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Friday Finds (Aug. 1)

Friday Finds

FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).


So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

ShefskyLloyd_InventReinventThrive  SweetLeonard_TheWellPlayedLife  TurakAugust_BusinessSecretsOfTheTrappistMonks

 

Invent, Reinvent, Thrive” by Lloyd Shefsky
The Well-Played Life” by Leonard Sweet
Business Secrets of the Trappist Monks” by August Turak

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (July 30)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?




My answers:

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinWhat are you currently reading? I’ve just started reading “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves, and it’s good, so far.







OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider, and found it very enjoyable.





VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve got “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk out of the local library, again, and I’d like to get it finished!




PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (July 29)

TeaserTuesdays-CTeaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinMy Teasers:

“’’Yes’, I say, as goose bumps break out on my arms and a chill runs through my body. Twenty-five years have passed, but everyone in the tristate area who is over a certain age knows that name.”

~ p. 121, “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

Musing Mondays (July 28)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

My Musings:

I’m excited to have recently purchased “80/20 Sales & Marketing” by Perry Marshall — he has it on sale for $0.01 on his website! (and I had recently added it to my TBR list after finding it in the bookstore — so this was too good of a deal to pass up!). You just have to pay the S&H — which, to Canada, was a bit more, but whatever… I’m still getting the book for cheaper than I would’ve paid for it in the store. ;)

Description: 

MarshallPerry_8020SalesAndMarketingGuided by famed marketing consultant and best-selling author Perry Marshall, sales and marketing professionals save 80 percent of their time and money by zeroing in on the right 20 percent of their market — then apply 80/202 and 80/203 to gain 10X, even 100X the success. With a powerful 80/20 software tool (online, included with the book), sellers and marketers uncover how to slash time-wasters; advertise to hyper-responsive buyers and avoid tire-kickers; gain coveted positions on search engines; differentiate themselves from competitors and gain esteem in their marketplace. With the included tools they’ll see exactly how much money they’re leaving on the table, and how to put it back in their pockets. Sellers will identify untapped markets, high-profit opportunities and incremental improvements, gaining time and greater profit potential.

Supported by online tools from Marshall, including The 80/20 Power Curve, a tool that helps you see invisible money, and a Marketing DNA Test, a personal assessment that zeroes in on one’s natural selling assets, this timeless guide promises to change the game for seasoned and novice marketers and sellers.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answer in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

The Sunday Post (July 27)

SundayPostIt’s been a while since I posted a Sunday Post! So, I thought I’d pop in and give an update on where things are, at the moment.

I was finally able to get a couple of books finished, last weekend! I’m really falling behind, this year! Normally, by this point in the year, I’d have read closer to 30-40 books. Sadly, I’ve only hit 16 for now. :( Ah well. Such is the life of an entrepreneur! Business takes over!

I’m still learning how to balance out my life with my business — so that I make time for reading, and don’t just keep on working past 5 p.m. It’s hard, when you work from home, to just set things aside. There’s always the thought that I could just get done that one other thing… or, I could just mess around with my website for a bit (which always ends up with me working on it for the rest of the evening!). Sigh.

RLC-buttonTake yesterday, for instance. I had fully intended to spend the day reading! But, alas… my website got the better of me! I started tweaking one page, which led to changing several pages… then making new images for one… then researching content for another. And, on and on it goes! I get really caught up when it comes to designing — I can’t help it; I love doing that stuff! And, add to that that I love to think of the possibilities with the changes I add to the site — and it just drags me away from anything else I’d planned! LOL

One of the changes I made was that I added in an actual “Blog” link — so now all of my posts can be found in one click, rather than going to one, and then having to click on the “Latest Posts” button to get others, one at a time (it was driving me nuts, and I’m the site’s owner! LOL).

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Another change I added is that I finally decided on a specialty: Personal Development Coaching. I’d toyed around with the idea of focusing on Business Coaching, or Career Coaching. But, while I really find those things interesting, Personal Development (PD) Coaching gives me a lot more room to work within — allowing me to help others with many different aspects of life. It doesn’t box me in as much as Business or Career Coaching would.

Of course, I’ll still offer Business Coaching, and coaching pertaining to careers/jobs! Those will just fall under the heading of Personal Development, or they’ll be offered separately. PD Coaching will just be my main focus… the highlight, so to speak.

What is Personal Development Coaching? It’s coaching that works on any area of life where you want to go from this level to the next, whether that’s in the area of job transition (as mentioned above), health & wellness, work-life balance, organization, etc. All of my coaching includes personality and core values discovery, as I believe it’s the starting point for getting you to a place of happier relationships, and a better work environment.

Anyhoo. In other news, I’m very excited to finally have found help for my SEO! I’ve been searching for someone for a while, but hadn’t been able to find what I need. This past week, after contacting a friend of mine who designs websites, etc., I was referred to this SEO guy, and after talking with him, I’m confident that he will be able to help me get where I need to go. Yay! ;)

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Back to the reading front…

Covet_TraceyGarvisGravesI am just starting into “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves, and I hope to be done it within the week. I have a pile of review books that has built up — some that have been sitting here for too long, already :( — so I need to put more time toward my reading.

