Daytime, More Kirk Douglas and Peoria!

*P* day is Tuesday – how did it get to be so close? Just two more days and my baby gets sent out to the world.

On Monday I was at NBC Tampa studios to appear on Daytime to promote my book. It was so exciting to be interviewed on live TV and to see what goes on behind the scenes. You can watch the interview below – hope you enjoy it!

You may remember last week that I told you I was working on a new book by Kirk Douglas in the day job and that I sent him a copy of my book? Well, this week I got a letter from the divine Mr. Douglas. He said such lovely things about Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude. I’m thrilled and honored to share it with you here.

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This weekend I was one of the key speakers at the Peoria Women’s Lifestyle Show. What a blast! I got to see some of the contributors to my book, met some wonderful women and made my first sale! I’ve included some of the photos in the slideshow below.

If you spent any time on my Facebook page last week, you’ll have seen an ever-growing number of people taking time to share their own images of nature. It has been so exciting for me to watch this little community grow, to encourage taking the time to share the awe and gratitude that we all experience in our lives. I want each and every one of you to know how much I appreciate your photographs and comments. You rock!

I may be back before Friday..well, you know I’ll want to celebrate on Tuesday! So if you see my little book on your travels, please take a copy home with you!

Have an awesome week!

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You know, I really wish my late mother was around because… KIRK DOUGLAS HAS A COPY OF MY BOOK!! (and he told his publicist he thought I was pretty…OMG, can you stand it?) Yes, I’m working on his book here at my day job and this is a very special perk. I may even get to meet him when I’m out in LA promoting my book. What a kick!

This week was remarkable in several ways. I got to photograph a gathering of indigenous South Florida water birds, one of which was a majestic osprey. Seeing one of these sea hawks always feels like a good omen. And, after returning from this impromptu after-work photo session, John and I had a visitation of another osprey perched on the terrace in front of ours.  As if that wasn’t magical enough, the moment I stepped onto my terrace the following morning, the same osprey flew from his perch, over my head out into the wild. These are moments of awe that stay with me for a long time.

In the bigger news about my book, we’re going back to press even before the book is actually in the stores because we got another very big order – this one from a grocery store distributor. So now, you can buy your eggs, kale, brownies and MY BOOK. I think they should trot me out in the produce section. I could probably move a lot of veggies while hawking my book.

On the subject of awe, over on Facebook I shared the ways in which feeling and acknowledging awe can have a positive impact on your life. For instance, did you know that studies have shown that experiencing awe can make us more creative? As usual, you can see a selection of my photographs in the slide show at the bottom of this page. If you get creative after looking at them be sure to share your creations over on my Facebook page.

I’m scheduled for a national TV interview in Tampa on Monday so I’m off to get my eyelashes put on tonight. I hope Kirk Douglas is watching when it airs (wink, wink!)

Have an awesome week!

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Strategy, Belief and Reviews

My life is so incredibly blessed just now. Each new week is more exciting that the last and I LOVE being able to share it with you here.

This week I was interviewed by Strategy Magazine and you can read the story they published here. It was so exciting answering questions about my little book. I can’t believe that I’ll be letting it out into the world on its own in less than four weeks. I’m such a proud book mama! I’ll be launching my books at Books and Books on October 30th – invitations are already on their way.

My other “big” news is that I have been invited to put together a slide show of my photographs with captions over on Beliefnet. I am over the moon, truly floating with happiness! I have such respect for this site and have long been a fan. I’ll let you know when it goes live.

I was excited to receive a review of my book from Mumbai. This is what Corinne Rodrigues had to say:

What a wonderful project this book is! This is the kind of book, I’d like to delve into now and then to be inspired and feast my eyes. The pictures are fantastic and you already know how I lap up affirmations and inspirational quotes. Absolutely my kind of book!

You can read the review here.

My Thank You campaign on Facebook is going well and I was super excited to thank two of my icons this week: John Bradshaw and Jack Canfield. I am amazed and grateful that they have each made their own contribution to my book.

On a personal note, my beau John is home from his world travels and having him here to share this amazing time with me makes it all the more special – thank you sweetie xxx

Please remember to subscribe to my news and connect with me on Facebook and other social media. The links are all over there on the right.

Have an awesome week!

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The Countdown Has Begun!

I know I say this every week, but as we get closer and closer to “P” (Publication) Day, my life gets more and more exciting. I am so grateful that technology lets me share it all with you.

