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My 2016 Reading List Recap

pexels-photo-46274If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you probably realize how important acquiring knowledge is to me. I love learning! And up until June, I did most of that through Audible books on my commute. However, now that I work from home, I didn’t make it through as many books as I normally would during a year. That was probably the only bummer about losing my commute. But I made a big attempt during the first half of the year to compensate, and I’ll certainly squeeze in another one or two during my holiday travels.

Here’s my recap:

If you need more suggestions, here are my previous lists:

And if you’re in a short or no commute situation like me, but you still want to learn, try podcasts. I began substituting more podcasts for books since they are shorter, but still convey a lot of information. Here are the ones that top my list:

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HAPPY LEARNING!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

screen-shot-2016-11-23-at-10-39-49-am“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey

At a time when companies start pushing the message that we need more, that there is never enough, or that what we have isn’t right, let’s all take a minute to think about this quote. Most of us are privileged to have more than we need. And the best thing we can do is share what we have with others.

Be thankful today.

I’m thankful for you.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


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My 10 Most Recommended Books

I love recommending books, movies, TV shows, podcasts, etc, to people. I absolutely love it!!! And I also often get asked about what I’m reading, watching, or listening to. So, I figured I’d also tell you about a few books I love. In fact, these are probably the 10 books I’ve recommend most over the years—at least for now. 😉 And they cover a variety of subject matter and genres, so hopefully you’ll find something that piques your interest.

I hope you enjoy them too!

Ok, and here’s a few more to grow on because I couldn’t resist:

What about you? What would you recommend?

 

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My 2015 Reading List

Row of vintage worn booksI discovered some fantastic books this year! And, as you’ll see, they cover quite a few topics. It’s good to have more than one interest, right?

If you’re looking for some suggestions for your very own reading list, take a look at these. And let me know of anything that you recommend for my 2016 list!

Looking for other suggestions? Here are my previous reading lists:

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

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The Way I’m Feeling

Screen Shot 2015-03-21 at 11.48.02 AMI love John Mayer. I love the sound of his music, and especially his lyrics (Mostly—see “Your Body is a Wonderland” for otherwise). I’m a word person. And sometimes he just hits the nail on the head with his own blend of phrasing and rhythm.

When I first heard “Bigger Than My Body” I felt like words had been put to my own thoughts and feelings. After a little research, I read that he wrote it at a Coldplay concert, trying to express that he wanted to make music that moved people the way his favorite artists did. For me, it articulates those times when I have so many thoughts, feelings, passions, pursuits, interests . . . and am overwhelmed by them all. It gives perfect voice to my frustration that I am limited by my skin and time and resources and capabilities. It’s the phrase I always use to denote my inability to do everything I want to do.

I had another moment like that this week. In fact, I have them fairly regularly. But I thought of this song, and took comfort in the fact that I’m not alone. There are a lot of us who are trying to make this dusty rock we live on a better place.  And despite heartaches and setbacks and maybe even a few failures, we’ll get there. Because we just won’t settle for anything less.

So, for all my fellow dreamers and doers out there, this one’s for you too.

 

“Bigger Than My Body”

This is a call to the color-blind
This is an IOU
I’m stranded behind a horizon line
Tied up in something trueYes, I’m grounded
Got my wings clipped
I’m surrounded (by)
All this pavement
Guess I’ll circle
While I’m waiting
For my fuse to dry

Someday I’ll fly
Someday I’ll soar
Someday I’ll be so damn much more
Cause I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for

Why is it not my time?
What is there more to learn?
Shed this skin I’ve been tripping in
Never to quite return

Yes, I’m grounded
Got my wings clipped
I’m surrounded (by)
All this pavement
Guess I’ll circle
While I’m waiting
For my fuse to dry

Someday I’ll fly
Someday I’ll soar
Someday I’ll be so damn much more
Cause I’m bigger than my body gives me credit for
Cause I’m bigger than my body now

Maybe I’ll tangle in the power lines
And it might be over in a second’s time
But I’ll gladly go down in a flame
If the flame’s what it takes to remember my name

Yes, I’m grounded
Got my wings clipped
I’m surrounded (by)
All this pavement
Guess I’ll circle
While I’m waiting
For my fuse to dry
For my fuse to dry

Someday I’ll fly
Someday I’ll soar
Someday I’ll be so damn much more
Cause I’m bigger than my body
I’m bigger than my body
I’m bigger than my body now