Julianne Hough Gets Real with me in Redbook

July 21st, 2014

REDBOOKJulianneHough_Page_1I had the most refreshing sit-down with Julianne Hough—dancer, actress, singer, choreographer, TV judge, producer and shoe designer. (I think I’ve covered them all.)

We got to chat for the August cover of Redbook magazine after her photo shoot at a house in Beverly Hills recently, and the former Dancing with the Stars champion wasn’t just nice, down to earth and real—she was also in a time of transition in her life that is all about letting her real self shine through, and she shared it all. You can see some of the piece online at Redbook.com in For Julianne Hough, Everything Has Changed.

If you grab the issue and read the whole piece, I hope you enjoy it. And if you get a chance to see her and her brother Derek in their “Move on Live” dance tour this summer, do it.

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—Amy

Some HAPPY LIFE CHECKLIST Tips for HEALTH

July 16th, 2014

I got to share some “Happiness Boosters” with Health magazine for their July/August 2014 issue. I offered 3 tips that I consider go-to happiness boosters, based on ideas in my latest book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss. Pick up the current issue of Health today to check them out.

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If you can’t read them, here’s another image of my “Pro-share” tips that will help you see them more easily:

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Here’s to a happy week.

—Amy

Maria Menounos: “I Bet On Me”

July 16th, 2014

I got to work with the July/August issue of Health magazine in a few ways. One of them? Sitting down to chat with the cover star, Extra TV host and star of the Oxygen reality show Chasing Maria: Maria Menounos.

We sat down to talk in the Extra offices in Los Angeles and I was inspired by her unstoppable nature. Check out the interview at Health.com: Maria Menounos’ Secrets to Success, to hear about her workout tricks and how she attacks life with gusto.

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I hope you enjoy reading the piece as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Best,

—Amy

How to Be Brave, with Demi Lovato

July 9th, 2014

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I always love interviewing singer/songwriter and actress Demi Lovato. She is one of those wise young souls who has been through more in her 21 years than some people experience in al lifetime. And she’s using her powers for good.

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This time, it’s to guest edit Seventeen magazine’s August 2014 issue, with advice for the readers at seventeen.com about How to Be Confident No Matter What. I sat down with Demi on the couch at her apartment in L.A. while shared her best confident-building secrets, and a few rough moments she’s weathered on her way to loving herself. That’s her editor’s note for the piece. Check out some more of her story here:

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Jonah Hill Gets Serious in Glamour

July 9th, 2014

One of my favorite things about interviewing people for a living is that while I always walk into a room with at least some kind of expectation for how the conversation will go, ad every once in a while, I’m sent whirling in the opposite direction, utterly surprised by what I find.

Sometimes, what I discover is disappointing; after all, the world is full of people who are some form of boring, arrogant, ignorant, or just plain bland, so how could I not come across a few of those in my chatting travels. But sometimes, my expectations are shattered in the most delightful  way. And that’s what happened when I interviewed Jonah Hill for the July 2014 issue of Glamour. What I expected: A total joker. What I got: A sincerely serious guy.

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Click the image to make it readable and see for yourself what a treat it is to have a funny man like Jonah Hill speak from the heart.

—Amy

Rachel Bilson: Rachel’s Got Heart

July 9th, 2014

Open the June 2014 issue of Health magazine and you’ll find my interview with the adorable star of th CW’s Heart of Dixie, Rachel Bilson.

RachelBilsonHEALTHCoverI got to interview Rachel many years ago for the cover of Page Six Magazine in The New York Post (here’s a link to part of that feature, Rachel Bilson’s Divine Intervention). She was just as bright and friendly this time and had me laughing out loud more than a few times.

For this summer issue of Health, we discussed her favorite fitness ideas, her happiness secrets, her relationship builders, and her body confidence—just weeks before she officially announced her pregnancy with actor Hayden Christensen. And for your own laugh, see what she says about her obsession with flamin’ hot Cheetos.

You can read through the whole story here, Rachel Bilson’s Got Heart, on the Health.com site.

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-Amy

Miranda Lambert’s Do’s and Don’ts

June 20th, 2014

This may be about the fourth time I’ve interviewed the wickedly funny and wise country star Miranda Lambert. And she still knows how to kill it with her advice and insights.

For the July 2014 issue of Glamour magazine, here are Miranda’s best Do’s and Don’ts as she debuts her latest album, Platinum:

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The German Edition of BRIGHT SIDE UP

June 18th, 2014

One of the most fun aspects of putting out books is having other countries pick up and publish the titles. It’s fascinating to see how the international editions translate the titles and re-design the cover to what will most appeal to their readers.

And so, I bring you a recent international edition of my second book, Bright Side Up: 100 Ways to Be Happier Right Now, which is now selling in…Germany! In German, Immer Auf Der Sonnenseite translates to “Always On the Sunny Side.” And the subtitle translates to “100 Paths to a Good Mood.” (That’s a link to purchase the German edition on Amazon.com.)

One clear path to a good mood, by the way: polka dots.

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 The American edition of Bright Side Up:

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The Rise of Francesca Eastwood

June 18th, 2014

This weekend’s edition of The New York Post featured my profile of actress Francesca Eastwoodas in Clint Eastwood’s daughter, who has a small role in his new film out this month, Jersey Boys.

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Francesca was laid back, down-to-earth and seems a little older and wiser than her twenty years. And I gotta say, the girl cracked me up. I hope she rocks her career like she wants to.

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First for Women Magazine Loves The Happy Life Checklist!

May 28th, 2014

I’m so grateful today to see this wonderful review of The Happy Life Checklist in First for Women magazine.

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The editor who reviewed it makes a good point: We can always find a few minutes for things that help build our happiness. And right now, I’m using my minutes to share my gratitude. Then I’ll take a deep breath and inhale the fresh air of early summer. What will you do with your next few minutes?

For  positive reminders every day, grab a copy of The Happy Life Checklist. Join my Bright Side Up feed on Facebook. Or follow First Magazine on Facebook.

—Amy