You might know her from watching The Bachelor. You might also know her from Married At First Sight. Yes, I said that right. Two people meet on their wedding day and hope for happily ever after. Here I am going on eight years of being with my fiancé and we just set our wedding date for next year!
Her name is Jamie Otis and when I was sent her book, I have to admit, I didn’t open it right away. But when I did, I was intrigued. I can’t even imagine the process of meeting someone, getting married and boom you’re off on your honeymoon. Here’s the thing – two years later and they are happy and going strong. Whaaat???
Jamie Otis married Douglas Hehner and she wrote a book to tell all about it. But, it’s way more than reality shows. I was shocked when I started reading. I actually got super pulled into her story. Jamie is not your typical bachelorette or wife. It’s her life story leading up to where she is now that is quite poignant and inspiring.
She’s one of five children and when she was nineteen years old, she gained custody of her siblings after long court hearings due to her mother’s inability to care for them. Can you imagine?! With no father present, a stepfather in prison and no extended family to turn to, Jamie had to grow up fast and learn how to fend for her family.
It’s no epiphany that how we behave and react in relationships stems from our younger days. While I didn’t have the same upbringing as Jamie, I absolutely empathized with her as a child, a teen, young woman and now wife.
In a totally non self-serving way , Jamie brings to readers her story and wisdom gained through an easy, entertaining and though-provoking conversation style book. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll gasp in disbelief. For me, I just want to give her a hug and say thank you for being so candid.
It’s always been my belief that things happen for a reason and the world can gain from it. Each of us has a story that the world can benefit from. Will you offend some people? Yes. But, don’t let that stop you or the world misses out. You are allowed to tell your side of a story. I know I struggle with some fear around what happens if I tell a certain story and yet it takes someone like Jamie to inspire me to go all in.
Jamie’s book, Wifey 101: Everything I Got Wrong After Finding Mr. Right, is available for pre-order right now over on Amazon. If you read it, I guarantee you will be as inspired as I was!