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Author Talk: Leanda Michelle

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My first author talk in Australia was a heartwarming and memorable experience, thanks to staff at the Mornington Library and the audience. Prior to this I’d been fortunate to do a shorter talk at a metaphysical bookstore in Elmvale, Canada in September 2016. Strangely, it seemed easier to talk to strangers in a foreign land than people on home soil.

My talk was about the themes of my latest book In Light of the Truth: belonging and love, as well as the therapeutic aspect of writing and what I’d learned.

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Q & A time was engaging and a tad easier than trying to remember the important aspects of my 49 years life experiences, and in sequential flow!

Here’s a couple…

I’d mentioned the importance of having a spiritual connection, and that my journey had ebbed and flowed from healing to writing, and on repeat, until I’d blended them together… so, did I have a daily routine that assisted me with that, like some other authors do?

‘Yes. My morning alignment—toning, and exercise regime that includes a smorgasbord of yoga, pilates, qi gong,  the Tibetan Five Rites and walking in nature.’

‘Were you ever concerned about your story hurting anyone you’ve written about?’

Another good question.

‘Yes. In part this is why it took me fourteen years to publish my first book. It is why the first memoir is still an eBook and not in print, but also because I didn’t know how to put it into print at that time. Now that I’ve completed my “trilogy of memoirs”… if there is such a thing… my quest is complete, and I’m ready to share my story about love and belonging. As for hurting a anyone, no, because my words are not intended to do so… and if a person is offended it will be their learning.’

My youngest son, Thomas, was in the audience. He had the day off work so he’d decided to attend, and offer his support. He knows my story, and that our life events are written solely from my perspective. So, when he put his hand up to ask a question, I found it deeply thought-provoking.

‘Do you ever feel discouraged, and if so how and why do you keep doing what you do?’

He and his brothers know more than anyone what I have sacrificed in order to continue with this writing journey, so my answer was of utmost importance, if only to him. I took a breath to centre myself, trying not to think about the utter meltdown he’d witnessed me have two days prior, and admitted to him and the audience that it hadn’t been an easy road.

‘Yes, I’ve faced discouragement on numerous occasions. Yet it’s my love for writing… how I feel when answers to my questions are revealed through my words… it’s how I make sense of my world. And as to what keeps me going? I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is,’ I said taking a moment to consider the question more deeply. ‘It feels like a deep inner knowing, that I have committed to this path. I know I’m being looked after.’

It felt strange saying those words aloud, as if I needed to pay more attention to them. Realising I have this strong belief of conviction, made me wonder why at times I had forgotten.

Another hand went up.

‘You talked about Sound Reiki, can you give us a sample?’

Thomas has heard my toning voice many times, yet I could see the woman’s request for a sample came as a shock to him, almost as it had to me. As if he were embarrassed on my behalf, he moved from standing at the back of the room and took a seat.

I silently set an intent and shared what came through as heart-centred tones. A couple of people who weren’t shocked by the experience shared their feedback, before the questions continued.

What’s Next?’ asked a friend in the front row.

‘Thank you for asking,’ I said smiling, feeling grateful to move on. ‘Now that my third memoir is complete I have decided I want to collaborate with a traditional publisher, and have sent it to a publishing house. In the interim I’ve returned to writing my fantasy novel, as I’ve realised from my Write to Know Self gatherings that as a child my favourite thing to do was be immersed in my imagination.’

‘And what’s your greatest wish?’

‘To see my fantasy novel made into a movie,’ I said. Gosh! I’d just said that aloud.

More than an hour had skipped by quick. The audience had been very gracious, and I’d learned a lot from the event. Above all, I felt grateful for the practice and experience in public speaking. Now, to trust in the magic of new beginnings. If you don’t hear from me for a while you’ll know where I am… immersed in my imaginary world of adventure. Oh, and we haven’t yet secured a new rental spot… that’s another story.

Thank you for reading and sharing in this wondrous journey, called life. What question might you have asked me? Have you attended an author talk before? What did you learn?

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


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Vlogging

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What is Vlogging?

It’s a blog, however the majority of the message is done via video.

Why Vlog?

  • You get to see the person behind the words. What I say (words) + my tone of voice + body language… you get all of me communicating with you instead of my words only… even if it is one-sided to begin with… I invite you to respond in the comments below.
  • Helps me to practise public speaking, and feel more comfortable in front of a camera… this is something I’d struggled with for many years.
  • To inspire others to share their voice.

