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About Peggy Lee Hanson
PeggyLee Hanson is a sought-after International Speaker and also an International Best-selling Author on Amazon.com with over 30 books that have her name listed as author, contributor, or acknowledged, and listed as editor or publisher. (Learn more about PeggyLee at https://linkedin.com/in/peggyleehanson/)
As a successful Coach, Mentor & Strategist, this CEO and Founder of Courageous Women Publications™, a subsidiary of Personal Transition Guidance, LLC, encourages women (and a few men) to share wisdom and expertise through their own story, using their voice via the written word—and sometimes with their very own book!
PeggyLee says, “When you open up to the world, the world opens up to you!”
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The Community Book Project: Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude People from all walks of life join together in this thought-of-the-day collection of essays. This book brims with appreciation without crossing the line to sappy or too “woo-woo.” Instead you will find evidence that harnessing the power of gratitude can be a life-changing force. Inside are stories about the things, people, circumstances, and events the contributors that bring gratitude to everyday life.
These “gratitude-in-real-life” stories are about more than the polite "thank yous" we casually exchange every day. They're testimonials to the people and things we often take for granted. Join us in this growing movement of people from around the world who have committed to asking themselves this simple yet profound question every day of the week--what am I grateful for? Lead editor Donna Kozik is a USA TODAY and WALL STREET JOURNAL bestselling author.
Find out how to be included in the next Community Book Project at www.TheCommunityBookProject.com.
The gifts of gratitude described inside include the subjects of children, pets, nature, travel and, in one case, mushrooms. We also list our favorite causes we support.
And we are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating gratitude: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The intention of this book is to empower and uplift you, too, to notice what's around you and give appreciation.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—gratitude!
Contributors include Martin Salama, Holly R. Fitzpatrick, Rich Liotta, Crystal Rector, LaVerne M. Byrd, Katherine Cobb, Carol Brusegar, Irena Kay, Rick Binder, Rebecca Brown, Patti Smith, Jen DG, Linda Bittle, Shona Battersby, Ruth McGarry, Uranchimeg (Urna) Belanger, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Kerri McManus, and Asha Khalil.
Also Judi G. Reid, Gwyn Goodrow, Joe Raab, Veronica Hollingsworth, Nikki Brown, Anne M. Skinner, Susan P. Sloan, Daphne Bach Greer, Fiona-Louise, Grace Kusta Nasralla, Merwyn Evans, Lisa S. Campbell, Dr. Ola B. Madsen, Carol Trant Dean, Connie Ragen Green, and Heidi Miller-Ford.
Also Marcelle della Faille, Carol Stockall, Michelle Francik, Michelle Barrial, Mary Anne Strange, Paula S. Webb, Norma Bonner Elmore, Ruben J. Rocha, Linda Faulk, Leasha West, Maxiann Forbes, Shari-Jayne Boda, Ellen Watts, Diana Bianchi, and Lorrie M. Nixon.
Also Charlisa E. Delancy-Cash, Carol Caffey, Barbara Watson, Nancy J. Haberstich, Mary Duggan, Rachel A. Kowalski, Joel Bloom, Carla Parvin, LC Plaunt, Steve Sponseller, Diane Kurzava, Holly Pitas, Corynne Stickley, Tara Kachaturoff, Mary Choo, Letitia Hicks, Karen Hannon, Susan Hayes, Debbie Bolton, Metka Lebar, Rocky Henriques, Donna Mogan, Bonita Bandaries, and Maria E Davis.
Also Gregory Hoffmaster, La Wanna G. Parker, Alberta Fredricksen, Dawn Rafferty, Margy Lang, Robyn MacKillop, Audrey Berry, Caroline Ravelo, Brenda Lanigan, Taeko Hayatsu, Clay Morgan, Ingrid Cook, Peggy Lee Hanson, Donna Burgher, LuWanda Ford, Tonia Sample, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, Kit Rosato, and Cherry-Ann Carew.
