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How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World : A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul - Sophia Stuart

How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World

A Modern Book of Hours to Soothe the Soul


Published: 29th January 2014
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A global award-winning media executive and former head of digital for Hearst Magazines International, Sophia Stuart led a busy life. Stressed by her impressive, yet taxing career, she started writing and taking photographs—on long business trips and during her infrequent downtime—to decompress. Writing was something she'd done for a living as a journalist back in England. Eventually her musing turned into a character, Gloria—a trainee angel who passed her time watching old Doris Day movies. Gloria's ability to see the world through rose-colored glasses inspired Sophia to do the same. She started her blog, teamgloria.com, to give herself a place to write in Gloria's voice and document glorious people, places, and things. As Sophia continued to open up to the gloriousness around her, she found her daily trials and tribulations starting to ease. And she was going to need teamgloria to get her through what came next.

At a doctor's visit a tumor was found in Sophia's throat. Over the course of a year, biopsies and ultrasounds would reveal two more tumors and a mass that required a five and a half hour surgery for removal. Teamgloria.com became an even more valuable refuge for Sophia and she began to recognise that the documentation of all the glorious things in life could help others in the same way they helped her. How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World was born from Sophia's natural instinct to share her musings with a larger community. Arranged in three simple sections, Morning: Inspiration, Afternoon: Perspiration and Evening: Exhalation, How to Stay Sane in a Crazy Worldis an inspirational guide to living fully, peacefully, and surrounded by beauty.

With charming photographs throughout, readers will enjoy this beautiful, simple, honest and funny book about getting healthy, creating beauty, and when necessary taking to your bed to rest, recuperate, and dream.

About the Author

Sophia Stuart is a writer, photographer and award-winning digital strategist/creative director with over 17 years of experience in building digital products within the USA & international (Asia/Europe) publishing and Hollywood movie industries. Most recently she was an Executive Director, Digital for Hearst Magazines International, a Non-Executive Director for the UK Trade & Investment USA Council, and digital adviser to the Smithsonian.



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    • A Bit Slow
    • Difficult To Follow
    • Disappointing
    • Not Live Up To Its Title
    • Not What I Expected

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    • Older Readers

    Disappointing in that the purported humour of the title is misleading.

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    "Who but Sophia Stuart, creator of the delightful teamgloria.com, could make 'taking to one's bed' seem like a victory instead of defeat? In her lovely book of hours, she weaves together wisdom and witticisms, slowly convincing you that you have been chasing all the wrong things in this mad, mad world. Fortunately, she instantly provides the antidote: cashmere blankets, a pot of tea, and a gentle, encouraging nudge that tells you to open your eyes and see the world anew. A necessary book. And an irresistible one, too."--Stacy Morrison, author of Falling Apart in One Piece and former editor in chief of Redbook magazine

    ISBN: 9781401944100
    ISBN-10: 1401944108
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 128
    Published: 29th January 2014
    Publisher: Hay House Inc
    Country of Publication: US
    Dimensions (cm): 18.8 x 15.9  x 1.6
    Weight (kg): 0.4
    Edition Number: 1