How it Feels to Hold My Book for the First Time

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Yesterday, a box came in the mail from our publisher, Avery Publishing with Penguin Random House. I stared at the box on my doorstep, and a jolt of electric excitement shot up from my gut. It’s HERE!! Oh my God. My book is here!

Of course, when I say “my book,” I mean “our book,” as I wrote it with co-author, Denna Babul and we are equally as elated, in shock, excited, nervous and coming-out-of-our-Jimmy-Choos with anticipation for the June 7th release of our book, The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our Lives. After writing the book for years, starting our non-profit, and traveling back and forth to New York, we thought this day would never come . . . Read more

Creating Change Out of Chaos

“All great changes are preceded by chaos.” ~ Deepak Chopra

I came across this quote today and felt the power of it instantly.  Do you?

Think back across the past several years of your life and look at the one or two times that you have REALLY made a big change … a change that turned out to be for the better in your life.  Remember how it felt when you allowed that change in … was it merely a life adjustment, or did you have a meaningful transformation? Read more

8 Things I Learned In Different Latitudes

My home sometimes gets too familiar when I am trying to push at my seams.

Stepping on Legos, scattered flip-flops and spilled goldfish crackers each time I walk into a room gets in the way of my Zen. So I took two trips to get a new perspective on life – to see who I am from a different latitude.

Both were adventures that changed my life for a thousand reasons – here are my top 8.

My trips of choice were the 1) TED Women 2015 Conference in Monterey, CA and 2) Gabrielle Bernstein’s Spirit Junkie Master Class in New York City.

The 8 things I learned Between CA and NY:

1.   We must seek stillness.

Simple. Imperative.
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You Were Meant to Feel HUGE with HAPPINESS

What makes you feel SMALL? Fear, anger, insecurity, bitterness.

They all make you shrink into a littler you by the moment.

What makes you feel BIG, MEANINGFUL … HUGE?? Gratitude, love, happiness.

Then why aren’t you filling up with it every moment that you can? I have an idea.

Let’s go back to your childhood, where you learned how to live:

Were you taught to listen to your heart and do things that made you happy? Did you learn how to put your own needs first and find joy by choosing it? Were you taught to listen to your inner guidance system to find that personal joy?

My guess is that your answers are mostly: “No.” Read more

Here’s To Loving You …

Just want to check in with everyone and let you know that I am so sorry for my ‘leave of absence’ here on the website. I have missed writing with you, reflecting and being together on this journey.

Where have I been?

An average day … finishing a book chapter in carpool line.

I have been busy writing my book “Fatherless Daughters” with co-author, Denna Babul, which will be due to the publisher very soon. This has been a year when an intern, a wife, a mini-me and an assistant would have all been more useful than deodorant in August. Ew, right? But if you had been following me around lately, you would agree.

Juggling the book with 3 little kids, a crazy-and-wonderful-as-Grandma-Maxine dog and a persistent load of laundry that touches the ceiling on Sundays … I am just trying to get by (yes, I have spot-cleaned more hamper-pulled clothes for my kids just before school than anyone needs to know).

Thankfully, I have survived on meditation, prayer, old Oprah reruns, phone conversations with friends and time giggling in the bed with the kids after story time. (Okay, red wine & chocolate have been mixed in there too … I’m only human & need a break once and again.)

So I did squeeze in a weekend for a girls’ trip to LA – but I wrote during the daytime & needed the fresh air!

Somehow, I know you understand. The thing is with life, there is never truly enough time and space to tackle the entire opposing team. You have to put PRIORITIES around you and reserve your energy for what needs to be taken down first. Those people that love you will still be there when you get back. And those of us who love ourselves have learned to give ourselves permission to take things one tackle at a time.

So, for now, I’ll get back to the final chapters of the book, get the kids’ clothes out for school tomorrow and look forward to one more productive month of rewrites. After which …I intend on coming back to you full swing. I have so much to tell you!!

Psssst … A window into our book research: In our survey of over 1,000 fatherless women, more than half of them reported that their biggest fear in life is: NOT FEELING LOVED.

Boy, can we relate.

Here’s to loving you,
Karin

© 2016 Doctor Karin Luise