THE FUN NEVER STOPS by Jane F. Collen

MG_6654I am going to Schenectady,NY to the Open Door Bookstore tomorrow to sign some of my (Award-Winning!) Books. The event is being publicized and one of my friends in Western Mass randomly listening to NPR on his way to work heard my name!  What a thrill.  I will still be taking my crutches, but I am able to walk around the house a bit with only a cane. As Dory the fish says, “Just Keep Swimming.”

The following is an introduction to our appearance tomorrow written by psychologist and author Patricia O’Gorman, PhD with whom I am partnering for a book tour. Pat has an amazing energy and together we make a great speaking team. So, as they said in the 70’s I am going to “keep on keeping on”!

KEEPING THE ‘SWITCH ON’ byPatricia O’Gorman, PhD @drogorman facebook.com/drpatriciaogorman http://www.patriciaogorman.compog_headshot-1

The Electric City’s Ups and Downs Schenectady has seen its share of up and downs, like many cities—and like many of us. There was the glory of the city in its youth, much like it was in our own, its downturn in middle age as it gained weight and didn’t take care of itself . . . sound familiar? But Schenectady is rediscovering its power as it matures, due in part to the arts. And like this great city, many of you in school, and many baby boomers, too, are discovering your power by moving beyond the box you feel you are in.

What Keeps Us in that Box? We all get stuck. We all feel that if something worked once, it will work again. This may be true for cities, and it is certainly true for women who believe the answer to not being good enough is trying harder to do all the things they feel they couldn’t master in the first place. Now many things may constrain us, but one in particular—girly thoughts, the name I’ve given to how we internalize those negative societal messages and use them to disempower ourselves—will be the focus of my next talk.

Breaking Out of Your Box and Anchoring in Your Creative Self A city’s rebirth through the arts is a metaphor here. For Schenectady, this involved investing in venues like Proctor’s, a major performance art space in this upstate New York city and in supporting smaller venues like the Open Door Bookstore (don’t you just love the name?).

Join Me! I will signing books at the Open Door on Saturday, April 18 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. And I will be joined by fellow author and friend Jane F. Collen, an intellectual property lawyer who writes children’s books. We feel we represent the best mother-daughter gift available: our books help young girls see their power and help older girls and mothers not fall prey to internalizing and believing those nasty societal messages concerning how women should look and act that I’ve named girly thoughts.

Honoring Your Roots The name Schenectady comes from Mohawk roots and means beyond the pines. And if a city like Schenectady can see its fair share of challenges and keep its tongue-twisting name, maybe there’s a message for all of us about staying close to our roots and feeling pride in how we see ourselves. I hope you’ll join me for this fun event in Schenectady, New York, on Saturday, April 18.

Next stops:

•Grand Island, NE: April 30: I’ll be giving a workshop on “Trauma” from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and a speech over dinner titled “Girly Thoughts” from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.

•New York City, NY: May 17, 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. “The Big Apple: Leadership and Girly Thoughts.

•Worchester, MA: June 11, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. “Girly Thoughts and Addiction.”

•Lake Placid, NY: July 11, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Book signing at Bookstore Plus, with Jane F. Collen

You’ll find more ideas for getting rid of your negative self-talk in my latest book, The Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox Plan: The Resilient Woman’s Guide to Saying NO to Negative Self-Talk and YES to Personal Power – See more at: http://thepowerfulwoman.net/what-turns-you-on/#sthash.am33mx4O.dpuf

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