Next in the queue is probably Marybeth Whalen’s “The Bridge Tender” (another review book — see the full list). Or, perhaps “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk, as I’d really like to get that book finished before it’s due back to the library, this time!

I’m also currently skimming through a book on SEO — needed to educate myself a bit better about what best practices currently are. I’m not reading the whole thing through, cover to cover, though, as I just don’t have the time. I’m just pulling the highlights, and taking notes from those.

I have a few other library books at home, as well, that I’d really like to get into:

The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Split-Second Persuasion by Kevin Dutton

Here’s hoping for a good week of reading! (and some determination, today, to get further in my current read!)

Friday Finds (July 25)

FridayFinds-aFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

FordCandaceN_The180Revolution  CamdenElizabeth_WithEveryBreath-GM-august

 

The 180* Revolution” by Candace N. Ford

With Every Breath” by Elizabeth Camden

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

WWW Wednesdays (July 23)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?


My answers:

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinWhat are you currently reading? I’ve just started reading “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves, and it’s good, so far.





OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeWhat did you recently finish reading? I finished “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider, and found it very enjoyable. I have a GIVEAWAY going for this book, right now — it ends Friday, so hurry and enter, if you want your chance to win! ;)




VaynerchukGary_JabJabJabRightHookWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve got “Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook” by Gary Vaynerchuk out of the local library, again, and I’d like to get it finished!




PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (July 22)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

GravesTraceyGarvis_Covet_penguinMy Teasers:

“’You’re in a good mood,’ Elisa says. She twists the cap off a bottle of water and takes a drink.”

~ p. 173, “Covet” by Tracey Garvis-Graves

 


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

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REVIEW: “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider {with Giveaway!}

OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeTsh Oxenreider is a blogger I’ve known of, for a while (haven’t actually been following her posts, but I might start, now!) She writes, in this book, about her daily family life — both in Turkey and in the USA — and how she and her husband have decided to live a slower, more intentional life.

Of course, in our Western culture, this isn’t easy. But Tsh and her family have found a way to make it work. One thing they’ve chosen as part of this is to join the “slow food” movement, where you eat mostly locally grown foods. I’d like to look into doing something like this. I’ve often thought of it, and just haven’t done it, yet.

I also love the idea of living a simpler, and more intentional life. Tsh says that she found a lot of people crave this… and I’m one of those. Definitely. This book (in addition to the last one I finished before this) has inspired me to go through my house and really declutter and simplify. I’ve been wanting to for a while, and — again — just hadn’t gotten around to it. Time to actually DO the things I’ve been putting off. ;)

Definitely recommend this book. Tsh’s writing style is very easy, but (thankfully) not rambling. I really enjoyed this one.

About the Book:

What does it mean to live intentionally?  Tsh explains, “To live with intention means to make daily little choices that resonate deeply in our soul—that make sense deep in our being and ring true.

Notes From a Blue Bike is for people who crave a more meaningful life, a life that doesn’t bow down to calendars, and a life that makes margin for relationships and contemplation.  Tsh teaches readers how to slow down in a culture that worships efficiency and believes a checked-off to-do list is the sign of a good day. 

This book chronicles schooling quandaries and dinnertime dilemmas, as well as entrepreneurial adventures and family excursions via plane, train, car and blue cruiser bike. Tsh’s personal experiences translate into universal felt needs, covering five core areas of life—food, work, education, travel, and entertainment—each infused with spiritual insights.

Entertaining, thoughtful and compelling—but never shrill or dogmatic— Notes From a Blue Bike invites you to pay attention to who you are and what your family needs.  Then, it encourages you to make some choices and live the life that reflects your true values.

“This book is about giving ourselves permission to creatively change the little things in our lives,” she writes. “It’s about living life, instead of life living us… It’s about living with intention.”

Notes From a Blue Bike will compel you to climb on your own bike for an adventure you’ll never forget.  It’s a risky ride, but it’s worth it.

Living according to who you really are simply takes a little intention.   It’s never too late to live out your dreams.

 

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The same company that sent me a copy of this book is offering a SECOND complimentary copy to one of my readers! So, leave a comment telling me one thing you’d do to live a simpler life, and I will choose a winner from the comments by the end of the week. You’ll be notified by email if your name is chosen. Thanks!

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Complimentary review copy was provided to me by Shelton Interactive.

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Musing Mondays (July 21)

MusingMondays5Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…

• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).

• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it! 

• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.

• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!

• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!



