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Turn Your Happiness On

Lately I’ve been on a self help kick. Some of the books I’ve read have similar themes and suggestions, but out of all of them, this one is one of the more in depth ones. Norma covers a lot of different topics within the subject of happiness. Some examples range from figuring out what makes us happy, to taking into account what type of people we allow into our lives and how to be grateful for what we do have. At the end of each chapter are action steps we can take to implement to help make our lives more happy.

Some suggestions that Norma has are inspiring. One of the ones that spoke to me a lot is to declutter. I own quite a bit of different items over the years that I don’t necessarily use, or forgot about. If I have less belongings to stress over then I’ll feel much freer. Another suggestion which I’ve heard multiple times is to keep a gratitude journal. It helps you focus on what you are thankful for and have instead of focusing on the lack. Lastly the suggestion to write down what would make us happy in each area of our lives, so that we can take baby steps to get there.

I received a complimentary digital copy of Turn Your Happiness On by Norma Nikutowski. The views expressed are of my own volition and mine. If you need a hearty dose of encouragement for ways to stay happy then I recommend this book. It has helpful action plans to try out. Thank you Norma for a book that was educational and inspiring.

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Girl Wash Your Face

If a book ever felt like coffee with your best friend this is that kind of book. Girl Wash Your Face sounds like it’d be a beauty book about facial cleansing products, but it’s more than reminding you to keep beautified. Rachel talks about the lies we’ve believed as women socially and within the church. She also, shares stories from her life that aren’t easy to publicly talk about. Some of the topics she tackles are: contentment, sex, motherhood, body image, and so, much more.

Rachel, to me, comes across through her book as one of those pretty, put together ladies who looks all coiffed and perfect, but I know she’s like all of us with everyday struggles. I can understand her love of Los Angeles and California in general. There’s something about Hollywood that has a dreamy, fairytale appeal. I’ve been in the audience of a kid’s show when I was in grade school. That experience ripped off my rose colored glasses on what the entertainment industry can be like. My dreams of acting got a rude wake up call. I can relate to her wanting a name brand purse because once I discovered Poshmark, watch out purse addiction. For some reason I fell in love with the brand Dagne Dover. Rachel goes beyond skin deep in what she personally shares.

I received a complimentary digital copy of Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis from Thomas Nelson via NetGalley. The views expressed are of my own accord and mine only. I enjoyed this book so much I bought myself a physical copy to keep. This book is a short read, but full of a lot of empowerment. I can’t wait to go read her novels she wrote. Keep up writing Rachel. I want to read more of your work.

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Happiness Is All We Want

What do you think makes us happy? Is it our relationships, our jobs, our faith, our looks, our belongings? Author, Ashutosh Mishra takes this time old question and gives a very in depth answer in his book, Happiness Is All We Want. Mr. Mishra breaks it down by categories like health, relationships, spirituality and more. He explains how we have used relationships, careers and belongings as the end all, be all that will make us happy when any of those options can be gone in a blink of an eye.

This book gives a lot of food for thought. The section on exercise is very convicting and the part that talks about the effects on everything becoming digital is disturbing. As for the yoga section I’m not quite there, or meditation, but it was interesting to read about the different types of yoga.

I received a complimentary copy of Happiness Is All We Want by Ashutosh Mishra from the author. The views are strictly mine and provided of my own accord. This book was so in depth it took me some time to read, but you do want to take your time since there is a lot of information provided.

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Simplify Your Life

If you need a book to kick your life into gear, then I highly endorse Simplify Your Life. This book is very short, but worth every page. Sarah talks about a wide range of topics from having us pinpoint what our values are, to who we keep in our inner circle, to seeing ways you can enrich your life.

I thought I’d give you a sample of some of my own personal answers while reading this gem are:

Keep an envy journal – write down things you are envious of to figure out what you truly want in your life and what kind of person you wish to be.

