Oooh ahhh….today was my very first radio interview (since I was 16 years old and won a speaking competition). I practiced quite a bit…I slept not the night before (being a night owl…it actually was easier to just stay up all night for an East Coast show)
But truth be told…I was wired! Not scared…excited. This is the beginning of the PR push for the holidays so radio and TV appearances are being booked as I sleep! It’s weird putting myself out there. Telling my stories. Letting strangers into my psyche (be gentle please)!
And it’s really rewarding. Not long ago a woman called. She was over 60 years old and had lived a life of service. She’d never really thought about what made her happy. She did the “Top 5 Things That Make Me Happy” exercise. Well…she found 13 things. She told her lovely husband what they were and within 3 days he’d done 1/2 of them! She called me in tears of joy at having her needs and desires met so quickly and enthusiastically and it mists me up just recalling the memory.
I told my stories in the book, thinking about when I was in the puddle of tears on the floor how I could have used some gentle guidance about how to get out…to hear that someone else had been down too and that really good things are yet possible.
Now’s the time when things are changing for me. Strangers are reading The Happiness Handbook and I’ve heard back that many feel like I’m right there with them and that they know me. (and I suppose now they do indeed!)
That makes me happy…and it is a little scary giving up my privacy, so please hold that thought when you hear me on the radio.
Today is the first day of the Women At Woodstock Conference hosted by Ann Baker. My company is one of the sponsors and I’ve sent a couple books to be raffled off.
What I love about this women’s meetup is that it’s focused on helping women 50+ (that’s why I was outlawed this year giggle) renew and revitalize themselves so as they journey through Act II of their lives they can live big full, passionate, lives filled with vitality and grace.
So many times we (at any age) get stuck in a role, a job, a way of being that is us living lives that are less than full. Some times we forget our dreams…our passions…our lives. Sometimes we’re too stressed to even go there in our thoughts because we can’t put yet one more thing on our plates…even if it were to help fill our tanks back up.
Thanks Ann, for creating a space for women to embrace emerging the fullness and richness of their lives. I look forward to being old enough to play with you all!
Yes, that’s right…it’s my first official bomb.
Recently i spoke at a conference. I went on over 2 hours after they told me I would, the crowd wasn’t into it…so I cut my speech short…so short I left out all the juicy, funny stories and just hit the bullet points. B.O.R.I.N.G.
But here’s the really interesting thing….There were about 200 people in the room, men and women.
1. All the women sat there with their arms crossed in front of them with this expression of “I don’t need to be happy” on their face (well, not ALL of them but remember, I bombed so it seems that way of course).
2. But when I was done speaking ALL…yes…ALL of the men came up and thanked me. They really get it that I’m helping them win by helping women figure out what makes them happy and to communicate it to the guys more concisely.
3. AND…none of the women said anything.
I thought that was interesting.
Now…off to figure out a backup plan if my part every gets delayed like that or if the crowd isn’t with me from moment one like I’m used to! Not the best part of my day/life!
Today I’m writing from beautiful downtown San Francisco where we have the privilege of doing a book singing/signing at the new Calvin Klein Performance. They’ve got great workout clothes – chic and comfy! (Why yes, I am wearing one of the outfits I bought here!)
The 2nd floor is a yoga studio with fantastic acoustics.
I’ve brought my guitarist along and when I’m not signing, we’re singing and enjoying the great day here. Thanks CKP for hosting us!
Tonight I had my first official book signing at Dana Leslie’s Synergy Mind Body Wellness Studio in SF. It was fun to meet new people and hear their stories.
BTW, Dana gives the best massages in SF! Be sure to check her out next time you’re stressed out. You’ll be rocking your happy dance for sure!
It’s day 2 of the Book Expo in NYC. There’s soooo many people here and many have been stopping by the booth. This is where book sellers, press, librarians and voracious book readers come to check out the new releases.
Today I had a book signing at the big tables (with the well know authors), I was shocked to see a line in front of me….I figured, being a first time author, I’d just have a few.
I ran out of books in 20 minutes! I can’t describe how amazing this experience has been. Here in the city I love, staying in Chelsea (my fav), walking the Highline, eating scrumptious food and hanging out with great friends and family. Fantastic!
Yeah baby…I’m happy dancing 🙂
The Bush Street Press Booth at The Book Expo in NYC
We just arrived at The Standard Hotel in NYC to find 4 boxes of books in our hotel room!!
Whew! It’d be hard to have a book signing tomorrow without them 🙂
Tomorrow…little fish….humongous pond…teensy bit nervous 🙂
oh yeah, and The Standard Hotel…totally rocks!
Thank you soooo very much everyone! This is just unbelievable. When I woke up yesterday morning The Happiness Handbook was buried at the rank of over 1 Million.
By noon I was happy dancing (and leaking a happy tear or two) when it had hit 160,000 (ish). When I left for SF to get my makeup done at Saks before the party, it was at 14,000 (ish). Then this morning I got word that it actually hit #1 in Amazon’s Hot New Releases. Ahhhhmazing. I’m having difficulty not having happy hysterics heheheheh.
Thank you all!!! You are the best and you’ve made me very happy.
We’re here in SF having a blast at the book launch. I think over 200 people have stopped by, many are purchasing right here/right now on Amazon.com! Will Ross is here taking pictures. Here’s a few teasers. More later on our Facebook page.
Your picture is on an M & M!
It was supposed to be the Happy Dance icon…but noooo…it’s me. Embarrassed…horrified…amused!
See you tomorrow night at the Book Launch in SF
Hamilton Ballroom (off union square)
631 O’Farrell St
San Francisco, CA 94109