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52 minutes | 5 months ago
Nonfiction November Book Bloggers Banter About Books - Roundtable Session
This is THE episode to listen to if you like books, talking about books, finding book-related blogs to follow, want to know if hoarding books really is considered a problem, and the best places to find out upcoming books. Join me and my co-hosts for Nonfiction November, Julie from Julzreads.com, Katie from doingdeweydecimal.com, and Rennie from whatsnonfiction.com while we talk about how Nonfiction November was started (shout-out to the OG, Kim at sophisticateddorkiness.com) and a few "controversial" subjects (well, for readers).
13 minutes | 6 months ago
Dr. Jill Stoddard hiitide Book Club
Nonfiction lovers, rejoice! Dr. Jill Stoddard has a book club available through hiitide (www.hiitide.com) and it starts November 1st! Learn how to shed worry and fear and embrace a more vibrant life from author, Dr. Jill Stoddard, in this 4-week Virtual Book Club.
42 minutes | 8 months ago
The Happiness Trap by Russ Harris Interview
I had the honor of speaking with Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap, an international best selling book and one of the most well known and loved ACT books written for everyone to enjoy. Listen to what's next for the prolific writer and ACT Therapist in this new episode!
50 minutes | 9 months ago
Power of Small by Aisling Leonard-Curtin & Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin
New book release day for The Power of Small: Making Tiny Changes When Everything Feels Too Much is perfect for our endless lockdown lives! I had the pleasure of speaking with Aisling and Dr. Trish Leonard-Curtin on the release of their new book and how to make sense of our current sense of overwhelm.
40 minutes | 10 months ago
Purpose by Miracle Olatunji
I have the honor and pleasure of talking to Miracle Olatunji about her book Purpose: How To Live and Lead with Impact. With a mix of inspirational insights and actionable advice, her book is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking to make an impact on their communities, organizations, and the world. Miracle's story and presence is powerful: if you are looking for wisdom, hope, and inspiration, you do not want to miss this episode!
43 minutes | a year ago
Learned Hopefulness by Dan Tomasulo, PhD Interview
I had a fascinating conversation with Dan Tomasulo, PhD about his newest book Learned Hopefulness, The Power of Positivity to Overcome Depression which came out on June 1st. Honored by Sharecare as one of the top ten online influencers on the issue of depression Dr. Dan is the incoming Academic Director and core faculty member at the Spirituality Mind Body Institute (SMBI), Teachers College, Columbia University, and holds a Ph.D. in psychology, MFA in writing, and Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
10 minutes | a year ago
Books To Help You Start To Do The Work
A note from me to you, my favorite listener and reader, with some books you may want to read, as well as what I've been listening to.
44 minutes | a year ago
How To Be Nice To Yourself by Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch
Today's episode helps to soothe your exhausted emotions. I spoke with Dr. Laura Silberstein-Tirch, author of How To Be Nice To Yourself. Find out how you can build your own quiver of compassion with techniques and practices to help you ease your worries and fears.
46 minutes | a year ago
Mastering Adulthood by Dr. Lara Fielding Interview
Listen to Dr. Lara Fielding talk about her book, Mastering Adulthood: Go Beyond Adulting to Become an Emotional Grown-Up. Perfect if you are looking to better understand your emotions no matter what your age. Her book is now available on Kindle, paperback, and now audio.
30 minutes | a year ago
The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD by Dr Patricia Zurita Ona Interview
Dr. Patricia Zurita Ona ("Dr. Z" for short) and I talk about the Coronavirus and her latest book, The ACT Workbook for Teens with OCD. Listen to this episode to learn how to cope with heightened anxiety and worry that we all feel during this time of Stay at Home orders.
35 minutes | a year ago
Reclaim Your Life by Dr. Carissa Gustafson Interview
If you are looking for a step-by-step book to learn better coping skills and reclaim your life back from fear, this is the book to pick up today! Available in paperback, kindle, and now as an audiobook, this book has a 7 week plan to teach you the skills you need most right now.
