|Inside the Bubble ~ OLTL's Catherine Hickland's The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure|
Hold the phone! But whatever you do, don’t call “him.” That’s the advice Catherine Hickland (Lindsay, One Life to Live) adamantly recommends in her new book, “The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure, Getting Over Him and Back Out There One Month From Today.”
Soap opera actress, Broadway star, cabaret singer, small business owner, motivational speaker, licensed hypnotist, internet radio talk show host, and now a published author, Hickland decided it was time to put her own experiences with healing after failed relationships down on paper to benefit us all.
It all began nineteen years ago when Hickland was in a relationship that ended -- in her mind -- quite abruptly. “It was very painful,” she revealed to Soapdom. “I had myself convinced that I couldn’t get passed it.”
Then, the realization hit. “One day, I was sitting in my kitchen, my eyes red from crying, ears aching from waiting for the phone to ring. I was staring at a calendar, thinking when is this pain going to end? Suddenly, like a thunderbolt, the answer came to me. It’s going to end when I decide it’s going to end. I looked at the calendar, and I decided 30 days. It was going to end in 30 days. And I created a program for every day. It worked for me.”
And wouldn’t you know it? On day 32, the person called Hickland saying they made the biggest mistake of their life. A strong, healed, been-there-done-that Hickland replied: “Gee, you’re two days too late.”
Since then, Hickland has tweaked the 30-day Heartbreak Cure, formulating exercises and developing just the right affirmations. For the past 18 years, she’s shared the principles of her strategy with many people. “It’s worked for them, too! They all said, ‘you really need to write a book!’”
Hickland decided the time was right. “In writing the book, I used all the principles I’ve learned, and came up with a killer program.”
Killer is the word for it. “The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure, Getting Over Him and Back Out There One Month From Today,” is at once inspirational and tactical. It motivates while it provides concrete tools for getting by on day one, day two, day three, all the way up to day thirty! Each chapter is designed to get you through the breakup one day at a time.
On page nine, Hickland welcomes you to the beginning of your heartbreak. “As you and I walk this journey together, hand in hand, for the next thirty days, I’m going to be giving you a series of assignments and exercises, in a very deliberate order, one per day and only one per day,” she writes.
Why is only one per day the best strategy?
“Part of the problem with people today is that we get scattered,” she replied. “We overwhelm ourselves with info. We multi-task because we’re foced to in our jobs. With this book, you must focus on one thing at a time, complete it, and absorb it. That is the only way you will get it. If you read ahead you will get overwhelmed and you won’t finish it. That’s the way we are. We get overwhelmed and we don’t finish things.”
Hickland is with you every step of the way in “The 30-Day Heartbreak Cure.” She talks to you one on one, never down to you, never passing judgment. She reveals that she’s been there herself, right where you are today and she’s been there many times. In a caring and unhurtful way, never accusing, never blaming, she takes you inside some of her deepest thoughts and feelings about her relationship experiences including her marriages to David Hasselholf and Michael E. Knight (Tad, All My Children) and the way she manifested getting hired for a role on Broadway in Les Mis. You quickly learn that even a gorgeous soap opera star has had her share of heartbreak. She leads you step-by-step through your own journey in a very intelligent, powerful, self-healing way.
Not only is this book a must have for anyone getting over a heartache or relationship gone bad, but the same principals can easily be used to get unstuck in so many aspects of one’s life.
In Hickland’s own words, the “30-Day Heartbreak Cure” is
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