Juliet’s School of Possibilities | Laura Vanderkam | Penguin Group Portfolio| Book Review

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“A charming, life-changing fable that will help you rethink your whole approach to time, priorities, and possibilities.

Riley Jenkins is in trouble. An ambitious, hardworking consultant in her late twenties, she’s used to a lifetime of nearly perfect evaluations – until she gets a terrible performance review from her boss. How is that possible when Riley does everything her clients want – including answering emails 24/7 – faster than they expect it?

That’s precisely the problem: she’s spread too thin. Despite her insane hours and attention to detail, Riley can’t produce the thoughtful work her clients expect. Now she’s been given thirty days to close a major deal, or she’s out. Meanwhile, her personal life is also on the edge of disaster, with her boyfriend and close friends losing patience with her chronic unavailability.

The last thing Riley wants, at a stressful time like this, is to attend a women’s leadership retreat with some of her colleagues. But she can’t get out of her commitment: a weekend in New Jersey at some silly-sounding place called Juliet’s School of Possibilities.

Yet before long, Riley is surprised to find herself intrigued by Juliet, the lifestyle maven who hosts the conference. How does a single mother of two run a successful business while acting as if she has all the time in the world? The answer may lie in one of Juliet’s Zen-like comments: “Expectations are infinite. Time is finite. You are always choosing. Choose well.”

By the end of this story, you’ll join Riley in rethinking the balance between your present and your future, between the things you have to do and the things you want to do. Like Riley, you can free yourself from feeling overwhelmed and pursue your highest possibilities.”

I have been looking forward to Juliet’s School of Possibilities since I first heard Laura Vanderkam mention it on the Best of Both Worlds Podcast last year. I love Vanderkam’s books about time management and this is her first novella. She incorporates her knowledge and expertise into a short fable about a woman named Riley who is spread too thin. ⁣⁣⁣
In a society where “busy” reigns supreme, Vanderkam’s books are a wonderful reminder about how we get to choose how we spend our time and energy and this book is such a fun spin-off. We meet Juliet who shares wisdom and helps Riley rethink this balance. “Expectations are infinite. Time is infinite. You are always choosing. Choose well.”

A big thank you to NetGalley and Penguin Group Portfolio for a copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

Wednesday Randomness | Reflections & Mantras of 2018

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I am not a big New Year goal setter or resolution maker but I am big into reflecting on things. I think we can learn so much from what we go through and often the hardest situations can teach us the biggest and best lessons.

This year was a hard one and one that pushed me in ways I never expected. Mantras are a newer thing for me but something that have helped me so much in times where there was a lot of sadness and unknown. I struggle in times of transition and times when things are out of my control. Having mantra has helped ground me and have been great reminders when my worries and thoughts feel really heavy.  I love Pinterest for inspiration for this stuff and that is where I found all of these…

Some things I have learned in 2018…

I would rather make mistakes than not put myself out there at all. I am not a perfectionist but I certainly struggle with worrying about what other people think of me and what I am doing. Letting go of this is a work in progress but staying true to myself and knowing that that is enough has been very powerful. When you make mistakes it means you are out there doing something. Some of my biggest “failures” and challenges have lead me to some of the most wonderful things in my life.

I have tried to let go of negativity. Putting my energy towards the people and things that are positive has helped create more of that. It sounds simple but you really can choose where your energy goes. It doesn’t mean that hard things won’t happen, but you do have control over how you react and move forward. I have SO many positive people and things in my life and focusing on these has really been a game changer.

As a people pleaser, not overthinking things does not come easily for me. I wish I didn’t care so much but I do. Sometimes when I overthink things I get so stuck in the “what ifs” that I don’t do anything at all…which was one of the reasons it took me so long to start this blog. I was thinking so much about it when I just needed to start! It is really freeing to just make a decision and move forward. If things don’t work out, you make another decision and you move forward again. I am a planner by nature and its hard for me to take things step by step but it makes such a huge difference.

You make time for what you want to fit in and everyone has different priorities for this. I can do a lot of things, but I can’t do everything. I have worked on feeling in control about what I choose to prioritize and not getting stuck in what I don’t. This has also helped me when I see someone else doing something and wonder how they fit it in. We all make choices about how we spend our time. Again, this has been such a empowering mindset and lets me feel like I have authority over my days and weeks instead of them controlling me.

Looking back really helps me realize how much we learn and grow every single day. I don’t know what 2019 will bring but I do know that when you know better you do better. I want to appreciate the wonderful people around me. I want to recognize the good because there really is so much. I want people to feel heard, when they are happy or excited and also when they are scared or worried. I want to say yes to the things that really matter to me and say NO to things that don’t feel good. I want to keep sharing about the things I love, and I also want to be honest about the things that are challenging. Life is so much better when we are all in this together. ❤


You Are A Badass Every Day | Book Review

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A Summary from Goodreads.com:

“For anyone who has ever had trouble staying motivated while trailblazing towards badassery, You Are a Badass Every Day is the companion to keep you fresh, grateful, mighty, and driven. In one hundred exercises, reflections, and cues that you can use to immediately realign your mind and keep your focus unwavering, this guide will show you how to keep the breakthroughs catalyzed by Sincero’s iconic books You Are a Badass and You Are a Badass at Making Money going. Owning your power to ascend to badassery is just the first step in creating the life you deserve–You Are A Badass Every Day is the accountability buddy you can keep in your back pocket to power through obstacles, overcome the doubts that hold you back from greatness, and keep the fires of determination roaring while you reach your goals.”