Also Adrienne Dupree, Anne Domagala, Warren L. Henderson, Jr., Ruth Strebe, Katie De Souza, Gabby De Souza, Suzanne Cousins, Melissa Ellen Penn, J. Russell Burck, Louise Lavergne, and Katrina Oko-Odoi.
A company mission to guide “would-be writers” to “published authors” turned out to be an ideal partnership with the subject of gratitude. It’s a great
way to get started in writing while celebrating the art of appreciation.
The first edition, Celebrating 365 Days of Gratitude, brought more than 300 people together to share their thoughts and experiences about the power of gratitude in their lives. In keeping with the spirit of expressing appreciation and giving back, proceeds from national sales were—and continue
to be—donated to charitable organizations.From initial concept to Amazon #1 Best Seller in only three short months, The Gratitude Book
Project™ took on a life of its own.
Before the first copy ever rolled off the presses, co-authors and those who missed out on the project were already asking for additional publications dedicated to the people and events in their lives deserving of special recognition—leading to Celebrating Moms & Motherhood and The Best of Pets. For The Gratitude Book Project team there was no turning back.
Silent or unexpressed gratitude won’t hurt—but gratitude out loud and in motion can be a life changing event. An entire network of like-minded individuals from around the world have come together as part of this project and made it clear that gratitude is alive and well and here to stay!
Readers and co-authors everywhere have made a commitment to themselves and each other to ask and answer a simple yet profound question everyday: “What am I grateful for?”
Warning: This book is not for everyone!
The stories inside this book share pains of the past. The 5 women who share their story take you through their process to heal, to love, and to transmute their feelings of anger, ridicule, and just the unknowing and uncertainty.
You will read of PTSD, of premonitions, of fear, of loss, and anger. But you will also read of becoming, transformation, and forgiveness.
The five courageous women in this book have decided more than enough has passed to not only telling their story but also to share their story so others can begin to heal theirs.
It takes a lot of strength to write about the bad in one's life. It takes a lot of courage, though, while under siege of it all, to find a way through it all.
PAWSOME FRIENDS describes some of the most precious relationships we have in life—those with our pets.
We are pleased to share the results with you in this book celebrating love: the inspirational essays, narratives and insights. The pieces range from the hilarious to the poignant. If you have loved a pet, you're sure to love this book.
Thank you for reading—and celebrating—our pets!
Contributing authors include Gregory Paul Hoffmaster, Teresa A. Castleman, Jewelle Colwell Boldt, Patti Bakewell, Bridget McQueen, Diana Bianchi, Joy Harris, Rich Liotta, Ph.D., Donna Burgher, Darlene Frank, Beth Munro, Mary Alice Long and Nancy J. Haberstich.
Also Tina Nies, Teresa Christian, Barbara A. Johnson, Robyn MacKillop, Don Wall, Dona C. Murphy, Lauren A. Ebbecke, Kathryn Jingling, Chineme Noke, Holly Pitas, Mary Choo, Susan J Walklate, Sarah-Jane Watson, Carol Anne Cooper, Laura Ostrem, Nikki Brown, Donna L Martin, Morgine Jurdan, Lorrie M. Nixon, Maria Falcon, Crystal Rector, Ron Forte, Dragana Dj. Jeremic, John Goodrow, Joe Raab, Elicia Jenson, Angela Boothroyd, Lizbeth Thomas, Mari Kennedy, and Georgia R. Day.
Also Susan Shatzer, Carol Stockall MD, Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff, Marti L. Berger, Roseanney Liu, Margy Lang, Dr. Robert Roper, Anne Elizabeth Perez, Pamela James, Michael E. Bourland, Jerri Shankler, Michelle Barrial, Dawn Eileen Field, Roberta Gold, Bill McCarthy, Desiree Wright, Sheryl Ann Wilson, Daphne Bach Greer, LC Plaunt, Diane Kurzava, Dixie L. Thompson, Thom Thomas, Heidi Miller-Ford, Alma B. Apostol, Karen Leeds, Delia Messing, Ruth McGarry, Shari-Jayne Boda, Lori R Winslow, Melanie G Robinson, Tammy Ennis, Leasha West, Mary Linda Bittle, Tracy Delegarde, Shona Battersby, Michelle D. Lee, Cindy Nolte, and Gwyn Goodrow.
