This week I was presenting on a panel of inspiring women in SantaMonica. It was SO FUN! With libertyforher. 

With Jillian Lauren author of "Some Girls."  

With Jillian Lauren author of "Some Girls."

 

My eldest daughter Liberty. :)  

My eldest daughter Liberty. :)

 

With Jillian Lauren NY times bestselling author of Some Girls. 

With Jillian Lauren NY times bestselling author of Some Girls. 

When the other panelists are so inspiring you wish you could make notes!

When the other panelists are so inspiring you wish you could make notes!

Me talking about the journey from clinician to educator to author. 

Me talking about the journey from clinician to educator to author. 

Here's a few pics from the #libertysessions podcast with Nada jones--my inspiration. Filmed and recored 05/010/17 at my writers desk whites from Ikea BTW. 

Podcast for Liberty sessions with Nada Jones the founder of Libertyforher movement. 

Podcast for Liberty sessions with Nada Jones the founder of Libertyforher movement. 

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My happy place. 

My happy place. 

Photos form the book launch of Waking Mathilda--March 19th 2017.

My book launch took place at the Conscious Minds studio in Pasadena. Thanks guys for lending me the space and the directors' chairs!

My book launch took place at the Conscious Minds studio in Pasadena. Thanks guys for lending me the space and the directors' chairs!

My friend Calise Green hosted the event. She is the world's best event organizer and a gifted hostess. Check out her beautiful flower arrangements. 

My friend Calise Green hosted the event. She is the world's best event organizer and a gifted hostess. Check out her beautiful flower arrangements. 

About a 100 friends gathered for sweet bites, tea and champagne. I am so grateful for all these lovely folk who have supported our family over the past 6 years. 

About a 100 friends gathered for sweet bites, tea and champagne. I am so grateful for all these lovely folk who have supported our family over the past 6 years. 

I wish I could say that I made these, but that would be a lie. They're from Trader Joes! 

I wish I could say that I made these, but that would be a lie. They're from Trader Joes! 

Pre-party fun!  

Pre-party fun!

 

From L-R--Nicole, me, Mathilda and her friend Emily George form England. 

From L-R--Nicole, me, Mathilda and her friend Emily George form England. 

Nicole and me.  AKA Scarlett Johansson and Kate WInslet :)  

Nicole and me.  AKA Scarlett Johansson and Kate WInslet :)

 

Guests left me lovely messages on post-cards. This photo looks like I just brought my own book! 

Guests left me lovely messages on post-cards. This photo looks like I just brought my own book! 

I loved signing books for friends who have been supportive of our journey. 

I loved signing books for friends who have been supportive of our journey. 

My uncle Fred--the life and should of any gathering.

My uncle Fred--the life and should of any gathering.

James Farlow was the official photographer. Check out his 

James Farlow was the official photographer. Check out his 

Younger readers ! 

Younger readers ! 

Liberty, Nicole and Mathilda.

Liberty, Nicole and Mathilda.

Wendy came all the way form England to celebrate with us! She's in the book!

Wendy came all the way form England to celebrate with us! She's in the book!

Hair twins. 

Hair twins. 

Calise Green organized the launch party.  Her she is with me and Wendy Evans, 

Calise Green organized the launch party.  Her she is with me and Wendy Evans, 

Marisela Miranda was my editor. 

Marisela Miranda was my editor. 

Jonathan Green was my cover artist. 

Jonathan Green was my cover artist. 

My older two children Liberty and Elliot are the unsung heroes of Waking Mathilda. The launch was fun for them and it gave our family a sense of closure. 

My older two children Liberty and Elliot are the unsung heroes of Waking Mathilda. The launch was fun for them and it gave our family a sense of closure. 

The Professor with Libby and Elliot enjoying the day. 

The Professor with Libby and Elliot enjoying the day. 

This picture makes me smile. The Professors' hands and their smiles say it all. 

This picture makes me smile. The Professors' hands and their smiles say it all. 

Elliot....15 and a total sweetheart.  He's not allowed to get married! 

Elliot....15 and a total sweetheart.  He's not allowed to get married! 

Nicole Lockett carried me through the interview. She made me laugh, helped me to relax and communicate the reasons for writing Waking Mathilda. We met back in St. Andrews in 2001 and have been friends ever since. I'm so glad this picture didn't capture the clearance tag underneath my shoes and that I managed to not topple off the chair. I was worried about both those things! 

Nicole Lockett carried me through the interview. She made me laugh, helped me to relax and communicate the reasons for writing Waking Mathilda. We met back in St. Andrews in 2001 and have been friends ever since. I'm so glad this picture didn't capture the clearance tag underneath my shoes and that I managed to not topple off the chair. I was worried about both those things! 

Most of my family lives in the UK. Except for Uncle Fred who is local.

Most of my family lives in the UK. Except for Uncle Fred who is local.

This is our family doing "The Fred Pose." 

This is our family doing "The Fred Pose." 

Here's my Liberty with baby Mykah. 

Here's my Liberty with baby Mykah. 

Rebecca Farlow is my friend and web designer. She also happens to be a YA author!  

Rebecca Farlow is my friend and web designer. She also happens to be a YA author!  

Friends old and new. Locketts, Mossers, Winns and Matt Jenson. 

Friends old and new. Locketts, Mossers, Winns and Matt Jenson. 

Mathilda and her 5th grade teacher. 

Mathilda and her 5th grade teacher. 

i was a little nervous before speaking. Doesn't show at all does it? 

i was a little nervous before speaking. Doesn't show at all does it? 

I never thought a laugh party would be so fun. Once I had got over my nerves, I began to relax and enjoy it. So a huge thanks to all those that came and supported us. What a day. I will never forget it. 

If you missed the live feed you can see it here. I was really pleased I did this because it meant my family and friends  back home could be part of the launch too.  

Video credit--James Farlow.