Book Review: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

Posted December 15, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780385669757
Book Review: The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles DuhiggThe Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Published by Doubleday Canada on February 28th 2012
Genres: Social Science, General, Self-Help, Personal Growth
Pages: 304
Format: hardcover
Source: library
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five-stars

Groundbreaking new research shows that by grabbing hold of the three-step "loop" all habits form in our brains--cue, routine, reward--we can change them, giving us the power to take control over our lives. "We are what we repeatedly do," said Aristotle. "Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." On the most basic level, a habit is a simple neurological loop: there is a cue (my mouth feels gross), a routine (hello, Crest), and a reward (ahhh, minty fresh). Understanding this loop is the key to exercising regularly or becoming more productive at work or tapping into reserves of creativity. Marketers, too, are learning how to exploit these loops to boost sales; CEOs and coaches are using them to change how employees work and athletes compete. As this book shows, tweaking even one habit, as long as it's the right one, can have staggering effects. In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes readers inside labs where brain scans record habits as they flourish and die; classrooms in which students learn to boost their willpower; and boardrooms where executives dream up products that tug on our deepest habitual urges. Full of compelling narratives that will appeal to fans of Michael Lewis, Jonah Lehrer, and Chip and Dan Heath, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: our most basic actions are not the product of well-considered decision making, but of habits we often do not realize exist. By harnessing this new science, we can transform our lives.

 

I first read this book years ago but upon re-reading it I realized that not a lot stuck with me. I actually forgot all about the habit loop and have been trying some drastic changes by sheer willpower. Willpower is great but it gets depleted and then I catch myself falling back into old habits. Like I will stay on my eating plan and exercise than after a few weeks I will stumble and oh my god my willpower goes out the damn window. After re-reading this book though I can see how that approach would fail me.

The big thing is the habit loop. I used to smoke and there are still times I will sneak a cig here and there. Mostly it is when I am at my desk for long stretches of time and I feel as if I need a “break” so I would smoke. After Reading The Power of Habit I can see that I am really craving a break and instead of powering on through as my willpower slowly fades away I should do something like mediate or something healthy to take a break with. A book I read back in November the Keto Diet actually had some very good suggestions on how and what to do to take breaks. I am trying the whole mediation thingie (I use Headspace for this). It seems to be working really well for me. So the cue is the same (feeling bored) instead of a cigarette I meditate and the reward (feeling refreshed and able to focus) is still the same

I found Power of Habit utterly enthralling the second time around. It went into depth about how companies get people to buy and use their products. I had no idea they added stuff to toothpaste to give u that tingly feeling. My first thought was that a doing chemicals to something such as toothpaste cant be all good but OK. I actually did not mind it so much until a friend told me that they used crushed up insects in toothpaste and now I am too grossed out to ever use regular toothpaste ever again. I should make her buy my Young Living toothpaste for me for the rest of my life.

The Power of Habit also went into detail on how change occurs in society through habits. That part of the book was fascinating I loved reading how the civil rights movement took off.

This book also gave me hope in that I will beat my bad habits sooner or later. I mean if I keep trying it has to stick right? I used the habit loop to quit smoking. I get the urge to smoke and instead of smoking, i will get tea or coffee. Sometimes I will even take my tea or coffee outside with the other smokers and pretend I am having a cig. I realized that I mostly craved human interaction when I had to go outside and smoke and I can get the same thing with tea or coffee.I understand now that my urges to overeating and smoking and sitting my lazy ass on the couch will never completely go away but in time new habits will emerge and start to take shape. I just have to figure out how to implement the habit loop for things such as working out.

five-stars
Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Audio Review: You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero

Posted December 6, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780735222977
Length: 7 hours
Audio Review: You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen SinceroYou are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Published by Penguin on 2017
Genres: Business & Economics, Personal Finance, Money Management, Self-Help, Motivational & Inspirational, Personal Growth, General
Pages: 288
Format: audiobook
Source: Scribed
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four-stars

"A cheerful manifesto on removing obstacles between yourself and the income of your dreams." --New York Magazine


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of You Are a Badass, a life-changing guide to making the kind of money you've only ever dreamed of

