Book Giveaway: “Wishful Thinking”

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by Katrina on April 27, 2015

* We’re giving away 2 copies of Kamy Wicoff’s new book, “Wishful Thinking.” *
* Enter to win by leaving a comment at the end of this blog post. *

Six years ago, I left my full-time job because work stress and chronic busyness combined with the exhaustion that comes with raising very young children was making me sick. Then I started working for myself and found out that self-employment gave me the control I needed over my schedule. I could help support my family and still make time to chaperone the occasional field trip at my kids’ school, or pick them up early when they needed some extra TLC. I told everyone I was the best boss I’d ever had. I felt like I’d hit the working mom jackpot!

Then my kids started getting older, needing us less. They used to follow us around like baby ducklings. Now, they find our presence mildly embarrassing. I went from having the perfect work-life balance to feeling rejected and, a bit, well…bored.

A couple months ago, out of the blue, someone offered me a really cool job and I surprised myself by accepting it. Now I find myself back in the slightly over-busy life of a working parent.

Things are different than they were before—I’m not breastfeeding and sleep-deprived, I’m better about setting boundaries, and I have less guilt. But once in awhile, something comes up—a work event conflicts with something I’d planned with my kids—and I wish I had magical powers so I could be in two places at once.

If you have ever had this fantasy, then boy oh boy do I have the book for you.

Wishful Thinking by Kamy Wicoff, published last week by She Writes Press, is the story of a busy career mom who discovers a magical doorway into “having it all”: a mobile app that allows her to be in two places at once.

How many times have you wished you could take your kid to ballet class and attend a meeting with a new client? Get groceries on the way home from work and arrive at daycare before late pick up? Have a date with your honey and read the kids a bedtime story? What would it be like if you never had to choose between one thing and another, if you never had to say “I’m sorry”? I found myself completely drawn in to the story and think you will, too.

I have two free copies of Wishful Thinking to give to blog readers. To enter, just leave a comment telling us what two places you wish you could be in at once. In mid-May, I will pick two winners at random and contact them to find out where to send their books.

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Update 5/30/15: The winners have been chosen! Gina and Laura — I sent you an email. Please send me your mailing addresses so you can get your books!

{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Donna Brooks

I wish one of me could be at home caring for my aging mother, cleaning and doing laundry while the other of me is spending a whole fun weekend afternoon with my children. With a full time job have other scenarios, believe me!

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Sandy Luhrsen

At home & at work

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Jenna Oh

I wish I could be at home with my boyfriend and at my parents place spending time with them!

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Shannan

I wish I could be out having fun with my almost 4-year old daughter and home cleaning and fixing up our house to sell next year.

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Jessica Hayes

I wish I could be at the beach with my kids and closing a deal at work at the same time.

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Cassie

Instead of dealing with work drama, I wish I could be getting a massage and playing legos with my three boys 🙂

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allie

I wish I could pump while sleeping at the same time. (I have friends who drive and pump–that’ always seemed like wishful thinking to me 🙂

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Melanie

I wishI could be hanging out and having fun with my son and working on developing more presentations and trainings.

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Pam

Often at playdates, it’s hard to talk to the other moms and pay complete attention. However, the kids are fun to watch and see how they grow with each other. I’d say to be out with my mom friends and also at the playdate with our kids together.

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Laura Scholes

I’d like to be on the Bitterroot River in Montana and at Doma Cafe in New York. Do I get points taken off for admitting I’d rather be without my awesome daughter in either situation? : )

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Katrina

Ha! You get an extra point for honesty. 🙂

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Alison

Doing something fun with my daughter and getting some work done at the same time (I work from home)

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Lee Hillhouse

Visiting the children I represent AND at home with my own kiddos.

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jacqueline poehlman

Getting a pedicure in blissful silence, and at the zoo with my two children!

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Ash

I wish I could be at a school event or waiting to pick up my daughter from school while sealing business deals on my phone at the same time.

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Heidi

Oh boy. To be able to see my kids receive their school awards would be amazing. So while braces, rec. sports activities, and saving for the kids college has driven me back to work full time, I would love to see my son’s face holding his certificate for honor roll and perfect attendance with his huge smile staring back at me. My son works and tries his best to achieve his own level of greatness In school subjects. It is not easy. I’m such a proud mom. Thanks for letting me share.

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Lidiya Kazantsev

I wish I did not feel like I have to “have it all”. Maybe this book will help?

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Katrina

I think it will help. It’s a great thought exercise, to take that fantasy all the way to its conclusion. Don’t worry, I won’t give away the ending. 🙂

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Tania

On the beach with my family (our happy place) all while somehow my work to do list gets accomplished!

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Katie

I wish I could be in the present moment enjoying my time with my 5 year old son AND be in the present moment enjoying my time doing the work I love. At this point it feels nearly impossible to be fully present in any one area of my life. But I’m working on the self-employment path and hope to find more enjoyable moments very soon!!

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Blythe

At the lake and at the school mother’s day event.

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Gina

At the honeymoon we never had and the moments missed with our kids. Though I really have no regrets. Learning so much through it all.

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Laura DeLeon

I wish I could be at work and be out planning the most awesome 4th Birthday party ever!

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Crystal Raymond

I wish I could think of an answer for this without deleting it over and over!!!! I wish to be with my children and husband anywhere and a place where there are enough hours in the day for me to make the difference or impact that I want tomake.

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Luta

I wish I could be with my family in the USA and setying down roots in my new country.

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Britt

I wish I could be at home with my 1 and 2-year olds while I am at work watching grown up babies!

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Anna Boswell

On a beach with my husband and at home taking care of kids/house/job

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Kathy

I wish I could be off on a fun “ladies only” trip with girlfriends, while at the same time attending a sporting event or doing something outdoors with my husband and son.

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Carol

I wish I could be having some fabulous “me” time off somewhere exploring or reading or sitting in a restaurant with someone bringing me food while simultaneously taking my two-year-old out on adventures to the zoo or having craft time.

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Leslie M.

I’d like to be at home for all dinner times and able to fulfill my work duties at the same time… 🙁

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Christina

would love to read!

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Melissa

I wish I was not waisting 4 hours of my day commuting! Rather be home with my baby girl.

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Natalie Boden

With President Obama tonight at a Hispanic Summit + tucking my kids in. 🙂

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Jayna

pero es que a 60€ praccitamente cualquier juego es un robo…Me parece que pides mucho ¿un juego de unas 15 horas, cojonudamente divertido y muy rejugable? Eso costaría tanto que tendrían que vender el doble de los que vendió Vanquish a 60€ y va a ser que no. Por otra parte creo que si Vanquish hubiese sido más largo, incluso añadiendo un par de enemigos más, se me habría hecho repetitivo.El Anarchy si en España mantienen el precio recomendado lo compro aquí de salida en plan excepción loca.

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Tcornell

I’m feeling this right now. I run a restaurant with my husband, who checks out when things aren’t going well and I’m left trying to make employees do their jobs, keep customers happy, raise two children(5) and (11), who spend the summer with me at work, and keep restaurant operations smooth. Of course, all of this has hurt the business and now there is more pressure from all sides. I’m trapped because this is our livelihood, but I’ve been having anxiety attacks. How do you manage? I can’t find a place or time to relax. When I’m not at work, my husband calls multiple times about things he should be able to take care of on his own. Any employee mistake gets dealt with by him calling and venting at me

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