A Thankful Thanksgiving

I’m writing from my sister’s home in Pittsburgh, witnessing pies being made by my brother-in-law, root vegetables roasted by my sis, afternoon beer being consumed by John, and the dog show playing in the background (go Nathan, the bloodhound!) while snow flurries come streaming down from the gray skies outside.  About to put on my cranberry sauce, then my boots, and head out to sister #2’s house for the big Thanksgiving family feast, but first a moment to reflect.

I got to play in the Miami Book Fair International last weekend and be a part of one of the most vital events in the book industry. It’s a place where the love of books is madly spread over days and city blocks and people remind us that books still really matter. I am so grateful to be a part of that community from every side, as a working publishing professional and now, an author.

Up and coming, I’ll make an appearance here at the local Barnes &Noble, then fly off to do the same in Santa Monica next week. Then another Unity Church in Ventura. I’ll even be on Frank De Caro’s radio show on Sirius radio. Yowsa!

So, how thankful am I today? The warmth and comfort of family, the love of John, the myriad of dear people who I get to call friend, a roof over my head that brings me the most amazing views every day, a wonderful place to work, my health, my pets and all of the other wonders of nature and helpful people in my life. My cup runneth over with so much and so much goodness.

To the growing community people who are posting their beautiful photos on my Facebook page, I send a special thank you. I wish everyone all the abundance, love and goodness that the Thanksgiving holiday represents and then some.

Keep on keeping on, y’all. And remember to stop and smell the sunrise!

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A Swirling Launch

Wow, it’s been 3 weeks since I posted here and you can imagine, I’ve been swept up in my little swirl of a book launch. And, the beat goes on (and on, and on!)

This Saturday (11/22), I’m ecstatic to be presenting my book at Miami Book Fair International – probably one of the best book fairs in the world (no kidding)! I’ll be with the wonderful Barb Schmidt who’s presenting her book, The Practice. You can read all about it here and if you’re at the fair stop by and see us at our booth on Writer’s Row. We’ll be there all day until our talk at 4:00 pm in Building 7.

Since last post, I’ve been to Unity Church in Delray Beach (FL), Barnes & Noble (Boca Raton), Books & Books (Miami) and Unity Church in St Pete (FL). I’m loving that people are buying Sunrise, Sunset in threes, fours and fives! My wrist and my trusty Tiffany pen have been getting a workout from all the autographing but I say, BRING IT ON!!! Having so much fun,  y’all.

You’ll see in the news section my coverage in the Sun Sentinel,  Coastal Star newspaper, and some super cool posts on site:  Mindful Word and Beliefnet  and today on the great big MindBodyGreen site! I’m bringing my traveling show to Pittsburgh for Thanksgiving and putting my sisters and nieces to work at the local Barnes & Noble, and then I’m off to California for some shared spotlight with book contributors Frank De Caro, Gloria Loring, Betsy Chasse and Alexandra Katehakis (look them up, they are all AWESOME!) And, if I play my cards right, I’ll get to meet the master himself, Kirk Douglas. Fingers crossed.

More than anything, I think it must be said that even though I’m in the “gratitude business” 24/7 with my book, I am especially thankful during the holiday season for all of the good fortune this little book is bringing and for all the people that continue to be a part of the project. From everyone inside the book, to my boyfriend, John, who inspired the book, to the production people, sales people, editorial people (Christine Belleris) to the promoters on my side (Trish and Nettie especially), THANK YOU for helping some more beauty and positivity emanate in the world. Mwah!! I love you all!

Have an awesome week!

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It’s Here!

First of all, HAPPY HALLOWEEN, second of all YAWN! My launch week has arrived and swept me up with all that a book launch entails. Complete with the high anxiety and the glee. (someone please remind me why I’m doing this? Lol)

I had an amazing time at the Peoria Women’s Lifestyle Show the past weekend and got to commune with some of my favorite HCI authors, particularly Manuel Villacorta (suspiciously, the only male in the group), Monica Parker, Rokelle Lerner, Barb Schmidt and Dorothy Breininger. It was a lovefest of gigantic proportions and I think Peoria will never be the same. Thanks for show organizer (also a veteran HCI author), Joy Miller, for treating us like royalty. Mwah!

Midweek undertook a campaign to encourage people to buy the book all at once on amazon (the rest of the week is fine, too, btw!) And, have been obsessively watching amazon numbers, something I advise authors that I work with NOT to do. However, I reached a new pinnacle in my career: I have the #2 ranked book in STAR-GAZING. Don’t you love it? I kind of do. It’s sounds like me, anyway.

I  had two radio interviews, a feature article in Boca Raton Observer Magazine, a piece in PB Gardens Lifestyle magazine, an article in the Miami Herald, another in the Palm Beach Post and did my first bookstore signing at the venerable Books & Books in Coral Gables, Fl, with its hallowed halls and books galore – John wandering about in between taking photos of me – saying, “I could spend a thousand dollars here, easy!” Luckily, he didn’t. What charmed me the most (after the treacherous 2 hour drive to get to the store – and back) was how people had me sign multiple copies of Sunrise, Sunset for gifts. That warms my heart.

