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Why I’ve Been Absent

breaking-free-image_istockHey there, friends. I feel I owe you an apology. You may have noticed that I haven’t been playing in my own memes, lately. I really haven’t got any excuse, other than that I just haven’t felt up to playing along. I am busy building my business, and it really takes up most of my mental space, these days. As such, I just feel I have nothing left to give to my blog.

However, I want others to be able to keep playing, so I’ve taken to putting up the posts (scheduled), and just not playing along. I really hope you’ll still keep coming by to play! I still come by and read everyone’s entries. Rest assured, I’m still paying attention! I’d miss you all, if you weren’t here!

I haven’t been reading much, lately. As such, I don’t have a lot to say in my memes, anyway. My own WWW Wednesday answers aren’t going to change any time soon… My Teaser Tuesday answers would constantly be from the same book — and that’d get boring.

I still have Friday Finds… that’s the one I’ll try to keep up with, as I need to keep logging the books I find, or they’ll overtake me! LOL.

But, I hope you all will bear with me as I figure out how to transition all of this. Thank you so much, in advance, for understanding!

Friday Finds (Sept. 26)

FridayFinds2014jFRIDAY 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:

GanshertKatie_ABrokenKindOfBeautiful  WingateLisa_TheStoryKeeper  TankersleyLeeana_BreathingRoom  MilesTracie_YourLifeStillCounts  HickmanLisaN_WritingInTheMargins

WeisethNish_Speak  ManionJeff_Satisfied  SoukupRuth_HowToBlogForProfit  ShaneScott_TheIllusionsOfEntrepreneurship  SonnenblickJordan_DrumsGirlsAndDangerousPie

A Broken Kind of Beautiful” by Katie Ganshert
The Story Keeper” by Lisa Wingate
Breathing Room” by Leeana Tankersley
Your Life Still Counts” by Tracie Miles
Writing in the Margins” by Lisa Nichols Hickman
Speak” by Nish Weiseth
Satisfied” by Jeff Manion
How to Blog for Profit: Without Selling Your Soul” by Ruth Soukup
The Illusions of Entrepreneurship” by Scott Shane
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie” by Jordan Sonnenblick



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 (Sept. 24)

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:

** Sorry… nothing has changed, lately. **

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!

Teaser Tuesdays (Sept. 23)

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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!

My Teasers:

** Sorry — I have nothing for you, today. **

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 (Sept. 22)

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:

(Sorry, folks. Nothing for today.)

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

Friday Finds (Sept. 19)

FridayFinds2014jFRIDAY 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:

KelleyBarbara_Undecided

Undecided” by Barbara Kelley

(yes, just one measley find, this week! I’ve been too busy planning for my EC 2015 Planner! LOL).

 

 

 

 
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 (Sept. 17)

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:

What are you currently reading?  Same as last week for all of my answers. Sick with a cold, and not up for posting more. Sorry, folks. :(

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next? 

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!

Teaser Tuesdays (Sept. 16)

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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!

My Teasers:

** Will be back next week! Sorry, peeps! **

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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 (Sept. 15)

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:

Going to answer a question a reader once asked, today: “Who inspired your love of reading? And, has your reading influenced anyone else?

I’m going to guess that my mom is the one who inspired my reading … but it could be a combination of my mom, her mom (my Grandma), and my Dad. They are all readers. And, while I don’t have any really specific memories that would prompt me to name my grandma or my dad as influences on my reading, I’m sure their books/reading/bookshelves snuck into my subconscious somehow. And, as for my mother, I remember her reading to my siblings and I, and she took us to the bookstores and let us pick out books. So, that’s why I name her as the catalyst for my love of reading.

I can only hope that my own love of reading will have influenced others, namely my two children. My son claims to not like reading and yet, as soon as a new “Amulet” series book comes out and he gets his hand on it, he will hibernate in his room with the book and not come out ’til he’s read it cover to cover. ;) So, it’s just a matter of giving him the right reading material (he’s 16). My daughter, on the other hand, enjoys reading, and will do so whenever she finds something of interest to read.


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 (Sept. 14)

SundayPostWell, I haven’t done one of these in a while! But, I felt like doing so, today. I finally have some interesting (IMHO!) tidbits to share. :)

The biggest thing, right now, is that I am completely obsessed with ErinCondren.com, the 2015 Life Planner I just ordered from there, and the decorating ideas I’m learning for when it arrives! I joined a group on Facebook called “We Love EC” (for fellow EC planner owners), and they’re a bad influence! LOL. They post pictures of the stuff they’ve bought to decorate their planners with, and all sorts of awesome ideas, and I’m giddy! I am going shopping, this week, to stock up on planner supplies — a laminator, stickers, washi tape, and more! :P

Since I don’t have my planner, yet, I had to borrow some pictures off of EC’s website. But this is the planner I ordered (rainbow colors), and the two interchangeable covers I bought to go along with it! (Yes! The covers are interchangeable, and that makes the Renaissance Soul in me sooooo excited!!!).

ecplanner1-fleur  ecplanner2-stripes-bluegreen  ecplanner3-charcoalfoil

 

The blue/green stripes one has a quote beside it because I opted to add a picture to the back of my planner — this one, since I’m going to be making “Possible” my One Word for 2015. Also, each one of the covers is personalized, so all three sets will say “Rhythm Life Coaching” on them (in the blank spaces you see, currently).

