Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Carmen Buck ~ Special Guest


Heart to Heart by Jan Steinle

"Connections of the heart...how we experience love, self worth, validation and so much more."

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~Introducing Special Guest Carmen Buck~
Photographer, Nurse Practioner & Creator of Love Still Lives Here



Have you thought about your legacy?   How will you leave the world a better place?  The older I got the more I wondered about the legacy I would leave the world. I was a holistic nurse practitioner in a busy neurology clinic caring for people with dementia and their families. I didn't have a lot to offer by way of medications, but I had attention, kindness, and my presence.  My patients and their families comfortably shared their stories, their worries and the darkest moments of their lives. I listened with awe and learned from them, because dementia has also entered my family. Their situations were often unimaginable yet the love and devotion were palpable. I often thought that in this time more than ever, their inspirational stories needed to be shared with the world. After years of being in reverence of my patients, I realized these so rarely heard stories of love and devotion in the face of fear would be shared with the world, and I would help to make that happen.  I left my clinical work to tell those stories and build a photography business.  

Creating images that tell stories, have meaning and to become a part of a family's legacy is my passion.  I am a nurse practitioner and photographer specializing in bringing beautiful art and memories to families.  At first glance, it may seem like nursing and photography have little in common, but in truth, healing happens at the bedside, in the clinic and even from behind the camera.   Love Still Lives Here is my upcoming book (Spring, 2017) and is a book of powerful love-based stories and photographs demonstrating the devotion of families and loved ones impacted by dementia.  Their stories tell us the importance of connections with others, giving and receiving love, hope, trust, faith, exclusion and how to come out on the other side of grief.

I launched a Kickstarter Campaign for Love Still Lives Here a few weeks ago.  

Kickstarter is specifically for CREATIVE PROJECTS.  It helps artists and authors like myself find the resources and support they need to make their ideas a reality.  Love Still Lives Here is a creative project.

Tens of thousands of creative projects - big and small - have come to life with the support of the Kickstarter community.  I want to be one of those!  

People who specifically want to pledge to creative projects venture to Kickstarter and share their favorites with their friends.  This continues to raise awareness of dementia and family Caregiving  and this is good for all of us.

It’s all or nothing- if 100% of my goals is not attained by December 16, 2016 at 1:56PM, the project will not be funded.  No pledges will be collected unless I reach my goal.  

Click  Love Still Lives Here to go to my page.  You can continue to help us raise awareness and share it to your own social media pages.

I am grateful to Carole Brecht for all she does for Caregivers, making the world a better place.  I’m sure if we lived near one another, we would be meeting over coffee in person to encourage each other along our respective journeys.  The 12 families who contributed their stories to my book continue to delight me with their updates and their tears of joy as they clutch the photos I’ve gifted them.  They give me the fuel to continue my work with legacy photography.  I spent years with families and patients who faced the most difficult times they could imagine.  I offered suggestions, made referrals, spent countless hours on the phone and in person, but I received so much more than I gave because there is nothing so honorable than to allow someone into your heart and home.  I have so much to be grateful for.

I live just outside of Austin, Texas but have been known to travel with my camera in hand.  Here are some of the ways to find me:

Carmen with Carmen Buck Photography
Legacy Photography
Round Rock, TX  78665
512-920-2825

Social Media Links:
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Twitter  
Carmen with Carmen Buck Photography~Legacy Photography




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Check out my Paperback/Kindle on Amazon - The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters To Inspire Your Caregiver Journey -bit.ly/ArtistryofCareCBrecht - May my book bless you as you navigate the emotional journey of caring for your loved one. I hope you're inspired, find peace, connection and community. 33 Letters written from my heart to yours. Designed to read on the go, in no particular order. Your daily companion letting you know you're understood and not alone. Too tired to read or focus? Get supported and affirmed by 35 Caregiver Zentangle designs throughout the book. You inspire me. You are my hero. <3

