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Artful Adventures – Interview with MaryBeth Shaw

MaryBeth Shaw is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • The Perfect Artful Adventure
  • Jazz
  • Inspiration from Books
  • #IseeStencilsEverywhere
  • Her Artwork in the Book
  • The Fascination of Triangles

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Mary Beth Shaw from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Joi@RR

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    DELIGHTFUL – this was just FABULOUS to see and hear. Thanks bunches two you both. Xj.

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  • JoAnn

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    Wonderful interview – thank you for sharing. I never heard of Diebenkorn – didn’t even know how to spell his name – but will definitely check him out……and maybe use more triangles. Look forward to your book – it sounds fabulous!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      JoAnn, glad you liked it. Let us know what you think of Diebenkorn and also how the triangles go :) Hope you will like the book- thank you so much for your support!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    Oh I can’t wait to listen to this video I love these and listening to you talk. Thanks for sharing with all of us !!!❤❤❤

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Artful Adventures – Interview with Natalya Aikens

Natalya Aikens is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Combining Architecture with Fashion with Art
  • Gathering Inspiration
  • Tactile Art
  • Natalya’s Artwork in my book
  • How life experience changes your appreciation for different art styles
  • Art History and Docent Tours
  • Stitching the ancient architecture of Greece

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Natalya Aikens from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Rae Missigman

Rae Missigman is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa and listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Mark Making
  • Free Motion Stitching
  • Signing your work
  • Zoning in
  • Rae’s Artwork in the Book
  • Nonsense and Dr. Seuss
  • Elves :)

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Rae Missigman from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

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  • Rae Missigman

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    this made me laugh. again. such a dork on camera I am – oh well it was fun none the less! Keep up all the amazing work you do Nat – you are an inspiration to us all! xo Rae

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      you are the cutest- you made me laugh so hard …well…it is cut out ;) Thank you for your time – love ya!!!! Nat

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Making of Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Besides writing my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media I also found it fascinating what steps are involved in writing a book like this, how much time it takes and how many people are involved in this process. I thought you might also find it interesting and so here we go:

It all started late October 2015 when I sent in a Book Outline/Proposal to the Publisher. Well “started” might be a bit of a lie, because writing a proposal and put that all together actually means I have had a couple weeks to think about my idea and lay it out in a proposal.

By December my book was approved and I received the contract. Boy – I cannot tell you how excited I was. With the contract came the outline of deadlines and the 1st one approaching right in January 2016 – The Page Plan. A page plan is a detailed sketch for every single page in the book. That one was a hard one , because I hadn’t even started writing yet, but it really was the foundation for my book and helped me determine how I wanted to structure the book. It is also important for the editor to see that you actually can fill every page.

The next big deadline was June 2016 to send in all preliminary step-outs as well as the artwork for the photoshoot. Every single day from January to June I was writing and creating art work for the book. I ate a lot of avocado toast ….in a cafe close by because for the writing I often went there. It really helped me focus- as weird as it sounds.

For the techniques shown in the book I had to create all the physical step outs for the photo shoot. It took a lot of time to create these – especially since you have to create things several times in different stages.

Everything from the artwork, to the step outs and the materials used, had to be labeled and bagged and then made ready to be shipped before the shoot.

The Photoshoot in June was a huge fun – I met my editor Noel in person and I got to work with Christine again, who was shooting every single step out for the book. I also met the designer for my my book to talk about how I would envision it and a lot of other people involved in my book from the Marketing Department to the Managing Editor etc.You can read more about the shoot here.

We went through the photoshoot quicker than planned and so the video team who knew me already from my DVD shoot suggested we should spontaneously also do a video shoot for a trailer for the book. I love how this came together- check it out :)

After the shoot I checked the manuscript again to see where the actual photos would go,  and I finalized the text for the step outs. In August my manuscript was due in it’s entirety.

Then it went back and forth several times between me and the editor. In October the book went to the Copy Editor and in November I finally got to see a first glimpse of the cover and of the design of the book. I seriously cried  – it was so cool too see and it started feeling so much closer to the actual book.

And then in January 2017 I received the book with all the graphics, design and photos for a final review before it went a last time for a final review to the managing editor . Another highlight.

Finally in February the book went to the printer and Artful Adventures in Mixed Media will be released in June 2017. It is on Pre-Sale now :) Quite a journey, isn’t it? Over 1 1/2 years – and I am sooo antsy now- LOL – I want it out and I cannot wait to hold it in my hands ;)

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  • Shelley Graham Turner

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    Wow that is a long process, but so worth it. I can’t wait to get my copy! You need to seriously pat yourself on the back. If I were to attempt something like that it would take me forever – starting with just finding a clean spot in my work area to take a photo! Lol

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      thank you so much Shelley :) I might do the pat when the book is finally here- LOL. You could do it too ;)

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  • Birgit Koopsen

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    This was so much fun to read! Wow, the process! Can’t wait to see the book in real!
    Miss you! <3

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      <3 I miss you too my wonderful friend. And your artwork in the book is the icing on the cake :)

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  • Julie B

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    P.S. If you should ever decide to sell the canvas that is on the cover of your book, can I be offered the right of first refusal? (like I would refuse? LOL!) I LOVE THAT PIECE!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Julie, I would sell it. Contact me if you are interested and I send you a picture of it, details and price ;)

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      • julie b

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        Yes, please do! Thx!

