Live What You Love: Notes from an Unusual Life

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After the Blanchards' published A Trip to the Beach, they found that readers responded personally and passionately, often buying multiple copies to give friends and family. They received countless invitations to lecture and requests for national television appearances, and have been asked to develop a series for PBS. Everyone, it seems, wanted to live their life: during the winter, the couple operate the most popular restaurant in Anguilla, the tiny Caribbean nation hideaway of celebrities, beautiful beaches and ...
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Overview

After the Blanchards' published A Trip to the Beach, they found that readers responded personally and passionately, often buying multiple copies to give friends and family. They received countless invitations to lecture and requests for national television appearances, and have been asked to develop a series for PBS. Everyone, it seems, wanted to live their life: during the winter, the couple operate the most popular restaurant in Anguilla, the tiny Caribbean nation hideaway of celebrities, beautiful beaches and luxurious homes, and spend summers in the green hills of Northern Vermont.

Through delightful and moving stories, reflections, notes —and a soupcon of advice— the Blanchards have written a stunning, inspirational manifesto where truly living what you love becomes a revolutionary act, a rebellion against the common life. They show how, through self-trust, personal adjustment, and daily acts of commitment, each of us can live the life we love and make every day a personal treasure. Full of warmth, humor, wisdom, and charm, Live What You Love is the Blanchard's love letter to life, a celebration of unusual choices, and a thank you gift to all of their fans.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Stuck in a rut and dreaming of running off to Tahiti? That fantasy can become a reality if you simply heed the advice offered in the Blanchards' uplifting follow-up to A Trip to the Beach (2001). The authors encourage readers to live an "unusual life"-one that is odd and wonderful, custom built to individual values and priorities. All that's required, according to the Blanchards, is the "Big Four": passion, location, money, and people. This formula worked for the couple, who left the security of an established business in Vermont to build their dream restaurant on a remote Caribbean island. Brimming with stories, reflections, notes, and occasional sage words of advice, this book is sure to inspire readers to live the life of their dreams. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Wendy Lee, Marshall-Lyon Cty. Lib., MN Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641864094
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/18/2005
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Bob & Melinda Blanchard
Bob & Melinda Blanchard
Bestselling authors, successful entrepreneurs, and dynamic change experts, Bob and Melinda Blanchard are passionately committed to the simple but profound belief that we are all entitled to live a life we love. The life-shifting tools that they impart in their books, in the media, and in person allow their audiences to open up to countless new options for creative transformation.

Biography

Mainly because they've worked hard to achieve their good fortune, Bob and Melinda Blanchard are that rare couple that is easy to envy but impossible to resent. Proprietors of Blanchard's Restaurant (est. 1994), the most popular dining establishment in the Caribbean hideaway of Anguilla, these transplanted Vermonters first came to international attention with their nonfiction bestseller A Trip to the Beach: Living on Island Time in the Caribbean (2000) -- a humorous, highly personal account of their adventures as struggling restaurateurs. With its freewheeling blend of personal anecdotes and savory recipes, the book struck a chord with legions of readers, and the Blanchards found themselves much in demand as lecturers, television guests, and life coaches.

In 2003, the couple released At Blanchard's Table, a cookbook filled with stories and recipes from their New England roots and their life in the Caribbean. Two years later, they scored a double hit with the self-explanatory manifesto Live What You Love and a culinary companion (Cook What You Love); and in the face of the 2008 recession, they released the practical how-to, Changing Your Course: The 5-Step Guide to Getting the Life You Want.

These days, the Blanchards juggle two lives. They continue to run their successful restaurant business in Anguilla, and they manage a booming cottage industry of linked services and products, specializing in practical change agency and dedicated to the proposition that we all deserve to live our dreams.

Good To Know

The Blanchards adoptive home of Anguilla is a haven for celebrities anxious to escape the spotlight. They have served stars like Susan Sarandon, Richard Gere, and Liam Neeson at Blanchard's Restaurant.

Some fun facts from our interview with the Blanchards:

"We can each easily eat an entire pint of Häagen-Dazs ice cream in one sitting."

"Some of Bob's favorite moments are spent on his John Deere tractor, mowing the field at our house in Vermont. Anyone who visits us and shows even the teeniest amount of interest gets an automatic ride on the John Deere."

"As ironic as it may sound, we unwind by going to New York. Living in Anguilla and Vermont is wonderful, but it's always fun to enjoy the contrast of the hustle and bustle of a great city."

"More than anything else, we love to design things. Could be a restaurant, a house, a store, or something as simple as a greeting card. Sounds like work to some, but it's fun to us."

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