“Cartel got me, tell mom”
The siblings, drowning in their own problems, are forced to focus on the task at hand: a half-cocked rescue mission that involves a borrowed yacht, a favor from a notorious drug kingpin, and a shocking reunion none of them expected.
When the family decides to sneak into Mexico, mother Cybil is forced to deal with a rival CEO whom she’s developed feelings for in secret. Her only son, Tom, is willing to risk bodily harm to save Janine while his other sisters, Carlyle and Valerie, suspect that the kidnapping is less than legitimate.
The long sea voyage tests the limits of the family’s already frail bonds. Dark secrets of infertility, drugs, gambling and extreme taxidermy begin to float to the surface. But nothing compares to what they begin to learn about their missing sister.
If they’re going to make it out alive, they have to recognize they’re fighting the same battles and facing life’s greatest challenges: love, loneliness, and the struggle to find a place in the world.
Amidst all the chaos, the Pierce family is brought face-to-face with the ugliness of Janine’s addictions, the truth about their mother’s fortune and the most terrifying question of all: Can you really save someone who doesn’t want to be saved?
Full-To-The-Brim Bucket List! 3 things Everyone Must Do Before They Die
There are your basics; Eiffel Tower, Empire State Building, Roman Piazzas, yada, yada, yada. Obvious, right? Of course you want to go to Paris, who doesn’t? You can form your own opinion once you get there (mine is that it’s smelly, the people are rude, and its far from romantic, GASP!).
But how can you know what you want to do in your life if you don’t know how you want to feel? Lots of us set goals based on magazines, travel shows, what our peers are doing, and then when we get what we thought we wanted, we don’t even like it.
So, bucket-list-item NUMBER 1: Find out how you want to feel every day.
I use Danielle Laporte’s system called The Desire Map, it works really well for me. I do a desire map at the new year and then on my birthday (May 23rd). I just finished mine for this year and this is how I want to feel: effervescent, rapturous, thoughtful, harmonious and spontaneous. It took a long time to come to that conclusion, and each of those words means something special to me. They vibrate within me, and make me see the person I want to be. Your words will be different and they should make you feel like that too.
Once you know how you want to feel, you can really start living. Look around your life. How does it feel? Does it jive with the words you came up with? No?
Then, bucket-list-item NUMBER 2: Get courageous.
Are there people, relationships, jobs, foods, ANYTHING that make you feel yucky? These things have got to go. It will be hard, because it will mean admitting to yourself that you’ve been choosing to be unhappy, and allowing other influences to affect your happiness. Be strong. Keep your core feelings in mind.
If something makes you feel tired, it gets the boot. People ask me a lot why I take on so much — a day job, a family, and writing books — “what are you trying to prove?” they say. Well, the thing is, writing doesn’t make me tired. It makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like there’s always something to learn, to improve. It’s never boring. That’s what I’m looking for for you.
And finally, bucket-list-item NUMBER 3: BE HAPPY
What a concept, eh? We spend so much time chasing happiness that I’m not sure many of us would know what to do if we got it. Here are some ideas:
– travel the world
– adopt children
– find your soul mate
– get fit
– do a triathlon
– write a book (or many books!)
– sing or play an instrument in a band
– learn to cook
There’s your list, I hope it suits you. If you’d like to see the fruits of my desire mapping, you can read my new novel Mounting the Whale – its available here!
Colleen McCarty is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and an entrepreneur. She and her husband own Tulsa restaurant Mod’s Coffee and Crepes. She’s been featured on Entrepreneur.com, and in the Wall Street Journal. This is her first novel. Though Colleen has ghostwritten books for CEOs and New York Times Bestsellers, this is her first foray into publishing her own work. Colleen lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma with her husband, daughter and two large dogs. Follow her writing at colleen-mccarty.com.
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