The Art of Non-Conformity

Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the WorldThis is my short review on Chris Guillebeau’s The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World.

This is the 1st of 2 books written by Chris Guillebeau. Some time back in May I read Tim Ferriss’s The 4-Hour Workweek and fell in love. Absolutely could not put it down. Shortly after that I signed up for Tim’s blog and have been reading as many articles as possible. So one day there was an article titled: Six-Figure Businesses Built for Less Than $100: 17 Lessons Learned

This article was describing how many different people had created lucrative businesses for less than $100. These  stories came from Chris Guillebeau’s book titled The $100 Startup.

There’s actually a little story I’d like to share about that book first. When I first read the article on Tim’s blog I was hooked. I mean H-O-O-K-E-D, hooked. I called every library in the neighborhood but no one had it, however, being that every librarian was having difficulty finding it (due to the title, lots of them weren’t sure whether they were looking for $100, One Hundred Dollar, The… etc), one brilliant librarian looked it up on Amazon and found the right spelling. She then said, “Hmm, looks like this book just came out a few days ago so the library probably won’t have it for a while.”

I don’t know why but that really shocked me. I thought, “Wow! Look at the pull Tim Ferriss has,” because I’m sure I wasn’t the only one dying to have that book after that blog post. Anyway, I had my mind set on getting that book so the kids and I searched for the nearest book store (which by the way, was 25 miles away) and started our quest. As I had suspected the book was extremely popular. When I requested the book from the cashier she looked it up and said that there was one left.

So you should have seen it; the kids and I were scouring the bookshelves looking for this thing. Then I got an idea, I told the kids, “The first one who finds it gets the first hundred dollars I make from it.” Oh it was on, they had their eyes peeled. I had to show my little one a picture of the book because he can’t read yet. So after about half an hour guess who finds it?…..Me! Phew!

After all of the commotion and the disappointed sighs I finally had the book and couldn’t wait to start reading it. Went home read it in about 2 days. It was a very good book, extremely informative. Have I started my business yet? No, but I believe the book has a lot of great information and resources in it.

So sorry about all of that but I always try to give some background to my reviews/stories, a lot of people hate it but guess what? That’s just me and I love me 🙂

As for The Art of Non-Conformity, I think it was also a great book, however, I can see improvements in his new book (which is a good thing). This book was actually pretty groovy (I’m not as old as you think), he chronicles his early life in where he lived in Africa for 4 years volunteering in a part of the country that was torn apart by war. He also went into detail about how he was able to  start small businesses that didn’t quite make him rich but allowed him to pay his bills and get by. He was very adamant about his love of traveling. I believe this is what fueled his desire to start a business in where he can be anywhere in the world and still run it.

I am not too interested in traveling the world at this time because of the added stress I believe it would cause me to take 4 kids, a dog, a cat and a fish on a big family trip. Once the kids are grown and gone, they may barely get to see me with all the traveling I will be doing! 😉 But for now I’m doing my best to find the means to be able to take care of the minimal things. I want to find ways to be able to bring in an income to just be able to pay the bills until my business gets off of the ground. I tried tweeting him to see if I can get any helpful hints straight from the source.

I’ve also been focusing on trying to find like-minded people or people who have had similar experiences to mine so that we could maybe bounce ideas off of each other and get a great thing going here.

Any struggling single mom’s out there making it big?

By the way, anyone interested in reading up on Chris Guillebeau and for free resources, check out ChrisGuillebeau.com

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Just Finished This One

Finding the Time, Money, and Energy to Live the Life You Want to Live

As my blog title states, I’ve just finished reading The Practical Dreamer’s Handbook by Paul & Sarah Edwards. The subtitle to this book reads: Finding the Time, Money, and Energy to Live the Life You Want to Live. Being that I am working fervently on trying to start my own business I make sure that I make time to try to nourish my mind with different media on related topics.

I really enjoyed reading this book and feel that it has added value to my life and given me great insight into how to enjoy the journey of following my dreams. I very much appreciated their vivid descriptions of the Pine Mountain community that they were living in at the time of writing this book. It actually made me want to maybe take a trip to a log cabin or something to take my family to spend time with nature.

They did very well with helping me find practical ways to go after my dreams and how to do it effectively as well. Overall, I feel that it was well written and provides many useful tips to us “dreamers.” Can’t wait to read “Working from Home”, I’m sure it will be just as refreshing as this was.

Reset on Life

Good morning! I feel as if my life’s reset button has been pushed. I feel fully rejuvenated and refreshed today. I feel like I can conquer the world and all of my dreams have come true. It feels like if someone were to look upon my face today, I would look absolutely radiant and glowing.

Not sure what happened and I can’t really explain it but I just have a great feeling about today and know that great things are coming.

