Historical fiction I love. This author’s work I love. This book brought to life the historical story of Mata Hari (Margaretha Zella) who became famous as an exotic dancer and high-end prostitute to powerful and rich men. The character … Continue reading
Wednesday bookshelf review is running late this week. This blogging every day is working out to be quite a challenge and I am already one blog post behind.
This week’s book was The Art of Living, by Bob Proctor and Sandra Gallagher.
It was very much based on the law of attraction, thoughts+emotions+ actions= results.
My takeaway from the book was to choose a big idea for a goal.
“Your setting the goal to raise your conscious awareness. That’s the real purpose of a goal. It’s to bring more of you to the surface. And when you do, you enjoy everything you do more” Bob Proctor.
A big worthy idea that you really want, something that is exciting and so big you don’t know how you are going to achieve it. The important thing is to focus on it, imagine it and imagine achieving that goal. Then continue to focus on it and take action. The opportunities and people will show up. By focusing on our big idea, we are likely to have more awareness of opportunities and people who can help us when they show up. The most important concept was that the purpose of a goal is to help us grow.
The next thing is to come up with the big idea! The book suggests expanding our awareness by taking a small idea and turning it into a bigger idea. Still, I have plenty of goals I am working towards but I don’t have a big idea goal. I guess I will just drink coffee, journal and let my ideas percolate until a big idea shows up. This is the next step to figure out what my big wonderful idea goal is.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
I sat on the train, with the noise of the clattering train track sounds, people talking on phones, and music that could not be contained by headphones. It can be hard to get into a book with so much distraction. I like to read a lot of different types of books, fiction, and nonfiction. For a train trip full of distracting noises I chose the book “Life” by the author Paulo Coelho which is a selection of quotes. I loved this book because many times it took me back into his books that I had previously read. Whilst it was filled with beautiful colourful artistic pictures which I loved. I will share with you a couple of the quotes I enjoyed best.
The first quote is: ” No one day is like another, each tomorrow has its special miracle, its magic moment in which old universes are destroyed and new stars are created.” Paulo Coelho originally from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept.
A reminder to live life in the now, to appreciate each moment of life now. It is time to stop reliving the past so much, and wishing my days away in hope of the great things that might come in the future. What is important is for me to focus on thinking and being in the present, and be part of the magic of life that is happening now. Each day is uniquely new and magical if lived in the now.
The second quote is: ” Go is search of your Gift. The more you understand yourself, the more you will understand the World.” Paulo Coelho originally from the book Brida. This reminded me to know myself, trust myself, and be myself.
There are many other quotes in this book that speak so much wisdom. I think it is a book full of wisdom. I just love reading it, and every time I read this book different quotes speak to me.
I love reading and have been reading a book a week, one of my goals this year is to read 52 books. I am thinking I will make Wednesday’s my Bookshelf review day. As for the book “Life”, well I highly recommend reading this book.
Wishing you a wonderful day!
( The month of July I am doing a blog post a day as part of the Ultimate Blog Challenge. It is my way of bring this blog back to life and getting back into blogging again.)
This book, Lessons From Madame Chic: The Top 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris by Jennifer L. Scott, is the perfect read for all Happy Suburban Chicks who want to live life more beautifully.
Jennifer Scott shares the secrets she learned from Madame Chic whilst living in Paris for six months with her host family. Certainly the modern Parisian family she stays with lives fulfilling and passionate lifestyle. As I read through the book, I discovered many tips and ideas on how to live more beautifully. Each chapter is full of stories, tips, and examples on how to apply Parisian lifestyle and adjust it too the western style lifestyle. What stood out to me was how her host family lived simply, yet with great purpose everyday, and focused intensely on quality, especially quality of lifestyle. Jennifer tells many stories from her time in Paris as a student, and also how she has applied the principles to her current life.
One tip is living life as a formal event, with the focus on the evening meal. The evening meal was an event every night; it included quality food, but also quality in the way it was presented, and quality to the time and focus that was given to it. Personally I like a sit down meal in the evenings, however after reading this book I see many areas where I could make it more special and memorable each night. The food and excise part was very motivating; it showed me the importance of not snacking, and focusing on the three meals a day. Also exercise was a big theme, everyday exercise from walking instead of driving and just being active even doing housework. Sometimes I find it hard to walk places in suburbia, the distances are big. Although I know that I am often lazy, I could walk to the supermarket across the road instead of driving. I could walk to the shops in the town center; I just hate walking past the traffic, the noise and fumes.
