5/5/16

The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance Book Review and Giveaway


Work Life Balance.  Those three words are the ultimate, life goal of so many of us in our constant-on, run-run-run, busy-busy world.  I am running late on getting this post up and live today because my own home "life" has taken over during the past few weeks and tipped the scale so sharply that my "work" world has been spinning out of control!  Jae Ellard caught my attention with her latest book, The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance!  Perhaps, if I knew the truth about this elusive balancing act, I could be capable of successfully juggling it all (or even some of it!) for more than a minute!  What was my review of The Five Truths about Work-Life Balance?

I received a complimentary copy of this book for use in my review.  You may enter to win a copy in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post!

Quick Summary of The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance. Work-life balance has nothing to do with work. Really. It also doesn't matter what words you use to describe it. The fact is, most people share a similar desire to create easy joy and meaningful engagement across the roles, relationships and responsibilities that make up life.

Our current habits and perceptions often get us stuck and prevent us from creating the life we desire. Get unstuck, learn the truths about work-life balance.


The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance is not the Typical Self-Help Book. When I first opened this book, I felt a little "let-down". The book's layout was much different than I had expected. Rather than pages and pages of guidance and "do this"; I found pages and pages of thoughts, quotes, ideas and a lot of empty space. How was this book going to help me discover the answers to my Work-Life Balance dilemma? Initially, I read through half of the book--then, put it down for a few days. The ideas presented, the thoughts shared, and the quotes written were easy to read--but, they weren't really saying anything to me. 

Then. It hit me.

I wasn't really reading what the author was sharing. I was expecting her to tell me everything I was doing wrong--and tell me that there is one way to fix it. That wasn't the book I was reading--because that wasn't the book she had written. Jae Ellard was not telling me how to balance my life and my roles. She was sharing some rather universal truths to make me think about my life--and put work-life balance into my own perspective. 

Ellard offers unique guidance in this book. While many of the tried and true "work-life balance" ideas are present--they are presented in a slightly different way. Rather than simply telling us to learn to say no to some of our daily demands--she offers quotes to help us put that thought into the context of our own life habits and challenges.

Would I recommend The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance by Jae Ellard? At first, I missed the value in the book. It seemed to be a book of inspirational quotes and thoughts--which were well written and fitting to the book's topic--but, I wasn't sure how that would help me in my work-life struggles. Because this subject is so individualized and so personal--I think each page of this book will hold a slightly different meaning for each reader. That is the value of this book. How can I apply The Five Truths About Work-Life Balance to my life to improve my personal satisfaction? If you are looking for a book to guide you in a new direction toward work-life balance--this book is probably for you. The author is not writing a procedure for you in this book--she is offering you valuable points to ponder as you consider your own work-life balance situation, goals, and needs. I think this is a great tool for anyone who is overburdened, tired, stressed, or doubting his/her happy balance in life's many roles.

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Meet the Author.
After years in senior communication roles crafting content for executives, Jae collapsed from stress-related adrenal fatigue. This life-altering experience propelled her to research human behavior, neuroscience, mindfulness, and organizational relationship systems.

In 2008, Jae founded Simple Intentions and developed the Mindful Life™ Program, which includes four group coaching workshops to generate reflection, awareness and action at the organizational and individual levels. Jae has taught the skill of awareness to thousands of employees at multinational corporations in more than 50 countries including China, Russia, India, Japan, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, and the United States.

Jae contributes to the Awareness at Work column for Mindful Magazine, the Healthy Living section on Huffington Post as well as the Simple Intentions blog. Jae has a master’s degree in Communication Management from Colorado State University and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Communication from Metropolitan State College of Denver. She holds certificates in co-active coaching and organizational relationship systems coaching and is the author of seven books.

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4/29/16

Forbidden Trails by Bonnie R. Paulson Book Release Day


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I have not read this series from Bonnie R. Paulson--but, I always have a (growing) list of her books on my reading list.  I love her writing style--and, although I am not a fan of romance novels, I'm even enjoy her romance series as well!

I was not compensated for this post--and I have not received the books in this series to review.  I am simply sharing an independent author I enjoy and recommend. 

