Creative Quill and Quinn Creative Newsletters: Review of 2014 and planning for 2015by Beth Kozan
Quinn Creative asked:
What’s the most surprising thing you found out about yourself this year? When did it happen? What surprised you? In late January of 2014, I had a stroke; in April the source was found to be a hole in my heart that allowed a tiny clot to sneak through to my brain. Testing revealed I have lost the ability to do simple math in my head, as well as the ability to speak fluently when I must search for a specific word. The surprise was that a few tests performed by a speech therapist could isolate the part of the brain affected by the stroke.
What do you want to change about yourself in 2015? The math challenge is easily dealt with thanks to ubiquitous calculators: on my phone, on the computer. I want to be able to avoid the hesitancy that comes with speaking.
What steps will make that change happen? I vow to practice public speaking, to test out the theory of speaking on my feet. I’ve applied to speak on my adoption books at a conference in June. I’ll know by December 8 if my pitch is accepted.
How do you plan on putting those steps into action? I will practice my “elevator speech” – a five-minute synopsis of my writing projects. I will utilize spreadsheets for my second book to meet deadlines. By midyear, I will have two adoption books in print.
Who will be your support in making change? I have supports in my family, my book club, the Meetup group of authors; and friends who support me in my efforts to change. I welcome the ripple effect and its expected support and, yes, criticism.
What will you give up to make room for this change in your life? I will learn to browse social media like FaceBook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
Life has a way of issuing A Slap Upside the Head. Thank you Quinn Creative and Creative Quill for supporting my efforts to keep on track.
Beth Kozan is the author of the upcoming books, Adoption: More Than by Chance and Helping the Birth Mother You Know. Beth worked in adoption for 35 years and retired to write. She has many more books than these titles to write and will emphasize and explore the concept of community in her additional books. “Growing up in a close agriculture-based, rural community in Texas, I felt the comfort and bonds of caring for others which is often missing in our busy lives today. Exploring and building communities for today is my writer’s goal.” Follow Beth on Facebook or vist her website, where she reviews books and films featuring adoption.