45 minutes | a year ago
The Middle Finger Project by Ash Ambirge Interview
If you need inspiration on how to show up, demand better, have more courage, wit, creativity, spark, exhilaration, and money in life - this book is for you! Order your copy of The Middle Finger Project on Amazon or from the publisher, Penguin Random House Amazon.com: The Middle Finger Project (Hardcover) Audible: The Middle Finger Project Penguin Random House: The Middle Finger Project Or read the full transcript below Leann 0:58 I am totally fangirling and excited today to finally talk to ash amber Shay, author of the middle finger project book, and it's also the name of her company. Thank you, Ash for coming today. Ash Ambirge 1:11 Hi, Leann. I might be the loudest author that you get on this podcast. I'm not I'm just gonna preface this with that. Thank you for having me. Leann 1:24 Yay. So luckily for me, Ash said yes, when she put the call out for podcasters and interviews for her new book. It is coming February 11 from Penguin Random House, and you should preorder it now. If you haven't already, there should only be a couple hours left by the time this drops. So thank you, Ash and tell me why a book why now you've had the middle finger project for years. You've blogged for years since like the dinosaur age of the internet. Ash Ambirge 2:00 Isn't that terrifying? Leann 2:03 You have forever. And so now you're going to put out a book. Wait a minute, Why? What happened? Ash Ambirge 2:08 I you know what, I think this is great because everyone listening is obviously a book lover. So it's a really nice change of pace to get to talk about the process of writing a book. I'm just going to be straight with you. I got signed with my literary agency in 2015, October of 2015. It is today, January of 2020. So that was literally five years ago, out of the decade that I've been doing this, so I did start a while ago. And then we went through a lengthy process of figuring out what this book was supposed to look like. And it took so many rewrites of sample chapters and proposal writing that I worked with my agency on in New York and they were great and fantastic and so supportive. I never realized that they you know, I guess it depends on agency. But I never realized it was going to be such a hands on process. We did not actually pitch Penguin, and all publishers until well, I guess it was the end of 2017. We signed with penguin in March of 2018. So from the time we signed until now, it's it's two years later, it's just a very long process. Can you can you believe it? Oh, my gosh. Leann 3:29 So wait a minute, you didn't already have the perfect book written in the first draft. Just to give listeners a little bit of background. She is a background in creative writing and copywriting and that is where she started. So for first time authors out there, even the experienced one doesn't start out with a perfect draft is how what happened? Oh, gosh, Ash Ambirge 3:53 no. And you know what I counted at one time, I gotta go back and look what the number was. I think I rewrote The sample chapters around 30 times. And that is that's maddening. It's, it's actually sick. So you got to be a sicko to this job. But I will tell you what happened. Originally, when I first signed with literary agency, you're like, that's everyone's dream come true, right? You're like, Oh my god, someone thinks that this could be a book. And I jumped up and down and I did a whole video on Instagram about it. I'm so excited. And that's when it all just, I mean, that was the very beginning. And the agency loved the concept that I had pitched and actually the sample chapters, but when we did kind of a little bit of sampling around with some of their in house folks and a couple of editor friends, the editor friends and in house folks were kind of like, you know what, though, we would really like to see something thing that felt a little bit more xy or z. And so we started tweaking things. And my agency felt very strong about the fact that because I'm a blogger, and I've been blogging now for seven years, there was a very bloggie aspect of my book that felt kind of like a voiceover, in fact, and so they encouraged me and challenged me to try to be, I'm going to say more, more earnest in some of the ways that I was approaching some of the material. We had so many conversations back and forth about the different ways that we should open the book. The different ways we should tell this story and bring this you know, memoir meets self help book to life, which isn't usually done, it's usually memoir or self help. So this was a whole new kind of beast and And it was hard. A lot of it was working with folks who are very literary in nature, who were encouraging me to write things in scene and write dialogue. And, you know, take the reader with you instead of what I usually do, which is writing and being like, Okay, so once I'm this guy, this guy, he was insane, or whatever. You know, I'm really animated with my writing, and I am very bloggie. And so we tried, and that's why the process took