A Christmas Story

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A Story of Hope, Peace, Love and Joy

A story of Love, Peace, Hope and Joy

“Christmas isn’t a season; it is a feeling.” 
– Edna Ferber (Novelist, Writer & Playwright)

The Story of Christmas

I grew up hearing about the birth of the baby Jesus and his humble beginnings in a stable, being watched over by the animals as he was lovingly laid in a stall by his mother, Mary. The shepherds came to worship him, followed by the three Wise Men from the East to bring gifts to the new-born King. I love the nativity story, and the joy of watching children retell this unique story. It is part of my Christmas tradition.

Now I know that not everyone has the same Christmas story, and there are so many beautiful traditions celebrated around the world. Perhaps not the same story of the Christ child, but often stories of hope to inspire generations.

Believing in the Magic

For me at this time of year, it is a period to reflect on the year drawing to an end, while enjoying quality time with friends and family, sharing together the spirit of Christmas – love, hope and joy. It is also a time to exchange gifts with loved ones, and, of course, find a little something from Santa Claus– hopefully!

Somewhere along the way, commercialism has muscled in on the act, and now expectations are high, and letters to Santa grow longer with more and more demands. It is a shame that so many have lost the Magic of Christmas, with stress rising and many spending far beyond their means.

I love that the Swiss adopted a more straightforward approach to the festive season and they have their particular traditions with their own version of Saint Nicholas. The Christmas period is time for the family to get together for a meal on 24 December and gifts are small, often homemade cookies or chocolates, and because of that, they are appreciated all the more. 

Perhaps we can all learn from the Swiss, and bring back the MAGIC of Christmas into our festive celebrations, by refocussing on the parts that make it JOYFUL.

A Story of Hope, Love, Peace and Joy

Many of the Holiday period traditions are about bringing families, friends and communities together, to offer fellowship through LOVE and connected energy to bring PEACE.

In the winter, and I’m talking about the Northern Hemisphere here, the tradition of putting up lights around your home, sending out a warm and welcoming glow, is heart-warming to witness. The twinkling fairy lights on the Christmas tree brightens up the long dark winter nights, and along with the flickering candles, they representing HOPE – shining LIGHT across the world in even in the darkest of times.

Being with others we care about at this special time, is sharing LOVE; and in giving thoughtfully chosen gifts, we are opening our hearts to JOY. And that feeling grows in our hearts as we reach out and give to strangers whose need is more than our own. When you walk past a homeless person on the street who is cold and hungry – go and buy them something hot to eat and drink. When you see a stressed Mum battling with a pram and a tired and irritable child – offer them help. 

Share the love and even a simple smile of acknowledgement and understanding can go a long way. By caring and supporting one another in the spirit of ‘LOVE’, we are sharing the ‘Spirit of Christmas’, and perhaps this is something we can all continue to do throughout the new year ahead.

What Christmas Story are you Telling Yourself?

As we shift gear into the Christmas season, stop and think about your Christmas Story. What are your traditions, and what do they mean to you? Where do you bring the ‘Spirit of Christmas’ alive? Do you reach out and share the love to not only your family and friends but to the strangers in your daily lives?

Make this Christmas extra special by doing something extra special for someone who you don’t know – offer HOPE, share LOVE and bring them JOY!

Make this your best Christmas ever!

Wishing you all a Christmas filled with Love, Peace, Hope and Joy!



COMING IN 2019… The Year of You!

Starting with Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Compassion

I am excited to let you know that next year will bring a new series of episodes on The WRITE Word Show, when I will be talking with some incredible and inspiring women about the importance of Self-Love, Self-Care and Self-Compassion.
This is a topic that many of us ignore, putting ourselves so far down our list that we often forget about ourselves, and as many of us find out the hard way, this often leads to issues of self-worth, low self-confidence and may even lead to health problems and possibly depression. 

Make 2019 the year you put yourself top of your list!
Click here to check out the show episodes > https://janetgroom.com/thewritewordshow/

“After all, self-care is not selfish, it is recharging your battery so you have more to give. Learn to FLY by First Loving Yourself!”

Story Time

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The Secret of Success

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The Power of the Feminine Collective

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Endings and Beginnings

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When one writing project ends, it’s time to get excited for the next one to begin.

The End

Towards the end of writing my book, I found myself starting to feel saddened. Can you believe it? I was reaching the end of a monumental project, and instead of feeling pleased, excited and happy; I was feeling uncomfortable and dragging my heels to complete the last part.

