Book Review Wednesday! Self- Help Books

I am an avid reader who dives into different genres. Today, I will review a couple of Self-Help books.

The first one that I believe every person should read! It’s not just for an artist or writer. Everyone can relate to this book.


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert really breaks down the trials and errors of what it’s like to create. Hoe putting pressure on creativity something magical will not produce great things.  She talks about the stress that we as the artist put our selves through to always create something that we will be proud of or make money.  The fear of failure theme Elizabeth talks about and how to over come that.  It talks about creating a balance between truing creating your masterpiece and reality.

Some of my favorite quotes from her book are:

“Fear is always triggered by creativity because creativity asks you to enter into realms of uncertain outcome. This is nothing to be ashamed of. It is, however, something to be dealt with.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

“You are worthy, dear one, regardless of the outcome. You will keep making your work, regardless of the outcome. You will keep sharing your work, regardless of the outcome. You were born to create, regardless of the outcome. You will never lose trust in the creative process, even when you don’t understand the outcome.”
― Elizabeth Gilbert, 
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

More Quotes from Big Magic on Goodreaders

Another book that I highly recommend is

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself: Michael A ...

Michael Singer does a fanatic job on gently reminding us how our thoughts can control our mind. If we think negatively then it will become a vicious cyle in our head.  He talks about the mental dialog we always having going on in our head can be so bad for our health if the dialog is negative.  It’s up to us to do the positive self talk!  Singer also talks about how we fight change but change is very important in life.

Some wonderful quotes from this book that are my favorite are:

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind – you are the one who hears it.”
― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

“When a problem is disturbing you, don’t ask, “What should I do about it?” Ask, “What part of me is being disturbed by this?”

― Michael A. Singer, 
The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself




To read more quotes or about the book: Goodreads




When Boredom Strikes!



Why is it that I go through days where I find there are not enough hours for me to get things done.

 Then there are other days when boredom strikes out of nowhere. I find that on days where it’s raining; the weather is gloomy, boredom rears its ugly head.



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Here are a few of my ideas when boredom strikes you!



I love TV, and there are some great streaming shows on currently that I’d like to share with you.

Amazon Prime

Downton Abbey


Jack Ryan


Durrells In Corfu

Tiny House


Virginia River

Annie with an E

Grace and Frankie

The Crown

Instant hotel- reality



If you’re not into watching television, is an excellent site hooked up with Amazon that you can download a book and listen to it. I have listened to my audiobook doing some activities, such as:

1. Cleaning the house

2. Doing laundry

3. Taking a walk

4. Do some watercolor or drawing

5. Preparing dinner

For The Gamer

I have two iPad apps that I highly recommend.

Jigsaw Puzzle

Jigsaw puzzle, which gives you a chance to pick many different puzzle designs and you can choose the number of pieces you would like to accomplish up to 400 pieces.


Ticket To Ride

Ticket To Ride is a fun family board game that I turned into an iPad app. You can play on your own with computer characters or online with people around the world.

review for Ticket To Ride


Take Up A Hobby

Taking an online class can be a lot of fun. Many are self-pace, very engaging and you can learn many things! I have taken classes at:





Maybe now is the time to sit down with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate and explore how you are feeling at the moment.


Here are some journal prompts:

 Take a look around your surroundings, when your eyes catch something of interest, start to free write. Don’t think about it. Just begin writing for 5 minutes.

2. Write about a moment you had in the past few days that you would like a “do-over.”

3. Create your wish list of all the things you would like to happen. It’s for your eyes only; have fun with it.

4. Write about someone you admire.

5. Write a letter to the 16-year-old you.

Another way to deal with boredom is to do some meditation. I highly recommend the Insight Timer app this app has many easy ways to take some time for yourself.

Get out and take a walk! Being with nature will bring fresh air to your lungs, clear your head and get you out of your boredom funk.

After in summer

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 Turn your boredom around with these helpful tips!