Mary Anne Smrz

Biography

Mary Anne Smrz is a paddler, who uses insights gained on the water to enrich her own life and the lives of others. In her professional life, Mary Anne is a Certified Financial Planner® and works for a financial planning firm in Oak Brook, Illinois. She has received many prestigious awards as a financial advisor and is among a select group certified to teach financial wellness programs. In her life of outdoor passions, she kayaks, loves to spend time in nature and hikes with her yellow lab, Bayfield. She writes from her home in Wisconsin. The balance and focus she gains from being “of the water” enriches every facet of her life and career.

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Books

A Year of Transformation
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Series: Paddlin' On Trademark Series, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,670. Language: English. Published: June 8, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
A Year of Transformation is Mary Anne Smrz's third book in the Reflections from the Red Kayak Trademarked series. Mary Anne takes readers halfway around the world, paddling toward their authentic selves, as she reveals nature's life lessons, discovered during a year of kayak excursions.
Sustenance, Silence and Wild Rice
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Price: Free! Words: 1,660. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help
What things, people, or places in your life provide sustenance for you? Do those things sustain body, but not soul? Author Mary Anne Smrz finds spiritual and physical sustenance have a common thread. Paddling among reeds and wild rice she finds the connection between two distinct elements of nature. In this story she shares insights about the importance of sustenance.
Truth, Plight of the Damselfly
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Price: Free! Words: 1,870. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
(5.00)
One perfect morning on the water, author Mary Anne Smrz is greeted by loud trumpeting calls of the Sand Hill Cranes and a twanging bullfrog. Then a chance encounter with a Damselfly leaves the insect shaken. The Damselfly's struggle leaves Mary Anne to face her own truth and a personal challenge about honesty.
Restoration, Humans and Nature
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Price: Free! Words: 1,800. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
Can you find some time away in the natural world to rejuvenate and restore? Author and avid kayaker, Mary Anne Smrz, uses insights gained while paddling to enrich her own life and the lives of others. Take an insightful journey with her as she finds depth and meaning in the solitude on the water.
A Season on the Water, Reflections from the Red Kayak
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Series: Paddlin' On Trademark Series, Book 2. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,500. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Motivation and inspiration
A Season on the Water is Mary Anne Smrz's second book in the Reflections from the Red Kayak series. Mary Anne invites you to "paddle on" toward your authentic self as she reveals nature's life lessons, discovered during a year of kayak excursions. Whether you are a kayak enthusiast or not, share Mary Anne's thoughts and journal a few of your own, as you "paddle on" with A Season on the Water.
Shoreline Sleuthing
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Price: Free! Words: 1,400. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Canoeing
Do you remember something you enjoyed with so much passion that it makes you smile just thinking about it? What clues does the memory reveal about your life today? Mary Anne Smrz recreates those moments for herself. Come along with her in the red kayak and do a little sleuthing of your own.
Sunset Paddle
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Price: Free! Words: 920. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Canoeing
(3.00)
In this essay Mary Anne Smrz connects kayaking, her destiny and the destiny of the stars. Her analogy links the joy of paddling with life. Join her in a Red Kayak for a Sunset Paddle.
Reflections from the Red Kayak, Thoughts on Life
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Series: Paddlin' On Trademark Series, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration
In this insightful journal, Mary Anne Smrz reflects on her kayaking journeys and shares her wonderful analogies of paddling and life. Her musings invite you to capture your own paddling memories and inspirations, so that years from now these pages will bring back feelings that otherwise might have been lost.

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