Quick Summary of Forbidden Trails (The Montana Trails series, Clearwater County Collection Book 2) by Bonnie R Paulson.   A woman with a cause falls for a man who hunts the very thing she wants to save. Working as a traveling ranch hand to keep food on the table, Jareth Darby’s wanderlust is satisfied and his fear of settling down at bay. But even Jareth can’t fight the draw of a damsel-in-distress. Cyan Burns can afford to have principles and expectations of the world with parents on the top 50 list of the richest people in America. Her current cause has been the longest running – the Gray wolves of North America. Saved by Jareth from freezing winter weather, Cyan can’t ignore her attraction to the rugged Montana cowboy. But his new employer is out for wolf pelts and Jareth doesn’t see the problem with hunting the endangered species. Can Cyan convince him the wolves – and she – are worth fighting for? Wrangle some time to read this story about struggle and survival of love against almost insurmountable odds. Sweet romance, continuing series - Check out Lonely Lace series to start out right with the Clearwater County Collection.

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Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane.

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4/26/16

Interview with Kemley Whiteside Author of Accepted, Secured, Significant & a Giveaway


We are pleased to share a book spotlight of Accepted, Secured, Significant, the latest book from author Kemley Whiteside. We also have the pleasure of posting a quick question and answer interview with Kemley Whiteside. Check out this inspirational book--and get to know the author a bit too! Don't forget to enter to win a prize in the book spotlight tour giveaway at the end of this post. 

We were not compensated for this post and we did not receive a copy of this book as part of the iRead Book Tours Book Spotlight Tour.
 
Interview with Accepted, Secured, Significant Author Kemley Whiteside. 


A Mama's Corner of the World (AMCOTW) :  What motivates you to write?
Kemley Whiteside:  I write from my heart.  I want others to experience the goodness of God in a level of applying to their lives things that can help them become better people. 

(AMCOTW) : In today’s tech savvy world, most writers use a computer or laptop.  Have you ever written parts of your book on paper? 
Kemley Whiteside: I wrote my book with an actual computer and laptop.  It was so much easier with the new technology.  I do believe writing on paper or printing the paper to review is also an important piece that computers and laptops cannot do.

(AMCOTW) : Why do you write about God?  Are there any other interest?
Kemley Whiteside: I love writing about God because is the real source of truth.  My life is surrounded by the things of God and if my heart desires to write about God I think it will be more beneficial for me at the end.  If I try to get out of my lane in writing about fiction or things that I know nothing about, I will eventually lose myself.  I do not have any other interest.

(AMCOTW) : How long have you been writing?
Kemley Whiteside: As a young girl I saw myself writing consistently, in journals and just random things.  But I recently began to write a year ago to fulfill the destiny of my book.  I do not consider myself a writer, but I definitely enjoy writing.

(AMCOTW) : What time of the day do you prefer to write?
Kemley Whiteside: I prefer to write at night.  I am a night person and I find that at night time the calmness of the day has died down and I have more time to reflect and meditate. 



Quick Summary of Accepted, Secured, Significant. This text is a spiritual and inspirational journey for those drawn away from their purpose by the circumstances of their lives. This book is dedicated to those told they would never amount to anything.

It is for those told they would be just like their mother or father, that they are idiots, mistakes, and failures. It is for the pushed aside and ignored. It is for those under shadow, and for those abused from childhood. It is for the molested, and the ones told that no one loves them and no one ever would. It is for the misled and mistreated. It is for the suicidal. It is for the victims of domestic violence and abusive relationships. It is for those in spiritual bondage, and those who don’t believe in themselves. It is for those suffering from cancer or other diseases. It is for the motherless, fatherless, jobless, and homeless. It is for the depressive and anxious, the lonely and isolated. This book is for the hopeless.

To my brothers and sisters who need a way out: This book was written just for you. It is to polish your existence and your purpose on this earth.

This book was inspired and written by the Holy Spirit to assure you that, as a child of God, you no longer have to feel bound by labels and curses spoken over the course of your life. God wants to reinforce in your heart how valuable you are and how much you mean to Him. He wants you to know that through Him, you are Accepted, Secured, and Significant.

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Meet the Author.
 Kemley Whiteside is a native of the Republic of Panama, a survivor and overcomer. Kemley resides in the state of New Jersey with her husband and children.

She is ordained to help build by empowering, igniting, and fulfilling people into their purpose. She is a life-coach, mentor, inspiration, motivational speaker, and a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

She is the survivor of an anxiety disorder, depression, cancer, Lyme disease, domestic violence, and suicide. She is the survivor of physical, emotional, and mental abuse. These obstacles have strengthened her life and her purpose.

She is a woman birthing life to others by embracing them with confidence, and helping them achieve their calling. Kemley Whiteside earned her MA in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, and her MBA in Project Management from Ashford University. She holds a BS in Information Technology from Phoenix University and has over fifteen certifications.

