Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Back from Nashville...on to Book Promotion!

Oh I love Nashville, specifically the town my friend AnaLee lives in, Goodlettsville. (Apparently pronounced Gullavulle by the locals) She has the most beautiful property with her two horses, two dogs and two cats. There are trees everywhere and the most amazing birds I've ever seen - so many colors! We had some good, girly time to talk about everything from food to boys (OK men, but it's really the same in girl talk, regardless of your age).

It was a wonderful trip overall - A great time was had by all at AnaLee's 50th birthday celebration! And I got my grits and Cracker Barrel! And to the dismay of my digestive system, I also had biscuits with gravy...

It's interesting that in another city, so different from Los Angeles, that there are many of the same issues we deal with, although to a lesser degree, like traffic, irate drivers (in a LOT less traffic!), money, health, relationships...there was even interest in my book for some tips on stress relief and dealing with issues in a city that I thought was already so much more peaceful. And it is, but it just demonstrates that everyone is dealing with issues everywhere, which is why I wrote the book. I'm glad it has the potential to help anyone, anywhere!

Here's to a peaceful evening, wherever you are!

www.tannasholistichealthcare.com
Living Peacefully in a Big City - available at Amazon.com!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Off to Nashville!

I am so excited to be going to see my close friend, AnaLee in Nashville for her birthday this weekend! We used to work together at Capitol Records but a few years ago she left the craziness of LA and moved to a little town called Goodletsville near Nashville - so appropriate for the peaceful, open country area where she is now living. I haven't seen her in five years but whenever I go to visit, it is such a relaxing, fun experience. Sometimes all we do is hang around her house and watch HGTV, or walk her seven acres with her horses, dogs and cats, or go through her mini-forest up to her own private park at the top of her property. But mostly we just laugh. We have the best time together and it is always a rejuvenating experience for my body, mind and spirit to be with AnaLee.

I love to visit there - life is a little slower paced, the air is clean, people are kind....and they have Cracker Barrel!! I can't wait to have some grits! There goes my healthy eating this weekend...oh well, it's just one weekend.

I will return relaxed and happy and ready to continue promoting my book next week! I will be posting excerpts now and then - please refer back to my previous post to see the table of contents which will give you an overview of the topics addressed in my book, Living Peacefully in a Big City.

Have a great weekend y'all!

www.tannasholistichealthcare.com

Monday, July 20, 2009

Living Peacefully in a Big City - Table of Contents

Happy Monday!

Today is the 40th anniversary of the first landing on the moon! What an amazing accomplishment - it should serve to remind us that NOTHING is impossible!!

I am going to be posting excerpts from my book, Living Peacefully in a Big City: A Guide to Maintaining Your Sanity, Health and Happiness here in my blog once in a while, beginning with the table of contents to give you an idea of the topics addressed. The book is now available for purchase from Amazon.com!

Here you go:

Introduction.................................................................ix
Stress.............................................................................1
Anger.............................................................................6
Fear..............................................................................10
Anxiety.........................................................................13
Driving and Traffic.....................................................16
Electronic Gadgets......................................................18
Dealing with People around You...............................22
Setting Boundaries.....................................................25
Education.....................................................................28
Job.................................................................................31
Take Regular Vacations.............................................33
Money...........................................................................36
Status............................................................................40
Attitude.........................................................................43
Stay in the Moment.....................................................45
Good Days and Bad Days: Decide to Be Happy........47
Stuck in a Funk: When Bad Days are Beyond Bad...51
Peace of Mind.................................................................54
Love.................................................................................57
Forgiveness....................................................................59
Growing Pains................................................................62
Relationships..................................................................64
Romance.........................................................................70
Energy.............................................................................79
Take Care of Your Body...............................................84
Dreams and Sleep..........................................................91
"Feel Good" Things.......................................................93
Your Own Little World.................................................96
Laughter.........................................................................98
Random Acts of Kindness...........................................102
Silence............................................................................105
Intuition.........................................................................108
Gratitude and Appreciation........................................111
Goals, Affirmations and Visualization........................113
White Light....................................................................117
Something to Believe In...............................................120
Prayer.............................................................................125
Unseen Forces...............................................................127
The Law of Attraction...................................................131
Working on It: Practice, Practice, Practice!...............134
Rest, Relax and Let Go.................................................135
And in the End................................................................137
Recommended Reading................................................139
Bibliography.....................................................................141
Author Bio.......................................................................145
Index................................................................................147


Have a wonderful day and enjoy this amazing summer!

www.tannasholistichealthcare.coom

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Great First Day of Sales!

Wow - what a day yesterday! I was inundated with emails and Facebook messages and posts about the release of my book - what a great feeling! My greatest desire is for this book to help as many people as possible. Thank you to everyone who purchased yesterday and for the word-of-mouth promotion!

