One of my favourite Christmas presents this year is this inspiring diary-journal that I received from my daughter who knew as soon as she seen it, that I’d love it. It’s similar to keeping a gratitude journal, but what I love most about this one, is its emphasis on the connection between the Irish ancient women and the moon.
My Book Reviews
Self-Help and Motivation.
‘Get Your Shit Together’ by Ruth Field, is a no-nonsense approach to sorting out all that stuff in your life that always has to get done in the end anyway. The crappy things that wreck your head and holds you back from doing all the things you WANT to do – the things you enjoy.
I was attracted to this book by the title and because it promised to show me how to get more things done in less time. I was having one of those muddled up weeks and nothing was getting done. The prescription for a simpler life is learning how to release your ‘inner bitch’ (apparently, we all have one) and become a fearless superwoman.
It urges you to take a good hard look at how you deal with life’s challenges and unexpected events. And just as importantly, the simple stuff that some of us turn into problems by not dealing with them early on. By her tough talking attitude, Ruth Field will have you shaking in your boots! If you have even a hint of laziness in your bones, she’ll shame you into getting off your butt and just doing whatever it is you whinge about never being able to do. She doesn’t listen to excuses folks, and it’s hard not to agree with a lot of what she writes! There are various little exercises throughout the book that can help you organise your time and get motivated. Don’t skip the very valuable exercise on page 148!
I do agree that in many cases, a firm and bossy tongue is all that’s needed to kick lazy people up the butt in order to motivate them. But will the bone idle even bother to read a book like this? There are so many other things that can cause people to be unorganised and lack motivation. But it’s all about the tough truth here with little room for compassion. Perhaps a little more empathy in some areas would have been nice as I don’t believe laziness is the root of all muddled lives.
Most of the advice and recommendations are based on the authors own experiences and she speaks honestly about how she has had to deal with her own GYST. I like the way she speaks the truth about herself because it leads the reader to believe that the advice is coming from someone who has had as many challenges to overcome as everyone else. There are also some accounts of real life experiences from other people that are easy to relate to.
The book is humorous! Serious stuff, yes, but you may need to have a diverse sense of humour in order to read it. If any part of the book doesn’t apply to you, skip and read on. If it does apply to you, be brave and admit it. You’ll be doing yourself a favour. WARNING; The word shit is used quite a lot throughout the book and might grate on your nerves just a bit!
I could easily relate to this book and I’m not easily offended by some words or home truths. I found it quite funny in certain parts and while reading it, I was mentally making a note of the people in my life that I think would really benefit from reading it too.
I would recommend this book because I do believe there is something of use in here for everyone. I think you would benefit from reading this book if you are any of the following:
- Stuck in a rut that you feel you can’t get out of.
- If you are in the habit of blaming everything around you, including people and circumstances for your present situation.
- If you constantly think about the past – in a negative way.
- If you are always extremely busy but never seem to get things done.
- You procrastinate regularly.
- You complain all the time about everything – especially your situation.
- If you think the grass is greener on the other side.
- You are unhappy in your job.
So waste no more time and grab your copy here !
I’m not sure if you would benefit from reading this book if you are any of the following:
- Completely happy with every aspect of your life.
- Don’t like hearing or admitting the truth about yourself.
- If you believe that everything should be handed to you on a plate.
We have to work hard at everything in life and that includes being happy! None of it comes easy!
Right, so how exactly does one get one’s shit together? That’s what I’m in the process of finding out. Read on!
When I hear the word ‘curiosity’, it reminds me of the time Mrs. Palm Stinger (my school teacher) gave me six of the best with her worn out old ruler. I was only about 8 years of age and in second class. We were all standing in a circle, like the good little girls we were, doing our english reading.There was a knock on the classroom door and Mrs. Palm Stinger ordered us to remain quietly in our places. As soon as the door closed behind her, the whispers and the giggling began. Of course everyone was dying to know who was at the door, including me! The girls teased and dared each other to sneak a peek. Nobody budged! Feeling very brave that day, I dashed to the top of the room and took a quick glance through the glass panel door. Heart thumping like mad, I returned to my place and felt very important as I informed my classmates that it was Pauline’s mammy who had come calling. I thought I was great! So proud of myself. I didn’t feel that way for too long because as soon as Mrs. Palm Stinger re-entered the classroom, she was met with a chorus of high pitched voices singing, “Please miss Gloria McEntee ran up to look out the dooooooor….”
Well, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. Betrayed!
Curiosity Killed the Cat
I was rewarded with an angry glare and six wallops with the battered old wooden ruler. She had a song to sing too! With each slap she warbled, “CUR – I – OSITY – KILLED – THE – CAT”. My red palms stung for a long time afterwards and my feelings even more so.
