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Book Review – Quitter by Jon Acuff

March 13, 2012

Quitter{Book: Amazon | Jon Acuff : Image Source | Letterpress Card : Little City Farms | Button : veryunladylike}

I was in the career dumps around the time that I discovered Jon Acuff. The work I was doing wasn’t fulfilling and I was really bored. There are so many ideas that I want to turn into reality and I couldn’t find the time to even start.

One day during my lunch break, I started up my Google Reader. I always learn new and insightful things about starting a creative business from my favorite lifestyle blogs, but they usually left me feeling stuck in my day job, like I had to quit to accomplish anything. Then I started reading Jon Acuff’s blog. I had been following him for about a month, but didn’t read his posts consistently. I heard of him on the Dave Ramsey Show, and had been wanting to read his book. Whenever Dave gets a caller who wants to quit their day job to start something new, he tells them to read Quitter first.

Jon has the first chapter for free on his website, and I jumped right in and read the whole chapter as soon as I discovered it. Instead of making me anxious to quit NOW, he did the exact opposite. He convinced me that I can stay in my day job for now, and still accomplish my goals. My day job could even be an ally to my dreams. Imagine that! He reminded me of how I felt when I didn’t have any income and wanted to pursue my dreams.

A trip down memory lane… It was tough. Instead of feeling motivated by all my free time, I just wanted a steady job to pay the bills. I couldn’t seem to get any traction. I had a goal to earn a certain amount per week doing freelance. It was a lofty goal to start out with, seeing as I only had one steady client. I didn’t even come close in the two months that I had before I went back to work. Jon makes a good point – once you get rid of your boss at your day job, you gain tons of other bosses – your bills and your significant other.

I ordered the book as soon as I finished the chapter. Then I went back to work. I started reading it soon after it came in the mail. After I finished, I understood exactly what I needed to do to change my mind about my current job, how to find time for my dream, and how to know when I am ready to leave the stability of my day job. This is probably the most valuable book that I read in 2011.

If you feel at all the way I did, you will want to read Quitter ASAP.

Have you ever been in the career dumps? What did you do to change your job or your attitude about it?


Book Review – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

July 8, 2011

Eat, Pray, Love{Book : Amazon | Image via Sony Pictures/Eat Pray Love}

I’ve been working non-stop this year and have only managed to read bits of different books on plane rides and in the little spare time I’ve had. My current job doesn’t require too much thought, which allows me to listen to music, podcasts, radio shows, and the like. My solution to not reading books is to listen to them. My first audiobook choice for this year is Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

I usually read the book before seeing the film and with all the hype surrounding this one I figured it was worth a try. The book is separated into 3 sections – Italy, India, and Indonesia, each corresponding with the author’s pursuit of pleasure, faith, and the combination of the two. I’m telling you, if I were the type to stop a book in the middle I would have stopped at India! That is my least favorite part of the book as it drags on a bit with her struggles in learning how to clear her mind for meditation. I can pray to God without worrying over whether I am in the right state of meditation, so I found this a bore!

I had a lot of trouble connecting with the author/character. She is in her thirties so she is in a different stage of life than I in my early twenties. She decides one day that she doesn’t want to be married anymore, so she leaves her husband. I married young, and I would still never consider leaving my husband for the pursuit of my inner self. If I need that I can take a vacation. The only thing I’m missing by being married is not partying as much, and frankly, we do that anyway! We are having fun being young with no kids, but when we are ready we will have them. And I look forward to it! So I definitely could not understand her mindset in any regard.

That being said, I learned a lot from this book, and I respect Liz for sharing about her depression after her divorce and her time of healing. I do recommend that you listen to the audiobook as opposed to reading it, as you cannot hear the richness of the Italian language in your mind, nor can you imagine the accents of all the wonderful people that she meets. I found it calming to listen to this on my car ride to and from work, instead of being all hyped up by my favorite hip hop music! Listening to books is better than not reading at all, so pick up an audiobook at your local library for your next long car ride!

If you decide to read Eat, Pray, Love or you already have, check out the author’s site for behind the scenes info about her friends from around the world! I was very sad to find out that Richard from Texas has passed away. I was very fond of him and he kept India interesting.

Your turn: Which audiobook is your favorite so far?