What Was Going On?

Anyone who has ever been engaged in a significant project, one in which they are wholeheartedly engaged and devoted, will perhaps recognise what I am talking about.

When you are committed to and enjoying what you are doing, you actually don’t want it to end.  A bit like a child enjoying a party and when it is time to go home, they don’t want to leave. Indeed, that it is how it felt to me – like the party was coming to an end, and I didn’t want it to finish. Or, when you are reading a book and the story is riveting, and suddenly you find yourself at the final chapter… do you find that you get that feeling, and you might even start to read more slowly, trying desperately not to reach the last page, the last word — and then it is over.

The End. It has a feeling of finality.

The Joy of Finishing a Project

When this happened to me as I was writing the last part of my debut fiction novel (The Naked Knitting Club, due for release November 2018), I had to draw upon my coaching experience and change my thinking. Shifting how I thought about the situation helped me to release the feeling of sadness and move to a sense of being proud of what I had achieved, and to allow myself to get excited about what comes next.

As a writer, we are driven to write. It is our creative outlet. Weaving plots, as well as bringing to life the characters born in our mind, is a joyous — if not sometimes a little frustrating — feeling. Like any artist, it takes a lot of time, effort, belief, determination, and love to do the work.

The ending of one project should be cause for celebration. We need to stand back, take a deep breath, and commend ourselves for a job well done. Even when we feel that there is still more work to be done, we need to permit ourselves to finish; otherwise, we would never complete a piece.

Make Way for New Beginnings

Wrapping up a project — any writing project, a blog post, a book, a poem — is exciting, as it opens the door to a whole new adventure. This is the way I look at it now. I allow myself the ritual of completing, celebrating and tidying up the old; then take some time to re-energise and release myself ready to start the new project with renewed vigour, a clear head to download new ideas, and the energy to keep going.

New Beginnings may also open new doors, take you down new paths, and allow new amazing characters to come to light. Oh yes, a new project is full of joy — and that feels good. There is a thrill of anticipation when you sit down and stare at a blank page — thinking about the range of possibilities that may come to light, once you pick up your pen and start to allow the muse to share her ideas with you.

The Journey is as Important as the Destination

You perhaps have heard the saying, “The Journey is as Important as the Destination”, and I believe, for me, that is definitely the case.

Writing my book was not only a long-term dream being realised, but it was one of the best experiences of my life. I have learnt so much on this journey.  I have learnt about writing, I have learnt about discipline, I have learnt about sacrifice, I also learnt a lot about myself. Writing my book was a healing experience and allowing my story to unfold and my character to come to life, was a phenomenal feeling.

Next Time

Always remember the more we write, and the more projects we have under our belts, the more we develop and grow. Know that each time you pick up your pen or sit about your computer keyboard, you are honing your skills. Try new things — be playful and enjoy the experience. Make it fun and break the rules, allow your unique style to develop, and step into your greatness.

Endings and Beginnings

Accept that writing comes in phases and cycles — just like the seasons.

Enjoy the time in one season, and rejoice when a new season comes upon us. Each new season brings with it its own beauty and rewards; and so it is with your writing projects.

So, now that I have completed one book, I celebrate it, allow myself to recharge, and I am already excited about the next project. Will it be a follow-up book – a book 2 in Cate’s adventures with the ladies from the naked knitting club, or perhaps I might feel inclined to take a different path and write a  book on an entirely different topic?

Writing is an exciting Journey — so enjoy the Beginning, the Journey, and the End Destination.



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The Magic of Writing

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Words are Powerful – they create magic in the heart and mind of the reader.

Why do people write?  Why do I write?

Stepping into my role as a writer has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.  It has been 15 years since I first had the idea for my novel, and even before that it was a long-held dream to walk into a bookshop and see my book there on the shelf.

What held me back?

Well, I can say that my life as an expat the moving around, the constant challenge of re-building my life with every new move. I could blame my husband for his career messing up mine, and me becoming a trailing-spouse.  But really it was me – all me.  I used excuses, and created obstacles to appear, in my own mind, that I was too busy to take up my pen and write.    OK, over the years, I did write on-and-off, but I never fully committed. It was like a dream that just felt too big for me, and I was, if I am honest, too afraid to reach out and grasp. I allowed “FEAR” to hold me back. Fear that I would be a failure and be judged, criticised and laughed at by my peers, family and friends.  I secretly feared that the book might just be an overnight success and it would catapult me into the arena with the likes of J.K. Rowling – and I just could not handle that level of visibility.