Another one of the lessons was about looking your best each day, yes I have often left the house in tracksuit and t-shirt. It is often embarrassing when I run into people, it might be a quick visit to the supermarket, and that will always be the time I run into someone. Where as when I look my best I feel confident, and proud. So I am making an effort to look my best no matter what, and it started with cleansing some of those frumpy clothes out of my wardrobe. Living in Melbourne I don’t think a 10-piece wardrobe will work for me. I really need four sessions of clothes in my wardrobe all year round, in fact here in Melbourne you can experience four sessions in one day. Certainly I am going to be more selective about the clothes I wear, and I will be checking myself in the mirror before I leave the house. Other tips was to invest in a stylish easy to maintain hairstyle and find your own signature perfume, and I think I already embraced the no- make up look many years ago.
It also addressees the importance of using your best things, not saving them for that one day, this is something I have adhered to in recent years, and it adds so much joy and luxury to life. Also reducing clutter, this is a hard one for me to break, although I don’t have a lot of clutter in my house, and often have to let things go, especially when I bring new things in. I think the focus is we can live with less, especially when we focus on quality. Instead of having a lot of cheap stuff, you can choose to have one quality item.
I really have enjoyed reading this book; it is full of so many tips. Jennifer has a beautiful way of living her life, and embraces her femininity in an inspiring and cultivated way. I like her philosophies, I think they can be applied on a variety of budgets; mostly I like her attention to detail to everyday living. Jennifer has a blog call, The Daily Connoisseur, where she blogs about the fine art of living, and also has lots of videos on it. As a Happy Suburban Chick I am always looking for ways to live my life more beautifully. I certainly think Jennifer’s book and blog have helped me adopt some practices in my life that have improved my lifestyle and enjoyment levels from everyday living. I was extra lucky in that I was able to borrow this book from the library. I just love visiting my local library.
Do you have any books that you would recommend a Happy Suburban Chick to read? Please leave a comment and let me know.
Also if you have read this book, what where your big take aways from it ? Please leave a comment I would love to know what your thoughts are on the book.
Wishing you all a wonderful day.
- To identify something in your day that made you feel good or happy.
- Then write down that thing that made you feel good or happy on a piece of paper or in a journal. (I like to write things down in my journal)
- Then reflect on your role in creating that moment of feeling good or happy.
7 DAY MINDFULNESS CHALLENGE!
It is an online challenge were they send you out exercises to do for 7 days, I found out about it in my Happiness & Its Causes newsletter that I receive, it says to share it so I am sharing the link to the challenge wiIt is an online challenge were they send you out exercises to do for 7 days, I found out about it in my Happiness & Its Causes newsletter that I receive, it says to share it so I am sharing the link to the challenge, https://wired.ivvy.com/event/7DAYMC/ so click on the link to register for the challenge.
I am really looking forward to doing it.
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
- I am grateful for both support and challenge; for, both serve me, open my heart, and help me strengthen my spiritual mission.
- Thank-you intuition, for guiding me to what’s really inspiring to me.
- Thank-you for the opportunity to be exposed to this refining challenge today.
- I keep growing for I have a purpose bigger than myself.
- I am extremely certain that amazing opportunities keep coming to me.
- Thank-you for the abundance I have today.
- I love myself exactly as I am. I am perfect the way I am.
- My heart guides me to say exactly what is wise and loving
- I am true to myself, I simply shine.
- I keep my body clean inside and out.
This book was full of inspiring and useful gems and insights. I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to read it thanks to my local library.
I am always looking for a book to encourage me and give me good ideas of how to live more beautifully, and this was one of those books.
The Food of Love Cookery School by Nicky Pellegino, this is a lovely fiction book, perfect for that holiday read. It explores the journey of four lovely ladies and a owner of an Sicilian Cooking school which dose small holiday groups. It was easy to relate to the characters and fall in love with the story. It made me wish and dream about going on a cooking adventure for a holiday. At time of reading this book I was on holidays so it inspired me to enjoy my meals out a little more, and be more selective about what I was eating, savouring all the flavours.
