Literature Review: Choose The Life You Want (The Mindful Way to Happiness)

I am nearly finished reading this book.  It has provided a lot of useful information. I am happy to have found it available at my local library.  So a choice piece of literature for free.  Bonus!  And for a person that hasn’t been able to complete a book in a very long time I am feeling very good about including one of my old cherished past times of reading back into my daily routine.  That word “routine” seems funny for me to even write.  I have very few things that are routine.  However, I seldom perform these “routine” tasks at the same times each day. Is it still considered a routine? The definition describes it as a “fixed program.”  One fixed program that I must stick to is making a cup of coffee in the morning.  Each morning a wonderful little invention called a Keurig creates a bit of magic in my kitchen.  It dispenses a perfectly made cup of motivation.  I don’t know what I would be without it… probably still  asleep.  🙂 Thank you Keurig manufacturers.pexels-photo-888992.jpeg

On to the highlights of the book.  I get carried away sometimes with my thoughts.  It is my inevitable “squirrel” moments.

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Chapter 88 is a chapter every living, breathing person should read.  And possibly revisit several times throughout their lifetime.  The title says all that needs to be said, “Experience your mistakes as catastrophes -or- Treat your mistakes as valuable feedback”  As a teacher it was very easy for me to remind my students that mistakes were part of the learning process.  Inventors do this and learn from their mistakes.  We know that mistakes are inevitable.  The fact is no one is without their faults… The trick here is to find the value of every mistake made.  Remember the lesson that you learned from your mistakes and then avoid making the same mistake again.  Consequences are valuable teaching tools, but they aren’t nuclear bombs.  You can LIVE and LEARN and continue LIVING.  If we were meant to learn without mistakes, erasers would not exist.

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One of the final statements made in the book is this, “Choice unleashes the potential within each moment.  As you become MINDFUL of the potential within this moment your life gains momentum, becomes momentous. When a moment matters, LIFE MATTERS.”  I really hope to remember the meaning of this statement for the rest of my days.  We are the directors of our lives, each and every day plays out the way we choose it to.  For the longest time I have always told myself that someone else was in charge or controlling parts of my life and this would always stifle my personal growth.  I now take responsibilities for myself and my decisions, staying mindful of this will help me continue with making progress.  pexels-photo-103123.jpeg

Have a wonderful day being in charge of your life!

 

Better Late Than Never:) Podcast Episode 4

Episode 4 —CLICK HERE—-

 

I have spent most of the day in the ER with my husband, his job takes him out into the country to shoot footage for films and he is now undergoing treatment for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Thanks to a little bitty bug that wanted to suck his blood.  It has been a day, but staying mindful and appreciating the small victories is helping me.  This podcast and completing it today is one of those victories.  Please keep my family in your prayers.  Have a blessed night!

I will try to get caught up tomorrow.

 

Literature Updates… “Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google?”

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First off, if genius is not book smarts, but defined as a person’s creativity; I could work here.  However, the more I read this book the more I realize the loads of information that is out in the world, that I have yet to learn.  Should I worry about all that I don’t know?  I do, a little!  I want to be an intelligent person, and something that stops me from going after more lofty goals, is the thought that I don’t know enough.  But then I turn my thoughts to appreciate the things that I do know.  I also appreciate the new things I am learning each day.  The thing I should remind myself is that I can still learn all that I will ever need to know.  Right?

I have made it to Chapter 6,  this chapter involves information about logic puzzles, and well since using logic to make decisions isn’t my strength… this might be why I am having difficulty finishing the chapter.  It is more difficult for me to understand.  It could also be that I started reading another book; and so that has caused me to put this book on hold at the moment.  I do like reading it though.  It makes you consider greater possibilities.  It makes me dream of working at a place that appreciates the quality minds that they have working for them.  I pushed my way through chapter 6.  I am glad I did.  It gave me a new way to organize my closet.  This information is vital for someone like me.  I have been working to change my habits though.  I know that I do not like living in disarray.  I am working to get everything just as I need it.

In the book they are still discussing the types of questions one could encounter during an interview with Google.  This type of question about closet organization is considered an algorithm question.  It says, “you have a closet full of shirts, and its very hard to find the one you want.  How would you organize the shirts for easy retrieval?”  The answers vary ranging from setting up a system similar to a dry cleaner’s retrieval system to just labeling and establishing storage bins. Arranging clothes from least popular on the bottom of the bin to most popular on top.  This will decrease the amount of time you waste rummaging through your clothes.  I want to do this now. Now, I just need to find the appropriate bins.

Maybe these…

Storage ideas… AMAZON

The other book I am reading “Choose The Life You Want” I have made it to Chapter 15.  The chapters are much shorter in this book and the messages much more concise.  This book has already helped me confront procrastination.  I know that I still have that tendency, but at least I know that I can take 5 minutes to just get the project started and I am more likely to finish.  I love the outcome of my newly painted living room.  The gray really feels nice, clean and welcoming.  I am excited to tackle other projects now.  I have several chapters to go, there are 101 chapters to the book.

This book is very helpful for someone suffering from depression, anxiety, and of course BPD.  Here is a list of contents.9187928B-D3EF-49E0-BEED-BDA58550800B

Tomorrow I will be posting my weekly podcast.  I will be including my personal story, what led me to being diagnosed.  What that did to me emotionally. How it has affected my kids and my husband.  I hope that everyone can check it out.  My hope is that I can bring insight to others who struggle with this disorder.  Pray that I  stick with my schedule of producing one per week.  I always hope to have a new podcast added by Wednesday.

Have a terrific Tuesday!