April and May Classes at Circles of Wisdom, Andover Ma

I’m returning to Circles of Wisdom in Andover MA with two classes in my Heart Centered Entrepreneur Series.
Wednesday April 1 (no joke!) is all about Maximizing Your Social Media Profile and Wednesday May 6, 2015 will be my popular Introduction to eBook Publishing workshop.

Heart-Centered Entrepreneur Series: Maximizing Your Social Media Profile with Andy Grant

Using social media can positively impact your business. Don’t miss out!
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 7:00 – 9:30pm – register here:
http://www.circlesofwisdom.com/Heart-Centered_Entrepreneur_Se_P6650.cfm


We will explore such topics as:

  • Why should we care about social media?
  • Which site does what?
  • Best practices, tips and tools for: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • And much more

But wait, there’s more…

Heart-Centered Entrepreneur Series: Introduction to eBook Publishing with Andy Grant

Circles of Wisdom, Andover, Massachusetts
Register here: http://www.circlesofwisdom.com/Heart-Centered_Entrepreneur_Se_P6648.cfm
Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2015 (rescheduled from March 18)
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

This evening workshop is for anyone who has thought about writing a book. With so many people now reading from electronic devices instead of actually purchasing books the world of eBooks is exploding. In addition, publishing your own eBook is so much easier than the often long and drawn-out process of publishing a traditional book.

In this class we’ll explore:

  • Why you should want to write an eBook
  • Differences between eBooks and traditional books
  • How to get world’s biggest store working for you
  • Formats, tools, & templates
  • And much more

Join me for this enlightening class as we learn more about the many advantages of eBook Publishing on Wednesday May 6, 2015.

Hope to see you soon!

 

From Suicide Attempt Survivor to Oscar Winner!

Sunday night at the 87th Academy Awards, first time Oscar award winner for Adapted Screenplay, Graham Moore gave the most dramatic speech. He publicly announced that he had tried to kill himself at the age of 16 and urged everyone to stay weird and different.

Graham said,”When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And, now I’m standing here. So, I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird, or she’s different, or she feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And, then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

When I was growing up I was called weird, was told I had weird friends and was picked on, but I had a saying, “Weird friends are the fun of life!” 

I’m touched to see more people coming forward, sharing their struggles and taking the stigma away from talking about suicide. I’m more thrilled to hear stories like Grahams’. Tales of people who choose life and just rock it out.

I am glad we are all still here. For this to be in the news as my book Still Here: How to Succeed in Life After Failing At Suicide is released feels like such powerful synchronicity to me.

By the way, Graham Moore won the Oscar for, The Imitation Game, which is a great movie and well worth seeing if you haven’t. I’ve watched it twice myself. Graham even wrote a line of dialogue in the movie the was very much of the same spirit as his speech, “it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.” Indeed.

Fear of Knowing

Time for another round of Sharing with Andy!

What are you most afraid of others knowing about you? In this video I show you how to solve such fears.

Action cures fear. Are you ready to speak or share your fear?

Courage is knowing what not to fear. -Plato

 

Still Here: eBook Launch

Still Here ebookI am excited to announce that my latest and most personal book is now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. Still Here: How to Succeed in Life After Failing At Suicide includes the hard-learned lessons, practices, and techniques that helped me change from being someone who dreads life to someone who truly loves life.

Each year more people die by suicide than by war and homicide combined. If you’ve lost someone to suicide, have thought about it yourself, or have made an attempt, this book can help you. If you have friends or loved ones dealing with depression and suicidal thinking, this book can help you. Still Here is full of tools and exercises to assist anyone in creating more happiness in their life.

Still Here: How to Succeed in Life After Failing At Suicide is being officially released on Wednesday February 18, 2015. If you pre-order the book, it will be automatically downloaded to your Kindle on that date. I’m looking to get some early readers, reviews and feedback before I release the physical version of the book in a few weeks.

I know this material works, because I am still here. You can be in control of your thoughts and emotions instead of at their mercy. This is not a memoir. It is not about anyone’s past, it is about your future.

To celebrate, I’m having a contest

Two lucky purchasers of Still Here will win a one hour Akashic Records Reading from me. That is a $150 value!
To Enter:
1. Buy a copy of the ebook Still Here (pre-order until February 18) by Sunday February 22, 2015 (I can’t make leaving a review part of the contest, but any honest reviews are certainly appreciated!)
US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00TMQZGH0
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00TMQZGH0
Canada https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00TMQZGH0
Australia https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00TMQZGH0
India https://www.amazon.in/dp/B00TMQZGH0
Germany, France, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Netherlands, Italy and Japan

2. Forward a copy of your receipt from Amazon to StillHereBook@gmail.com
3. On Monday February 23, 2015 I will randomly select two people from the emails I’ve received to win the Akashic Records readings. I’ll contact the winners via email.

You do NOT need have been suicidal in your life to benefit from this book. Still Here is for anyone who wants to create more happiness in their life.

