Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I love the ocean. Something about sound of the waves, the feel of the sand beneath my feet, the birds in 6 packs running along the shoreline hoping to eat the sand crabs, and the beautiful treasures I find along the way. At twenty two years old I moved to my first beach town. Ocean Beach in San Diego, Ca. It was a funky little place with tons of character. I would ride my bike all over town, go to the farmers markets every Wednesday for cheese and fresh vegetables, and surf with Matt. I lived two blocks from the ocean in a 500 square foot beach cottage. It was a blast. Even on a bad day as long as I got myself down to the ocean things would start to pick up. This past weekend we stopped by this little town for a burger. It was fun to show Allie where Matt and I had lived and where our love continued to grow. Years later I lived in Coronado Island for a year with Matt and my daughter Allie while looking for a home to buy. While living on the island, our favorite place was called Silver Strand State Beach. On a low tide we would find sand dollars everywhere. Even after we moved off the Island and now live 20 minutes away from the closest beach I still go to get myself out and into the world. I love getting sandy, chasing my daughter into the waves, reading the Wall Street Journal with Matt, and most of all taking in God's beauty. Maggie
Monday, November 7, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
dbmedia/2011/10/28/bipolar-mag gie-reese-author-of-runaway-mi nd Hey check out my interview next week with Host Cliff of NDB Media Blog Talk Radio. He has over 100,000 listeners world wide...tune in next Thursday at 6pmPST or (9pmEST)
Maggie Reese wrote a book about her life dealing with the manic part of bipolar disorder. She started out a success as a runner but then it all fell apart. Ho Oct 27
So the story behind my first radio interview! I sent off a book to a Blog Radio guy named Cliff who showed interest in my book and said he might be able to give me an interview if it turned out he liked it! He read it and loved it. I didn't hear back for a while which is very typical in all of this kind of work. It takes time for people to get back....they are busy with life and business! Anyway I got an e-mail from him and he wanted to do the show. It was so much fun and not nerve racking at all. We did a two hour program that included my mom and dad calling in and two close friends. It was funny my husband Matt was so nervous he had to take Allie to Walmart to go buy an Angry Bird stuffed animal! Funny! He then had the World Series game 6 on while the program started. At the end he gave me tons of hugs and said how proud he was. My mom and dad called and were all excited too. FUN! Cliff or should I say Zeke...radio name) was fantastic. He also has Bipolar and it was great to connect with him. He understood me as all fellow bipolar people do. They just get it. Which is comforting. Zeke does mostly baseball type shows so it was really cool that he wanted to do a program on my book. I hope to fly out to New York to meet him on Tri-City field where he is trying to get an event there for a mental health day. New York I am there any day of the week. I like to see what goes on there in my weekly Wall Street Journal. Fantastic City + Baseball what is not to like! This may lead to more radio interviews in the future! Thanks to Zeke for taking that chance on me to tell my story!! To listen to the show press on the link above. Maggie
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
I found out that if you are a self-published author things look a little bleak....but there are always exceptions to the rules right! They say to never march into a bookstore with your book. Well to make a long story short....I did, Warwicks loved it, and they even let me do a book signing there. I was even able to sell my books out of their bookstore because I sold enough books on the day of my signing. My big goal is to of coarse get it published by a huge publisher and then go to the New York Best Seller list. I have always been a big dreamer. I can't help it. It is in my blood to go until I cannot go any more. For a self-published author the average total sales for a book is 150 books then the book dies out. So far I have crushed that record which remember I like to break records! I have sold now close to 2000 books since December of 2010 with just in the past 9 months starting to get the word out there! Warwicks was fun and fancy. Afterward my assistant/friend Tara and I went out to a cute restaurant named Cody's which overlooks the La Jolla cove. It was fun to celebrate and smell the salty sea air. We had got in! Maggie
Okay so I have never been to Hollywood. I like to think of myself there in maybe in a different life but I think...you know if I was there right now it probably wouldn't be a good one. I did have the opportunity to go to the Voice Awards this past August. I dressed up in a beautiful dress that my mom had bought me from Neiman Marcus about 10 years ago. I was overjoyed that it still fit even after having my baby girl Allison. My good friend Tara found my shoes...Good old Steve Madden did the trick there. My two good friends Carrie and Kathy rode into Hollywood in style in a stretch limo. I thought well I better show up to Paramount Pictures in a decent vehicle. So in we road laughing and drinking water! We listened to incredible people who had recovered from addiction and mental health problems. They had been to the depths of hell and had made it back and big! That is the kind of people that inspire me. The after party was fun and it was neat to see all kinds of famous people. I did do one crazy thing....I ran after the producer of my favorite movie The Fighter. I gave him my card in front of the fountain of Paramount Pictures. He laughed when I told him to make my movie. He was kind. I don't know if he tossed my card but it is always worth a shot. I never let an opportunity pass me by! Well off to pick up my little one from school. She is more important than anything I might ever get in Hollywood. Maggie
This event was such a neat event for me to do. First and foremost because my sister Amy (left in pic...yes we look like twins) has never seen me speak. I was the Keynote Speaker which was such an honor. When I first started speaking I had just a few people in the audience and then people started to tickle in and fill the seats. By the end the room was full and I felt like my heart went out to the people in that room and I gave them everything I had about how to live with bipolar disorder and how to win at this awful illness. To have my sister there was such a blessing. For q&a she even answered a couple of great questions that the audience had it was a hard day but so worth it. It makes me so happy to give back, to give hope, and to beat the stigma of mental illness!
I am not going to lie! I like to get awards. It has been inside of me since I was a little girl. I loved getting the first place ribbons in running, then medals in high school, then getting a full-ride scholarship in college because I won so much. I must say that winning the glass award for The Young Advocate of NAMI San Diego was probably the best one I have ever received. To have my entire life messed up at 19, my scholarship taken away, my life gone, it was truly a blessing to have this award given to me 15 years later. It was so awesome to have my family and friends there to support me on this special night. My husband Matt has been incredible through this wild life of mine and to have him by my side that night meant the world to me. Isn't it funny how life throws you these wild curve balls and then it is up to you on how to adjust and make the best of it.