Is There Anybody Listening?

These words
by Chris DeGarmo and Geoff Tate of Queensryche
say it better than I ever could. . . .

You and I
Long to live like wind upon the water
If we close our eyes
We’ll maybe realize
There’s more to life than what we have known

And I can’t believe I’ve spent so long
Living lies I knew were wrong inside
I’ve just begun to see the light

Long ago, there was a dream
Had to make a choice or two
Leaving all I loved behind
For what nobody knew

Stepped out on the stage
A life under lights and judging eyes
Now the applause has died and I can dream again…

Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what’s going on?

Read between the lines
Criticize the words they’re selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls
Become sand beneath your feet

Feel the breeze?
Time’s so near
You can almost taste the freedom

There’s a
Warm wind from the south
Hoist the sail
And we’ll be gone
By morning, this will all seem like a dream

And if I don’t return
To sing the song, maybe just as well
I’ve seen the news
And there’s not much I can do… Alone

Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone who smiles without a mask?

What’s behind the words
Images they know will please us?
I’ll take what’s real
Bring up the lights

Is there anybody listening?
Is there anyone that sees what’s going on?

Read between the lines
Criticize the words they’re selling
Think for yourself and feel the walls
Become sand
Beneath your feet

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Do one thing

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Any of my followers who might wonder where I have been, I have been busy stepping out of my comfort zone.  I was kind of forced to do it – but am glad that I did.  I am not going to go into detail just yet – but let’s just say that this 40 year old body aches every night, but is getting more activity than it has in a very long time.

I used to be so fearless, and I lost my confidence along the way.  I’m slowly gaining it back and having a blast doing it.  So I thought I would stop in long enough to encourage each of you to step out of your comfort zone and do the thing that scares you.  I think it is worth it.

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The final page of 2015

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I am ready for 2016.

I have some goals for the year, but I’m not making resolutions.  Just an intention to do the best I can each and every one of the 366 (it’s a leap year!) days I am given in 2016.

2015 brought a lot of lessons.  I renewed old friendships and reawakened feelings I had forgotten how to feel.  I had my heart beautifully broken and am okay with it.  I both failed and won at being a single mom – every single day.  I started writing this blog, two novels, and several songs.  I was diagnosed with diabetes, and began a journey to a healthier me (30 lbs down, so far!).

I turned 40 and the world didn’t collapse.  In fact, it was one of the best days of my entire life.  Over 40 Random Acts of Kindness were performed on that day and since and the world became a bit brighter.  It was 70 degrees in Indiana in December and I got to hang out on the front porch with my very best friends, my tribe, the island of misfit toys, and just BE.

This past year, I cried a lot, laughed a lot, started singing again and feeling more like myself than I have in a long time.  There were a lot of struggles, and even more lessons, but I realized that I am one lucky lady to be alive and have the opportunity to wake up each day and try again.

Here’s to you on the last page of the final chapter of 2015.

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Love,

Izzy

Stabbed by syntax

I happened upon a blog post this morning entitled “10 quotes for writers and lovers and speakers of truth.”  I bookmarked the site and intend to visit it often.  One quote in particular really stood out to me today and I wanted to share it here.

Doug (photographer and AUTHOR extraordinaire) was kind enough to let me “borrow” one of his photos to help me highlight the quote.  I hope it resonates with some of you as well.

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photo by Doug Lafuze, Editing by Izzy

“I write to soothe the voices shouting inside me . . .”

I challenge you to write something today that you are scared to write.

Be vulnerable.

-Izzy

What do you get a writer for Christmas?

The best gift you can give a writer (or any creative artist or small business owner) is SUPPORT so they can keep on doing what they love.

There are several things you can do:

  1. Buy their book(s).
  2. Read their book(s).
  3. Write a review for their book(s).
  4. SHARE on social media, tell your friends and family.
  5. Encourage them to continue pursuing their dreams.

Here are a couple of books you can check out and help support some of my favorite writers this Christmas.


 

American serial killer

Raymond Thomas Lang Junior

Last seen in the county of Lancashire, England

Believed to be the main fictional character in the new thriller/suspense novel

‘YOUR LAST BREATH’

Widespread rumours claim Raymond Lang is currently hiding in an eBook of that name, located in the Amazon Book store. 

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Congratulations on the release of your novel, Doug and Carole!


“The War of Scars is over. Our war has only just begun.”

At seventeen years of age, Adria Idonea has already seen both sides of war. Once princess in a citadel tower, she followed the ghosts of her childhood to become a Hunter, a healer, and a visionary among the enemy in the Wilding forests of Heiland.

But now Adria has come of age, and a promise she made in haste has bound her to return to her home after long exile. She doesn’t know what she will find… but they don’t know who she has become.

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The first in an action-packed fantasy series by Jacob Falling.


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Support your local artists and dreamers this Christmas season.
Make a difference.