You Are a Badass at Making Money will launch you past the fears and stumbling blocks that have kept financial success beyond your reach. Drawing on her own transformation--over just a few years--from a woman living in a converted garage with tumbleweeds blowing through her bank account to a woman who travels the world in style, Jen Sincero channels the inimitable sass and practicality that made You Are a Badass an indomitable bestseller. She combines hilarious personal essays with bite-size, aha concepts that unlock earning potential and get real results.   Learn to:

   * Uncover what's holding you back from making money    * Give your doubts, fears, and excuses the heave-ho    * Relate to money in a new (and lucrative) way    * Shake up the cocktail of creation    * Tap into your natural ability to grow rich    * Shape your reality--stop playing victim to circumstance    * Get as wealthy as you wanna be

"This book truly crystallizes the concept that financial abundance is an inside job--in that it all begins with your mindset--and Sincero gets serious (in the funniest ways possible) about helping you identify your particular limiting beliefs surrounding money." --PopSugar

This was a book that my mastermind read way back in October, but I was way too busy then to read it. I feel as if I need to change my wealth mindset and to get me all fired up for next year. I feel as in I am in a slump with my writing and business. I loved the book You Are A Badass and thought I would give this book a shot.

What I liked

 

I loved her snarky sense of humor. Jen Sincero read her book on audio and her personality shined through. I read You are a Badass in print and while her personality shined through in writing, you can get a feel for her in audio.

I was right in that I did not have a wealth mindset. I grew up in central Appalachia and the people there could make a million dollars, and they would still claim poverty. I am the same way, so I cant judge. I have read Get Rich Lucky Bitch, and while that book was just ok, You are a badass at making money spoke to me.  I need all the wealth training I can get yo!

What I did not like

It is the same as any other mindset book. There is nothing I haven’t heard/read before in this book. It was a little..repetitive. I am getting burned out on self-help books.  Feel that if maybe I was in a different mood then I would have appreciated it more. Ah well…

It was sooo cheesy at some points. Like repeat a mantra every day and meditate and all of that good stuff. I mean I KNOW I should be grateful that I am so blessed but still. I kind of wish that she would dial down the cheese factor a bit in some places.

 

 

This is an excellent book if you are looking to change your mindset about money. That is what this is a mind-set book. I know intellectually what to do but getting myself the BELIEVE I can be wealthy is a whole nother story. I am going to keep doing it though. I figure more so or later it will stick and that I too can be a wealth magnet. It has some real nuggets of gold in this book that make this one worth buying for your home library.

 

four-stars
Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


What I am reading 12-4-17

Posted December 4, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

I have made a huge, huge mistake. I am bearing down on a writing deadline, and I thought well I will make as I did in grad school and live off of cookies and coke (the drink I am not that far gone yet). When I was younger, I could handle it but now not so much. I am writing this on Sunday evening and all I have done today is lay in bed listing to

This book is so going on my top ten of the year books. I never realized how many money hang-ups that I had until I started listening to Jen Sincero tell me all about why I have not struck it rich yet.  Not even Get Rich Lucky Bitch spoke to me the way this book does. This woman is gifted.

 

 

Well, I DID get up and shower, so there is that. I am also attempting to make my way through this book

 

Before it has to go back to the library on Thursday.  I hope I get through it. If not I can always recheck it back out.  Although my book was hoarding tendencies, make me want to keeeeep itttt. I never knew I HAD hoarding tendencies until I started to clean my clothes and stuff out of my closet. I am losing lots of weight and most of my clothes way too big and I am NEVER getting fat again so I thought why not Kon Mari my way through my closet and made space for all the beautiful new clothes coming my way? It was so freaking hard to put clothes aside to give away. You wouldn’t believe.

I am not so sure that I will read a lot more this year as I have a big huge deadline on January  2nd. I am however giving myself all of January off so I will catch up then. If by any chance I do get through my power of habit book I will try and read a fiction title or a comic next. Not sure which one though.

Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Sunday Post

Posted December 3, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

I guess winter is here o stay here in Cleveland until June. It is freezing outside these days. I can’t wait till I get to my parent’s house on the 17th with their fireplace though. That is my favorite place to be is in front of moms fireplace.

I attempted to put the tree up in my apartment, but my dumb cat kept knocking it down, so I gave up on THAT. Mom says she will “throw my kitten over the hill” if he messes up HER tree. I guess I will have to be on kitten duty to make sure he stays out of trouble. Although trouble is his middle name.

