I got an email from a faithful fan, my mom, letting me know that the annual haiku contest was coming up at Filoli Gardens in my area (it’s a must see if you are heading this way and maybe we can meet for tea). With as many balls as I’ve been juggling, I decided to skip it until I got another text from a client that told me the same thing.
The first thing that came out of my mouth was “thanks for letting me know but my plate is full and besides, I lost last year when I entered”. She said “so you can win this time”. I thought wow, this is a tell telling sign of what happens in my psyche. Is winning truly that important?
I say in my book Re-Create & Celebrate, “someone’s got to win, it might as well be you.” I firmly believe that we need to go for what we want and keep a positive attitude. I certainly loved hearing the positivity in my clients voice of encouragement. There are also going to be a lot of doors that close so it’s something we get used to over time.
Life’s wins and loses
Grow resilience and courage
Never stop tryingCindy Georgakas
It’s hard to put yourself on the line and when you are submitting manuscripts to publishers and entering contests and we have to go through a lot of losses and doors slamming in our face until one opens. When I opened my email that day, I got an email from them announcing the contest. When things come in 3’s, it always feels like a message and besides it was a fun break in the action to play in haiku-land so I entered and lost but had fun trying.
petal color bursts
aromatic blooms spring forth
new life’s abundance
tip toe springtime bliss
garden blooming canopies
dancing tulips leap
full bloom color wafts
aromatic scent spring forth
new life’s abundance
My client read the haikus of the winners and said “I like yours better” which was so darn sweet or a lie but nice to hear. So, I actually won two fold by her encouraging me to enter and her faith in my work.
There’s a little bit about Filoli Gardens which is a gorgeous place to visit last years blog post when I entered last year if you’d like to have a look.
BOOK TOUR SCHEDULE UPDATE for Re-Create & Celebrate 7 Steps To Turn Your Dreams Into Reality
I’m delighted Pooja from LIFESFINEWHINE will be our first stop on my tour this Friday so I hope you’ll tune in. To know her is to love her. Pooja is an incredible human being and blogger who writes about everything under the sun, with a humungous following of 25,000 followers and helps everyone that comes her way. She also offers services to help you in any capacity you might need. She will be posting in on Thursday on her site and I’ll share it Friday.
May 11th: Pooja Gudka from LIFESFINEWHINE
May 15th: Gabriela Maria Milton Short Prose Fiction and Literary Revelations
May 15th: Diana Wallace Peach Myths of the Mirror will be including me in her book reviews
May 22nd: Robbie Cheadle Robbies Inspiration
May 25th or 26th: Yvette Prior from Priorhouse Blog
For the blog tour: Cindy is giving away PDF/ePub copies of “Re-Create & Celebrate to three of the most regular participants in the comments section of the tour posts. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win a copy of these books!
Have a wonderful day and rest of your week until we meet again on Fri-Yayyyy and remember it’s not whether you win or loose, it’s that you keep going for what you want and living your life your way!
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All Rights Reserved
Wow….you will be so busy Cindy…i will be looking forward to read you over the blogs you mentioned…i can’t wait to have a copy of your book…❤️❤️❤️
I know Mich!~!! I’m not sure how y’all doing but I’m following in your footsteps. That’s so kind and then I’ll finally get to read yours.. 😅
🌹❤️ Just have fun 😊
Oh thanks a lot!!!! ❣️
A Ku Contest? How fun is that?
It was really fun.. You can enter next year!!! 🙏🏼
Cindy dawwwwlinkkkk, I absolutely love your spirit. I learned, as you have throughout the years, that when things don’t look or go the way you hoped, it wasn’t your time…yet, if at all. Sometimes God directs you to something that is better and more of an opportunity than you think. But your determination to continue going anyway, is my daily mantra. I applaud you my Energizer Mama! 👏🏼🐇🐱🏍😊💖 So proud of you! 🤗
Love this as I say this to people often when they are frustrated etc.”it wasn’t your time…yet, if at all. ” “Up until know you have not done that yet”.
Such an important way to reshape our mindset. Love that Kym.. great minds. I’m most appreciative of your comments that fuel my Wednesday today my friend! Thanks so much! 💞🙏🏼😘
Oh my dear Cindy Dawwwwlinkkkk, you are so very welcome. The attitude and energy that you have is contagious to us, and we recalibrate when we have to. It’s all about the gift of survival, mind, body and soul. Thank you my Energizer Mama!!! 😊💖🌞🥂😎 Hugs and smooches!!! 😘💋🥳
Oh what a lovely thing to say and of course I agree with every word. it takes one to know one and you are the mother of positivity!