Thanks to the alignment of the fates, I was introduced to Sean at That Guy’s House Publishing, and we hit it off immediately. He loved the idea of my book and I was delighted to join his writing family.  Working with Sean has been great, as I have accountability to get the writing done and I love our calls to hear his feedback on the draft chapters I submit.  The process previously was so dauntingly huge and the idea of writing 80,000+ words and then working out all the technical aspects of self-publishing overwhelming. Now it is not only manageable but also fun.  Belonging to a group of authors has been so supportive and encouraging – each time one of us releases his/her book into the world, we all celebrate.

Writing is a journey and giving myself permission to step into this creative sacred space has been a magical experience.  Every time I sit down and write, either on my book or a blog, I tune into “creative magic”, and this creative flow is like a charge of inspirational energy feeding my very soul.  It makes my heart sing and my soul shine – and this is my big WHY I write.

I truly believe that when I write with heart and soul – the magic that is created touches so many lives, and mostly my own. Writing continues to be part healing and part expansion.  It is a journey of self-discovery, where we learn to listen and tune into the creative muse, we tap into the power of our imaginations, we write the stories that are being shared with us and most of all we learn the power of our vulnerability.

What do you mean Vulnerability?

Ask any author and you will hear the same thing – when you put your book, your “baby”, out into the world it is a scary place. A writer spends months, and even years, writing with their heart and soul.  They are so connected with their book – they feel strongly about their work, and believe in the storylines, characters, twists and conclusions.  When they release it into the world they are allowing the world to judge them, and no-one likes to be judged and found wanting.

When you write, deeply, with ferocious intensity and put your heart and soul into it – it is putting yourself in a place of vulnerability.   Amazon reviews can make or break you.  Book reviews on Goodreads can end writing careers.  As a writer, you need to learn to embrace your vulnerability and lean into knowing that reviews are only that.  An established writer will learn to accept their imperfections, and only take onboard feedback and critique that helps them to improve their craft, ensuring that the next book will be better.

 

Being a Highly Sensitive Writer

Writing can be a wonderful healing and cathartic experience.  Writers draw on their own personal experiences, and many people choose to write books to help others through an often-traumatic experience they lived through. As a highly sensitive writer, it is particularly hard to share your inner emotions and relive events that you would prefer to leave firmly in the past.  Writing to share your experience can be deeply healing – many writers feel a great sense of relief after the physical act of writing their story.

A highly sensitive writer need to be supported when they go through this process, they need people who get them and understand what a challenging experience it can be.  That is why having a writing coach or mentor is valuable.  Not only do you get support, but you get someone who emphasizes the process you are going through – both for writing and for emotional support.  They are there to hold your hand and bolster your resolve to push through.  The right writing coach will help you navigate your way and be there at your side as you release your “baby” into the world.  They will be the first in line to help you celebrate and they will be on hand to support you to sift through reviews and find the feedback to make you a better writer.

Writing is a Magical Experience

Writing is a truly magical experience.  Leaning into writing and growing as a writer, is an incredible and life-changing experience.  I believe, and will always believe, in the power of words – and each one of us has a story to tell, and many of us have many stories to tell.  People love stories, and there is always someone out there who will love the story you have to tell.

Do you have a dream to be a writer?
Do you have a story you wish to tell?

If you feel called to write, either sharing stories fabricated in the kaleidoscope of your imagination or your “true life” story – and you are a highly sensitive person – I recommend you find a writing coach with whom you connect and start your writing journey today.  Push your “fears” aside and step up and grab your pen – I guarantee it will be one amazing magical ride, and one you will be glad you took.

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Finding My True Self

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Who am I really and truly?  Do you know your real self?

OK, this is a big scary topic.  We all hear the word TRUTH used around us on a daily basis, and to be quite honest, many of us hear the word but are numb to it.  We use it, but honestly, are we really engaged with it at a level where we are being totally honest and transparent with ourselves?

Be Your Authentic Self

AUTHENTIC is another word that we hear talked about, and although I understand what it means, I have to say that it has taken me years to really embrace its essence – it’s meaning of being your genuine self (see the definition from the Oxford English dictionary below).

