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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.

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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

Ten Books That Will Make You Laugh (or at least chuckle)

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Heeeeellllo readers, hope you’re well! It’s time to spread a little bookish cheer on mylittlebookblog so today I’m talking about books that will make you giggle a little. All of these books are ones over the year that have made me smile. made me want to share them with friends and family. So, my readerish friends I’m sharing them with you. Hope you enjoy.

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

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If you’ve seen the film and have been tempted to get hold of the book – JUST DO IT. It’s just as funny as the film and it’s a really good, feel-good, slightly downtrodden hilarious book about life and living as a thirty-something woman. Banging.

(^ my life.)

HOW TO BUILD A GIRL BY CAITLIN MORAN

Talk about this all the time. You know how much I love this book, you know how much I adore Caitlin Moran and how fantastic she is. I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON HER NEW BOOK Moranifesto because I know it’s going to be bladdy awesome.

I FEEL BAD ABOUT MY NECK: AND OTHER THOUGHTS ON BEING A WOMAN BOOK BY NORA EPHRON

Maybe no so funny, but one of those read and nod your head to. This book is full of wonderful stories and really thoughtful but funny stories. So special.

I LIE FOR MONEY BY STEVE SPILL

A book I read forever ago but one I feel like I haven’t reallllly spoken about. This is a book that follows the life of magician Steve Spill. The stories are really funny but in my review I struggled with reading huge chunks of the book, it’s not one to read in two days kind of thing but it is a good read.

MURDER, MYSTERY AND DATING MAYHEM BY DENA HAGGERTY

Allll the books I’ve read by this author have been fantastic – they’re not the most intelligent of books but they are SO MUCH FUN, and have so many jokes and quips. If you need something fun to read that isn’t to difficult to read, or too heavy this is definitely for you.

CAMPERVAN KAMA SUTRA BY JOHN PERRIER

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This is a rip-rolling adventure holiday – it is a greaaat book full of fun adventures and the difficulties of having sex in a camper-van. Again, like the Steve Spill it’s a little difficult to read all in one go, but it’s quite good fun.

WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by MARIA SEMPLE

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This book is hilar, and although it’s got problems it’s definitely a funny read. It follows Bernadette who decides to run off from her family and basically cause chaos. It’s not a funny book but it’s got a lot of puns, some jokes, a lot of outrageous behavior. It’s a big crazy mess.

GEORGE’S MARVELLOUS MEDICINE: ROALD DAHL

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THIS BOOK. Everyone’s read it right?

DOES THIS BABY MAKE ME LOOK STRAIGHT? BY DAN BUCATINSKY

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I NEVER see this book reviewed on book review blogs but this is a fantastic book. Full of funny family stories and things said by small children the struggles of parenting and get through day to day life. I listened to this as an audio book and physically laughed out loud in the silent section of library that’s how funny it is. Go and read it – it’s fantastic.

AGE, SEX, LOCATION BY MELISSA PIMENTAL

Finnnnnal book for you today; I always try to get ten but I was struggling a little towards the end;. this book is a dating style book with lots of dating profiles, silly stories and just a lot of dating disasters. Well written with a strong female protagonist and a great read!

So there we go; ten feel-good, kinda funny books. If you have any suggestions for really funny books please leave them below. Hope you enjoyed and see you Thursday!!

The Gif Tag

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Hellllllo readers, hope you’re well – I mean it is Friday, so that’s a pretty good reason to feel awesome! Today I have a really interesting tag for you which is the Gif Book Tag; I found this on ‘Drifting Pages,’ which was posted back in 2014 but I thought the tag was not only super cute but super fun – so without delay, onto the rules.

The rules are simple:

Whoever tags you will give you a list of 10 books

Write a sentence and add a gif which shows how you feel about each one

Tag other bloggers and give them a new list of 10 books

So these are the books – as suggested by Jo at Drifting Pages; also, great blog if you have a minute to check it out! Without further delay, onto the Gif’s! 

1) The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak

This book – is just, everything. Not only is it beautifully written, but it is also just a heartbreaking story that will stay with you forever.

2) The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

So annoyed I haven’t read this yet – this has only reminded me that I haven’t read it yet!! ARHGJHSJHFIUFHYFH.

3) The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins

I haven’t read the books but I reaaaally loved the films and I have heard that the books are just FANTASTIC. This is me whenever I see anything hunger games related – ie happy mouse.

4) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

This book just wasn’t for me – ie extremely tired and slightly bored Brad Pitt.

5) S. by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

Oh waht? What book – I haven’t heard of this, obviously was so busy making silly faces.

6) Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

Yeeeeeppppp, haven’t heard about this book either. #fail.

7) The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Oh gah, this book has been on my TBR for FOREVER – this gif is the bookish blogosphere telling me to get the book read because it’s probably the best thing ever.

8) Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

^ I adored this book – I literally read it in two sittings and then went on a ‘you must go and read this book now’ kinda spree. Great book. great characters, brilliant read. Go and read ittttt.

9) The Humans by Matt Haig

This is how I feel whenever I see this book mentioned on social media – I just need to get it read. It’s been stuck on my TBR for such a long time

10) One Day by David Nicholls

This boooook is just so beautiuful – it’s one of the only films of books that has made me openly angry. The book is fantastic though!

Soooo, the books I choose are

PS I love you by Cecilia Ahern

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson

Paper Towns by John Green

The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Dream a little dream by Giovanna Fletcher

All I Know Now by Carrie Hope Fletcher

So there we go! I tag anyone who’s name begins with an M or has an E in it!! Hope you enjoyed this tag and make sure to tag me so I can see your answers!

 

The Woman Who Went to Bed for a Year by Sue Townsend

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Heeeeellllllo readers it’s BOOK REVIEW TIME! I know that lots of people have been asking me; I’m currently not taking book reviews – although I adore my blog and I love getting requests – and  I still do; I just wanted to start reading more books that have been on my TBR, like this book which has been on the list since it came out, years ago. So,  if anyone’s wondering – if you do find my email address I will try to respond but at the moment – the review requests box is still shut. For now, onto the review.

The day her twins leave home, Eva climbs into bed and stays there. For seventeen years she’s wanted to yell at the world, “Stop! I want to get off!” Finally, this is her chance.

Her husband Brian, an astronomer having an unsatisfactory affair, is upset. Who will cook his dinner? Eva, he complains, is attention-seeking. But word of Eva’s defiance spreads.

Legions of fans, believing she is protesting, gather in the street, while her new friend Alexander the white-van man brings tea, toast and an unexpected sympathy. And from this odd but comforting place, Eva begins to see both herself and the world very, very differently…

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One day, Eva Beaver (don’t ask about the name,) comes home and finds a dirty tomato soup spoon on the  beautiful upholstered armchair (that she did by hand) and decided she’s had enough. Tipping the leftover soup over the chair, she gets into bed and simultaneously decides she’s going to go to bed for a year. Before you ask, she’s not ill, but she’s just had enough of people taking her for granted and being used and abused by other people. Getting into bed is simply a way of reversing the needs of those that don’t appreciate her, leaving the running of the house to two rather bizarre children and her horrible husband Brian – leading to pretty silly results. Mix in the handsome Alexander, the terrible Poppy and the mothers of the two (Eva and Brian) and it’s going to get even more messy.

SO, did I enjoy this? Yes and no. This book is a solid three stars for me. It’s billed as being a laugh out loud book and for me it didn’t quite do that and I’m going to try my best to explain why. Firstly the characters were incredibly caricature like; luckily Eva is the most authentic feeling of the characters, which I think is important because it helps to show the books moral (stepping back and appreciating people; in this case a woman, for the things we do.) The two twins, Brianne and Brian Junior  are slightly terrifying; they are sold as geniuses but they come across as very cold and unloving towards Eva. Brian (their father) only adds to his; not only is he having a very obvious affair (his mistress actually moves into the shed with Brian) but he is so self-involved and generally annoying as hell. Additionally the twins go to university and meet a girl named Poppy who might be one of the vilest characters I’ve read about – an obsessive liar and attention seeker, if she had been ‘released’ on characters I actually felt for, it might have stirred more interest but it just didn’t work.

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I think the main problem is that whilst Eva is lying in bed, nothing, just nothing can move her. Not the death of her mother in law, or Alexander declaring that he needs her, or the twins being arrested. Eva continues to lie with her family becoming more and more desperate around her; if it had been funny, maybe it would have worked but, something just didn’t quite click. It ended up feeling incredibly depressing and yet there were hints of humour. It felt like it was going to make it and for some reason it just didn’t. Additionally I thought it would have been brilliant if we could have a sequel – I won’t ruin the book, but it got to the end and I just thought AND THEN WHAT! AHRKJJKHSJKHGJKH #frustration.

I realise this sounds like a really bad review and I know I need to wrap it up kinda quickly – I did enjoy reading this. The characters and the things that happen are so crazy and the characters are so silly you can’t help but enjoy it – but was it what I was expecting; no, and for that I’m still feeling a little disappointed.

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