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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. 

We can all agree: Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me

They used to come knocking on the door and we’re called a traveling salesman. Most often, they were men while the women stayed home with thee children. Then the sales industry picked up on new technology called the telephone and became a nuisance at dinner time. More recently, with social media where most people spend much of the day, sales has taken over the social media platform. I may have missed a few steps in between, but this is just the main idea.

Now, there has always been a “salesy” language and ways to cold call or hard close and whatnot. But do those even work these days? I think many of us prefer to buy from people we trust. Usually, the people we trust are those who are learning more about us and using what hey learn to focus conversations. It’s all about really listening!


In the book “Don’t Sell Me, Tell Me”, Greg Koorhan shares how people in the sales industry don’t want a lecture. Don’t tell me what your product or service does and it’s benefits. He says to ask questions, learn more about me, and use those answers to better direct the conversation. Basically, if someone says they are looking for a desk that has all these functions to be better organized, don’t sell him a table that does none of what he’s looking for! 

Asking questions is quite important and active listening. So many people out there are so busy thinking about what they’ll say next that they don’t even hear what is being said. Stop being preoccupied during conversations! How can you build any trust with anyone who really isn’t listening? 

Koorhan suggests that in the sales industry, after learning more about the buyer, there should be story telling. See stories should be relatable to the buyers needs and wants. Real examples are always great! The author goes on to describe how to build your stories and use  it to your advantage in telling, not selling!

I enjoyed this book as I am in direct sales myself. This book confirmed much of the training I’ve received from my leaders and has provided me with more concrete process to get the story developed. If I learned anything in the past year, it is that connecting with others often comes with story telling. When you create emotions in someone’s heart, they tend to remember you and the emotion that was created within their heart.

Provided complimentary for an honest review through Reading Deals, I am thankful for the opportunity to not only read this book, but also to build myself better stories. For anyone who is trying to connect with anyone, sell anything, this is an amazing book to read. 

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails: fun, festive, & fantastic!

Reflecting on Christmas past isn’t always easy. We have moments we think are normal then moments we would rather forget ever happened. There are those quirky things our family does that drive us crazy and then those things we wish would last forever. Add some cocktails to the mix and it’s loaded with more excitement and interesting chatter, right?

Well, I have found this book full of short stories of Christmas past along with fun little cocktails, mainly a recipe for one! It is so well written, I feel like I’m right there, taking up space in Vicki Lasage’s super tiny apartment in France where the Christmas tree gets knocked over every time you turn! And I can understand the family quirks as my own family has our own.


Personally, I can’t see myself ever sharing about family quirks or life during the Christmas season. It actually sounds boring to me, but in Christmas Confessions & Cocktails, even the mundane seems exilerating! You know a writer is amazing when what may be boring suddenly becomes a sitcom.

Add in some cocktails to enjoy during the read is so much fun! If I was able to actually enjoy a recipe or two while reading, we’d have a much more entertaining review, I’m sure! 

I am thankful for the chuckles I had while reading this book by Vicki Lasage. Wow, and to think there’s more where this came from! Awesome!

Christmas Confessions & Cocktails was provided complimentary from Reading Deals for an honest review.

Peli – a rhyme of courage and salvation

A pelican named Peli is different from the rest. He doesn’t flaunt it, but instead calls himself blessed. Peli hears a call (is it a little fish? or is it God?) that requires some courage, to save a little fish from an angry shark. The little fish is stuck in the seaweed and the shark sees it trapped. As Peli gets closer, the shark snaps at Peli. Will Peli save the little fish and get away from the shark? 

  
This is an adorable rhyming story of Peli and his adventures. The story shares how God speaks to each of us differently and we just need to listen. When we hear God’s calling, it is up to us to respond. Are you prepared to answer God’s calling? Are you strong enough to evade a shark’s persistent attacks? Then the story takes a very different turn than expected, going from saving the little fish to becoming a father.

Personally, I found it to be more like two stories placed together, one with saving the little fish from the shark and then the ending where Peli meets a female and is having a baby. It might flow better as two different stories instead of thrown together as one. As a Christian based book, placing more emphasis on the relationships between male no female prior to the coming baby should be emhasized more than the living happily ever after part. 

Peli, by Tammy Dominigue and illustrated by Jared Knight, was provided complimentary for an honest review, via Reading Deals. The copy I received was only capable to open on my Kindle Paperwhite device, which is black and white. Therefore, I am unable to view any colors that a color device might be able to see. However, I find the black and white version to she very artistic and simple enough for kids like my six year old. I am sure he would appreciate the color version, but he got the storyline and enjoyed it.