Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings
If life is an epic saga, who is writing your narrative? Is the plot unfolding as you imagined? Whether you find yourself trudging along in boredom or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of overcommitment, you can still take creative control and declare that it's Your Life, Your Rules. This is a book about rebooting your story at any point. It's about starting over; taking inventory; and getting smarter, stronger, and sexier with no apologies, no regrets, and no turning back.
As Leeza Gibbons explains, "I took control of my journey while in the glare of the spotlight. Now, I'm sharing the life lessons from my 'grits to glitz' path as a wife and mother, caregiver, businesswoman, TV entertainment host, product mogul, kisser of boo-boos, and encourager of dreams. Of course, I have many more roles, just as you do, but I want to approach them all in the same way: fearlessly and without limits. I'll hold up the mirror so that you can see who you really are; knowing that it's the plot twists and turns in your story that makes it powerful.
This is your life, and you're about to set out on the path to rewriting your story by reclaiming your power.
Take 2 by Leeza Gibbons is a highly empowering book for any woman wanting to change any aspect in her own life. With honesty and integrity, the author gives all women a guidebook for how she herself made changes in her own life, the trials and tribulations that she herself faced and overcame. Although many may think that celebrities have the perfect life or that money can buy you everything, Leeza proves that we are all only just human.
Similar to other authors like Cheryl Richardson and Marianne Williamson, Leeza Gibbons emphasizes the importance of women not only taking charge of their own life, but accepting responsibility for putting themselves first before others. Each chapter is a short read but packed full of personal stories and lessons learned. As well as the ways we can make changes to see a dramatic difference in our life. Her advice is both gentle and realistic.
To women looking to make a change - whether big or small - and who don't know where to start, Take 2 by Leeza Gibbons is a great book to help you get started on your new journey.
This is my review of Take 2 by Leeza Gibbons. I acknowledge that I received this book free from Hay House Publishing to review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment.
As a result of the caregiving work she and her family provided to her mother, Leeza founded Leeza’ Place and Leeza’s Care Connection. More information about both of these is available at Leeza’s web site: www.leezagibbons.com.
As I dug further into the book, my next impression was, Oh no, this is gonna be just a book by a woman for other women.
So then I compelled myself to read through the whole book.
Guess what? Aside from the sections devoted to women’s fashion and makeup, there was a treasure trove of empowering information for both men and women. A lot of information about self motivation, personal accountability, staying healthy, empathy and compassion towards others and finding your own spiritual purpose.
By the time I finished reading all of Leeza’s book, I discovered that I had used up two yellow-highlighter pens in my marking all of what I found were helpful passages, headlines, or just plain memorable quotes from either Leeza or those whom she admires.
Her eleven chapter book is packed with personal and professional shared experiences of both the failures and successes of this acclaimed television entertainment reporter, celebrity, mother and wife and ambitious businesswoman.
In essence, Take 2 is an instructional book on how to start and remake your life over after living your first forty or so years, although as Leeza says, it could be any age. While it is primarily directed towards women, I think many male readers will find a lot of steak and eggs content to take away for themselves in this book.
Besides what Leeza has done with respect to Alzheimer’s awareness and caregiving, I enjoyed many of the quotes she included in her book. One, dealing with our ability to change ourselves, is a Marianne Williamson quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.”
In Chapter Four, dealing with self worth, Leeza shares a great quote she used to hear from her mother while she was young. “Think of yourself as a thoroughbred, honey. Thoroughbreds don’t look at the other horses; they just run their own race.”
Chapter Six is entitled, Find Your Story, Make It Count. That chapter is best summarized as follows. Lead with your strength. Have a vision. Be gracious in your dealings with others. Stand your ground when circumstances call for it. Be good at being yourself. Take your time: let success marinate. Be coachable and open to learning from others. This was one on my favorite chapters in her book.
Next, I loved this bit of advice on living one’s life.
Show up, do your best and let go of the rest. Commit to finding humor wherever you can. Can you see the worth in all the events of the past?
And finally, also from Chapter Four, I loved this quote of contemporary wisdom:
“Give yourself credit for doing something right. You must be able to hold yourself in high regard. We are a look at me nation now more than ever, so it’s easy to dismiss our daily accomplishments as insignificant.”
The second sentence here is very much on point. We have allowed ourselves to become distracted with so many ninety day fads, unwanted intrusions into the privacy of others, and an endless stream of gawdy, bizarre and outrageous digital clips on YouTube, Pintrest, Twitter, Facebook and the like. All designed to grab your momentary attention but truly lacking in anything to do with empowering life lessons.
I recommend this book to both male and female readers. This talented celebrity author has worked in front of a camera and occupied a place on our television sets for many years. Take 2 is a book packed with personal disclosures and tips on how Leeza transformed her life for the better and how others can as well regardless of their stature or the professional field they have made a career within. Take 2 contains valuable take-aways for both men as well as women.
Jeffrey A. Dodson
March 18th 2013
FTC Disclosure: I received this book free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment of the product.
If so, entertainment icon and social entrepreneur Leeza Gibbons is here to help! In her latest book, Take 2 – Your Guide To Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings, Leeza Gibbons shares the tips and strategies that have helped her navigate through the challenging moments of her life.
Leeza believes that taking charge of your life is a creative endeavor. The process begins with telling your story the way you want to tell it – finding the story within the story – and avoiding the “sagging middle” at all costs!
This beautiful hardcover book is filled with inspiring stories and photos from Leeza’s life. You’ll read about the lessons Leeza’s learned – the people who've encouraged her – and the activities she recommends to help you live a more fulfilling life!
Leeza shares everything from beauty tips and business tips to personal photos and weekly PreSCRIPTions – short but practical action steps to keep you focused. Reading this book is like spending a day with your own personal mentor. Her ideas and enthusiasm cannot help but rub off on you!
I really enjoyed this book, not only for the positive message it contains, but for the care and quality Hay House put into producing it.
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Hay House to review. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.