Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Welcome, Kim Upstone - Stopping by on her Blog Tour

Genre: Self-Help/Women’s Issues
Publisher: Infinity Publishing

I am one of 9 children born to a business entrepreneur father (still living) and a housewife (deceased). I’ve been married 32 years to my husband Doug who is a sports writer. I have 2 children Melissa who lives in Hawaii and Brent, who is married and lives in Tempe, AZ. He and his wife  are expecting their first child, Grace, in August. My husband and I care for my sister Debbie(who is 5 years older than I) who has special needs, and of course we have Frank our 4 year old cocker spaniel!  (he’s in one of the pics I attached for your amusement) We moved to AZ 7 years ago to get away from the cold. 

How often do we notice butterflies soaring in the beautiful sky, observe their gorgeous colors against the backdrop of the blue sky and envy the way they can easily glide on the gentlest of breezes and think to ourselves, how wonderful it must be to be a butterfly. The freedom and happiness that they must feel, no worries no cares. We may forget they were once a caterpillar, grounded with a limited view of the opportunities available, opportunities that can only be seen from the vast freedom the sky provides. It took courage to leap from the branch and leave the safety the earth provided them. They had to leave behind all their caterpillar friends, climb to the top of the tree and believe that the wings that they have been working hard to strength will serve them when they need it most.

Of course the butterfly is an analogy for us. How often do we allow ourselves to remain grounded when we want to fly? We can come up with so many reasons not to risk flying. I hear every excuse in the book from; I don't have time, or the energy, I work too many hours, I have children, family, friends that need me, on and on it goes. Oh you think it would be nice to fly but you're not all that fond of heights and besides all your caterpillar friends can't fly so you may be up there all alone and why take the risk?

Let's be honest if you can come up with all those reasons why you cannot fly, can't you come up with one, yes just one compelling reason you should try. All it takes is one real reason. That one reason combined with a change in your thinking can motivate you to begin and then continue climbing higher and higher on those branches. The higher you push yourself up that tree, the easier it is to start thinking about the benefit of soaring above the crowd of caterpillars remaining safely on the ground.
You might be able to serve as a role model for the grounded caterpillars, showing everyone that they have nothing to fear. Being an example of what you can do by just trying. Showing them all that there is no limit to what you can do, maybe you will now be in a position to help all your caterpillar friends out. But you need to realize that if you return to the safety and remain grounded with your old friends, you will surely lose your interest in flying. There is nothing wrong with visiting but don't get comfortable or it will be harder and harder to leave.

You need to leave the caterpillars and work to meet other butterflies to share with and learn from.
Butterflies that have ventured where you haven't, tried things you have yet to try and have taken even bigger risks than you could have imagined.

Decide today, take the risk. Become a butterfly. There is no reason to remain grounded when you were born to fly! Show our colors off against the backdrop of the blue sky and soar with the wind!
Kim Upstone is the owner of A New Day A New Vision which is not only the name of her company, but her life philosophy. As an author, motivational speaker and intuitive designer and interest into the effects of environment upon individuals. Her book Feng Shui for Special Needs is given out as a free eBook for people with life and learning challenges.

Kim Upstone is the owner of A New Day A New Vision which is not only the name of her company, but her life philosophy. Kim believes that each new day we can create a new vision for ourselves, home and environment. As an author, motivational speaker and intuitive designer she resides with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona. With a background in interior design and interest into the effects of environment upon individuals. Accreditation in staging and feng shui soon followed, in addition to study in the field of neuro- architecture. Her first book Step by Step To Sold and Feng Shui to Sell are reflections of those principals. Created as guide for home sellers looking to prepare their home by combining Feng Shui and Staging techniques
Feng Shui for Special Needs, her second book, is given out as a free ebook for people with life and learning challenges. Based on her own personal experience, and working with special needs children and adults to make enhancements to their environments all in an effort to allow them to flourish.

Her new book 
All I Want Is Everything released in December 2009 is drawn from her life’s journey of searching how to find her everything and learning to dance in the storm. All I Want Is Everything is a guide to help women reclaim happiness and peace in the search for their everything.

Here's Kim's Lineup:
Purchase book on Amazon

July 27 - Author Interviewed at 
July 28 - Guest Blogging at
July 29 - Author Interviewed at     
July 31 - Author Interviewed at     
August 3 - Guest Blogging at   
August 5 - Guest Blogging at    
August 10 - SpotLighted at  
August 12 - Guest Blogging at     
August 16 - Author Interviewed at  
August 18 - Author Interviewed at    
August 20 - Guest Blogging at      
August 23 - Author Interviewed at    
August 25 - Guest Blogging at  
August 27 - Guest Blogging at   Me
August 30 - Guest Blogging at  
September 1- Guest Blogging at  
September 7 - Guest Blogging at  
September 8 - Author Interviewed at     
September 10 - Guest Blogging at    
September 13 - LIVE CHAT  7:30pm EST
September 19 - Author Interviewed at 


Margaret West said...

I look forward to meeting you on the 18th August Kim. Good luck with your book. Great post.

Kim Upstone said...

Thank you Margaret! I am very much looking forward to being your guest.

Melissa Bradley said...

Wow!! Very inspiring. I have found myself always putting off the risk because I can rationalize to the nth degree why I can't or shouldn't. I should really heed your words in this post. Thank you.

Kim Upstone said...

Melissa, realizing that you are rationalizing is half the struggle. Take your time and keep climbing and before you realize it you will be soaring!

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Kim,
Nice blog. I have a little grand daughter called Grace. She is the only one we have and is 3 years old, so I can tell you right now, you are in for a lovely time.
Good luck with the rest of your blog tour.


Marie Higgins said...

It's nice to get to know you Kim. I love the title of your book - it sums up my life. hahahaha Best of luck with your blog tour!


Kim Upstone said...

Margaret thank you for your note. You have a Grace also. Our little Grace has decided to stay in her Mom a bit longer so I have to wait for her arrival. I can only imagine having a 3 year old Grace. You are blessed. I will keep everyone updated on my blog.

Kim Upstone said...

Marie, Thank you for the good words. All I want is everything was the best description I could come up with.The problem was I could never defined what that "everything" was:)
Have a wonderful day!

Leo said...

Very good Feng Shui Tips. Thank you

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