Locals hope to inspire community with newly published book
Steamboat Springs — Sometimes a few words or an inspiring quote can jump-start the day, an adventure or the rest of one’s life.
At least that’s how the founders of Inspired Life Network feel. Most apparent in their recently released book, “Women’s Quotations for Successful Living,” Caroline Lalive Carmichael, Sarah Coleman and Hal Levin spent hundreds of hours researching and seeking quotes from celebrities, historic figures and motivational individuals.
“As amazing as our community is and our lives are, everyone still struggles with the same feelings and emotions regardless of who you are,” Lalive Carmichael said. “As women, we don’t always want to reveal that part of ourself that feels heartbreak, doubt or insecurity.”
On Friday at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, Inspired Life Network will introduce “Women’s Quotations for Successful Living” to local readers. The event will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. as part of First Friday Artwalk, and the authors will discuss the book and sign copies.
The book “is meant to inspire people to do something new, try something different, make a dream or create an extraordinary life,” Coleman said.
Originally, the idea for the book was sparked from the lives of the authors.
“Between the three of us, we have drawn from quotes as a source of inspiration and strength throughout our lives,” Lalive Carmichael said. “We realized the significance of being inspired and what a difference that can make throughout daily life.”
Bringing encouragement to women of all ages, the book includes more than 1,200 quotes from 600 influential women throughout history, some more well known than others, ranging from Eleanor Roosevelt and Anne Frank to Jennifer Aniston and Lady Gaga.
Inspired Life Network was created by Levin, Coleman and Lalive Carmichael to inspire women to connect with their mind, body and spirit to reach their full potential. The network hosts various events throughout the year such as seminars, movie screenings and workshops.
At first, the three had planned to self-publish the book, but Levin pitched the idea to a literary agent at a seminar in Los Angeles. The publishing company, Select Books of New York, wanted to support the three authors in their endeavor. However, there was one requirement: Each quote had to be searched back to its original source.
“It strikes a chord in you when you know that each of the quotes is accurate,” Levin said. “As a reader, you are able to gather a greater meaning of the quote within that context of where it was first written or said.”
Lalive Carmichael likes to think everyone who reads this book can draw strength from the quoted words in challenging times or moments of despair.
“No matter who you are, having a quick quote or something to grab hold of to take through life is valuable,” she said.
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