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Celebrating One Year of Starry Blue Brilliance

1024px-Van_Gogh_from_Space*Photo: Van Gogh from Space, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Credit: USGS/NASA/Landsat 7, Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Thanks to your encouragement and loyal readership, my website starrybluebrilliance.com turned 1 this week.

I started Starry Blue Brilliance one year ago as a resource for learning and sharing corporate communication best practices to help our businesses and organizations succeed.

With your support, it continues as a “masterpiece” in progress that we create together as shown by these stats:

  • 63 total posts
  • 405 subscribers
  • Viewed by 96 countries

and these comments:

“Peggy, when I met you several years ago I recognized you as a great mom to my student Chris, but also as someone who was a great communicator. I only learned later that it was in fact your career. When starrybluebrilliance.com was launched, I was blown away. As you remember, I recommended that you should not only be writing, but should be consulting to companies. Peggy, you are great. Let’s let the world know.” – Bill Bryson, retired businessman and teacher

“Thanks Peggy for continuing to provide such great info time after time. I don’t know how you do it! You’ve created a unique blog that is a must-read for communicators looking for insights and tips that are immediately useful. I especially appreciate the many templates and forms you’ve made available for download including the Storytelling Feedback Tools and the Perfect Fit questions. You always have great content, great links and great artwork. Congratulations! I’m looking forward to the next year. Keep it coming!”Paul Barton, ABC, Principal Consultant, Paul Barton Communications LLC

Thank you again for making this important milestone possible!

“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me  a story and it will live in my heart forever.” – Indian Proverb

*Photo description: In the style of Van Gogh’s painting Starry Night, massive congregations of greenish phytoplankton swirl in the dark water around Gotland, a Swedish island in the Baltic Sea. Phytoplankton are microscopic marine plants that form the first link in nearly all ocean food chains. Population explosions, or blooms, of phytoplankton, like the one shown here, occur when deep currents bring nutrients up to sunlit surface waters, fueling the growth and reproduction of these tiny plants. To learn more about the Landsat satellite, visit http://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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Where Was I?

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For the past three weeks, I’ve thought of what I could write about next.

In “Looking Inwards: How Self-Reflection Strengthens Leaders” by leadership development advisor Beth Armknecht Miller, CMC, I learned that “self-awareness gives you the ability to understand your emotions, strengths, weaknesses, drives, values and goals, and recognize their impact on others.”

By taking some time off of writing my blog, I discovered that writing is truly my passion. I’ve always wanted to write a book, but didn’t know where to start, until I read Write Your Book Now! An A to Z Guide to Unleashing Your Creativity, Writing Your Book Fast, And Finishing Strong by Lynda McDaniel and Virginia McCullough.

In their book, Lynda and Virginia encourage writers to “jump in where they find their greatest passion.” My greatest passion is writing to help my readers feel inspired, solve a problem or reach their goals.

Self-reflection helps you realize your passion in life, and that is what I wanted to share with you.

Thank you for helping me realize my passion.

“Tell me a fact and I’ll learn. Tell me the truth and I’ll believe. But tell me a story and it will live in my heart forever.” – Indian Proverb (also included in Lynda and Virginia’s book)