Book Review – The Vampire Diaries, The Return: Nightfall by L.J. Smith

December 13, 2010

Vampire Diaries{Book : Amazon | CW Cast : Image source}

Maybe I have been spoiled by the series on The CW, but I think that L.J. Smith tried a little too hard on this one. I read the first books that she wrote in the 80’s that the CW series is based on. I know that she decided to write The Return series in the 2000’s after the vampire craze was started up again with Twilight. The first 4 books were still far more supernatural than the TV series and the plot is almost completely different. They were enjoyable, except everyone’s roles have been switched around, or they simply don’t exist on the TV show. The 3 most important characters remained the same: Elena, Stefan, and Damon. Maybe I’m biased because I saw the show first. Though, It’s just better quality.

I think I’ve made it clear that I prefer the TV version, but let me tell you why The Return: Nightfall bothered me so much. I did enjoy it and I will read the rest of the series out of curiosity. I just think that it’s obvious she was trying to come up with a new story. In this book, the vampires aren’t the problem anymore. Damon is still the bad one, except this time his nature is being used against him. He becomes possessed by malach (invisible bugs with teeth) who are controlled by immature, Asian fox-spirits called kitsune. Sound a bit ridiculous? I thought so. It’s not just vampires wanting Elena anymore. But what else can the plot be about? Elena is back from the dead, what more can go wrong? Trust me, it’s just some round-a-bout way to get Elena to fall in love with Damon instead of Stefan. And it will be at least 6 books by the time it happens!


Book Review – The Handmade Marketplace: How to Sell Your Crafts Locally, Globally, and On-Line by Kari Chapin

December 7, 2010

Handmade Marketplace{Book : Amazon}

The Handmade Marketplace is a must for anyone wanting to start a business selling arts and crafts. It is full of inspiring quotes, and plenty of tips and advice to get you started. I read many things I already had a vague idea about and learned more new things that will help me succeed in my business. Once I get the chance to focus more on this endeavor, I know exactly what to do to make sure that my store is legitimate and legal. I’ve gained new ideas for promoting my crafts and I’m excited about the opportunity to do wholesale with local stores. I just have to wait for the right time to get started :)


Book Review – The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

November 9, 2010

The Lovely Bones{Book : Amazon | Saoirse Ronan as Susie: Image Source}

I’ve always wanted to write a review of every book that I read, as a way to keep track of good books and to encourage others to enjoy reading as much as I do. I took a break from reading for pleasure while I was in college, because of all the books that I had to read for class. I decided that I was tired of reading things that I was told to read, and I set a goal to read 50 books in a year – not for school. It was a lofty goal, and I barely made it halfway. If I would have recorded school books I still wouldn’t have reached it! It was unrealistic. This year my goal is to read 25 books in 2010. This one is number 20! It’s a much more realistic goal, and if I read more, great!The Lovely Bones is a book that I’ve wanted to read since the movie came out. I’ve never seen the movie, because I usually like the read the book first if I can help it. I will be seeing it soon :) I was also interested in the book because it was recommended to me by a friend who doesn’t even like to read much. If she liked it, it must be good right?!

If you don’t already know, it’s about a 14-year-old girl who has been murdered. She narrates the story from a place somewhere between heaven and earth. She watches her family and her killer struggle to go on with their lives after her death. She wants to help her family find her body and to help them recover from her loss. However, she also doesn’t want them to forget her and she doesn’t know how to move on either. She longs to live the life that was taken from her, and sees her sister grow up to do things that she never would. She watches over her family, even as they are torn apart. It is a very touching story and I was very satisfied with the ending, though it’s not what you expect at all! I would definitely recommend it :) Now I have to go rent the movie!

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Book Review – Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF by April Winchell

October 8, 2010

Regretsy{Book: Amazon | Antler Headpiece : Source | Crown Royal Booties : Source | Feathered Hat : Source}

I found Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF while searching for craft books in the Cincinnati Library catalog. I put it on hold and within a week it was in my hands. I thought it would be a really funny book. Little did I know that I would discover this whole subculture of handmade that makes fun of and often appreciates bad art! It is hilarious, the things that she finds! I am a new fan and will now be following the Regretsy blog. The book is divided into the typical craft categories from home decor to jewelry. Then there is the beyond weird category that makes you wonder, “What were they thinking? This person is crazy!” I love it. Even though the artists featured in the book and blog are being featured for having bad art, they tend to have more sales once featured.

I find it very inspiring. I don’t think that I make anything weird or bizarre enough to be featured on Regretsy. However, the book had me thinking about being in the middle, not too extraordinary and not too terrible either. I would consider my shop to be in the middle as of now. In order to get out of the middle and be noticed, I need to do something out of the ordinary that not just anyone will do. It’s a good challenge that I’d love to take on. I need to take all the ideas that float into my head each day and put them to use. Some of these ideas could be the key.

Want to get inspired too? Pick up a copy of Regretsy.

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