Yolande Barial
Your Words Project: Speaking on Purpose

Seeks to Enrich the Lives of Women through Spoken and Written Word.


The Commonwealth Club – SF


authors Teresa LeYung Ryan, Scott James, Elizabeth Block speak about promoting creatively at the Commonwealth Club

Teresa, Scott & Elizabeth – The Commonweatlh Club, San Francisco

I was a cheerleader for my writing coach Teresa last night, Monday April 19th.  She was among 2 other authors that were on  a panel to discuss Self-Publishing. Teresa LeYung Ryan was on a panel with Scott James, and Elizabeth Block They were at The Commonwealth Club, The Commonwealth Club is the oldest and largest public affairs forum whose mission is to be the leading national forum open to all for the impartial discussion of public issues important to the membership, community and nation.

Kevin O’Malley was the host and he is the Chairman of the Business and Leadership Forum at the Commonwealth Club and co-producer with Paula Henricks who was the moderator and is the president and founder of Cinnabarbridge Communications  of this self publishing series.

What did I learn? The most important thing is to be true to who you are as a person and as a creator of your work. I learned to always strive to be uniquely me.  I learned that every person has their own style and that to be able to be the first at anything is always a good thing. Why? Because then those that follow have to be better than you.

I also learned that I have an amazing social network of friends and colleagues that are a lot like me.  People who write and create just because if they don’t, they will shrivel up and just be.  I learned that to retire at 55 I am on the right track of developing my own unique voice and in so doing this platform allows me to figure out exactly what my mission statement should be for Yolande. This mission statement needs to be reflective of my values and my morals and it needs to express the richness of my father and mothers union that created me and my brothers and sister.

I will find that hook that makes Yolande with an e and not an a at the end – special. I will articulate that one day soon. I can feel it in my bones.   

Through her inspirational writings and spiritual poetry, Yolande Barial empowers all sisters, young and seasoned, to become on-purpose for themselves.”

Updated my About Yolande page

Well thanks to Teresa Ryan my writing coach I have come into the year 2010 after being dragged, prodded and gently persuaded to write.  Ever since the birth of my son some 14 years ago she has been my cheerleader and been a woman who I have grown to respect and admire.  Well Teresa thanks to you and this blogging idea you had for me to do I am now writing daily and thinking creatively and all of the time.  I can’t wait to sit down and put my thoughts on the laptop screen. A byproduct of all this blogging,  is that I find I am even more organized! Organized not only at home also at work. I think the reason is that I feel that this is something I have to do so I make sure it happens.  My next thing that has to be done is exercise -my thought is to exercise in my office.  The goal is to begin tomorrow! Whew something else that has to be done and I will do it.  

I updated by About Yolande Page tonight, I will of course clean it up as you suggested, Teresa, adding the links and making them hot and of course my tags need to be updated as well as I am sure a few typo’s.  Tonight is my Monday and as usual it was intense.  I should probably go to sleep now as soon as I can put in this hot link to T’s site.  I have to get up at 5:30 a.m. getting my 3 children up and ready for school and me off to work. This retiring at 55 is a whole lot of work! Good night Teresa I love you muchos my dear.  Need a writing coach check her out!