Will this replace my writing?

No. I feel far more comfortable writing than I do public speaking. However, this is another aspect of shedding layers of the proverbial onion… taking self out of my comfort zone. It’s also in alignment with my latest book where I wrote about being seen, heard, felt and known. As an author, it’s easier to sit behind the cover of a book than it is to sit in front of the camera and talk. Though, to be honest, I feel vulnerable in both.

What’s my first Vlog about?

It’s about connecting with you… my readers, clients, friends and family. In part, it is a celebration of so many wonderful experiences I shared with geniune heart-centred people in Canada. While another aspect of it was to create a keepsake of the memories, of the magical moments and landscapes I captured on my iPhone… each has assisted me to grow and expand, and are friendly reminders to keep showing up.

Have you created a vlog before? If so, how did it go? What did you learn from the experience? Or have you wanted to create a vlog? If so, what subject would you like to talk about?

Please grab a favourite beverage of your choice and enjoy watching Leanda’s Canadian Adventure.

Nourish Your Spirit!

Leanda Michelle ♥

 

 


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2016 in Review

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My mantra for 2016 was freedom. One might think that I would experience a freeing year, considering I was planning to spend six months in Canada. However, it had its restrictions too. Fortunately, I lived with very generous and accommodating people.

I set out to write a new novel. I invested as much time and energy into this project as I could, yet another project desired to take centre stage. This is the third and last in my series of memoirs. I have given it the working title of ‘Seduced by Spring’. I say it is the last in this series as it brings to completion what began in Write to Heal.

As a sensitive and empathic person, I have felt the energies throughout this year intensely. There were many challenges on the path, yet my focus here is to look at the positives and respond with gratitude. Each situation pushed me to surrender, to accept and to forgive… to shed more layers of the old self, and make way for the new.

So, let’s look at 2016 in review… through my eyes, and my love of capturing moments that I felt were beautiful.

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I made the most of every divine sunset that Mother nature displayed throughout my final months living by the sea

Friends, Angie and Helen graced me with their presence before I left for my journey to Canada

The clever and creative Guisy D’Anna (Italy) designed my new business logo

I was fortunate to share Usui Reiki with beautiful friends

I was honoured to share the teachings of Usui Reiki with beautiful souls… assisting them to remember

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My sons and I explored the Mornington Peninsula, soaking up the autumn sunshine (the eldest is missing from this photo)

April saw the new cover design of my book created by Guisy D’Anna… In Light of the Truth published 2 years and 1 day after my first book Write to Heal

Mothers Day fun with my sons

Mother’s Day fun with my beloved sons

I loved sharing the Write to Heal & Write to Know Self workshops

I loved sharing the Write to Heal & Write to Know Self workshops

I felt humbled and deeply grateful to sign copies of my first paperback book

My sixth month Canadian adventure begins

My sixth-month Canadian adventure began with blessed flights

There were many noteworthy writing moments

There were many noteworthy writing moments

Connecting with writers and soul sisters was another highlight

Connecting with writers and soul sisters at Fieldstones Wellness was one of many highlights

Fall arrived and was spectacular

Fall arrived and was spectacular

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The snow followed… I love everything about this magical wonderland… yes, even the cold weather!

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Christmas tree delight with the moon shining bright – at the Toronto Christmas Market

That’s a rap! Thank you for sharing the journey with me. How was your year? Did you have a mantra? And how did your year reflect your mantra?

2017 in numerology is a one year… inviting new beginnings. With this in mind what might be your new mantra? I’ll reveal mine in my next post. I wish you a safe and joyous festive season. May your continued journey be peaceful and prosperous.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


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Bookstores and Change

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‘Hi, do you read memoirs?’

Blank look. I need to give her an example.

‘Have you heard of Eat Pray Love?’

‘The movie?’ she said, knowingly. No! It was a book before it was a movie! I laughed. ‘Do you read self-help books?’

‘Err… time is an issue for me. I’m so busy… what with work, and all my commitments.’

I saw and felt her anxiety, the stress.

‘Do you actively address how you manage your time?’

‘Oh, sure.’

