“My book is called SPINELESS, and I named it that because itâ€™s about jellyfish, and jellyfish are indeed, spineless. And itâ€™s that very spinelessness thatâ€™s given them the ability to proliferate in todayâ€™s oceans. But itâ€™s not just about jellyfish, itâ€™s also about me growing my spine as a writer, a middle-aged woman, in a land-locked Austin, Texas.”
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“I wrote this book, An American Family, to tell the story of my familyâ€™s immigration to the United States. But behind all this, the American values that inspired me to decide to come to the United States and then make it a home.”
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“I had been working in the single-mom space through my blog and podcast, and speaking and media engagements, for more than five years. I was raised by a single mom, I became a single mom, and I had a lot of initial shame around being a single mom. And, you know what? It happens to suit me really well. And I found myself relaxing into this time that Iâ€™m in and finding all these womenâ€”thereâ€™s ten million single moms in our country, millions worldwide, and these women have nothing to be ashamed about. Iâ€™m meeting incredible women every day that are doing incredible thingsâ€”in business, in their communities, with their familiesâ€”and I wanted to reach out to them. And I wanted to inspire the women that arenâ€™t quite there yet.”
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“My book is about how I learned to be a leader and how I built my company. I wrote it because when I started I would spend every Friday night in the bookstore, reading about CEOs and successful organizations, so that I could learn from them. And I found wonderful stories and amazing stories of success, but I always left wondering how they did it.”
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“My book is about life in the Texas border country. It follows my familyâ€™s migration into Texas from Missouri in the 1850s. But in a larger sense, itâ€™s about the migration of different peoples, through a distinctly unwelcoming landscape over the last 14,000 years.”
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“People always ask me why I wrote the book, where did I get the idea to write the book. As with most of my books, the idea did not come from me, it came from others, specifically two friends to whom I dedicate the book. One is Markus Spieker, who lives in Germany, and the other is my dear friend here in New York, Greg Thornbury, who is the president of the Kings College. I had never thought about writing a biography of Luther, but these two very dear friends kept pushing me to think about it saying that the 500th anniversary of the reformation, October 31st, 1517 presented a perfect occasion for people to rethink his legacy, and in many cases, learn about this seminal figure, whom perhaps, they had never encountered. The more I looked into it, I was myself embarrassed at how little I knew and at how shockingly seminal Luther was.”
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“I think that I realized there were a lot of stories and ideas that didnâ€™t really make sense to talk about on stage in a stand-up context because they were just too embarrassing, or not funny enough, or just too personal, and I couldnâ€™t figure out a way to perform them live. And so I started writing them down and they just sat in this document, and I just hoped one day Iâ€™d get brave enough to do it or smart enough to figure out how to do them on stage, and I just couldnâ€™t. People kept suggesting I write a book and I always just felt like, ‘Oh God, thatâ€™s something you do when you have a long life.’ I just didnâ€™t feel like I had enough to offer, and then I thought, â€śOh, maybe I should do all those stories that I’ve never figured out how to tell on stage. Maybe theyâ€™re a book.’ And I started looking at them and I was like, â€śWow this stuffâ€™s embarrassing, Iâ€™m never gonna be able to say this in front of people.’ So I just gave up on that ever happening and I started turning it into a book. And then to get through it I had to get an intention together, I had to get a mantra together and I was like, ‘Okay, Iâ€™m gonna write the book that I wish had been available to me when I was 18. I wanna write a bible for people who want to grow and feel better about their awful choices.'”
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“Faster Than NormalÂ Â is about understanding that a trait that many of us are born with, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is not the curse or the disability that weâ€™ve been told it is all of our lives, that if managed properly, allows us to be faster than normal, to have quicker a brain, to come up with answers faster than other people, to create, to explore, to learn faster and differently, to get more hours in our day back, to get more of our life back. It is a gift, not a curse.”
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