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Learning to be yourself, your true unadulterated-self, is a monumental task for many of us.  Over the years we have created layers of masks to hide behind.   We have learned to show the world what it wants us to be.  We have hidden behind some masks for so long we no longer recognise the real person behind. We have lost touch with our “true self”, and it takes time to tune in again and really learn who we are at the core level.

So many people, often women, admit that they feel stuck in their lives as they no longer recognise the person they have become. Over the years, perhaps even decades, they have been moulded like clay into the “wife”, the “mother”, the “employee”, the “carer”, the “nurse” …  So many masks and along the line they have lost touch with who they really are inside.

Learning Your Truth

Learning to own your TRUE SELF is a journey of self-discovery.  You need to go back to a point when you were still YOU.  This often means retracing our life back to our childhood.  As a child when you really knew who you were – you were free, full of curiosity and had incredible dreams.  We ran and played, we knew how to have fun and be happy.  These are the feelings we need to once again learn to embrace.  Stripping away all the layers and masks to find our INNER CHILD – our TRUTH.

What do you remember as a child?

Do you remember a specific event when you felt carefree and filled with joy?

These are the precious moments we need to dig up and feel again.  Make a note of what you were doing, who you were with and how you felt – write it down, create a strong mental image.  Reliving a moment from our childhood where we felt free and filled with joy – is precious. This provides us with the grounding we need to start to reconnect with ourselves – it becomes our anchor point.

The more we strip away the pretence, the more we can step into our own power.  We free ourselves from the shackles that society has bound us by.  We give ourselves the permission to become our true selves – and by doing so, we learn to reconnect with our passions, we learn to dream big again; we allow joy and happiness to creep back into our hearts.

Step-by-step we become who we are meant to be, and with that, there is a great sense of liberation.  Our perceptions shift, and we see the world in a new light.  We listen to our own intuition and know what is good for us.

Becoming your own TRUTH is magical – you feel you fit your own skin for the first time.

Life is so much better when you know yourself, and no one knows you better than yourself.  Own the power of you; you are an incredible being and here to live an amazing life.

Are you living your TRUTH?

I will admit, I am still a “work-in-progress” and enjoying the journey of self-discovery.  I had built up so many layers to please the world around me and to fit in – it is a slow progress of stripping them all away.  Day-by-day I am getting there and with each day I am freer and more my true self.  I am rediscovering my child-like curiosity for new things.  I see the world in a new way and I am connecting with the most amazing people who support me on my journey.  I now tune into my heart and listen to my own intuition more and more. Life is brighter and lighter, with the heaviness and darkness of self-doubt, low self-esteem and even depression becoming a fading memory.

Is it worth it?  

Absolutely – finding yourself is one of the most important tasks of your life, and when you start getting closer and closer to your core self, you will feel a sense of coming home.  A deep knowing that this is where you need to be.

Align with your TRUTH and you will be rewarded with increased joy, a greater passion for many aspects of life, increased creativity and you will radiate with incredible light.  You will touch the lives of people who come into contact with you in a powerful and positive way.

Since I started my Soul Journey a few years ago, it has been incredible the difference it has made personally for me.  I am less stressed, not so prone to depression, I have rediscovered my passion for writing and I know more and more who I am. I now recognise the importance of being aligned with myself, and it gives me the power to forge forward into the unknown with a sense of wonderment, curiosity and a deep faith that everything will work out for my highest good.  It is becoming easier to recognise “fear” and deal with it, preventing it from holding me back.

It gives me a sense of FLYING, and this means feel free and unhindered by the ties of others expectation for me.  I close my eyes and I see myself soaring, like a hawk, riding the warm thermals and seeing the world beneath bathed in sunlight with wonder and awe; and I know anything is possible.

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? 

If no – what are you going to do about it?

 

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Time Illusion – Part III

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TIME ebbs and flows.  PATIENCE is a virtue.

This is the third part of the “Time Illusion” trilogy, and once again it is based on my personal insights and learnings following a recent trip to Italy.   In this blog post, I share with you the importance of TIME and PATIENCE and how the two go hand in hand.

Read>> Time Illusion – Part I              Read >>  Time Illusion – Part II

The Importance of TIME

Bologna is a city known for its academic history and more recently for its culinary prowess.  Many foodies now flock to the city to enjoy the treats of the region, such as Bolognese sauce, Parma ham, balsamic vinegar from Modena and the famous Parmesan cheese. 

As well as writing and books, another passion of mine is cooking.   My husband and I are both avid foodies, my husband’s parents ran a very successful restaurant – so it’s in his blood, and hence our decision to spend a few days in Bologna.  As part of our culinary experience we signed up for a one-day intensive food tour, which was a very wise decision.