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  • Julie B

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    Wow! The amount of time to make this book is like giving birth twice. Thank you for showing the behind the scenes process and kudos to you for making it. I can’t wait for my copy of it and preoordered it when you came out to teach at AWOH. I’m so excited for you!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you Julie for ordering it- you are the best! Loved seeing you at AWOH – I hope to see you there again :)

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  • Nancy Sapp

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    I was astonished by the process & ALL the hard work that it entails! You & Julie are SO talented so it’s no surprise that you wrote this book.
    So VERY proud of you!
    In awe of your talent from central IL
    Nancy

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  • Liz Saxen

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    It’s so cool to see a little of all the work that goes into doing your book. I have pre-ordered it already. 😊 can’t wait to get it. Congratulations.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Glad you liked reading about the process Liz and thank you so much for preordering the book <3

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  • Rosie Grey

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    How exciting to see how this came all together! I can’t wait to see your book!

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Julie Fei-Fan Balzer

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I thought it would be interesting to hear more about her and some of her thoughts. Grab a seat and a cuppa , or listen to this interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • How Julie started painting
  • Blogging as part of our daily routine
  • Changing career paths and what was the hardest about it
  • Curiosity means Growing
  • Theater and Theater stage sets
  • Her artwork in the book
  • Eye Obsessions
  • Dinosaurs

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Julie Balzer from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

Comments (6)

  • JoAnn Campisi

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    My two favorite artists, side by side. What could be better. Loved the interview and the easy way with which you interact.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      So glad you enjoyed the interview, JoAnn – have a wonderful day!!!

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  • Nancy G.

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    What a great conversation.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      So glad you enjoyed it Nancy! have a wonderful start into the week!

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Interview with Jimmy Leslie

Jimmy Leslie is part of my book Artful Adventures in Mixed Media and I am so super stoked about the artwork and thoughts he contributed, that I wanted to interview him a bit more in depth. Grab a seat and a cuppa , or listen to this extensive but super interesting conversation which I think you will enjoy. We are talking about things like

  • Does the world need art?
  • Thoughts on mentoring
  • Is art work?
  • Jimmy’s Sketchbook
  • Jimmy’s Artful Adventures
  • Why we should embrace WEIRD
  • Art is Problem Solving
  • Who is Lloyd? and
  • How we look at artwork

Artful Adventures in Mixed Media Interview with Jimmy Leslie from Nathalie Kalbach on Vimeo.

I hope you enjoyed the interview- let us know what you think about some of the topics.

You can find Jimmy and more of his artwork here:

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You can Pre-Order Artful Adventures in Mixed Media now

 

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  • Joi@RR

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    Thank you Nat. Super neat. So excited about your book :) Xj.

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  • Jackie

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    Loved the interview! I enjoy “getting to know the artist” videos. Thanks for sharing this with us…and look forward to more.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- so glad you enjoyed the interview Jackie! there are more coming soon :)

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  • Kim

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    Loved listening to this – not only was it full of great tips on how to get inspired, it was just enjoyable to learn more about Jimmy and to hear his funny stories. If you’re in an art rut or just need some positive vibes, I recommend listening to this :) And a note for Jimmy: I would absolutely be interested in watching a video series about a cross country bike trip / sketching / laundry conserving / Artful Adventure so get your go pro’s ready for your summer trip!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      yeah- so glad you enjoyed the interview! I had so much fun and found it so interesting as well!

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media or Thoughts on being a Writer at last

Pinch me, guys! My childhood dream has come true. When I was a little girl and people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I didn’t answer “be an artist” – I said I wanted to become a writer.

I took a lot of detours, and even if it wasn’t in my original plan I became an artist AND a writer. My book, Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Art and Techniques Inspired by Observation & Experience, is going to be released on June 8th, 2017, and is now on PRE-SALE.

I’d like to share the back-story…

My father passed away when I was a baby and my mother had to work a lot to take care of us. Neighbors who lived in the apartment below ours took a liking to me and I spent hours with them almost every day – they became my honorary Aunt Isabell and Uncle Günther. They had a living room with floor-to- ceiling bookshelves on all sides, they took me to the library and helped me get my first library card. I read to them and with them, everything I could get my hands on. And I wrote stories! In fourth grade my teacher sent one of my stories to a national school magazine, it was printed. I was sooooo proud. In my teens I got an old typewriter, heavy as lead, but I banged on it with gusto, starting – but never finishing – epic novels.

