Positivity and Inspiration

A Little Change Can Make a Big Difference

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I had a call from a lady named Annie last week. She had just finished reading my book Love, Care and Share. I asked her what part of the book spoke to her the most. She expressed that it was the story about how my mother helped me during my marriage separation and ultimate divorce. For those of you who have not read Love, Care and Share this is the part in the story. It was the summer of 1997 and I had just come back from dropping off my two-and-a-half-year-old son, Reigan, to my wife’s local backyard apartment. I was noticeably upset. My mother was living with me at the time and as I came back into my house she asked me to sit down at the kitchen table. She then joined me in the chair beside me. Mom asked me to face her and look into her eyes and she said these words Read More

From Book To Movie

First Book Author Gets Movie Deal

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How a Dream Came True: Everyone has a story. Sometimes it is our own story but sometimes it is a story we know about, and one that we know must be shared. My story is about how I knew I had to share my Mother’s story. A story that could spread more love, empathy and compassion into this world. Over the past few weeks, I have been wondering what I can share with you about this journey I have followed to get to “here”. What I mean by “here” is we have completed the production budget for the major motion picture “Second Line West”. This is the movie that is based on my book, “Love, Care and Share”. Second Line West was in screenplay development for 18 months with top professionals in the movie industry. How an unknown writes an incredible story So, how does a non-published writer, a man who has never written a Read More

Positivity and Inspiration

Change Your Thoughts and Spring into Nature’s Ebb and Flow

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Last year a powerful thought literally stopped me in my tracks. I had never had this kind of thought before. See, I had always lived in pursuit of things and plans which I had believed I had to chase aggressively. Often I got caught up in thoughts and feelings which at times led to anxiety and frustration. The paradigm-shifting thought came to me while I walked along the Credit River beside my home. It was a brilliant spring morning and the sounds of the birds reminded me that nature was about to awaken for a fresh new season. The sky was blue and the trees were beginning to come to life again; I enjoy walking in nature to settle and relax my mind into Mother Nature allowing her to mother me. These walks are my own definition of prescribed therapy. As I gazed at the fast flowing wide river, it represented a metaphor of my Read More

Positivity and Inspiration

The Eagle Within – Christmas and Holiday Wishes to You All

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The Eagle Within In a barn somewhere there was a birth This baby bird cracked the shell and started life He was born into a chicken farm He walked with the chickens He ate with the chickens He slept with the chickens But he never believed he belonged He always thought there was something more One day he saw a bird flying high above the farm It was the most beautiful bird he had ever seen He could not take his eyes off this bird As it soared off across the field He continued to walk with the chickens Eat with the chickens And sleep with the chickens But he never forgot the site he saw that day One day he found himself on the top of the barn He had made his journey all the way to the top From here he could see all the chickens down below He looked out over the Read More

Positivity and Inspiration

The Power of a Gift

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I woke up today thinking about the book I have written called Love, Care and Share. I was remembering something many people have said to me during book signings and others in my life who have read this book. There was a common comment that I have heard, “This book needs to be shared. After reading this book it should be passed on to another.” I have thought about why this has been said so often and wondered if there is something bigger at work here. Opening the computer to start my day I was delighted to see another review of this book roll in. I share it with you now: My name is Brittney! We met at my mom’s house (Rachel) in Georgetown about two weeks ago.  You were kind enough to give a copy of your book to both my brother Chase and myself.  I wanted to let you know I just finished Read More

Positivity and Inspiration

Happy Canada Day! Let’s Appreciate Nature and Each Other Every Day!

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When I was 9 years old my family and I moved from the suburbs to a rural country setting. Transferring to 2nd Line West was a big change for me. It was a move away from good friends from my public school as well as my minor hockey friends. This house was originally purchased as an investment property that was rented out until Mom decided to move us there in 1972. Just after the purchase I recall Dad driving me up to that sprawling ranch bungalow on two acres, with hedges running down each side of the eighty foot driveway. The property also had an in-ground pool at the back left corner, with a pool house and change rooms. The pool area was very removed from the house. The tool shed bordered on the north side of the property line. As Dad and I walked through the empty house he said, “Come with me. I’ve got Read More

Positivity and Inspiration

How I Wrote My Book in Under Four Months

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I have always enjoyed finding the right words to fit into my poetry! However, it was a brand new experience for me when I wrote my book in under four months – no less! My youngest sister and I started this journey side by side 5 years ago. After we all lost our incredible and amazing mother. We interviewed the people together planning to include their insights in the impending book. Then we agreed that Julie would write the book and as I have a strong sales background, I would follow through with marketing and selling our mother’s uplifting and inspirational life story. After we had completed the interview process with 18 people, my sister was not responding to my calls and I knew something was up. Many weeks went by and I finally connected with her. Julie then expressed to me that she could not write this book. Something was holding her back. As she told Read More

Book Signings

Want To Meet Tom Herstad at Your Local Indigo?

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Meet Tom Herstad at Your Local Indigo Local Author Sheds Inspirational Light At Indigo Book Signings: If you or any of your friends and family would like to meet Tom Herstad, the author of the Inspirational Autobiography “Love, Care, and Share,” you have three chances to meet him this month starting next week. Come and be inspired by him and ask him any questions you may have about life, inspiration and about why and how Tom Herstad wrote his book: 1)    September 17th, 2016 Where: Oakville, Ontario Indigo’s Oakville – 310 North Service Rd., West, (in Dorval Crossing shopping center) Who: Tom Herstad, Author of Inspirational Autobiography “Love, Care, and Share,” Why: Tom Herstad will sign copies of the book “Love, Care, and Share,” Date:  Sept 17, 2016 Time: 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. 2)   September 18th – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Where: at Indigo – Milton Crossroads, 1180 Steeles Ave, East, Milton, Ontario 3)    September Read More

Content posts

The Many Benefits of Eating Together As a Family

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Up to a couple of decades ago families always had Sundays to reunite, catch up and reload. Sunday was the day to spend time together, eat together, relax and watch favorite shows together. This was the time before mobile devices and multi TVs in each of our homes. The balance of the week was crammed with work and chores for adults and school and extra-curricular activities for the children. I remember Saturdays were shopping and errand days. My many memories of our Sundays are how we spent the day experiencing music together. I remember Dad taking one of us on his motorcycle for a ride or driving the family-full car from one relative to another. One of the defining factors for me which represented the end of the weekend was the TV show “Tiny Talent Time”, which aired at 5 o’clock Sunday afternoon. Those days were full of wonderful times and the Sundays consisting of Read More

Positivity and Inspiration

Let Mother Nature Nurture and Mother You

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There are many books and blogs dedicated to the subject of building and enjoying a better life, becoming happier and how to become more successful in your personal life and career. Here are some of my lessons learned and surprising ways forward which may help you with the above: 1. When You’re Feeling Low, Go and Help Someone Else. In other words, love care and share! In our fast paced, stress-filled lives, we can all succumb to getting the blues, or getting depressed. And sometimes we are too deeply in the situation to recognize it or know how to get out from under the grey, all-consuming cloud. You can drag yourself out of the darkness by taking the focus away from yourself and your issues. Whether they are health, love, family or business problems, it’s easier to get busy by helping someone else. Getting an opportunity to do the smallest chores, even getting your elderly Read More