7 Keys to a journey of personal growth.

-If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose- — Charles Bukowski

Everyone deals with personal growth and happiness in different ways. Some individuals experience road blocks that have the greatest effect on the ability to create positive change. Others recognize the road blocks and obtain appropriate tools to help them move beyond inner confusion. Throughout my career as a professional motivational speaker in the field of Spiritual Psychology and Social Services, I have been able to help individuals to effectively deal with the challenges faced and identify their personal road blocks and apply seven keys to move forward toward their personal growth and happiness. Here are my seven keys:

Live Happier: It’s so important to acknowledge that we all need Love to keep stress at a minimum. Conscious loving releases endorphins in your brain and the simple act of forgiveness works as a natural anti-depressant.

Positive Attitude: Choosing forgiveness sets the heart free to embrace more loving. As much as our bodies need rest, so do our hearts. It’s important to take time to meditate to help with your life’s challenges.

Personal Goal Setting: What are you really called to do in this life time? Set goals that serve your highest purpose. Don’t just be good, you can be great!

Meditation Techniques: Sit quietly and listen to your mind. Then tell your mind to be quiet. Let you soul be the lead in the conversation. This will help give you calming and pleasurable feelings.

-If you're losing your soul and you know it, then you've still got a soul left to lose- — Charles Bukowski (1)

Realizing Your Potential: One of the few industries that thrive is “fear”… There’s a reason for that. Fear calls people to action, but so does Love. Whether a new birth, a wedding or a goal achieved … loving generates more love. I recommend aligning your goals with what is true to your heart! Uplifting events will occur naturally.

Developing Healthier Thoughts: Science has proven the conscious loving releases positive endorphins. Think about how you can love more each day.

Trust Love: Get in the conversation. Ask questions. Seek answers. Find the next level on your path to creating move love in your life.

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The release of my new audio book “The ABC’s Of Loving Each Day: A Journey to Personal Growth and Happiness” is an expert guide to help gain a better perspective on life. To listen to this audio book, visit online at www.soundcloud.com/dr-see-love/sets/the-abcs-of-loving-each-day. For more information please call 424-226-8772 or email me at connect@drseelove.com or visit my website at www.DrSeeLove.com

Elsewhere: Gabrielle Zevin (Review ten of the review challenge)

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It’s another lazy afternoon in Silverstone, and it’s the last day of the review challenge and the tenth, final review. I’m feeling mixed emotions, definitely a mix of relief, excitement to step away from the blog for a couple of days review wise at least and a little sad. I haven’t reviewed so many books in so little time since my blog was created and I have learnt a lot about reviewing, and blogging and generally being a reader. I cannot wait to do this again and I would advise anyone that is trying to improve their writing of reviews, or just get through a back-log of books then this is definitely a wonderful idea. This final review is of a well loved book that I have never attempted to review. It’s one I go back to time and time again and I thought it finally deserved a review; so here it is.

Welcome to Elsewhere. It is warm, with a breeze, and the beaches are marvelous. It’s quiet and peaceful. You can’t get sick or any older. Curious to see new paintings by Picasso? Swing by one of Elsewhere’s museums. Need to talk to someone about your problems? Stop by Marilyn Monroe’s psychiatric practice. Elsewhere is where fifteen-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. But Liz wants to turn sixteen, not fourteen again. She wants to get her driver’s license. She wants to graduate from high school and go to college. And now that she’s dead, Liz is being forced to live a life she doesn’t want with a grandmother she has only just met. And it is not going well. How can Liz let go of the only life she has ever known and embrace a new one? Is it possible that a life lived in reverse is no different from a life lived forward?

I adore YA fiction and I guess this was my first experience and it’s paved the way to an adoring fan of the genre. It’s been a while since I’ve read such a fresh faced YA fiction book; there are no vampires or star struck lovers only an original storyline based on human existance. It’s a book on reincarnation that is so detailed, so new, so fresh and imaginative that the first time I read this book a number of years ago I couldn’t quite take it all in.

The characters are not only incredibly well built up and relatable but they are incredibly memorable. Readers of mylittlebookblog know how important it is to me that the characters stand up to scrutiny and the proof of this is when I need a book that will stand up to character scrutiny I go for this one, time and time again. Although the third person point of view does lead to Liz being a little distant at times it is written so you cannot help but be moved by her story. She is both
incredibly immature and frustrating at times and then suddenly, maddeningly mature. Her intense contradicting nature is so true of teenagers and the angsts of this teenager is perfectly depicted.

I guess the only way to really describe this book is that it is an honestly, tense and and stressful reading that will not only make you think, but make you re-evaluate your entire understanding of existance, life-after-death, and experiencing life as you can before it is stolen horribly away. It will leave you feeling both exceptionally curious about life but also terrified that things could change so unbelievably in the flash of an eye. What we learn most strongly through the re-living of Liz’s life, turning back the years, the weeks, the hours, the seconds, we learn that life is neither about time or existance, it is instead the quality that matters, not the length and we grow from experiences not from age.

Readers of all ages with absolutely love this book and its wisdom, its beauty and its honesty. You will marvel at its philosophical impact, its positive and honest portrayal of the consequences of the actions we make and the people we meet along the way. A stunning book and a perfect end to the ten review challenge.

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The Help: Kathryn Stockett

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As soon as my sister came home with the film ‘The Help,’ I quickly snapped up the book to read and asked her to wait a few days to watch it while I ploughed through its pages. For me it always helps if I read the book before hand. I like to read the story and then watch the way it has been developed after in the film! I think there’s a bit of a debate about this so if I counts for anything I am a reader then a watcher! But here it is my book review of The Help.

This book is a brilliant, easy read with lilting description and an engaging tone. The book is a steady read with flashes of humour and wit that keep the novel enthralling throughout. The Help is set in the Jim Crow South where segregation is the way of life. The story is told with three principal narrators. Firstly, Skeeter Phelan, a college graduate who is disgusted by the racial discrimination surrounding her, especially in the homes of her childhood friends. Secondly AibileenClark, an African-American nanny with a genuine love for the children she looks after. And finally my favourite, Minnie Jackson, a sassy character with five children of her own, battling a drunken and abusive husband but still maintaining to manage her home and work. Her warm heart and fiery character adds strength and character to the narrative.

The book revolve primarily around Skeeter’s want to publish a book on the lives and the work of the community of the black maids. Like many children Skeeter was also raised by a black maid named Constantine, however she had to leave after years of suspicion and a lack of trust due only to the colour of her skin and this pushes Skeeter to find out the truth and tell the real story. The unlikely friendship between the three women continues to grow as the progress of the book continues to develop, however the friendship could prove deadly for anyone of them in a time of segregation and isolation. Although the book focuses on the racism seen, it is not a determined critique delving into the politics of racism. However there are mentions of Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights movement. This does not draw away from the authenticity and beauty of the story and although it is not hard massively hitting upon the facts and figures of racial segregation during this time it is genuine and factual, seen for example in the way the coloured maids are expected to use an outdoor toilet.

The heart of this book is in its storytelling. The entire book is based on the sharing of a story between people and it is beautifully written. The voices of the black maids and the descriptions of their personalities and characters are graceful and beautifully structured with hints of humour and defiance. I couldn’t help but be enthralled by this heartfelt book and honestly I was often extremely moved by the emotion that was carefully woven into the pages. I loved it and it is definitely worth a read! Imagebook review, Stockett,