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Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday Book Review

“Stillness is a powerful way to find contentedness and success in life.”

In his book, “Stillness Is The Key,” Ryan Holiday talks about the importance of stillness in our day to day lives.

According to Ryan, “Stillness is not about inactivity. It’s about powerful moments that change our lives.”

Stillness help us think clearly, avoid distraction, conquer impulses, and eventually find happiness.

We are constantly stressed out from overflowing inboxes and constant stream of social media notifications popping up every minute.

Prominent people from all walks of life are being featured in this book and how they cultivate stillness into their lives; including John F. Kennedy, Tiger Woods, Anne Frank, and other figures.

“If people could find peace within themselves, they would still be able to think, work, and be well even if the world is at war.” -Philosopher Seneca

Ryan Holiday also talks about slowing things down and being in the present moment in his book, “Stillness Is The Key.”

Nowadays, we take photos instead of enjoying a beautiful sunset. We take several photos of our food taking time to get the perfect angle to look pretty on Instagram, instead of eating it while it’s still warm and delicious. We check our phones while staying in line at the grocery store.

We’re constantly bombarded with information. Too much of anything is not good. Including too much information.

In a busy, noisy world, stillness is the key to peace, clarity, and happiness.

Ryan Holiday also talks about how journaling is a time of reflection. I couldn’t agree more.

I used to journal a few years back. No wonder I was more calm and collected than I am now. I journal from time to time though, when I remember. This book reminded me how freeing it is to write your thoughts down. Or even just be still and listen to my own thoughts.

Keep a journal. Write down your thoughts before going to bed and you’ll find yourself being free from those noisy thoughts swirling in your head and you’ll be able to sleep soundly.

Journal. Get things off your chest. Find stillness through writing and reflection.

I’m a night person so I don’t wake up early. That’s why during days that I miraculously wake up early, I enjoy the break of dawn with a cup of tea before everyone else awakens. Before the horns start blaring and the children chatter excitedly on their way to school.

A constant companion during these peaceful hours in the morning is a good book and my stuffed animal. Occasionally, a crow would fly near the windowsill as if to say, “Good morning. I see you have woken up early today. Have a nice day.” It does a couple hops towards me but doesn’t get too close, and then it flies away in search for its breakfast.

In “Stillness Is The Key,” Ryan Holiday also talks about the importance of taking naps. I used to take naps when I was in college. I call it a “power nap” where I would take naps for 20-30 minutes after having lunch. When I wake up, I feel refreshed, my head clear of any unnecessary thoughts, and then I head off to take classes.

We tend to feel that there is always something to do. We tell ourselves that we need to reply to that mail. That we have to join the last-minute outing that out friends invited us to. We don’t need to do everything all at once. There is no need to add another thing in our already full plate. You’ll just end up with leftovers and you won’t feel good afterwards.

STOP. Be present. Know your limits. Learn to say, “NO.”

Give attention to your physical health, to your spirit and mind, and you can cultivate “stillness.”

You can feel the “power of stillness” in your life when you slow things down. Calm things down. Quiet things down. Embrace stillness today. 

Overall, “Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday,” is a very insightful read.

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This I Know by Eldonna Edwards Book Review 

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Title: This I Know

Author: Eldonna Edwards 

Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Coming of Age, Literary Fiction 

Date Published: April 24, 2018

My Thoughts on This I Know

A heart-warming story of a girl who can predict the future.

Grace has the knowing, meaning she is able to see the future. She knows what will happen. If seen positively, it is a very wonderful gift as it can prevent disasters and even save lives. But her father, a preacher, sees this negatively as the devil’s work. She then gets scolded whenever she shows her ability.

Will she find a way to convince her father that the knowing is a gift and not a curse?

Beautifully written and elaborately told, this story will linger in your mind long after the last page has been turned.

Recommended Reading: 

All Things New by Lauren Miller Book Review

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do But You Could Have Done Better Book Review 

Find Your Awesome by Judy Clement Wall Book Review 



Special thanks to Netgalley for sending an ARC of This I Know by Eldonna Edwards in exchange for an honest review.

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How to Walk Away by Katherine Center Book Review 

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Book TitleHow to Walk Away

Author: Katherine Center

Date Published: May 15, 2018

Genre: Fiction, Romance, Women’s Fiction, Chic Lit, Contemporary 


Synopsis:

The best day of her life and the worst day are the same day. On the 14th of February, Valentine’s Day, Chip proposes to Margaret in the plane that he’s driving. Just after the proposal, when they both thought that the future is certain, the most unexpected thing happens. Will Margaret find her happily ever after?