Sunday saw me kicking off “52 Days of Thanks.” In the 52 days leading up to my book’s birthday I wanted to show my gratitude to each of the contributors. If you have joined me on Facebook – and I do hope you have – you may have noticed the Thank You memes I am posting daily. You can have another look at them below, along with a selection of this week’s photos from the terrace. In fact, the photos you see are the ACTUAL ones from the book. I don’t want to leave anyone out so I have to have a system, right? I’m thanking my lovely contributors in alphabetical order and having a name beginning with a letter at the end of the alphabet makes me nervous I might be left out. I’d like to reassure everyone, from Melissa Applegate to Pat Williams, your day will come!

I’ve also started to invite people to participate in my October 28th book launch. If you’d like to join in, please have a look HERE. It should be fun and as exciting for you as for me!

The weather has been damp with a covering of gray cloud here in my little corner of Florida. There may be few shots of sunshine but the clouds and diffused light brought it’s own magic, don’t you think?

Have a great week!

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It’s Real!

I’m writing this in Sedona, Arizona where I’m taking a last summer vacation before my book tour revs up and takes off!

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Just hours before I left I got to hold a copy, a real, physical bound copy of my book. It felt so surreal to get my hands on a tangible product after all the months of photography, planning and editing. Dreams DO come true and I am so grateful for everyone who has helped give birth to my book baby!

So, while my Florida sunsets are being printed and collated into my book, I’m stalking southwest sunsets and soaking up Sedona’s mystical vibes. It’s tough to be me!

Please, don’t forget to share what you’re thankful for here and on Facebook. I’d love to see your own sunrise and sunset photos there too.

Here are some of the photos I’ve shared on Facebook this week – come and say “hi” if you can.

Have an awesome week!

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Lights, Camera, Action!

How was your week? Things have been busy on the terrace – what, you think standing there, photographing the sun rise and fall isn’t hard work? It’s a tough job, but you know what they say: Kim has to do it!

This week I went to the movies and looked at sunrise  in cinema. We started off with a 1927 film called Sunrise about a loose city woman enchanting a poor, humble farmer and ended it with Tequila Sunrise with Mel Gibson and the gorgeous Michelle Pfeiffer.  I also shared some photographs of pale clouds and golden skies. You really *need* to click on the Facebook connect button, don’t you?

But my most exciting news this week is that my little book has gone to press – yay!!!

It was like birthdays and christmas and every other celebration all coming at once. I’m so excited to share it with you. Below is the video I made of the presses working on Sunrise, Sunset: 52 Weeks of Awe & Gratitude. I’ve also included a gallery of stills from the day. I hope you find them as interesting as I did!

Thank you for stopping by and have an awesome week!

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What a week! My Facebook page now has over 1000 likes! Thank you so much for letting me share my photography and awe with you and if you haven’t already “liked” me over there, there’s a handy button over on the right of this page!

Sadly, this week we lost two stars. Miss Lauren Bacall passed over after a long life and the inimitable Robin Williams lost the battle with his demons. I am grateful for the entertainment, fun and laughter they each brought us.

Over on Facebook this week we celebrated sunrise and sunset in art, sharing work by Monet and Hopper among others. We had a chat about light and some of my lovely fans shared their own photos of sunrise and sunset. See what you’re missing if you don’t connect with me over there too!

I’ll leave you with a small selection of my photographs from the previous week and a reminder that you can get advance tickets to the Women’s Lifestyle Show, Peoria here.  And if you’d like to receive my weekly news delivered to your inbox, simply click for regular awe and gratitude —–>

Have an awesome week!

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It’s been an interesting and fun-filled week. If you follow my fan page on Facebook – and you really should – you’ll have seen the beautiful photographs I’ve shared there. I am so blessed to be able to see these images from my terrace on a daily basis. I’ve included a small selection of them at the bottom of this post. Please enjoy!

I’ve also taken you on a whistle-stop world tour of sunsets from around the world. We’ve been to India, China, Japan, Italy and France. See what you’ve been missing!

Today I also want to share something about the Peoria Women’s Lifestyle Show in Illinois. This annual show takes place on October 25th this year and I am honored to be one of six guest speakers. This exciting event has someone for everyone and in the words of the organizers,

“It takes a year to create, but for one magical day each year, the world
stops as women celebrate with their best friends, sisters, mothers, daughters, and each other…”

I’ll be sharing the stage at Peoria with three of the contributors to my book – available to pre-order on Amazon now -: Rokelle Lerner, Barb Schmidt and Dorothy Breininger, so do come along and say hello if you can.

Remember to share what you’ve been thankful for this week here and if you’d like to get my weekly updates sent to your inbox, click on the button over there   —–> 

Have an awesome week!

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