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Bob and Melinda Blanchard's first book, A Trip to the Beach, sold more than 85,000 copies and became inspiration for countless people who were ready to start living their dreams. Comprising stories, reflections, notes, insights, and a bit of advice, Live What You Love is the Blanchard's warm, engaging, and personal response to the thousands of fans who've asked them, "How did you do it?"
"What happens if life falls outside the expected lines and inside others that are self-defined? Our experiences tell us that living this way is as wonderful as it is odd. We happen to believe that life really is about choices, and we love what happens when interesting ones get paired together."--Bob and Melinda Blanchard
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, LWYL is the Blanchard's love letter to life, a celebration of unusual choices, and a thank you gift to all of their fans.
"Many find inspiration in people who give up the big job, big house and big bucks to follow their hearts' desires, but the Blanchards have not only followed their dreams, they've turned their dream-chasing into a cottage industry. Their first book, A Trip to the Beach, about their experiences moving from Vermont to the Caribbean island of Anguilla and opening a restaurant, inspired a legion of people to also follow their bliss. Other books followed, At Blanchard's Table and Cook What You Love, as have radio interviews and an appearance on the Today show. In the latest installment, they share random experiences that illuminate their philosophy, which can be boiled down to: Only do the things you love. Don't expect any grander insight than that from this little book; it's full of common sense, go-with-your gut wisdom, affirmations, aphorisms and lighter than light humor. 'No experience is required to gain experience.' 'Write the headlines of your favorite life stories so far.' 'Breathe deep. Jump in. Swim, or just float, on the waves of life, of laughter, of love.' Some readers may be put off by the self-congratulatory nature of the book, but the book's arranged so it's easy to flip back and forth and cherry pick the passages of import." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This book is sure to inspire readers to live the life of their dreams.
The authors of "A Trip to the Beach" return with stories, reflections, notes, insights, and a bit of advice on making every day a personal treasure. Full-color photos.
Now in paperbackthe Blanchards blueprint for pursuing and living your dreams.
After Bob and Melinda Blanchard published their first book, A Trip to the Beach, they received countless invitations to lecture and appear on national TV. Everyone, it seems, wanted to live their life. Comprising stories, reflections, notes, insights, and a bit of advice, Live What You Love is the Blanchards warm, engaging, response to the thousands of fans who asked, "How did you do it?"
The Blanchards have written a stunning, inspirational manifesto full of warmth, humor, wisdom, and charm, where truly living what you love becomes a revolutionary act.