Samara O'Shea

Archive for April, 2010

This Sunday. . .

Friday, April 30th, 2010

I’m back at the Brides magazine Newlywed Nest from 1 pm – 3 pm. If you are in subway distance of 311 East 11th street – Penthouse 2 – in Manhattan, come on down! I’ll be signing books, but that’ll be secondary to enjoying the free wine and food while relishing the view from the room deck. This party is open to the public!

Letter-Writing Booster in the NY Times

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I headed up to NYC on Tuesday night for the launch party of Brides newlywed nest and ended up in the NY Times. Yay! The itself story is about the event and the apartment (as it should be), but that’s definitely me on the right: the letter-writing booster. That’s not exactly how I would describe what I do, but I won’t protest because the picture is good. I somehow managed to match the curtains and the throw pillows.

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For the Brides

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

On May 2nd I’m doing another event with Brides magazine. They are setting up a Newlywed Nest, in Manhattan. This gorgeous living space is open to the public on weekends (from April 24 – May 22) not to mentioned free (and a completely unaffordable reality for most of the aforementioned public). But it’s fun to dream! I’ll be there on Sunday May 2nd from 1 – 3 pm signing books and giving one-on-one advice on writing love letters and wedding vows.

Getting ready for this reminded me that I never posted pictures of the first event I did with Brides—back in February. There was a wicked snowstorm going on outside at the time, but you’d never be able to tell because we were having so much fun inside . . .

Photos by the lovely Rohanna Mertens:

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I walked in from the blizzard and found this—my display. How stunning!

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Whatever I’m talking about has me VERY excited.

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My friend Karina stopped by to say hi.

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What can I say?

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A good time had by all!

The Longest Letter Ever Written

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Well I had to share this inspirational story!

Love & Learn

Friday, April 9th, 2010

And now for my favorite Freudian slip of the week: I was e-mailing my friend Dana and gave her the rundown of a relationship that didn’t work out. I closed with the cliché, “live and learn.” Dana wrote back and said, “BTW- I love the phrase love and learn…can’t think of a better way to summarize things like that.”

I went back and saw, sure enough, I had inadvertently written “love and learn.” One letter off and the whole thing changes—for the better, I think. When we say “live and learn” we’re often talking about love anyway, so there you have it—a new phrase. Feel free to use at your leisure.

Bon weekend!

Ease Into E-mail

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

Stop by my latest blog for Tranquility Du Jour. It’s a little ditty about ignoring e-mail for the first hour of everyday.

Monday Musings

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Monday: Hello, Gorgeous! If every Monday looked like this dazzling day, I would anticipate it with vim and vigor. I hope your week is off to an equally optimistic, sunny start. Below you shall find my random thoughts accumulated over the past few days. If you’re looking for a common thread, there isn’t one really. Just a few things that I have encountered or that have occurred to me:

Don’t Take Anything Personally – I aspire toward this frame of mind more and more each day. It’ll take a while to get there, I’m sure—especially after 30 years of being heavily influenced by everyone else. I came across this quote last week, and it convinced me further of the freedom that will come with not taking anything personally:

This is from the book The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

“Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves. All people live in their own dream, in their own mind; they are in a completely different world from the one you live in. Taking things personally makes you easy prey for those predators who try to send you emotional poison. They can hook you easily with one little opinion, and feed you all their emotional garbage. When you take it personally, you eat it up, and now it becomes your garbage. But if you don’t take it personally, you are immune to their poison; you will not eat it. Immunity to emotional poison is the gift of this agreement.”

Letter Writing – President Obama is a man after my own heart. He reads ten letters each day from the American people, and—sometimes!—he responds. Check out the story here.

Social Media – I am endlessly interested in the way our emotions manifest themselves with regards to social media. Looks like I’m not the only one: The Washington Post featured an article last week called Google and Facebook raise new issues for therapists and their clients. Do they ever!

The Wizard of Oz – I am only now appreciating how profound this conversation actually is:

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: You don’t need to be helped any longer. You’ve always had the power to go back to Kansas.

Dorothy: I have?

The Scarecrow: Then why didn’t you tell her before?

Glinda, the Good Witch of the North: Because she wouldn’t have believed me. She had to learn it for herself.