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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
A dramatic view of a Civil War field hospital, a volunteer nurse and a soldier she cared about. In a few pages, the author captures the reason the soldier enlisted and how a female nurse eased his suffering. Both characters giving the "last full measure of devotion."