I can’t begin to express the excitement I felt when Certified Professional Coach, Sarah Jordan, invited me to be her guest to launch Season 4 of her wildly popular podcast series. This season’s focus is TAKE CARE.
If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the head of a transformational life coach…
If you’ve ever wondered what a coaching session might be like…
If you’ve ever wondered about the business of forgiveness…
…this podcast is for you.
In the first six minutes and forty-five seconds of this podcast, Sarah takes care of some necessary housekeeping with her regular listeners; then I jump in. She’s amazing, and I hope you’ll become part her tribe at sarahjordancpc.com.
During my three month sabbatical (Jan-Mar) to finish writing The Business of Being, my schedule was simple:
WRITE during the day
READ in the evening
Some of the books I read were serious; others were laugh-out-loud funny!
When I finish reading a book, if I can give it three or more stars, I write a brief review/recommendation and post it on Goodreads and Amazon. These are the books I read and enjoyed during my sabbatical:
Some people hesitate to write book reviews because they feel they have to be long and involved, but many of the best reviews are short. Here’s one of my favorites:
Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth is “as good for you as kale, but reads like chocolate—smooth, rich, and fun.” —Leanne Dyck
When you enjoy a book, do you typically write a brief review/recommendation?
The first person to type the accurate location of my sabbatical — Darby, Montana — into the comments section of March 28th post was bodojanbo. Congratulations! She has won a signed copy of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth.
Wintering in Darby, Montana was a great experience. Not only was it breathtakingly gorgeous, it was productive. I completed what I set out to do—finish The Business of Being: Soul Purpose In and Out of the Workplace.
Often mistaken for an extrovert, I’m an introvert who functions as an extrovert. So this opportunity—three months of solitude—was like a decadent slice (or three) of crème brûlée.
Somewhat like “Where’s Waldo?” I’m currently in hiding. Well, not hiding exactly, but on a three month sabbatical to finish writing my next book—The Business of Being.
I’ll be in this U.S. location—where I don’t know anyone, and no one knows me—until the last week of March. Social media visits will be rare as I plan to laser-focus on completing the manuscript. However, I’ve reserved Tuesdays to come up for air and visit with online friends here and on your blogs as well.
Hint #1 — I’m not in Palm Springs.
The latitude of my hideaway is 46.021587. Hang onto it because my final post from this location (Mar 28) will contain the longitude. Each post between now and then will include a different hint in the photo caption. The first person to type the accurate city and state of my sabbatical location into the comments sectionof the Mar 28 post will receive a personalized copy of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth for themselves or as a gift to someone else.
Sometimes people say, “I’m going away to find myself.” I know exactly where I am, but do you?
Today—Nov 1, 2016—is the official release day of Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth. Like a hovercraft, my feet haven’t touched the ground!
In an article featured on BuzzFeed today, Note to Self is listed as one of the 5 Self-Help Books To Keep You Centered During Election Week. Here’s what they wrote:
“Lugging around emotional baggage is something that we’ve all experienced and something that no one enjoys because it can hinder our journey through life. But, in this seven-step guide Laurie Buchanan explores the significance of unpacking that baggage in order to begin a healthier stage of living. This honest and open guide gives readers the knowledge, techniques and real world examples they need to discover a happier version of themselves.” —BuzzFeed
Hosted by The Present Moment, my book launch party is scheduled for Nov 12 at the Civic Center in Libertyville, IL—just north of Chicago. Click HERE for details. I hope to see you there.
I’m delighted to share that Note to Self was selected as a 2016 Idaho Author Award winner in the category of inspiration.
Tonight we attend the awards reception and ceremony, so let’s just say my feet won’t touch the ground for the next week or seven!
Note to Self is additionally in the running for the Nautilus Award. This distinction is for books with exceptional literary contributions to spiritual growth, conscious living and green values, high-level wellness, responsible leadership, and positive social change.
For those who can’t attend the book launch, you can still get a signed copy of Note to Self. Simply call my local bookstore—Rediscovered Books—at 208.376.4229 and let them know you’d like to purchase a signed copy of Laurie Buchanan’s Note to Self. They’ll ship it to you within 24 hours.
If you live in the Boise area, Rediscovered Books is hosting me at a market style event from 11:00 am to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 7. I’d be happy to sign and copy for you there.
Leave an honest review on Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Goodreads / Riffler. Readers want to know if Note to Self is relevant, compelling, actionable, vibrant. Simply cut-and-paste the same review wherever you post it.
Tell others about Note to Self—word of mouth is the best advertisement.
Please ask your local library to order a copy.
What is the title of the book you are currently reading?
Created by the award-winning talent of Rucinski & Reetz, I’m excited to share with you the book trailer for Note to Self: A Seven-Step Path to Gratitude and Growth.
Available for pre-order on Amazon
Transforming intention into action, Note to Self equips you to shed your baggage, bridging the gap between where you are and where you want to be—body, mind, and spirit—empowering you to step into joy-filled living now!
“Laurie Buchanan has a knack for helping others find positive, creative, and clear solutions to life’s challenges. Reading this book was like watching the sun rise for me; every page had bright rays of wisdom that made me smile. Delightful indeed!” —Christine DeSmet, author, screenwriter, and writing teacher at University of Wisconsin-Madison Continuing Studies
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?