so long because I really tried and I would kick it back to them. And then they would kick it back to me and say, good,but now try this or now let's, you know, expand on this. And ultimately, at the end, from 2015 to 2017. What I ended up with were 30 drafts of a bunch of shit that no longer felt like me. I don't know. Yeah. And we took a look at it. And it was hysterical. Because I had, I had an editor from penguin who approached me directly, because she had read my blog. And she was like, are you writing a book? Or what? And I'm like, Yes, I swear I am. We're doing it behind the scenes over here. I promise we're going to send it to you ASAP. It took almost another year before we would send it to her. And when we finally did, because we wanted to approach them first. It's my dream publisher. Of course. The editor was like, what, what the hell is this? Where is Ash? Where did your voice go? Right there. This is not the same girl that I know. And it was this moment of truth where I was like, Okay, I humbled myself and we tried some things and I really stretched myself to become, you know, again, grow as a writer. But at the end of the day, I knew what I had to do. I talked to my literary agency. I was like, Look, we tried it this way. Now we're going to try it a new way. I'm going to go back to the drawing board. And I'm going to take a week. And I'm going to rewrite these three sample chapters. And I'm going to do it the way that I would have done it, and with my, you know, table of contents, and it's going to be crazy. And I'm not going to, you know, censor myself, there's going to be the word fuck all over it. It's going to be me. And we're going to resubmit it. And we did and that same week, I had a multiple six figure book deal. Leann 8:33 Wow, that's just so there's so many levels in this one. The I think the first question or the first thought I have is, Wow, she's been blogging since the dinosaurs. Yet still, she calls writing a book hard. And I think for the folks I know and and people I speak to who are trying to write a book and expect it to sound good in the first second. third, fourth, maybe even fifth draft, tend to get frustrated early. Why did you keep going? Ash Ambirge 9:08 Because I am a crazy person.You know, I knew I would, I would get it eventually. I think that's a conversation that I have oftentimes with entrepreneurs and freelancers, actually, because I have this girlfriend named Chelsea, who has a wedding planning company in Costa Rica. And a lot of that she actually does beautiful gourmet cakes as a part of that. So one day, she was saying to me, you know, sometimes clients come to her, and they want this extravagant cake that she's never made before. And so people say to her, Well, like, how are you comfortable taking on those orders if you've never done it before? And she's like, Oh, I mean, like I never done I've never done it before, but I know I'll figure it out. And we had to come We're about how that is a very entrepreneurial mindset of just trusting yourself to figure it out along the way. And because I'm an entrepreneur, I think that helps me so much with my book writing, because I knew that eventually I would figure it out. It just was going to be a matter of tinkering, and time and iteration. And so much of the work I do as a business owner is about iteration. So I just get that on a certain level. Leann 10:25 Iteration my favorite word! Ash Ambirge 10:27 Yeah. It's necessary Leann 10:31 Necessary evil, and everyone wants it to be done. And you know, they're trying to manage their internal anxiety about is this book and it good. Did it help that you had already written for an audience and found your voice and had at least some exposure with the outside world did you? Do you think that's helped any in the process? Ash Ambirge 10:53 I am sure I'm sure it has. I know that I have so many awesome emails from people around the world who have who have said to me consistently over the years, the thing I love about reading your writing is that reading your voice helps give me mine. And I think that's our job as writers in a way. I think that Gosh, if you are struggling finding your voice, you just I'm going to encourage you to go with the one that feels the most right to you. That feels like the most you do not hold back. Do not try to sound more professional or more literary Just do your thing. And I didn't think so I think that probably was very helpful. I can't say that. It wasn't. I knew that I had a lot of people who didn't already enjoy my writing and i i thought that it would produce a pretty cool product. Yeah. Leann 11:48 Very cool. I think this is a good segue into the first quote of you back at you, which I guess is going to be a theme for this podcast. So I'm looking at your book, the middle finger project, and she writes this book is intended to be a bad influence, but a bad influence in the b
41 minutes | a year ago
Love Skills by Linda Carroll Interview
We’re starting February off with Love Skills, the latest book by psychotherapist and coach, Linda Carroll.
