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This is Not The Life I Ordered
50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down
Jackie Speier, Deborah Collins Stephens, Jan Yanehiro, Michealene Cristini Risley
ISBN: 9781573244138
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
224 pages
April 1, 2009


"Inspiration to survive the worst luck and . . . climb into a new life with unexpected happiness." -Amy Tan

"I wish I had this book 30 years ago. What a welcome source of inspiration and insight." -Linda Ellerbee

"These women inspire us to go for the gold in our lives. They all deserve 10s!" -Kristi Yamaguchi
If you've ever felt overworked, overwhelmed, or just plain unlucky, this book is for you. Through this collection of stories, wisdom, and practical advice, readers will meet four ordinary women who have faced extraordinary life challenges. Together, they have a history of six marriages, ten children, four stepchildren, six dogs, two miscarriages, two cats, a failed adoption, widowhood, and foster parenthood. They have built companies, lost companies, and sold companies. One of them was shot and left for dead on a tarmac in South America, and two lived through the deaths of spouses. Raising babies and teenagers together, they have known celebrity and success along with loneliness and self-doubt.

This book started simply with friends getting together at the kitchen table to talk about their lives. Week by week and story by story, they realized their support of each other could help other women struggling with life's myriad issues of work, family, and love, as well as the big questions of life and death. For over a decade, the power and strength of their collective friendship has enabled these women not only to survive but to thrive. The remarkable results are lessons, stories, wisdom, and guided activities that can help any woman turn any misfortunate event into a joy-filled opportunity.

* Features practical "Wit Kit" tips -- exercises and actions for readers to become their own life coach and start their own kitchen-table cabinets.

Jackie Speier was sworn in into the United States Congress in April of 2008. She represents California's 12th Congressional District.
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Deborah Collins Stephens is the co-founder and managing partner of the Center for Innovative Leadership.
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Jan Yanehiro is the executive producer of Pacific Fusion TV syndicated in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

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Michealene Cristini Risley is an entrepreneur who has created some of the largest deals in the consumer products and entertainment industries.
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