since moving to Palm Springs my money situation of course is a lot less than that.  But guess what…I realize that I am more content in my life than I have ever been. I am more content with life in general.

Today in your writing what makes you content?  If you are not experiencing contentment in your life right now, why not?  What can you do to be more content?  Contentment is a great thing…brings much happiness!

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A lot of days I seek balance and fail.  I spend too much time alone or too much time with other people.  I am too active or too sedentary.  I write for too many hours or I go too many days without creating anything.  Life is busy.  And if I try to tell you how important it is to find time to create, your response might be, “You just don’t know my life.  I can’t even find the time to rest, let alone create!”  Let me tell you a secret: You don’t have to do it all at once.  You just need to begin.

Today in your writing what has been holding you back from spending time writing and recording your story?  Sometimes it is the fear of looking back. Sometimes it is the fear of the unknown.  Or maybe you just feel as though your life isn’t exciting enough to record.  Observe today what your thoughts on what blocks you.  Work on finding just the right balance that feels good for you.

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I love being in gratitude.  I am thankful for so many things and I love being mindful of them.  I love looking forward to each new day and being mindful of those who cross my path.  Let me tell you what I am grateful for today.  I am grateful for all the women who have taken my workshops and who love me so much.  I am grateful that my 4 grown children are all healthy and doing well.  I am grateful that I have a sweet dog that I adore.  I am grateful that I am loved.  I am grateful that today when I went to ask about the oil in my car, my mechanic checked it and said I was a bit low and then put in 2 quarts of oil and told me no charge, I am grateful for the lady who did a wonderful mani/pedi for me today, I am grateful for happy hour with Pia and I am so grateful for living in a beautiful place and most of all I am grateful that I have the opportunity to each day to look at myself and make each day the best that it can be.  For those of you who crossed my path today, thank you for giving me the opportunity to be a better friend to each of you.

Today in your writing, what are you grateful for?  How can you show those around you how much you appreciate them?  Think of someone that you would like to reach out to and tell them how much you appreciate them.

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I have been reading Walden by Henry David Thoreau.  I find I have a lot in common with Henry.  He loved spending time alone and contemplating and so do I.  In one of his journals he records: I find it wholesome to be alone the greater part of the time.  To be in company, even with the best, is soon wearisome and dissipating.  I love to be alone…

I can understand his words, I love my friends, but I also truly love my alone time.  It is when I sit with self that I can truly just be.  Henry spent two years at Walden Pond reflecting and journaling and he wrote: “I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that as one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”  What are your dreams?  Are you advancing confidently towards them?  What are you imagining that you may not have imagined before?  Spend some quiet time reflecting on these questions today.

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I love words…words feed me.  Words nourish my soul.  I guess it makes sense, since I am a writer one would think one who writes would love words.  But I love looking also at synchronicity in my life.  Take this morning for example, I took a walk up near Big Horn (or Big Bucks, like I like to call it since these are multi-million dollar homes up hwy 74 in Palm Desert) and I took a path I had never been on before, just exploring the beautiful desert.  Then I come home and see my friend Ann has posted a quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson – “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”  I love that, and to top it off todays daily inspiration from Rev. Ellen Grace O’Brian says this: “There are many things in life we can accomplish with simple will power or effort, but the unfolding of our highest potential requires our cooperation with grace.  Intend to cooperate with divine will and grace will meet you at every turn.”

In your writing today where do you find synchronicity?  (dictionary definition of synchronicity is: an apparently meaningful coincidence in time of two or more similar or identical events that are casually unrelated).

What is your highest potential?  What is it that you would like to accomplish today?  This week?  This month?  This year?

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"Because of Tammy I have found confidence in my writing and feel blessed to be honored in such a way. I have found my voice. I have found freedom! I recommend anyone for whatever reason to expand their life and sign up for her writing workshops or classes. You'll be amazed at how good you are and how everyone has a story worth telling. Sign up and set your voice free!"
Wendy Price, Palm Desert, CA

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.

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