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An Optimist's Guide to Living in the Real World
An Optimist's Guide to Living in the Real World
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The Optimist's Manifesto - Book

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Optimism can seem like an elusive, intangible concept that is challenging to apply in our day-to-day lives. The Optimist’s Manifesto is a guide book for practical optimism, the ability to see the possibility of the most favorable outcomes, and act in a way that moves toward the most favorable outcome becoming a reality. Divided into categories of Self, Relationships, Work, Community, and World View, this book provides tips and tools to be more optimistic in all aspects of life. 

My lifetime goal has been to build a world of optimism, and I wrote this book in order to share my practical insights on the optimist's way to live in the real world. 

Writing a book is no easy feat (at least it wasn't for me)... 20 years of dreaming about writing this book, and 4 years of actually writing it. And I am learning that editing, designing, publishing, and launching a book is just as time consuming and challenging as the actual writing. Not to mention expensive! 

By supporting my Kickstarter you are not only supporting me (and my creation) but you are also helping my mission of building a world of optimism. The funds from the Kickstarter are going to publishing and design costs, publicity and book launch expenses, and spreading the message of optimism through distribution of this book and the development and distribution of other tools that build a world of optimism. 

Please join me in building a world of optimism! Optimism is my superpower, and I hope you will make it yours too! 

 
 
    

Risks and challenges

Elizabeth and her company, Davine, are committed to delivering on their mission of building a world of optimism!

In bringing this book to fruition, we have gone through all of the steps with the exception of final publishing. The book has been edited, designed, prepped for print, proofed (both online and in a physical print copy), and a marketing plan developed. A publishing partner has been selected, and everything is ready for the final GO once we reach our funding.

We are giddy with excitement to share the book with the world!

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    Virtual High Five and Oodles of Optimism

    We thank you for any and all contributions you can make! This level is for a Virtual High Five and a lifetime of Gratitude from the Davine team & Elizabeth! Also included in this level: lots of Optimistic thoughts coming your way 😊.

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    Becoming an Optimist

    Are you ready to incorporate more optimism into your life? Or maybe fine-tune your optimism skills? Then picking up The Optimist's Manifesto is the right first step!

    Included in this level:
    (1) Signed Book
    (1) Ebook download

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    Optimism Book Club Package

    Interested in helping to build a world of optimism? Make The Optimist's Manifesto your next book club choice! By spreading the word and gifting some friends with The Optimist's Manifesto, you are on the right track. And we'll give you a special discussion guide to help make the most of your book discussion. (Sorry, wine not included!)

    Included in this level:
    (5) Signed Books
    (1) Book Club Discussion Guide
    (1) Ebook download

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    Practical Optimism Gift Box

    Practical Optimism Gift Box - Surprise Selection of 10 Optimism Themed Items to help navigate the real world.

    What better way to treat yourself than with the Practical Optimism Gift Box? Better yet, the expected delivery is Mid-November which is just in time for holiday gifts!

    Included in this level:
    (10) Surprise Gift Box Items (which might include specialty notepads, candles, and all the things that help us maintain our Optimism superpowers)
    (1) Signed Book
    (1) Art Print Manifesto
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    By Demand Book Distribution Level

    Because of popular demand, we added this new package to give our optimism fans the opportunity to personally distribute The Optimist Manifesto to their friends, family or local community!

    Included in this level:
    (15) copies of The Optimist's Manifesto
    (1) Ebook download
    (1) Art Print Manifesto

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    Celebrating Optimism - Launch Party!

    One of the most popular levels, Celebrating Optimism is our way of bringing together people around optimism. Maybe get a friend, loved one, or someone you've got your eyes on to join you for an optimistic night on the town!

    Included in this level:
    (1) Ticket to Book Launch Reception of your choice in one of 9 locations; Includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, Q&A with the Author. Maximum 20 people per reception. (We'll have multiples per location if necessary!)
    (1) Optimism Book Bag
    (1) Signed Book
    (1) Art Print Manifesto
    (1) Ebook download

    Locations include: Orange County, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Sonoma County, CA; San Francisco, CA; Paris, France; Bologna, Italy.

