Book Cover Reveal


Save the Date - Note to Self announcement

Baggage! We all carry it with us through life. It comes in a wide variety of styles, shapes, and colors—more than enough to accommodate the stuff that we accumulate through life. And no matter how we dress it up, it’s frustrating, inconvenient, and slows us down. In fact, it’s downright disruptive.

This book is about offloading emotional baggage—something that’s especially important when we realize that we don’t just pack for one; we pack for seven. Each of the seven selves—self-preservation, self-gratification, self-definition, self-acceptance, self-expression, self-reflection, and self-knowledge—has characteristics, wellness types, and shadows. Each plays a vital role in harmony, overall health, and well-being.

Chock full of real-life emotional examples, as well as “keys” at the end of each chapter offering actionable tips, techniques, and exercises designed to help you unlock baggage, examine it, and offload it permanently, Note to Self will help you discover a lighter, joy-filled you!

Here’s what two of the advance readers had to say:

“While we are all passengers on a planet called Earth, we can choose to enhance the way in which we travel: emotionally, spiritually, intellectually, and physically. In fact, we can, through the pages of this book, discover new ways to travel that are lighter, more fluid, and life-enhancing. The author, a wise and dedicated traveler, is also the right kind of kind of guide—caring, inspiring, uplifting, knowledgeable—for your journey of self-discovery. I recommend this tremendous book to anyone seeking the companionship of good energy and joyful presence. A five-star read in every way!”
—D.A. Hickman, author of The Silence of Morning: A Memoir of Time Undone

“What a dazzling rainbow of wisdom Laurie Buchanan has assembled into one volume! Drawing on a wide range of spiritual teachers and scientific discoveries, Buchanan guides the reader on an exciting journey of self-discovery. She is a modern oracle at Delphi, and this book a modern temple with ‘Know Thyself’ written on every page. Highly recommended for daily spiritual practice (a list of 365 questions at the end will guide journal writing). Leaders of retreats, and spiritual seekers will be sharing well-thumbed, dog-eared copies soon.”
—Shirley Hershey Showalter, former president of Goshen College and author of  Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World

I’m looking forward to November 1, 2016—the publication date of Note to Self.

What’s the next date/event that you’re looking forward to?


98 thoughts on “Book Cover Reveal

  1. Well done! I’d love to get the book. Will you publish it on digital format too? We are planning to sell the house and move to Spain in a couple of years and we am trying to limit the amount of things we buy and take with us, as it will be a big move.
    Best of luck with the publication. I don’t want to wish the summer away, but roll on November! 🙂

  2. Sounds great. I’m thinking about writing some non-fiction and would like to include useful resources. Best of luck and I shall check it out, Laurie.

  3. Today is the date I have been looking forward to. I will have my hands in the soil and planting seeds so it will be a GREAT day!
    Congratulations on your book; we will all be blessed to hear your words and motivation to lighten our load. Here’s to no more paying “excess baggage” charges!

  4. Congratulations Laurie! Can’t wIt to. It your book and enjoy more of your wisdom❤️

    Colleen Perruzzi

    Sent from my iPhone


  5. I’m pleased as punch at this announcement, Laurie. Even if I didn’t admire the distilled wisdom I read weekly on your blog here, the blurbs by Daisy and Shirley would do the trick. The colorful cover too suggests this will be a page-turner.

    What am I looking forward to? A writers’ retreat that begins tomorrow. I’ve met only one participant face to face. The others are virtual friends – faith becoming sight.

    Again, congratulations!

  6. Laurie, I’m so pleased to hear you announcing the reveal of your new “baby”, it has been a labor of love on all counts. I can’t wait to read it, apply it to my own situation and pass it on to Dennis who has baggage of his own to be left behind. Next date I am looking forward to? That would be our wedding day, trusting that God has a specific one in mind, one that will be perfect for us.

    • Sandi – You, better than most, know how long the gestation period for this baby has been. When it’s “born” it should have hair, teeth, and car keys!

      I’m absolutely confident that the day you and Dennis get married is going to be the IDEAL one — one that can’t be improved on in any way, shape, or form.

  7. Beautiful cover! This is exciting to see it and have a date!
    An event that I’m looking forward to in a little over a month is taking my oldest son to Great Wolf Lodge water park hotel for his birthday. He has no idea. It will be great quality time spent with our little family swimming, laughing and enjoying each other.

  8. So happy and excited for you LAURIE. ? Will I be able to go to a book store or other type of store to purchase or is it strictly on line.
    Your cover is BEAUTIFUL!! Love, MONA 😘💚🐼❌🎼🎶⭕️💛🍰💙

  9. Looking forward to the amazing party on November 1st. The world needs this book.

    Friday, June 17th Maggie De Vries,a multiple published author, is giving a workshop on Mayne Island. She’s also doing an author reading at the library.