I was going to study journalism, I had big plans, but for some reason (perhaps a practical streak) I decided to study law. Well…at least I did a lot of writing as a paralegal, but legal arguments weren’t very interesting. I knew that writing a book would be awesome, but I wasn’t sure what story I would tell.

Things changed when I left the legal world, became a full-time artist, designer, blogger and teacher and then moved to the States. I wrote for my blog, so things were beginning to brew. And this time when I thought about a book I knew it would be about mixed media. A student in my Creative JumpStart 2016 class wrote that she’d like to ‘jumpstart me right back’ and suggested I should write a book about the things that I was already writing about on my blog. This email was so well-timed. It gave me the nudge I needed to write and send a book proposal. (Thank you, Denise G.)

A year later, here I am, an author. Artful Adventures in Mixed Media – Art and Techniques Inspired by Observation & Experience! It took me and the publisher a long time to decide on the title. (They considered calling it Uber Artful Adventures, but maybe they figured that could look like a manual for self-employed drivers so that one didn’t pass muster.)

So, what’s this book of mine about?

It’s an invitation to YOU to go on an Artful Adventure with me. I wrote it to reach everyone I can’t meet in person with my classes, to share the methods that make mixed media accessible to all, no matter their skill level. It’s about the process from inception to realization, how observations and experiences can be turned into works of art. I give practical guidelines and oodles of examples of how I find inspiration, how I gather and keep my ideas in sketchbooks, journals and photos, and what materials go on the journey with me in an Art-on- the-Go kit.

In each chapter there are techniques and step-by- step instructions for projects – stencils, layering, collage, textured painting, mono-printing, photo manipulation, and more, to ensure that the reader can go on their own Artful Adventures and create their own meaningful mixed media artwork!

I cannot wait to finally hold the book in my hands and I cannot wait for you to read it. I am scared and excited at the same time and sometimes just thinking about it makes me jump up and down …To everyone who has followed my blog, taken my classes, shared this journey – YOU made this book possible and for that I thank you!

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  • Julie B

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    Linda said it best. I,too have been blessed with attending one of your live classes and being able to say “yes, I can do this!”. Love, love, love your teaching style, wisdom, humor, laugh but what is this about an accent? Thank you for sharing your backstory. You worked hard to realize your dreams and could not be happier for you and anxiously awaiting my per-ordered copy (hope you will visit next year so I can get it autographed). Congratulations!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so so much Linda- you are the best! I had such a good time with you- your enthusiasm is contagious. And I think I will be back ;) and I cannot wait to see you again! Loves!

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  • Sherry Canino

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    This is so beyond exciting!!! A huge congratulations to you!!! I can not wait to get a copy and thank you for sharing your story with all of us. It’s an honor to be here cheering you on and I so can’t wait to meet you in person it’s all I can think about lol ❤❤❤. Congrats again !!!👏👏👏👏

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      I cannot wait to meet you either! thank you so much for all your support- you are amazing. Have a wonderful week!

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  • Gill K

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    Congratulations on writing your book. It will be great to have, as I can’t get to any of your classes. I enjoy reading your blog & seeing your art. Thank you.

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  • Natalya Aikens

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    What a great story Nat! Can’t wait for my autographed copy!!!

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  • Maura

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    Nathalie, what a wonderful and inspiring story that led you to realizing your dream of becoming an author! Kudos!!!!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe- thank you so much Maura – you are the best! Looking forward seeing you in a couple weeks at Color Crush!

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  • Sue Clarke

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    How WONDERFUL for you and your readers Nat!!!
    Your creativity rocks my world and now I can have it in a book to cherish, hold, read and use.
    Can’t wait to get my copy.
    And congratulations for achieving another dream.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Aweee- Sue!!! You are a big part of this! Thank you for all your support throughout all those years!!! <3 Big hugs and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  • Nancy G.

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    Congratulations on your book and pursuing your dream. Life doesn’t take us in straight lines, yet it gets us to where we need to be. Your story is inspiring.

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Thank you so much Nancy! You are wonderful and I agree – no straight lines in life :) Have a wonderful weekend!!!

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  • Linda Corbin Young

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    I am so very proud of you and so honored to have attended your classes, absorbed your wisdom, reveled in your humor (and your completely comprehensible accent, thank you!). You’ve given me inspiration, courage to try new techniques, and so many skills. Can’t wait to have you autograph my copy of this masterpiece!

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    • Nathalie Kalbach

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      Awe, Linda- thank you so much – you are amazing and always so supportive! I always love having you in my classes and I hope I will see you in OK again in June …right after the book is out :) Big hugs and have a wonderful weekend!

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  • stephanie

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    Thanks for sharing more about yourself and the inspiration behind the book. So excited for you!

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