Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Neiquist – Book Review

51ysp75ny-lI found this book at the perfect time in my life.  I had already realized the key theme of this book and had begun making changes in my life.  This book wonderfully complemented my plan and expanded, explained, and put into words exactly what I was experiencing.  (If it wasn’t already taken, and I had been clever enough to have thought of it myself, Present Over Perfect would be a great title for my blog.) Continue reading

Rena’s Promise: A Story of Two Sisters in Auschwitz – Book Review

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Rena’s Promise is the book that has left the most lasting impression on me.  I read it several years ago and still think of it often. Her experience was so harshly different from anything I’ve personally gone through. When I am struggling with something, I will recall a hardship described in her experience at the concentration camp, and I am often able to look at my situation in a healthier perspective. Continue reading

The Illusion of a Balanced Life

One of my biggest goals is to achieve balance in life – even as I realize this is impossible.  Being successful in one area of life inevitably means another is suffering to some degree. However, this doesn’t mean I am giving up on the idea. The more realistic goal is to bring more balance into my life by remembering my priorities and remaining aware that not everything in life can be given full attention concurrently.  Continue reading

To New Beginnings

I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but have been leery to give it a try.  What if I’m no good? I had a talent for it way back when, but what if it’s been too long?  What if that’s gone? My former job of 17 years (!) involved, a great deal of writing, but it was all technical, business related. I worry that I’ve lost my ability to be creative.

After a breakdown brought on by anxiety, I concluded that I had basically been slapped in the face with the fact that it was time for a change. Continue reading