I recently came back from teaching The Quest For Inspiration at the Rancho La Puerta spa in Mexico. I realize that being transparent and authentic is where the magic happens. Just walking into a room and being utterly yourself is harder than playing a role. When I teach this workshop in the corporate world, I try to gently get my students out of their comfort zone. I believe the only time you really learn anything is when you are sitting a little bit “at the edge of your seat” wondering what will happen next.
I found this letter buried in my garage. It was written by Jack Keller in NH. He was my business advisor back in the early 1990’s as I just started McGuirk’s Quirks Design Company. He believed in me so much. He gave me so much encouragement during a time when I bravely started to make a living as an artist. If it wasn’t for him, I probably would have given up. I love what he wrote in this letter. Wise words to always remember.
Leslie McGuirk is an internationally known writer/ illustrator of bestselling children’s picture books, the creator of the popular Quest for Inspiration workshops, and a professional Astrologer with over 30 years experience.
Leslie’s illustrations were made into over 800 products for the high-end department store Takashimaya. THE WORLD OF LESLIE MCGUIRK boutiques were inside the department store chain in Japan. Her designs were featured on the carpeting, fabric, and wallpaper for the Tokyo Disneyland Hotel.
Her Tucker books for children have been a favorite of little ones and reviewers for over a decade. She has sold over 2 million books worldwide. Publishers Weekly said, “McGuirk’s ingenious characters and illustrations are filled with quirky comedy.” Leslie was a finalist for the Children’s Choice Award, was the winner of the Platinum Oppenheim Award for the best DVD for children, and a finalist in Variety magazine’s award for the best children’s book app. She has been awarded best children’s book of the year, by many national newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and The New York Daily News. Her children’s picture book, Wiggens Learns His Manners, co-written with Alex Von Bidder, owner of the famous Four Seasons Restaurant in NYC, has been featured on the Martha Stewart Show, and in People.com and Town & Country Magazine.
Her workshop, on how to have inspired creative thoughts (The Quest For Inspiration), came out of her belief that creativity should be a vital part of everyone’s life. She developed a series of exercises that help people break habitual thought patterns. When the thinking mind takes a rest, then inspired thoughts have a chance to appear. As a speaker and workshop leader, Leslie has been presenting at the #1 destination spa in the world, Rancho La Puerta, for over 14 years. Victoria Larrea, program director at Rancho La Puerta says, “Leslie is one of our most popular presenters, and we plan to have her here every year.” She is known for engaging her audiences in interactive and dynamic journeys of unexpected discoveries. With her original techniques, she unearths the seeds of authentic creativity we all have within us. She has also presented this workshop at The Jim Henson Company, Wachovia Bank, Wilmington Trust, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, M Financial Group, and many others.
As a professional Astrologer, Leslie has clients all over the world, who understand that she uses the science of Astrology as a psychological tool, and not as fortune telling. She has been a speaker at the UAC conference in New Orleans in 2012, and at the NCGR conference in Philadelphia PA in 2013. She writes an Astrology column for Portfoilo Magazine. Her website for her Astrology practice is http://www.luckystarsastrology.com.