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4/19/16

Book Review: Whispers of the Skyborne: Devices of War Trilogy Book 3



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I have read and reviewed a number of S.M. Blooding's books over the past few years.  The Devices of War series being the latest from her.  I haven't reviewed a futuristic/science fiction book in a while--so I was really excited to wrap up the series with Whispers of the Skyborne.  What did I think of the third book in the series?  

I received a complimentary e-copy of this book for use in my review.  All opinions are my own.  

Quick Sumary of Whispers of the Skyborne:  Devices of War Trilogy Book 3.  The world has changed. The Great Families are no longer in power. Queen Nix of the Hands of Tarot has been stripped of her title and incarcerated. The League of Cities has been formed to provide a new line of defense to the smaller tribal nations. Not without consequences, though. Another of the original Great Families has been destroyed. As the new leaders rise from the ashes, a new threat comes to light; something no one saw coming, something that had been lurking under the surface of their society for generations. The Skyborne. As they discover just how deep the Skyborne’s influences are, they realize the war they thought they’d been fighting . . . . . . wasn’t the real one.

Whispers of the Skyborne incorporates life into a sci-fi setting.  The author combines strong character development with a well-designed, detailed, sci-fi world to bring a little reality to the fantasy novel.  It is easy to identify with some of the characters and their situations as many of their personal interactions reflect real-life as we know it.   Readers won't find simply a story of futuristic war and destruction--they will also meet characters and ponder outcomes to root for (and against).

The author keeps the action moving throughout the book.  While every page isn't action packed and dramatic--the author maintains an even pace and keeps the story line organized and nicely flowing.  I enjoy S.M. Blooding's writing style--and find that she keeps my interest offers just enough mystery and non-science fiction elements to appeal to readers of other genre as well.  

Devices of War is best read as a series.  While you could certainly read any of the books independently--I think you need to build the series' background and the scenes from book one to appreciate the story line and to be attached to the characters.  

Would I recommend Devices of War:  Whispers of the Skyborne by S.M. Blooding?  The author is a wonderful storyteller who creates well developed characters and detailed plots.  I would recommend the series to science fiction/fantasy fans--but, would not hesitate to recommend it to open minded, suspense novel readers as well.  I would read the series from the beginning--and expect that you will want to continue with the series after the first!

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Meet the Author:


SM “Frankie” Blooding lives in Colorado with her pet rock, Rockie, and Jack the Bird. Jack has refused to let her to take up the piano again, but is warming to the guitar. It might help that Frankie has learned more than two strings. She’s added a few more Arabic words to her vocabulary, but don’t invite her into conversation yet—unless, of course, you’re willing to have a very . . . slow . . . conversation. She’s dated vampires, werewolves, sorcerers, weapons smugglers and US Government assassins. 

Yes. She has stories. 

She’s also an investigator with a local paranormal investigation group, Colorado Paranormal Rescue


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4/18/16

A Few Home Improvement Projects You Should Leave to the Professionals


Homeowners have a tendency to attempt tasks that they neither possess the necessary skills or qualifications to complete. They do this in an attempt to save money. The desire to spend less money is very understandable. However, a person needs to know his or her limitations. There comes a point when spending the extra money to hire a pro would be better than doing the job incorrectly. It is possible that making a big mistake could result in a repair bill that is much more expensive than the price of hiring a pro would have been. Keep this in mind the next time you are considering attempting a job that you have never done before. Here are a few examples of tasks you should leave to the professionals.

Roofing.  There are many different types of roofs. Each of them requires training in order for them to be installed safely. It is very possible that water could leak into your home if you attempt to do your own roofing job. You want the roof of your home to last for many years and effectively protect you from the elements. It will most likely not do these things if you are the one who installs the roof.

Driveway installation. It can cost a pretty penny to have a brand new asphalt or concrete driveway installed at your home. However, the price will be well worth it if the job is done correctly the first time by people who have many years of experience doing this sort of work. You will be much better off picking up the phone and calling a company that can perform sealcoating in Minneapolis than doing it yourself. An attractive driveway can raise the value of your home if you ever decide to sell if. However, a driveway that is uneven and cracked because you botched the installation trying to do it yourself will prevent potential buyers from making an offer.

Moving heavy objects.  Hiring a professional moving company can also be quite expensive. However, it is also necessary if you have some very large and heavy items. Attempting to move something like a piano with you and a few of your buddies is pure insanity. Just open your wallet and pay the pros to do it. You will get your piano moved without it being damaged. You will also avoid suffering any serious injuries from lifting a very heavy object.