  10. Congratulations Laurie. I definitely want to buy your book when it comes out. What day am I looking forward to?. Whatever day I can finally get out in my garden and start doing some gardening out there. Unfortunately, unlike one of your followers above that won’t be this week or even this month. But I have my indoor plants and plans for the outdoor garden for now and saw some amazing gardens at the Canada Blooms Show here in Toronto last Saturday..

  11. So excited for your new book and the reviews are great! Congratulations!

    The next thing I am looking forward to is bed!!! I shared in a post a while back that even numbered years are always a struggle from beginning to end and this year is not letting me down with it’s struggles since the first week of January.

    Just yesterday the horse started showing signs of pain again, a co-worker who was cancer free for a year told me it’s returned, another co-worker (both of whom I have worked with for 25 years) told me her daughter’s boyfriend broke up with her leaving her devastated, my daughters best friend was diagnosed with alopecia last week and it progressed over the weekend and she had to have her head shaved (she’s 13!!), and I spent from 10 p.m. until 3:30 a.m. in the ER with my mother who was having severe back pain (all turned out ok in the end). And that was just ONE day!!! But I’m proclaiming that’s the end of the “evil even number curse!!”

    So 3 hours of sleep is/was not enough but I’m at work, kids made it to school and we have a busy evening before I can hit the sheets lol!

  12. Laurie, I am very excited for you! Congratulations!! I love the invitational character of the cover. I look forward to reading your book. And, I further look forward to the reflections your book will bring. Can’t wait, okay I can wait but hope the time passes quickly.

  13. Love the cover, Laurie. And I’m honored to offer my heartfelt opinion. I know you have poured so much of your life’s work into it.

    My next event. Owen is turning five on March 31, and we’ll be with him and his family the weekend following his birthday.

    • Shirley — You can’t begin to know how much your author endorsement means to me; it’s such an honor!

      I know you’re going to have a complete and total blast when you help Owen celebrate his 5th birthday! 🙂

  14. Laurie – Congratulations!!! Other than my May 24th wedding date, THIS release date IS a date I am very much excited for! I already have it down as the Christmas gift everyone is getting! CAN. NOT. WAIT. Woohoo for you!!! Love, Sherry Schweder

    Sent from my iPhone

  15. Looking forward to November Also and reading your book. Deep breath. Getting a book published is along process And your blog is going crazy too. Hot!

  16. Very excited for you … long time in coming, and it will make such a lovely splash when it gains exposure … the more eyes, the better. I think we knew this day would come, but to see it actually unfolding for you is very exciting and rewarding. Way to go!

  17. Wow wow wow …you amazing lady . How does it truly feel to have your beautiful work out there 💥❓❓❓are you dancing for joy❓❓❓I hope so .like the lady said earlier I don’t wish to rush the year but I can’t wait to have your book in my mitts…what a Christmas present that will be 😃😃
    I don’t have a date as such , loving the spring and looking forward to the summer and light nights , but other than that maybe The Haye Book Festival in May . I had tickets for a couple of events last year and I couldn’t go through health probs .
    Well done you 👏👏👏xxx

  18. Congrats Laurie. Look forward to reading it with Sandi. We all have “baggage.” It seems for every journey I pack light, just the essentials. But on the return trip, I have to reconsider what I can actually fit in my bag and take home. So I ask myself, “What will still be essential upon returning home?” The airport once lost my suitcase. They assured me that it would be be sent to my motel by morning. But to tide me over, they gave me a bag marked “The Essentials.” It was smaller than a lunch box. I looked at it and thought sarcastically, “Ahhh, so these are the essentials!” But, you know what? It was enough. Dennis

    • Dennis — I just learned something new… Never checking my bag, I didn’t know about “The Essentials” bag the airlines keep handy in the event they lose one’s baggage. Smart on their part. I’m glad it was enough.

  19. Congratulations, Laurie. I hope your book sells well. I’ll put it on my “to read” list.

    The date I’m looking forward to is also a book release date for my novel, Castle Danger, but I don’t know for sure. Should be in the coming weeks.


  20. I’m not looking forward to any days right now, well except for November 1st I got a hot tip on the hotline bling about this girl in the land of potatoes has a future best selling book being released!

  21. I love the cover, Laurie. Makes the title jump out. I know your readers will be just as impressed with the inside as well. Congratulations. Cigars all around? (metaphorical ones, anyway).

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