Archive for the ‘Meeting Your Half-Orange’ Category

Calling all Single + Married Women: It’s Been Advice Month!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

I’ve been asked to share my positive thoughts on love for a few publications lately, so in case any of these stories might appeal to you, here they are…

1) First, I loved contributing to this piece called “That Single Life” in the brand new January/February 2016 issue of Women’s Health magazine.

WomensHealthSINGLE The Women’s Health features real women who have bucked the coupledom standards by doing things like buying a house single, having a baby single, and traveling single.

I spoke with writer Faye Brennan about why single women can rock whatever it is they damn want, which is the entire mindset behind my book Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (Running Press).

Pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Women’s Health to read the full piece about “That Single Life,” but here’s my advice in part #3 about why it’s healthy to be “The Jet Setter” who is traveling solo:

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2) For the story Dating as a Single Parent…If You Dare, I offered some advice for single mothers who are having a difficult time in their dating lives with writer Christine Coppa, who is a single mom herself. You can read the full story here on that one here on the USA Today Network’s Asbury Park Press site, but here’s a small snapshot of some my advice when it comes to where to meet your potential partners:

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3) I also offered some advice for Woman’s Day magazine, about the 9 Important Signs Your Marriage Can Be Saved. I talked to the magazine about the positive signs of recognizing that your behavior might be affecting your partner’s behavior or when you both recognize how much you appreciate your family time. You can read the full piece here on Woman’s Day, but here, again, is a small snapshot of some of my advice:

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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.

Description

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

My Writing Life: Inside the Author’s Studio

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

I did a fun interview this week with my fabulous literary agent, Laurie Abkemeier, for a regular feature she calls “Inside the Authors Studio.” I got to share a photo of my writing space, showing my desk and bookshelves in my bright little office in Venice, CA—the better to write about “bright” things, of course.

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I also got to share some of the secrets about my writing process—like when I feel I do my best writing, and whether or not I share my works-in-progress with anyone other than my editor/agent. I think it’s always fun to read about how other writers and authors work (and if they share their early drafts with people!) so I thought I’d give back to the pool and answer some of those questions myself. I hope you enjoy.

While you’re at it, poke around the rest of Laurie Abkemeier’s page for information on her other authors as well (and follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/LaurieAbkemeier. She is officially the world’s best literary agent—the supportive, insightful, always-right, hand-holdy kind—and I am so grateful I get to be a part of her close knit author community.

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—Amy

NATURAL HEALTH and Half-Oranges

Friday, February 18th, 2011

I loved this recent mention of Meeting Your Half-Orange in Natural Health magazine. In the story below, “Health nut seeks same” by Maureen Healy, I offered my advice on why finding someone with similar interests can enhance your relationship from the inside-out—the piece then shares suggestions of some online dating sites that cater to particular lifestyles.

Here’s to a naturally healthy half-orange love life!

—Amy

The Denver Post: How to Use Dating Optimism in the New Year

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Recently, I contributed to a story in The Denver Post called New Year, New Love: The Time is Right for Dating, by Sheba R. Wheeler. In it, I gave her some of my thoughts on how to keep your eyes looking more positively on the prize of love at the start of a new year.

One of my contributions included this:

“Take a break. If you’ve been dating full throttle without success, it can begin to feel like work and become a source of frustration and pressure. “Now suddenly you are going out into the world with all this energy that says you are tired, you are over it, but do you still want to date me?” says Spencer. “Who wants to date that?” Take a break to reconnect with yourself and remember what’s good and lovable about you.”

If you liked that, go to the New Year, New Love article in The Denver Post, or click on the image below.

—Amy

Psychologies Magazine features “Dating Optimism”

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

What a great honor this month:

A fabulous journalist named Suzy Greaves wrote about the concept of dating optimism in a three-page feature called “The Optimist’s Guide to Dating” in the most recent issue of Psychologies magazine—which is like England’s version of America’s Psychology Today.

And my book Meeting Your Half-Orange—with it’s science-based focus on the neuropsychology of thinking positively and the benefits of being optimistic about love—fit right in.

Also fun: One of my positive comments about how I believe you should be picky in love was featured as the story’s pull quote, a great reminder when it comes to what you’re looking for: “You have my full permission to stop dating men you don’t find smart, interesting or physically attractive.” For more positive doses of dating advice, check out my blog, TheDatingOptimist.com.

Pick up the copy of the latest issue of Psychologies if you’re in the U.K. or check out the piece here:

—Amy

Seventeen Magazine: My Optimistic Dating Advice

Monday, February 14th, 2011

It’s that time of year! My positive dating advice is featured in a fun new story this month in Seventeen magazine (note my admirable position as the “17 Expert” for the piece!)

In the story “Spring Clean Your Love Life,” writer Elisa Benson featured some of our fun and purely positive tips on how to dump your bad memories and bummer attitude and embrace a happier, healthier, lov-ier you in your dating life.

Pick up the new March 2011 issue of Seventeen to see the whole story. And for more advice like this, for singles from seventeen to ninety-seven, just order the brand spankin’ new paperback edition from Amazon.com of Meeting Your Half-Orange.

—Amy

How to Have a Happy Valentine’s Day

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

As a dating and relationship expert, I’ve always been so intrigued by Valentine’s Day. When I was single, I dreaded it. And it took me years to figure out how to enjoy being single on Valentine’s Day without wanting to kick slush in the face of all those happy couples.

If you’re single and you want to know how to have a fab, fun Valentine’s Day solo? Here are my four big ways on How to Be Single on Valentine’s Day on my dating blog, TheDatingOptimist.com.

If you’re already in a couple, check out my brand new story on Match.com’s Happen Magazine called How to Have a Long-Distance Valentine’s Day, featuring 10 Ways to help long-distance daters share the love. Even if you live in the same house, you can still try some of these tricks or techniques for showing some love when you’re not just a few feet apart.

So whether you have love or want it, I have you covered for this year’s February 14. And if you want more positive pushes in love, check out my book Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match. Hope it helps!

—Amy

Enter “A Book and a Bikini” GIVEAWAY Jan. 11-14th!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

It’s a special week for half-oranges and anyone looking for one. Because today marks the launch of my new paperback of Meeting Your Half-Orange, which I’m celebrating by doing a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY at TheDatingOptimist.com!

Entering is super easy and super fun: Comment on the giveaway post at The Dating Optimist and tell us one thing you love about yourself and your life…that’s it! Just spread the optimism and you’ll be entered to win a brand new paperback copy of MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match, and a hot Bikini. To be more specific, this hot “Milla” Kushcush bikini:

Okay, now head to the giveaway and good luck!

—Amy

Inside the Author’s Studio with Amy Spencer

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I have the best agent in the world: Laurie Abkemeier, a literary agent with DeFiore and Company who also reps Marley & Me‘s John Grogan. A former editor with Simon & Schuster and now an agent for over seven years, Laurie has wisdom from all sides of the writing fence. Also fun? Laurie’s new Tumblr blog, which now features an entertaining section called Inside the Author’s Studio.

This month, to celebrate the launch of the new paperback edition of Meeting Your Half-Orange, she featured me! Here are my answers (based on James Lipton’s Questionnaire which was based on the Proust questionnaire): Inside the Author’s Studio with Amy Spencer .

And if you’re a writer or want to be? Then you must download Laurie’s FREE “Agent Obvious” iPhone App which is jam-packed with her “Agent Obvious” insights about all things book publishing: query letters, proposals, editing, writing, contracts, marketing and more.

Now, I hope I didn’t embarrass myself with my choice of superpower or favorite sitcom…

—Amy