As part of the day-long tour, we would get to see Parmesan cheese being made, visit one of the oldest balsamic vinegar houses in the area of Modena, and see the process of making the famous Parma ham.    Oh, and we also got to sample and taste lots along the way, including a cheeky young Lambrusco Rosso, as well as numerous local dishes and wines over a long and leisurely lunch.

Now, my husband and I are no strangers to seeing cheese being made – we live in Switzerland and have visited a few cheese producers, and my husband has even made his own cheddar cheese.   However, what really impressed us with this tour was that we actually got to stand next to the vats where the actual cheese was being made, quite a different experience than being kept behind a glass wall for health and safety reasons.  It was really something as you felt up close and personal with the process – seeing each step as it happened and getting the full effects of the sounds and the strong smell too.

Now Parmesan cheese has only a few key ingredients: milk, rennet and salt.  And the fourth important ingredient is TIME. 

It takes time for the cheese to mature, with the huge cheese wheels being polished and turned for anything from 12 months to 3 years.   The quality of the cheese is tested and if it passes it receives the official stamp of approval.   Parmesan cheese is a valuable commodity and it has been known in the past that some banks in the region would accept them as collateral.

Black Gold – Balsamic Vinegar

Similar to Parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar can be extremely valuable.    On our tour, we were fortunate to visit the oldest balsamic vinegar producer in the area.  A small family-run affair, where the process of producing this thick black liquid was explained to the group as we stood in a room filled with an array of wooden barrels. After harvesting, the grapes are cooked up and the barrels filled with the liquid. We learnt that it is a process of allowing the liquids to naturally reduce and it involves a convoluted system of topping up the barrels and adding new liquor to the biggest barrel.

Time again is a key factor – it takes at least 12 years to make the D.O.P. red label version, and it must pass strict regulations and tests to be approved, with the gold label product being at least 25 years in production.   It certainly is a labour of love with little reward.    Patience is key to success – and this family know about patience as they have balsamic vinegar dating back to when the firm was started in 1860 (this is not for sale). 

Often as writers, we rush to capture the story and that is a key part of the process.  However, we also need to learn the virtue of patience and take the time to edit and refine our works.   Like a mature Parmesan cheese or a 25-year-old Balsamic Vinegar – TIME is a key ingredient we need to incorporate into our books.   Allow TIME and PATIENCE to be part of our writing process and you, as the writer, and your readership will not be disappointed.

Link >>  Italian Days Food Tour

Link>>  Antica Acetaia Cavedoni

 

 

 

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Time Illusion – Part II

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TIME stands still.   Frozen in TIME.  Transported in TIME.

Following on from my last blog post (Time Illusion – Part I), I want to share with you a different viewpoint relating to TIME, based on my recent visit to Italy.  I want to take you on a journey to explore the opposite end of the spectrum- away from speed; we will take a look at slowing down TIME.

Step back in Time

OK, let’s start with a walk around Venice.  

Venice truly is an incredible city surrounded by water.  It was built on a series of more than 100 islands in a lagoon. It is a city to which thousands of visitors flock to experience its rich history and to witness first hand its uniqueness.  No other city in the world can match it with its canals and magnificent buildings.   It is a city that captures romantic hearts across the world, and a place where many lovers and newly-weds enjoy being pictured as they float through the narrow city canals being serenaded on a gondola – you’ve all seen the photos.

My first impression of the city, from the water boat, as we cruised down the Grand Canal, was one of awe wrapped up with a tinge of sadness to see the decaying splendour of what must have been a majestic city.  Everywhere you looked you could see the shabby grandeur of its former past glory shining through.  

Even in the midst of the thronging masses on Piazza San Marco and as we climbed over the Bridge of Sighs, I could easily imagine the city as it would have been in the past.  I often find myself transported back in time. In place of all the tourists, it would have been bustling with traders and merchants – a thriving and lively place of commerce, street traders plying their exotic wears and the taverns overflowing with tales of intrepid adventures in strange new worlds.

However, Venice is a city surviving on borrowed time as its foundations slowly erode, and it some parts become submerged with high tides.   That aside, it is still standing and it certainly earns its place as one of the top cities in the world to visit. 

