January 13, 2018
American Yesterday by Eric Sloane
I’m always enthusiastic to learn about life in America long ago. The older I become the more inspired I become to dive into the past and learn the life my ancestors lived. While antique stores fascinate me, stories and books depicting yester year are just as interesting.
I stumbled upon this Eric Sloane book a few years ago and read it in a few days. As all passionate readers know, good books are meant to be reread over and over again. I love Sloane’s sketches of house styles, furniture and old barns. He speaks of long ago with a nostalgic air and brings the reader to that time.
According to Sloane, the Town Crier in the 1600’s was also the lamplighter. Street lights were iron cages filled with burning pine and were hung up with poles. The Town crier had to keep the fires blazing all night. This is one of many interesting facts from this book that I didn’t know before, inspiring me to read more.
Other Eric Sloane books are A Musuem of Early American Tools and American Barns and Covered Bridges. Check them out if you wish to be thrust back in time to learn of traditions and lifestyles of long ago.
January 1, 2018
My first time writing 2018! 😮
Fellow blogger Jodi suggested Braving the Wilderness by Brene’ Brown a few months ago. It interested me and I immediately placed it on my book wish list for Christmas. I want to thank Jodi for suggesting this awesome book, its pages have been hours of enjoyment! I’m almost done reading it after starting a few days ago. Interspersed in the pages are my sticky notes with ideas I want to keep and revisit. The book focuses on belonging and Brown’s research and insight of it. Many pages spoke to me as all my life I’ve felt like I haven’t belonged and therefore I had to act to fit in. Guess what? I’m done with that! I’m just me and if I belong to myself that’s a start.
I would love to share with you some of Brown’s words and ideas that mean something to me.
” Do not think you can be brave with your life and your work and never disappoint anyone. It doesn’t work that way.”
Permission slips to yourself is an attempt to belong to yourself and no one else.
( I love this one! My first permission slip is not to take life so seriously)
You will always belong anywhere you show up as yourself and talk about yourself and your work in a real way.
Once we belong thoroughly to ourselves and Believe thoroughly in ourselves, true belonging occurs.
People are hard to hate close up. Move in.
Check this book out if you wish to gather insight on belonging and being yourself. Next I’m inspired to read Brown’s Rising Strong. After I read it I’l share my thoughts with you.
Happy Reading my friends!
What do you reading suggestions do you have for the cold winter nights?
All My Best,
Heart and Soul
November 7, 2017
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
This book spoke to me so much that I am re-read it after finishing it. My neighbor and friend Anita suggested it and lent me the book. After I told her how I loved it, she gifted it to me. It’s a special gift because it’s made me think of my learned behaviors and how toxic they are. I’m trying my best to apply these Four Agreements to my life.
The Four Agreements are as followed;
1. Be impeccable with your word. Stay true to your word and say positive words and not negative. This not only applies to talking to others but to yourself! Don’t talk down to yourself but choose uplifting words. If you speak negatives it becomes your reality. Positive words will pave your way to a freedom of sorts…away from a living hell.
2. Don’t take anything personally. What someone thinks of you is not your business, did you know that? I have always wanted and demanded that others would like me without judgments and in turn I take situations personally, thinking that maybe their opinions are my fault. No, this isn’t true! What matters is what you think. Not everyone in this life is going to accept or like you and the sooner you face this the better your life will be.
Another side note is that when you take everything personally you are thinking that the world revolves around you! That’s not true. Everyone has a reason for what they do and most of the time it’s not about you but them.
3. Don’t make assumptions. Most of our lives we have made assumptions and made them truths to ourselves. When we don’t really know the truth, our thoughts become reality but that’s not good. Our brain has a mind of its own ( haha, good pun) and is constantly thinking and producing unwanted garbage.
4. Always try your best. This applies to the other three agreements. Living with holding these strong principles orchestrating the way will not always be easy. If you have a tendency to gossip then it may be a hard habit to break. If you fail, get up and try again with a determination that you want to live free of that toxin.
I highly recommend this book to you. It’s a quick read but one to be savored, thought about and reread again. It’s changed the way I’m approaching situations and I love the enlightenment I feel at this point in my life.
Blessings to you all,
Heart and Soul ❤
Lately I’m trying to instill more peace and self improvement in my life. About a year and a half ago I bought The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, a suggestion from my dear sister. Barb is a wellness and health coach, but also an advocate for my well being and suggested this read to change certain aspects of my life. See Barb’s brand new inspiring website at Thriveveryday.com. She intends to teach and inspire others to live a great life by physically being fit and healthy.
I’m finally immersed in this book. One statement from The Untethered Soul that is sitting deep within me is this, keep your heart open. Singer says that many people have a process of opening and closing their heart, picking what and who they like and don’t like and acting accordingly. When you constantly open and close, it creates a blockage of energy. There’s no release of the negative energy and it causes you problems. Blocking energy is a choice to close your heart to the rewards of happiness and love.
Once you live in each moment with a positive energy and open heart, you will grow as a person. Whatever situation arises, keep your heart open to people and new experiences. Don’t label everything between things you like and what you don’t like. Live in the moment and see the good in it. When this habit of closing your heart and building a brick wall happens, stop it. Say no to it and block your heart closing.
As I continue this inner journey I will share truths that I learn about myself. I think it’s valuable to constantly strive to know oneself and find a possible path to peace within. As I read this great inspirational book, I’m unlocking answers about behavior and the heart and it’s capacity to let situations in. I’m also learning that as I read this book many examples apply to me.
I highly recommend this book to you while you embark on your personal journey. My version is on the Kindle, where I can highlight words that speak to me. You may prefer the solid book version with the cover.
Have a blessed week friends!
All My Best,
Heart and Soul ❤
I’m revisiting a great book that I read a few years ago with my son. It’s passionate and descriptive writing pulled me in, making me truly think about war and its effect on soldiers and families. Check out The Things They Carried by Tim O ‘ Brien. It’s worth the read and you may want to keep a journal handy to quote parts!
Right now I’m reading Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, a little inspiration for any soul seeking creativity. I’m really immersed in it and have book marked my favorite quotes that stuck with me. Has anyone read this and if so, what do you think of the book? Was Gilbert’s book a comfort or help to you?