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Hello, Mom’s Choice readers! Thank you so much for joining us today for another interview in our ongoing series. For this interview, we had the special honor of speaking with Dr. Neeta Bhushan, author of the Mom’s Choice Award-winning book, That Sucked. Now What?! That Sucked. Now What?: How To Embrace the Joy in Chaos and Find Magic in the Mess offers insight, wisdom, and a practical five-stage framework to embrace the possibilities in chaos, normalize sucky human moments, overcome setbacks with grace, and help redefine tough moments to fly forward every time. The book is a real-talk guide to personal growth that embraces the suck–and helps you break through to lasting, audacious resilience. Not only has That Sucked. Now What? seen success with Mom’s Choice Awards, but it has also won a Book Excellence award, is the number one bestseller in Stress Management, and has over 100 five-star reviews on Amazon since its January 31, 2023 release date. Interested in finding out more about Dr. Neeta and her exceptional book? Keep reading!
MCA: Hi Dr. Neeta, we know you are a very busy woman so we would like to thank you for taking the time to sit down and speak with us today about your new book, That Sucked. Now What?. This book is an incredibly helpful tool for people from all walks of life who have experienced any type of setback, whether it be minuscule or colossal. Can we start the interview by finding out a little bit more about the person behind such a remarkable book?
Dr. Neeta: I am a world-renowned emotional health educator & host of my top-rated podcast, The Brave Table. I am known queen of reinvention and a speaker on grit & resilience, I have shared my thought leadership on international stages (including the Women’s Economic Forum in India, Google HQ, Leadercast Women, & Mindvalley) and in multiple best-selling books (such as, Emotional GRIT: 8 Steps to Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Thoughts, and Change Your World). I have been featured on Forbes, Entrepreneur, NBC, ABC, CBS, Chicago Today, Verve, La Weekly, Women’s Business Magazine, Tatler Magazine, and more.
I sold my large million-dollar cosmetic dentistry practice to help others find magic in their mess. As part of my own journey to becoming a leader in my field and a voice for women & women of color, I’ve traveled across 45 countries researching human behavior, ancient eastern philosophy, and therapeutic psychology. I pooled that learning along with other life experiences overcoming multiple adversities, which include being orphaned at nineteen, surviving an abusive marriage, and extensive loss, contributed to the powerful message of resilience & grit to have found several institutes, including the Global GRIT Institute, wellness education platform for optimizing emotional wellbeing for entrepreneurs, and Co-Founder of Dharma Coaching Institute and organization helping train thousands to be the highest versions of themselves.
I currently live in Austin, Texas, with my husband and two children.
MCA: Wow, you certainly have had quite the career, congratulations on your many accomplishments so far! What was your path to becoming a writer like? What inspired you?
Dr. Neeta: My first marriage and divorce. I hit a rock bottom moment and definitely took to journaling and writing as part of my healing journey. 4 years later I published my first book!
MCA: What was your inspiration for writing That Sucked. Now What??
Dr. Neeta: As the subtitle suggests, how to embrace the joy in chaos and find magic in the mess- it’s honestly been a huge undertaking since I entered motherhood: to not take things so seriously, to embrace all of the feels, to enjoy the chaos and the sometimes paradoxical and opposing emotions in motherhood.
MCA: I think all mothers can very much relate to that! What are some of the talking points readers can expect to see in That Sucked. Now What?
Dr. Neeta: How to embrace the sucky, unexpected moments that may make you cringe, 4 steps to build unshakeable resilience, why we hold onto emotions like resentment and can’t let go, and 5 steps to fly forward past any challenge, setback and obstacle, how to build boundaries for yourself and with the people you love, how to build emotionally resilient children, the beauty of good stress and how to begin this in your family.
MCA: Tell us about some of the extra bonuses readers get when they purchase a copy of That Sucked. Now What?!
Dr. Neeta: A 44-page digital guidebook that goes along with a 5-day healing meditation and visualization journey (thatsuckednowwhat.com),
MCA: Does this book help parents who want to start a conversation on mental health with their children?
Dr. Neeta: YES! it’s already the #1 new release under stress management, and it gives the building blocks of talking about emotions, and how to feel your feelings with your children.
MCA: Tell us more about your podcast The Brave Table with Dr. Neeta Bhushan and what we can expect to see next from you!
Dr. Neeta: All about being able to have brave conversations, be brave in your actions, and be brave in your relationships. We chat about motherhood, identity, reinvention and everything in between!
MCA: That’s amazing, we will definitely be tuning into the next episode!
You can learn more about Dr. Neeta Bhushan and her award-winning book, That Sucked. Now What? by visiting her MCA Shop pages.