I saw that Scrivener had a significant upgrade that one had to pay for..again…grits teeth I am at least hoping I can get a tax write off on it. Yes, all 50 dollars of it. LMAO. Seriously though there is nothing, I hate more than having to pay for the same thing twice. Although I am nowhere as cheap as some of the people I know, I can be a tightwad when I want to, but I NEED scrivener for my work so anyway the Scrivener people got some MORE of my moolah.

I think I have finally started to understand Asana and how to use it as a project management tool and editorial calendar. I will admit to having shiny object syndrome, but I really feel that this time I have it to where I feel confident that I won’t overlook something important. I will still use todoist for personal stuff, but Asana is for work stuff. Yes, I CAN be a control freak, why do you ask?

I have been working like crazy to beat a deadline for a major client project due on Jan 2. So not much reading going on. I am giving myself the whole month of January off. I can’t wait! I plan to sit by the fireplace and catch up on alllllll my reading.

I have started timing myself with Toggl just to see how long it takes me to write stuff. Like I found out I can type 1000 words an hour! I had no idea I had such mad typing skills. I am hoping that this will enable me to plan my days better. Like if I know I have an hour I know I can type up something during that time frame. I am an Ultra Productivity Nerd!

I have been listening to You Are a Badass at Making Money on audio! I have realized that i DO have lots and lots of hang-ups about money. I blame my Appalachian Upbringing #kiddingnotkidding I know I need to find a way past all my crap. Ahh well, I am only partway through the book so maybe it will tell me how to move past all of my shit later on in the book.

 

Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Three Things Saving My Life Right Now

Posted December 2, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

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Working Out

I have now been working out for three months, and my anxiety and depression have lifted COMPLETELY! I have found a combo of Essential oils, and a couple of young living products and exercise and the paleo diet to complexity eliminate my depression and anxiety.

Paleo

I have come to a sad conclusion that my body hates carbs. As Mark Session said in his book Keto Reset Diet His body acts up when he fuels tank with cheap fuel. I had to laugh cause my body is the same way. If I eat too many starchy veggies or worse bread and refined sugar, then I feel like complete and utter shit.

At 37 I HAVE FINALLY COME TO REALIZE THAT IF I want to look and feel my best I have to follow a paleo diet. I know some people scream that we who follow Paleo is going to drop dead of a heart attack but, it is what workes for ME. I am thankful to the friend who introduced me to the Paleo diet. It has healed my body is so many ways.

My Implants

 

Especially now that I can understand podcast and audiobooks. When I first got them I was like ehhh, but they grew on me, and now I wear them all the time except when I am asleep. I work listing to music I listen to podcasts in the am when I first wake up and am waiting for my meds to kick in. I can clean and do other things while listening to music or audiobooks. I never knew how much I was missing until they starting working.

Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Personal and Bookish Goals for December 2017

Posted December 1, 2017 by Hillary in monthly goals / 2 Comments

 

How the hell is it December already?!? It is like I blinked and this year was gone. Granted I will be glad to put 2017 behind me. The last couple of months have been fantastic, but between an excruciating Choclear implant surgery and being depressed for six months overall, it was ughhhh.
I have hi hopes for 2018 though. I have made some goals and adjustments that I feel will prevent me from falling into a depression like that ever again.

Stay Paleo

I have gone hardcore paleo in the last couple of weeks. I have started limiting the number of lights I have on in my apartment after sunset to being ultra strict about what I eat. It has helped tremendously. I am sleeping better I feel better than I have in a long time. My ADHD, anxiety, and depression is gone among other things. I plan to write an in-depth post about this later on so stay tuned!

Exercise everyday

This has become an ingrained habit. I feel as if I cant start my day without a good hard workout. For example, I am writing this the day before, and I was super tired this am so I thought I would skip my workout. I have felt off all day, and I have been so not productive. I finally got off my ass to get decent for my mastermind meeting but other than that ughh. I vow to never skip a workout again. I am slightly hyperbolic with that statement, but you get my drift.

