Open When!

Well we have made it to March! If any of you are on the east coast, we’re due for snow this week, but we can get through it, don’t worry!

For those of you who peruse Pinterest, have you seen those “Open When” letters? A person writes letters for another person based on different emotions and circumstances. For example, I may write separate letters to my significant other stating the following: Open when you are sad, open when you feel like laughing, open when you need motivation, etc.

As a whole, the letters are wonderful way to show your love and appreciation for a person. It may also make a wonderful gift. Author, Karen Salmansohn took this concept to another level and actually wrote a small blurb. Whenever you need a pick me up, it is something wonderful to keep on your nightstand or on your desk!

It comes out in Spring 2017, so keep an eye out!

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Anita Haridat, Ph.D

 

Uncoupling?

I have to be honest- I was very hesitant to read Conscious Uncoupling, but after just a few pages I was hooked. Unfortunately, the truth is that not all relationships can actually work out in the end. If we have the ability to maintain a sense of respect and sanity, things can progress nicely. I recommend this book to anyone who has gone through some type of trauma with regard to separation in a relationship. Whether it has been a marriage or not, there are great guidelines that can be used for everyone.

Habit Changers

Upon picking up Habit Changers, I did not have many expectations. I was intrigued by the concept of life-altering mantras and since I am a yoga fanatic, mindfulness has already been a concept that is near and dear to my heart.

M.J Ryan does a fantastic job of keeping things simple. She states that some of the biggest obstacles in our lives tend to deal with our own perspectives and how we respond to certain situations. Her tips are not extensive and drawn out. Instead, they are simple and straight to the point- which I absolutely love.

In essence, I keep this book right on my night stand and I pick it up any time I need a mental refresher. Our lives progress very rapidly and while we should enjoy our time, we should also be mindful of the way that we continue each day. With concepts such as happiness, change, risk taking, worrying, etc., there are bound to be parts that most people can relate to!

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*This book was sent to me by Blogging for Books

Life on the Edge

I have to say, Life on the Edge is one of the most thought provoking books that I have read in a while. I typically like to pick up nonfiction pieces that are geared towards self-improvement, but I figured that I would try something new this time around. At first glance, it seems as if the book may be difficult due to the discussion of quantum physics and biology. However, the information is rather interesting and very easy to read. As a whole, there is a precise explanation on the entirety of the world and how science plays a huge role in the development of overall life. Certain events that have taken place thus far have a significant impact on the way that human beings live and specific behaviors may be related to some of the negative instances.

This book is highly recommended for those people who are interested in science, but they seem to be intimidated by all of the nuances that are often seen. The authors break down the concepts in a clear and concise manner without facilitating confusing mechanisms. Furthermore, there is an allowance to get a better feel for the world and how science advances have progressed in a proper manner. If you are looking for something different, this is the book for you. Give it a try!

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20 Things We’d Tell our TwentySomething Selves: Book Review!

This is the kind of book that you wish you had when you start your early 20s. Filled with motivation and inspiration, the information and stories that are presented are nicely created and you feel as if you are speaking with a friend!

The advice that is found is very grace-filled and the reminders that are seen remind us that we are still growing. In essence, even after we get out of our 20s, most people still do not have everything figured out. There are many people who spend so much of their time worrying that they truly forget to live.

With just two years of my 20s left, I have taken the advice to heart and I remember to count my blessings each day. Give this book a try! You will not regret it!

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Live Your Best Life!

Who doesn’t want to give meaning to their life? In the witty book, The Better Life by Claire Diaz-Oriz, the author writes about small messages that pack a huge punch. The ideas are situated accordingly in order to help readers improve their mentalities and their overall lifestyles through simple suggestions. There are well-articulated reflections on concepts such as productivity, balance, success and even love.

Personally, I find that most self-improvement books become redundant after a while, but the author manages to indicate new ideas throughout each chapter. All of the stories are completely relatable and the ideas are very manageable.

One of my favorite passages is as follows:

“And so our challenge is to find a way to not shield ourselves from joy and grace of our very best things. And this is hard and I do not know the way. Every day, I try. I try to give thanks in the things I know I can do. I can smile wide. I can spot a bird. I can blink my eyes. I can take a sip of water. I can sign my name. I can bit into a cupcake…and I can give thanks along the way.”

With this short, motivational book, readers will be able to find the essentials for enjoying life and living well on a daily basis. You can even use it as your manifesto!

Disclaimer: I received this book from Moody Publishers for this review

Life of the Party: Motivation to Start a Business

In today’s society, is there anyone who does not want to read about motivational stories that pertain to success? Within Life of the Party by Bob Kealing, there is a remarkable story of the business woman known as Brownie Wise as her story unfolds during her development of the Tupperware Empire. First of all, I’m so glad I picked up this book, because I am a sucker for learning new things. I had no idea that there was such a tumultuous story behind the development of Tupperware. Wise had a rocky life, but she was still able to maintain a strong stance well throughout her journey.

Although I felt that there were times when the story kept dragging, there were many inspirational aspects which may be beneficial for those who are looking to start their own business. While Wise’s story took place in the 1950s, there are still a variety of principles that exist until today. One of my favorite excerpts from the book is written when Brownie Wise delivers a memorable speech to one of the Tupperware Home Parties. She says the following:

“Live this day. Make it work for you; for in the magic of this day walks tomorrow. All of us have to believe to live and the more we are able to believe with firmness and conviction; the more abundantly, the more prosperously, the more happily we live.”

Overall, I am truly impressed with this underdog story. Bonnie Wise is an extraordinary woman that people can definitely learn from!

Disclaimer: I received the book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Review: On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves

Towards the end of May, I decided to take the PopSugar 2016 reading challenge and it has been quite a journey! I’ve been reading books that I do not typically pick up. I find myself perusing books stores and libraries hoping to fulfill the unique categories that are available. If you are not familiar with the PopSugar reading challenge, I highly suggest you check it out. Some of the categories include the following:

  • Read a book that takes place on an island
  • Read a book about an unfamiliar culture
  • Read a book that takes place in the summer
  • Read a book in Oprah’s book club

And the list goes on!

One day, I was walking through the aisles of my local library and I spotted On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves. Now, for those of you who do not know already- I am an avid fan of books and movies that take place on a stranded island where people have to find a way to make sure that they survive. As soon as I started on the Island, it captured me and the premise was slightly different. In essence, a 30 year old English tutor travels accompanies her 19 year student on a family vacation in Maldives. The student has suffered from a form of cancer for years and he has been behind in his studies. The family is already waiting for them to join, however their plane goes down and there is a tumultuous series of events that take place.

 

The book not only covers the premise of being stranded on an island, but there is a dynamic that enfolds between the student and the teacher. I finished this book in one day because I was completely captivated!

Happy reading  🙂

Anita Haridat, Ph.D