40 minutes | a year ago
Be Mighty by Dr. Jill Stoddard Interview
Be Mighty by Dr. Jill Stoddard is *the* book to start off your reading list in 2020! It's also my choice to start off this podcast. Listen as Jill and I discuss her new book Be Mighty, her writing life, why she wrote this book, favorite childhood books, and how you can live your own life with more meaning! Pick up your copy at Amazon or straight from the publisher, New Harbinger You can find Dr. Jill Stoddard at www.JillStoddard.com On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/jillstoddardphd/ And wisdom from her book on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/jillastoddard/ And on Psychology Today at https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/experts/jill-stoddard-phd Full Transcript: Today we have Dr. Jill Stoddard, who I'm so excited to talk about her new book be mighty, which if you couldn't have a more appropriate title for a book, I have come away calling myself a lava lady all day long after finishing her book. So welcome Dr. Joe. Dr Jill Stoddard Hi Leann and thank you so much for having me. Leann Thank you. So a quick bio just for listeners just so we can lay the groundwork of who you are. Jill Stoddard, a founder and director of the Center for stress and anxiety management, a multi site outpatient clinic in San Diego, California. She specializes in acceptance and Commitment Therapy act, and cognitive behavioral therapy CBT for anxiety and related issues. Stoddard earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Boston University in 2007. She's an award-winning teacher recognized act trainer and co author of The Big Book of active metaphors. She lives in San Diego with her husband, two kids into French Bulldogs, so I'm going to need see pictures of those French Bulldogs. Dr Jill Stoddard Oh, they're pretty cute. Leann No. So thank you for talking to us today about your new book and process it took for you to get there all about writing it and who this book is for so if you wouldn't mind can you tell our listeners a little bit about your book be mighty Dr Jill Stoddard Yeah, absolutely. So the book is written for women who struggle with anxiety, worry stress. So you know, I sort of joke basically that just means it's written for women. Because who doesn't struggle with anxiety, worry and stress myself included. And I think it really is for any woman who is feeling stuck. You know, I think a lot of us feel the pressure of juggling the multiple demands of work and or school and kids and all of the difficulties of just life and culture and being constantly bombarded by bad news. And it can feel a little overwhelming. And I think it can become easy to get stuck in all of that stuff and sort of lose sight of who we are, who we want to be and the kind of lives that we want. And that's really what the mighty to do is to put readers in touch with the woman that they really most deeply desire to be and to sort of figure out like, what's getting in the way of that, and how you can move past those obstacles and have a big, bold, mighty life. Leann Great. So your book Be Mighty. Do you remember how you came up with the title? Why do I want to be mighty? Dr Jill Stoddard Yeah, you know, that's funny. It's a good question because the title is the very first thing that came to me and I want to say it was at least three years ago. And I had initially wanted to write just kind of a global self help act book acceptance and Commitment Therapy and learned through the publisher that it's important to have a niche so that, you know, people know who the book is for when they read the title. And at the time, it just, that just wasn't really the book I wanted to write. So we kind of put it on Hold for a little bit. And then I decided I wanted to write the mighty for anxiety. And in talking with the publisher, it was actually her idea to write it for women, and it was when she made the suggestion, it was like the skies opened up. And that just hit me right in the feels like this is the book that this was meant to be all along, and it wouldn't have been the right time when I came up with the idea, you know, couple years before that, but I have been on my own journey since 2016, of kind of becoming, I guess, an emerging feminist. And, you know, and I think it's just we're at a time where a lot of women are struggling with the reality of life as a woman and some systemic oppression that still exists. So yeah, it'll it'll just sort of came together organically, but But took a few few years. Leann So tell me a little bit about the organic process that's been going on. What in you made you want to write a book versus start a blog? versus just continue what you were doing in your private practice? Dr Jill Stoddard Hmm, okay. So I had written a book or co written with Nila fari, The Big Book of Acts metaphors, which was a book written for practitioners, you know, clinicians who do acceptance and Commitment Therapy. And it was a very difficult but very rewarding process. And, you know, I've really come to enjoy writing but I've discovered over time that I'm less interested in you know, more technical or scientific kind of writing and was really feeling an urge to write more in my