My gratitude goes out to the thousands of clients and callers whose insights and wisdom have taught me so much. A special thanks to those who were my coaching clients during the writing of this book; your patience and understanding when I had to shift appointments and juggle sessions have been most appreciated.
Thank you to all of the radio hosts, throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe, who have given me an opportunity to speak with thousands of callers over the years. Thanks, too, to the producers and hosts of the TV shows, both local and national, who invited me into their studios.
I am deeply grateful to my original role models: my mother, Hazel Crowe, who taught me compassion and love for all people, and who encourages me daily; and my father, Ray Meader, who introduced me to the love of books, gave me the intelligence to write them, and the discipline to promote them. My sincere appreciation to Robert Meader, my brother by blood, and my trusted and cherished friend by choice. And a special thanks to B.C., for taking care of my mother, and to Helen, for taking care of my dad.
There are some members of my extended family who deserve pages, if not books, of their own. Dr. Bob and Dr. Leah Schwartz are two of those people. Thank you for being in my life and letting me know I can count on you, no matter what.
Special thanks also to Robert A. Knowlton for your superb advice, encouragement, and support. I'm also grateful to Nancy Neill, my "shadow self."
My gratitude also goes out to Joe Vitale, who can always be counted on to give me his candid and valued opinion.
Thanks, too, to special friends and guardians: D.R., Morey W., Beau T, Patricia, Roz, and my joy, Prize and his bride, Chris. Of course, then there are the Blue Wolf, the Panther, and the Bear.
Much appreciation to Megan, Russell, and Jason for keeping me from ever having a dull moment.
Thank you to Dr. Marty and Horty Kaplan—I love you! You are so kind, intelligent, and loving.
Warm thanks to Jake, for loyally attending every meeting and writing session, and for keeping me warm at night.
And, of course, many thanks to Moose, for being my best friend, and teaching me that I have an untapped reservoir of strength, and lessons still to be learned.
I am especially grateful to Jane Dystel, the perfect literary agent for me; I always think of you as the iron fist in a velvet glove. Thanks also to Lauren Marino and everyone at Broadway Books for letting me do this project.
My gratitude to the team at Macmillan.. .I thank Nancy Mikhail for originating the idea for this book and encouraging me to do it. I am especially thankful for Amy Zavatto, my developing editor, who gave me the consistent, clear-cut direction a writer dreams of getting from an editor. Yea, Amy! And mention also needs to go to Susan Aufheimer, for her copy-editing suggestions.
I thank Connie Schmidt and Ron Kaye, "the Love Coach Literary Support Team," who went above and beyond the call of duty to help bring this book to life. The book truly would not have been possible without you.
And, as always, my profound gratitude to God, who has never given me more than I can handle (although these last few months have come close!).
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