Pause – Time Out

It has something for everyone – even for a book lover like me.   Take a stroll down some of the quiet back streets and you might find your way to the oldest bookstore in the city “Libreria Acqua Alta“.   Step into an Aladdin’s cave of books – books piled high in the small courtyard, books overflowing in an old gondola, books in every nook and cranny.   There is a small corner with two seats beside an open shuttered window overlooking a canal – take a break for a moment and enjoy the pleasure of being in such a unique setting, especially as a gondola floats by.  

It is more about the journey than rushing to the destination – enjoy allowing your imagination to step in and see yourself transported back in time and view the place at a time gone by. Mingle with the ghosts and walk in their steps, seeing the place in a new light. Hit pause and take a moment or two to enjoy a unique experience and implant it firmly in your mind – a memory filed away, to be drawn upon in your future writings.

As a writer I travel through this world drinking in the experiences, moments and feelings and then storing them away, safely, to be called upon in my writing.  Each moment is fuel for a story, a setting or a character.   As we writers wield our imaginations, the seed must come from somewhere and travel is a great way to find many inspirational seeds.

 

 

 

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Time Illusion – Part I

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TIME pressure.  There is no TIME like the present.   TIME waits for no man.

In our modern society, many of us run around feeling the pressure of time.   There is the stress of deadlines, appointments and schedules, with the constant feeling that there is never enough TIME.

I was reminded of this very topic on a recent trip to the northern part of Italy, from the rush of traffic around and the blare of car horns when the traffic would grind to a halt.   It would seem that every driver in Italy thinks they are on a racetrack – like the movies “Fast and Furious” – all in a hurry to reach their destination in the shortest possible time. 

Now just outside of Modena, in the region of Emilia-Romagna, there is a small town called Maranello.  One or two of you may be familiar with this name as it is the home for the famous Italian car Ferrari, a name synonymous with expensive sports cars and the acclaimed Ferrari F1 Grand Prix team.

Enzo Ferrari founded the company in 1947 in Maranello following his career in motor racing.  It was his passion.  From his incredible dream, he grew a brand that is recognised across the world by an army of motorsports enthusiasts.  As you wander around the museum you bear witness to the evolution of the Ferrari cars, both on and off the racetrack.  It is fascinating to see how the shape changed from a “bullet” shape to the new flat-look race cars with wings to work with aerodynamics to keep the cars on the road at the incredible speeds they reach today.

Each new development, in the shape and engine design, has the ONE specific desire to achieve faster times. Everything is tweaked, calculated, measured, weighed and tested – all in the name of gaining the advance of a few milliseconds.    On the F1 Grand Prix circuit today (2018), Ferrari drivers
Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel both reach top speeds over 320 km/h – in the early 1900s top racing speeds were pushing 120 km/h, increasing to 260 km/h by the late 1970s.   Of course, on the racing circuit the driver may receive applaud on winning, but behind every incredible racing driver is a team of engineers, designers, tire-changers and an entire production and support team.   Today’s limits are merely a goal to be broken and what seems impossible today, soon becomes the norm of tomorrow.

I admire that Enzo Ferrari had a dream, a focus and an unwavering passion.  Without him, there would be no Ferrari of today.  On one of the walls, as you walk around the museum, there is a quote by Enzo that really touched my heart – “You cannot describe passion, you can only live it”.  

Today the factory at Maranello produces approximately 9000 new cars per year.   A relatively low number for a car manufacturer, but when you realise the craftsmanship, engineering and design that goes into producing each vehicle, you start to appreciate the price tag.  Even if you have a bank balance to support buying a brand new Ferrari, you still need to be patient, as the average waiting list is two years.

So what did I learn from my visit to Ferrari and how we can all work to build a legacy?
Below are my top ten takeaways:

1)         Live your Passion

2)         Have an incredible Dream

3)         Take risks to forge forward

4)         Failures are part of the growing experience – learn from them

5)         Build a great team to support you

6)         Celebrate each small victory

7)         When you reach a goal – reach for the next one

8)         Impossible today – becomes possible tomorrow

9)         Allow your Passion and Drive to quell fear

10)       Time is an illusion we can bend to our will

When we write we should write because we are driven by passion, and we push the boundaries of our imaginations.   We should calculate, measure, streamline and test our writing skills – with the desire to constantly improve.   Don’t allow apparent failures to stop us, instead allow our passion to flame our desire for success.   Follow your heart and reach for the stars – a writer’s heart is bursting with the passion to tell stories, and somewhere there will be people who want to read those stories.

 

 

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