From the Publisher
“I could not put down this book once I had begun to read. Why? Because it’s compelling reading—as well as sharing her own remarkable story, each chapter gave me insights about my own life and work. I often say that our greatest strength is our fallibility—Melanie proves this in her open and honest portrayal of life and work and lets you into her secrets of success. Melanie is a wise practitioner, we can all learn from her book. I will keep this book close—like a best friend for life.”
-Dr. Andrew Machon, London, United Kingdom, International Executive, Business Coach and Author
“Melanie Brocklehurst is an exceptional executive and has now proved herself to be an exceptional author and coach. 50 Dates in 50 States: One Woman’s Journey to Positive Change provides a practical guide for those wanting to make positive changes as Melanie openly shares her 8-step Positive Change Formula wrapped wonderfully in the story of the past year of her life. You are going to love both the book and the positive changes that you achieve through putting her formula into practice!”
-Bonnie Boezeman AO, Sydney, Australia, Managing Director, Business Benefits International
“What’s better than a dating guide? Answer: A book that helps you with dating, provides you with a formula to achieve positive change and is wrapped up in a story! Melanie has created a unique and exciting book that is part travelogue, part romp and part how-to coach yourself happy. In her book, 50 Dates in 50 States, Melanie doesn´t patronize you. She, like me, shows that to find the right life partner isn´t necessarily ‘easy’ or ‘simple’ but that the results are worth it.”
-Marla Martenson, Los Angeles, United States, Author of Excuse Me, Your Soul Mate is Waiting
Read an Excerpt
"I’ve never understood people who, to coin a good English phrase, are ‘All mouth, no trousers’, which means they talk a lot but never act, or, bitch a lot but never do anything to improve the situation.
I’ve always been a person of action—in fact occasionally I need to think a bit more before I jump in! I’m also a person who keeps my issues to myself. I generally manage to maintain a happy facade to my work colleagues, friends and even my family, with the exception of my best mate, Georgia.
Miss G, as I call her, knows pretty much everything because we spend so much time together. She was my surrogate husband until I found the poor bugger who was foolish enough to fall in love with me!
I’ve often joked she’d make a wonderful partner as she’s a great cook, independent, a good conversationalist and we have a lot of common interests. She’s also a dark-haired, clear-skinned amazon who stands six feet tall with no shoes on. In fact, the only reason we’re not a match made in heaven is she is a she and so am I, and neither of us are that way inclined.
However, even Miss G had no idea of the depth of my depression and despair at the beginning of 2011, or that I was having a daily conversation to stop myself from downing pills in my house. Even with her I couldn’t share how far I’d sunk.
I felt that I was becoming one of those ‘all mouth, no trousers’ people, even though the chatter was only in my head. I felt literally and physically stuck, which for such an action-oriented person was a very unfamiliar feeling."