Archive for January, 2013


When my daughter sent me this picture yesterday it made me think…

The picture of course is little Courtney’s footprints after she was walking on her little grass patch.

Each time we enter somebody’s life we leave our footprints, or our impressions on them.

What are the impressions you are leaving behind?

My intention this year is to leave a positive impression on every person who enters my life.

I make it a point to welcome every student who enters my office.  I want them to feel comfortable and open to share their life not only with me but with their classmates.  It is  important in writing memoir that one feels comfortable.

Some people enter our lives for such a short period of time that the footprint leaves a brief impression and then may fade away.  Others are in our lives for a long time and the impression we leave with them is more lasting.

Think  for a moment of some of the impressions others have left on your heart.  Some people leave great impressions and others not so much.

What do you think is the first impression you leave with somebody?

Look inward and what do you think your impression is that you leave with someone?

Write about it today and reflect on this and make a difference in the life of those who enter your world!
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What are your beliefs?  Have you really thought about where they come from?  I have always said if you believe something to be true then it is.  If you believe you are going to have a “crappy” day, guess what…it will be!  If you believe you will have an amazing time, chances are you will.  What we believe we project.

As I work on my “vision” board of what I want to visualize for this new year, the more I think about it the more I see things that I want to bring to my reality.  There really is no “secret” to success, it is really about manifesting what you want for your life.

As you start this new year, what would you like for you and for your family?  Start right now by writing down what you would like.  Then picture yourself enjoying what it is you would like to have.  See yourself there.

This really and truly works, last year I was truly blessed with so many wonderful things that I imagined and received.

Let’s bring this back to writing as that is what I teach.  Would you love to write your story down this year?  Do you believe you can?  Most of our blocks in writing comes because of our belief that we are too busy to spend the time writing.  This year let’s take down those blocks of negativity and focus on what you can do.

I am here to help you every step of the way!  New classes start next week…
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2013 Challenge: A page a day…

I tell my students all the time that if you even just wrote one page a day at the end of a year you would have 365 pages. This year I want to challenge each and every one of you to commit yourself to writing one page a day.  Write stories about your childhood, your dreams and wishes.  Write about your goals.  Write your thoughts on about daily events.  The memories will start to flow as you begin to write.  Take out your pictures and write a page to go with each picture.  You can even start with 2 words…

I like…

I dream…

I wish…

I love…

I wonder…

I imagine…

Whether you write with pen, pencil or on your computer let the memories flow.  Don’t filter, just release…next year at this time you will have your precious thoughts and memories recorded!

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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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