Archive for January, 2011

Dreams really do come true…

Wow, what a ride!  Those of you who know me, know that I am a huge football fan.  I remember when the season began I told my friends that I would love if this year my two favorite teams played each other in the superbowl…focus in now several months later and ta dah!  Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers!  Not only has this been such an exciting week with my football teams but this week also marks the beginning of my first Women Inspiring Women Conference.  We begin tomorrow evening at 5:30 at the beautiful Miramonte Hotel.  Amazing, after months and months of planning, dreams really do come true!

What are you dreaming about these days?  What can you do to achieve your dreams?

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Combine life examination with creative expression…

I think one of the many reasons many of us are drawn to writing is that it makes us feel alive.  Suddenly, we start noticing more details we had previously overlooked.  As we combine life examination with creative expression, we have a new appreciation for life’s gifts.  In addition, many of us have not been encouraged as adults to be creative, so the chance to express ourselves artistically is freeing.  Writing helps us fight the stagnation by teaching us new ways to see and experience our lives.

One of the details that I have been noticing lately is the wonderful caliber of women who attend my workshops.  I am grateful and appreciative of all my students who open up and grow and share their beautiful lives with me.

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This week in my session 1 classes during week 2 we talk about balance in our lives.  I love this class because it is a great reminder to me to examine my life and see if it is in balance.  One of the things that I love about my workshops is that not only am I the teacher, but I am also the student.  I learn so much from each of my students as they share their experiences.  Today was a perfect example of being balanced.  My life today has not gone as planned in any way, but being reminded of balance and living in the now helped me to rebalance myself.  I love how the universe keeps giving me lessons to learn!  Today in your writing examine your life and see if it is balance, if not, what can you do to rebalance it?

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Questions to ask yourself…

Harold Whitman said: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive.  And then go and do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

What gives your life variety?

What stimulates you?

What surprises you?

What makes you feel alive?

Things that I love, really love to do is create and teach workshops.  I love sunny days of hiking and bike riding.  I love snuggling my dog.  What makes you feel alive?  Spend some time thinking of these questions and let me encourage you to go and do “that!”

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Our words share what is true for us…

One of the components of my workshops is the use of pictures in our memoirs.  Pictures can be a huge component of our memoir pages, they do not have the intimacy of our words.  Our words share what is true for us.  Our words tell our journey.  Our words are love letters to the people who matter, who care about us.  Our words can help heal us.

Listen to those you love today.  What are their words telling you?  Go explore some of your favorite quotes or poems and really hear what is being said.

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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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