Archive | August, 2014

How She Got Free

22 Aug

Entrepreneurship is rewarding but it also can be tough. So how does an entrepreneur manage a family, business, relationships and take care of themselves?   How  She Got Free , 5 Step Spiritual Business Manual to women who lead through Entrepreneurship, offers solutions for the woman who struggles to experience true success in her business and in life.

At an awards show last year I was honored to meet Akilah Richards and Katrina Harrell, panelists at the event. Katrina talked about her struggles and successes as an entrepreneur; she did not want others to experience the trials and errors she had and so she penned How I Got Free, along with Akilah Richards.

How She Got Free

How She Got Free

The book chronicles the life of Layna, an entrepreneur who has experienced success and defeat. Layna longed to live the life of her dreams but found herself off-balance in her health, marriage and in having systems within her business to provide her with the structure she needed to succeed. The story of Layna allows you to peek into the life of a financially successful entrepreneur who lacks systems that allow for a well-lived life.

How She Got Free offers s a five-step plan that will lead you to discovering your Achilles heel in business and in life. Richards and Harrell provide soul work exercises after each chapter which guide you into rebuilding your business model. The authors believe that every business is viable when the right systems are put into place. Harrell hold you accountable for having a strategic business plan, accountability partners, and dealing with personality flaws that may lead to poor choices and decisions. According to Richards, many businesses fail because of lack of planning and delegating.

I  recommend this book for anyone who is struggling in their current business or for new business owners who want to start with a good foundation.  This is a great resource for gaining ideas about how to be a well-balanced entrepreneur. Richards and Harrell are among the growing number of Indie authors who are adding value to the literary community.

Living a Life of Joy,

Melisa

Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website www.melisaalaba.com

 

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The Reading Room- The Four Agreements

15 Aug

One Sunday afternoon while watching Super Soul Sunday I was introduced to Don Miquel Ruiz via an interview with Oprah Winfrey. The interview was full of surprises and new thoughts from this award winning author.  Naturally, I wanted to read the book.  If you are uncomfortable with spiritual types of books the author is quick to point out that this book is not about religion rather is about beinghuman and offering the world humility.

Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz

In the book, Don Miquel Ruiz takes us on a spiritual journey through the eyes of the Mexican ancient teachings of the Toltec. The book challenges us to look at our interpersonal skills in a unique way. According to Don Miquel Ruiz we are programmed from birth to follow systems and accordingly we take on beliefs that are orally taught to us. These beliefs cause us suffering and often times cause us to hurt others. This easy to read book provides a way to live a life free of struggle and suffering while learning to be more authentic in our being.

The First Agreement – be Impeccable with your word. This teaches us the value of our words and how they affect everything around us. We are urged to learn to honor our words.

The Second Agreement – don’t take anything personally.  We are challenged to release fear and anxiety by not taking anything personal good or bad. Learning this principle allows us to be free from the thoughts of others.

The Third Agreement – don’t make any assumptions.  We are urged to seek the truth rather than make assumptions about a person or a situation.

The Fourth Agreement – always do your best.  Simple enough but many times we struggle because we work to live up to someone else’s standard. Don prompts us to do our best and let go. While we do our best we are truly living a life of abundance.

The Four Agreements offer us solutions to breaking free from the beliefs that do not serve our purpose.  The message is beautifully written and the sharing of the Toltec culture is an added bonus. I recommend this book to anyone seeking a practical guide on living their best life.

Did you enjoy this selection? Did it challenge your beliefs? Write me and let me know you thoughts.

Wishing you peace and joy,

Melisa

Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website www.melisaalaba.com

The Reading Room- The Power of No

8 Aug

This book immediately caught my attention. The title made me think of my own decision to choose “No” to maintain my authentic self.Power of no So I had an idea or so I thought of what I was in store for.  The power of No, Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance and Happiness, is simply stated yet profoundly spiritual. James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher discuss many of the principles that Eckert Tolle teaches in The Power of Now.

Still the couples captivate you with their unique story-telling style. James and Claudia each share deeply personal stories of loves lost and loves imagined.  Some of the stories make us cry and others make us laugh, but they all cause us to feel. The authors describe their failures and successes with a rare and honest rawness. Their truth is bold and refreshing. The authenticity of the authors rips through the pages.

Throughout the book we are beaconed to question our fear and resist giving up. Fear we are told is not enough to sustain a relationship that hurts us or cause us to hurt others. We must question our fear and choose to fight for love and for peace. James reminds us that we will find love again and life will go on. We are encouraged to create, to dream, and to be.

Claudia and James offer us exercises that guide us in living in now. The wisdom that overlays the book is that we must take care of ourselves. We must maintain our physical, emotional, mental and Spiritual health. James acknowledges that when he practices these principles he makes good decisions and when he abandoned them he made costly mistakes. Claudia allows us the freedom to sit and be quiet with ourselves which allows our mind to recover from all of the world’s noise.

Like many books on healing this book will make your thinking shift. You may cry as you acknowledge activities, people, or things that no longer bring you joy but cause you pain. Whether you choose to act on these feeling is your choice but thoughts planted after reading this book will certainly deepen your journey. This is one of those rare books that forever changes your views and gifts you with a second chance to get living right. This books call us to choose our Ultimate ” Yes” by learning to say NO.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is on a healing journey or is feeling stuck in his or her life. This book is the perfect anecdote to heal your spirit and to start living again.

Have you read this book? Do you agree or disagree with my review? Write me and lets start a conversation on the Power of No.

Wishing You Peace and Joy,

Melisa Alaba

Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website www.melisaalaba.com

FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinion in this review is unbiased and reflects my honest judgment of the product.

 

The Reading Room-Real Money Answers for Every Woman

1 Aug

If you are like most people deciding to deal with your finances is a daunting task. In her latest book, Real Money Answers for Every Woman: How to Win the Money Game With or Without a Man, Patrice C. Washington attempts to help her readers break the cycle of financial illiteracy. Patrice  bookcoverThis book is an easy read with actionable steps at the end of each chapter. Patrice serves up the information with wisdom, a bit of sassiness and straight talk.

Washington shares her personal story of overcoming 18,000 dollars of debt after graduating college. Create wealthy habits, Make more money, Manage money wisely and Relationships with money are the four principles that guided Washington in eliminating debt and creating wealth. Patrice believes those principles are key to the readers success with money.  Real Money Answers for Every Woman challenges the reader to accept responsibility for their own financial life. Patrice gives examples of day to day decision such as shoe shopping and mall strolling that keep many people in debt. Patrice inspires us to change our financial blueprint by changing our money mindset.

Using money affirmations and dream boards to create a new mindset are just some of tools that the author offers to change our money mindset to one of a winner. While you find traditional expert advice such as creating a debt elimination plan and creating a saving plan for your future. Real Money Answers for Every Woman uses a holistic approach in acquiring wealth.

Lastly, Real Money Answers for Every Woman offers solutions to making your life better. The author acknowledges that many women are underpaid so she encourages the reader to go after their worth. Washington offers sound advice for climbing the corporate ladder and creating income through entrepreneurship.

If you are seeking an information only money guide then this book is probably not for you. However, if you are ready to drastically change your financial future then get this book and start doing the work today.

Have your read Real Money Answers for Every Woman? Do you have a testimony to share? Write me and let me know your thoughts.

Wishing You Peace and Joy,

Melisa

Melisa Alaba is the Author of Live Out Loud, 52 Ways to Reawaken Your Spirit and Live a Life of Purpose. Melisa can be found walking on a trail or sampling chocolate along the coast. You can connect with her on-line via her social media outlets or join her in one of her many classes on her website www.melisaalaba.com

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