Continue to explore the world of audiobooks

I LOVE AUDIOBOOKS SO HARD! I know some of you may be like calm down Hillary! I was born and raised profoundly Deaf, and even when they approved my implants, the Dr was like well “don’t expect tooo much” When I started passing hearing tests I blew them all away. When I got a damn 80 percent speech recognition up from a 0.9 percent without my hearing aids in two years the whole team almost shit their pants. When I Was finally able to understand audiobooks, I nearly shit MY pants. I feel as if I have finally reached the holy grail. I CAN HEAR!

Read/Listen to at least ten books

I want to read or listen to at least ten books this month. For a while, I was in a major reading slump, but I am out of it now, so we shall see how many books I read.

Do my Miracle Morning Routine.

I have finally found a routine that works for me and that makes me ultra productive. I made some tweaks. I want to reread the Miracle Morning this month to take in all that he talks about.

Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


November 2017 Wrap-up

Posted November 30, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 1 Comment

Life off the blog

This was the month that I became serious about my health and started doing a LOT of things differently. I went paleo, and after only 30 something day I can tell a big difference! My ADHD is almost gone. I can focus now on virtually no problem. My depression is GONE! Thank you, Jesus. I am not sarcastic either. I am not the type to be publicly religious so when I openly proclaim I am grateful for Jesus for something you better believe that I am. Depression is a horrible thing to have to go through, and I would not wish it on any of my friends or even enemies.

I have also found that I write a whole hell of a lot better after I exercise for the day.  Before I would be all worn out after a hard workout but now I am at the point where I feel energized instead. The past few days I have felt amazing after exceeding and I am confident that this is now a lifelong habit

I  finally developed the ability to understand podcasts and audiobooks!

 

my favorite Instagram that I posted

 

Song on Repeat

 

I am not sure what it is about this song that gets me pumped up every time I listen to it.  Like Demi, I picture all the people that mocked me when I got sick, and I am in the midst of a comeback of my own, and I love to picture the people who mocked me faces after I get back to the top.

Blog posts that I posted last month

 

Books that I read

Hi Anxiety (Review)

Reading People ( Review)

Keto Reset Diet (Review)

Favorite book That I read last month

 

This is a hard one, but I am going to have to go with Reading People by Anne Bogel. I loved reading how she approached each framework and made it all easy to understand. I felt like I had a better grasp on them after reading her book. And I am obsessed with personality tests, so this book was a perfect fit for me.

 

 

 

 

 

Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Audiobook Review: The Keto Reset Diet

Posted November 29, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9781524762247
Length: 8 hours 21 minutes
Audiobook Review: The Keto Reset DietThe Keto Reset Diet by Mark SissonBrad Kearns
on October 3rd 2017
Genres: Health & Fitness, Diet & Nutrition, Diets, Cooking, Health & Healing, High Protein, Low Carbohydrate
Format: audiobook
Source: Scribed
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five-stars

Mark Sisson—author of the mega-bestseller The Primal Blueprint—unveils his groundbreaking ketogenic diet plan that resets your metabolism in 21 days so you can burn fat forever.


Mounting scientific research is confirming that eating a ketogenic diet could represent one of the greatest nutritional breakthroughs of our time—and that it might be the healthiest and most effective weight loss strategy ever. Going “keto” by eating high fat, low-to-moderate protein and low-carb foods enables you to break free from the disastrous effects of carbohydrate dependency by resetting your metabolism and promoting metabolic flexibility—where your body learns to burns fat instead of sugar for energy, even when you go off plan.  Unlike many other ketogenic programs that require challenging restrictions and deprivation or offer misinformation, Mark Sisson, bestselling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of the #1 paleo blog MarksDailyApple.com, presents a unique two-step, scientifically validated approach for going keto the right way.  He first reveals the real secret to rapid and sustained weight loss, which is in becoming "fat-adapted" before entering full nutritional ketosis. This process allows your body to learn to burn fat more efficiently, resulting in increased and sustained weight loss over the long-term.  It takes as little as 21-days to reprogram your metabolism to burn fat for fuel, by ditching processed grains, sugars, and refined vegetable oils in favor of nutrient-dense, high fat, primal/paleo foods--and you'll see immediate results. Next, you’ll fine-tune with Intermittent Fasting and then foray into full ketogenic eating for a further weight loss boost and improved health.  

