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Get Happy, Stay Happy

Find joy and gratitude every day with this upbeat little journal full of prompts that initiate quick positive changes (“get happy”) and tips that inspire lasting improvements (“stay happy”). Featuring an inviting design and plenty of accessible advice, this is a thoughtful gift that encourages easy, actionable life changes.

Chronicle Books

Coming April 17: What’s Your M.O.?

Channel your inner Michelle and tackle all of life’s challenges!

Allow me to introduce my new book: What’s Your M.O.?: Live Your Best Life, the Michelle Obama Way. It publishes on April 17 and I am excited to get it into the hands of readers.

It was a pleasure to write. It even made jury duty a pleasure! Sitting in the jurors lounge waiting for my name to be called, I wrote scenario after scenario, consulting various books about and official speeches by the former First Lady. As you can imagine, I got fired up during the process, because Michelle Obama is a force of nature.

Like Mister Rogers and Oprah, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t love or at least grudgingly admire Michelle Obama. And me? I freakin’ love her.

So let me tell you a little about the book: It features 50 different scenarios common to most women, such as coping with mansplaining and salary parity to struggling to find sexy time with your partner. I share what Michelle said or did in a particular situation and then pivot to how you can use her example in concrete ways in your own life.

Add to that her most inspiring quotes, various lists and a certain turkey chili recipe, and you get an idea of how chockablock the book is with insight and advice. And let’s face it: don’t we all need a bit of inspiration and guidance during these tumultuous times?

I’ll be kicking things off with an interactive launch party and signing at Secret Garden Books on April 17. Check out my events page for more information. Meanwhile, you can pre-order from your favorite indie bookstore through indiebound.

Let me leave you with an inspiring MO quote of the day: “There’s nothing sexier than a smart woman…we have been told to live by a certain mold; it’s time to break it.”

Word.

What’s Your M.O.?: Live Your Best Life, the Michelle Obama Way

Beyond her time as the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s voice and presence continues to resonate with women on a profound level. Michelle is both the ultimate role model and the everywoman. If we can’t be her, we at least want to be like her. She’s inspirational and aspirational. Most of all, she’s real. And a gal can learn a lot from her, which is why I’ve gathered up all her wit and wisdom into one glorious book a woman can dip into again and again for a reminder that she is powerful and can accomplish pretty much anything because, you know, the future is female.

Using examples, actual events, and inspiring quotations from Michelle’s life during and prior to her time as first lady, What’s Your M.O.?: Live Your Best Life the Michelle Obama Way simultaneously celebrates Michelle’s accomplishments and provides useful advice for a wide array of life’s challenges.

Blue Streak Books

 

 

Merging lives, merging Christmas ornaments: A love life in review

12375314_10156316791195072_6745333156560058817_oI have never read the New York Times’ Modern Love columns for the same reason I avoid real estate flyers in resort towns: they aren’t for me. I’ve never been able to take the flight of fancy needed to read about others’ love stories or dream houses.

I was so far away from a robust love life or bank account that reading stories of love or listings of vacation homes made me sad and resentful. Even stories of heartbreak or failed relationships elicited a response of, “Hey, at least they experienced love before it all went to shit. At least they had a relationship.”

I was 46 and had never gotten out of the gate.

Sure, I had been in relationships here and there. I was in a six-plus-year relationship in my twenties. But it was mostly long distance and when I finally moved cross-country to be with my boyfriend, we decided to live separately but within walking distance of each other’s apartment.

In retrospect, that was a bit fucked up.

But truth be told, deep down I knew he wasn’t “the one.” I loved him but I was laissez-faire about the whole situation, which should have told me something long before I was six years into it.

My thirties and the first half of my forties are a blur of Nerve, Match and OK Cupid first dates that didn’t lead anywhere but to a closed door and closed heart. I had a yearlong booty-call with a depressed, possibly alcoholic academic. That was a meager Band-Aid on my painful love life. Then there was the musician-electrician, a lumbersexual who broke things off with me via Facebook IM, preferring to get back together with his much-younger, former drug addicted ex-girlfriend.

That left me licking my wounds for years.

