One Thing

For the past week or two, I’ve been reading the book “The One Thing” by Gary Keller.

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book when I checked it out from the library aside from the fact that it kept showing up on Amazon and was recommended by a few people I admire.

From the first few pages, I knew that this was a book that needed to be read slowly. A book that has so much wisdom and that by flying through it, I was afraid that I would miss something important.

Today I was reading Chapter 10 called “the focusing question”. While I was already familiar with this concept, I wanted to share it with you because I loved the way that it is described in this book.

Clarity must come from us. It seems we must envision our own journey’s, make our own maps, and create our own compasses. To get the answers we week, we have to invent the right questions-and we’re left to devise our own. So how to you do this? How do you come up with uncommon questions that take you to uncommon answers?

You ask one question: the focusing Question

Anyone who dreams of an uncommon life eventually discovers there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to living it. The focusing question is that uncommon approach. In a world of no instructions, it becomes the simple formula for finding exceptional answers that lead to extraordinary results.

What’s the one thing I can do

such that by doing it

everything else will be easier or

unnecessary?

Good question, right? Take a few minutes to close your eyes and really think about it.

You might not be able to do everything perfectly, or accomplish each task on your to-do list.

However, once you are able to identity your “one thing” the other things seem to become much simpler.

P.S. If you haven’t read the book, feel free to check it out here

 

The Lipstick Gospel FREE E-Book

 

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Hi friends! I am happy to recommend a new book that I just finished up called The Lipstick Gospel. The author is Stephanie May Wilson and she is a fellow World Race Alumni but did the race a year or two before I did.

Her new e-book just officially released yesterday but I was fortunate enough to be able to read it last week.

I couldn’t put it down and even finished it in one day while I was waiting for my husband to finish up a test.

Here is one of my favorite quotes from the book:

As we embark on a journey, whether it’s physical like hiking the Camino de Santiago, or geographical like traveling the world for a year, we’re challenging our outsides to something new, and getting away from what we see out our window everyday. We can change at home, certainly. But something profound happens inside us when we remove ourselves from what’s familiar and safe and challenge ourselves to something bigger.

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What’s even better is that the book is free!

All you have to do is click on the link below and you’ll be re-directed to Stephanie’s website where you’ll be asked to enter your name and email.

After that, you will be sent an email that will give you the download of the book. The book can be read on on a computer, Ipad, phone, etc. Ibooks is perfect to read it on if you have that.

Here’s the link:

http://stephaniemaywilson.com/download-the-lipstick-gospel/

AmazingA few other quotes I loved:

I think that’s how it happens when we go away and come back changed. We expect the world around us to be different, or at least to notice how different we are and treat us differently because of it. But instead, most people just carry on the way they were before, mildly interested in stories from your trip or an explanation of what happened to you. But even then, the world around you doesn’t shift quite the way you expect it to.

I was a new person on the back of that motorcycle. God had scrubbed away my broken bits, revealing a person who fit in her skin-the woman I was always meant to be.

 

Stephanie really has such a way with words and is a beautiful storyteller, which is why I won’t reveal too much abut the details of the book itself. I know that you will appreciate it so much more by simply reading the book and hearing her story.

If you missed the link above, you can download the book for FREE here http://stephaniemaywilson.com/download-the-lipstick-gospel/

Feel free to leave a comment or let me know what you think of the book!

No-LoveHave a wonderful week!

Betsy

The Happiness of Pursuit

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As many of you already know, reading happens to be one of my favorite things to do. I also love talking and sharing about what books I’m currently reading.

A few days ago, Josh and I returned to Florida for a few days before our honeymoon. On my porch was a small manila package with the return address being a publisher.

I rushed inside to open the package and discovered an advance copy of a book by one of my favorite authors and one of the coolest human beings on earth, Chris Guillebeau.

If you’re not familiar with Chris, he is an author, entrepreneur, founder of WDS, and all-around superstar. And in addition to all of that, he’s traveled to every country in the world.

The Happiness of Pursuit is Chris’s third book, after writing “The art of non-conformity” and “The $100 Start-up”. I own both and would highly recommend them.

It took me all of three days to read his latest book and I probably would have finished it sooner but I wanted to let some of the ideas really sink in so I waited a day to finish it up.

To sum up this entire book I would use the single word “quest”

In Chris’s typical humorous, witty, and down-to-earth writing style, he invites us all to engage in a quest of our own. By combining his own experiences with traveling and life along with stories from numerous other people, he encourages readers to find a quest of their own.

Chris suggests that there is a set of criteria for a quest which includes:

  1. A clear goal and a specific endpoint
  2. A clear challenge
  3. Requires sacrifice of some kind
  4. Often driven by a calling or mission
  5. Requires a series of small steps and incremental process toward the goal

The quests that are listed in the book range from a man who walked across the United States from Portland, Maine to San Francisco. Another interesting example was a young man who completed the 4 year  M.I.T computer science curriculum in a single year. Chris also mentioned a mom from Oklahoma who cooked a meal for her family from every country in the world.

While each example was extremely different, many of the themes and specific criteria remained similar. Each person was on a journey towards something specific, with a number of challenges throughout (another definition that is given for what a quest is).

Overall, I found that The Happiness of Pursuit challenged me as a person to come up with my own new ideas for quests and I also loved that the book was full of real-life stories.

The book comes out today and I would highly recommend that you all check it out for yourselves! Click here to check it out!

“When you sense discontent, pay attention” -Chris Guillebeau (The Happiness of Pursuit)

P.S. As you’re reading this I am probably on a plane to NYC and then on to London! My husband and I will be on our honeymoon for the next month. I won’t have a computer so I probably will not be able to do much posting.

However, I’ll try to post some pics to my Instagram and Facebook so if you’re interested in following along on my journey through Europe..make sure to follow me on social media.

Happy reading!

Love Skip Jump

Love Skip Jump

“If we want to find the adventures God has planned four our lives, we need to imitate God’s epic love for us”

-Shelene Bryan, Founder of Skip1.org and author of Love Skip Jump

Daily Travel Updates

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I recently made an amazing discovery online called Paper.Li. Through this website, you can create your own daily newspaper where you choose the type of content and the people who are featured. I decided to start my own which you can find by clicking here.

The content is very similar to what I love to post on this website and includes travel, adventure, books,  and inspiration.

I hope that the paper will be useful to you and that it will give you all a better idea of the things I love and where I go for inspiration and to learn something new.

On the website, Paper.Li is described as the easiest way to collect, publish, and share content on the web. The types of media range from articles, to photos, to videos.

Make sure to subscribe to daily updates by entering your email address on the top right-hand side of the page.

This has made it so much easier for me to stay up-to-date on all of my favorite bloggers, writers, and other people that I follow online. I find that it can often be overwhelming to stay current because there are so many interesting people to follow. However, I hope that you find this to be as simple and easy to use as I have.

A few of my favorite people that you can find on my page include: Amber Rae, Shauna Niequist, Bob Goff, Natalie Sisson, Tsh Oxenreider, and many other writers and travelers.

Also, I will be open to adding new hash tags or ideas to the page so feel free to leave a comment or send any ideas to me at betsy.ramser@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful day!

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