With The Keto Reset Diet, you can eat to total satisfaction by enjoying rich, high-satiety foods, and even weather occasional slip-ups. You’ll use keto as a lifelong tool to stay trim, healthy, energetic, and free from the disastrous health conditions caused by the typical American diet. With step-by-step guidance, daily meal plans and a recipe section with over 100 delicious keto-friendly recipes, this is the definitive guide to help the keto-beginner or the experienced health enthusiast understand the what, why, and how to succeed with ketogenic eating.

My first audiobook review! How does one review an audiobook? I have no idea, but I will try.

 

As many of you know I was paleo a couple of years back for a year then fell off the bandwagon. I have restarted it this year as it is the best diet that I have tried and I have tried them all in the last couple years. My depression and anxiety go away, and I lose weight normally among many other health benefits. My body hates carbs, so I have come to terms with that, and I know this time I am on it for life.

I was interested in keto cause it is a hot topic in the paleo community as of late. I wanted an in-depth view of it which I got from this book. I also needed to practice my hearing skills as I have an audiology appointment coming up Dec 15, 2017, and I want to beat my 80 percent I got last time. SO Not wanting to waste an audible credit on a book I may or may not understand I headed over to Scribd and started listening to The Keto Reset Diet.

Imagine my shock when I could understand every word. Yes, I had it on slo-mo sound but still. It was like my brain finally comprehended the words, and I could understand it with no problem.  I almost cried for joy.

I got a lot of information on keto in this book. I had always thought you could drop to 50 grams of carbs and no suffer any ill effects. This is not the case. There are steps you need to take before actually attempting ketosis. Like getting your shit together basically. Making sure you are getting enough sleep, giving up sugar and refined carbs and other things. This surprised me as I had never thought of that before. I have started sleeping and working out on a schedule and no sugar and all of that. I hope this will be easier in Jan 2018 after I make an effort to prepare than it was last time I tried going ultra low carb. I am back to two hour long workouts so I may have to stay at 50 grams of carbs. It said if you are not active you can drop down to 20 grams. Ohh and you need to drop down to 150 grams FIRST for a while at the same time you are getting your shit together before going all the way down to 20 or 50 grams.

It also stressed the importance of learning to deal with stress and even gave some helpful advice such as mediation. I think this is where a lot of programs go wrong they fail to take into account that when people get stressed they want carbs and there needs to be another way of dealing with stress in place.

True this tells about people who want to go hardcore keto, but I feel almost anyone can get some advice out of this book.

I LOVED this book. It was easy to understand, and it was packed with information.

five-stars
Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Book Review: Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne Bogel

Posted November 28, 2017 by Hillary in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

ISBN: 9780801072918
Book Review: Reading People: How Seeing the World through the Lens of Personality Changes Everything by Anne BogelReading People by Anne Bogel
Published by Baker Publishing Group on September 19th 2017
Genres: Religion, Christian Life, Personal Growth, Self-Help, General, Psychology, Personality
Pages: 224
Format: ebook
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If the viral Buzzfeed-style personality quizzes are any indication, we are collectively obsessed with the idea of defining and knowing ourselves and our unique place in the world. But what we're finding is this: knowing which Harry Potter character you are is easy, but actually knowing yourself isn't as simple as just checking a few boxes on an online quiz.

For readers who long to dig deeper into what makes them uniquely them (and why that matters), popular blogger Anne Bogel has done the hard part--collecting, exploring, and explaining the most popular personality frameworks, such as Myers-Briggs, StrengthsFinder, Enneagram, and others. She explains to readers the life-changing insights that can be gained from each and shares specific, practical real-life applications across all facets of life, including love and marriage, productivity, parenting, the workplace, and spiritual life. In her friendly, relatable style, Bogel shares engaging personal stories that show firsthand how understanding personality can revolutionize the way we live, love, work, and pray.

I am a huge personality nerd. It started in college when I had to take my first personality test. I have forgotten what it was, but ever since then, I have been obsessed. I read anything I can get my hands on personality books. I feel that it helps me be less awkward and deal with people better if I can understand out of which framework they see the world out of. Plus I LOVEEEEEE  Anne Bogel’s blog Modern Mrs. Darcy so I was convinced I would love her book.

