In a perfect beginning for the new year, Princeton Public Library & White Butterfly Music present: Design Your Next Chapter: Navigating Turning Tides – An Evening with Debbie Travis & Helen O’Shea.
What happens when a couple of longtime soul friends bring you story songs from a life changing project about reinventing yourself as well as a new best selling book that shows you, through the stories of others, how to do just that, beginning one small step at a time?
The connection here is the power of story – one woman’s real life story of how she reinvented herself right here in Princeton and the other woman’s personal story, as well as those she has carefully collected in Canada, Tuscany and London from the women she meets and empowers in her busy life as a TV producer and host of the most wonderful women’s retreats imaginable at her Tuscan Getaway…
At this unique event, there is a chance that you too will reawaken long hidden dreams for your next chapter… or even that you will invent new dreams that may lead to the tides turning for you this year… And don’t we all really need to rediscover that tiny part of ourselves where we thought that there was nothing we could not do? It is never too late to dream… or to live out your dream… so let’s all get down to it together!
ABOUT DEBBIE TRAVIS
A few years ago, Debbie Travis realized that she was no longer challenged by her wildly successful TV career and she was so busy she was missing out on the people and things that made her happy. She dared to dream about a whole new direction in life–a plan to turn a 13th-century farmhouse in Tuscany into a unique hotel and retreat for people who need a change as much as she did. And now, after a crazy amount of work, she is not only living that dream but sharing it with others.
Her new book draws directly on her own experiences (when she started, Debbie could barely make a bed, let alone run a hotel in a foreign county) and the uplifting stories of personal u-turns shared by women who have come to her retreats. Debbie’s “commandments” will inspire women (and men) who have lost track of who they are or what they want to be; who are going through the motions of a career that doesn’t satisfy them anymore; who are wondering what to do with themselves now that their kids are gone or their marriage is over. On every page, Debbie shares the tools that helped her transform her life, and her example, her wit and her common sense advice will help motivate anyone who finds themselves standing at a crossroads wondering “What’s next for me?”
So if you feel stuck with no idea what you should do next, lifestyle celebrity and TV pioneer Debbie Travis’s new book is for you. Drawing on the tough (sometimes hilarious) lessons Debbie learned in her own leap into a new way of living, and a multitude of stories, tips and ideas to jumpstart your dreams, she’s created an inspiring roadmap for change.
ABOUT HELEN O’SHEA
Helen O’Shea has just released her first full CD Turning Tides…, a collection of original songs about relationships, love, loss, motherhood, grief and friendship. Helen is originally from Limerick in Ireland. In 1995, she moved to the USA & then Canada with her husband – their children were born in Montreal – before moving back to the USA to settle in Princeton, NJ in 2011.
At that time, after a career in medicine spanning 4 countries – Ireland, UK , Canada, USA – in the field of Obstetrics & Gynecology including clinical care, perinatal research & medical student education, Helen’s children asked her to stay home for a while. Paul suggested that she revisit her long standing love of singing during the break and she gradually began performing locally, as well as writing poetry and songs.
In 2014, Helen started working with Music Mentor & Producer – 2 time Grammy winner – Marc Swersky and her music career took off in a new direction. In 2016, their first writing collaboration – “Moments” – was selected for inclusion on the Cape May Singer Songwriters Festival CD. Then Helen released “Mama Told You…” her first EP of 5 original songs & her unique take on “Simple Man” by Lynyrd Skynyrd – a song she learned for her son.
Since then, Helen has put together a Celtic band called “Shenanigans” dedicated to performing the traditional songs of Ireland as well as her own band “The Shanakees” (derived from the Gaelic word for “storyteller” – “seanachai”) performing her original songs as well as duet arrangements of covers in the “AmeriCeltiCana” style – Americana with a Celtic twist!
It truly takes a village and Helen has met many wonderful people on her new musical journey who have helped her to become a better singer, songwriter & show producer – the greatest of these is Marc Swersky, her co-writer & producer on Turning Tides… and many more songs to come! #ItsNeverTooLateToDream