Oh girlfriend, I ain’t too sure about the Mother of Positivity thing, but I try not to rain on nobody’s parade! ☔☔☔ That’s just how we roll Mama! Love you more! 😍💖🥰
That happens, doesn’t it. Luckily, there are more contests!
Exactly so Jacqui!!! Always another chance! 💗
On Dear Lord Dear Cindy
Your Client Couldn’t Have Possibly
Been Lying About Your Poem About Flowers
So Beautiful Relating the Joy of Life
Newly Now The Process aS A Whole
God Yes Not the Mechanical Elements
Alone That Materially Reduce What Life Is
And Of Course When You Enter A Contest
Based on The Mechanics of the Science of Art
Like Haiku Based on Someone Else’s
Creative Art Form You Are
Being Judged on Much
LESS Than the
Free Flow of Your
Soul Expanding Your
Mindful Awareness in Life in Art
As You Give Share Care and Heal
Freely With Most Respect and Least Harm for All iN SPiRiT HeART SoUL Free
SMiLes Dear Cindy From Birth We Are Raised in a Society Of ‘HE’ With Little
To No Art That FocuseS oN EXTernal Awards in Competition For Rewards
Even WHere Dirt Naps Are Championed More Than Life in Delusions Of
Heaven And Or Hell And The Tween Somewhere Else Yet Within Now
NO THere is No Reward Possible Greater That Anyone NeW Could
Give me Than When i am in the Intrinsically Rewarding Experience
NoW Of Free FLoWinG Dance And Song (Zen, Samadhi, Satori;
Yes, The Tao, Dao, Chi, Ki, Ka; Yes Autotelic Flow; Etc., Etc.) So
Many More Unlimited Metaphors in Form for An Experience Now
Yes New at Essence of Naked Enough Whole Complete ALL
YeS ETernAlly Now WHeRE ALL Time, Distance, Space,
And Yes Even A Matter With Things Melts Away Yes
At Essence Becoming the All in All Center Point of
Existence FRiEnDS With Gravity Balancing WHere
There is No Possibility of Adding or Subtracting Any
Part to the Experience of Being Whole mY FRiEnD
Naked Enough Whole Complete Moving Connecting
in This Area
of Life SeeKinG
to Win May Only Be a Greatest Loss
TaKinG AWay A Bit of Nirvana, Bliss,
In the Moment New
Eternally Now Yes
Beyond All Time,
And a Matter With Things
It Seems What You Teach
Might Surely Take You to this
Place Where Winning and Losing
Has No Value or Meaning at All With SMiles
As Your Bird Flies Free With Wings Securely on
of Existence Balancing Complete
As Cindy’s Art BRings Joy Surely Whole Complete
Yes Naked Enough As iS mY FRiEnD With SMiLes…
You Need Never Doubt What You Art As It is Your
Soul Set Free
God Yes Set Free From
Only a CuLTuRE ‘Seeing’ ‘He’
As That Relates to Competition
And Wins That May Actually Become Losses in Practice
As Winning Becomes More Important in Doubt Than Faith of What
YouR FRiEnDS See As YouR Art iN Soul Value For Real Now With SMiLes…
Now of Course When it Comes to MaKinG Money And Eating That’s A Whole Different ‘Beast’
Hehe Yes Much of my Opinion May Be in Part the FAct Money MaKinG is No Longer Any Part
Of my Life Nor Status or Power As Naked Enough Whole Complete Has no Hierarchy at All
Thank you so much for your words of wisdom and appreciating always dear Fred!
Smiles back at you! 💗
Always A Pleasure
Dear Cindy Your
Poetry And Other
Life Gifts Always
I appreciate that so very much Fred! ❣️
Thank you, Cindy, for the encouraging words! I have two books about nature and looking for
a nature loving publisher or an agent; wish me luck!
Congratulations on all your achievements!
You’re most welcome Joanna and thank you for yours! Oh this is so very exciting for you. Well I’m a nature loving person so I can’t wait to have a coffee table copy when it comes up. Good Luck with all of that. The right one will show up!
Thanks for recognizing the effort and labor of love in creation!
Love the haikus, Cindy! <3 sorry i missed them earlier!
