When you are in the right place in your mind – you are in the right place all day. Try a mantra, when overcoming addiction, Marti Mac’s mantra was: Hope After Dope or try It’s Temporary, Don’t Beat Up, Build Up.
This story of addiction and sexual slavery is all the more potent because it is absolutely true, which makes the ultimately triumphant climax even more powerful. For Marti MacGibbon, stand up comedian and already a rising star in the early ’80s, life appeared to be on an upswing. Having recently moved from Texas to San Francisco to break into the business and scheduled for an appearance on the iconic Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, MacGibbon’s chances at superstardom seemed almost secure.
January is the month when we promise ourselves we’re going to make positive changes in our lives. Advertisers hit us with “New Year, New You” messages. Friends tell us about their resolution plans. In response, we might either catch the wave of excitement and make resolutions, or feel overwhelmed enough to blow it all off, scoop up a big bowl of ice cream, hit the couch and binge Netflix. New Year or not, it’s possible to build healthy habits and achieve goals and dreams. Transforming new behaviors into strong habits only takes about ten weeks if you repeat the action each day, according to National Institutes of Health.
The U.S. commercial holiday season kicks off immediately after Halloween and continues on through the Super Bowl, and brings with it a horde of potential stressors. Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s, Kwanzaa.
Holiday travel, compounded by crazy weather, budget-straining gift shopping, obligatory office parties, or the potential drama attached to family visits can be more overwhelming than festive. And if you deal with anxiety, depression, trauma, or substance use issues, you might be counting the days until the holidays are over.
Marti MacGibbon’s memoir Fierce, Funny, and Female was announced winner of the 2018 New York City Big Book Award in the Women’s Studies category by award sponsor Gabrielle Olczak. A young woman’s triumph over adversity and trauma, told with grace, wit, and laugh-out-loud humor, the book has received multiple accolades in 2017 and 2018.
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January is International Creativity Month, an opportunity to increase and explore your creativity and innovative spark. You can also celebrate the creativity of your colleagues, family and friends. I recently stumbled across this fun fact myself, while researching ways to ramp up creativity in the brain. Incidentally, that’s one of the cool things about creativity — when you seek, you find. As with gratitude or courage, when you open your mind to it, it spurs you to discover more of it in yourself, others, and the world around you.
Humorous inspirational speaker Marti MacGibbon spoke to over 350 business leaders in Chillicothe, Ohio at the city’s annual Chamber of Commerce dinner held at the Shoemaker Center on Ohio University Chillicothe campus. The theme of the event was Progress, Pride, and Perseverance, and focused on resiliency and overcoming challenges. The audience responded with a standing ovation. Chillicothe, Ohio is a thriving, closely-knit community, home to the ancient sacred Hopewell earthworks, also known as America’s Stonehenge.
If laughter is the best medicine, then Marti MacGibbon has not only healed herself, but has healed others. Through traumas including drug abuse, eating disorders, and sexual exploitation, and into her recovery, MacGibbon has learned that the ability to laugh at herself and to make others laugh can be a lifeline. In her new memoir, Fierce, Funny, and Female, MacGibbon “celebrates her resilience and her willingness to keep laughing,” according to Foreword Reviews’ Claire Foster. In the interview below, MacGibbon tells how she achieved this.