Archive for the ‘Optimism’ Category

My New Interview: Hilary Duff is All About Leaning Out

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

My latest cover story on stands is a sit-down I had with actress and singer Hilary Duff for the April 2017 issue of Redbook. I’d interviewed Hilary before, so I was looking forward to it—and she proved that she was still just as great as I’d remembered: open, fun, interesting and just…real.

We chatted a lot about what it’s like being a single mom to her son, Luca, whom she’s about co-parenting with her ex Mike Comrie—including mom guilt, how we judge each other, and what she does to stay emotionally grounded and happy as a parent.

You can read our full conversation by grabbing a copy of the issue, on stands now. Or, here’s a small taste of our talk: Hilary Duff is All About Leaning Out.

What I didn’t include is all the gabbing we did about her show Younger, which I am hopelessly enthralled with. If you’re not already watching, put June 28th in your iCal so you can check it out on TV Land when it returns for Season 4.

—Amy

My Very Personal Essay: Please Don’t Tell Me to Look on the Bright Side

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

I don’t write many personal essays these days. And yet I recently wrote one of the most personal essays I’ve written to date. It’s called Please Don’t Tell Me to Look on the Bright Side.

I wrote it for the launch of the wonderful new website PregnantishIt’s a home base, resource and supportive space for women struggling with infertility that was created by my wise and wonderful friend Andrea Syrtash. But then, I also wrote it because I had to, to get the feelings out. As someone who’s been on this difficult road for a long time, I know how desperately needed this site is and I am honored to be a part of it. So welcome to my story about…well, lots of things you probably don’t know about me.

And while my piece is about my difficulties staying pregnant, going through IVF, then pursuing adoption to build a family with my husband, it’s more about my experience as a professional optimist going through so many years of dark days. But I can’t share my gratitude enough for the lessons I’ve been learning while working on my local suicide crisis hotline—for there is an incredible amount of wisdom to be gained about life by talking to people who are feeling on the edge of theirs. And that, really, is what this essay is about.

I’m happy to see that it is such a popular read on Pregnantish right now. Read, feel, share if you like. In fact, I’d be thrilled if you did, in the hopes that it might resonate with someone who needs it most. 💜

—Amy

My BRIDES Essay: Happily Ever Before

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

By all accounts, I had a dream wedding with my husband Gus. But the planning—oh, the planning.

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After the six fast months we pulled our wedding off in Mexico, I finally understood the building stress that can turn some sweet women into Bridezillas. And I learned so much about seeing things “bright side up” that I wanted to share it.

So here’s my essay in Brides magazine: “Happily Ever Before.”

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—Amy Spencer

Guess What Just Arrived in China?

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

My book, The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss, in its new, gorgeous Chinese edition! Here’s a look at the cover, which opens on the left.

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I’m so thrilled to be able to touch and flip through this new foreign edition of one of my books.

HLCChinaCoverBackAnd here’s the back cover. Just as cute.

If you can read Chinese and might enjoy some new ideas for finding happiness in the little things in life, you’re in luck! And if you know anyone in China who might benefit from the book, please tell them about it.

—Amy

The Happy Life Checklist: It Now Has a Chinese Edition

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

This is an exciting week, as I just got my hands on the latest foreign edition of one of my books. This is my third and latest book, The Happy Life Checklist. And it is now available in China.

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It is printed in Simple Chinese characters, with beautiful small images to go with the copy. Here are some of the pages in the book, following the opening spread with—hello, my picture! I think this version of the book is stunning. I am so thrilled.

 

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If you know anyone in China who could use some ideas for living a happier life, pass it on. And if you’d like to read more about what my book is all about, check out The Happy Life Checklist: 654 Simple Ways to Find Your Bliss.

Oh, and if you know what it says there on the cover and cover wrap—the brownish part that is wrapped on top of the gray cover—I’d love to find out! I’m so curious. I hope that readers in China will enjoy the book. It warms my heart to no end to know that the message I am sharing about living a good life is spreading this far.

—Amy

 

Love & Happiness Advice for Single Parents

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

I’ve been interviewed a number of times lately for a few different kinds of stories, but one I come back to pretty often: dating, love and happiness advice for single moms and dads—some of the hardest working people in life-business. Here is some of my love, happiness and dating advice for parents going it alone.