Then Carl—my unicorn, my white whale—appeared. All those lonely years melted away into a vague memory in the face of our love.

We’ve been together just over a year and have been marking relationship milestones: moving in together, two-week vacation, meeting the family, wearing matching Halloween costumes, hosting Thanksgiving, one-year anniversary…

That brings me to our Christmas tree. After a quick trip to Home Depot, we erected our 7–8 foot Noble Fir in the living room next to the fireplace for what was sure to be a welcoming, cozy tableau. We brushed off dead needles and filled the tree stand with water, and then Carl left me alone to string colored LED lights and strands of bubble lights with the strategery that comes from mild OCD.

Then came the ornaments.

There was a enormous Santa-sized buttload of them. Carl had accumulated an impressive collection over the years, adding to his treasured retro ornaments, handmade by his mother and spectacular in their number and craftsmanship.

As he laid out his assorted angels, Santas, and snowflakes, I opened my own bin, rediscovering my beauties, nestled in tissue and shredded paper. In addition to the hipster raccoon bandits that look like extras in a Wes Anderson film, I pulled out my tiny glass birds with the tinsel tailfeathers that clip to branches.

Negotiation ensued. Collectively, there were just too many ornaments for our tree. Carl suggested another tree for upstairs but the thought of going back to Home Depot hurt my head. My OCD flared with a plan: we would start with our A-list ornaments and work our way down to the filler nutcrackers and shot-in-the-ass snowmen. When the tree reached maximum ornament capacity, we’d pull the plug and ship the crappy leftovers to the island of misfit ornaments to think about what they’d done. In other words, back into the bin for another year. Thankfully, Carl agreed and we proceeded to integrate our ornaments with the grace and communication with which we’ve integrated our lives.

Who knows, maybe we’ll get two trees next year to accommodate the full lives we’ve lived separately, and the ornaments we’ve picked up along the way. But for this year, we came together, merging our lives, belongings and yes, even our Christmas ornaments.

Now that I’ve done the unimaginable and met the love of my life—at 46, no less!—I may just resolve to read a Modern Love column or two in the new year. I think I may even write one.

The Little Book of Books

Jennifer Worick loves books. And she loves lists. If you love books and love lists, you will adore this purse-sized collection of top 10 lists in various genres and offbeat categories that you will want to have handy whenever you visit a bookstore or library. This little boon of books is packed with quotes about classic titles and reading, book trivia, space for your own book notes, and dozens of lists to inspire any avid reader.

Beyond the Family Tree

Read to branch out with your relatives? You’ve come to the right place! Beyond the Family Tree is a handbook that will help you forge better family relationships by engaging in more interesting conversations and creating an online means of communication. With this book, you will spark a dialogue—thanks to 1,000 insightful questions and interviewing techniques—that will create a vibrant, living history with you and your entire family. Learn how to leverage social networks and online tools to keep the conversation going. Beyond the Family Tree helps us gather and preserve precious memories for ourselves, relatives, and future generations.

Simple Gifts: 50 Little Luxuries to Craft, Sew, Cook & Knit

Simple Gifts offers step-by-step instructions for creating 50 easy and inspired handmade gifts for everyone on your list—man, woman, child, and pet! This complete gift-giving resource also includes inventive gift-wrapping ideas and helpful guidelines for pinpointing the right present for that special someone. From a stylish knitted apron to a wood-burned frame, personalized note cards to delectable salted caramels, these heartfelt, homemade and inexpensive gifts are certain to knock your loved ones’ socks off, and perhaps bring tears to your eyes…in a good way.

A Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life

Whether looking to escape today’s hectic world or get in touch with your creative self, there’s comfort in returning to the simple life on the prairie. While you may not have to truss a turkey or embroider a pillowcase on a daily basis, it pays for a modern gal to possess the skills of a pioneer woman, especially in a challenging urban landscape, The Prairie Girl’s Guide to Life teaches you the skills your grandmother never showed you. Learn to master the art of candle-making, or how to braid a rug or speak old-time slang. So, leave the chaos behind, settle down with a cup of tea and slice of rhubarb pie, and reconnect with the rich legacy of women with some fabulous pioneer crafts.