Posts Tagged ‘author’

A Family on the Run

Monday, February 20th, 2017

Every once in a while, I interview people who are extraordinary in ways that aren’t measured by TV ratings, movie opening weekends, or social media likes. And this story is one of my latest (and favorites) to that end.

Here is the story of the Gonzales family in Los Angeles, for the February 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping: Everyone in This Family Wants to Run 100 Miles.

It’s the story of a family of four who—through tragedy and kindness—became a family of nine. And when they discovered the organization Marathon Kids, which encourages kids and families to run together, they became closer, healthier and happier as one very (very, very big) family.

The Gonzalez parents with four of the kids.

It was truly an honor to sit down with this wonderful family as they shared their story. Check it out here on the Good Housekeeping site. Everyone in This Family Wants to Run 100 Miles. It’s inspiring in more ways than one.

—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