own voice. And, you know, one of my biggest professional values is trying to decide Seven Eight these concepts that, you know I live act in my own personal life. And I 100% credit for the fact that I feel alive and have a sense of meaning and purpose. And it's not because life is easy, but it's, I feel like I've been able to really find my own values driven life because of act even in the sort of swirl of chaos that is life. And I it just feels really important to me to try to get those concepts out into the world and to do so in a way that is accessible to people. So I really wanted to write a self help book that I could use my own voice that I was hoping would, you know, connect well with regular humans, you know, and people who maybe aren't necessarily going to therapy but are wanting to grow So that's really where the desire came for the book. And then, I guess kind of, in parallel with that I had been a professor at University. And in thinking about wanting to write more, it just sort of occurred to me that I was spending so much time editing other people's dissertations, among other things, that there just wasn't really the time to do my own writing. And I loved my job there, but I made the very difficult but values driven decision to leave the university and focus predominantly on my private practice seeing clients but I only need to see clients a few days a week to make the same amount of money. And so I it freed up two full days for me so when I decided to write the mighty I was able to go to my office and sit for eight hours on a Monday and Friday. Just Right, right, right, right, right. And I just loved it so much. And it made it a pleasure rather than a chore or something that was stressful. You know, when I wrote my first book, I had a full time job and a baby and it was just so difficult to squeeze it in. And, you know, I've now tried to kind of architect my life in such a way that I actually have time set aside for writing so that it can be a more enjoyable process. Leann Okay, I have a lot. I want to unpack to that one. So you mentioned a couple times values based living you talk about act. For the first part of the question. How would you break down act and how do you break down act for people who have never heard of this and I realized that this podcast it's going to sound like this is the act fan club, but honestly, it sounds like you're using act the way I do as a philosophy or live or less? How do you break down act? And how do you describe it as being different from other models? Why would I even be interested? Dr Jill Stoddard Yeah, well then the main goal of act is to build psychological flexibility. So psychological flexibility is just the ability to be in the present moment with everything inside the skin box emotions, physical sensations, urges, fully and without defense, and make conscious deliberate choices to do what matters to do what you value. So it's actually fairly simple in terms of what it is, though not necessarily easy in practice. Leann Definitely. So I'm going to quote you back to you as awkward as that sounds. At the end of her book, under the living fears, the finale chapter, Jill writes, one Most definitely stone a perfect work in progress. I credit the past 18 years of learning, living and sharing act for giving me the tools to embrace pain, and live love and labor out loud. Because of act I experienced sweetness when I show up to the small moments with my kids, my husband, my friends and my dogs experience on wonder when I stopped to fully notice the ocean view and breathtaking sunsets right outside my office. And Jill does continue on but one of the things that I really noticed in the book is this is not written from the voice of an expert. Tell us a little bit about why you felt okay. And safe enough to write a book coming more from your voice. Whereas many self help books you read come from I am the expert and you should do this. Dr Jill Stoddard Huh? Yeah, I would say it. It's really coming also from living Act and that my most important or prioritized personal value is authenticity. And that's what I hope comes through in the book. Leann And it definitely does this. The tone in his voice is someone who's sitting down next to you, not someone who's dictating to you from the back. This is not a backseat driver book. Dr Jill Stoddard Well, in one of the in acceptance and Commitment Therapy, part of the therapeutic stance is exactly that. It's that even when we're in therapy with a client, this isn't a relationship where, you know, I am the expert who is psychologically healthy and well and you are the patient who is broken and ill, but it's that we're just two human beings who both struggle and know pain and are trying to grow and you know, get through this and the best way that
4 minutes | a year ago
Shelf Aware Books
A podcast where we discuss books about leading a happier, calmer, and more connected life. I'm your host, Leann Harris. Each week I'll share books, ideas, and interviews from the fields of psychology, personal development, self-help, productivity and creativity, and offer practical strategies for getting the most out of your latest inspirational read.
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