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Design Your Next Chapter

A nonfiction book by Debbie Travis.

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?" (From Random House Canada)

From the book

Montefollonico, Tuscany. 2 p.m.

For the first time that day it was quiet. No hammering, no shouting, no growl of cement trucks lumbering down the steep, gravel drive. Several workers were snoozing under the olive trees. Another was propped against the wheel of his massive digger, muttering in his sleep. The plumber was napping under the picnic table, peaceful as a newborn, wrapped in the red-and-white-checkered tablecloth. Even the chickens up the hill were having a siesta, numbed into silence by the midday heat of this Tuscan summer day.

I stood very still and took in the view. It was far from finished, but I could see it at last: my dream made real all around me. It was happening.


From Design Your Next Chapter by Debbie Travis ©2018. Published by Random House Canada.

Interviews

The TV personality and author of Design Your Next Chapter talks about how to live life to the fullest. 1:49
Design guru and television host Debbie Travis talks to Shelagh Rogers about her new book -- Design Your Next Chapter. 16:39