Still Here Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Chapter One: Suicide
Chapter Two: For Crying Out Loud
Chapter Three: Six Keys to Loving Your Life
Chapter Four: Choice
Chapter Five: Awareness
Chapter Six: Feel Fully
Chapter Seven: Get Physical
Chapter Eight: Creativity
Chapter Nine: Explore Alternatives
Chapter Ten: Trying
Chapter Eleven: Living This Way
Chapter Twelve: Not Living This Way
About The Author
Resources

 

Heard you missed me, I’m back!

I'm Back!Did you even notice I was gone? Did you care or wonder? Regardless, I’m back!

For the past couple months I had retreated from email, social media, creating, reaching out…pretty much everything. I was alive, but not really living.

I’m finally feeling over a prolonged period of depression and even suicidal thoughts. I’ve dealt with periods of depression and suicidal ideation off and on for most of my life and that has made me great at covering it up; of pretending everything is fine, of being able to go through the motions when needed.

As a survivor of multiple suicide attempts, I often share that if you’ve ever seriously contemplated suicide that the option, that thought, will always be there lurking in the back of your mind, waiting for a moment of weakness to rise up and scream, “I know the way out!”

Even though I know those suicidal thoughts can and probably will pop up again, when it happens to me I feel like a fraud; a hypocrite. In November I began to feel a level of fear that I don’t recall previously in my adult life. I was afraid of the life I’d created. I gave my power away to others. I put more importance in the opinion others had of me than I had of myself. I was afraid every decision I’d made in recent years was mistaken. I stopped doing all the self-care practices that have served me well for years. I stopped trusting myself. I stopped being active on Facebook. I stopped trying to build my business. I stopped being of service. I stopped being. It was as if I was practicing being dead to see if anyone noticed. A handful of people contacted me to see if I was ok. I prayed that my positive impact on people so far would outweigh whatever mistakes I was currently making or considering. November and December were very bad, very dark times of self-loathing, and failure. I do call it a period of failure because I had given up. I didn’t believe in myself. I prayed for this lifetime to end.

Only my amazing wife knows how bad it really was, but I even lied to her plenty of days too. Keeping my worst thoughts, plans, and deadlines to myself. I thought, how can I write, speak, or coach anyone if I’m planning and plotting my own demise? I thought I was making the world a worse place. I stopped blogging, creating videos and pretty much all activities because I was worried that all that would come out would be negative, “woe is me” sort of messages. I feared anything I dared write would quickly morph into a suicide note.

I knew I wasn’t going to kill myself, yet I was sometimes obsessed with doing just that. To me, that turmoil, the tortuous sense of being pulled back and forth; of thinking and feeling that I should just die, while knowing with all my heart and soul that it isn’t the answer and I must go on was the worst feeling. For me, it is a crippling feeling – at least I let it be. I reached out to a few people, did various energy work, talking, healing, releasing… yet I didn’t go all the way. When left to my own devices, I chose taking no action to improve myself, my life, my business, my mood…

Last week I got an email from a psychic/medium, Laura Emerald, whom I did not know. She had taken a live class on social media from me last summer, but we had never spoken directly. She said Spirit kept telling her to reach out to me and that I needed to know that I was supported and loved. We spoke briefly last Friday and Laura told me my Guides and loved ones wanted to lift me up out of sadness and to pass on messages of love and support. Mind you, she had no idea about my history or how I’d been feeling recently. We set up a time for a live, in-person full psychic reading which happened today.

The gist of the messages today was how much I am supported and loved. And the importance of forgiving myself and others, while also being willing to ask for help. My maternal grandmother was the driving force. She passed away in 2007 and was the closest of my grandparents to me. She’d always been one of my biggest fans. Her husband (my grandfather) died by suicide in 1999. She referred to a time when I was about 14 (which was my first suicide attempt) as a “catalyst for questioning” – questioning everything including did I want to be here. She knew I’d been in a similar time of questioning recently. She stressed that I was supposed to be here and each time I had these questions – a “cycle of questions exploding” – and I decided to stay, that I was strengthening myself and my tools as well as the help I can give others. This particular current time is leading to a quantum leap in my evolution, growth and development.

Words and feelings of support, love, and the importance of my work poured from Laura while I resonated deeply with chills, shudders and tears. I am here to help people “attain higher levels” and be successful when facing their biggest fears.

I was also visited by my Uncle Bruce who asked me to forgive him for not communicating and supporting me more while he was alive. He couldn’t share how much he loved me until now.

The last appearance was from one of my Guides who stressed how loved and protected I was and that I am to continue looking for guideposts on my own path while I serve as a guidepost for others.

The final words shared with me today were; “The I AM essence of Andy is Divine. It is time to stick your toe back in the river of your divinity.” Will be fun to see how that plays out.

Take from this what you will. For me, I had been praying for messages, support, and help while also begging to move on to the next realm. Spirit reached out to a stranger to have them contact me because I was refusing to fully see the Truth myself; I’m supposed to be here, and I still have lots of work to do.

The Universe never ceases to amaze me.