Seeking great stories of people who got “unstuck”

Woman in a Carboard BoxMost of us have been “stuck” at some point in our lives. I’m not talking about being in rush hour gridlock with squabbling kids or wedged in the middle seat of a packed concert venue when you realize a trip to the bathroom is in order, neither of which is particularly fun. What I mean is that point where you feel overwhelmed or practically paralyzed when facing a circumstance contrary to the life you want to lead. You know, like desiring financial freedom but feeling trapped by a mountain of debt; wanting to meet the love of your life but feeling too scared to check out online dating or other options for meeting suitors; wishing you had a healthier body and lifestyle by lacking the momentum to ever hit the gym, and so on.

As you might have guessed from this blog post title, I’m working on a book project to help people get unstuck and create the life of their dreams. Through my networks and social media, I have been interviewing some wonderful individuals whose stories will motivate and inspire you. Now I’m looking to include insight from a few others who fit the descriptions below (and the more dramatic example they have to share, the better):

  • Someone who forgave themselves for past decisions or behaviors, and it helped them get unstuck and move forward into happiness.
  • A person who suffered major financial set-backs like crushing debt or even bankruptcy, overcame that situation and now enjoys strong prosperity.
  • A subject matter expert (psychologist or coach) to discuss what role gratitude plays in getting unstuck.
  • A long-term weight loss/healthy living success story who can discuss why understanding that “self-care” didn’t mean “selfish” helped transform her life.

Thanks for spreading the word to your friends and networks! Anyone interested can contact me directly. Meanwhile, have you ever been stuck? If so, how did you overcome that obstacle?



  1. I will spread the word for sure! I can’t wait to see the outcome. :)
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  2. Wow, this is so fascinating Shira and I cannot wait to see the results. All of these categories would be interesting to hear about. I’ll help spread the word!
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  3. VERY INTERESTING!! Yes, stuck in the financial one – trying to claw out but not doing well… it is tough times in that regard here… On the weight loss long term – got that one down. :)
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  4. I will try to think of unstuck people to refer to you. For sure for the financial you might like Danielle Liss, although she’s very busy and pregnant. She has many stories on her blog about how she got out of crushing debt.
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  5. I was totally stuck in fear for a lot of my adult life. I was afraid to reach out for happiness and to do what I needed to in order to end a relationship. I finally did, not gracefully of course, but it all ended well for me. Not perfect, but now I have a great job, it pays well, and I have found there is so much more to who I am. I am no longer the quiet fat girl that gets overlooked. I am the engaging and hard working woman with good friends, loved ones, and people that care enough to not overlook me. All I see is improvement in the future even with struggles, it will always get better. I hope you find your people for the book and if I think of someone I will definitely connect you!
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  6. This is going to be a killer book! I know I’ll want a copy. I’ve certainly experienced awful periods of “stuckness” in my life—knowing I wanted to do or be something different but sometimes not even knowing what it was.
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  7. I have had to move past or get unstuck from not having a father figure in my life for 34 years. My father left was I was two and was found was I was 34 years old……..this left me stuck in a feeling of resentment, thankfully I have had closure at this point. Not sure if this is what your looking for, but this unstuck me from my resentment and abandonment issues.
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