After my melt down over the pancakes yesterday, I felt like I needed some inspiration, something to bring back my natural umph. So I went to the library and started searching for a book/dvd that impacted me significantly a few years ago. That book/dvd is called The Secret. I am a firm believer in the law of attraction so I knew that getting some more of those positive images and thoughts in my mind would change my situation.

I didn’t find it at the library but with all of my intention and focus I said to myself, “It’s not here but I will find it or it will find me.” I knew, that I knew, that I knew it was coming to me. I just sent out that intention and went on about my day. So not much happened for the rest of the day. I went to class last night and my mood started to improve as is the usual case whenever I’m in school (I often say that I’m addicted to academia) and when I got home I had dinner, taught the kids some of the new signs I had learned, etc, etc.

Later on in the evening I noticed my kids were watching a movie on Netflix and it was just coming to an end so they asked me if we could watch a movie together. They gave me control over it so that I could choose for us. After flicking for what seemed like an eternity, guess what movie happened to be available to watch instantly? You got it! The Secret. I screamed out so loud and so fast that my kids looked at me like I was purple with ten heads as my dear friend Christine would have put it.

They didn’t want to see it with me but at that point I didn’t care because I felt like my mission was accomplished. I had attracted this movie to me!

Just to give you a little background, periodically I test myself on the power of my mind by strongly intending something and it always works. Somehow though I allow myself to get so caught up in my surroundings that I forget about that power. Today I will be focusing strongly on remaining positive and sending my intentions out for the life that I am choosing. I will go about my day knowing that it will all come to me and will work on helping anyone who needs an encouragement boost today.

I love how powerful my mind is and how I’ve come back to this point in time and reminded myself about this power. I’m here also to remind you of the power that you have. You are all-powerful beings. Use that power to shape your life however you want it to be. This is not a joke, a myth or just crazy talk. This is REAL. You don’t have to take my word for it, just try it! You won’t lose anything by putting all of your efforts into thinking positive. Try it for at least today and see what happens!

Many blessings to you all today!

Another Quick One

I know I said that my last post would be the last of the night, however, I’ve just finished reading the last book of the Fifty Shades of Grey series and thought that it wouldn’t hurt to do a quick review.

I must admit that I was very curious about all of the hype this book was getting when I noticed the over abundance of references to this book on Facebook. So of course what do I do? I got a copy and read it duh!

So as you all may know by now these books are classified under the category of erotic fiction and for good reason. They contain very explicit, detailed encounters of the BDSM kind. At this point there are two types of readers out there when it comes to this and heck I guess all books. You either love it or hate it. I’ve read a few reviews and mainly I’ve only noticed the negative ones. Some reviews say that they ignite lust in women when it shouldn’t, so in other words its another form of adultery? Some say its too violent – as opposed to what? Our G rated, never ruffling any feathers TV shows?

Well here’s my opinion: I was very entertained by these 3 books and as I’ve mentioned in conversations with friends, I believe that the attraction has less to do with the BDSM part as it does with the underlying love story. Face it people, most women want to be the one to say that they were able to fix up their screwed up man by sticking by him and helping him get over his issues. It just happened to be that she chose to help him via kinky fun. Sound like a fantasy? That’s because it is people!! Geez!

I know that the reason I read fiction is to get away from the reality that I’m living. Fiction takes me places and transforms my surroundings for a period of time. This book is for adults and as adults we should be able to make our own minds up on whether or not read these. It really doesn’t matter how outraged or appalled people are about it, it doesn’t change the fact that E.L. James hit a home run for some women (and men) and is making tons of money from it.

By the way naysayers, there is nothing wrong with people who have different sexual lifestyles! Those are private moments and people should feel free to express themselves sexually as they see fit….js.

Book Review

I’ve just finished listening to this on audiobook and have lots of great things to say about it. First off, I just can’t imagine any person in the world who wouldn’t or doesn’t like Ellen. She’s hilarious!!! The book had me and my kids cracking up whenever we went for a drive. Just like she mentions in the book there was a little something for everyone. She had lots of fun things to talk about with content for adults, teens and young kids. In the PDF she even includes coloring pages! She’s great, she thinks of everything. My oldest son even asked me while we were listening, “Mom, is she rich?” and I responded, “Relatively, she’s very famous.” He then went on to say, “She sounds like a regular person, not like someone who’s rich and snobby.” I thought that was a great compliment to her and hope that when I’m rich the same can be said about me.

Any who, after listening to all 3 discs (relatively small book I guess) she has really inspired me to lighten up, love your life and even piqued my interest in writing. I mean, come on, she has some chapters in this book that don’t even amount to a full sentence but was still funny as hell. Half the time I was thinking, “This is considered a book? I can do this! I think…” I know I don’t currently have the influence that she has and don’t know nearly as much people but I have faith in myself and know that there’s a place in this world for me.

As much as I love to read and write, I wouldn’t be too sure what to write about but that won’t shake my faith. All in all, though a quick read, it really packed a punch and made me laugh all the way through. I think its worth reading if you want a good laugh.