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Scrappy Little Nobody, by Anna Kendrick is a fun read. I listened to the audiobook version (read by Anna herself!) and really enjoyed it. The book made me laugh out loud several times. Anna is filled with witty charm and graciously shares her life with us. Her honesty and candor are appreciated. The book is really a series of stories from Anna's life, from dating experiences to her unusual path to the performing arts.
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The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday is an excellent book! Over the past year I've had several friends read and recommend the book to me. I love self-improvement books and added it to my "to-read" list, but found that it kept getting pushed down the ranks as more books are always being added to my reading list for the book blog. After listening to one of my favorite podcasts (Brute Strength) and hearing the book mentioned once more, I moved the book up on my reading list and finally made time to enjoy it- and I'm glad I did!
As the title reflects, The Obstacle is the Way delves into how we can turn our obstacles into our successes. Furthermore, we can learn that the obstacle itself actually is the way we need to go. We've all heard the advice: the only way to overcome something is to go through it. It's true. Don't run from the obstacle, don't walk away and give up. Face the obstacle. Be creative. Be innovative. Be dedicated. And when we are brave enough to actually face the obstacle that sits before us, we will experience the reward.
My latest nonfiction book, Write Your Story: How to Jump Start Your Writing Career is now available via ebook and print! If you're a writer- or you're interested in becoming a writer, be sure to grab a copy. The book provides helpful information on writing both fiction and nonfiction, how to market your book, overcoming self-doubt, creating healthy daily practices and much more. I also share my journey to becoming a published author. Want to know more?
Here's what the books about...
Writing is grueling. It’s heart wrenching. To write is to reach deep into your soul and to sit with what you find. To examine life from every angle. To write is to live, but we must always remember to live if we are to write well.
Is writing easy? No. Nothing worthwhile ever is. But when we stain the pages of our writing with hard work, sweat, tears, and emotion, when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable to the page, it is worthwhile. Writing is an investment in ourselves and in the world. Words have the power to change the world. Ponder that for a moment. Words. The single tool we use to work our magic as writers, can produce change.
Write Your Story: How to Jump Start Your Writing Career will help and inspire you to reach your writing goals. Covering everything from healthy daily practices, overcoming self-doubt and comparitinitis, tips on writing both fiction and non-fiction, how to market your book and much more, Write Your Story will assist you in discovering the best path to reach your writing goals and to enhance your writing career.
Nathaniel Whitten's book, A Wise Man Taught Me How to Defy Gravity and Now I'll Teach You is an interesting read. The book discusses ways to step away from the daily grind of every day life and how you can discover ways to live your best life now and in the future. There is a chapter on The Joy of Spacing Out and another on finding out what is holding you down in life. Whitten also discusses the importance of developing an "astronaut eye". An astronaut eye, Whitten writes, is "the ability to rise above your present situation in order to view it from a distance, without judgement..." It is the ability to take a step back and watch yourself from afar. Whitten tells us that when we take a moment to view our life in this way, we take a new perspective; one that allows us to make any situation manageable. On this, he shares: "Suddenly, the traffic jam you're in becomes a curious abstraction, the endless meeting at the office a gathering of tiny heads all nodding in sequence, the blank piece of paper a simple square of white without the power to paralyze."
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Author William Keiper has written a useful and interesting book that heightens our "awareness of some of the factors and conditions that could, in the blink of an eye, suck you into a personal cybercrisis". In his book, Cyber Crisis - It's Personal Now, Keiper covers everything from: internet hacking, to internet addiction, cyberslacking, cyberbullying, cyber crimes and cyberpsychology... from social media to extortion, online reputation, identity theft and cybersecurity and much more. There are a lot of interesting facts that fill the pages of the book-- I learned a lot! If you use the internet, this book is a must read.
Be Awesome: How to Live Your Best Life is now available as an Audiobook on Audible, Amazon and iTunes! Find reviews and more information on the book, HERE. The motivational book is also available in print and ebook versions on Amazon, and at all major book retailers.
More about the book...
"You know how every once in a while you do something and a little voice inside says, “There. That’s it. That’s why you’re here.”…and you get a warm glow in your heart because you know it’s true? Do more of that.”
"I'VE WORKED A LOT OF JOBS. I’ve worked outside. In cubicles. In offices. At home. From my car. On a river. At a university. In schools. In kennels. In medicine. In food. In the woods. Behind a camera. With children. With senior citizens. In academia. And for world class jerks. I’ve been bored beyond belief. I’ve been exhausted from extremely long commutes. I’ve watched the excruciatingly slow minutes tick on the clock, knowing I had to put in my time and keep my derriere in my seat until the end of the scheduled day (even though there wasn’t a lick of work in sight). I’ve cleaned urinals. I’ve picked through trash. I’ve scrubbed gates and floors on my hands and knees using a toothbrush.
On the flip side, I’ve found what I love. It was with me all along. The difference was, I finally opened my eyes and took notice. I didn’t change anything about who I was, or am. I just let myself (finally) be that person; and that’s when everything began to take shape. I’m here to help you find what you love to do and to encourage you to begin (or continue) your journey to your best life. Whether you’re nineteen or eighty-five, it’s never too late to start living a life you love. You're awesome, so be awesome. Small tweaks and everyday attitudes and actions make a big difference. Discover how to live your best life by utilizing the gifts already inside of you."
Whether you're heading to the beach for a relaxing vacation or enjoying a quiet evening at home, be sure to check out these fantastic Must Grab Beach Reads (both fiction and nonfiction options)! Which have you read? Which books will you be adding to your "to read" list?
Without further ado...our 2017 list of Must Grab Beach Reads is below!
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Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, written by Cheryl Strayed is one of my favorite books. The book is filled with humor, insight, compassion and above all, honesty. The book is an absolute treasure. It is composed of short chapters, each a question and answer session with Strayed (from a column she wrote, called Dear Sugar). Her words address the human condition in the most beautiful way. As the description shares: "Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice."
Book Review: The Body Image Blueprint: Your Go-To Guide for Radical Self-Reverence, by Jenny Eden Berk
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The Body Image Blueprint: Your Go-To Guide for Radical Self-Reverence, by Jenny Eden Berk, MSEd is an excellent read. Berk is a certified Eating Psychology Coach and also holds a masters is counseling psychology (visit her website here). Berk wondered what it would be like if we could all "feel our identity more within our souls rather than the exterior shell that encapsulates us on Earth. Would we feel free? Would we feel happier?" She became concerned with all of the suffering humans endure when thinking out our bodies and wondered how we could begin to learn to connect more with our inner selves so that we are able to express the love that exists inside each of us. Berk grew concerned with bearing witness to chronic dieting, over-exercising and body-loathing. She hated the fact that so many humans felt "not good enough" in their bodies.
Everything I Needed to Know, I Learned in Hell by Dan Balestrero is a fantastic book written for the reader in a very clear and concise manner. The first half of the book lays the foundation for the second half of the book. The first half sets the foundation for what we want out of life, our goals and aspirations while the second half of the book sets the stage for achieving our goals. The conversational tone of the book was refreshing and the ideas and information presented throughout the latter chapters in the book made for a very educational and inspiring read. Everything I Needed to Know is a great book for those who are considering a change in life, whether it is a career change, retirement, or any other life altering event. As we seek change in our life, we must learn to adapt to those changes and Dan Balestrero has written a phenomenal book to help readers gain insight and courage to make life changes.
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