Forgiveness by Dani DiPirro

I would call this more a collection of quotes and positive affirmations than a book.  It took me less than an hour to read, and in the end, I don’t feel like I came away with much more than a few new quotes I hadn’t heard before (all of which I found for free and favorited on BrainyQuote for future reference.) I wouldn’t say that I found this book helpful in learning how to forgive, although it did remind me of why it is important to forgive.  At the end of the book, there are some lists of ways to forgive in certain circumstances (at home, at work, in love, etc.) but they are very vague suggestions and don’t give any tips for how one would go about achieving this forgiveness.  Speaking from personal experience, when you have been hurt it is very hard to find a way to forgive even when you want to, especially if a violation of trust is involved.  I was hoping to experience a book about ways to achieve forgiveness in difficult circumstances.  Because all of the quotes can be found on the internet for free, and because most people who are picking up a book about forgiveness already want to forgive, I wouldn’t recommend anyone buy this book if they are looking for help to achieve that goal.  However, if you are looking for encouragement along the journey of forgiveness you have already started, you will definitely find it here, even if you can find it for free elsewhere.

I received a copy of this book for free to read and review through Netgalley

52 Weeks of Thankfulness #5

I’m back after a break full of traveling and resting and I’m still thankful! This week I am thankful that we are not slaves to circumstances.  How we experience the world is a direct result of how we choose to view and interact with it despite what may or may not happen.  This week I just found out my employer has no plans to make good on some promises made during the hiring process.  I’m extremely disappointed because I was excited about this job and have really enjoyed it so far.  But today I choose to see this as a chance to realize early on that this is not the right place for me before I’m too invested.  There are many other options out there, and one of them will be the right fit.

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Smart Housekeeping by Anne L. Watson

Smart Housekeeping is a simple, straightforward and to the point book with tips to make housekeeping easier for you. While I’ll admit there is really nothing extraordinary or new in the book it’s still very helpful if you feel overwhelmed or lost about de-cluttering and cleaning your home. What I liked most about it was the focus on finding what works for you.  The main idea behind the tips in the book is to help you find simple solutions that you will actually use because they are comfortable for you and make sense in your life and in your home.  What works for some will not work for others and it’s all about finding the end result that you are seeking and the simplest way to get and stay there.  I also like that it was short!  Who wants to spend days reading about cleaning up around their home when they can actually be doing it? This book offers some ideas and inspiration to get you started in the right direction, and then lets you use the rest of your time to get going.

Some topics covered are a simple decluttering method, clutter control, organization, cleaning, and tips for getting household members on board. Some tips that I found helpful or encouraging were:

  • work for short periods and break projects down into manageable bits
  • be realistic about your limitations (time, money, energy)
  • balance your resources (you may have more money than you have time, or more time than money.  Spend money where you can to make things easier, or put in extra time where you can to make things cost effective.
  • Analyze where things collect and why and then design your clutter control around your habits and preferences (a laundry hamper where you undress to avoid a dirty laundry pile, a “gathering basket” holding place for things waiting to be put away.  When the basket is full make one trip to put everything away, etc.)
  • “Never nag. It’s useless.”

This is a quick read and has some valuable tips for anyone who feels like getting their home under control is a daunting task.  The tips I found helpful might not make sense for you, but there were plenty of others that might work in your home and just weren’t a good fit for me. The biggest takeaway for me was that the state of your home is a personal choice, and the level of organization and cleanliness have to work for you.  How you do it is flexible so that it fits in your life and you build a routine you will maintain instead of one you will abandon.

I received a copy of this book for free to read and review through Netgalley

52 Weeks of Thankfulness #4

I was going to write something entirely different for this week’s thankfulness post, but life has changed my plans.  A person I love dearly has just found out a loved one is diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that has metastasized and is now affecting major organs and creating bone lesions.  I feel so deeply sorry over this suffering, and it makes me grateful for my own health, and that of those around me.  When we’re healthy we tend to ignore the fact and focus on other things that make us happy.  We forget that if we are healthy we are drawing daily from a deep well of potential happiness.

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52 Weeks of Thankfulness #3

Having grown up in New England, I’m so thankful for this sunny, warm Southern weather even this late in the year!  And I’m also thankful for all the wonderful memories of crisp fall air, the beauty of the changing leaves, jumping in leaf piles after raking the yard as a child, high school football games with friends, and early snow!

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