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What I Learned from Anita Roddick

Entrepreneur extraordinaire Anita Roddick (1942 – 2007) enthusiastically embraced the ironic title for her memoir: “Business as Unusual.” But she wasn’t as sure of the subtitle. At one point The Body Shop founder suggested “Management by Falling Apart at the Seams,” because, she wrote on a postcard to her publisher, “that’s what I feel like […]

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Let’s Get Political!

Like many summa cum laude graduates, I started my career with confidence in my talents and abilities. So much so that I refused to get involved in anything that smacked of “office politics.” I believed that work and career were all about merit, not about backroom bartering or Happy Hour schmoozing. Today I look back […]

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Retreat to the Garden

No one will be surprised to hear that my favorite book to read is what I call the “Do-Over! memoir.” More specifically, it’s the “woman’s midlife-Do-Over!-in-a-home-and-garden memoir.” For me, the genre began with Frances Mayes’ Under the Tuscan Sun. (And, for the record, I want to state that I discovered Mayles’ beloved Cortona even before […]

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Books for Holiday Gift Giving

Books for Holiday Gift Giving Y’all know I’m a book lover–one of final few philistines who doesn’t own a Kindle or an iPad. For those of you who still like to wrap up a book to place under the tree, I asked the BookWoman herself to recommend her favorites for giving this holiday season. And […]

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Life Lessons from the Unlikely Lavender Queen

Life Lessons from the Unlikely Lavender Queen Writer Jeannie Ralston translated her Do-Over! into a wonderful memoir, The Unlikely Lavender Queen, which I blogged about last year. Since she pioneered the first lavender farm in The Hill Country, she’s gone on to a few more Do-Overs! Lucky for us, she graciously agreed to update her […]

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Share Do-Over! with your Mom: Buy One, Get One FREE

Share Do-Over! with your Mom: Buy One, Get One FREE Many of you know about “My Mother, the Haufrau,” the closing chapter of my new audiobook on CD, Do-Over! How Women Are Reinventing Their Lives. In this very personal essay, I remember how Claire Ann Daly, the 50s housewife par excellence, raised me to insist […]

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One Week Until Do-Over! Benefit for GENaustin

One Week Until Do-Over! Benefit for GENaustin I can’t believe we’re counting down the days until my Do-Over! reinvention workshop for women. I’ve been planning it with GENaustin since last fall. Would you help to spread the word by sharing this post? The more women attend, the more money we raise to help middle-school girls […]

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Free Do-Over! Workbooks Available Online

Free Do-Over! Workbooks Now Available Online As a coach, I’m all about the practical strategies–concrete, actionable ways for you to create the change you want. So I wrote four companion workbooks to go with my new audiobook, Do-Over! How Women Are Reinventing Their Lives. Listen to an essay, then go to the workbook for corresponding […]

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Do-Over! Featured in Austin American-Statesman

Do-Over! Featured in Austin American-Statesman I always love a conversation with the Statesman’s Life Guide columnist Sarah Beckham. She’s curious and smart, so she goes right for the questions in the central nervous system. This morning she writes about our last conversation, all about my new audiobook, Do-Over! How Women Are Reinventing Their Lives. You’ll […]

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