Tag Archives: dreams


CTV Morning Live in Ottawa

Left to right, Author Colleen Kleven, CTV Morning Live in Ottawa Hosts Kurt Stoodley, Lianne Laing, and Jeff Hopper

I’ve always been FASCINATED by the patterns created on the surface of water when something breaks through that first layer of water tension.

I’m talking about those CONCENTRIC CIRCLES that form when you drop a pebble into a pond.

LIFE works the SAME WAY. One single action or event will begin a pattern that ripples outward.

For example, in early December of 2011 (yes, that would be LAST YEAR), I received a call from John Kretzschmar, Founder/Publisher/Editor of The Valley Meteor (www.valleymeteor.com), a locally owned and operated paper for the community of Valley East.

Kretzschmar interviewed me for the December issue of the paper. In the article, he graciously recommended my book, The Beginner’s Guide to Chick Night, as a gift for out-of-town friends and family members.

We had a great conversation. In addition to the interview, Kretzschmar and I discussed the career paths that had led him to start a newspaper and me to write my first book.

Don’t you LOVE finding out HOW people got from “there” to “here”?

One week later, I took a call from Tamara Ischenko, Reporter for CTV Sudbury. (www.northernontario.ctv.ca)

She wanted to do an interview in my home. When she and her videographer, Terry arrived, we sat in my kitchen and talked about ways for women to enjoy the holiday season – even if they are HOSTING the “main event”.

Off-camera, we had a great chat about Christmas prep and about our children. What a nice way to spend a morning!

The very NEXT day, I received a call from Charlene Peck, Special Publications Editor with the Parry Sound North Star. (www.cottagecountrynow.ca)

She was interested in doing a story on my book. We talked about it and about ways for moms to reduce holiday stress.

While we were chatting, Peck mentioned that she was originally from Stoney Creek and had chosen to live in Parry Sound. I told her that I had moved to Northern Ontario after growing up in Toronto.

In comparing our experiences, we discovered HOW MUCH we have in common.

Within two weeks, the ripple effect had moved from LOCAL community paper to MUNICIPAL tv station to REGIONAL newspaper.

Just like the surface of a pond, it didn’t stop there…

One week after VERY EXCITEDLY (I distinctly recall jumping for joy) opening an email from Kent Mannen, Producer of CTV Morning Live in Ottawa, I found myself sitting in their George Street studio on Wednesday, December 28th being interviewed by Host, Lianne Laing.

What a FABULOUS experience! Hosts Lianne Laing, Kurt Stoodley and Jeff Hopper went out of their way to make me feel welcome. For that, I am equally grateful!

By the way, under the “It’s a Small World” category…not only did Jeff Hopper and I take the same Radio Broadcasting course at Humber College in Toronto (he was there a “few” years after I was) but one of the women in MY class, Louann Nicholson, was later one of HIS instructors!

CTV Morning Live in Ottawa was my first PROVINCIAL (and thanks to the wonders of satellite tv) also NATIONAL tv interview.

How fitting that it took place in Ottawa, our nation’s capital.

Prior to the interview, Laing and I had a chance to talk about our children and the ways in which we make sure to stay connected with our girlfriends.

I was “preaching to the choir” with Laing. She GETS it!

Since that interview found its way to YouTube, I’ve had lots of great feedback. Of all the comments, perhaps my favourite was from my seven-year-old nephew, Brett.

He asked me why I “didn’t look at him” during the interview. I will tell you the same thing I told him. Just before the interview started, the host very politely asked me to look at HER instead of at the camera – a perfectly logical request considering the fact that we were having a conversation.

As I sit here on Day Three of 2012, I wonder where the ripple will go NEXT.

It’s a brand new year. I’m aiming for the ELLEN Show and the OPRAH Network. What are you going to do with YOURS?

What are YOU planning to ACCOMPLISH?

What do YOU want to EXPERIENCE?

Who do YOU want to MEET?

Make your plans and follow your dreams.

If you need any coaxing, DOWNLOAD a FREE chapter of my book. The link is in the top right-hand corner of this page.


