|Leeza Gibbons recently debuted her book Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings.|
According to daytime-personality-cum-author Leeza Gibbons, everyone deserves a do-over. She took hers after a series of difficult events that included watching her mother struggle through Alzheimer's and losing her long-time talk show role, but came through it with a refreshed outlook.
Now in her new book Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings ($15 on barnesandnoble.com, Hay House), Gibbons explores the concept of starting fresh and imbues the reader with her tricks and tips to recalibrate your life. We caught up with Gibbons for a quick chat about her new book and her favorite LA escapes.
What were some of the challenges you faced writing Take 2?
LEEZA GIBBONS: I think everyone gets lost at some point in life. You end up arriving at a place where you feel a little empty or disappointed and say, ‘Wait, this is not the life I ordered!’ I've been there a few times. I realized when my mother died, I got divorced, my oldest child left for college, and I left my job that I suddenly didn't know who I was anymore. I had to show up for myself in a whole new way.
Tell us some of your best tips for getting your life back on track?
LG: I use a great quote by Louse Smith in my book, ‘You can't reach for tomorrow if your hands are filled with yesterday's junk,’ so let [the past] go. But remember: when you try to change anything, you're going to get resistance—that's a universal law of nature—so expect some pushback. Once you begin to treat yourself better, watch what happens. I promise, the world will pay attention and do the same.
Do Hollywood happy endings exist in real life?
LG: You bet. I'm living proof that sometimes right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives you a miracle.
Any advice on how to get one?
LG: Although this usually induces massive eye-rolling, I believe that to get your happy ending, you first have to believe that you're worth it. Then, it's all about hope and faith backed by action. The way to your happy ending is to focus on getting them, instead of being so damned certain you will not! Take that, all you pessimists.
What is your Los Angeles happy place?
LG: I love to go to the Getty Villa (17985 Pacific Coast Hwy., Pacific Palisades, 310-440-7300) in Malibu—what a jewel we have right there at the edge of the ocean! It's breathtakingly beautiful and you can relax and enjoy the view with a glass of wine, or dig deep into the history and art. Either way, you leave refreshed.
Where do you recharge?
LG: When [my energy] is low, I get a great shot of enthusiasm at Lemonade (9001 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 310-247-2500). What is it about this little place that attracts the most diverse people engaged in the most far-reaching conversations over lavender-mint-cucumber iced teas and pistachio macaroons? If it's solitude I'm craving, I can find it up on one of the lesser-walked paths of Runyon Canyon. Finally, if I just need a creative diversion, you can't beat Rolling Greens (7505 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, 323-934-4500)—I can hang there for hours, try some scents, read some books, and wonder where I'm going to hang that iron and crystal thingy I just bought on an impulse.
Any tips to clean up your life for spring?
LG: Examine your life's ‘operating system.’ What's working, what's not? If things are slow, maybe you need to delete some files because sameness and static will make you boring and bitter. If there are people in your life that are like a virus on your system, delete them, too!