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A recent review on Amazon about my book:

"This beautiful book combines art and poetic text as a collection of letters, mixed with a biographical narrative. It is a breath of fresh air to start the day of any Caregiver. I think it would be fair to call these letters “love” letters because each is filled with honest admiration for Caregivers. Plus the letters are quite brief, so you can read just one each day, easily and quickly, and feel empowered! In them, she creatively addresses the Caregiver differently each time, calling the Caregiver “Protector” “Pillar”, “Air-traffic Controller” and “Peacekeeper” to name a few, thus bringing attention to the vast and multifaceted role Caregivers are called upon to play.

Although original in format, this book is a very honest take on the Caregiving experience and doesn’t hold back on the sometimes cruel realities of the situations you could encounter. But it is also tenderly personal, with writer Carole openly expressing her feelings and occurrences directly to the reader. There is a slight focus on caring for an Elderly parent because Carole references her experience of caring for her mom quite regularly. Yet much of it is relevant for any Caregiver! It almost felt like a conversation just for me! I was able to genuinely connect to Carole and her uplifting and supportive words.

I think what I loved most about this book is how much it makes Caregivers feel so incredibly valued, building a solid sense of pride as you read through and are acknowledged again and again. As Caregivers are still not given as much recognition in our society as they deserve, this book is a welcomed companion – a cheerleader really that all those managing the constant and complex demands of this unsung role will benefit from. 
Thank-you Carole!" -K.H.

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Best Wishes, Carole
cbrecht4@gmail.com


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To read my recent interview with www.nextactforwomen.com


To read my recent interview with www.ellensmithwrites.com 
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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

~National Family Caregivers Month~


by, Jan Steinle

"Sometimes all it takes is a li'l smile, gesture, or light touch to elevate an ordinary moment into the highlight of someone else's day...just like a bow wrapped around a simple gift."

My sister, Jan Steinle, is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT). If you'd like to contact Jan about her teaching a class for your business or for your friends: janbee.steinle@gmail.com Jan designed this Zentangle pattern and she calls it Boze.

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If you are in the throes of caring for a loved one while maintaining your professional and personal life, you're not alone. This month America recognizes "National Family Caregivers Month." 

We number in the multi-millions in the USA. We put others before ourselves. We may feel like we're behind the eight ball much of the time, but we work hard to stay ten steps ahead, trying our best to do a good job. It takes a person with a big heart to do all that you do. You have my respect for doing a job well done. Keep in mind, your physical health and emotional well being are paramount to stay the course and do your best so you'll have no regrets. 

I've been taught from the time I was a little girl that there are silver linings even in the most toughest of times. Even when we feel like our efforts are going unnoticed, you can be sure without you on the scene things would not run as smoothly. I give you a great big Congrats for doing all that you do!

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If you'd like to be a guest blogger, please contact me: cbrecht4@gmail.com I'm always looking for people to highlight that are making a positive difference in the world.

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Check out my Paperback/Kindle on Amazon - The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters To Inspire Your Caregiver Journey - bit.ly/ArtistryofCareCBrechtMay my book bless you as you navigate the emotional journey of caring for your loved one. I hope you're inspired, find peace, connection and community. 33 Letters written from my heart to yours. Designed to read on the go, in no particular order. Your daily companion letting you know you're understood and not alone. Too tired to read or focus? Get supported and affirmed by 35 Caregiver Zentangle designs throughout the book. You inspire me. You are my hero. <3

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From a recent reader: "I love how brief each letter is so you can read just a short piece each day, easily and quickly, and they always leave you feeling empowered! -K.H.

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FREE Kindle app on my book page~
-To get the most accurate preview of the Look Inside feature on my book page - view on a computer. 


Best Wishes, Carole
cbrecht4@gmail.com

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To read my recent interview with www.nextactforwomen.com

To read my recent interview with www.ellensmithwrites.com 
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To follow on Instagram: bit.ly/SanGenIN 

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

~The Sound of Silence~


Mad Dash by Jan Steinle

" It's a reminder to me to stop and smell the roses"

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I was standing in my kitchen the other day and for the first time I realized my kitchen clock over my stove has a rather loud tick to it. I never noticed that before in all the years it's been hanging there. It stopped me in my tracks and I couldn't believe it. That moment in time made me pause - if I haven't heard this sound in my own home, daily, what else am I missing? I was blown away, couldn't believe I never heard it before and it really took me back. Seems minor writing about it now, but at the time, it really made me pause. I started to think how we do so many daily tasks without focus because we're so accustomed to going through the same motions day after day. 

The clock that I do hear everyday, on the hour, is the bird clock that is in my den. It was the last thing left at my parents house of 45 years when we were done liquidating it. The one and only thing left in their home. My Dad is a bird lover and every hour, a different bird's tweet sounds off. 

When I brought home the clock, it took a minute to get used to the noise. I realized how attached I was to it when my son was moving out and he mentioned taking it with him. At that point I said no, but maybe some day. The clock is a special momento to me and I will always cherish it. Reminds me of the beloved home I grew up in and all the great memories I hold near and dear to my heart. 

Next time you're in a hurry, stop and smell the roses! The actually smell quite sweet!

Best Wishes,
Carole
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If you'd like to be a guest blogger, please contact me: cbrecht4@gmail.com I'm always looking for people to highlight that are making a positive difference in the world.
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Check out my Paperback/Kindle on Amazon - The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters To Inspire Your Caregiver Journey - bit.ly/ArtistryofCareCBrecht - May my book bless you as you navigate the emotional journey of caring for your loved one. I hope you're inspired, find peace, connection and community. 33 Letters written from my heart to yours. Designed to read on the go, in no particular order. Your daily companion to let you know you're understood and not alone. Too tired to read or focus? Get supported and affirmed by 35 Caregiver Zentangle designs throughout the book. You inspire me. You are my hero. <3
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From a recent reader: "I love how positive your book is and the art is amazing. I felt comfort & peace when I read your book and I was inspired, the letters are so uplifting." -S.M.
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FREE Kindle app on my book page~
-To get the most accurate preview of the Look Inside feature on my book page - view on a computer. 



Best Wishes, Carole
cbrecht4@gmail.com
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To read my recent interview with www.nextactforwomen.com

To read my recent interview with www.ellensmithwrites.com 
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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

~The Fields That Dreams Are Made Of~


The Fields That Dreams Are Made Of ~ by Joan E. Reisman
circa 1995

I remember having a conversation with Mom about this painting at the time she was painting it. It was never completed, but I liked it enough to frame it. She was decades into being a creative artist in every area of her life. Painting was a new venture in her 60s. She was excited by the possibilities. This is one of my favorite paintings of hers for so many reasons.


She taught me to be a dreamer. So did my Dad, from as far back as I can remember. 


The painting portrays an open, pale yellow sky at dawn and the cranberry trees and bushes rich in color highlight new life on the horizon... what do you see when you see that open field? What do you think of when you look at the painting? How do you feel when viewing it?


The power of imagery has potential for us to feel grounded in a way that words can't. But, the combination of both can create a new thought in seconds. We think in pictures, not words. The saying - a picture is worth a thousand words is accurate!

The SanGen blog (and all of our media) are full of Zentangle Inspired Art created by me and my sister Jan Steinle. You may find peace in that visual experience. A nice way to unwind, find your voice of reason and take a chill at day's end. 

Dream On:::::........*

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Zentangle by Jan Steinle: I used a light hand on the shading for this tangle and I really like the delicate feel of it. A reminder that sometimes 'less is more', and all that may be needed is a gentle touch to let someone know you care or that you're there for them. 

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Enjoy the Fall and all the beautiful colors that will be coming our way very soon! 
Best Wishes, Carole

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To read my recent interview with www.nextactforwomen.com

To read my recent interview with www.ellensmithwrites.com 

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Best Wishes::::::::..........*

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

~P.S. Life Goes On~

Day-O by Jan Steinle

I started this tangle on the beach in Jamaica, my favorite place in the world. It's nice to have somewhere (even just in my imagination) that brings me peace and takes me to a happy daydream. When I look at this it makes me smile. 




It's been a month since I've written a blog post. I've been busy with many other priorities, but it feels really good to be back! I like to post my blog every other Wednesday and I am going to do my best to stick to that schedule. 

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I was mulling over what I'd like to write about in this post and came up with a couple ideas that I'd like to share with you.

Last night I had my clipboard out and was writing down a theme around "P.S." I came up with a list of postscripts I thought I'd share with you. I hope they are thought provoking and will make you think about your perception of life and living. There's no hidden meaning and I wrote them on the spur in this random order:

P.S. You got this~
P.S. Life goes on~
P,S, He said, she said~
P.S. In the year 2525~
P.S. Dear Squeezed One~
P.S. Call me Monday morning~
P.S. Email me~
P.S. The Artistry of Living~
P.S. I love my peeps~
P.S. I thought we talked about this already~
P.S. We Are One~

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My paperback edition and updated Kindle are finally on Amazon! What a milestone and undertaking. It was 2 yrs in the making. I started making outlines in September 2014. I'm so happy to complete this journey and feel good about what the final product looks like and feels like. When I was nearing the end of my book writing/publishing journey, just barely a couple weeks ago, I wrote a summary of sorts for the process of the book and cover design made by my sister Jan Steinle. Here is what I wrote:

Jan designed the front and back cover of the book. She was very involved in this journey and we are strong partners in life and in business. Her Zentangle art is spectacular. I am one of her biggest fans. My Mom's picture on the back cover was the finishing touch. We felt Mom kissed the book, gave her blessing and gave her approval. After all, she is the star in this compilation of Letters written to my fellow Carers of the world.

Mom sent Dad this picture of her when she was 21 and inscribed it to him: 
9/16/48 - To Stan - I love you, Joan


Jan transcribed her inscription on the tangle. We all fell in love with the tangled image of Mom. She looks like an angel. Dad also played a huge role in this trio. He was my editor and we worked side by side for a solid year, collaborating weekly as I generated my blog posts. A true labor of love. I wrote when we were at our rawest, finding a light to give to others that are living through family crisis, aging, special needs and chronic illness. Fighting the big fight of caring for our loved ones. We are created to care for one another from the time we're born. Beginning to end. What was and what will come when Father time comes beckoning us to respond to the needs of others. The life cycle of great love and great loss. We are given coping mechanisms to adjust in life when loss hits us hard. We never forget what happened because everyday that void is present and yet, the great love and memories are what we hold near and dear to our core. That keeps us going. We are right on track and we can do better by supporting those around us who are in the big shoes of caring for another. They need our help, understanding, support and compassion. 

Now that I'm done writing my book, I said to Dad last night - not only do I feel like I gave birth with the book publication, I feel like I just woke up. I have been writing, editing and formatting my journey with my Mom as her primary Caregiver for two years with no breaks. I haven't had the time or presence of mind to really take in what life is like now that she's no longer with us. I can just be, without pressing deadlines and see what is in store for the future. I'm excited to see what doors will open. I'm not sure when I'll start another book. For now, I just want to enjoy the completion of this book and sit back for a minute - and breathe. 

The Artistry of Caregiving: Letters to Inspire Your Caregiver Journey ~ helping you navigate the emotional journey of caring for a loved one. Not meant to be read in any particular order, your daily companion letting you know you are understood and not alone. 

~Do your best, no regrets~

Love, Carole



To read my recent interview with www.nextactforwomen.com

To read my recent interview with www.ellensmithwrites.com 

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Best Wishes::::::::..........*

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