This Is Not the Life I Ordered (Paperback)

50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down

By Deborah Collins Stephens, Michealene Cristini Risley, Jackie Speier, Jan Yanehiro

Conari Press, 9781573244138, 224pp.

Publication Date: April 1, 2009

List Price: 16.95*
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Description

If you've ever felt overworked, overwhelmed, or just plain unlucky, this book is for you. Through this collection of stories, wisdom, and practical advice, readers will meet four ordinary women who have faced extraordinary life challenges. Together, they have a history of six marriages, ten children, four stepchildren, six dogs, two miscarriages, two cats, a failed adoption, widowhood, and foster parenthood. They have built companies, lost companies, and sold companies. One of them was shot and left for dead on a tarmac in South America, and two lived through the deaths of spouses. Raising babies and teenagers together, they have known celebrity and success along with loneliness and self-doubt. This book started simply with four friends getting together at the kitchen table to talk about their lives. Week by week and story by story, they realized their support of each other could help other women struggling with life's myriad issues of work, family, and love, as well as the big questions of life and death. For over a decade, the power and strength of their collective friendship has enabled these women to not only survive but to thrive. The remarkable results are in this collection of lessons and stories and wisdom, which can help any woman turn any misfortunate event into a joy-filled opportunity. This Is Not the Life I Ordered is the culmination of weekly "kitchen table coaching" sessions that took place for more than a decade and were designed to support one another through life's ups and downs. The women realized their support of each other could help other women struggling with life's myriad issues of work, family, and love, as well as the big questions of life and death. The power and strength of their collective friendship has enabled these women to not only survive but to thrive and the remarkable results are in this collection of lessons and stories and wisdom, which can help any woman turn any misfortunate event into a joy-filled opportunity. * Features practical "Wit Kit" tips - exercises and actions for readers to become their own life coach and start their own kitchen-table cabinets.


About the Author


Deborah Collins Stephens is the cofounder and managing partner of the Center for Innovative Leadership.



Michealene Cristini Risley is an entrepreneur who has created some of the largest deals in the consumer products and entertainment industries.



Jackie Speier was sworn into Congress in April of 2008. She represents California's 12th District.



Jan Yanehiro is the executive producer of Pacific Fusion TV syndicated in the United States, Europe, and Asia.


Praise For This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down

"Inspiration to survive the worst luck and . . . climb into a new life with unexpected happiness." --Amy Tan

"I wish I had this book 30 years ago. What a welcome source of inspiration and insight." --Linda Ellerbee

"These women inspire us to go for the gold in our lives. They all deserve 10s!" --Kristi Yamaguchi