Who likes to daydream? Who has ever dreamed of flying? And who has ever tried to fly? Well, that is what Arya’s Flying Dreams is all about.
Who likes to read books? Who has ever dreamed of writing a book? And who has ever tried to write a story? Then you have just planted the seeds for your own book that you could be the proud author of! Because in dreams we plant the seeds of our future...
These were some of the discussion points used to engage 200 Grade 2 and 3 students during my Book Talks for Book Week at local primary schools.
We all have a story inside us that we dream about making into a book and sharing with the world. The feedback from the teachers, including my sister, was that students felt inspired with practical tips to write and publish their own children's book.
It was a fun family affair to help support and promote Arya's Flying Dreams with my older son participating in his Grade 3 Book Talk. Then, my middle son dressed up as Arya and my niece dressed up as Arya's Mum in their respective Book Parades.
Did you know that the word ‘inspire’ originates from the Latin word 'inspirare' meaning to ‘breathe into’, as in to breathe life into an idea? Our stories are simply ideas that we bring to life, using our imagination. Here's what I covered in my Book Talk to inspire you to breathe life into your idea - your story:
What I did:
The topics I covered:
I expanded on the above topics and included sneak-peaks of my original sketches that my illustrator, Valerie Bouthyette interpreted beautifully. In particular, I covered brainstorming ideas, creating structure for your story, identifying themes, utilising literary devices, practicing and editing your writing voice and the publishing journey.
Connect and Inspire...
In order to inspire the students to connect with and participate in the discussion, I set a simple challenge to listen for a few tips that would score them a few copies of Arya's Flying Dreams for their school library. I hope these tips encourage you to take small steps towards creating your dream story:
If you know a primary school, library or community that would be inspired by this discussion, I look forward to hearing from you at email@example.com.
Please share Arya's Flying Dreams with friends. It is available online at Amazon, Book Depository and Booktopia. Thank you!
I knew that motherhood and matrescence would change me. I just didn't know how much. I realise now that I had to go through my ground-level-identity-crisis to birth my truth, rise towards my identity-creation, continue to grow and trust that this is all happening for a reason. 'Life is not about finding yourself, it is about creating yourself' - George Bernard Shaw.
Like so many mamas before me and with me, I have learned to mother myself in order to have energy to stay centered and connected with my family. Gabby Bernstein once said she had to learn how to mother herself before becoming a mother. For me, I learned how to mother myself after nine years of mothering my three beautiful kids (my teachers).
Motherhood for me has taught me to let go of the old stories that didn't serve me. To stop being so hard on myself and let go of some high expectations. To break free from the fixed mindset of what I should be doing and where I should be...which then helped me to build sacred boundaries around what I actually need in order for my family to thrive.
Having a creative approach to parenting has helped me to connect with my kids and find meaning in motherhood; with this blog, a book (Arya's Flying Dreams) and a deep desire for wellness (www.mydoterra.com/creativemama). Thank you Amy Taylor Kabbaz for your divine purpose and for honouring mamas like me in your inspiring podcast (Uncovering the Real You with Nagma Dawn) :
"Motherhood comes with a lot of expectations, both spoken and unspoken. Passed down from generation to generation, we inherent so many unconscious beliefs around what it means to be a good mother and woman. Matrescence, if honoured correctly, can change that.
Matrescence is an invitation to examine not only who you used to be, but who you are becoming. It’s a chance to look at your lineage, and decide how you want to create your future.
It’s the time in your life when you get to look at who you were, and who you want to be.
Nagma Dawn is a mama of three who walked into one of my workshops a number of years ago with a tiny baby in her arms, and an open heart. She wanted to know more. She wanted to understand who she was now. She felt the stirrings of something within her – a desire to step back from the corporate career she’d been pursuing – but she wasn’t sure what it was… or if she could do it.
In this episode, Nagma shares her story of finding herself through creativity and courage. It will inspire you to look within at your own stories and expectations, and be ready to explore who might be there underneath all of those expectations."
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