Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

by Leeza Gibbons


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If life is an epic saga, who is writing your narrative? Is the plot unfolding as you imagined? Whether you find yourself trudging along in boredom or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of overcommitment, you can still take creative control and declare that it’s Your Life, Your Rules. This is a book about rebooting your story at any point. It’s about starting over; taking inventory; and getting smarter, stronger, and sexier with no apologies, no regrets, and no turning back.

As Leeza Gibbons explains, “I took control of my journey while in the glare of the spotlight. Now, I’m sharing the life lessons from my ‘grits to glitz’ path as a wife and mother, caregiver, businesswoman, TV entertainment host, product mogul, kisser of boo-boos, and encourager of dreams. Of course, I have many more roles, just as you do, but I want to approach them all in the same way: fearlessly and without limits. I’ll hold up the mirror so that you can see who you really are; knowing that it's the plot twists and turns in your story that makes it powerful.

This is your life, and you’re about to set out on the path to rewriting your story by reclaiming your power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781401939816
Publisher: Hay House, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

The spectrum of Leeza Gibbons’s career in entertainment and news media combined with her stunning “hands on” advocacy for health care, patients, and caregivers is diverse and impressive. Leeza’s on-camera hosting dominance in entertainment news-and talk-show arenas range from the most popular entertainment news show in history, Entertainment Tonight to the PBS TV show My Generation.

Leeza’s compassion, inspiration, and commitment to her continual education in health care, as well as the education of others, is a special gift potentiated by her listening and communication skills honed as a mother, journalist, and humanitarian. It was her family’s experience with Leeza’s mother and grandmother that inspired Leeza to create the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation and its signature program, Leeza’s Place. In addition, she is the force and face behind Alzheimersdisease.com, offering strength and support on the web for families needing help.

Leeza’s numerous guest appearances on shows such as Larry King Live, Good Morning America, Oprah, the Today show, Donny Duestch, and The View have all centered around her role as a social entrepreneur and her leadership and involvement in health issues which help foster social awareness and responsibility. Most recently she was named one of the “Ten who Make a Difference” by AARP, being called the “Voice of the Caregiver,” and was named the AARP Ambassador of Care.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Door Marked Change xi

