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Shine On: How To Grow Awesome Instead of Old Paperback – December 15, 2015
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CLAIRE COOK wrote her first novel in her minivan at 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the movie adaptation of her second novel, Must Love Dogs, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the New York Times, USA Today, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of 15 books and a sought after reinvention speaker. If you have a buried dream, take it from Claire, it is NEVER too late! Find out more about Claire and read excerpts of her books at ClaireCook.com.
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In her bubbly and optimistic style, Claire shares both personal stories and other's stories on how to take charge of your life, kick off the duldrums and become the fabulous, happy person who is somewhere inside you! Following your dreams is an important part of Claire's outlook, and reinvention of your dreams, your hopes, and your life is made to look possible through her witty but wise advice.
Not only does Claire have success stories, she also includes diet and nutrition tips, as well as beauty and grooming tip. Personal appearance plays a big role in being happy, and Claire happily offers her personal experience as a role model for developing a new chapter in the reader's life.
If you are looking for a spark to lit your new year's resolutions, then Claire Cook is the match you are looking for. I highly recommend this new book. You're never too old to get started!
Now for her non-fiction, well, I can’t say enough. After reading Never too Late, I attended the We Move Forward conference. It was the first time I’d gone to this sort of event solo. I had a great time. I had never been to Cancun so it was a double pleasure for me. I just finished Shine On. It’s a perfect book to help us forty-to-forever ladies get our true selves reawakened! She talks about things that are real life when we are aging but people try to avoid discussing. You have to buy both books. Yes, they are standalone books. However, they really complement each other when both are read.
I’m so glad you wrote those pages in your van so you could realize your dream of being a writer/teacher. Thank you for paying things forward and sharing your experiences and suggestions with us, your faithful readers. We don’t have an expiration date just because we’re of a certain age. We just need to Shine On since it’s Never too Late! Cheers until the next book.
She is fearlessly authentic, braving discussions ranging from facial fuzz to over-plucked eyebrows. It's her "we're all in it together tone" that made her feel like my oh so wise, best girlfriend Claire, rather than an accomplished author.
She shares her low's and self-doubts:
"I start to wonder if I have anything left to say. If I'll ever finish another book. And if I do mange to finish one, if it will turn out to be pathetic, as opposed to the amazing book I should have written. Maybe I should just hang it up and try to get a job at Trader Joe's instead. Maybe I'd get a discount on coconut oil."
Having stared into the abyss and fantasized about Trader Joe's as my own last best hope, I knew this was a woman after my heart. Her tried and true antidote for these moments--take action. So simple, but powerful!
She offers up wise, tough-love advice that flips your obsessive negative thinking sideways:
"Here's the thing: When it comes to our ages, we're not kidding anyone, except maybe ourselves. Even if we color our hair, get oodles of plastic surgery, wear three sets of shapeware, and have killer genes, there will be some telltale sign of our chronological age--our chin, our neck, the veins on the back of our hands. That doesn't mean we don't look good. But it doesn't mean we don't look our age either.
So maybe the thing we need to do is get over ourselves...nobody else cares."
The overall wisdom I gleaned from "Shine On" is that if you want to "grow awesome instead of old" don't become a dinosaur by shutting yourself off from change, whether it's technology, social media, exercise, the outdoors or new adventures. And Claire leads by example, trying it all, sharing her missteps and fixes for adventures "gone wrong."
"Shine On" inspired me to face the monsters in the closet, helped me break through analysis paralysis and most importantly made me laugh until it hurt over the silliness of it all.
Kudos, Claire. You're clearly a woman for all seasons.