My Musings:

I actually got to “buy” a pile of books — traded for them, actually — last weekend! We’d visited my Dad for a few days, and then Dad gave me a bunch of his already-read books to trade in at the weekend market’s book stall. I ended up with $45 worth, so I got the following (plus spent $3 of my own at that stall, and $5 of my own at a second book stall):

• “The Barcode Tattoo” by Suzanne Weyn (for my daughter)
• “The Book of Souls” by Glen Cooper
• “The Winter Palace” by Eva Stachniak
• “Mistress of Rome” by Kate Quinn (already read this — loved it!)
• “Empress of the Seven Hills” by Kate Quinn (book 3)
• “Kiss of Crimson” by Lara Adrian
• “The Weigh Down Diet” by Gwen Shamblin
• “Thirst: Vol. 4” by Christopher Pike
• “Creating Your Best Life” by Carolyn Adams Miller
• “The Power of Full Engagement” by Jim Loehr

Have a look at my library, here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/mizbooks


PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Musing Mondays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

REVIEW: “First Steps to Wealth” by Dani Johnson

JohnsonDani_FirstStepsToWealthI have skimmed through and read a ton of books on personal finance, lately, and this is probably one of the best — if not the best — one I’ve come across, thus far.

Dani Johnson went from being homeless, to becoming a millionaire. It’s a true “rags to riches” story. She met some helpful people along the way that she learned from, and has been able to help thousands of people learn how to make money, keep it, and make their money work for them.

Throughout this book, Dani shares the “12 Laws of Success” that, if followed, will lead you to great blessings. My favorites — the ones that spoke to me most deeply — were: “The Law of Reaping & Sowing” (you reap what you sow); “The Law of Honor” (honor every person you meet); and “The Law of Promotion” (if you’re faithful with the little things –what you have now– you’ll be made ruler over much).

There’s a whole section on declaring War on Debt — Dani’s program has helped thousands of people pay off thousands of dollars of debt fast!… even their mortgages! — and there’s another section all about investments… the most important one being learning to invest in yourself!

Overall, I really enjoyed this book — so much that I’m putting it on my Top 10 List for this year! Definitely recommended.

See DaniJohnson.com for more.

Friday Finds (July 18)

FF2_MdFRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

So, come on — share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

My Finds:

AlexanderRebecca_TheSecretsOfLifeAndDeath  PulmanFelicity_IMorgana  McNealLauraLane_Dollbaby  WolraichMichael_UnreasonableMen  MohrTara_PlayingBig

CheallaighAine_TheVisualEnneagram  PatriauGustavo_TheAntiquarian  AllenDebbie_TheHighlyPaidExpert  RaoKathleen_MyBossIsAJerk  MurphyJennifer_ILoveYouMore

ClarkCorie_TheSimplicityProject  AndersonScot_ThinkLikeABillionaireBecomeABillionaire  AndersonDrCThomas_BecomingAMillionaireGodsWay  TownsElmer_Loneliness  RattinerDan_InTheHamptons

BurchardBrendon_TheCharge  BurchardBrendon_TheMillionaireMessenger  TrumpDonaldJ_TrumpThinkLikeABillionaire

 

The Secrets of Life & Death” by Rebecca Alexander
I, Morgana” by Felicity Pulman
Dollbaby” by Laura Lane McNeal
Unreasonable Men” by Michael Wolraich
Playing Big” by Tara Mohr
The Visual Enneagram” by Aine Ne Cheallaigh
The Antiquarian” by Gustavo F. Patriau
The Highly Paid Expert” by Debbie Allen
My Boss is a Jerk” by Kathleen Rau
I Love You More” by Jennifer Murphy
The Simplicity Project” by Corie Clark
Think Like a Billionaire, Become a Billionaire” by Scot Anderson
Becoming a Millionaire God’s Way” by Dr. C. Thomas Anderson
Loneliness” by Elmer L. Towns
In the Hamptons” by Dan Rattiner
The Charge” by Brendon Burchard
The Millionaire Messenger” by Brendon Burchard
Trump: Think Like a Billionaire” by Donald Trump

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your Friday Finds post, or share your ‘finds’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

 

 

WWW Wednesdays (July 16)

WWW_Wednesdays4To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?



My answers:

JohnsonDani_FirstStepsToWealthWhat are you currently reading? I’m reading “First Steps to Wealth” by Dani Johnson, and it’s excellent!






GroutPam_E2What did you recently finish reading? I finally finished a book — after a full month! It was “E2” by Pam Grout. A quick, easy read about the power of your thoughts and intentions.





OxenreiderTsh_NotesFromABlueBikeWhat do you think you’ll read next? I’ve promised to read “Notes From a Blue Bike” by Tsh Oxenreider next (review book), so that’s what it’ll be.





PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own WWW Wednesdays post, or share your answers in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks!  :D

Teaser Tuesdays (July 15)

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

JohnsonDani_FirstStepsToWealthMy Teasers:

“When I came up from under that wave, I had to make a decision about what to do with my life. And I did.”

~ p. 11, “First Steps to Wealth” by Dani Johnson

 

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here (if you don’t have a blog). Thanks! :D

{The link for the comments is at the BOTTOM of this post.}

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