Definitely an interesting read, one of those books that just pulls you in and makes you want to keep reading when you should be sleeping. Technically it is a suspense/mystery type genre, but there is so much romance that you almost forget about the danger the heroine is in.
Vicki is a very likable main character who has been in hell recently, starting with the loss of her sister and her need to protect her niece by any means necessary. Enter Juan, a cop with several demons of his own and just watch the sparks fly.
*I received this book free in return for an honest review.
You know those concerts you have in the car when no one is around to hear you belt out off key lyrics? Or what about the dance parties, in your empty home, when everyone is out? Why do we feel so much better about doing things when no one is around? What happened to that old time saying; dance like no one is watching?
Well, I for one can’t dance to save my life. I have no rhythm, not even a little bit. And my singing is even less awe inspiring. Due to that fact, I frequently find myself freezing in the middle of a little hip sashay to make sure no one can see me or mouthing the lyrics to my favorite songs when anyone else is in the house or car to ensure no one can hear me.
Tonight, as I was cooking dinner, I decided to throw on some music. Of course, when a few of my favorites came on I started moving and singing in the kitchen. The funny thing is everyone was home. But this time, I decided I just didn’t care. Why should I? Life is entirely too short to limit yourself of the things that bring you joy. Now does that mean I’m writing a whole blog about singing or dancing? Nope, that would be silly wouldn’t it?
But I am making a point. How many times do we let what others may think or say about us hinder us from doing things? True, my example above was as simple as dancing or singing. But what about everything else? You want to make changes in your life, maybe in your friendships, jobs, health or whatever and you hold back out of fear of other people’s opinions. Why do we do this? I know as kids we were taught to be nice to everyone and try to make friends. Is that where our drive to make sure everyone likes us comes from? As grown adults its time to just jump into things feet first. People are going to talk and have opinions regardless. Basically, we are damned if we do and damned if we don’t. So, we just as well enjoy the journey and leave this life with no regrets.
For weeks now I have battled with the fact that I need to make some major changes in my health. How often is it we know what we need to do, but we just keep procrastinating on doing the things? We have aches and pains that we know could be alleviated if we did the work. We have trouble finding clothes we like in our budgets. Some of us are lacking the necessary confidence we should have.
You are definitely not alone. There are so many of us out there who know what we need to do to be happier with the body we are in and the ability to move it like we want. Remember when getting off the couch was not a chore? Walking up a flight of stairs didn’t always take our breath away now did it? Heck there was a time when strutting around in heels did not hurt my knees, what about you?
We make excuses. I’ll start next week. It doesn’t matter, I never stick to it anyway. It’s too hard. I’m just too old now. Whatever the excuse, don’t you think you are worth it? Worth having more energy, confidence and better health?
I started making changes recently and my scale is already reflecting those changes. So in order to make sure I don’t give up this time, I’m going to bring people along for the journey so to speak. I am adding an extra section to my current blog that will include the high points as well as the stumbling blocks along the way. My hope is that it may just encourage someone to join me in going after the goals they hope to achieve or perhaps just cheer me from the couch! Either one works!
*I received a free advanced copy of this book in return for an honest review.
The general concept of this book really captured my interest. Imagine working in a high powered realm where you are always competing with others. Then you are invited to what appears to be a team building exercise through an Escape Room game. Over time you finally realize this is not a corporate event but rather someone’s attempt at revenge. Now you are stuck in an elevator with people you despise and definitely distrust.
Over the course of the book there are a lot of flashbacks to teach the reader the secrets each person has that may have something to do with why this is happening. The book has a good concept, but I must admit that some of the events are a little far fetched. But if you just want something to grab your attention, give you some entertainment and a little suspense it works.
I have to admit, I was not blown away by this one. The book had a lot of promise based on the primary theme but it didn’t deliver. It never bodes well for me when I realize I’m struggling to maintain interest in a book.
First of all, if you are trying to get revenge you would think she would have a bigger plan than the little minor things she did like erased messages. The book drags to make you understand both women and what they went through as children to build up to a massive climax that doesn’t happen. Instead it seems like the ending was just a rushed jumble to just wrap everything up in a neat unrealistic bow quickly to save time.
You would be surprised how many times a month someone makes a comment about how great my marriage is or how its ‘couple goals’. While I appreciate the sentiment, it’s not actual life. No relationship is perfect, despite what social media may display. We may not fight but trust me we do get on each other’s nerves on occasion. He leaves lights on in EVERY SINGLE ROOM, I like to put my cold hands on him to warm them up. You know, typical stuff.
My point is, stop comparing your life or your relationships to people you view on social media, in magazines or on television. You do realize they are all only showing you the parts they want you to see right? Well except the people with the vague comments and posts that they hope their significant other sees that lets everyone else but them know there is a problem. But I digress. There are people who waste time comparing themselves to others they don’t even know instead of enjoying what they have right in front of them!
