Lisa never let the family problems hold her back. The third child in a family of four children, she has more stories of life growing up confused, than most. Weren't we all confused as kids? But this is different. This is confusion from being in a home torn by alcoholism. Perhaps something more. Whatever it was, the choice Lisa made was to get through it, get beyond it, and somehow, get over it.
Before you laugh or bring your skeptical thinking to the conversation, understand that I believe her. I believe trees and plants of all manner communicate with each other. Why shouldn't they then communicate with us? Holly tells us her mission is "to help people experience expansive joy in their lives through connecting with nature."
But, Debbie's strategies, her tactics, her advice, and her stories (about herself and about her clients) bring the book to life in a positive way business books rarely achieve. It's less a book about building business success, as it is a guide to take you on a positive journey to success.
But this is not about me, or best friends. It's about Tara's journey. Her journey from there (starting at 19 when she started her first entrepreneurial adventure) to here, where she calls Emerald Lake Books her "favorite business, by far." It's also about recognizing and seizing opportunity. It's about faith and joy. It's about letting your faith lead you along that bumpy path and guide you to where you should be.
The moral of most novels is …more complicated because the human condition invites a long, serious discuss on morals as presented in novels. Not to mention, some understanding of the hero's journey. Novels exist to entertain. They take us out of our ordinary lives and give us glimpses into worlds we would not know, otherwise. The moral in most of them is that being human is okay. Or, being an alien based on the author's human experiences, is okay.
Victoria, to her credit, decided to follow her gut instinct when she was hit by a bolt of lightning one day. No, not a real lightning bolt. We’re talking the kind of “I have a big idea” lightning bolt.
Today's Big Ideas in Books we will discuss essentialism by Greg McKeowan. The title is not a typo, he spells it with a lower case ‘e’. Shades of e.e. cummings? Perhaps. I am not privy to the reason behind the spelling.
One of the biggest things that was causing me stress was rewriting my blogging how-to book. I had it in my mind I wanted to rewrite it before the Cat Writers Conference. After I realized that project alone was freaking me the hell out I let it go. I will take copies of the book as is and will continue working on the rewrite and re-release it later because it will be new and improved. Stress level dropped drastically.
The book is rich with the vibrancy of real life. I say that knowing how we writers, and I include myself even though none of my novels have seen the light of day, create real life on paper, out of our own dreams and horrors and laughter and anger.For the writer who wants to write better, this book is a book you’ll want at your elbow, right there with your Strunk & White.
Giving back doesn’t have to mean returning a gift to others. It can mean giving back to yourself. It can mean giving back to the dreams of how you were going to make a change in the world as a young college graduate.