Oh so glad to hear Cheryl. You’re here and that’s what matters. Happy for that! 💞
I really liked your haiku Cindy, it was vivid; colorful & evocative! 👌👏
Why thanks dear Ken. How dear of you! 💞🙏🏼
Wonderful, what a great way to keep busy.💕
Thanks Laleh.. Yes, it was worth carving out the time!❣️
Right you are Cindy winning is a matter of choice rather than an accolade on a mantel in time. All the best on your book tour! Have a lovely and majestic day. Waking up to another day, one already has first prize!
This is so very true Suzette and I so agree with you~! Oh thank you so very much.
Love this… “Waking up to another day, one already has first prize!”
💗🙏🏼 Lovely majestic bliss to you too 🙏🏼💗
Thank you Cindy. Happy Wednesday!!
A sign from heaven for you Cindy!
All the best my dear friend
Oh I love the ring of that Sadje! Thank you so much!! 💗
You’re most welcome my friend
Listen to your mom. ❤️🦋🌀🙏🌹
🤣😂🤣. I am sooooo laughing about that!!! when you read my book, you’ll laugh more! 💗 Thanks Sheila! 🥰
Wonderful haikus! Have a wonderful day, I sending you a huge hugs!!! 🤗🤗🤗❤️🥰🌹💞💕
Sooo happy you liked them Giada! Thanks for dropping in as always and the beautiful hugs!!!~ back at cha 🙏🏼💗🤗🥰
Absolutely wonderful, Cindy. LOVE your haiku.💕
Thank you so very much Grace! Happy to hear 💗
Truly my pleasure , dear Cindy 💕
My pleasure 💕
All in good news post. Must – hear one of course. Thanks for sharing, Cindy.
Hi Eunice! Good to see you! How’ve you been? oh yes and thank you so much for your kind comment! ❣️
It’s great to be competitive, but also good to stop and smell the flowers: they’re so beautiful 🌺
See you on tour 😎 🎸 🤩
You’re so right about that Ingrid!!!! Does running by them with deep breaths and whiffs count? 🤣💐They are popping everywhere in my yard right now and gorgeous. Yes, I’ll meet you there! ❣️
No, it doesn’t 😅 but yes, I hear you 🏃♀️ 🌸 🤪
I love your haiku, Cindy, and also your energy and positivity! Congrats on the tour that I look forward to. I don’t know Pooja, but it’s great to meet new people in this community. Hugs 💗🎉
Thank you so much Lauren!
I’m so delighted to hear that you enjoyed my haiku and are looking forward to the tour. Oh you will love her! It’s always fun to meet our friends and share them.
Hugs back~! 💞
Wow! Congratulations on the book tour and the Release Date! I agree with your Mom and blogger friend! You can never win if you don’t play!
Thought you might enjoy this about the Beatles – Turned down by 4 big record labels.
Have a great day, My Dear!!! 😊💖💕🌹
Thank you so very much Chuck.. Can’t believe it’s really happening and so fast~! You are all 3 right and I agree. That’s right! “You can never win if you don’t play!”
Oh thats so cool. I’ve copied it to look at. Thanks for sharing and your support. 💞
Life surprises us at every turn. Winning and losing are just part of a game. It is the journey that matters.
Love the name and cover of your book, Cindy. Can’t wait to checkout Pooja’s post about your book. 😇
It sure does and you’re so right about that Ranjana! Smart attitude. Oh thanks so much. I can’t wait to read it as well!~!!! See you there! Thanks my friend! 💞
Sometimes winning isn’t about actually winning but rather that you tried and enjoyed the experience. I’m so excited to share my review about your book tomorrow! 💕
I really agree with you Pooja! It is soooo true.
Omg tomorrow is my today or yesterday.. I’m excited to share it with my followers too on Fri-Yayyyyyyy AND THANKS AGAIN! ❣️
I think it’s Thursday afternoon for you 😅
Can’t wait!!! 💞
your haiku is stunning, Cindy.
breathes positivity and so very inspiring 🤍
All the best for your busy times ahead… 🤍🤗
OH IM SO GLAD TO HEAR THAT Destiny. thanks so very much! I appreciate that.. See you at Pooja’s tomorrow and I’ll see what you’re up to as well soon! 💞
always a pleasure 🌹
I’m sorry you lost the contest, Cindy, but it was a great poem. 🙂
Oh thanks so much Marsha..It was fun trying and I’m glad you liked it!!! 💗
I don’t do well at contests. Poetry, like anything is subjective. I don’t think my poetry is spectacular, but it is fun to write.