Since we are on the subject, let’s talk about the single people as well. A lot of single people watch couples on social media and let it make them feel less than. Why? Just because someone has a significant other does not mean they are happy with that person or their lives. So many of us wasted so much time wishing and searching for a man that we missed out on a lot of life.
How many times have you passed on an invitation to go somewhere or try something new just because you didn’t have a date? Forget that! You are missing out on so many experiences and memories to be made.
I personally recall avoiding several events back in the day because I didn’t want to feel out of place attending alone. You know what ends up happening? People finally stop inviting you or you look back and realize all the things you missed out on experiencing. Life is not meant to be put on hold until you are part of a couple. The more life you live as a single person, the more well rounded you will be when
*I recieved a free advance copy of the book in return for an honest review.
The story is an enjoyable romance/mystery book with some interesting twists. The main character starts to remember bits and pieces of something traumatic from her childhood that shows her that the people closest to her have been lying all her life. Like most books of this genre there is the handsome irresistible leading man (who just happens to be single) with lots of emotional baggage of his own.
The intrigue is decent. However, there are quite a few supporting characters sprinkled in that sometimes leave you trying to recall who is who. There are also some grammatical errors that will hopefully be corrected before the book hits the shelves. All in all, it is a good light story that you can whip right through on a rainy day.
Independent women are too intimidating, they will never find a man. Who started this anyway? A man who was too afraid to deal with a strong, independent woman probably. We have been hearing this nonsense for ages. Yet strong, driven women continue to date, get engaged and marry men who deal with them just fine.
We must stop letting this nonsense make us try to make ourselves smaller, make us try to dull our shine. We were meant to stand out and make amazing impact on this world – any man that tries to make us feel otherwise is not the man we should be with anyway.
The right man will see your brilliance and do everything possible to support and encourage your continued elevation. Find that man and ignore the rest. A man that makes you feel you should be ashamed of wanting to constantly evolve would not survive the trip anyway!
Lately I have found myself spending a lot of time explaining the blogging process to others and one thing just keeps coming up, a lack of confidence. There are so many people afraid to do something based on their own fears of inadequacy. Why would anyone read my work? Who am I to try to tell anyone how to do anything? Why me? Well, Why Not You??
See, here’s the thing – If you don’t believe in yourself; of course, it is hard to imagine anyone else doing it! But I can’t say this enough. Everyone has a story to tell. You may not be an expert in your field, but you are an expert in being you! Stop focusing so much time on what other people will think of you giving advice on anything and just do it. The more you write, the more your knowledge increases and eventually your experience as an expert of your own written thought process.
Think of it this way, what are you an expert at? You are a single mom? Of course, you are not the only single mom in the world, but you are the only single mom of your children. Based on that information you will have unique stories, challenges and triumphs that apply specifically to you and the children you are raising. Believe it or not, there are brand new single moms out there who could use that information and insight as they try to put aside their own fears of being a bad parent. Your stories can assure them they are doing their best or help them through the mistakes we have all made at some point!
So again, why you? Because you are uniquely made and the only person to give insight into your personal experiences! So, what are you waiting for??
You are finally making all the changes you have talked about forever. Instead of just talking the talk, you are walking the walk. The weird thing is, not everyone seems to be happy for you. Sometimes you would be surprised who supports you evolving and who may try to ambush your forward motion. If you are feeling the backlash of your attempts to move to the next level, here are a few steps to help you out.
• Know when it’s time to let go. For some people, change is quite simply overrated. They are much more content staying in the same place with as little change to life as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes that person also feels threatened by your need to change. If you have already tried talking to someone to explain what your changes mean to you and requested their support to no avail, it may simply be time to accept they will never be there in the capacity you hoped for and let go.
• Negative Energy is just a waste of time and energy. You know the people I mean, they never seem to be happy about anything, anywhere, anytime. Ever. If you know someone is always super negative, you may want to try to limit some of your interactions with them to shorter time spans whenever possible. Sometimes there are people you simply can’t eliminate entirely because you work with them or perhaps they are family. But you can certainly try to keep your interactions to a minimum whenever possible. All that negative energy takes a toll and limits your energy which in turn impacts your progress in the things you are trying to do.
• Love from a distance. Some people mean well, they really do. But they don’t always understand that putting down your efforts to change or constantly trying to question why is not supportive. In their minds they may really think holding you back is in your best interest. While you may love your Aunt Jane, her constant attempts to convince you that women belong at home in the kitchen can become annoying. Loving someone does not mean you need to do so up close and personal on a regular basis. If you need to pull back for your own sanity, do so.
• Seasons change. We have all heard the sayings about people being in our lives for a season, a reason or a lifetime. As much as it may hurt, sometimes we just must accept that someone’s season is over. Let me give you an example, one friend I met a long time ago during a very dark period in my life seemed great, until I started to move on and make changes to get out of that darkness. Finally, I had to accept that she preferred me down or depressed because that’s how she always was. My changes were like a threat to the friendship, as they say negativity breeds negativity.
How do you typically handle people who don’t support your attempts to improve or get better? Have you ever let it make you give up entirely?