February Reads

Here are a few really good books that I’ve been reading this month!

The first two are by Steve Chandler and the last is Pam Slim’s latest book called “Body of Work” I would highly recommend all three and I would say that they are among the best books that I have read over the past 12 months.

All three are very practical and are filled with delightful stories and personal accounts which make for a more exciting read.

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Most of us don’t love every little thing that we do on a daily basis. However, how different would our lives look if we really did use each act of work as an expression of love? Would we actually start to appreciate the mundane? Would we suddenly start to enjoy things that before only brought us pain?

I won’t pretend to have all of the answers…but what I DO know if that the way that we approach a task can change everything!

Think about the work that is in front of you today. How can you start approaching it with an attitude of love?

What can you do differently in you work this week to really bring out the best that you have to offer. In what ways could you add just a little drop of creativity into your task/project or job and how would that alter everything else that you do?

Action step for the day: Take 10 minutes right now and think through either your current day or your day tomorrow. What is one way that you can show your love through the work that you do?

Make it a day that you can be proud of!

Photo taken from the book “Wealth Warrior” by Steve Chandler

Wednesday Wisdom

kissesfromkatieAs most of you know…I love to read. I read this particular book a little over a year ago before I went on the World Race. It’s a true story and such a fun read about a young woman with a heart for Uganda. If you have any interest in Africa, missions, travel, or children….then you should definitely worth checking out!

Here are some great quotes from the bookΒ  Kisses From Katie!

Even though my parents had many concerns about my being in a third world country and were still determined for me to earn a college degree, they could not deny my passion for the work in Uganda. Because of their love for me, they were selfless enough to help me live my dream. Even if it didn’t match their dream for me

The idea that keeps returning to my mind is that I don’t need to be “fully prepared” ready, or perfect. I simply need to make myself available to be used

We have so much to learn. Are you living the type of life that you dreamed for yourself as a child?

I have come to the realization that I am somewhat of a nomad on this earth. I am learning to be ok with that. Human beings long for a place to call home, a nest, a sanctuary of their own. I have many and none

Have you ever been in a similar situation or is this something that you are facing right now? Are you struggling to make a decision or to follow the path that you know you want to take because you are unsure how the rest of the world will react? If so, spend a few minutes writing it all down and start to be honest with yourself about what you want for your life.

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom…Belated edition

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One of the best books that I read in the past year was “The Great Work of Your Life” I wasn’t sure about it when I first saw the title but the reviews were so good that I couldn’t pass it up! There were honestly so many good quotes in this book that I wasn’t sure where to start, however, if you enjoy these quotes as much as I do maybe you can just go ahead and pick up the book.

Have you had periods in life where you leapt out of bed in the morning to embrace your day? Once this happens to you, once you live this way, even for a few hours, you will never really be satisfied with any other way of living. Everything else will seem wan and gray. Everything else will seem as Henry David Thoreau said, like a distraction

A life is built on a series of small course corrections-small choices that add up to something mammoth

You do not know how to act because you do not know who you are

Bringing forth what is within you is mostly about creating the right conditions

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Wednesday Words of Wisdom: Start With Why

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Most of you have probably heard of the book Start With Why by Simon Sinek. I read the book several years but I still love to look back at some of the key points and quotes that I took away from reading it.

I became obsessed with the concept of WHY, I was consumed by the idea of it. It was all I talked about. When I looked back to my upbringing, I discovered a remarkable theme. Whether among friends, at school or professionally I was always the eternal optimist. I was the one who inspired everyone to believe they could do whatever they wanted. This pattern is my WHY. To inspire. It didn’t matter if I was doing it in marketing or consulting. It didn’t matter what type of companies I worked with or in which industries I worked. To inspire people to do the things that inspired them, so that, together, we can change the world. That’s the path to which my life and my work is now completely devoted. Henry Ford would have been proud of me. After months of thinking I couldn’t. I knew I could.

I would challenge you to really put some thought into what is your own why? It can be so easy to read books like this and to rave about how good they are but to never actually put them into action in our own lives. I know that I am seriously guilty of this. I am such a reader but sometimes I just need to slow down and really process and reflect on what I’m reading.

What is your why?

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