Collective Breath – Episode 26 – 1/3/21 – Transcript


Week of Sunday, January 3rd, 2021

Number of people attending Facebook (personal portion):

Number of people attending Zoom Meet (group portion):


Over the last year there were so many defining moments, testimonials, and intriguing interactions. Many regularly scheduled events found themselves altered or left behind. Many staples said goodbye, and a few innovators said hello.

A transcript of this segment and each subsequent session will be posted (for anyone interested) at which is my main outlet for personal poetry and photography: Sideways Eight Projects.

To wave a wand over a life, change it in a single brushstroke, magically enhance it somehow, what would that look like?

Hello fantastic people! My name is Jesse James Ziegler. I am the current Poet in Residence for the Bruka Theatre of the Sierra in Reno, Nevada. I am an active poet, special event MC, principle photographer, special event series host, and now weekly wellness writing workshop host in collaboration with Spoken Views Collective of which I am also a Board Member.

Over the last year I’ve had to say goodbye to many events I love, interactions in person with many people I adore, and my Dad on this earthly plane. I’ve gained more time with family, more time at home, more time writing than any singular year before, and more simplicity in my daily routines. As Tolstoy writes…”It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” and in my life, I was given a healthy dollop of both.

This Weeks Writing Prompt:

This week’s Prompt : the Prompt comes to us via Brian Tracy, in the further suggested reading from last week, which is to answer the following question…

I want you to ask yourself this…

“If this was the best year of my life, what would have to happen?”

I want for this podcast style personal portion to contain information about famous writers and their quotes as well as, futuristically speaking, local guests to this program who help everyone involved gain a diversity of perspective and positively impact our individual process.

Quote(s) of the Week:(4)

“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it rhymes.”

— Michael Hyatt, Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals

“Dreams don’t work unless you do.”

— John C. Maxwell

“The future depends on what you do today.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

“The New Year means nothing if you’re still in love with your comfort zone.”

— Rachel Wolchin

I’m hoping this sharing and vulnerability I’m demonstrating will encourage others who love creative writing as well to open up, by sharing from their innermost, related to the topic provided. I’m hoping we all gain perspective, compassion, hope, and discipline through such organized sharing.

Piece or Pieces of the Week: (2)

We Going

What would it look like?

For further personal reading

Quotes for a Best Year

Happy New Year Quotes

Most Powerful New Year Quotes to Motivate Anyone for a Fresh New Beginning in 2021

New Year’s Messages

Michael Hyatt

Next Week’s Writing Prompt:

Which will also be posted across Collective Breath and Bruka Theatre’s social media platforms: Respond to the phrase ‘Brand New’

Closing Sentiments and an Invitation

Whereas the number seven represents completion in certain numerology circles, the number eight represents a new beginning. Here at Sideways Eight Projects, I try to focus on art with forever in mind, as well as having a beginners mind for the sake of beginning anew. I wish for each of you to begin anew this year, as best you can given the individual circumstances you are bound by.

That’s it for my personal portion. If this is where you get off this train of thought, because you checked in to listen, thank you for tuning in and absorbing. I appreciate your time and consideration. If you are here for the Weekly Wellness Writing Workshop group portion via Zoom Meeting, please transition to that application now using the link provided in the details/description section of the ‘Collective Breath’ Bruka Theatre Facebook Event Page. The link is also in the bio section of the Collective Breath Instagram page @biggestlittlecollectivebreath

Keep writing. Keep your heart open and your mind aware. Keep coming back for more. Keep going. Keep giving. Keep doing. Keep daring to believe in a better way of living. Keep loving and creating. Keep each other safe and sound. Keep it real, and keep the faith. I love you. Goodbye for now.






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