Top 10 values: honesty, patience, authenticity, compassion, humor, justice, love, loyalty, spirituality, trustworthiness

Top 5 values: authenticity, trustworthiness, love, humor, stability

Top 5 strengths: love, humor, kindness, appreciation of beauty and excellence

My top 5 passions: writing, reading, Poland, photography, documentaries

Top 5 missing things: spiritual community, affection from family, exercise, balance, consistency

My 10 positive qualities:

patient, affectionate, considerate, loving, loyal, thoughtful, cheerful, trusting, helpful, polite

My tribe:

Family: mom, dad, brother, sister, bro-in-law, sis-in-law, nephews

Relationships: LP

Career: E, J, H, D, T, M, I, K, S, C, D, N, B, G

Well-being: πŸŒ²β˜•οΈ πŸ›πŸ₯ž πŸ“šπŸ’‘ πŸ‘­πŸŒ§ πŸ€Έβ€β™‚οΈπŸ”πŸ’»πŸ“±πŸ›πŸ“¬πŸ§»πŸ–ŠπŸ““β€οΈπŸš­βœοΈ

Personal development: too, many to list

Fun time: HG, JD, Mom, Dad

Spirituality: SP, BL

Top 5 Friends: JD, HK, BL, Owl, KM

Next 10 friends: HP, AR, AL, WildS, SP, CS, OW, SH, HG, E

Environment:

Safety & security – I feel most safe at home.

Physical comfort – I am most comfortable in jeans or sweats and a comfortable t-shirt. I don’t like the weather too, hot, but I’m not a fan of snow. I crave being around trees.

Psychological impact – I do best in a nurturing, caring environment. I detest conflict. I don’t do well being micromanaged.

I received my complimentary digital copy of Simplify Your Life by Sarah O’Flaherty from NetGalley. The views expressed are my own. I definitely want to purchase a physical copy of this book so I can notate a bunch and reference it often. I will be checking out Sarah’s other helpful titles.

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The Happiness Diary

If you love purchasing diaries then I recommend The Happiness Diary. The artwork in this diary will have you turning each page with delight. There are a variety of ways you can journal: making a list of what makes you happy, drawing, free flow writing, focusing on helping others, mindfulness and learning how to be fully present.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Happiness Diary by Barbara Ann Kipfer from NetGalley. The views expressed are mine. This diary is gorgeous and inspires you to want to do the prompts throughout the diary. I would definitely gift this to a friend.

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The Book Of No Worries

When I was in junior high we had the classic book by Dr. James Dobson, Preparing For Adolescence. I recall it being an awkward book to read. When you are in junior high reading about bodily changes is cringe worthy. When I saw the book, The Book Of No Worries, I wondered how a similar book would be now that it’s 2019 and not 1990? This book covers a similar range of topics, including modern ones like social media, sexting, the morning after pill, LGBTQA and more.

It boggles my mind that a junior higher nowadays would have to be told about the morning after pill and sexting. When I was in junior high a cell phone was a foreign concept, contraception at that age unthinkable and sexting was not even a blip on our radar. I don’t know that these topics are appropriate for the age group intended. Yes, kids get provided more adult information earlier on, but that doesn’t mean they are mature enough to handle it. As for the topic of sexuality I do wish more had been explained around that age. When you are in the bubble of social heterosexuality, the idea of their being alternatives is a foreign concept. This book was informative and very thorough. I don’t think if I had a preteen that I’d give them this book necessarily.

I received my complimentary digital copy of The Book Of No Worries by Lizzie Cox via NetGalley. The views expressed are my own. I think it’s interesting to see the modern topics discussed in this book. If you want to see how much the world has changed this book will will open your eyes.

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I’ll Meet You At The Lost And Found

I seem to be finding books to read that resonate with me on a deep level. It’s nice for my faith views to be stretched like taffy. Meet You At The Lost And Found is one of those books. This book is the meat and potatoes of why all our outer quests for happiness are short lived. We are taught from very young to seek happiness outside ourselves which everything outside us is merely a temporary fix. We aren’t taught to nurture our souls.

This book covers a lot of information that can at times be tough to grasp, especially if you were raised Evangelical. Some of the topics covered range from what our Ego is and how it gets distracted with the pretty shiny things it thinks we must have to feel complete, to how to love ourselves without judgment, how socially we are expected to follow like lemmings, how to in the now, and much more. Even though some of the topics are challenging, this book is very readable.

I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this book, so I can highlight and make notes in it. Not many of the books I own get this personalized treatment unless I really love that particular book. This book is important on many levels. It helped me understand a lot about how my Ego sabotages my life, what self love is all about, how our soul (core of who we are) has been neglected and needs more care than we give it.

I received a complimentary digital copy of I’ll Meet You At The Lost And Found by Sam Glory from John Hunt Publishing, LTD, care of NetGalley. The reviews expressed here are mine only. If you love spirituality books that challenge you then you may have met your match.