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2.11: "The Engagement Game" with author JoiMarie McKenzie

2.11: "The Engagement Game" with author JoiMarie McKenzie

Hi! Welcome back to Bri Books. Once again, Happy Women’s History Month. I’m so excited about this episode. Today’s guest is JoiMarie McKenzie, author of “The Engagement Game” (OUT TODAY!) When she’s not busy writing up epic lifestyle and entertainment stories at ABCNews.com, she found the time to WRITE an AMAZING first book—and a memoir no less. In this episode, JoiMarie shares how and why she wrote her first book (a memoir), what she hopes readers to take away from it. She also shares for the first time publicly her bout with depression after a relationship went south, and how she learned to be compassionate towards herself, and how a little piece of insight from singer Jill Scott got her through. I know this episode will be really interesting and informative, especially for readers who are navigating relationships with significant others, and ultimately the most important relationship of all—your relationship with yourself. Enjoy! If you’re feeling this episode, consider leaving a review.

"The Engagement Game" is the story of JoiMarie at 28 years old. After being in a long-term relationship and realizing all of her needs weren’t met and her relationship didn’t meet her values and that her partner may not be the person she wants to be with forever, she decides to explore herself. That leads her into a few other…messes…but over the course of the book, we’re watching JoiMarie grow. With each relationship and experience, she’s actively learning more about herself.

JoiMarie is inundated DAILY with engagements and weddings in her role as Lifestyle/ Entertainment reporter at ABCNews.com. But what happens when “I do” becomes “I don’t wanna?” On shame if an engagement goes awry: “I feel like oftentimes when things don’t work out or go our way or relationships or jobs or friendships end, we are kind of warded off into a hall of shame. Where we shouldn’t be. And I think it’s amazing how shame makes us hide.” 

In this episode, JoiMarie shares how and why she wrote her first book (a memoir), what she hopes readers to take away from it. She also shares for the first time publicly her bout with depression after a relationship went south, and how she learned to be compassionate towards herself, and how a little piece of insight from singer Jill Scott got her through.

 

I know this episode will be really interesting and informative, especially for readers who are navigating relationships with significant others, and ultimately the most important relationship of all—your relationship with yourself.

2.12: "Year of Yes" feat. Evette Dionne

2.12: "Year of Yes" feat. Evette Dionne

2.8: Transformational Reading 101

2.8: Transformational Reading 101