And, now, I hope your heart is sufficiently warmed too. Thank you for being here.

You can access all my interviews and features over on my In The Press page – I hope you enjoy them!

Have an awesome week!

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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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Sunrise, Tardiness and Lots To Do!

We’re only eighteen days away from the official October 28th launch and I’m starting to wake up in the middle of the night thinking of all the things I have still to get done. It’s high anxiety of the most positive kind (if that’s possible). I’m feverishly contacting colleagues in the media, asking them to PLEASE do something; I’m writing articles for magazines and being interviewed them (blush); and I’m tugging on the folks who are not responding (argh).

In the midst of all this, I composed, recorded and shipped off a theme song for a new women’s conference called “Women Reshaping the World” which was debuted (in my absence) in Halifax, Nova Scotia this Tuesday. I’m relieved to say they reported back that my song was well received. What a relief! You can listen to the song, “What if it were…a woman”, below but it will only be up for a couple of weeks: Tell me what you think?

Most importantly, my sunrise/sunset obsession is in full bloom and until the “fall forward” time change occurs, I will reliably be late for work each day as the sun decides to poke through the clouds and over the horizon later and later each day. Between that and the unbearable highway traffic, I don’t have a chance of getting in on time but at least my being tardy has professional motivation. P.S. when that time change does happen, can someone please petition my boss to let me leave work early? I can’t imagine missing a whole season of sunsets. Can you?

You should also see what’s happening on my Facebook (book/fan) page. People are starting to come forward and help me create a community by posting their gorgeous photos from around the world. I hope you’ll do the same!

As usual, I’ve included a selection of this week’s photos below. Enjoy and 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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A Smiling Buddha, News and Auspicious Times

Many of you will know that my “day job” is promoting the books written by others. I have found it to be a very different experience promoting myself and MY book. It feels weird yet, strangely, satisfying to share the experiences of my authors. I have especially enjoyed sharing the gratitude with the many wonderful contributors to my book – you can see a selection of Thank You Memes in the slideshow below.

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of having lunch with don Miguel Ruiz, Jr, one of the contributors to my book. He is such a lovely man – he reminds me of a young, smiling Buddha – and is possibly the best hugger I have ever met! There was a TV set in the restaurant and when the San Diego football team got a touchdown he rose with a yell and a cheer! Thank you, don Miguel, for your lovely company and a wonderful lunch.

I had some fun on Facebook this week as “Doctor Kim” when I invited you to step into my consulting room where I’d use my photographs to cure you of your celestial phobias – some people really are afraid of the sun or the moon. Isn’t that sad?

I have some exciting news to share with you. I have heard a rumour that my book might be part of a holiday advertisement in the New York Times Book Review, along with the new Kirk Douglas book we are publishing (and which I’m working very hard on now). It’s hard to believe that taking photographs from my terrace could lead me to be in such esteemed company!

This coming week marks the sweetness of the Jewish New Year which couldn’t have come at a better time for me and my book project. It’s considered an auspicious time in the universe, a time of new beginnings, of renewal and rejuvenation, and the perfect time to launch something new into the world. So, I feel blessed times a billion for this opportunity to share something I love. A fledgling hobby that found its way into something tangible like a book that incorporates so many things that I love: nature, the ocean, beauty, inspirational words and people I love and admire. It might as well be Thanksgiving, but it is for me just about every day when I look out from my terrace in the morning.

Before this rant turns into a festival of sappiness, let me wish each and every one of you auspicious days and magical moments, and most of all lots of love in your life. And, certainly, may it always be interesting.

Enjoy the photos below and remember to subscribe to receive my news in your inbox every Friday. Let’s connect on Facebook too!

Have a great 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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Sedona, Games and My First Review

What a fun and exciting week it’s been! I got home after my fabulous vacation in Sedona – a selection of photos are in the gallery at the bottom of the page – to find the beautiful Floridian sunrise and sunsets waiting for me. It was almost as if they had been waiting for me and my camera to return so I could share them with you all.

If you haven’t “liked” my Facebook page already, you have missed a fun competition. I shared one of my photographs and asked all my Facebook friends to guess whether it was of sunrise, or sunset. There will be more fun and games to come so why not head over there to the sidebar and click on the button so you can join in?

Of course, the most exciting thing this past week was the first review of my book! I am super excited that it’s such a good one and I hope it will be the first of many. You can visit Conny Withay’s review site to read the full review here but I must share this little snippet with you.

“Although the book has a wide range of different religious beliefs and no photograph can capture a majestic scene completely, viewing a beautiful sunrise or sunset shows how the Creator of the universe is amazingly artistic and creative.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

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Enjoy the photographs and have a great week!

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