Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We Have a Winner!

Congrats to Randy Chitty for his winning caption for the week 4 photo caption contest (see right).

Randy's name will be entered into a drawing with the other weekly winners to win a free autographed copy of Too Blessed to be Stressed and a week's supply of his favorite Starbucks chill-out beverage.

We're going to take a break from the contest for a few weeks and resume in late September, with more of Marian Crawford's terrific nature photos and a chance to win some cool prizes.

In the meantime, I want to thank our photo caption judges for pitching in their time and talents: Jim, Chuck, Andie, & Cricket. You do a wonderful job sorting through the entries and choosing a winner that most embodies the spirit of Too Blessed to be Stressed.

And I must share my unbelievable news: Too Blessed to be Stressed just hit #3 on the Amazon Bestsellers List in the women/spirituality category! Yay God! 

An utterly dedicated fan
Be sure to check out the newest 2-Minute Stress Busters at (just click on Stress Busters). We're adding new ones almost every week!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Get out of your shell and put words in my mouth!

Photo by Marian Crawford,
Congrats to Nicole Henke, winner of week 3's photo caption contest. See Nicole's winning entry attached to last week's picture (below).

This stressed out shell guy is the week 4 photo - it's a doozy! I can't wait to see the decom-stress captions you send in (send to

All the weekly winners will be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of Too Blessed to be Stressed and a week's supply of your fave Starbucks chill-out beverage.

You're invited to join me this week on Thurs, 8/25/11, at my Facebook Launch Party for Too Blessed to be Stressed. At 8 pm EDT (7 CDT, 6 MDT, 5 PDT), just click on this link 
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path" (Psalm 119:105)
and follow the simple directions there to join the fun. Bring along some friends and enjoy chic chat, trivia questions, swap funny stories, share some decom-stress tips, and win lots of great stuff like a Kindle, free books, chocolate and more!

It's like going to a pajama party but you don't even have to leave home!

And don't forget to check out my newest 2-Minute Stress Busters by going to and clicking on "Stress Busters." 

I'd love to hear from you!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Are you a bird or a fish?

Photo by Marian Crawford,
Congrats to Sonja Gissy, winner of the Week 2 photo caption contest; see her winning caption beneath the photo below right.
At left is the new photo for week 3, an amazingly beautiful scene by nature photographer Marian Crawford. Takes my stress level down a notch just by gazing at it!

But before I remind you of the contest guidelines, I want to share an interesting observation about last week's photo and entries.

 Okay, stop reading for a moment and glance down at the heron and fish photo below. Now, with whom did you first identify - the bird or the fish? The conqueror or the conquered? The one whose needs were met or the one who apparently needs a miracle to survive?

It didn't occur to me until Spouse pointed out that almost exactly half of the caption entries were from the bird's point of view and half from the fish's.

Hmm. I wonder if our carefully camouflaged underlying perspective of life is inadvertently unearthed when we view a subjective scene such as this. Beneath all the political correctness and say-what-I-shouldness, do we really believe the glass is half empty or half the calories?

Could those half-and-half responses somehow mean we unintentionally impose our victorious versus fighting-a-losing-battle perspectives of our own lives onto that in which we come in contact? Or does it mean nothing at all? Is our identification with the bird or the fish totally random?
When fate has you by the neck, don't forget to look up!

I'd love to hear what do you think. Are you a bird or a fish? How is your life colored by your underlying perspective? And how did it get that way?

In the meantime, while you contemplate the meaning of life (or maybe simply that herons have to eat for heaven's sake!), I'll remind you to send in your captions for week 3 to me at Each week's winner will be entered in a drawing for some swell prizes (scroll down to last week's post to find out more).

Thank you SO much for entering - it's been a pure pleasure seeing your great ideas! 

(P.S. The 5 judges had a tough time choosing a winner but Sonja's entry finally eeked it out. Congrats!)

Monday, August 8, 2011

Let's Decom-press Photo Caption Contest - week 2

Photo by Marian Crawford
Congrats to Sandi Dorey, winner of Week #1 photo caption contest. Sandi's winning caption has been added to last week's photo at the bottom left of this page. 

Here's this week's photo at the right - have fun!

Just send your entry loosely based on the theme Too Blessed to be Stressed (the title of my new book) to and tune in right here next week, same blog time, same blog channel, to see if your entry wowed our five judges. (Relax - none of them is named Simon!) Enter as many time as you like!

Your caption can be funny, poignant, captivating, silly ... whatever helps you decom-stress.

The previous week's winner will be announced each Monday when a new picture is posted. It could be you!

All 9 winners will be entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of  Too Blessed to be Stressed, plus a week's supply of your favorite Starbucks chill-out beverage (mine is chai latte). PLUS, everyone who sends in a caption (whether you win or not) will be entered into a drawing for a great surprise gift package.

Speaking of great prizes ...

Don't stress over your tress!
Don't forget to register in my FREE KINDLE GIVE-AWAY sweepstakes; the winner will be announced at my FaceBook Launch Party for Too Blessed to be Stressed on August 25 at 8 pm Eastern. Simply click here to register:

To learn more about Too Blessed to be Stressed or my other books, hop right on over to my website, and be sure to sign up for my quarterly e-newsletter to keep abreast of all the great contests and give-aways. And while you're there, click on "Stress Busters" and check out my newest 2-Minute Stress Buster videos (we're adding new ones all the time!) and my hilarious blooper.


Celebrating the Release of My Latest book "Too Stressed to be Blessed"

To celebrate the release of her latest laugh-out-loud book, Too Blessed to Be Stressed, Debora Coty is hosting the Too Blessed to Be Stressed KINDLE Giveaway!

Too Blessed to be Stressed is a fun-filled read overflowing with insights and practical tips. Perfectly delicious for living happily ever after! 
-Rhonda Rhea, best-selling author of Whatsoever Things Are Lovely

Read what the reviewers are saying here.

Debora has created a “Too Blessed” prize package worth over $150! One grand prize winner will receive:

* A brand new Latest Generation KINDLE with Wi-Fi and Pearl Screen

* Too Blessed to Be Stressed by Debora Coty (for KINDLE)

To enter just click one of the icons below. Hurry! The giveaway ends August 25th. Winner will be announced on the evening of the 18th during Debora's De-Stress Facebook Party! Debora will be hosting a "life-preserver" chat (it’s okay if you haven’t read the book – who knows, you might WIN a copy!), testing trivia skills, swapping funny stories, handing out some decom-stress tips, and giving away tons of great stuff! (Chocolate, books, and more!) Hope to see you there. Bring your friends and join the fun on August 25th at 5:00 PM PST (6 PM MDT, 7 PM CDT, & 8 PM EDT).

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Also - be sure to check out Debora's series of Stress-Buster videos at her website: She’s also hosting a photo caption contest on her blog for a chance to win a copy of Too Blessed to Be Stressed.