inspirational non-fiction book, The Gift
During her virtual book tour, Allison will be awarding an autographed copy of The Gift of Maybe to a lucky winner. And
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attorney overwhelmed with anxiety about the future, Allison Carmen found hope and freedom
when she discovered the Philosophy of Maybe. Today, Allison
is a business consultant, life coach, and the author of the Amazon best seller,
The Gift of Maybe, a book
offering hope and possibility in uncertain times.
Huffington Post, Psychology Today, Mind Body Green, and Inc.com. Allison’s work
has also been
featured in Success Magazine, Psychcentral.com, InnerSelf.com, LifeHacker.com,
and examiner.com. She is an active speaker and lives in New York City.
tell us about your current release.
anyone that worries or is anxious about the future. Sometimes it is hard to
calm our minds when we are concerned about job security, our relationships, the
well being of our children or the state of the world. With our minds filled
with constant thoughts of worry, it is hard to see how life will change and
what possibilities are still available for us. The Gift of Maybe shares my journey
of being addicted to certainty and how the simple word of MAYBE became a tool
to alleviate my stress and worry and find more hope and opportunity in my life.
The book also shares experiences of my clients, as well as tools and techniques
that can liberate us from the pain of the unknown and help us find more joy and
opportunity. It comes down to one simple word and MAYBE it changes everything!
What inspired you to write this book?
It all started in the self-help section in a Barnes & Noble in Manhattan
about five years ago. I was early for a meeting down the block and I thought I
could escape the rain and read for a bit. I pulled a book off the shelf written
by one of my favorite authors and started to read it. As I was reading, I did
not feel very inspired and then by accident, I sneezed in the book. For five
minutes, I went back and forth trying to decide the proper etiquette for what I
should do. I thought to myself, “Do I actually need to buy this book that is
not inspiring me just because I sneezed in it?” Of course I bought the book. But
as I left the store, I thought to myself, “I bet if I wrote a book about Maybe
and someone sneezed in it at Barnes & Noble, they would be more than happy
to buy it!” I gave myself a good laugh and left the store, but the seed was
planted. A few months later at a business lunch, a publisher made me an offer
to write the book. That deal did not work out, but as I started to write, I
realized how many people I could help by publishing a book about the mindset of
Maybe. For me, it has always been about helping people alleviate their
suffering and I think this book has some great tools to do just that.
Excerpt from The Gift of Maybe:
saying the word “Maybe” can have the kind of impact I am describing. That is
precisely the beauty of Maybe. The idea of Maybe is so easy to apply, and at
the same time it can have a profound effect on whatever part of your life you
choose to apply it to. Whether you have been recently laid off from your job or
you are having health concerns or money problems, whether you are looking for
love or success or just looking to live life with less emotional pain, the
philosophy of Maybe provides you with a tool to help you find your way. It
helps you alleviate stress or worry, helps you embrace the uncertainty in your
life as an opportunity, helps you enjoy the present, and helps you live with
less emotional suffering. It is a mind-set that can influence all aspects of
your life, a strategy you can use when life throws you an unexpected curveball.
meaning unique to you. Maybe creates a space where so much more is possible.
Maybe becomes the constant that never lets you down.
unfolding experience. Embracing Maybe is a process, one that evolves and will
continue to improve your life in new and
Maybe will come to you outside the pages of this book, when you experience your
first moment of joy and vigor in the face of uncertainty.
Maybe is just one change of perspective, but it is one
that can change the very direction of your life. So, let’s take a journey
together into the land of Maybe, and may we all find a life of peace, happiness, hope, and
success. Just Maybe!
What exciting story are you working on
am writing a book about using the philosophy of Maybe in parenting. Maybe has
enabled me to parent with less stress and more ease. I am able to recognize
that my children’s lives often are not determined by one moment and, even
during tough times, Maybe everything will still be okay. Of course there are imperative
moments when our kids must listen to us, like taking a particular medicine if
they are sick or mandatory safety provisions during certain activities. Yet
much of what we believe is ”imperative” is a story that we are writing in our
minds making us believe that there is only one way for our children to have
joyful and successful lives. As we embrace Maybe, we remember parenting is a
long road and our children’s well-being and futures are always filled with more
opportunities and possibilities even when we can’t see them in the moment.
consider yourself a writer?
am still adapting to calling myself a writer. It is much easier for me to speak
to people than to sit down and write a blog or a book. However, writing my book
and blogs has been an amazing tool for me to spread my ideas and help people
alleviate their emotional suffering. MAYBE over time I will get more
comfortable with my new occupation!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
do not write full-time. I am the parent of two girls that keep me quite busy
and I have many clients who I work with to help them deal with the
uncertainties of growing their businesses, parenting or other common life
issues. I try to write a few hours every day for my blog or other publications
and also try to spend some time working on my new book.
What would you say is your interesting
need to read my work out loud in order to edit it.
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
idea of Maybe is so simple and I challenge each of you to try it in your life. The
first time you are able to alleviate some of your stress and worry with this
one simple word, you will find it truly liberating. It will help you feel less
emotional pain every day and allow you to feel more joy and seek new
opportunities in your life.