Do you guys love Hoda Kotb? She has some SERIOUS fans. Earlier this month I was invited by the Moms to attend a luncheon at the Hunt and Fish Club in New York City to meet Hoda and celebrate the release of her new book. I’ll be honest, at that point I didn’t really know much about her. I work during the day and I am not around for her show, so I did not have an opinion on her at all. I almost skipped the event altogether because of it.
When I told some of my non-blogger girlfriends about the invitation they INSISTED that I go. They also begged me to get them a copy of the book. I thought they were being a little crazy but when I went to the event there were girls that came from Canada to hear her speak. The audience members that stood up gushed about how much they loved her. People just adore her!
After this event I have to say that I can understand why. Right off the bat when she came out I was impressed with her. She had on a gorgeous pink dress that was totally appropriate for the event (but a little bit special at the same time). She had a fabulous, glowing smile and just radiated happiness.
She talked about some of the struggles she endured (like having cancer and getting divorced at the same time) and how they caused her to change her perspective and she was so positive and inspiring. There was no self pity, only hope. Here is a video (courtesy of the Moms):
She spoke about her new book, Where We Belong, and I even got a signed copy in my swag bag!
Here is an description of Where We Belong from Goodreads:
From New York Times bestselling author and beloved Today show co-anchor Hoda Kotb—inspiring stories of people who find their life’s purpose in unexpected ways, often surprising themselves and the ones they love.
Most of us wonder what we’re doing. We float around in the glass half-empty, gaze out into the world of possibilities, and wonder if we should get off of our raft and climb out. Maybe even today you asked yourself: Is it too late to do that thing that made me so happy when I was young? Could what matters most to me finally be the center of my life? Can I really trust this yearning voice in my head and longing in my heart? Do I feel like I’m where I belong?
In this incredible collection of stories, Hoda Kotb writes about individuals who realized their path in life was either veering off in a completely new direction or was getting too far off course from where they knew they belonged. By following their passions, their gut, and their heart, these people learned how fulfilling life could truly feel. From the investment banker who became a minister after years of working on Wall Street, to the young woman from a blue-collar background whose passion took her to Harvard Medical School, to the high-powered PR exec who found herself drawn to a pioneering residential community, to a “no-kids” guy who now helps children all over the world, the stories in Where They Belong come from an array of ordinary individuals who have discovered the power of embracing change or fighting for a dream. Hoda also interviews celebrities, such as producer Mark Burnett and actress/producer Roma Downey, comedienne Margaret Cho, and former boxer Laila Ali, all who’ve pursued their passions to find fulfillment.
With examples of perseverance, self-reflection, and new attitudes on life, Where They Belong is a motivating and inspirational look at exploring and finding the right path for your personal journey.
I have to say that this topic really resonated with me. This last year was tough with my separation and a large part of the difficulty I had was amping myself up to make a change. I could have stayed in my marriage even though I knew something about it was not right. I could have muddled through and chalked all the fighting up to “that’s just what marriage is” and a lot of people think that I should have. It is VERY scary to make a change and deal with the unknown. I have so much respect for the people in Hoda’s book and I am so glad that I got a chance to listen to her talk about it. It is not every day that you get to be in a room with someone that is so uplifting and charismatic.