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Are you STRESSED !?

Just what you need =
expert advice, testimonials & personal stories from people
just like you
who were struggling with stress and found simple, easy solutions
a way to help your favorite park at the same time

Hi, my name is Sumner Davenport,
one of the authors in this timely book.

Don’t let the smile on my face fool you –
I am just like you
– attempting to figure out how to balance all of my obligations, deal with frustrations and setbacks, health worries, bills to pay, relationships, and all the other everyday stresses …… and desiring to be happy at the same time.

Stress is a constant in our lives, such a constant that we actually don’t realize we are under stress, we think it’s “just part of life.”

Stress is a constant in our lives, such a constant that we actually don’t realize we are under stress, we think it’s “just part of life.”

Traffic jams, deadlines, eating on the run, we stress when we have bills to pay, job changes, endless chores and too many errands. Our job has stress, not having a job has stress, it’s stressful maintaining your weight, having a relationship is stressful, not being in a relationship is stressful, family responsibilities are stress, and all those other demands on you can be huge amounts of stress. Not to mention those people who really get on your nerves. Our energy is drained, and we feel helpless. Health surveys report that over 70% of people feel stress everyday. You are not alone.

But is there anything that can be done?

Yes! There is!

Just like you, I needed answers. I certainly didn’t have them all, in fact, on some days I didn’t think I had even one. I searched…. listened to experts, created polls and surveys, talked to strangers – people like you and me. This book is more than just my words or experience, it is a joint effort of several authors who share their expert advice and experience PLUS stories and testimonials from individuals interviewed during my extensive search for solutions to teach stress who’s the boss.

Meet a few of the co-authors in Stress Out book:

Aila Accad, R.N., MSN

Aila “Your Stress-Busters Coach” is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author and certified well-being coach for 40 years, who specializes in quick ways to release stress and reclaim that energy to live your fullest life and achieve your highest purpose. After teaching stress-management for over 25 years, Aila had a stress crisis, which led to an instant stress breakthrough.

Debra Costanzo

Debra has been interested in health and fitness since
her early teens. However, after working in the corporate world for over 30 years and experiencing a high level of stress first-hand, she realized the importance of taking personal responsibility for her own health and wellness. This realization placed a burning desire in her heart to coach those types of individuals with whom she could most personally relate: Corporate Executives, Senior Management, and other busy professionals.

Nancy Miiller (yes two “i”s)

Nancy Miiller is a spiritual coach, course & workshop
facilitator, ordained ministerial counselor, Flower Essence practitioner, energy healer, article writer, ceremonial writer, and co-founder of Reconnect from Within®. She believes that we are all students and teachers to each other, and that life is a learning experience originating from the inside out. Nancy’s personal experience with a deep betrayal of trust  and faith in her relationship led her to create a special ceremony that brought her physical and emotional healing.

Ellen Whitehurst

Ellen is a world renowned and recognized Feng Shui author and expert. She writes monthly columns that blends her expertise in astrology with that of Feng Shui (appropriately called ‘Shuistrology’) And now her wisdom is included in Stress Out Book.

Veronica “Roni” Ray

Roni discovered ways to reduce her stress in her everyday activities. One simple decision made a huge difference. Roni also believes in the importance of expressing gratitude. Our lives are enriched as we appreciate people, events and definitely ourselves.

and other co-authors including:
Jerylyn Draker
Beverly Edelstein

and me, Sumner M. Davenport
Author and Publisher

My deepest passion is seeing people live the life of
their dreams while assisting others to do the same. With several first hand experiences in the School of Hard Knocks with advanced degrees in taking risks and bouncing back, I have been affectionately referred to as the “bounce-back expert” with a mystical quality. One of my original quotes was voted to be included in the Top 10 Healthy Thoughts of 2007. Some of my advice and learning experiences are also included in this book.

Show stress who’s the boss !

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Find ONE person that you are totally safe with and can vent to.
This person is to LISTEN only and not tell you how to fix it or yourself (until you ask); not judge you, not throw your words back at you, and not join in on the complaining.

Select this person carefully. The purpose is to get it out of your system with someone who will HEAR you so you can have a more clear space to see a solution. Sometimes you can find this supportive person in a close friend, and sometimes you need a coach or counselor to be that impartial listener.

#2 Surround yourself with loving and supportive friends.

“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great people
make you feel that you too can become great.”

