Book Title: Talent is Never Enough
Author: John C. Maxwell

Book Review:

John Maxwell is the leader of leaders, literally. He is one of the predominant experts on leadership. I just finished his book Talent is Never Enough. Here’s my reaction:

It left me encouraged and driven. We all have talents. We all have dreams. But sometimes we forget that we are responsible for achieving our goals. What’s more than that – the choices we make every day will help us or prevent us from achieving those goals. Maxwell’s book takes you through 13 choices – that’s 13 things you can do to maximize your talent.

If you need some direction for your dream-filled life, this book may be what you need to guide you.  If you’re trying to achieve your goals but find yourself struggling, this book may lift you up. If you need a little kick in the caboose, this book may have boots.

Have you read Talent is Never Enough by John Maxwell? What did you think?

Note: This review expresses my personal opinion about John C. Maxwell’s Talent is Never Enough. I was not paid for this review.

Get Inspired

July 10, 2011

I don’t know about you, but I need to get inspired. The problem is, a word that rhymes with inspired is usually a better descriptor of me…tired!  I’m busy. I work a lot. I get home from work and cook dinner, eat dinner, make lunches, take a shower, and go to bed so my day can start over in less than 8 hours. I have so many ideas that shoot across my mind each day, but I don’t always have the time to bring life to them.

I’ve read that writers should write in the mornings. You should know, if you don’t already, that I’m NOT a morning person. I will convince myself in the mornings that there is no one else in the entire world awake, and therefore, I should not be awake either. Nevermind that hubs is already at work. I am very good at ignoring that fact. 🙂

So, write at night, you say. The thing is, I’m not really a night person either. I’m tired at night, and I want to sleep!

You may be assuming at this point that I fill my evenings with television, games, or reading, but if you are, you’d be wrong. I rarely watch t.v. I have one show that I’m keeping up with right now, and I have to record it just to see it every week. I’m not much of a gamer, and I do all of my reading during my 1 hour commute to and from work.

I’m really just. that. busy.

And tired.

So I’m reaching out to y’all (that’s southern for you guys) for inspiration.

What do you do to motivate yourself? What plans have you made or goals have you set to make sure you achieve your dreams? How do you get inspired?

You should know – just because it may be humorous to those of you who know me – I’m multitasking at the moment, and I may or may not be blogging in an apron. But it’s okay. I’m southern.

July Book Poll

June 27, 2011

Vote for the book you want to read in July.

Bloggy Book Club Updates:

  • Would you participate in a bloggy book club “chat” on Twitter? If so, what day/evening works best for you?
  • What will make this book discussion more interesting for you? I’m looking for feedback!
  • Have a suggestion for August? Post it here!

When reading a fashion magazine today, I noticed that many things have at some point been labeled the “new black.” Why not blogging? A lot of people are doing it. People blog to express themselves, to record their children’s lives, to increase their creativity, to track their journey. People blog in color, in black and white, through pictures, through video. People blog with big words, with little words, about facts, and fiction. People blog about books, about exercise, about technology, about blogging. They blog about truth and about beauty. Blogging is everywhere and it’s about everything. So, I say blogging is the new black.

Word of the Week: Blogging

Word to the Wise:  “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”  Philippians 4:8

Disclaimer: I read only the highest class of fashion magazines for blogging inspiration.

Do you have a blog? If so, what do you write about?

E-z Reading

June 5, 2011

I am a fan of paper books. I’m honestly just  a fan of paper. I like cute stationary and snail mail. I like hard copy bills and  bank statements. I like real books that I can hold in my hand.

This is not socially acceptable.

I care about the environment. I’ve cut back on the amount of paper I use. I even get electronic bank statements these days. That said, I still prefer paper books.

But lately, I’ve been considering an e-reader. I like the immediate gratification I could have when I finish a book mid-commute. I like the idea of saving space on my bookshelves – oh wait, there isn’t any space left anyway.

So I’m entertaining the idea of an e-reader.

The problem? Buyer’s remorse. I’m cheap. I don’t like to spend money on things that aren’t Coach, shoes, or Coach shoes…and somehow, I doubt Coach is going to come out with an e-reader (an e-reader cover, perhaps?).

The solution? My hubby is a pro at online shopping. He finds all the good deals. He may even read this post and help me out. One can only hope.

Word of the Week:  Reading

Word to the Wise: “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”  Psalm 119:130

Disclaimer:  I’m not creative enough to think of a disclaimer tonight. My apologies.

Do you have an e-reader? What do you think of it?

June Book Selection

May 30, 2011

And the winner is…

 

The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton

 

The June book club discussion will be July 2!  Happy reading!

The Overactive Blog

May 12, 2011

In my last post, I told you how I ended up with an overactive blog. Now, let me explain why that could be problematic.

The overactive blog is much like the overactive bladder. It hits at the most inopportune times. Out to dinner with a friend? Oh, gotta go. Dancing the night away? Not again. In the middle of church, on a train or bus, at a neighbor’s house?

It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing. When you gotta go, you gotta go.

It’s the same with blogging. When you gotta blog, you gotta blog.

Eventually, it can take over your life…if you let it.

Have you ever felt like your blog was taking over? How did you take control of the situation?