My Thoughts on How to Walk Away by Katherine Center:

This is my first Katherine Center book and it’s one of my best reads this 2018!

Captivating, inspirational, and unputdownable, every page will keep you on your toes.

Let me share to you my top 3 favorite scenes.


Favorite scene #1:

At the rooftop

Two people are alone with a scenery. I don’t know about you but I find scenes like this very romantic. Adults are acting like teenagers, Ian shares about his past, meaning he gets comfortable with her and trusts her. You know you’ve got him when he lets you in to his life by telling you about his past. Not to mention he carried her piggyback through the hallways, made her wear his sweatshirt, and told her about his mistakes. Cutest scene in the book.


Fave scene #2: 

At the pool

Favorite Scene #3: 

Saucer smashing

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Breaking Up Is Hard to Do But You Could Have Done Better Book Review 

Find Your Awesome by Judy Clement Wall Book Review

What’s up readers? It’s the 20th day of Blogtober! If you don’t know what Blogtober is, it is a series I am conducting that starts from the first of October wherein I post on my blog everyday until Halloween.🎃📚📖🍁🍃🍂😄

Today’s post is another Book Review from an eARC I received from the author and publisher of Find Your Awesome via NetGalley. I hope you enjoy it and have a nice day! 😄❤

Description


In a perfect world, maybe you wouldn’t need a 30-day challenge to find and fall in love with your most playful, imaginative, and colorful self, but we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a fast-paced, high-octane society where feeling lost in the jostling crowd is the norm and finding our own significance is oftentimes the biggest challenge of all. 

Fearless love champion Judy Clement Wall will guide you through this challenge–to fill your well for 30 days and tap into the miracle that is you! When you learn to love and value yourself, your relationships with everyone else will change, because the person that you bring to the world will be the fullest, truest, best-loved version of yourself.

Using a stimulating mix of coloring, creative prompts, and other daily activities, master writer, artist and doodler Judy Clement Wall will help you uncover the undeniable awesomeness that is you.



My Thoughts on Find Your Awesome:

I like how it’s a challenge but in a fun way. I also like how there are activities where you draw stuff and color them which are so cute!

I like the idea of designing a book cover for my life story because according to the author, my life story is the one I’m writing every single day, from scratch, armed with nothing but my wits and big curious heart. She tells you to “Own it. Love it fiercely. And don’t let anyone else try to write it for you. Oftentimes, we let others dictate our lives without realizing it.” 

Doing this activity made me realize and itconstantly reminds me that I am the boss of my life and the author of my own life. 

It is a 30-day challenge and it won’t take much of your time in a day. All you need to do is carve out a few minutes each day to fully engage with yourself; reflect, and unwind. 


About the Author

Judy Clement Wall is a writer-illustrator who lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her words have been published in numerous literary journals and websites such as the Huffington Post, Mind Body Green, and The Rumpus. She is an illustrator for HCI Book’s popular Inkspirations coloring book series, and her doodly art is set to appear in lots of fun places, like lampshades and wine labels. She has a website – judyclementwall.com – where her mission is to make art, do work, and engage in shenanigans that inspire fearless love, soulful evolution, and wild creativity as a way of life. And if, in the process, epic quantities of cheesecake are consumed, all the better. 


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Blogtober Day 1: October Book Releases 

Blogtober Day 2: Ask Me Anything

Blogtober Day 3: Q and A with Flexi Reads

Blogtober Day 4: Book Haul 3

Blogtober Day 5: September 2017 Book Wrap Up

Blogtober Day 6: Books to Read This Fall 2017

Blogtober Day 7: The Billion Dollar Spy by David Hoffman Book Review

Blogtober Day 8: Relatable to Book Lovers 

Blogtober Day 9: Tea Haul

Blogtober Day 10: Favorite Lines from The Billion Dollar Spy

Blogtober Day 11: Stationery Haul 2

Blogtober Day 12: Fall Decorations for Book Lovers

Blogtober Day 13: Favorite Lines From The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Blogtober Day 14: Why L. A. Pourquoi Paris? Book Review

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Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances

What Light by Jay Asher Book Review

Book Review: Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart

Book Review: All Things New by Lauren Miller

Book Review: A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani

Book Review: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami translated by Philip Gabriel

Book Review: All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso

Book Review: Beginning French by les Américains

The Billion Dollar Spy by David E. Hoffman Book Review


Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄

Love,

Flexi