~ Mark Twain ~

One day while having coffee with a young lady she was talking about what she desired to have in her life. She went on to say, that she was telling her friends what was on her list of desires and how she was following a plan, “because they were 100% supportive in her having what she desired.” Just then two of her well-meaning friends happened by the table. The young lady I was talking with spoke to her friends and asked them to tell me how they were 100% supportive of her desires. They both said “Yes, of course.” Then one friend went on to say, “Well, in order for her to really have what she desires, she has to do this and that…” and then the other friend chimed in and said “And she needs to change this and that or what she wants will never happen”. So her 100% supportive friends actually believed that she could only have her desires if she changed according to the way they believed. (This and that were specific examples relating to the young lady’s desires.)

Walt Disney wasn’t the typical Hollywood mogul. Instead of socializing with the “who’s who” of the Hollywood entertainment industry, he would stay home and have dinner with his wife, Lillian, and his daughters, Diane and Sharon. In fact, socializing was a bit boring to Walt Disney. The people that were close to Walt were those who lived with him and his ideas, or both.

Pets of the Homeless

Hi, my name is Sumner Davenport,one of the authors in this timely book.  I am  owned by a little black dog named Tigger, and a flame-point Siamese cat, named Merlin.

Don’t let the smile on my face fool you –
I am just like you
– attempting to figure out how to balance all of my obligations, deal with frustrations and setbacks, health worries, bills to pay, relationships and all the other everyday stresses ……
plus be a good guardian to the little animals who rely upon me.

The animal-human bond is a most beautiful lifelong relationship. Cats and dogs are our special companions giving an unparalleled kind of love. Yet, some of the ways we treat them adds to their stress, and to our own.

This book is a collection of real life stories from animal lovers and advocates who have learned something about themselves through the cats and dogs in their care. They have also learned how to better care for their animal companions which can then reduce the stress for both. In these personal stories you might read something that helps you to understand your animal companion’s stress and their needs, or find a way to prevent accidents, injury and some illnesses. We hope to inspire you, educate you and provide solutions to some of your frustrations.

Stress is a constant in our lives, such a constant that we actually don’t realize we are under stress, we think it’s “just part of life.” There are easy solutions for both you and  your animal companions.

Meet some of the co-authors:

is a professional dog trainer with Rescue Me Dog. She is the original author of the “I Rescued a Human Today” story.

Picture of Janine Allen

Janine Allen is a professional dog trainer with Rescue Me Dog. She is the original author of the “I Rescued a Human Today” story


Ellen Bishop began her career as a veterinarian technician in an animal shelter. Some of the animals in her poems are now her personal companions.


Dr. Kim Bloomer is a animal naturopath and also the host and creator of Animal Talk Naturally Radio show. She is also a proficient blogger and writer on natural pet health.


Tammy Lawrence- Cymbalisty, as owner/operator of TLC Services, she is a certified Yoga teacher, Reiki Master/teacher and Clinical Hypnotherapist. She is owned by Sophie and Bella.


Dina Discola consistently supports animal rescue causes, volunteers regularly for a no-kill animal shelter and has earned the status of Certified Handler in a dog therapy program.


Lynda Fishman is a trained clinical social worker, a motivational and inspirational speaker and facilitator. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service.

Eileen Gould is a licensed General Contractor, Certified Interior Designer, Speaker, Stager, and Winner of the HGTV, Designer Challenge. She has been owned by dogs most of her life.


Sue Heldenbrand is a Healing Touch practitioner, a Certified Integrated Energy Therapy Practitioner, a Reiki Practitioner, and a Quantum Touch Practitioner.


Victoria Loveland-Coen is an inspirational speaker, an author, a mother-of-twins, and Aurora’s best friend. Her blog, The Gratitude Experiment promotes and supports the practice of “proactive” gratitude. She is owned by a beautiful dog named Aurora.


Sally Shields is an award-winning pianist, composer, speaker, author and radio personality. She has been featured in Star Magazine, Obvious, My Day, Girlfriends, For the Bride and many others. She is owned by two gorgeous black cats.


Dr. Joy Vanderbeck Ph.D. C.Ht. is a Life Success Coach, Positive Attitude Trainer, Personal, Professional and Relationship Coach and published author.

Other contributors include:
Mike Branson  Bridget Clovis   Bernard J. Marcia K.
Sharone Ray
Cindy S.

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