Who is Katherine E. Soto

I am 57 years old as of 2020. It surprises me to be this old.

I am married for over 34 years. November 2020 is our 35th year. I love my husband and he loves me. We are a great team.

My birthday is on New Year’s Eve. Pretty much everyone celebrates my birthday. I have learned to announce it’s my birthday and not New Year’s for me until midnight.

I am a writer. If you have been following along you know I have a book in creative editing with a publisher. I have written four other books to go with the first. I am beginning the fifth book about my main character daughter and her relationships to dragons and her world. I also am working on a poetry book.

Why do I write? I have been writing since I was young. I wrote creative stories throughout school. I always enjoyed a writing assignment. In high school and throughout college I wrote poetry. I think I have over 300 poems written by 2020. I had an idea for my fantasy book series while I was taking a shower and began to write. The characters came to life in my mind.

I was a special education teacher as my career. I have taught all grades in some way K-12, either as substitute teacher, or as a special education teacher. I taught RSP- Resource Specialist classes for fifteen years in sixth grade. I loved teaching and I love the kids I taught. I am willing to help anyone who needs help with lesson plans and ideas for their classroom. I loved putting lessons together so they fit into a unit. I can find resources on the internet pretty quick, too. I retired from teaching in 2014 due to a disability.

I also like to paint and create things with color. I am working on Art Trading Cards to trade. They are 2.5 by 3.5 cards that have a piece of art work on them. It’s nice to get pieces of mail and surprises. I am beginning to paint my own pieces. The painting below is one of my own.

She Rises by Katherine E. Soto

Summer is over

Fall begins

with changing leaves

and a change in seasons

Cool weather settles in

the heat of the summer

will be fond memories

Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition

In my myriad of ways to assist my readers with life ideas and problems, this week’s article addresses job transitions.

In recent months many people have lost jobs due to our crazy economy and the Covid-19 illness. Knowing ways to cope with job transitioning has become an important issue.

Sign of the times.

Top 10 Ways to Cope with Job Transition

Job transitions can be stressful—whether they’re due to layoff, a new job or working extra hours because others workers were laid off. If you’re facing one, consider the following.

1. Take an honest look at yourself. What are your strengths, weaknesses, skills? How did those influence—positively or negatively—your transition?

2. Step up your self-care. Major changes are physically and emotionally taxing. You need self-care now more than ever.

3. Engage your curiosity. What went wrong, or right? What could you have done better? What worked really well?

4. Focus on what you want, and less on what you don’t want. Keep your eye on the prize.

5. Find support. Since your transition affects your family as well, it may be better to seek the outside support of friends or professionals.

6. Work on your thoughts. Calm your fears and reinforce your sense of hope and happiness.

7. Reassure (or avoid) those who are threatened by, or jealous of, the change.

8. Create your own rite of passage. Ceremony and ritual help with all transitions.

9. Let go of how things were “supposed to be” and accept “how things are.” Find appreciation for what is.

10. Keep things in perspective. Or try on a new perspective. Don’t get stuck. Remember, the only constant is change.

Author’s content used with permission, © Claire Communications

Instagram

What is Instagram?

Instagram is a free photo and video sharing app available on Apple iOS, Android and Windows Phone. People can upload photos or videos to our service and share them with their followers or with a select group of friends. They can also view, comment and like posts shared by their friends on Instagram. Anyone 13 and older can create an account by registering an email address and selecting a username.

My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katherineesotoauthor/

I have had difficulty putting my Instagram together. First I had to have pictures to use on it and then had to figure out how to post them to Instagram.

I use the program later and recently I found software called: Content Pilot. I have a lifetime subscription to it and got it at a reasonable price. It is easy to use and will allow you to make one post and post to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. I can post up to a few weeks at a time and automatically put the posts onto my sites. Makes it easier to rule my platform empire.

I discovered a checklist for Instagram. Here it is to download for free. Enjoy.

Remember building an author platform is about getting your name out there so people know who yu are when the book comes out. It’s about selling your book.

The Cusp of the World

The world stands on the cusp of falling into wars against each other due to skin color or ideology, poverty and disease; or it will recover and humanity will truly become one with itself, differing ideas will not lead to disagreements but to discussions, poverty will become a thing of the past, and disease and pandemics become the entire world’s problem to solve.  The discovery that the real world is destroying my view of living in a world where love and happiness are key to our lives has created stress in my life.

I have seen riots in my lifetime due to racial problems.  The latest story that led to riots in the United States has reached across the world, making race and racism major themes for humanity. We must find a way to teach everyone how to behave towards one another. When I taught, I had one rule: Respect yourself, respect others and respect property.  I think simple rules are needed for these times as we begin again to heal from tragic circumstances.

Respect yourself means take care of yourself and your world. You are to be the best you can be.  Your life is of utmost importance to you and it should be treated that way.

Respect others.  Give other people the respect to be themselves.  Listen to their ideas even if you disagree.  If you hate someone walk away and leave them alone. Make sure you treat people with fairness.

 When dealing with people err on the side of love. Respect property. Keep your hands, feet, and objects to yourself. This means hands off everyone. No hurting of anyone else.  If something does not belong to you leave it alone.  This includes everything around you.  If it’s yours, then it belongs to you and other people should respect your ownership of it. This means if you are going to take part in a protest, make sure it does not turn into a riot with property damage and fire. Everyone needs to remember to respect property and keep their hands, feet, and objects to themselves. 

I know that the problems of racism and the racial problems that we live with on our world will not be solved by such simple solutions. We face a long, hard road to becoming one people on this Earth.  We must begin the process, or we might find ourselves pushing those red buttons across the world and make the mistake of eradicating the world.

I think it comes down to RESPECT.

Respect Yourself.

Respect Others.

Respect Property.

Keep your hands feet and object to yourself.

When making a decision in how to treat another person, decide to err on the side of love.

Build a bridge not a wall.

Manifest Your Dream Life

The last posts I have written have been about writing and things you do to become an author. There have been times when I pause and take a look around and at what I am doing. I have a dreams I want to have happen.

Here are a few ways to Manifest Your Dream Life