Recipe for Love
- 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.”
Separately, the ingredients are bland.
They might not organically co-exist naturally but when
- Oil + vinegar = salad dressing
- Hydrogen + oxygen = water
- Teenage boys + work = (unknown)
The sum of the parts are sometimes unrecognizable when compared to the separate elements.
Love is one of those odd elements that doesn’t make mathematical sense.
- We all have some,
- We all want more,
- We all have plenty to give,
- Yet we often struggle to both give it and receive it.
But when we can both give and receive and then the other side of the equation also gives and receives, it’s love.
We’re going to solve the mathematical Recipe for Love once and for all.
This is part of “Spark: How to write a book with your kids–and why you should.” Last night I gave a speech about how to plant the seed to get this endeavor started. This week, it’s about what we’re creating. What we’re creating–as much as we thought we were creating was a book–is love.
The thing about love is that it doesn’t exist on its own. It can’t exist in a vacuum and it’s a little bit like the story about if a tree falls in the forest and no one is around, does it make a sound?
We need someone to love–and we need that someone to love us to make the connection work.
Let’s get back to the topic at hand: creating with a child.
If I write a book then I have a book.
If my child writes a book, he has a book.
But if we create it together, we have more than a book. We have:
What else could we add to the list when we create together with someone else? The “experiment” part of the equation is relevant because we cannot predict what will happen. We don’t know the “ingredients” (the elements) of the two sides well enough to know exactly what the outcome will be.
Oh, and by the way: that’s good news.
When you don’t know what’s going to happen, that adds elements of adventure, surprise, and the glorious world of the unknown–which is a universe where children thrive (and where parents often struggle to survive).
I see so much of this visually. I need to find 4 words that I can write on 4 lines where I can find the letters L O V E vertically–very Scrabble-like.
Let’s get a quick list going and I can rearrange the letters:
- Hmm, I need an L and a V …
For now, just cherry picking a few:
- Laughs, Listen,
- Own, Together
I think we might have it.
The beauty of this recipe is that everyone will make it different. Let’s take a look at some of the case studies I have for the upcoming Spark book.
- One-Recipe Cookbook: Rina wanted to make a 24-recipe cookbook. It was never going to be finished. One and Done.
- Space Dogs: uncle and niece collaborate on an intergalactic adventure–with dogs.
- Elemental P: Matthew and mom took to stick figures and the alphabet and now tour schools with their story.
Those are just a spattering of what might happen. Yet they started out with the same ingredients: mostly
If you had the ingredients, oh, I’m sorry, you do have the ingredients. How can I help you get into the kitchen and get this adventure started?
Join us at https://spark.repossible.com to get washed up and ready to create something that didn’t exist before.
Chemical Formula for Love
Main points I want to get across.
- Last week: elements needed (43 total, 42 optional, 1 required: love)
- This week: results of experiment: exponentially more love.
Main Timeline / Structure
- Last Week vs. This Week
- Last week we learned that we only needed love to create the project together.
- Listen: to pay attention
- Own: to recognize as having full authority
- Value: to consider with respect
- End: to bring to an end or conclusion
Alright, working on another version. Here goes. Speech is in an hour. Looks like I’m going to be winging it. It’s OK, I like winging it.
It is so much easier for me to talk about the stories of the other families than my own story. It’s not bragging, it’s new and interesting for me, I’m “allowed” to boast about their work, I can make them sound like