I discussed Jen Sincero’s books last week and shared my enthusiasm about her newest release, You Are A Badass Every Day, last week here on my blog. I am excited to share my review today!

Sincero’s previous two books, You are A Badass and You Are A Badass at Making Money were game changers for me. I learned so much about putting positive energy into the universe, living a life of abundance, giving and receiving with gratitude and how to look at challenges as lessons instead of letting them get you down.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with her newest book and thought it might just be a rehashing of some of her previous ideas. I was pleasantly surprised that while a lot of the themes are consistent, it is a small book that is packed with quick and easy to consume messages of encouragement on ways to live your most positive life. I found it super accessible and a fantastic way to either be introduced to some of the You Are A Badass principles or a great refresher on how to incorporate them into your daily life.

“Your attitude steers the wheel that determines the course of your life.” 

This small books packs a punch and can help you look for the good, focus on what you really want and be grateful for what you have. Surrounding yourself with positive people and energy can help you get there. Sincero’s writing is straightforward, unapologetic and witty. Not only is it enjoyable to read but it’s easy to take in and make it a part of your everyday life. I think whether or not you have read her work before, you will enjoy this book and find parts of it that can help you overcome the doubts you have and keep you working towards the goals you desire.

Take The Leap: Change Your Career, Change Your Life | Book Review

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Take the Leap arrived at the perfect time for me. I love self-help books but often find that they can be a little unrelatable with just the author’s viewpoint. This book took a completely different approach of sharing dozens of stories of career pivots from all different perspectives and career paths. I am a big fan of listening to NPR’s podcast How I Built This with Guy Raz and this book was similar in the way of sharing different entrepreneurs (often rocky) paths to success.

As a creative who has recently made a career pivot, I was excite to read this new book by Sara Bliss. I found the stories to be so relatable and I found myself nodding my head along in agreement with so many parts. Overcoming self-doubt can be such a hurdle for so many, myself included, and it is often hard to take the path less followed. Often, what you are leaving behind was something that was lucrative and something you worked and trained many years for.

For many, the switch they were making focused around a hobby that they were passionate about and wanted to turn into a career. Often, this can cause friends and family to question why you would make this untraditional change in your career trajectory. I loved the advice of surrounding yourself with the right people and always people who were focused on bettering themselves and moving forward, even if their path was sometimes rocky. No one gets where they are going if they don’t start. Making a move is your first step and if you are waiting to be ready or have your concept “perfected” you will never get going. These 65 people who shared their journeys did not just dream it, they did it. I recommend this book to those looking for inspiration or just wanted to hear stories of people who followed their own unique and unexpected pivots to career success.

Thanks to NetGalley and Touchstone for giving me the opportunity to read and review this book.

You Are A Badass Every Day | Book Discussion

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I was first introduced to the You Are A Badass books last spring when I went to book club. I don’t like to overuse the term “life-changing” but Jen Sincero is in that category for me, along with Brene Brown. These books did something for me in a time that was considerably challenging. I wasn’t in the best place emotionally and I also was undergoing a lot of changes job-wise and also with school for our kids. It was a time of great uncertainty in a lot of ways. ⁣

⁣I am not great at transitions, and I am a person that thrives on daily routines and knowing what is coming next. These books pushed me at a time when I was generally in a pretty negative place and helped me look at both triumphs and struggles in such a different way. I can’t recommend these books enough and the positively and self-awareness they helped me achieve in a time of some big changes. ⁣

⁣“Forgiveness is all about taking care of you, not the person you need to forgive. It’s about putting your desire to feel good before your desire to be right. It’s about taking responsibility for your own happiness instead of pretending it’s in somebody else’s hands. It’s about owning your power by giving all your anger, resentment, and hurt the heave-ho.”⁣

The abundance mindset was the biggest shift for me, and the chapters about gratitude. I also loved the idea that you can be thankful for even the hardest challenges because sometimes they lead you to something even better. This has been so true for and I have learned so much from even the most challenging experiences and conversations. ⁣

⁣“If you wanna stay stuck in the same place and keep getting spanked with the same lessons over and over, be negative, resentful, and victimized. If you want to get over your issues and rock your life, be grateful, look for the good and learn.”⁣

You Are a Badass At Making Money was also super inspiring and I found the advice to be about working towards certain goals and mindsets that didn’t just have to be pertaining to finances. “What you focus on you create more of.” This was a great “action” book for me and took the advice of You Are a Badass and put it into workable steps towards creating these mindsets in your career, relationships and daily life.

⁣I am excited about her third book You Are A Badass Every Day which was released this week. Is anyone else planning on reading this? I hope to discuss it on here soon.