August fourth marked the third year anniversary of my original cardinal speech. I wrote it for one of the assignments in Toastmasters International’s Storytelling Advanced Manual. For this toastmaster assignment, I was to come up with a story with a moral. I wrote my speech in the living room of our house, my husband’s and mine. I sat on our couch. The coffee table acted as my desk. I recall, I just kept thinking about the cardinal that kept attacking my husband’s red Explorer truck on a camping trip we had recently taken. If my husband had not moved his truck, the cardinal would have hurt itself. Thinking of that incident evolved into my idea that one could keep trying something to a fault. With pen and notepaper, I crafted the story. The moral with which I came up was “It’s O.K. to quit on the road to happiness.” I gave my debut “performance” of my speech in the evening of that same day at an ACE Toastmasters meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio. I used note cards during my speech. The speech was well received. I knew in my mind I wanted to get it published someday. The book launch of my story, Flip Flap Try, was July seventh of this year. I started working on this blog while on a plane trip. My advice to you: sing (even a plane has humming sounds in flight), play (look out the window, enjoy life’s experiences) and be happy (if something is not working, give yourself permission to try something new). And by all means, celebrate your successes! Yeah! I did it!
I will be selling Flip Flap Try at the Picture This shop in Lebanon, Ohio “Girls Night Out”.
When: August 12, 2017
4:00 to 9:00 PM
Where: Downtown Lebanon
For more information contact www.mainstreetlebanon.org.
One journey ends and a new one begins.
Isn’t life really about going from one journey to the next? But sometimes we’re afraid to move out of our comfort zone – we feel safe because we have a job, we think we need to follow what the grownups tell us because they’re older and know everything, right, and if we don’t follow the status quo (gasp!) then people will think we’re a rebel or worse “weird.” My story about Rainier allows you to dismiss all the “stuff” you’ve been told or learned or held onto and choose to follow your dreams to do what makes you thrive and more importantly, what makes you happy.
Even before I started writing the adventures of Rainier, I knew there was a story to tell and Rainier’s journey needed to be shared. Last last fall I decided to take the plunge and begin the process of bringing Rainier’s journey to life. Though it wasn’t always easy, with the many drafts, edits, choosing which illustrations to use, and all the other tasks needed to bring you Rainier’s journey, I knew Rainier’s self-confidence to eventually find his joy would touch everyone in some way.
Rainier’s excursion has started; join him as he leaves the safety of his family nest and searches for a job he enjoys performing but is also rewarding. Meet Mr. Gray, the squirrel, who gives him his first job away from home, and be there as Aunt Patty, a dear family friend, welcomes Rainier into her colony. Laugh with the little boy Rainier helps thanks to everything Rainier learns through his personal journey.
As someone said:
“. . . delightful story will inspire children to explore and discover new paths and will encourage adults to facilitate those efforts. Adults might decide to pursue their own new journey.”
I hope you enjoy the story of Rainier as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you decide to make a change and leap from one journey to the next, remember Rainier’s courage and go for it! You can purchase the book here or on Amazon.
I would like to personally invite all of you to join me July 7 for the first public launch of “Flip Flap Try . . . A Cardinal’s Journey.” Beginning at 11:00 am at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve’s Ellenwood Nature Barn I will perform the first reading of my new book. Listen to Rainier’s adventure of discovering what he does best. Fly around with Rainier as he travels from the safety of home and his parents’ Noel and Joy and meets his forest friends, Mr. Gray, Aunt Patty, and the little boy who helps Rainier find his true passion.
Stick around after because I’d love to meet you and we will have some light refreshments too. You’ll also be the first to purchase your very own copy of “Flip Flap Try . . . A Cardinal’s Journey.”
The proof is in and the first order is on the way!
I’ll see you on the 7th!
As the days to the launch of “Flip Flap Try . . . A Cardinal’s Journey” draw nearer, I wanted to introduce everyone to the main character of my story, Rainier. The reason I chose a cardinal to be the main character comes from a camping trip I took with my husband. There was a very persistent cardinal that kept attacking my husband’s truck, so much so he had to move the truck and park somewhere else. It was the persistence of the bird that stuck with me. Since the bird would have most likely injured itself by continuing to attack my husband’s car, I wondered if one could be persistent to a fault; whether sometimes it is better to quit and try something new.
The name Rainier holds more meaning for me. Rainier means strong counselor/wise warrior/decision maker. As the main character in my story, Rainier has to make several decisions. He keeps searching for a job he is good at and most importantly, a job he enjoys and makes him happy. Rainier doesn’t settle on a job he isn’t happy with and during his exploration he guides us all in our own journey. Through Rainier’s persistent job search, and not being afraid to try something new, he shows us it is okay to search until you find what value you bring and enjoy doing . . . Also, the name Rainier is a tribute to my father, Raymond.
Thanks for reading,
Catch Rainier coming to Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve on July 7th! Stay tuned for more info about the launch of “Flip Flap Try . . . A Cardinal’s Journey” coming soon and visit my Facebook event for the most up-to-date information about my launch.
A Speech Becomes A Story Which Becomes A Message
Have you heard the saying, “everyone has a story inside them?” That is not exactly how “Flip Flap Try . . . A Cardinal’s Journey” started (for me it was more like a speech inside me), but my speech evolved into my story and we are counting down the days until print. Rainier’s journey originated from a speech I wrote for a Toastmasters International storytelling project. After giving my talk and as time went on, the more and more I thought about it, the more I knew one day I would publish the courageous adventures of Rainier.
With the assistance and support of a life coach, a book coach, and a professional author’s assistant, my speech turned into the book I dreamed of publishing. “Flip Flap Try . . .” is a children’s book with an adult message. No matter your age, this book has an underlying theme for everyone: keep searching until you find the job or task you like going to each day. Part of finding the job you like includes knowing your unique capabilities and weaknesses and once you figure those out it helps you find a job that suits you.
How many seniors in high school go straight to college because “it’s the thing to do?” How many children are guilt-driven or shamed into doing something they dislike instead of something they enjoy? Life is for us to enjoy. If you don’t find out what you like doing on the first or second try it is okay. Keep your head up and move on.
You’ll find your passion and you’ll be glad you did!
If you’d like to follow my journey, I’m on Facebook. Also, stay in the loop for our upcoming launch date in Cincinnati and other events in the Tri-State area.
Janet Kassalen, Author