Here’s a picture of the supplies I currently have stocked up on (at right). Like I said, I have a trip to the local “Michael’s Craft Store” planned for this week, and I’m going to be buying a Scotch brand laminator, a Xyron sticker-maker, a Fiskars paper trimmer, and whatever else I can afford (washi tape, stickers, etc). ;)

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System-Wheel-Rhythm-Life-CoachingIn business news, I’ve started finalizing my products and services for my company, Rhythm Life Coaching. I now have a “system” that my clients can go through, if they choose. I help women to find balance in 8 key areas of their life, including:

  1. Personal Identity & Core Values
  2. Time Management
  3. Physical Health
  4. Career (and/or Business)
  5. Finances
  6. Spirituality
  7. Personal Growth

Clients have the option to go through just one of these modules, a mix of them (depending on their needs), or the whole system, if they wish.

And, last but not least, in book news, I am struggling to find time to read for personal interest. I’ve managed to be doing some reading for my business — both Life Coaching books, and a manuscript for a local author (it’s a YA book, so stay tuned, as I promised to promo it when she’s finally got it published!) — but my personal reading is suffering. I’m still working on “With Every Breath” by Elizabeth Camden, and have a pile of other books waiting for me to get to them, as well. All of them, currently, are review books.

Ah well. Hence the need for a day-planner! LOL. I need to work on my own Time Management skills! ;)

REVIEW: “Adirondack Book Chair” from Gone Reading

I am so giddy to have gotten one of these cute little book holders for review! When I saw a different version of GoneReading.com’s book chairs on someone else’s blog, I had to go check out the site — and I found this one! And, very generously, the owner of the company agreed to send me one for review. :)

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The Adirondack Book Rest is just right for holding your book or tablet. It’s got a velcro strap that holds the stand up, but also unstraps to allow the chair to lay flat, and be placed in a bookshelf for storage.

AdirondackBookRest-back  adirondackbookrest-withbook  adirondackbookrest-withtablet



In testing this little chair out, I found that it’s not strong enough to hold a heavier book. The velcro actually started peeling off the wood (the glue was coming undone). However, this is simple fix — I plan to superglue the velcro back on, and it should hold just fine.

For a regular paperback, or a tablet, this little holder will work just fine. It’s tilted at just the right angle to allow for easy reading. I had tried it with a heavy textbook, and I don’t think it’s made for that.

According to the website, the Adirondack Book Rest measures almost 8″ wide x 8.75″ tall x 1.25″ deep.  The book holder can accommodate print books of up to 7/8″ deep (on each side) when using the wooden swivels to hold the book in place.

Overall, I love this little book holder, and definitely recommend it. Or, if you prefer, there’s another cute book-holder chair here.

Thanks, again, to GoneReading for sending me this cute little item! ;)

REVIEW: “When the Game Stands Tall” (movie)

When-the-Games-Stands-Tall-PostThanks to Nuts About Books, I was given tickets to go see the movie, “When the Game Stands Tall” in theatres.

I am not a fan of football. I don’t like seeing men tackling others, and I just don’t get it. However, I have to say that this movie was very good, despite that it’s about football. It’s based off a true story, of the De La Salle school football team, and their incredible winning streak. Their coach had a different approach to coaching football, and it led them to great success. Yet, when tragedy happens, and the streak is broken, the team has to find a way to keep going despite the discouragement and disappointment. That’s what this movie is all about.

The film has a faith element to it, yet I was glad that it wasn’t too “cheesy” or overly religious. And, like I said, while I hate football, generally, the movie had me surprisingly interested — if only because you get to know the players, and I think that that helps to make the stakes more interesting.

Overall, I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. Definitely recommended.

Friday Finds (Sept. 12)

FridayFinds2014jFRIDAY 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:

BartonCody_ThisIsIt  KeeSamuel_SoulTattoo_DavidCCook  MycoskiBlake_StartSomethingThatMatters  MeyerMarco_TheBusinessModelCanvasPlaybook
LevittSteven_ThinkLikeAFreak  SieboldSteve_HowRichPeopleThink  CastlemanTim_TheCreativityChecklist  KellyMatthew_OffBalance
KashdanTodd_TheUpsideOfYourDarkSide  PaulsonMart_GetThingsDone  KahnemanDavid_ThinkingFastAndSlow  CorleyThomas_RichHabits

This Is It” by Cody Barton
Soul Tattoo” by Samuel Kee
Start Something That Matters” by Blake Mykoskie
The Business Model Canvas Playbook” by Marco Meyers
Think Like a Freak” by Steven Levitt
How Rich People Think” by Steve Siebold
The Creativity Checklist” by Tim Castleman
Off Balance” by Matthew Kelly
The Upside of Your Dark Side” by Todd Kashdan, & Robert Biswas-Diener
Get Things Done” by Mart Paulson
Thinking Fast & Slow” by Daniel Kahneman
Rich Habits” by Thomas C. Corley

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 (Sept. 10)

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:

CamdenElizabeth_WithEveryBreath-GM-augustWhat are you currently reading?  “With Every Breath” by Elizabeth Camden.







What did you recently finish reading? Nothing recently.

FarleyAndrew_RelaxingWithGodWhat do you think you’ll read next?  Another review book, most likely. I’m thinking “Relaxing with God” by Andrew Farley.






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!

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