I have books all over my house; I love the feel and touch of real books. I love the convenience and portability of my Kindle. I just love reading books, and learning new things. I also enjoy reading a book to simple relax, be entertained and to keep my imagination busy. This got me thinking, it would be fun to add my favorite readings to the blog, so this will be a new addition to my blog, which I hope to do on a regular basis. This already excites me so let’s get started.
Review of the book: Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons
I am currently reading a book called Living the Savvy Life by Melissa Tosetti and Kevin Gibbons. It is mostly focused on money management for women. The Savvy women’s philosophy is “of saving money on the things that aren’t as important to you so you so you can afford to spend money on the things that are most important to you.” Page 30. An example of this in the book is cutting down on several average meals a week, by cooking more meals at home and then having the savings to spend on going out to a real classy restaurant and enjoying a quality meal and experience. I chose that example because I could relate to it. I notice that I often go out and end up having very average or below average takeaway meals. It would make more sense to pack a picnic lunch and have the joy of putting the money towards a really good night out or lunch at a restaurant. The book also gives examples of saving in other areas of spending, and using the savings towards a travel goal. So it is about making quality spending choices in the area of the things and experiences you really want in your life.
It also gives good quality advise like spending less than you make, saving 20percent of your income, paying yourself first, and paying your bills on pay day.
It encourages the reading to really look at spending habits by tracking their spending and take a realistic assessment of where they are currently. It encourages people to set some financial goals, for example savings, or big purchases like a home, or even travel. It is a good idea to set goals, actionable steps and to set a dead line time. The writer suggests we spend our money on the things we love. This is not always easy because we can be lured into buying things we don’t want or need by advertising and even by what we think we are expected to have like a new car, when all we need is a reliable car, and would much sooner travel somewhere each year.
There are also lots of tips on ways to save money in different areas. Some examples are as follows:
- Home: take care of what you have~ Finding ways to make cleaning more fun like playing your favorite music, turning it into a mini workout and rewarding yourself for completing the job. I also add make your own natural cleaners, which will smell, better and be more friendly to use.
- Entertainment: Take advantage of free community events such as festivals and music in the park, often even children’s or family days in your city . ~Check local newspapers, council web sites, and community boards for these.
- Wardrobe: If you love fashion you could set up a spending budget for it~ The idea of allocating a certain amount of money towards the fashion contents of our wardrobe. This can also include planning purchases and thinking about quality core basics that last for years.
- Food: Develop cooking skills~ This could be trying to make one new dish a week, and taking advantage of all the great free recipe resources that are out there. I like this idea because with practice cooking nice inexpensive dishes becomes easy and enjoyable. It is also a way to be creative in the kitchen.
It also provides a chapter with questions so as you can identify your own saving’s goals. This is a great book about managing your money, making savings, and taking charge of your own lifestyle by choosing to spend money on the things and experiences you love.
Personally I loved the mindset it encourages, which is you can afford to live the life you love, by being more mindful about spending plus more purposeful in how you manage your money. It has encourage me to think more in terms of quality and less stuff, saving for holidays, and saving for the future, and watching for those areas where I waste money on things or experiences that just are not that important to me. Mostly it reminds me not to compare myself to others, rather to focus on what my finance goals are to create the life for family and myself that we want to live.
What have you been excited about reading?
Wishing you all a wonderful day!
So busy not time to do anything so I thought a quick post about self-care would be appropriate.
For many years I have possessed the most useful aromatherapy book, Health Scents by Alan Hayes. A book about aromatherapy for health and healing.
I feel that aromatherapy can be a very affordable way to care for a health. It is a simple way to focus our mood and let our natural body heal itself. It is easy to just take a pill however I think sometimes we can avoid the pills by using so aromatherapy especially for self-care and health maintenance.
Here are some simple combinations to use in the bath. Just dilute 10 drops of essential oil into 40 mls of carrier oil such as almond oil, store in an air tight bottle and keep in a dark cupboard to protect from light and sun. You can get special bottle but they cost a lot more.
Just add 10 drops of your favourite combination mixtures to your bath. I like to use my in a carrier oil like above as this infuses into my bath better and gives just the right strength of the aroma. I don’t like to aroma to be too overpowering. I just add the 10 drops of mixture under a running tap of hot water into the bath.
