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instant Happy journal

instant Happy journal

365 days of inspiration, gratitude, and joy

Karen Salmansohn

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I was very excited about receiving this book to review.  The cover is bright and colorful. The pages are different every day.  The Author states the mission of this book is “to help you to live your happiest life”.  The book is filled with what the author calls “happiness prompters”.  These prompters are meant to inspire you to reflect and focus on your day.  Where is the most joy, appreciation and love is found in you life or day?  I like that you have a fill in date, this way you can start on any day you choose. The book is very happy and will inspire you to want to journal your thoughts.  The pages are beautifully designed and the prompts are thoughtful.

Here is an example of two of the “happiness prompters”.

“It’s time to let old habits go!”

Your Mantra

“I release the need for these old habits in my life!”

“NOW TALK YOURSELF INTO LETTING THESE OLD HABITS BECOME ANCIENT HISTORY.”

Space is left for you to journal your thoughts.

or

“DO IT NOW”

“Sometimes later becomes never.”

Space is left for you to journal your thoughts.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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YOUNGER NEXT YEAR

youngernextyear (1)YOUNGER NEXT YEAR

The Exercise Program

Chris Crowley &

Henry S. Lodge, M.D.

With a Whole-Body Exercise Regimen

by Bill Fabrocini, P.T

The authors of Younger Next Year and Thinner Next Year strikes again. In this book they combine Younger Next Year and Thinner Next Year to come up with what they call “road map to your best life”.

This is another health and fitness book. They tell you what exercises to do and how to do them. This book is to help you get through the first month of exercise and the author hope this book will be a reference book you will use the rest of your life. There is also a how to book on the right way to exercises.

The authors recommend we exercise six days a week for 45 minutes a day plus 10 minute warm-up.  After the first month two days would be substituted for strength training. The is a lay out of warm-up exercises and strength training by Bill Fabrocini, Physical Therapist and  Riggs Klika PHD. You can download six-page illustrated cheat sheet for the warm-ups and a guide for the 25 scared strength training exercises free at youngernextyear.com.

The author suggested we treat exercise like it is a job. Pencil it into our calendar.  Stating that we would not call out on a job so fast, so, we should treat exercise the same way we treat our real jobs.

I enjoyed the book even though a lot of it I have heard before, sometime you need that motivation to get you started moving again.  Someone to tell you that by not exercising you are allowing decay to set in but if you just get moving you can change the way the story ends. I received a free ARC of this book from NetGalley and Workman Publishing Company in exchange for my honest review.

 

 

Creating a Better Life for Yourself

Thrive

The third metric to redefining success and creating a life of well-being, wisdom and wonder.Thrive

Arianna Huffington

When I came across this book I couldn’t wait to read it.  Arianna Huffington talks about the day she had a wake up call and knew she needed to change her life.  Her wake up call came with broken cheekbone and a nasty gash over her eye cause by a fall brought on by exhaustion and lack of sleep.

Money and Power has been the traditional success metric. Huffington compares this to a 3-legged stool where money and power are two legs and cannot stand with out the third.  Third leg of this metric is well-being, wisdom and wonder.  Huffington spells out how we can redefine our lives by creating a life of wisdom and wonder.  Most of this we all have read in other books, but it is good to hear it again as a reminder that we need to treat ourselves as number one.

We are so plugged in to electronic these days that we sometimes forget to be in the moment, take care of ourselves, be grateful, exercise, listen to the tiny voice within and giving. When our love ones
are talking to us, oftentimes we are there physically but not mentally.  We spend a lot of time on our cell phones, keeping up with our friends on Facebook or working 60 hours a week. We don’t always have time for the important things.

Life is short and we should enjoy every moment of the journey. Chasing money and power shouldn’t be the only things in life you are chasing.  A balance needs to be in place so we can enjoy the important things in life.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Blogging For Books review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

Clearing Clutter: Tackling Physical, Mental and Spiritual Clutter

Clearing Clutter:  Tackling Physical, Mental and Spiritual Clutter

By Alexandra Chauran

Alexandra Chauran bio states she is a second generation Cleaning Clutterfortune-teller.  She is certified in tarot and has been interviewed on National Public Radio and other major media outlets.

In Alexandra introduction, she talks about her own experience growing up in a home where clutter was an issue.  Even their schedules were clutter with practices, meetings, and organized weekend hikes.  She said the clutter was not like hoarding, but more of an “accumulated achievements of a family who valued travel and its associates tales of adventure.”

The book will help you define and deal with clutter in your life.  When you clear clutter from your life, you will need to look at all three areas:  physical, mental or spiritual kind. The physical clutter will be your home, office, car and body.  Mental clutter is the past and the future. Spiritual clutter is clutter problems and spiritual solutions.  The author throughout each chapter gives you clearing tips to help you de-clutter.

Simplify, harmonize and reflect your physical, mental and spiritual space.  These are the three phases she talks about in the book.  She also talks about Chi and Feng Shi and how to use them in clearing physical clutter.  She talks about meditation how to use different techniques in dealing with mental clutter.   She touches on debt, E-clutter, relationships, multitasking and challenging your bad habits. By taking baby steps, we can begin feeling less stress.  In spiritual clutter, she talks about values and finding your purpose and rituals.

I would read this book again and would recommend it for anyone who is dealing with a life of clutter.  Clear Clutter talks about all areas of our lives that we all could benefit from.  I, myself had to deal with what the author calls Monkey Chatter from Tai Chi.  Monkey chatter is that voice that goes on and on inside your head. By clearing our lives of stuff, meditating to clear the monkey chatter and identifying what is important to us, we can regain control of our lives.

This book was provided to me free from the publisher through the Netgalley review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review and, the opinions I have expressed are my own.

 

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Left At The Altar

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LEFT AT THE ALTAR
My story of Hope and Healing for every woman who has felt the Heartbreak of Rejection
Kimberley Kennedy

This book was provided to me by the publisher through the BookSneeze.com review blogger program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
The Rejection
Lew was the finance aka Mr. Perfect. Kimberley was the famous Atlanta news anchor, bride to be. “I just can’t do it,” said Mr. Perfect on the eve of the most important day of Kimberley’s life.
The Heartbreak
She grieves over Lew as if he had died. Her love for him was deep and all consuming. She couldn’t function. She loved him deeply, so deeply that she gave up a good job because of her breakup with him. She had to face public humiliation and her heart breaking to pieces. Instead of blaming Lew, she blamed God. She felt like God abandoned her.
The Hope
Kimberley wrote this book to give others who have faced rejection or have lost someone a way to hope again. Through her journey she learned to trust God.
The Healing
Kimberley has a chapter on the man’s perspective and insight on how they felt after being the person who did the rejecting. Kimberly shows you how to move forward and get on with living.
New Beginnings
She shows you how she was able to take her problem and make it her solution.

This book teaches faith and determination.

 

The Walk

>The Walk by Richard Paul Evans.

I checked this book out from my local library. This book is an easy read. It chronologically follows one mans life changing and spiritual experience after losing everything. He lost his company, his wife, his home and his cars all at the same time. Yes, he thought of taking a handful of pills, but instead he decides that he want to do something different. He packs his boy scout essentials. He sets out on a journey to walk from Washington to the Keys. He meets people along the way that changes and saves his life and the way he thinks. Book 2 of the Walk Series will becoming out in April 2011 and I can’t wait to read it. This book was inspiring.