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The Bravest You leads us to an extraordinary life

Are you brave? Do you follow your passions, your heart, your intuition? Or do you live your life in fear, limiting your reality? ‘The Bravest You: Five Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion, and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life” by Adam Kirk Smith is an amazing collection to guide readers towards overcoming those fears, finding and following your passion, and unlocking an extraordinary life.

As we grow up, we have dreams to become these great people, affecting the lives of others and we begin to work towards those dreams. Then, life happens. We create a monotonous life, a life of routine, and we stay in those limitations, yet we dream of bigger and better, but we just don’t have enough time to get there. Our dreams get pushed aside while we work on the here and now.

Let’s get past the obstacles life and thrown at us and work towards becoming a braver us! What are you passionate about? What passions make you thrive? What are you willing to do without expecting to get paid to do it? What can you do that will leave a lasting impact on your life?

“Passion is and always will be the force that pushes you forward to find success – nothing more, nothing less.” ~Adam Kirk Smith, The Bravest You

Once you find your passion, you will find your purpose. Don’t limit your reality if you haven’t found your purpose!

This author also describes having hope. Break out of mediocrity and do something grand.  Use your intuition and previous life experiences plus the knowledge obtained along the way to achieve your purpose.

Create new brave habits to achieve the success you desire. Momentum will come when your passion comes from within, not from external forces. You need that drive, that grit, to keep going beyond where you’ve ever gone before.

Personally, I have found the tips in this book to be very useful and enlightening. There are many quotes within this book that I have highlighted and shared with my friends on social media. In my field of work and in my business, this book has come in very handy.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who feels stuck, who wants to achieve those dreams, or who feels there’s just not enough time to work on anything else. This book was provided complimentary for an honest review on NetGalley.

Book review: The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner

Delightfully written with amazing descriptions and humble characters, The Amish Clockmaker takes the reader into two different time zones, but on the same property, sixty years apart. There are three parts to the storyline that pull the reader into the different times, yet similar community of Amish.

Matthew Zook is newly married and his wife is pregnant. They live on a property bought by Matthew’s grandfather some sixty years prior. The Zook family turned the shop on the property into a tack shop that Matthew would like to expand. When the nearby resort construction informs Matthew that they’re looking for a Clayton Raber, who happens to own the property between the Zook’s and the resort, Matthew races the construction company to find Clayton Raber. While the construction company and resort search for Clayton the new technological method, Matthew seeks the old Amish way of communication.


The story suddenly turns to sixty years prior sharing about the Amish clockmaker, Clayton Raber, and his family. The story shares about his love for his neighbor, Miriam, and how eventually comes to marrying her to keep her from shame. Things turn ugly for Clayton and everyone seems to turn against him.

When the writing turns back to Matthew, it shares how he gains a lead to find Clayton. Can Matthew reach Clayton and offer him what he needs to continue his tack shop expansion or will the resort find Clayton first and offer him hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Totally worth the read and I highly encourage this book to be read. Don’t worry about the spouse and children, they can handle without you for a few hours while you whisk yourself away to an Amish community. Just published today, I found The Amish Clockmaker by Mindy Starns Clark and Susan Meissner for $9.99 on Amazon.com.