 

What I Liked

Everything!! I liked how she broke down each framework and explained in detail on how to use it. I have to admit when I was in college I to mistype myself. I was so desperate to fit in and be “popular” that I completely reinvented myself and gave answers according to that, but it was all a big mask. On the inside, I was riddled with anxiety and could never figure out why. It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with bipolar that  It wasn’t until I was diagnosed with bipolar that I found the courage to take off the masks and learn about who I really am, and now I know that I am a Highly Sensitive person, an introvert, and an IFJP I am also 5 on the Enneagram. When I was in college I made the mistake of trying to type myself into the person I WANTED to be instead of the person I WAS. This cause untold number of problems. I now can type myself to the person I AM. I have given up trying to be anything but what I am so it is easier to admit now that I am a big geek who hates humanity.

I loved how she went into depth about each framework and what it meant and how you could apply it to your own life. Like I have this friend who must do everything by the book. I am more of the “rules are just guidelines” kind of person, but after reading this book, i feel I can understand this friend more and hopefully lesses the number of frustrated feelings with her.

What I Didn’t Like

 

I pretty much loved this book. If I HAD to pick something that bugs me is that she did not go more into depth on the enneagram chapter. She explained that it would point out your faults and make u all sad which is accurate from what I have read on my type (type 5). But I feel this is just an introduction to the frameworks and most importantly how to APPLY it to your life, so I am not going to be nitpicky.

OMG, I LOVED THIS BOOK GO OUT AND BUY IT NOOOOOWWWWW. Anne Bogel is a gifted writer, and I look forward to seeing what she writes next. I have never known how to apply the frameworks that I have read in my life, but after reading this book, I now have a better idea. Already it has saved me and a friend a couple of awkward moments. I can see how someone would be so inflexible that they gave up their dreams because they were scared of something while I go after me with my whole soul.

Reading People was so helpful in getting me to try and see other peoples side of things. I wish everyone would read this book. Denfinaly going into my top ten of the year. Click To Tweet
Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!


Sunday Post

Posted November 26, 2017 by Hillary in sunday post / 4 Comments

You GUYZZZZZZZZZ I have some exciting news! Are you sitting down?

Yes??

Good ok here we go.

In case you did not know I had cochlear ear implants this recent April and last year April. It hurt like a Mofo and at first it was next to useless but I keet on listening to audiobooks while I read along in a print book. I tried understanding podcats, but I only got 80 percent and that frustrated me to no end.  I was just about to give up on Friday, but I was like I will try a few more times. I am nothing if not stubborn.

I downloaded The Keto Diet Reset from Scribed, and I was like I am going to practice without the damn print book.

I  started listening, and I expected to have to really focus. Well guess what

I understood every dang word. I tried cleaning, and I could understand the words just fine. I tried some podcats same thing I could understand then fine. My mouth was on the floor all day. I listened to the Keto Reset Diet straight through I was so shocked. ( It was a great book review coming soon!) I listened to podcasts, and I was like damn FINALLY my brain decided to make out words instead of garbled sounds.

This means that I cant listen to music with words while i write anymore as I can understand the words ( before I couldn’t make out words s it was good background music) I now listen to Brain.fm and it works like a charm.

I got to thinking about that now I can listen to an audiobook while I am shopping while I am being forced to attend family functions and everything. I can pretend to be having a good time while I am streaming an audiobook to my Implants!

My family was overjoyed. So am I all the hours of practice I have put in finally paid off!

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Over on my Ghostwriting blog, I wrote two pieces about some revelation I had while working out. I seem to be getting all my best ideas at the gym these days!

Here is an article I wrote about showing up in life and work

Here I wrote about learning to focus

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I went to the gym Monday Tuesday and then Wednesday I came down with the flu. I swear I am going to start wearing a mask, so I don’t get sick. I am all better now, and I plan on going to the gym today.

I have gone down two sizes since I started working with a trainer! I am telling you if you have someone to push you to your limits is worth it. I do not weigh myself much cause muscle weighs more than fat, and if I look at the scale and see only a pound difference at this point in time, I will just get pissed off. So I only weigh myself on the 5 of the month when I take my monthly picture.  I plan to start posting them here on the 6th of every month so stay tuned!

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On this here blog I have a book review scheduled for Tuesday the 28th so far Reading People by Anne Bogel.

I am writing this on a Saturday afternoon, so I will probably have more up later this week so check back!

 

Hillary

I am a book lover who loves to read and write. I only leave my apartment for food and MOAR books. I love to meet new people online so don’t be afraid to say hi!