The Writing Horse Still Excites Me
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The Writing Horse Still Excites Me

When you fall off a horse, you get right back on. Isn’t that the old saying?

Well, I’d love to get back on the horse. Trouble is, I have no idea where the horse went or how I fell off in the first place.

The last time I wrote a post for my blog Maybe You Can Relate was almost four months ago. I haven’t written anything for this blog since the introductory post nearly three months ago. It’s true I haven’t had much energy since I started not feeling well last December, but there have been days I had spare energy.

I spent some of those days creating an animation about being sick. Creating an animation requires a lot more energy from me than writing a blog post does. How did I find the energy to put together the animation, when I couldn’t get myself to write?

When did I fall off the writing horse?

I found the answer in a post I read on the blog Hands Free Mama. The post “When’s the Last Time Life Excited You?” details the blog author, Rachel’s, realization that she was in a slump, but she could get out of it by learning from the excitement her daughter gets out of everyday life.

I found the energy to create my “When Germs Attack” animation because I was excited about it. It was about a major force going on in my life right now. It helped me turn my frustration over not feeling well into something creative and fun.

I had in mind for a long time what I thought my first post on kinetic imprint should be about. But, when I was honest with myself, it turns out that subject doesn’t interest me right now. Every time I thought about writing that post – boom – the writing horse bucked me off and galloped into the sunset.

Reading the “When’s the Last Time Life Excited You?” post on Hands Free Mama made me realize The Writing Horse still excites me. I was simply reining it in when I should have been letting it run wherever it wanted.

I will be able to get back in the saddle by going back to writing about things that excite me. That shouldn’t be hard to do. In my late 30s I still get unabashedly excited over things I’m sure most adults my age would give me the crazy stare over.

Last weekend, I clapped, pointed, and said, “Look at that!”, while standing alone in the kitchen watching the sun come up over the horizon. I couldn’t help it and I’m not embarrassed by it! The sun rises every day, but every day its beauty astounds me. I never take it for granted or dismiss it as ordinary.

The sunrise never ceases to amaze me.

The sunrise never ceases to amaze me.

Please do yourself a favor and check out the post “When’s the Last Time Life Excited You” on Hands Free Mama.

It’s a great reminder to find your own excitement in adult life by looking at your world through Beginner’s Eyes.

My favorite quote from Rachel’s post comes from the predawn moment before school when Rachel’s daughter cheered her victory over a seemingly small battle, which to her was a huge accomplishment, with a fist pump. Mom’s initial reaction, “She actually fist pumped and it was still dark outside.”, made me laugh out loud. Rachel’s next reaction, that she too wanted to get that excited about small victories, is what I wish for us all.

I’m happy to report, I fist pumped in my cubicle this week. I hope all of you reading this find your fist pump moment in each and every day.

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Welcome To Kinetic Imprint

Welcome to Be Here Be Positive Be Happy, the official blog of the website Kinetic Imprint. I hope you’ve had a chance to take a look around the site and see what this place is all about. If you haven’t, go ahead. I can wait.

Or, if you’d rather, you can check out the full site later, and I can give you a synopsis now.

As the second anniversary of my mom’s passing from cancer approached, I wanted to find a way to turn the focus of my memories from painful, because of her absence, to positive, because of all she gave me while she was here.

I decided to start a website inspired by some of the qualities my mom embodied. Qualities I try to embody myself in my quest to live a happy life and have a positive effect on others.

My mom made a huge imprint on me and I wanted to find a way to continue to put some of that energy back out into the world, now that she is no longer here to do it herself.

The idea behind the term kinetic imprint, is the imprint you are making on your world and the people around you is constantly in motion. Every decision you make, big and small, has influence – on you and others.

It’s not your accomplishments or the size of your bank account that makes you a great person. Your attitude toward life, how you treat others and how you make them feel, that is how you will be remembered.

I hope the imprint I leave on my world will be as influential as the imprint my mom left on me.

One of the earliest ways my mom helped shape me into who I am today is by instilling a love of reading in childhood. One of her methods was taking me to our local library. In an effort to encourage a love of reading in future generations, I will be donating some money to our local libraries in my mom’s name. Check out my project:library page to find out how you can help.

As for this blog, instead of standing up here at the podium during this meet-and-greet, pretending I have a plan, I’ll take a page from The Be List and be honest. I don’t so much have a plan with this blog, as much as a simple idea.

Sometimes I will write a full original post for kinetic imprint, sometimes I will share a post I have written for my personal blog (, and sometimes I will write an introduction and then pass along a link to something I have found on the web that I think you’ll like. The format may vary, but the theme will be the same. Posts will somehow relate to the concepts in The Be List.

Posts will be positive, or happy, or make you laugh. They’ll be about something interesting, or they’ll make you think. They’ll be encouraging, or they’ll be about gratitude.

My bottom-line goal is that you always leave here feeling better than when you came in.

There won’t be any particular posting schedule. I’m just one person with two blogs and a full-time job, who also likes to sleep. I’ll post when I have something to share.

I just want to be another positive voice on the web, promoting other positive voices whenever possible.

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Thanks so much for stopping by and giving me some of your time. I hope you come back again!