Also Melissa Ellen Penn, Shirley J. Noah, Julaina Kleist-Corwin, P. Jean Rogers, Debbie Bolton, Mary Anne Strange, Asha Khalil, Lori Sweet, Pam Murphy, Sergey Skudaev, Marie A. Levy, Kristine G. Bottone, Barbara Cole, Ph.D., Audrey Humaciu, Geneva L. Carter, Yvonne B Garris, Sharon G. Teed, Shari J Goodwin, Carma Spence, Paula S Webb, Beth Adkins, Cheryl A Major, Melody Heath-Smith, SJ. Clarke, Racquel Dawn, Pat Moore, Danielle Guerin, Michelle Francik, Eileen Joyce Donovan, Holly R Fitzpatrick, Connie Ragen Green, Peggy Lee Hanson, Heather Ritchie, Krystina Kellingley, Faithe F Thomas, Cal A Penn, Angela I. Schutz, Gina-Dianne Harding, Stefanie Jolicoeur, Patti May, Katie De Souza, and Ellen Watts.
Courage Under Siege: Flight to Light shares stories of how you can achieve success at the game called “life.”
Eight audacious women share how:
- You can change your mindset. You can improve your health. You can leave that bad situation. You can be loved… and you are worthy of all of it!
- You can learn from your experiences and transition with grace.
- It’s OK to fail and fall.
- You have unending mental power! With belief in what you want and who you are, you become whole, able to re-invent, stand up from and move through challenges and adversities to success!
- If you are one, Motherhood is a sacred journey of mind-body-soul-spirit that will unlock the powers to shift this world for the better.
- Always, and all ways, find a way back into the heart space. It will never ever steer you wrong. Listen to your heart, the heart knows.
- You might be forced into creating a new life. Others might choose the direction their future will take. In making choices, even after situations occur, you are responsible, and have the perspective to decide.
Released on Kindle in honor of Amelia Earhart Day and for the other women in the world who need a little bit of encouragement, support, and inspiration.
That was the prompt for this edition of The Community Book Project. A group of 100+ contributing authors answered this question in 200 words or less. Their entries are gathered here. This book includes stories about living out loud (and on your own). There are tales of friends and flags and even one about online dating.
Take them in and think about this question, too: What does independence mean to you?
Thank you to our contributing authors, listed below:
Paula S. Webb
Ruben J. Rocha
Carol Anne Cooper
Marcelle della Faille
John A. Williams
Cody Dakota Wooten
Donna L. Martin
Jason Wright Downs
Connie Ragen Green
Harold K. Thompkins
Marie A. Levy
Melissa Ellen Penn
Tara Alexandra Kachaturoff
Irena Kay, MD
Christine L. Cunningham
Holly R. Fitzpatrick
Angela I Schutz
Lorrie M. Nixon
Carol Stockall MD
Lori R. Winslow
Dixie L. Thompson
Michael Bimbo Ojelabi
Warren L. Henderson, Jr.
Cheryl A Major
Norma Bonner Elmore
Daphne Bach Greer
Susan J Walklate
Judi G. Reid
Shirley J. Noah
Melanie G. Robinson
Sharon G Teed
Eszter Molnar Mills
Nancy Lee Bentley
Charlisa E. Delancy
Melisse L Campbell
Joanna Lynn Faulk
Peggy Lee Hanson
Phillip D. Woolfolk
Katie De Souza
Mary Alice Long
Michael E. Bourland
Foreword: Pamela Toussaint
Many people are candid, yet shy, about sharing their life with the world. But what often happens is that they can no longer keep that knowledge, that message, inside of them.
