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Happiness for Beginners truly has a secret of positive thinking

They say you are who you hang out with. They also say that who you hang out with is a huge influence on your life. Maybe it’s just me, but I like to think I’m positive and encouraging. The title of this book, “Happiness for Beginners: The secret of positive thinking” by Ani Right stoo out to me as a must read! Happiness may not be a new concept or idea for anyone, but what truly is happiness?

I dug into this book and found it enlightening and engaging. There are several quotes within the book that I found important to share with my social media friends and many are on the lookout for this book! There is importance in maintaining the right attitude, in changing our personal perspective, even turning failure into success.

“People today prefer to learn about other people’s problems, rather than take action to solve them.” 

This quote holds true with the recent actions taken by the NFL with staying in the locker room or kneeling during the national anthem. They’re attempting to make a statement, whatever it might be. Everyone across the nation is talking about this. Everyone talking about it is more curious about how this is a problem rather than taking action to solve the problem that caused this all to happen. I’m not here to say if it’s right or wrong as it really does not matter in the grand scheme of things. I’m just saying this is an example of people today prefer to learn about other people’s problems instead of taking action to solve them.

“Fatigue, stress, mental inadequacies, and the inability to focus on the test at hand are effects of negativity.”

When we are fatigued, we stress out quicker and we are unable to focus as well. Our mental capabilities are less effective and often times we express more negativity. This all holds true! Have you ever seen a toddler throw a tantrum when they really just need a nap or to go bed? It doesn’t stop at 5 years old, friends! We carry this all through life and continue to throw our own adult sized tantrums when we are tired and stressed, all dishing out negativity on the regular!

“80% of people are willing to accept the distasteful truth of failure. They tell themselves that they will never be successful. They cultivate the thought that they need luck or talent to be successful.”

“15% of people are more determined and resilient. They will brush themselves off and try again, even after they fail.”

Entrepreneurs, managers, professors, authors, etc all face failure fairly often. The difference between the 15% successful and those 80% who quit is their grit. It’s if they fall under this 80% who tell themselves that they’d failed, even if they’ve barely started. The 15% often do not achieve the results they desire. Mainly this is because they did not change their behavior. But that does not equal 100% of people! 

“The remaining 5% of people are those who take success seriously.”

Where do you fall? This is super interesting to ponder and it can apply to anyone at any state of life. As an entrepreneur myself, I feel like I’m in the 15% wishing I was in the 5%. Now to take the steps of positivity to get to where I want to be!

This is an excellent book for anyone who seems to be struggling in life, working towards goals, or just feels stuck. The mindset shift encouraged in this book is enlightening and empowering. 

This book was provided complimentary in exchange for an honest review by reading deals.com. 

3 lessons learned from growing up and self-discovery before acknowledging Scout’s Honor

Impulsive decisions. Decisions on the fly without a moments thought of how it will affect my future or those around me. Self-discovery. It was my life growing up into a young adult. Similarly, Scout seems to make similar self-discovery choices encouraged by emotion and flattery from older men. 


Although this book isn’t about me and my life growing up, it reminds me of how  I was and the emotional decisions I made in my own self-discovery that affected the course of my life. A very easy to read young adult novel, I think Scout’s Honor is an excellent book with three main lessons to be learned about self-discovery. 

Lesson 1: Choose thoughtfully 

Even at the young age of 14, a young teenager needs to be aware of her surroundings and understand right from wrong. Scout didn’t give her consequences a second thought for the serious action she was taking when approached by a man she knew for years and had her trust. It is very important that decisions be made after careful consideration and as little emotional ties as possible. Emotional self-discovery often occurs in a rush, without a second moment of thought on what may happen next. 

For example, there’s a super cute outfit you absolutely adore at a nearby retailer. It’s the perfect color on you and the fabric is so soft! You really can’t wait to wear it for the next ladies night and hope you get loads of compliments. Without hesitation you go to the cash register and charge it. 

Lesson 2: Consider others

Whenever we make decisions, it affects others around anyone involved. When Scout made the choice to be intimate with these older men, she did not consider how her actions may affect the wives and families of these men. She never considered if the wives may retaliate, be angry, or honorably be understanding and she didn’t think about how it would affect the relationships between herself and the men after their affair was revealed. Slowly, through life experience, she learns to take a step back and consider other people who are in her life. 

