Introduction

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life

Introduction

I’m thrilled to be a part of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life. I loved immersing myself in all 101 of the fabulous stories you’re about to read, and it was a joy and an honor to be asked to write a story myself.

I was so inspired by these brave and thoughtful men and women — who all feel like new friends now — and I know you’ll be inspired by them, too. What struck me most in their stories is that we can bury our dreams for years, even decades, but they still linger beneath the surface and never really go away. I knew this from my own personal experience, but to see it multiplied by one hundred is incredibly powerful.

So, bravo to every one of these contributors, who took long, hard looks at their existing lives, realized they were stuck, and had the courage and the tenacity to change them into the lives they’d dreamed about.

You’ll hear about M. Sean Marshall’s awesome wife, who helped him celebrate his layoff and turn it into an amazing adventure.

You’ll cheer on Kamia Taylor as she fights her way back from homelessness.

Fallon Kane will share the lessons she learned working in a pickle shop.

You’ll walk along with Heather Clausen as she gets herself back in shape.

You’ll be glad it was Rebecca Olker, and not you, who found herself at a writing retreat where the participants were naked.

You’ll go belly dancing with Sue Mannering.

You’ll learn how to change your negative thoughts to their opposite along with Carol Strazer.

You’ll go to Paris with Cherie Magnus, Hong Kong with MaryLou Driedger, and South Africa with Christopher Clark.

And you’ll read my story about finally writing my first novel in my minivan when I was forty-five and, at fifty, walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of my second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack.

If you’re feeling stuck in your own life, if you find yourself whining about the cards you’ve been dealt and pointing fingers at everyone but yourself, this is the book for you. Not only will you feel less alone as you hear from people who were once standing right where you are now, but you’ll find the motivation you need to take the plunge and create a better life, and you’ll learn some practical strategies for getting there.

What are you waiting for? Enjoy!

~Claire Cook,

bestselling author of Must Love Dogs and Never Too Late

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