I was so upset I couldn’t sleep and didn’t know where to go for comfort. Then I thought about my daughter and how she has this special “doggy” she cuddles. I figured: I need one of those!
I headed to the all-night drugstore, test-drove the stuffed dogs, took one home, and began to write a letter. I dated and addressed it, “Dear My Answered Prayer.”
I described my wish in great detail and why it was important to me. I made a plan to build my life in the wait. I also knew I wouldn’t get there alone and ultimately there would be someone to thank.
I opened the seam of the dog’s belly, tucked the letter inside, and held him every night. Some time later, when my wish finally took form in my life, there was definitely someone to thank. I wrapped the dog in a box, handed him over and said, “Open up his belly, there’s something inside for you.”
The WishPuppies design and feel was inspired by my actual dog, Teddy. I think of them as furry envelopes carrying messages from our hearts! Whether it’s a wish or an aspiration; an invitation or apology, or just a fun way to connect, I know one thing for sure…
Where there’s a wish there’s a thank you!
About Nancy Goodman
There was a day when I knew very little about Nancy Goodman. That sentence would make total sense if written by someone who wasn’t Nancy Goodman! But that’s the irony. So much of what I knew and felt about myself was tied up in food, and how to stay away from it.
A bit about my life. I am the mother of three incredible people. My family is my rock. My friendships are few, but all very solid and real. I have gone through some tough times personally and emotionally, but here’s the thing. We all have. And it’s all relative. What’s hard for me, or buries me, may be a total no-brainer for you. And what’s hard for you may be something I wouldn’t react to. We each need to look into our own emotional DNA, and build our lives based on that. When we try to go against that very nature, in accordance to what works for anyone else, food gets out of control. A diet doesn’t deal with any of that! That’s why it doesn’t work long term.
It’s amazing to me that my life as an author came from the fact that I couldn’t stop stuffing my face! My belief is that you and I are the same in more ways than you can imagine. You have so many gifts and talents. You’ve just been held back by something you haven’t understood. Your body, health, life, and relationships each have potentials that you haven’t even been introduced to. Believe that! And let today be Day One.
“After all the books I’ve come across on the subject of dieting, I was surprised to find that Nancy Goodman’s “Surprise Me!” actually opened up some new perspectives for me on the subject of emotional eating. This entertaining story combines the thought-provoking insights of a self-help book with the funny, unpredictable characters and situations of a popular novel.”
–Diane Tyrrel, bestselling author of THE INN AT HALF MOON BAY
“Nancy Goodman’s first novel is a fun and entertaining glimpse into the lead character Genie Burn’s tumultuous life. From dating conundrums to a painful problem with binge eating, Genie confronts her issues head on and always with a sense of humor. Once I started reading the book it was hard to stop, and it’s overall feel-good attitude is just the perfect thing to relax to and put a smile on your face at the end of a long and stressful day.
I recommend this to everyone who is looking for a book that gives you a warm hug and accepts you just as you are! I can’t wait to tell my friends and family about this delightful book!”
- Shelby B.
How can a girl figure out if she’s choosing the right man to marry?
Can a craving for food be part of a clue that leads her to her truth?
Could the unhappy events and fears from her past be a “set up” for the ultimate surprise party?
What if pain was not the curse, but the course?
At Surprise Enterprise, Genie Burns masterminds off the wall surprise parties in nobody-would-suspect-it locations. Here, she takes crazy risks but it’s all within her plan, and under her control.
Along comes Jeff. They slip into a passionate love where she loses all control. Meanwhile, Surprise Enterprise has just been contracted to throw a surprise party wedding by a client who prefers not to reveal his identity. As Genie works to get his bride down the aisle, her own life begins to take turns.
Is Jeff the “the one” because he challenges Genie to heal the wounds from her past? Or is he the wrong one because he repeats them? We’ll find out in the end, and not a moment before, because what’s real in life screams…Surprise!
If you like Emily Giffen’s SOMETHING BORROWED, you’ll love SURPRISE ME!