I did take a break to go see the new Harry Potter movie with my beautiful niece, Laurel, who will be leaving for England next week for the rest of the summer and then straight back up to college at UC Davis. She's going to be doing medieval studies in England...very apropos right after a Harry Potter movie. I won't see her again until Thanksgiving - I will miss her so much! My amazing nieces are like my kids - they are the only kids I'll ever "have" and I've always been very close to both of them. I had a small hand in helping raise them so I couldn't love them more if they were my own. I am so proud of both of them - they are so very different and so gifted and talented each in their own individual way. I just love my babies who aren't babies anymore!!

Now on to another beautiful summer day - and more book promotion and publicity!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Living Peacefully in a Big City Now Available at Amazon.com!!

I am so happy and proud to announce that my book, Living Peacefully in a Big City: A Guide to Maintaining Your Sanity, Health and Happiness is finally published and available to the public! I have been working on this book for a very long time. Essentially a guide of tips and advice that I have utilized over the years designed to deal with the daily stressors we all encounter each day living in a larger city, or anywhere, really. I took a holistic approach, addressing mind, body and spirit, from common issues such as stress, fear, anxiety, traffic, and difficult people, to taking care of your body and finally a few ethereal suggestions based in spirituality.

The book is available online at Amazon.com if you are interested in purchasing a copy. I am unable to post a link here, unfortunately.

I also have a favor to ask of anyone who is inclined to purchase a copy (let me first say Thank You so very much!) it would help me tremendously if, after reading or at least perusing the book, you would take a moment to write a review on Amazon.com. Word of mouth and public opinion are major driving forces in the life of this book. Thank you I really appreciate it!

Have a peaceful day and enjoy!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Book Promotion....

Happy Monday, almost Tuesday!

So herein lies the dilemma....

The book I wrote, Living Peacefully in a Big City, is designed to assist you with advice to relieve your daily stress during these crazy times, however, one of my biggest issues is the overuse and our addiction to technology these days. How can I not use technology to get my message to you and others? It must be done, but honestly, I prefer to meet people and deal with them in person. I am not the most cyber savvy person. Oy!

How about this - as soon as you read this, turn off your computer, put down your cell phone, iPod, iPhone or iWhatever and do something REAL. Go outside and reconnect with nature for a few minutes. If outside is not an option for whatever reason, go have a conversation with someone IN PERSON...NOT on the phone, or via texting. One on one, face-to-face. Or play with your pet or your children. Or someone else's pets or children. Read a book or magazine - something you can hold in your hands, not read on a screen. Eat something delicious without distracting yourself with TV or reading or anything else. Focus on the flavors dancing in your mouth. Or sit in silence, or take a bath, maybe with a candle and don't do anything. Just breathe.
Keep this up as long as you can before you go running back to your gadgets. Do this once in a while - as often as you can handle. Stay connected to a tangible reality and to yourself.

I am now taking my own advice and turning off my computer for the day.
Good night!

Friday, July 10, 2009

TGIF!

I shouldn't say that - I actually love every day for it's unique happenings, but there's just an excitement about Friday, don't you think??!!

Today has been full of marketing and publicity work for the upcoming release of my book, Living Peacefully in a Big City: A Guide to Maintaining Your Sanity, Health and Happiness. Fun and exciting, but still, work!!

I took a break to have lunch with my beautiful friend Andromeda whose Pilates studio is oh so conveniently located in my neighborhood - check it out - www.pilatessportscenter.com. Great place to get in shape and run by amazing women!

Doing more work before heading off to get a much needed (and deserved, if I do say so myself) massage at Spirit Dance Day Spa www.spiritdancedayspa.com with the amazing Teena. She has created such a tranquil oasis and her energy is so relaxing and comforting. I highly recommend her!

Then off for a wonderful weekend with my husband - our golden time, the best time of the week!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

MJ

Wow - what a couple of weeks. I was so thrown by Michael Jackson's death - I think, like a lot of people, I never realized how much his music and presence influenced my life until this news came. I cried for two days. OK, I've actually been crying for two weeks.

Whatever accusations have been made of him over the years, I always maintained that he is a good soul and had nothing but love and the best of intentions. We will never know what his life was like, what went on in his head and heart, or what did or didn't happen, but that doesn't matter anymore - it is now between him and God. He is finally at peace.

I think we all gained new insight into this man from stories told at his memorial service and the outpouring of love that has erupted around the world. I believe that some good has come from his death - an awareness of the magic, the love, the inspiration and the great gifts that Michael left us - and that those who are mourning his death are more aware of these things in general and are being perhaps a little kinder and gentler with each other now. I hope it lasts.

Having grown up and still living very close to the Jackson Encino home, I have been acutely aware of all the media and public attention. I was awakened at 6AM the morning of the memorial service by all the helicopters hovering over their nearby home. I knew when the family caravan left the neighborhood because so did the helicopters. It's nice that people wanted to come to pay their respects and be near his family home, but I'm glad that aspect is dying down. I hope and pray that all those who did pay their respects whether it was at his home in Encino, his star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood, his childhood home in Indiana, at the Apollo Theater in Harlem or any of the many other places around the world where people gathered to pay tribute, that we all remember the message of love, hope and a wish to heal the world that Michael worked continually to convey to us.

With Michael in my heart, I now return to my originally scheduled life.