a Solely Original Memoir
by Ronda Beaman
From the moment the glass slippers appear on her feet, Cinderella stands up for herself, rebels against her wicked stepmother and takes control of her life.
Dorothy follows the yellow brick road in her ruby slippers to find the Wizard of Oz in search of answers but finally realizes she had them all along.
And after Forrest Gump’s mother, Jenny, buys him his white running shoes, he’s off on a fascinating life. As she says,
“You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes- where they goin’, where they been”.
Shoes are really the first adult machine we are given to master. Think of the pairs you wore and you remember. Graduation? First Prom? Wedding? Shoes are a uniquely sole-ful object lesson for life and in my book I share some of the shoes I remember and the life and lessons that came along with them.
My Feats in These Shoes is a spunky, spirited, uplifting memoir that rather than giving you emotional bunions, will put you on your own path to an out of the shoebox life. I didn’t want to just share my life, I wanted to share the hard fought lessons I learned in hopes of inspiring and illuminating your steps toward becoming something bigger, something better, something more.
In my book are the stories of the different styles and sizes of shoes that took me into and out of tight spots. Shoes that I wore to step up or back. Shoes that helped me cross bridges and climb mountains—and accomplish some small, medium, and large feats.
I hope after reading My Feats in These Shoes you will not just know me, but you will know yourself more deeply and believe in your capacity for striding forward and up into the life that fits you perfectly.
If memoirs, done right, tap the right sort of personal journey to ignite fresh insight and inspiration into the human journey, then what better way to humorously and poignantly illuminate the sequential steps and stages of life than with shoes?
“My Feats in These Shoes” is an exuberantly spunky woman’s spirited and irrepressible romp—slips, missteps, leaps, scuffs, and twirls—toward becoming something bigger, something better, something more.
Far from serving up trauma porn (or emotional bunions), this memoir is an upbeat, humorous, affectionate and affecting coming of age memoir that ends each chapter with a ‘Put Yourself in My Shoes’ section for readers to consider their own strides in pursuing an out of the shoe box life.
About the Author
Dr. Ronda Beaman has been Chief Creative Officer for the global research and solution firm PEAK Learning, Inc., since 1990. As a national award-winning educator, Dr. Beaman is Clinical Professor of Leadership at The Orfalea School of Business, California Polytechnic University. She is Founder and Executive Director of Dream Makers SLO, a non-profit foundation granting final wishes to financially- challenged, terminally-ill adults, and serves on the Board of Directors for the National Pay It Forward Foundation. She was recently named a Stanford Fellow at the Distinguished Career Institute.
Her national award-winning book, You’re Only Young Twice, has been printed in five languages. Her memoir, Little Miss Merit Badge, was an Amazon bestseller and was featured at The Golden Globe Awards. Her children’s book, Seal With a Kiss, is designed to improve skills for beginning readers and is offered at Lindamood-Bell Learning Centers internationally. My Feats in These Shoes will be released in Spring 2021.
Dr. Beaman is an internationally recognized expert on leadership, resilience, fitness, education, and life coaching. She has conducted research in a host of areas, written many academic articles and books, and won numerous awards. She was selected by the Singapore Ministry of the Family as their honored Speaker of the Year and named the first recipient of the National Education Association’s “Excellence in the Academy: Art of Teaching” award. She has been selected as a faculty resource for the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) university in Argentina, Kyoto and India, where she received the highest speaker ratings among 36 elite faculty. She has been featured on major media including CBS and Fox Television, USA Today, and is a national thought leader for American Health Network.
Dr. Beaman earned her doctorate in Leadership at Arizona State University. She is also a certified executive coach and personal trainer with multiple credentials from the Aerobic Research Center. Her family was named “America’s Most Creative Family” by USA Today and she won the SCW National Fitness Idol competition.