Talk soon.



Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

30, 29, 28, 27 Copies Left…and COUNTING

Having a positive attitude and strong belief in your project is all well and good (and I believe these are valuable components), however all the best intentions in the world will REMAIN INTENTIONS unless you take some action steps toward your goal.

Becoming a published author and HOLDING my book in my hands – was STEP ONE.

STEP TWO  is getting my book into EVERYONE ELSE’S hands.

After making sure it was available for sale through Amazon and Barnes & Noble and Chapters.Indigo, I turned my attention to my local Chapters store.

Truth be told, I have ALWAYS pictured people being able to walk into their nearest BOOKSTORE and pick up a copy right off the shelf.

Oh, Yes. I’ve seen it in my mind’s eye for as far back as I can remember.

I’ve visited the Chapters store in Sudbury and visualized my book beside all the others. In fact, I’ve STOOD in the Inspiration section, figured out exactly where my book would fit (in alphabetical order) and SEPARATED the OTHER BOOKS to “make room” for mine on the shelf.

Have YOU ever done this kind of thing? Have you ever pictured your end goal so vividly that you could ALMOST touch it?

That’s what PASSION will do. If you’ve already experienced this…GOOD for YOU!

As soon as my book was available at the printers, I began calling and visiting my local Chapters store. In all honesty, the more appropriate word  for my actions would probably be “hounding.”

I would like to take this moment to thank LYNNE and DIONNA at Chapters, Sudbury. They have been wonderfully supportive – putting up with numerous phone calls and impromptu visits from an eager and enthusiastic new author – with grace and professionalism.

I am grateful to these ladies, and I am pleased to say that my book IS AVAILABLE at the Chapters store in Sudbury.

In fact, it has already sold out once, and they’ve re-ordered 30 copies. The 30 copies came in this morning, and they’re already down to only 27. (I didn’t buy those three – honest, I didn’t!)

In the words of George Peppard, from the 1970’s tv series, The A-Team….”I just love it when a plan comes together”.

Today, Chapters in Sudbury. Tomorrow, Chapters across Canada………….

Talk soon.



Filed under Uncategorized

Help WILL Appear

In yesterday’s blog, I told you about an inspiring individual who has turned his dream into a reality.  I also talked about the fact that, when you get on the RIGHT TRACK, the Universe will provide everything you need along the journey toward your goal.

Actually, my exact words were…”As is always the case when you’re doing the RIGHT THING, the Universe supplies you with all the support and assistance you need. People start showing up and offering their help. Doors open that you didn’t know were there”.

If that sounds like a big pile of wishful thinking to you, I understand your concern. Until just a few years ago, I was one of those people who saw nothing but challenges and roadblocks in the way of my dreams. Although I’ve WANTED to be an Author for many, many years, I had convinced myself that it simply WASN’T POSSIBLE.

Here are some of the excuses I used:

I don’t have time to write a book. I don’t know the first thing about the publishing industry. I don’t have what it takes to attract a publisher. I don’t have an agent. I don’t, I don’t, I don’t……….

Does this line of thinking SOUND FAMILIAR?

Fortunately for me, I stumbled across the following quote by Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. He said, “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals“.

The first time I read it, I knew he was right! I just had to stay focussed on my goal, and trust that the help I needed would appear when I needed it.

Once I had taken that all-important first step of BELIEVING I could reach my goal, people who could HELP ME started appearing. Two business colleagues announced that they had done public relations work for several major publishing houses. A friend (who happens to be a professional editor) offered to critique my manuscript.

This type of thing happened, and is STILL happening, every step of the way.  Just yesterday, my web designer managed to turn a vertical book cover into a horizontal header for this website. Thanks, Katherine!

Every person reading this blog has hopes and dreams – but they will STAY hopes and dreams until you FOCUS ON YOUR GOAL.

PLEASE don’t let your dreams lie dormant inside you.

MOVE your goals FORWARD.  Take those first steps, and just SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

I stand by what I said yesterday. Help will appear when you need it.

Talk soon.



Filed under Uncategorized