Well, it makes us resilient and I love your poetry and I agree, it’s fun! 💗
You are kind and a lover of all poetry, my friend. 🙂
Thanks for sharing this Cindy 💜
You’re so very welcome and thank you so much!❣️
I love your attitude Cindy and loved your haikus too. You are fabulous and a total winner in my book too!!
That means a lot Karima! I’m happy you like my attitude reflected in my haikus my friend. You’re the best…. thank you so much! 💞
All the very best, Cindy!!!❤️
And to you! Thanks Vidah! 💗
The vibrant colors of your cover complement your positive life vibes. Well-chosen and designed. Your book and your life! 🌟 Best wishes on your book tour. Fun! 👏🏻
Thank you so much Michele. What a kind compliment and I appreciate your support. Hope to see you there and at the launch!!! 💞🙏🏼
You are welcome, Cindy! 📙👩🏻🚀🚀
You have given a great message there
“We need to go for what we want and keep a positive attitude”.
Looking forward to the book
Yes we do!
I found out it’s only available on Kindle in India. Darn it but at least you can read it or maybe you will win!
I’ll see you at Pooja’s later today! ❣️
Thanks always D!
Hope you’re doing better!
I’m doing good
Best wishes CG
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Looking forward to it! And yes, I believe you should enter the haiku competition. Nothing to lose by entering.
I SO AGREE DAWN!!! 💞 THANKS XOXO
Keep up that “Cindy” spirit and it will happen. Don’t ever give up! 💖
Awww thanks Eugi!!! Never ever.like you don’t, won’t never ever!!1 ❣️
We put our heart and soul into our writing and have to remember, you can’t please all the people all the time. 💖
That’s exactly right Eugi!~. It’s a daily lesson alright! ❣️
You are getting so much done! I will try to keep up.
Congratulations on all the publications! Very deserved.
Hi Ana Star… I am on kind of a roll right now, you’re right.. It’s like a being on a moving train and a bit of a blur.. lol. Thanks a lot.. I hope you can be at my launch book party next Sat, May 20th at 8:00 a.m. PST 11:00 a.m. your time I think? No clue what I’m doing but it would be fun to have you..xo 🙏🏼
Truly what matters in life is to try, I cannot guarantee you a victory but I know for sure that you will never win if you don’t try. Congrats on your first book!🎉
Hey Chris, good to see you twice in a day!!! 👏 I totally agree and the victory to finish a first book is huge for me.. thanks for your support Chris. How are you?
I’ll head over soon.. Catching my breath.. its a fun wild ride. 💗
It’s my pleasure. I’m doing well. Not a problem, you can take your time to relax. Glad to hear that the journey has been exciting. Enjoy the rest of the day🤗
Wow Cindy u will be quite busy now. Looking forward to reading your wonderful book. You are an amazing person. Lovely poem too. Thanks a lot 😊🙏🏻😊🙏🏻😊
I’m noticing Kamal!!! Oh I’m so glad you are. It’s only out in Kindle in India darn it but you’ll get to read it there. Oh that is very kind of you, thanks so very much for supporting me on this journey. Hope to see you Saturday! ❣️
Ya Cindy I will see in Kindle and buy your book or download it and read it sounds lovely. Hope to see you too on Saturday 🙏🏼💖🙏🏼😊🤗
oh great.. to hear. I sure hope so! 💞
Yes let’s keep hope alive 🙏🏻🙏🏻
Beautiful haikus, Cindy! I love your positivity. Even if you lose, you smile, that’s your beauty that I always admire. You are capable to add more balls to juggle. Wish you all the best in your endeavours 💖🙏💐
Thank you so very much KK! I’m delighted that you like them and my smile of positivity mostly, thank you so very much for your support always!!💗
Always my pleasure, Cindy! Happy Friyayyyy 💕💐
And Fri-day middle of the night to you now KK. Happy Saturday! ❣️
Lovely haikus, Cindy. I always enter for the inspiration and motivation to create. Winning is just an added bonus and not winning doesn’t matter.
I love your attitude driven by inspiration in creating Robbie. You’re so right! Thanks so much! 💗
Congratulations on your new book publishing. What an achievement!!!
Sometimes those closed doors keep us from dwelling in a place that wasn’t meant for us 💞💞💞
They are lovely pieces, Cindy! Good luck on your book tour, and have fun!
Lovely poems and I just ordered your book! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to read it.
You are most able to go ahead.Happy to hear your written wordings.Cheer ups,dear Cindy!!❤🌻🌹🤗🌹🌻❤
Thanks so much Happy to share.. xo 💞
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