1: How to Deal with Your Ex’s New Partner

First, some advice for single moms dealing with her ex’s new partner that appeared on Yahoo News. The wonderfully honest story, by writer Chrissi Coppa, was called Tom Brady’s Ex Deserves Praise for her Gracious Co-Parenting Tweet, and I offered my insight on what it meant that Bridget Moynahan tweeted a congratulations to the Patriots following their win, and what that meant for her son and their family.

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2. How to Date as a Single Parent

I also offered some of my dating tips for single parents for a piece that appeared in Parenting.com and CNN.com among others. 

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I wish I could give a free copy of Meeting Your Half-Orange to every last single mom or single dad in the country, because I truly believe that it could help shift how they feel in a meaningful way.

The way I see it, when you are feeling overwhelmed and down on yourself or your circumstances—which is so often the case with single parents who don’t have even .001 second to think about themselves because they are so focused on their child/children—the best thing you can do for yourself emotionally is find a way to adjust your perspective and feelings so that you can get through each day in a happier place. The more in control, positive, hopeful and happy you feel, the better a person, a parent and a provider you can be.

—Amy

Julianne Moore: How Lucky am I?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

My latest cover story gave me someone to truly root for at this year’s Academy Awards: Julianne Moore, who won for Best Actress for her role in Still Alice. ParadeCOVERJulianne and I chatted for last weekend’s issue of Parade. You can read the full story, Julianne Moore: How Lucky Am I? online at Parade magazine, located on The Washington Post‘s site.

She talks about her experience preparing for Still Alice, how her parents interests influenced the kinds of roles she still chooses today and why she feels so lucky on all counts at this time in her life. Plus, Francis Lawrence, who directed Julianne in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay movies, had a few unique things to tell me about Julianne’s work on set, too.

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—Amy

 

My Happy Love App

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Okay. So. I’ve updated my iPhone app Half-Orange Optimisms. And in addition to making sure it works on all the iOS platforms and the newest iPhones, I’ve added a whopping 150 *brand new* thoughts to it. Which means the app now has more than 250 positive ideas to happy up your love life. Can you take it? I can barely take it.

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You can find out more about the Half-Orange Optimisms app on the iTunes store. If you already have the app, be sure to update it to Version 2.0! And if you don’t have it, check it out. Because these are all original words of mine, and I wrote every single positive idea with happy love in mind.

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Do you sometimes feel discouraged with dating and love? If you could use a pep talk every now and then about yourself and your dating life, Half-Orange Optimisms is here.

 Your “half-orange” (the translation of the Spanish term mi media naranja) describes your sweetheart and perfect other half. And the path to yours can be paved using dating optimism. Use them as a companion piece to the book Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match by Amy Spencer, or just dive into dating optimism on your own!

These are not reprints of quotes or lines you’ve read before. Half-Orange Optimisms are freshly original tips and insights that provide the dating optimism you want on demand! Like a Magic Eight Ball of love wisdom, they’re the words of dating and life encouragement you need to hear at the time you need to hear them. 

Just ask for some sweet orange guidance, then shake the phone for the dose you need to turn on your positivity and draw the right person straight to you. And when an Optimism really hits home, email it to yourself or a good friend for an added boost.



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• Over 250 original, unique Optimisms written by Amy Spencer.
• Get a new Optimism every time you shake.
• Optimisms are more than just inspiring quotes—they provide actionable suggestions and ideas for improving your relationship point of view.
• A bright animated 3D orange delivers your message.
• Email your favorite Optimisms to yourself or a friend. Or save one to paste in your Notes app, a post or a tweet! (Note: There is not a Saved Favorites page within the app.)
• Optimisms are for all singles—women and men, single or divorced, of every age. If you are seeking your other half or just want reminders to make the most of a love you have, these words are for you.

Your thoughts about dating can change your love life forever. Let Half-Orange Optimisms help you put your thoughts in a positive state of mind. Visit amyspencer.com to contact Amy and learn more about this app, as well as the books and the optimism that goes with it.

What’s New in Version 2.0

Big fixes and updates with this one! Cleaned out all the bugs and freshened it up, so it’s now working perfectly and up to date for all iOS and iPhones from the 4 on. Plus: I’ve added a whopping 150 *brand new* Optimisms in this version, so the app now offers more than 250 fresh, inspiring thoughts to enhance your gorgeous life even more.

–Amy

Some HAPPY LIFE CHECKLIST Tips for HEALTH

Wednesday, 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

The German Edition of BRIGHT SIDE UP

Wednesday, 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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