In the shopping example, the outfit has already been purchased. But you never gave thought to how you would pay for the bill when it comes or how that money could have been used more wisely, like for groceries to fill your nearly empty pantry. How will not having food affect your family?

Lesson 3: Contemplate the consequences

Throughout her life, young Scout seems to make decisions before thinking through the options and doesn’t stop to contemplate the consequences. At 14 and at 19, Scout doesn’t take even a moment to really consider what the consequences may be for the decisions she would make. Both ocassions encompassed Scout involved with a married man, and a father at that! Yet, she never considered what could happen should the relationships be revealed and how it might affect the family of these men.

In my shopping example, you never considered how payment would be made on that credit card. Finances are already super tight and living off what’s left over after paying bills has been very skimpy, often resulting in many meals of PB&J or cheap ramen noodles. Adding this one purchase actually makes things worse financially. In hindsight, that one purchase was not such a wise choice!

Scout’s Honor

Scout may have taken a while, but she went from naïveté teenager to gullible young adult. And eventually she learned to cope with her past and understand herself better. She gradually figured out how to be honorable to God and herself. Finally, she was able to be truthful to herself about her past, which makes her stronger as an adult. 

Scout’s Honor is a young adult fiction novel that brought me through many emotions, from smitten to worried, concerned to compassionate, angry to shocked. A complimentary eBook was provided for an honest review through BooksGoSocial.com

Non-stop adventure with a Worlds Traveler 

When the title said “Worlds Traveler” I immediately concluded that this would be about someone traveling the this world, the one we call earth. Boy, was I wrong! In the context of this book, a world traveler is someone traveling to different worlds! And what an adventure it is to travel with someone who can take you to different worlds!

The book begins with good friends, Philip and Natalie, exploring a dark mysterious cemetery. Seriously?! What are young teens doing at a cemetery in the middle of the night? Where are their parents and what are they trying to accomplish? 

This is where readers learn that Philip and Natalie are not your normal teens. In fact they have special gifts. Philip can look at a paper and be taken to different locations and time travel using his gift. Natalie can take on someone else’s gifts and make it stronger, she can talk to others telepathically, and she’s serves at Philip’s conscience as he often makes impulsive decisions. 

  
A sequel to the Magicians Doll, Worlds Traveler takes you in an adventure with the help of an adult who also has a gift, the gift to travel to other worlds. These different worlds include a place where everyone is in the shape of clouds and move around through stretching and floating, personifying the clouds you see above you every day. The various emotions results in the different types of cloud coverage that we see. 

Another world is a dark place, a kind of waiting area before heading to the afterlife. There’s also a forest, where you must be invited to enter its secret center. It’s a place where history is written, vegetation is lush and welcoming. 

Needless to say, the details in Worlds Traveler made me feel like I was right there with the characters looking in. I personally enjoy books that place me right there in the middle of everything. I also love books that expects me to use my imagination. There’s nothing better than the words coming to life in my head!

Worlds Traveler by M.L.Roble was provided complimentary for an honest review through both NetGalley and Bostic Communications. 

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How fast can you read, comprehend all that is written?

It amazes me that every day I get swarms of emails containing free ebooks. Never in my wildest dreams did I ever foresee receiving so many freebies in one day than these days. I love reading. It’s what I enjoy doing in my down time. 

But there’s no possible way for me to read as many books as I receive each day. I’m working full time, married, and gave a 6 year old (who enjoys being read to as well). I don’t read fast enough to keep up on the books I have in my Kindle Cloud! 

Lately I’ve been doing a little personal review on books I do finish. Sometimes it’s a kids book while other times it’s a book I’ve read that’s geared for older readers. But keeping up with my growing Kindle Cloud is physically impossible! 

I’m curious if there’s a way to get paid to read books and if qualify to do just that. Or even be able to read faster and still comprehend everything. I have a speed reading app, but I haven’t used it in a while. Maybe I should dedicate some time to practice?

What do you do to accomplish more reading and still comprehend?