Chapter 1 Make It All about You 1

Chapter 2 Let Change Be as Natural as Breath 17

Chapter 3 Face Down Fear 35

Chapter 4 Ask Yourself: Are You Worth It? 55

Chapter 5 Bust the Balance Myth 79

Chapter 6 Find Your Story, Make It Count 113

Chapter 7 Let Your Spirit Soar 143

Chapter 8 Take Ownership of Your Life 179

Chapter 9 Know Where You're Going, Look Good When You Get There 209

Chapter 10 Understand the Business of Success 243

Chapter 11 Bookmark It 257

PreSCRIPTions: Take Your Weekly Dose! 271

Breathe, Believe, Receive 291

Afterword 295

Gratitude and Love 299

About the Author 303

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Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant! An absolute must have! Leeza Gibbons -Take 2 is a thought-provoking and motivating guide for anyone with a strong desire to create a happier, healthier and more personally fulfilling future. Leeza has skillfully mixed her personal, professional and practical experiences to effectively lead readers into stronger, more meaningful places in their own lives. If you are seeking change or just find yourself in the midst of it for whatever reason, this book is an absolute must have!
MarloK More than 1 year ago
This book, Take 2, came at just the right time for me. I have been so ready to make positive life changes, but was at a loss about how to get started, what to change and when. In Take 2, Leeza’s no nonsense and very practical approach and exercises have been instrumental in implementing the changes I need to make my life what I always dreamed it could be. It’s a process, but a very worthwhile process. Where I once dreaded the fact that I’m getting older, I now look at my future as a challenge and am excited about my own “Take 2”! I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels stuck in their life that needs that little nudge to move forward. Thanks Leeza for this very inspirational and life changing book!
Rontourage More than 1 year ago
I'm a 43-year-old man and I happen to see it at the Book store -- always liked Leeza and what she stood for.  I found myself standing and reading this book for 30 minutes if not more.  It makes a whole lotta sense  -- and it doesn't matter your age, sex, orientation, politics, race ...it's about how do you look at yourself, where do you want to be and what you need for your soul to realize how to get there.  Leeza is witty and charming and a celebrity that is as accessible as your best friend.  Where "self help" used to be the thing to do, Leeza says it's time to help each other help ourselves.  Sounds pretty good -- get the book, you will learn so much about yourself and how good your Take 2 really can be. It's a winner!! rontourage
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I feel like I have been a fan of Leeza Gibbons for forever. But it is not until I read this book that I understand how she has remained the woman that she is. She has shown all of us how to truly move beyond what hinders us and move towards what we should have in our lives. I would recommend this book to anyone, man or woman, who has ever felt lost in their daily lives. This will help bring you back to where you need to be in your life.  
StyleSubstanceSoul More than 1 year ago
This book is a life-changer. I'm a big fan of Leeza Gibbons because she is so inspiring but also offers practical ways to accomplish your goals. Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings is the perfect book for anyone who's ready to make a change in any area of their lives. It's filled with quotes that have stayed with me and motivated me, but it's not saccharine-sweet or one of those books that make me roll my eyes. As a middle aged woman, I know how hard it is to change bad habits, but I've already incorporated a couple of the simple tips Leeza offers -- and I'm happily surprised to tell you I see a difference already. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Alzdaysgoneby More than 1 year ago
Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings is exactly what the title states!  It is a book to assist you on your journey called life.  I am an advocate for taking care of yourself because my passion is helping caregivers on the journey with someone with Alzheimer's. Through the years I have learned and witnessed how important taking care of yourself is in life.  Leeza's book will be a mainstay in my home.  Are you looking for a compass to help guide you through life? If so read no further because you have found it! Leeza's personal examples along with her candid writing throughout the book will warm your heart and help you visualize your "new" life!  You will feel like she is talking to YOU! I am asking for a redo...I am ready to Take 2 in my own life!   Let's do this!
emontes More than 1 year ago
One word for this self-help/makeover book by Leeza Gibbons...WOW!! I didn't realize I needed the tips Leeza Gibbons offers in her new book 'Take 2'. Tips like "Lead with Your Strength", "Learn to Make Happiness and Sanity your Priorities", and "No is a sentence by itself". This book is for everyone and anyone who wants a life of quality, a life where you are in the pilot seat. Thanks to Leeza and 'Take 2" I was It will change your life!
rubymoons More than 1 year ago
Your handbook for your new life! I met Leeza 35+ years ago in my home state of South Carolina. We shared the spirit of small town cheerleaders. I knew her as "Leeza the Irmo Yellow Jacket" before she became "Leeza." When I read Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings, I was blown away by Leeza's inspirational words as well as the depth of her wisdom! I instantly realized the woman she has become—a shining star of courage, hope, and a "cheerleader" for any and all of us who are in desperate need a second take in our lives! This book reflects Leeza's heart, and the heart of her mother, Jean Gibbons. Leeza often quotes her mom's sentiments in the book for all of us to benefit from, such as: “Take a chance honey. You only regret the things you don’t do.” Leeza encourages us to love ourselves first, create our own sanctuaries, know who we are and understand our own stories "before we add another person to the plot." This one instantly resonated with me after my recent divorce. The book is a useful tool to be kept handy at all times by anyone needing a "guidebook" for life! This book is about reinvention and never apologizing for trying. As Leeza says, “Arguably, no one gets it right all the time, but we all get a chance to have another chance. That’s become more than enough for me.” She says to "honor your story," create your own sanctuary and ask yourself "what's expendable? What do I need to let go of?" and then delete it from your life. "When in doubt, cut it out! No apologies, no explanations, no looking back.” We all, women and men, have people who depend on us. Leeza says "...the better you care for yourself the better it gets for everyone who depends on you. Loving yourself first is the ultimate selfless act.” Always follow your gut, "lead with your strengths and use what's organic to us..." Give a voice to your dreams: “When you give a voice to a dream, you’re in essence changing the rules of the game. You begin to take control of your life and steer it in the direction you decide. Be good at being yourself.” As Leeza's friend Dean Banowetz said, “When one door closes, lock it, redecorate, and build a bigger door.” I could go on forever and have only touched on the essence of this book. In summary, this book will help you or anyone you know begin shedding. “Shedding is the process of transitioning from one stage to the next, usually prompted by something external, but inevitable nonetheless. It’s coming to terms with who we are now and who we need to become to keep growing.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leeza Gibbons has opened my eyes to my need to take better care of myself. This book not only explains "why" but offers great advice on "how."  After reading Take Two I realize the importance of saying "no" and making myself a priority. When doing this I live a better quality of life and have more of me to give to others. As a mother of four, a wife, sister and friend, I struggled with this feeling selfish. Take Two gave me the courage I needed to be honest with myself  and start living my life as I want to live it. And the best part, a happy me makes for a happy mother, wife, sister and friend. I recommend this book for all women regardless of age. A great gift idea too!
kim-jackson More than 1 year ago
In life... destiny is our own choice, Our choice rhythms our future, Our future is a chosen journey in motion. This book is so inspiring and easy to read. Leeza, you came up with the perfect nudge, encouraging us to kick back the past and step forward in "Take 2" of our lives. I love the book ! I know it will create a chaine reaction, helping people take charge and leap into positive choices. kim-jackson
MrsChief908 More than 1 year ago
I am loving Leeza's new book, Take 2!  It has wonderful insight into recreating your existing life into something new...something exciting...something challenging...something from which you can obtain great joy!  Take 2 has been a blessing for me!
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She does a great job of putting things in perspective.
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Kb125 More than 1 year ago
Leeza's book Take 2 is a must read for everyone! She so eloquently shares her personal and professional challenges and teaches us how to navigate through life, while Taking time for ourselves! This books guides and motivates positive change in your life. Until I read Take 2, I didn't know where to start or how to reinvent my life at middle age. Thank you Leeza, i'm already learning to love myself and trying new things without fear! Do yourself a favor and get this book for yourself and start living life to the fullness!
Skeet197 More than 1 year ago
 February 1, 2013 By Joy Herndon Not only does Take 2's alluring cover grab the attention of its readers by promising how they too can get a fresh start on life, but this book totally delivers what it promises! If a fresh start is what you are looking for, no matter what your call of duty may be, then make this book a must on your get list! Leeza Gibbons offers uplifting support and touching examples from her own personal experiences, which are sometimes humorous, in how you too can make a fresh start out of life, Your Take 2 starts with this book so do not delay getting your copy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago