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


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.

Double Whammy

Ok folks. I have yet another movie review, however, with a little added bonus – as mentioned in the title…it’s a double whammy!! (AKA, a double movie review) So, I got invited to go to the movies with my sweety today and I got to pick the movie. Being that I love Adam Sandler I figured “That’s My Boy” would be worth a shot.

Well, of course I was well aware that this movie would be a….well, whatever you would call the opposite of a chick flick. There was lots of cursing, nudity and inappropriate scenarios but guess what? That’s what made the movie hilarious!! I couldn’t stop laughing; Adam Sandler is just frickin’ ridiculous sometimes.

Someone else who had me in stitches was Andy Samberg. Who know nerdy looking Andy could be so funny? (Other than the umpteen million other people in the world who have cable and watch him on SNL)

So being that I’m not a professional movie reviewer, or whatever the PC title is, I’m going to just mention some highlights and hope that it doesn’t ruin it for anyone.

Basically the movie starts off with Donnie (or Donny, can’t remember) Berger (Adam Sandler) and his “hottie” middle school teacher having a sexual relationship. They were caught of course which in turn made Donnie famous for living the dream of apparently every middle/high school boy and sending, now pregnant, teacher to jail for 30 years.

Ok now, so fast forward to I don’t know how many years and long story short Donnie is in need of some money, his son is someone who, although not very popular, is someone who is well off. Therefore, Donnie tries to rekindle his relationship with his estranged son by visiting him on the weekend of his wedding. It was just all around too funny to go into a summary without spilling all of the good moments. Sorry, told ya I wasn’t a professional at this (at least not yet!) P.S. Waaaaazzzzzzuuuuupppp is NOT back! (Thank God!)

Now on to the next short, quick review.

Ok now I know this isn’t the most current of movies but after watching “That’s My Boy ” my sweety and I plopped down on the couch and “Iron Man” was on so I figured, what the hay? It’ll at least give me some blog material 🙂

So I had just recently seen this movie for the first time around 2 or 3 weeks ago after watching “The Avengers” (yet another awesome movie) because I had not seen it yet and I wanted to catch up.

As I’m sure everyone knows at this point, this movie is about basically how weapons developer, Tony Stark, became Iron Man. Robert Downey Jr. does an excellent job with this character making this movie very interesting and funny as well. Lots of special effects and action involved, which I loved and well, the rest you probably know by now unless, like me, you’ve been procrastinating and haven’t seen it yet. If not, it’s a MUST see! (Trying out my movie reviewer lingo)

Well, that’s all for now. Until mañana people….that is unless I get hit with some inspiration and decide to grace you with yet another post??

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.

Movie Review Moment

Ok, I’m very new at this blogging thing and haven’t fully made a decision on what exactly to be blogging about. So today I’m just going to comment on a movie my kids and I watched a few days ago. Forgive me if these titles are a bit outdated, however, we’ve been hitting the library everyday this week and these are the best we could get.

So without further ado, a quick (or maybe not so quick movie review) on “I Don’t Know How She Does It” starring Sarah Jessica Parker.

I haven’t had much exposure to SJP, however, I am under the impression that she has a large fan base, therefore please don’t send out a hitman for me after you’ve read my review, this has nothing to do with her personally….ok?

Ok….so the statement/question is this, “I Don’t Know How She Does It.” Well guess what? I do!! She had a husband, support system, an excellent job and only 2 kids! That’s how she does it! I thought this movie was going to at least show a whisper of a reflection of the difficulties of motherhood. Maybe some found what she was going through as an, OMG-poor-thing-I-can’t-believe-how-well-she’s-handling-her-life moment but I surely didn’t. As a SINGLE mom of 4, who up until recently had a full-time job and went to school part-time, what I saw her go through in the movie seemed like a walk in the park! Ask me about some difficult motherhood moments and I’ll give you some real life hectic experiences.

Any who, now that I’ve got that part out of the way, overall the movie was pretty good, minus the wondering how she did it part.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this movie??