Dawna Markova's work has focused on sharing insight into how each of us can live in a meaningful, inspired and inspiring way. She has given speeches around the world to various audiences, keynoted for large corporate, health care and individual groups including women's empowerment courses, creativity/spirituality conferences, and the national Cancer as a Turning Point conference. Articles she's written have appeared in countless magazines, website newsletters. ClubMom.com, a site for women that garners over 1,000,000 hits per month and Levo.com, a site that focuses on creating a purpose-driven life to over 2 million millennials have marketed her previous books. For her last two books, written with her "daughter-in-love" Angie McArthur, and published by Spiegel-Grau at Random House, the marketing outreach included: NPR's All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Weekend Edition, Fresh Air, On Being, Code Switch, It's Been a Minute, WNYC/Lopate & Brian Lehrer, WBUR/ Here and Now, On Point, WAMU/Diane Rehm, Kojo Nnamdi, Wisconsin Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, KPFA, KPCC, WAMC, Voices in the Family as well as top local radio programs across the country and major online sites including: Sounds True, NBC.com, Slate, Salon, Huffington Post ELLE, Family Circle, Glamour, First for Women, Self, Redbook, Women's Health, and online and print publications such as Marie Claire, The Cut, TheAtlantic.com, grandparents.com, AARP's "Real Possibilities, and the Costco Connection.
Table Of Contents *=story of inspiration, ^=story of challenge, >=story of possibility Yeasting How Do I Live a Loved Life? 5 Rising *What Was the Promise Life Made to the World the Moment You Were Born? 13 ^"Pretending I'm Not Pretending" 16 >Blessed, Blissed, Pissed, Dissed 20 *** *How Do I Call When I Want the Promise to Answer? 25 ^Argue for Limitations and They're Mine 28 >In Pursuit of the Dangerously Possible 30 *** *How Do I Notice Where I'm Already Free? 36 ^A Body of Wisdom 38 >May it Be So 41 Kneading *How Can I Never Lose Who I Really Am? 46 ^Alternate Lifestyle for A Frustrated Housewife 51 >Footsteps to Follow 56 *** *How Do I Risk My Significance? 60 ^Let Wounds Be My Teachers 63 >That Which Is Unfinished For Me to Give 67 *** *What Is Bigger Than My Fear? 71 ^No Matter What 74 >The Other Side of Everything 78 Braiding *How Do I Grow My Heart? 82 ^Finding My Unlived Parentheses 85 >Even Here, Love Can Grow 89 *** *Will I Lose Every One I Love? 92 ^Unlearning to Not Speak 95 >Tomorrow Is Not Promised 97 *** *Will You Ever Leave Me? 100 ^Giving What Only I Can Give 103 >What Are You Waiting For? 106 Baking and Sharing What Would It Take to Let Go Of the Forgetting of Joy? 111 Open Questions to Evoke 'Talkstory' 115
Inspirational speaker, writer, and researcher, Dawna Markova, PhD is CEO emeritus of Professional Thinking Partners, an organization that teaches collaborative thinking to CEOs and senior executives around the world. She has served as a senior affiliate of the Organizational Learning Center at MIT, and a consultant member of the Society for Organizational Learning and has received a Vision to Action award for her work originating the Random Acts of Kindness movement, the Foster Grandparenting and Peer Counseling programs, and the World Wide Women's Web. One of the creators of the best-selling Random Acts of Kindness series, Dawna is the author of many other inspirational books, including Reconcilable Differences, Collaborative Intelligence, A Spot of Grace, I Will Not Die an Unlived Life, The Smart Parenting Revolution, The Open Mind, How Your Child Is Smart, No Enemies Within, Learning Unlimited, and The Art of the Possible, as well as the Open Mind Audio Series with Sounds True. She is also a contributor to For She Is the Tree of Life: Grandmothers Through the Eyes Of Women Writers, and Fabric of the Future.