When the stress becomes too much for the size of the bud, there is no other choice but to let go and allow the expansion of what no longer wishes to be kept hidden.
Anaïs Nin says it best: “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
This is often, and not unlikely, in every case, when the Maya Angelous, the Oprah Winfreys, the Arthur Millers, the Steven Spielbergs, the Johann Sebastian Bachs, or those who run for the high-profile elected offices can no longer play small, as the message of what’s buried inside of them, needs to be shared with the world! And the sooner the better!
Oh, the beauty of the bloom!
Peggy Lee Hanson in her book, Courage Under Siege: Adversity to Victory, shares 11 such stories of women who can no longer be silent. They personally tell of their struggles and trials endured, which were the turning points, the catalysts, necessary to be broken wide open and released from their chains and shackles.
You will read about Julia and how she lost her job, only to continue with her passion of helping teens become wealthy, healthy, and happy adults.
Tammy shares the story of when her son was diagnosed with Autism, and how living off-grid has helped him to become a thriving young adult.
Leigh tells two stories of girls involved in human sex trafficking and how they wanted to share their story because the world needs to hear what they have to say.
Susan G. talks about how she went from $200,000 in debt down to zero debt all on her own.
You will read other stories, no less important, of what truly is the cause of obesity, taking risks in a strange and unfamiliar place, surviving the cancer death sentence, going from ready to file bankruptcy to making over $7,000 in just one weekend, and much more.
Do you have your own story to tell?
You may think that courage was not involved during that horrific time of hardship and strife. But, oh, let me be the first one to tell you how brave you were to continue day in and day out until you came out of the throes of bad times. Many don’t have the strength you showed, getting up each morning to face God-only-knows-what.
But you did make it through!
You experienced some awfully hard and difficult circumstances and events. There is no doubt about that. But you also experienced joy from them. Seriously, there is no gain without pain. There is no joy without the lowest of the lowest moments. God or whoever is your Spiritual Source, with his or her or its Infinite Wisdom planned that all who suffer will have peace; and after discovering that peace, you realized you acquired the tools and the knowledge to share your story in order to lessen the pain and hurt someone else is feeling.
As I speak with my colleagues in coaching and writing, they, too, have come to this very same conclusion: we are here on this earth to help our neighbor.
And that is the exact reason these 11 women share their story.
Your voice is important. And so is the story you share using that voice. You are adamant and passionate that you have something to say. The message you have will not live inside you any longer—it claws to get free. You must get the word out.
In Courage Under Siege: Duress to Success, which is volume 4 in the series, seven enterprising women felt the inner call to share their story. From the time they were a young child growing up to the knowing of today, each of these entrepreneurs share their transformational story. You will learn who they have become, the vision they hold, and their mission that must be carried out.
Passion. Vision. Mission.
The women inside this book have written their own story in their own words. They were not electronically recorded and rewritten. This process has been used throughout the creation of the Courage Under Siege anthology series. The authors are real women, with real stories, and who have developed a real business surrounding their not-so-great circumstances and experiences.
Hair loss to hair business.
ADHD-diagnosed to finding the perfect match for employers and employees.
Overcoming medical scare to being your own care advocate.
Awareness of Mom having many businesses to raise family (back in the 1950s!)
Parent entrepreneurial spirit to create a never-quit attitude.
Stage 4 cancer to a long-life sentence.
Drug addiction to kicking the habit with accessing all that is within.
Inside this fourth volume are a few members of the Women’s Prosperity Network, a global organization of women (and a few great men!) that believes in giving women the tools and skills to be successful in both business and in life. You will hear from two of the three co-founders of the WPN—one shares her story and the other wrote the Foreword!
If you often seek courage and wisdom through the story of another, then this book (and the others in the series) is for you. Be aware, however, that some of the stories will bring emotions to the surface, along with tears and warmed hearts.
Each author has included their contact information should you wish to connect with them (highly encourage and recommend doing so).
To learn more about how you can be involved in the next Courage Under Siege volume, please write to Info at Courageous Women Publications dot biz.