Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings

If life is an epic saga, who is writing your narrative? Is the plot unfolding as you imagined? Whether you find yourself trudging along in boredom or caught up in a chaotic whirlwind of overcommitment, you can still take creative control and declare that it’s Your Life, Your Rules. This is a book about rebooting your story at any point. It’s about starting over; taking inventory; and getting smarter, stronger, and sexier with no apologies, no regrets, and no turning back.

As Leeza Gibbons explains, “I took control of my journey while in the glare of the spotlight. Now, I’m sharing the life lessons from my ‘grits to glitz’ path as a wife and mother, caregiver, businesswoman, TV entertainment host, product mogul, kisser of boo-boos, and encourager of dreams. Of course, I have many more roles, just as you do, but I want to approach them all in the same way: fearlessly and without limits. I’ll hold up the mirror so that you can see who you really are; knowing that it’s the plot twists and turns in your story that makes it powerful.

This is your life, and you’re about to set out on the path to rewriting your story by reclaiming your power.


  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House; First Edition edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401939813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401939816
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
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  1. FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinions expressed are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment of the product.

    As someone who is fascinated by anyone who has reinvented themselves, I was eager to learn the details of Leeza Gibbons’ transformation. Remembering her as a beautiful and successful television entertainment news host, I wanted to know what prompted her metamorphosis and how she was able to embrace change.

    Leeza explains in the book’s introduction that her mother’s Alzheimer’s disease forced her to re-examine her feelings, fears, and truths. Together with other life experiences, (including divorce, raising children, and building a business) such challenges led her to write a “Transformation Proclamation,” a powerful statement taking charge of her life and refusing to merely let it happen to her. Subsequent chapters detail the lessons she has learned along the way and her advice to women who want or need their own do-over.

    Self-love is the focus of the first chapter. Leeza describes how to become your own best friend and the value of doing so. She then suggests ways of modifying our orientation toward change, since we typically fear it even though change is inevitable.

    “Surviving and even thriving through change depends on your ability to search out the good and work with what you have…change is an introduction to your higher self…” This rang true as I thought about losing my young adult son nearly two years ago, and my ever-evolving acceptance of his death. Although it was excruciatingly unwelcome change, I ultimately refused to feel victimized and reclaimed my right to a good life even with the pain of devastating loss.

    Leeza discusses fear and courage.Read more ›

  2. I met Leeza 35+ years ago in my home state of South Carolina. We shared the spirit of small town cheerleaders. I knew her as “Leeza the Irmo Yellow Jacket” before she became “Leeza.” When I read Take 2: Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings, I was blown away by Leeza’s inspirational words as well as the depth of her wisdom! I instantly realized the woman she has become–a shining star of courage, hope, and a “cheerleader” for any and all of us who are in desperate need a second take in our lives! This book reflects Leeza’s heart, and the heart of her mother, Jean Gibbons. Leeza often quotes her mom’s sentiments in the book for all of us to benefit from, such as: “Take a chance honey. You only regret the things you don’t do.” Leeza encourages us to love ourselves first, create our own sanctuaries, know who we are and understand our own stories “before we add another person to the plot.” This one instantly resonated with me after my recent divorce. The book is a useful tool to be kept handy at all times by anyone needing a “guidebook” for life! This book is about reinvention and never apologizing for trying. As Leeza says, “Arguably, no one gets it right all the time, but we all get a chance to have another chance. That’s become more than enough for me.” She says to “honor your story,” create your own sanctuary and ask yourself “what’s expendable? What do I need to let go of?” and then delete it from your life. “When in doubt, cut it out! No apologies, no explanations, no looking back.” We all, women and men, have people who depend on us. Leeza says “…the better you care for yourself the better it gets for everyone who depends on you. Loving yourself first is the ultimate selfless act.” Always follow your gut, “lead with your strengths and use what’s organic to us…Read more ›

  3. This is a Leeza Gibbons “fan book” plain and simple, that documents her life, the turmoil she encountered and managed. It’s up to you to glean helpful hints from her experiences that may or may not help you in particular. It’s really HER GUIDE TO HER PROBLEMS! It’s more TAKE 2 and call somebody cause the answers might or might not be here somewhere in this vanity book… for me it says “thanks for watching all those years and purchasing my book.” Ca-ching!

    I expected MORE FROM HAY HOUSE which seems to be on a “publish or perish” bender.

    Save your money…BORROW this from your local library!

  4. Heard her speak at PBWC – this book is just as good as her as you feel like she’s talking to you – Leeza is so fantastic – motivator for sure. Especially liked the fact that the “nice girl” won on Celebrity Apprentice!

  5. Take 2 Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings is full of great suggestions and advice to help you reprogram your life. Leeza incorporates her life story with the life lessons she has learned in order to successfully give you the desire to recreate your own story. For me she is very inspirational and easy to follow. At the age of 74, I am ready to create the story of the rest of my life by following her great tips and advice. Gramma Shirah […]

  6. I read Take 2 and wanted to see the lessons Leeza was going to teach us from her experiences. What I got from her book, how lucky she was to have a such a great support group of family and friends (which she continuously mentions), a great paying career (financial security) and how she states on p96 ‘I’ve never been emotionally broken’. These factors alone made me realize how already blessed she was.

    I felt this book was geared towards people that need a push or wake up call to change and live a happier and content life. Not ones that have been emotionally broken from a relationship or crisis in their life, which Leeza clearly states she is not.
    She continues to state on page 96 ,she has felt a little lost but never empty,what does that say about the life she has had,
    fulfilling! I wouldn’t mind being in her shoes.

    And in saying that…… the reason I gave 3 .5 stars (sorry didn’t know how to add the half) was that there were many passages of support and encouragement through out the book which made me feel supported. I enjoyed the many ways she expressed in getting her point through to teach us,encourage us or guide us. She came across as the positive and vibrant person that she is in real life and I thank her even for that spark!

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