first “ride” ever… whoa
Confidence comes not from always being right, but from not fearing to be wrong. — Peter McIntyre
MY BFF’s first book.All the info below, in her words- in mine: lean in and SUPPORT!
"Did I lie to you? I did not lie! This cover kicks ass!
You know what else kicks ass? This little underdog is now available for pre-order. Now, I didn’t understand the business of pre-orders until I got behind the curtain of the publishing world. I thought you got your mom to order a dozen copies along with that nutter from writer’s workshop who’s been cyber-following your every online movement, and case closed. Mais non. It appears that booksellers all over the country—even the nice, cozy independent ones that let you live on their sofas—place a tremendous amount of stock in pre-orders, especially for debut novels like mine. The math is simple: Bookseller sees pre-orders? Bookseller orders more copies. Bookseller sees no pre-orders? No copies wanted here!
For those of you who have known me a long time, you know that I’ve been writing my heart out since I was about seven years old, when I “published” my first book, the captivating—if little reviewed—“The Unicorn and the Magic Rose Bush.” In the all girls school I attended for an incredible fourteen years, I found refuge from the flying shrapnel of my parent’s divorce and brother’s health problems and mean girls—of which I was one—in words. It was in high school that I received the kind of support that convinced me that there was no other way for me, I had to be a writer. And because life works in beautiful, surprising, and soul-restorative circles, the very first person to place a pre-order is my high school English teacher, Mr. Jeffrey Schwartz.
A lot of my writing life after high school has played out online. Whether you know me IRL or virtually, you know that I’ve been working pretty darn hard to make my dream of having a book published come true. A real book. With paper. And a spine.
So here’s the deal, muchachos and muchachas. Won’t you give my book a fighting chance? I’m so ready for the ring.
Available today (!) at these very fine places:
Thank you guys.
In a widely-read study, business school students were given a case assignment on Heidi, a real-life successful entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. But there was a catch. Half of the class randomly received their case with one teensy tiny change made: The name “Heidi” was changed to “Howard.” Afterward, the students were surveyed, and though Heidi and Howard were found equally competent (as they should have been because they are the same person), the students found Howard much more likeable. The following ad pretty much sums up why.
In the speech, which can be read in full on the Washington Post, President Obama said: “Today [Nelson Mandela’s] gone home and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this Earth,” the president said in a speech that can be read in full on the Washington Post.
“He no longer belongs to us; he belongs to the ages.
Ok, I never do this, but I am psyched.
Gone are the days of “jeggings” that cost $200 from a designer denim brand and the next thing you know they are stretched out, baggy, saggy and well, a lot of things…
I JUST got these and may never take them off. Black “waxed” jeans. But wait— they are leggings and they are conformable, flattering, on trend and the best part: CHEAP!
Yup, you are welcome.
What You Deserve
"Sometimes you have to forget how you feel, and remember what you deserve.
Be strong enough to let go of what is no longer serving you, and patient enough to wait for what will.”
I am so proud to say I am back at work (at Glamour!) after a hard-fought (not my choice) 6 month hiatus. One huge lesson learned that is true for everyone regardless of their strife:
"A winner is just a loser who tried one more time."
— George M. Moore, Jr
"One of the hardest things for us to do is enjoy the many blessings in our lives instead of focusing on what we lack. Give yourself permission to be happy right now, and to enjoy all the good in your life. It’s how you’ll attract even more." -Yehuda Berg
Bringing that quote and the one above home: Over the weekend I ran the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll half marathon (I ran the strip at night!) with the Team Challenge NYC chapter to raise money for The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA), a charity very close to my own heart since I have C&C for nearly 20 years (the team nationally raised 1.4MM in this one race alone!).
As a part of “Team Challenge,” I personally raised over $13,000 and had the honor of running with a special “bib” as I was the #5 fundraiser in the country. I also ran in my best time ever. 1:57:00- despite a significant chronic illness, myriad training related injuries, bone spurs and jet lag :) In other words, I ran “with endurance the race set before me.”
I am on cloud 9- proud of myself, proud of the money I helped raised, proud of the team, proud of my race, proud of all that was accomplished and what I was a part of on behalf of CCFA. And for a moment I felt selfish being so PROUD- but then I read the quote above and remembered, I WILL enjoy the good, and because of it better will come: we WILL find a CURE for C&C!
The truth comes out, justice is served, good things do happen, karma is a boomerang, heck you even fall in love again. All in good time. Patience.
Just Don’t Stop Believing…EVER.
pretty much right
Emotional, gut-wrenching and heartbreaking are just a few of the words to describe Glee’s highly anticipated Cory Monteith tribute episode that finally aired Thursday night.
It takes a lot more strength
To be weak
Than be strong…