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The 52 Weeks — Our Experts & Contributors
|Alex Lickerman, M.D., author of The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self
Ellen Leikind, founder, PokerprimaDivas™
Jennifer H. Mieres, M.D., nuclear cardiologist, author, and leading expert in women’s heart health
Lisa Lillien, best selling author and creator of The Hungry Girl™ brand
Michele Balan, comedian and finalist of NBC’s Last Comic Standing
Nadia Stieglitz, founder, Mice at Play
Enda Junkins, LCSW, motivational speaker, Laughter Therapy expert
Daniella Ohad Smith, Ph.D., design historian, critic on 20th Century art and art advisor
Andrea Blanch, award-winning photographer and founder of Musée Magazine
Debbie Magids, Ph.D., counseling psychologist, author
Helen Fisher, Ph.D., biological anthropologist, journalist, and author
Lauren Kantor Gorman, M.D., psychiatrist, faculty member at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine
Joi Gordon, CEO, Dress for Success Worldwide
Marie-Yolaine Eusebe, CEO, Community2Comunity (C2C)
Julie Weiss, Marathon Goddess, 52 Marathons in 52 Weeks
Pamela Weinberg, author, career coach, and co-founder of MYOBMoms, (Mind Your Own Business Moms)
Vivian Steir Rabin, author and co-founder, iRelaunch
Helen Fisher, Ph.D., biological anthropologist, journalist and author
Robin Gorman Newman, founder of Motherhood Later…Than Sooner; author of How to Meet a Mensch in NY and How to Marry a Mensch
Jennifer Gardner Trulson, author of the award-winning memoir, Where You Left Me
Portions excerpted from BlogHer interview, July 2013
Q: How did we get the idea for the 52 weeks?
52: We were out having drinks one night and found ourselves complaining to each other: We both felt stuck! We had checked off many of our major life goals -— career, husband, children, friends -— but lost momentum. We came up with a plan and challenged ourselves to try one new thing every week for a year -— from test-driving Maseratis to rock climbing to dance lessons -— and to blog about our weekly efforts and experiences.
Q: How do we know each other?
52: We met when our daughters were in preschool together! They are now in middle school!
Q: Did we each have a favorite “52” activity?
52: It was less about a “favorite” 52 to-do and more a sense of accomplishment each time we checked something off. The blog just helped get us going again!
Q: How is the book different from the blog?
52: The book is a combination of our personal stories that were on the blog and advice and tips from many experts. The experts were an important part of the book. We interviewed many, including doctors, CEOs, therapists, artists and even a poker diva!
Each chapter begins we some of our original blog stories but then follows with first-person narrative, anecdotes from both of us and then expert advice. There are also inspirational quotes and a Next Steps section for readers. The book also features some worksheets and other tools -– including lists of ideas for jump-starting every area of your life.
Q: What’s next?
52: Our original 52 challenge ended quite a while ago, but moving forward and reaching goals – both big and small – is really a lifelong process. We hope, along with our experts, we continue to inspire people to start their own 52-week project! Workshops, other products — there are many possibilities we are talking about.
The 52 Weeks
Two Women and Their Quest to Get Unstuck, with Stories and Ideas to Jumpstart Your Year of Discovery
Karen Amster-Young and Pam Godwin
Foreword by Barbara Hannah Grufferman
Price and Format
276 pages, paperback, 4 color, 6×9
November 5, 2013
Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
W.W. Norton (Perseus Distribution beginning January, 2014)
Karen Amster-Young (full bio)
Karen Amster-Young is a marketing and public relations veteran and has amassed many PR awards, including a spot on PR Week’s “Forty PR Stars under Forty” at age thirty-three. She is also a freelance writer. Karen lives with her husband and daughter in New York City.
Pam Godwin (full bio)
Pam Godwin began her career as a caseworker for a nonprofit refugee resettlement agency. After getting her master’s degree in elementary education, she taught in New York City public schools as a classroom teacher and literacy specialist. She lives with her husband and children in New York City.