I don’t want to navigate negativity.
- Do you know what the hardest part of writing a book is?
- SPARK | “How can I make more time in the day to write with my son?”
- Don’t have much conversation with your kids? Here you go.
- That partner of yours. Yeah, the kid. We still have roles to play. They’re important.
- Spark | Time Capsule: this is one of those moments I want to remember.
- Spark Campfire | Step out of your comfort zone to uncover your true message
- Everyone is born a genius
- Here’s what I’m giving my nieces for Christmas
- The 1/4″ drill bit, Bali, cocktails on the beach, love, pride, and Spark
- Is your goal to have fun or win an award?
- I recorded an 11-second video 4 years ago that’s the foundation of my next book.
- Don’t wait 12 years. Please.
- It’s not only for you and your kids but your grandkids … and beyond.
- Is there anything possibly worse than not starting the project?
- Oops. That’s what I forgot: a story.
- The One Recipe Cookbook (and how to finish a project together with your kids)
- Best books for doing activities with your kids, creating family memories, and building relationships between parents and children
- Spark: It’s about creating something from nothing. Let’s create a subtitle, shall we?
- People like us do things like this
- Why Spark? Why me? Why you? Why now?
- What if I’d like to be one of the people like you who do things like that?
- Permission to … change my book title?
- Write a book with your kids? 43 elements for success. 42 are optional.
- It seems like backwards math, but by creating, we are actually “getting” more than we are “giving.”
- The Widow and the Orphan
- Spark Love: About that 1 mandatory element of the 43…
- Recipe for Love
- Kids need to crash their bikes to learn how to ride.
- Spark at “#1 New Release in Parent Participation in Education”
- Spark has hit #1 in Parenting in Free Books
- Spark Campfire
- When you document it, it becomes more real
- It takes as long as the time allotted
- I don’t want to navigate negativity.
- What’s the one little spark going to be that sets off the creativity in you (or your child)?
- Spark Campfire February 2019
- Find someone who believes he is alone and convince him that he is not.
- Well, wait a minute. That wasn’t so hard.
- Someone out there could use the help from the you of today
- I just got off the phone with my niece (and why that’s important).
- How to structure your non-fiction
- Spark Campfire | I wish I knew my nephew
- Spark Campfire | Why are you the person to write this book?
- Spark Campfire | Can we write a book and be less in front of a screen?
- Spark Campfire | How we define success
- Spark Campfire | So, you say you don’t have a book idea?
- Spark Campfire | Think about your audiobook before you thought you needed to
- Spark Campfire | Time Capsule
- Spark Campfire | Sweat Hut
- Spark | How do you answer the question, “What are you working on?”
- Spark: Ch. 3: Message in a Bottle
- The risk of remaining tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom
- Spark Campfire | Who can say what you want to say better than you can?
- Imagine yourself as a published author.
- Writing & Publishing: Why do we go to the gym? Wait, I don’t go to the gym. Exactly.
- Write Your Worst Book Ever
- This is what co-creating a book looks like
- Don’t do what you want to do but they want to do
- “Drama” audiobook is DONE!
- SPARK |Tell me your fears
- 7 Questions for Spark
- Spark Campfire | Did I mention we’re going to get it done?
- Spark | Thanks for your gift of sharing yourself through this book.
- “I get to be the fun mom.”
- “Our story has to be told.”
- SPARK authors Meg and Matthew Leal are #1 on Amazon!
- “Oh, next year will be better.”
We’re at #1 in Parent Participation. We’re going to kill it with positivity.
Do you like how I used “kill it” and “positivity” in the same line?
A little Glass is Half Full humor there. Thought you might get a kick out of it.
I’m new to the Parenting section of Amazon. Maybe I just don’t know enough, don’t have a Ph.D. in child psychology.
“Spark” was #1 in Parent Participation and the #2 book is called “Navigating Negativity.”
For the record, I in no way, shape, or form pretend to believe or even imagine that there is little or negativity in the world–or even my kids (or me!).
But why focus on it?
My goal with Spark is simple: to create something together with your kids.
Is there more? Sure there’s more. Lots more. There will be negative, too. Let me think back to our first book and see if I can dig up some negative:
- “Oh no, dad, not the book project again!”
- “You mean I have to record the WHOLE chapter myself?”
- “Dad, I don’t know who’s ever going to buy this book. Who wants to read about two boys walking home from school?”
Here’s the difference: I write those three lines above with a smile on my face. I think it’s funny–and fun. Sure, my kids complain, but they’ll laugh about it someday. They’ll look back and remember this event.
I write lots about how and what we remember. Here are two scenarios:
- I went to Paris for the weekend and everything went smoothly.
- I went to Paris for the weekend and my hotel flooded when the singing wanna-be opera star in the room upstairs couldn’t hear the bathtub overflowing because she was “rehearsing” and it was a rain forest in my hotel room for an hour.
My intention with Spark is not a smooth-sailing, forgettable experience.
I want a flawed experiment. A story-telling-worthy endeavor. Something to tell Auntie Joan about at Thanksgiving.
Does that mean no navigating the negative? No. We can meander through the swamp of the “negative” all we want, but we can’t let it sink in.
Step out of the swamp, clean off your boots, and laugh about it.
When people don’t laugh, I’m not sure they know they’re alive.
When we’re dead, we can frown and complain into eternity.
But while we’re here? Let’s keep it light. Let’s spark that kindling and make a story of it.