“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 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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“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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“My book is about adolescentsâ€”how they age, how they grow, and how they make decisions. Why do they do what seem like the most insane things at times? I wrote my book because Iâ€™ve always been really interested in the teenage years, and not only teens, but adolescence, that period of time from about 10,11,12 until about 25, 26,27, when we actually start to not only become, but act, like adults. Those years so many things change and we all remember those years in in our own lives so acutely, so intensely, just like it was yesterday. Well, it turns out there are a bunch of reasons why that is the case and we set a path for ourselves during those years that really forecasts our futureâ€¦so much inevitably changes and predicts who we will become and how we will get there. And that is something that has fascinated me my entire life.”
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“As a magazine writer, Iâ€™m always looking for other peopleâ€™s stories and trying to talk to people about what their lives are like. I always knew that that came from a place from having some pretty crazy experiences as somebody whoâ€™s bipolar and that I had all these stories that seemed outlandish and bananas, and that maybe I had to start with my own story. It all definitely started when lithium, the medication that I was taking for bipolar disorder, stopped working for me. All of a sudden, bipolar disorder and lithium became so much more prominent and important in my life. And it became much more clear to me that it was a bigger part of my identity than I ever imagined.”
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