Later that same day, I was informed by a ‘reliable’ adult that curiosity meant ‘nosey parker’. Not a good day for an 8 year old! Needless to say, from then on the brave side of me kept well hidden away. I kept all queries to myself right through my primary school days.
Thankfully I learned later in life that ‘curious’ and ‘nosey’ mean two different things. ‘Nosey’ is when someone has a strong desire to pry into things that don’t concern them……like the private affairs of others. ‘Curious’ is the desire to learn or find out more about something that is of interest.
So….. someone once said that curiosity killed the cat. Did it really? What cat anyway? Now I’m curious……so I will try to find out who this mysterious cat is and if he still exists!
There is no cat! To cut a long story short……..The phrase ‘Curiosity Killed the Cat’ is used as a warning to someone who is venturing into something that may have dangerous consequences. It is also a polite way of telling somebody to mind their own business! So I’m guessing that Mrs. Palm Stinger was warning me that it was dangerous to run to the top of the classroom to look out the door – even if you did it very quickly. Well she could have told me that…..I would have understood!
Seriously though, I have long since forgiven her. I don’t carry it around with me! I’ve had bigger fish to fry down through the years.
Curiosity Didn’t Kill Me
When I finally gave into my curiosity, I learned how to ask questions about things that interested me.
Some important lessons I learned along the way:
1. Ask as many questions as it takes to get the answers you want or to understand fully what it is you need to know.
2. No question is a stupid question.
3. Don’t be concerned with those who don’t give a hoot about something you love. Nobody has to share your choice of interests. Nobody thinks exactly like you do or feels exactly like you do.
4. It is not a crime to lose interest in some things as time goes on and when you find yourself becoming curious about new interests, then delve right in. Sometimes we can have a renewed enthusiasm for old hobbies or pastimes years after we’ve abandoned them.
5. It is not always the case that you learn something new every day. If you spend most of your time in bed and only get up to watch your favourite soaps….what could you have possibly learned that day? Okay, you learned who cheated on who in Eastenders, but who cares? Is that piece of information really of any value to you?
How to Learn Something New Every Day
1. Spend time with people who you find interesting to talk to.
2. Spend time with people who share your interests. Even if the only way you can do this is on social media.
3. If you’re on social media, particularly Facebook, don’t waste your precious time engaging in all the negative posts and drama. Instead, join the groups that have positive messages to share and that post about your interests and hobbies.
4. Enrol in classes that enrich your hobbies. A great way of meeting like minded people.
5. Sign up for a course that will help you to improve your work related skills. You can never know too much, even if you’ve been in your job for many years!
6. And believe it or not…..do things that make you happy. You’ll be surprised at how you will learn great things just by being happy and open-minded!
7. Last but not least. Read! Read whatever interests you. Current affairs, romantic novels, sci fi, mystery and suspense (my favourite), non-fiction, anything! So much healthier than watching soaps too. 😉
keep your curiosity alive. Don’t be shy or afraid to learn new things. Curiosity didn’t kill the cat and it most certainly won’t kill you. (But just be careful all the same)
You must learn day by day, year by year, to broaden your horizon. The more things you love, the more you are interested in, the more you enjoy, the more you are indignant about, the more you have left when anything happens.
Do you ever wonder what it would be like to be perfect? To never put a foot wrong and to never say the wrong thing. Do you look at others and think that they are so perfect and they have the perfect life? Look closer and I bet you will find that they are not perfect at all and they don’t have the perfect life. Because what is that word anyway?
We all use the word ‘perfect’. We use it when we talk about the people we love. “My partner is so perfect.” “My baby is so perfect.” “My children are so perfect.” “Johnny is the perfect friend.” This is probably because we love them unconditionally and we don’t see any flaws that they may have or we simply choose to ignore them. We accept our loved ones just the way they are. In our eyes, they are indeed ‘perfect’. But what you perceive to be perfect will be quite different to what others will see.
When you hear the word ego, what do you think of? A pompous celebrity who thinks he’s better than everyone else? A selfish diva who can’t see past her own nose? Or simply something that takes a battering now and then?
The last quarter of 2014 for me was spent researching, pondering, thinking, and weighing up the pros and cons of starting up my own blog. Musing over all the reasons why I had to, needed to, and wanted to. Ignoring the reasons why it wouldn’t be a great idea at all. I knew in my heart I wanted to do it so I absorbed all the pros and laughed at all the cons. You see, I mull things over for quite a while before I take action. I have lollipop toes. (I’ll explain that at a later date) Continue reading
You have a desire to embark on a new venture. This new venture excites you and every time you think about it, you feel a passion stirring inside you.
You just can’t decide whether to go with it or not. You can’t seem to make a decision. Why is that? What exactly is stopping you from just ‘doing it’? Continue reading