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What Do I Do Now? The Secrets of a Midlife Reboot "The Real Brass Ring" takes "The Secret" on a high-speed road test in a tale of midlife transformation in the real, flesh-and-blood world of contemporary Chicago. It is the story of a "midlife reboot," a raw, unfiltered journey of enlightenment that illustrates a woman's daunting personal reinvention and the rewards of fearlessly pursuing a life's true calling. After a jolting encounter with internationally known psychic and author Sonia Choquette, Dianne Bischoff James is forced to face the truth about her life. Sonia's words cut like a knife: "Dianne, you are a talented writer, healer, teacher and performer. But sadly your life is heading down the wrong path. Your brass ring is coming by and you need to grab it before it's too late. You have modeled yourself after your parents' desires. You are completely stuck in the make-believe role of being a 'good girl.' You live with depression because nothing about your life is your own. Fix your ways or soon it will be too late." Dianne had achieved an impressive education, an accomplished entrepreneurial career, a busy family life and social status; yet somehow, she had completely missed "the real brass ring." Although she had had a perfectly "traditional" background, her marriage was a sham, career uninspiring, health failing and self-esteem and spirituality non-existent. At 38, it was as if she had awakened to a nightmare: she had been living a profound lie. Finding herself completely off-track, Dianne openly bares her soul and utilizes the metaphysical principles of "The Secret" to set out to change every aspect of her existence. She insists that she is worthy of an authentic romantic relationship and initiates the break-up of her marriage, with three children in tow; and dives into midlife "cougar" dating, including a close call with a charming but dangerously abusive alcoholic. By experimenting with the Law of Attraction, she also launches the acting career she had always dreamed of as a child and surprises even herself with success in an extremely competitive arena. Gradually, yet boldly, Dianne also faces other critical issues, including physical afflictions, a terrifying financial recession and the death of a loved one – removing each daunting roadblock one by one and manifesting a newly-created self. "I'd approached every change as a free fall, diving through the air and grabbing at brass rings along the way," Dianne writes. "I'd made more mistakes than I could even count, but I also absorbed the painful, yet innately valuable teachings Now, I had what I wanted all along, emotional peace, love, a uniquely sculpted family unit, an outlet for my creativity and a new life in hand This was the picture Sonia painted for me on my 38th birthday – it just took me over a decade to erect the living model from the shadows." By chronicling her own personal reinvention with grit, humor, incisiveness and compassion in "The Real Brass Ring," Dianne provides the inspiration and passion others need to reclaim their authentic self.
Paperback: 232 pages
Publisher: Turning Stone Press (October 2, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.3 ounces
I needed this book!
2 people found this helpful.
on January 8, 2014
By Erin Maughan
The timing of Dianne’s book coming out could not have been better. I am going through my own “transition/reboot” and even though I know I have to make significant changes in my life in order to achieve long term happiness, I was too overwhelmed to know how or what to do. A friend of mine had recommended I read “The Real Brass Ring”. This book is such an inspiring story of perseverance. It is told in a beautifully candid fashion and tugs at the heart strings as we travel with Dianne through many trials and difficult life challenges. Some of the challenges were so similar to what I am facing I found myself using this as a “how to” book and couldn’t wait to get to the end of the chapter to see what I should do. I have so many pages marked to go back and either remind myself of the motivational quotes or to develop another soul searching list I need to complete. It is a quick and easy read which left me both motivated and inspired to not only take the next step but to figure out what the next step is. I would highly recommend this book to all audiences.
A MID-LIFE MUST READ!
on October 20, 2014
By jeffrey h johns
A single day doesn’t go by when I don’t ask myself this question: Why don’t you just chuck this dreary so-called career, and strike out in a totally different direction? If you’re asking yourself this question, run, don’t walk to Amazon to buy a copy of this book, The Real Brass Ring.
Not settling isn’t easy…but worth it
on December 28, 2015
It is easy to see why people settle for the path that society says they should take because the author’s story demonstrates that following your calling and not settling can be a much more demanding and challenging road. However, through Dianne Bischoff James engaging personal story the reader can feel that the learning and the growth as well as stronger spiritual energy achieved by overcoming each challenge along the way is a valuable prize that cannot be measured in traditional ways. Her story inspires readers to persist in their dreams. You can’t have the highs without the lows.
Excellent read offering an insightful journey of life and the inspiration of survival
on January 14, 2014
By Lorriene Barker
I recently decided to join a graduate school colleague for a conference in San Diego. Since I rarely have “me” time, I decided to download Dianne’s book and thought that my travel would offer a perfect time to catch up on some reading. I was completely absorbed and thankful that my round trip, coast-to-coast travel offered just enough time for me to read this story as I found it difficult to put this book down! As it turned out, the conference covered some complementary insights of those highlighted in “The Real Brass Ring.” The entire trip proved to be a reminder of the importance of setting goals and how to reposition your life course—a brass ring moment for me! Thanks, Dianne, for sharing your story and offering the gift of inspiration to others.
An Inspirational Ride
on October 10, 2014
By Erik S
This is what you get when you mix one part roller coaster ride with one part brutal honesty, with one part perseverance: You get an engaging and inspirational book, and you get the life that you want. There are many ideas in this book which you can find other places, but the charm here is seeing them all come together in action. Most of us need encouragement along our path of growth and change, some reminders that what we want really can be done, and that we’re not crazy when crazy things happen in the process. Thanks Dianne, for sharing all of this through your wonderous adventure.
on November 16, 2017
Heard Dianne speak and was so inspired. I downloaded her book immediately. Wow! So much to think about. Highly recommend!
Personal, candid, real, helpful
on October 27, 2014
By Dede McLane
Who among us wouldn’t benefit from the occasional work/life tune up? Dianne Bischoff has created the guidebook for introspection and reinvention with “The Real Brass Ring.” She frankly shares the murky path to freedom from a practical but uninspiring marriage and career. It’s all there – the pain, the self-denial, the belligerence, and ultimately the “ah ha, I don’t have to live this way” triumph. There are probably a number of books with a similar tale, but deeply personal and candid stories like Ms. Bischoff’s are the ones that resonate.
"Who am I and what did I come here to do in this lifetime?"
on January 7, 2014
By Carol Ludwick
That’s a question that keeps me up at night. If it feels like the clock is ticking but you don’t know where to start, then Dianne’s book will be both inspiring and comforting. She is honest about both her successes and struggles as she lets you see behind the curtain of her life as she bravely faced what wasn’t working and sought ways to fix it. It’s chock full of stimulating concepts and insights from many respected personal development sources as well. This is an empowering story that will make you think, hey, I can do that!
An AMAZING story of perseverance!!!
One person found this helpful.
on January 9, 2014
By Patti Balsis
The Real Brass Ring is an inspiring story of perseverance. It is told in a beautifully candid fashion and tugs at the heart strings as we travel with the author through many trials and difficult life challenges. It is a quick and easy read which left me both motivated and inspired to make changes in my own life. I highly recommend this book to all audiences. A must read and i can’t wait to tell my friends!
One person found this helpful.
on August 24, 2015
By Patricia O'Neil
This book was brilliantly written. I read it in two sittings. This book is so much like my life, it is surreal. I guess I am on the right path. I hope one day that I too can write my story.
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