As I’ve been going through email now that I’ve returned from Australia, I learned that someone I admire and respect very much – Dr. Christiane Northrup, has released a newly revised and updated version of her book, The Wisdom of Menopause. Her books (and her gutsy work) changed my life.
I’m staring out the window at a million shades of green – chartreuse, lime, moss, and jade. As I shift my gaze from left to right, it’s as if someone ordered a Crayola crayon box filled with variations of only one color – a vibrant tribute to new beginnings.
It was warm, 75 degrees, and rather humid for a spring day. I stood at the shoreline ready to take a plunge with my friend Libby, when she offered a challenge: “I’m going to stay in for ten minutes but if you don’t feel up to it, no worries.”
Throughout the evening, as we enjoyed the fire, we talked about an assortment of topics – space travel, our favorite TV shows, life changes inspired by the pandemic, and how jumping in the ocean in the dead of winter has made us brave.
A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with my friend Melanie, who had given birth to a baby girl a few months earlier and was now nervous about going back to work. Like so many new moms, she couldn't imagine leaving her baby with someone else. Melanie is a communications executive with a company in the Midwest. She's been with them for more than seven years and has enjoyed a fruitful career.
Last week, while packing for a trip to New York, I decided to take a favorite pearl bracelet – a gift left to me by my friend, Lucy (the woman I wrote about in this week’s excerpt of You Can Create an Exceptional Life). Lucy passed away almost twenty years ago and this bracelet is one of the few meaningful keepsakes I wear on special occasions. I wanted to have it with me while in New York on September 11th. But, when I went to get the bracelet, it was missing.
Several years ago, while teaching The Writer's Workshop on a cruise ship, our group experienced an important moment that highlighted a universal theme. A brave woman shared that the subject of her book was a departure from the more traditional life she grew up in. The thought of publishing her work for the world to see ignited the pain she felt as an outsider in her family - the unconventional one in a world of convention.
This week, as I travel back from San Jose, California, I wanted to be sure to tell you about an important interview I conducted last month. After being introduced to Anita Moorjani, author of "Dying to Be Me," by Wayne Dyer, I knew I wanted to share her message with you. Wayne introduces Anita and her book on his new PBS show called Wishes Fulfilled, a pledge special airing throughout the month of March.