    Estimated launch party dates:
    Boston - September and November
    Southern California - First two weeks of October
    Northern California - Second two weeks of October
    Chicago - November
    New York - November

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    True Optimism Super Fan Level

    ** Elizabeth's favorite level! **

    Are you ready to take your optimism love to the next level? Then it sounds like the True Optimism Super Fan Level is for you.

    Included in this level:
    (1) Name listed on a special dedication page in the publicly launched version of the book!
    (1) 30-minute Skype or Zoom call with Elizabeth to discuss how to apply optimism in your life, favorite cocktail recipes, and trips to Bologna, Italy... or anything else that suits your fancy.
    (1) Ticket to Book Launch Reception of your choice in one of 9 locations; Includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, Q&A with the Author
    (1) Practical Optimism Gift Box
    (2) Signed Books
    (1) Art Print Manifesto
    (1) Ebook download

    Wow - talk about a good deal!

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    The Optimistic Foodie

    It's easy to be optimistic when great food and drinks are involved!

    Those of you who know Elizabeth know that she is an absolute foodie and loves exquisite dining experiences. Join her for a 1:1 foodie night out. Choose between 9 select cities and Elizabeth will pick a favorite or hot new restaurant in that destination on a mutually agreed upon date!

    Locations Include: Orange County, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Chicago, IL; Sonoma County, CA; San Francisco, CA; Paris, France; Bologna, Italy

    Included in this level:
    (1) Solo Foodie dinner with Elizabeth
    (1) Signed Book
    (1) Art Print Manifesto
    (1) Ebook download

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    Hear from the Optimism Superwoman!

    Have you been wondering how to incorporate optimism into your workplace or upcoming event? This is the chance for you to do so! Hear from the Optimism Superwoman herself as she helps guide you and your audience to living optimistically in the real world. Date to be mutually agreed upon between October 2018-May 2019.

    Included in this level:
    (1) 30 minute Keynote talk about Optimism: The Optimism Culture or Optimism as a Superpower
    (1) Signed Book
    (1) Ebook download

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    Optimism Wine Country Retreat

    Do you wonder if there is still time to live your ideal life?

    Ladies - our women's Wine Country Retreat is your chance to gather with 7 other women in a luxurious setting in wine country to dive into this question, create plans for more joy and fulfillment in your life, and develop practical steps for accomplishing your big dreams and bucket list goals!

    Guys - feel like you're missing out? If so, we'll plan a 1 day wine country retreat just for you on alternative, mutually agreed upon dates.

    Learn more about our Women's Wine Country Retreat at Davine.com/sonoma including everything that comes with the weekend away - such as being chauffeured from the airport to Sonoma, private accommodations in a beautiful inn, all gourmet meals highlighting the local flavors, time for reflection and play and exploration, discussion with an intimate group of other women and time on your own, and exclusive wine country tours and experiences. This is the perfect item to gift yourself, or to a woman you love.

    Included in this level:
    (1) Wine Country Retreat
    - For ladies this will be a reservation for the Make Life Blossom retreat in Sonoma from November 1-4, 2018;
    - For gentleman this will be a 1 day retreat on a mutually agreed upon date
    (1) Signed Book
    (1) Art Print Manifesto
    (1) Ebook download

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    Outrageous Optimism

    As optimists we are always saying to dream big and believe in possibility, so this is our tangible expression of seeing the possibility and dreaming big. Hot air balloons are something we identify with optimism, so share our outrageous optimism by taking a hot air balloon ride with Elizabeth (something that's always been on her bucket list!). AND a selection of our other favorite Kickstarter levels.

    Included in this level:
    (1) Hot Air Balloon Ride with Elizabeth in a mutually agreed upon location and date
    (1) Wine Country Retreat
    (1) Solo Foodie dinner with Elizabeth in one of 9 locations
    (1) Ticket to Book Launch Reception of your choice in one of 9 locations; Includes cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, Q&A with the Author
    (1) Practical Optimism Gift Box
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