Life Begins When You Do (Paperback* and eBook Only)

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Are you putting off living the life you’ve always longed for? Do you find yourself saying things like:

“When things slow down…when I finish my degree…when I get certified… as I acquire a deeper knowledge base…when I have kids…when the kids are grown…when I get well…when I marry…when I divorce…when I retire…when I get that promotion…that raise…that job…that house…that whatever the fill-in-the blank is for your specific postponing of life?”

Is there ever a perfect time to start living your dream life...yes, it is now. Don’t waste another day. Mary Anne Radmacher invites you to begin the true work of your life right now. Your Life Begins When You Do.

Decades ago, Mary Anne wrote a statement of purpose for herself and makes all decisions by this standard:

Live with intention.
Walk to the edge.
Listen hard.
Play with abandon.
Practice wellness.
Continue to learn.
Choose with no regret.
Appreciate your friends.
Lead or follow a leader.
Do what you love.
Live as if this is all there is.

Since Mary Anne was 14 years old she has collected quotes and started putting them into what she calls a “common place book.” It is a practice she read about that Thomas Jefferson practiced. Mary Anne shares her collection of quotes plus wonderful stories to inspire you to, as Mark Twain put it, “…throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

A contributor to the publishing and gift industry for almost thirty years, Mary Anne’s unique prose will get you moving. In just 12 chapters, Life Begins When You Do, offers up a nurturing bowl of inspiring, thoughtful soup for the spirit.

Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Size: 6.5" x 6.5"
  • Pages: 112

About the Author

MARY ANNE RADMACHER loves to craft words and understand, in the silences between them, the way to create meaning in art and in life. Her words and works have been available commercially for decades in the form of books, greeting cards, posters, and assorted gift products. She is included in the Oxford Dictionary of American Quotations. Her words and stories of inspiration taken from her words circle the globe. Mary Anne enjoys offering inspiration through speaking and teaching. She leads guided writing processes online and in person that help others pursue their own writing practice.

Mary Anne has published several books with Conari Press, among them Courage Doesn’t Always Roar, May Your Walls Know Joy, and Promises to Myself, all available at or wherever books are sold. While Mary Anne is honored by the variety of places in which her words and works appear, still, she insists, the greatest honor is when a child says she is “fun” person and assesses that she knows how to play and dance well.

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