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Inspiring & Empowering


As part of our Horse Family ‘expansion’ we are investigating new opportunities that will allow us to share education, inspirational and empowering content with you.   One of those opportunities presented itself several months ago when I received a link to apply to be on Maria Shrivers Book Team.

I had NO idea what was required but I have been a fan of many of her initiatives and books and the possibility of being on a ‘team’ with a New York Times best-selling author was exciting.   Her tireless work and advocacy when it comes to finding a cure for Alzheimers is especially of interest to me since my father is struggling with that awful disease, so I decided to investigate this opportunity to see what was required.

If my application was accepted, the only  requirement was to read and review the book, prior to it’s Feb 27, 2018 launch date.    That was simple enough and there were no strings attached..I just had to read the book and let Ms. Shriver and her publisher know what I honestly thought.  I eagerly filled out the application and hit SEND, knowing  that I was probably one of thousands of people (many who had far more credentials than I do) who had applied.

To my surprise, I received an email several weeks later informing me that I HAD been selected to be on her team and I received an advance copy of her new book “I’ve Been Thinking…” (which also happened to be the same title I had given a Horse Family post a few days prior to receiving this notification) to read and review.

This book is powerful, filled with compassion, wisdom and kindness.   Whether you’re trying to balance family life or life in the saddle, this book is filled with common-sense and thoughts and ideas on bringing more meaning to your life and the lives of your family, friends and community.

For those who may be wondering, this is not a politically motivated or based book.   As I’m sure you know, Maria Shriver comes from a very prominent and powerful Democratic family (Kennedy family) and she was also married to a very high-profile Republican (Arnold Schwarzenegger) when she served as the First Lady of California.      Today, she is registered as an Independent and seeks to find common ground that can unite and move us forward as individuals and as a country.

The chapters are short and concise and filled with humor & tears and each chapter ends with a prayer/meditation.     I’ve received approval to share some excerpts with you:

  • Have the courage to go beyond your fears. Have the courage to go beyond judgment, to go beyond others’ rules and expectations. Have the courage to go beyond shoulda-coulda-woulda.  Live and write your own story and then be brave enough to communicate it authentically.”   
  • “Expressing gratitude, saying thank you, is so powerful. It means that you see the other person, it means that you noticed who they are and what they did. It says to that person, “I want you to know that you matter to me”. It’s big. It’s a sign of manners, but it’s also a sign of care.”
  • “Our future depends on seeing our common humanity and finding ways to elevate it and move it forward toward a better place than where it is today.  We’re not here to destroy one another.  We’re here to connect with one another and help one another.  Our very survival depends on one another.”
  • All above are reprinted with permission from Maria Shriver, “I’ve Been Thinking…” to be released on February 27, 2018

I have not, and will not receive any financial compensation from sharing my  thoughts on this book with you.    I also won’t receive any compensation/commissions on the sales of this book and all of that is as it should be.   I have no financial ‘skin’ in whether or not book sales soar or not.     I do consider myself fortunate to have been selected to be on Maria Shrivers Book Team and to have had the opportunity to read and review this book prior to it’s release.

With all that being said, “I’ve Been Thinking…” is truly one of the most inspiring and empowering books I’ve ever read.   At a time when life becomes busy, riddled with sadness, challenges or a lack of purpose, this book is a shining light, showing us ways we can help ourselves, and each other.

At the end of the day, isn’t that what life is all about?

Until next time,

PS:  This book will be available at Amazon and/or via Maria Shriver’s website on Feb 27, 2018.


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