Some time after starting my coaching practice in 2005, I began writing a monthly newsletter, a way to keep in touch with clients and generate potential new business. Over time, I saw its reach steadily grow and through the magic of “forward email,” these little missives went out into the world where they introduced me to a raft of new friends and contacts. Nothing makes your day like a kind note from a total stranger, and there were lots of these. They would say things like “Hey, this is great! I sent it to my son, can you add me to your mailing list?” Or, “Hey, do you mind if I print this and share it with my colleagues at work?” Some people encouraged me to write a book, an idea I first dismissed. But somehow the tiny seed was planted. If you are one of those people, thank you for your interest and encouragement.
Today, I am excited to announce the release of my first book entitled Painting With Scissors: How To Use The Tools You Have to Make Your Life and Work a Masterpiece. It is a practical coaching manual, based on some of the best writing from my newsletter. The title was inspired by the French impressionist painter, Henri Matisse, who I write about in the book. When Matisse’s eyesight began to fail him, he found an ingenious way to continue his artistic output using only a scissors and some colored paper. This adaptability and sheer doggedness of will would result in some of his best-loved and most enduring works known as the “Cut Out Series.” I loved the visual metaphor, and as practical advice for living, I can think of no better guide.
If you are interested in supporting the book, you can order a copy here. If you like the book, you might consider writing me a review on Amazon. In preparation for this launch, I asked some authors whose work I admire to review an advance copy and here is what they have said about Painting With Scissors:
“This book is beautiful. It’s funny and real and fearless in a way that made me grateful it exists.”
– Terry Real, author of I Don’t Want to Talk About It and The New Rules of Marriage
“Each essay in this deeply fluent collection touches the heart and reveals that wisdom and compassion are resting gently in the midst of our ordinary lives. Ann’s voice is refreshing, noble and fierce.
– Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work and The Mindful Leader
“Ann’s a gifted coach. Her insight and steadfast heart have helped hundreds of people find the courage to look deep within themselves and, even more, the strength to act. She gracefully combines presence, intelligence, wit, and fearlessness all in service of her clients.”
– Jerry Colonna, CEO of Reboot.io
“A perfect desktop companion for the busy professional who needs support, inspiration and tools at the ready. Ann has crafted engaging stories that immediately uplift your mood and reframe your challenges.”
– Pam Slim, best-selling author of Escape From Cubicle Nation and Body of Work
“Ann provides a blend of support, empathy, and engagement to address the mental blocks that stand in your way. Hire her, fasten your seatbelt, and enjoy the ride!”
– Martha Beck, PhD, best-selling author & “O” Magazine columnist
We all encounter setback and failure, and nobody ever has all the tools or resources they need. Life isn’t about having the perfect conditions. It’s about doing the best you can with the available resources. In the words of Teddy Roosevelt: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.”
I’m very proud of the book and excited to share it with you. Thank you for reading, and thank you for your support.