A couple of my favourite combinations from the book are as follows:
5 drops of bergamot essential oil
5 drops of ylang – ylang essential oil
Relax and Unwind Combination
5 drops of lavender essential oil
5 drops of rosewood essential oil
Then just one final simple and easy trick for a good night sleep is to place one drop of lavender oil on a piece of cotton wool or hanky and place it under the pillow slip, this can help you relax and drift of to sleep.
Use oils with common sense, and always be careful about what oils you use if you are pregnant or have allergies. Don’t put essential oils directly onto your skin remember to dilute them in an appropriate amount of carrier oil.
I am only a novice in aromatherapy, and only know what I have learned over the years on the subject from my interest in it as a hobby. I have found many helpful books and have learnt about the subject from short workshops. This information is not expert advice.
This book still affects me in very positive ways. I still do my morning pages, which I just journalling every morning. Love getting out and about doing an artist’s date. I love my walking adventures. I still do lots of bad work, especially at Toastmasters, however what I do is improving, and I get better and better all the time. I also tell others now you don’t have to do it perfectly just have a go, it is all about learning and all about practice, and small constant improvements. The following is a re-post from my previous blog Just. At the moment I am working on chapter 3 of The Artist’s Way, another great book by Julia Cameron.
This is a wonderful book authored by Julia Cameron. It is full of wonderful tips and encouragement. Although this book is focused on an artist most of the tips can apply to all of us. This book will help you develop your creative side and decrease your self doubts.
I like the way she talks about the importance of doing bad art. It not that we aim to do bad work, yet sometimes we will do bad work. It is important to keep going and not let our need for perfection stop us. When we work through are bad art/work, this may be the very thing that gets us to our best art/work.
This is because even if our work is bad/good we are doing the work. Only through doing the work will we be able to achieve doing good work. She also talks about it does not mater if we are inspired or not in the mood we should still continue to do the work. Working through these times and doing the work will often lead us to being inspired.
She talks about self-development and how we are required to develop ourselves. Some of the ways she attends to her own self- development is as follows: “When I wake up, I do three pages of longhand writing just to see where I am and how I am and what I want to do with my day which of course, more broadly, means my life.(Cameron, J., 2005, p33) These are what is known as morning pages, which are a type of journalling. There is not right or wrong way to do them. They are a wonderful way to do a brain dump, explore ideas, be imaginative, self exploration, set a plan for the next 24 hours, relax on paper and so much more.
I also like the advise about our inner critic, and that the critic is the adult in us, our sensible side who doesn’t like to be wasting time or playing around. Our creative side comes from our child who is exploring every thing it comes across with great fascination. Children play and our creative side requires us to play.
We can help our creative side by having creative excursion and participating in playful activities or excursions. This is also a great way to re fuel ourselves and fill up our wells. It is best we do these alone at least once a week.
Another tip is the habit of walking. Julia recommends daily walking. “A good walk moves you out of the questions and into the answers. …………….. Walking moves us out of our minds and into our bodies. We use phrases like “body of work” without realising how literal the phrase is and that getting into our bodies might be one good way to accomplish that “body” of work. “(Cameron, J., 2005, p47) A 20 minute walk is a great way to get unstuck or simply come up with new ideas. I like to carry an ideas book with me. So as when a good idea comes to me I just write it down immediately. I found that often by the time I got home I would forget many of the ideas I got when out walking. I simply write the idea down and let it go, then follow it up when I get home or have some spare time.
What I really like about this book is the realistic way she encourages us to look beyond stereo types, and to look beyond what other people are saying and doing. Rather to be protective of ourselves and who we spend time with and to have faith in what we do. To believe in ourselves and our work.
Cameron, J. Letters To A Young Artist, Random House Pty Limited, London, 2005, ,pp 33, 47
So now I am of to do a walking adventure to see what I can find. It is a beautiful hot sunny day so I will be putting on some sunscreen and hat.
Only two more blog post to do to complete the challenge, so I will be back to doing more work latter.
- The Artist Way… by Julia Cameron (inkarasworld.com)
- Morning Pages, Affirmations and My Artist’s Prayer (aynsleysaxe.wordpress.com)
- Explore your creativity with Julia Cameron: Women Unlimited TV (women-unlimited.co.uk)