Afterword

From Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life

Afterword

Reboot. Reinvent. Revitalize. Revise. It’s amazing how many empowering life-changing words start with “Re” but involve real work too! The 101 stories that you’ve read in this volume have surely refreshed your attitude and reenergized you, whether you have already rebooted your life or are just thinking about it. And if you’ve read the stories, you know it’s worth doing the work, because our writers report such positive changes in their lives once they follow their dreams, pursue their passions, and find new purpose and meaning in what they do.

I was thrilled when I discovered my coauthor Claire Cook a few months ago. Our meeting was fortuitous. Claire re-tweeted an interview I did on Forbes.com about tips for inspirational writing. I don’t know why, but for some reason I decided to look up this friendly looking person who had tweeted about me, and I discovered that Claire had not only reinvented herself and become a super successful novelist, but that reinvention and rebooting are particular specialties of Claire’s! She was even working on her own book on the topic.

We talked and I realized I couldn’t find a better writing and editing partner than Claire for this book. Claire totally gets what we’re all about — stories from ordinary people having extraordinary experiences, the power of storytelling to change lives, the value of real-life examples as motivational tools. And I know that Claire uses real stories in her own book. When you read about real people, the lessons become more memorable, and your own ability to improve your life seems more realistic.

Claire’s new book is out now. It’s called Never Too Late: Your Roadmap to Reinvention (without getting lost along the way). Claire shares everything she’s learned on her own journey — from writing her first book in her minivan at forty-five, to walking the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of Must Love Dogs at fifty, to becoming the USA Today bestselling author of eleven novels and a sought after reinvention speaker. It’s a great companion piece to this Chicken Soup for the Soul volume.

Thanks for being one of our readers. Maybe we’ll even get to meet on Twitter!

~Amy Newmark
@amynewmark

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