I waited, yet she revealed nothing further. We chatted until I offered to show her my book. I felt grateful she was willing to receive it. I saw in her eyes her attraction to the cover. Then she turned it over to read the blurb on the back.

‘Have you sought love and it still eludes you?’ she said with a lilt in her voice. ‘This is me for sure… and just about everyone I know.’

She read the rest and hesitated as she gave it back to me.

‘You know, the last thing I bought was a magazine… I work in the fashion industry,’ she said, her hands expressing the designer clothes that graced the stands around her. ‘It sat on my bedside table for two weeks before I picked it up… and then it was only for ten minutes. There’s no time for me anymore.’

I felt her despair, the resignation that any attempt to change her daily living was pointless… and reading… well, that took time and time was something she didn’t have.

This was just one conversation I had with a randomly chosen person in a mall in Mississauga. I’d set out to chat with bookstore managers with the intent to introduce ‘In Light of the Truth‘ and learn about their business protocols for consignment, author meet ‘n’ greets, and signings.

Two from three bookstores said author signings, or meet ‘n’ greets were no longer viable or popular unless alcohol and nibbles were involved, and it was set up as an event. The third bookstore’s manager was on leave and no one was able to speak on the managers behalf. So, rather than entertain the thought of disillusion, I set out to talk to retailers and random people while browsing the stores. The one thing that stood out to me was so many people are unhappy with the lives they lead, yet they’re not willing—or don’t know how—to step out of their comfort zone and make the changes they desire.

Why is it so difficult for people to take one step, no matter how big or small? If they did, they’d know one way or the other if it was the right or wrong move, and they’d be better prepared for the next step.

Each time we take a step, we are setting an intent to move forward on our path. It might feel scary to take, yet when we have taken that step there’s a knowing that we’ve made an effort to seek our truth, and we’ve shown our faith.

Courage comes from faith, bravery originates from fear.

Is there a situation in your life that you’d like to change? What action step can you take to bring about this change? Are you willing to seek your truth? Please share in the comments below.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥


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A Canadian Summer

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thumb_P1260789_1024At last, I’m writing to you from across the pond where I am enjoying a Canadian summer. It’s hot and humid, with the humidex (yes—a Canadian invented word) hovering anywhere between 45 and 65%, yet I don’t mind. There are worse things, like the smell of skunk gas that has breezed in through my bedroom window in the middle of the night! Geez, that’s bad!!!

There are many animals I’m not used to seeing or hearing. For example, I recently heard a pack of coyotes hollowing—combining yelps, yips, barks and high-pitched howls—it was eerie and powerful! There are two reasons for their chorus: to call the family back together again after individual hunting, or to mark their territory and warn other packs not to trespass on their territory.

In the garden where I am staying, I saw my first bumblebee enjoying the nectar inside the Hosta flowers. They’re so much bigger than a honey bee. Then there are the squirrels and chipmunks, ravens and bluejays, each protected and appreciated as part of the whole.

IMG_0824I am surrounded by green, which is unique because in Australia summer usually goes with brown and dry. The shades of green are variegated and lush. While I sit in awe of the magic on this land, Brother wind carries messages through the leaves.

I pause to smile. Have you watched ‘The Lakehouse’ with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves? I must’ve seen this movie more than half a dozen times. Well my dear host, Cathy, asked if I could get the mail from her mailbox. Sure. I went for a walk, collected it and brought it back. Sometime later, a family member arrived home and said, ‘I noticed you haven’t got your mail, I’ll go get it for you.’ ‘No, I’ve got it,’ said Cathy. ‘But the flags still up.’

Then it dawned on me. You’d think having watched ‘The Lakehouse’ I would’ve known to put the red flag down when it had been emptied. HA!

I love these idiosyncrasies, how our country, culture, language and daily living varies. It’s such a treat.

One thing I’ve reconsidered since being here is posting one of my books. If you thought Australia Post was expensive, think again. To give you an idea: Australia Post $6.20 Canada $15.40 (includes the postpack) wow! It’s all good though because the Kindle version of ‘In Light of the Truth’ has been uploaded and is now available to download here… YAY!

Thank you for joining me on this adventure. I appreciate your company. Is there something you’d like to know about Canada? Where have you been and what idiosyncrasies have you noticed?

Till soon… I can feel the creative juices stirring.

Write to Heal and make your mark!

Blessings,

Leanda Michelle ♥