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

The Reading Room- The Start Of Something Good

18 Jul

Hello Beautiful,

Welcome to the Reading Room. One evening while hanging out with my kids at the local bookstore an amazing idea came to me. I should marry my love for books with my

Patrice C. Washington, Money Answers for Every Woman

The Start of Something Good

personal development blog. This would allow me to share the wisdom I gather from the new books I read. It is no secret I adore books and hold a special fondness for self-help books. My shelves are loaded with goodies from authors who are interested in helping others achieve their very best.

Every time I read, I am rewarded with a new outlook on life.  Reading allows me to learn and develop my skills so I can better serve you. Now we can share in the conversation. I have also been asked on several occasions to host a book tour. Adding this new element would give me the venue to be a great host for self-help authors seeking to change the world one word at a time.

So what can you expect? You can expect for me to bring you the latest books. I will give you the goods so you will know if you should invest in the books I recommend. You can also expect some reviews of Indie Authors. These are our self-published authors that are making waves with their words and thoughts.

So how does this all work? Authors write and request that I review their books.  Then they send me a review hardback and digital copy. This allows me to read the physical book and travel well with a digital version.  Reviews are then shared to my networks and social media outlets.

Because this is truly a joint venture I want your input. Please leave comments and let me know if you felt the same about the book or if you had different views. Yes you can also recommend books for me to review as well.  Dialogue and discourse always leads to growth and innovation so let the conversations begin …and again I welcome you to the reading room.

As Always I wish You Peace and Joy,

Melisa

Melisa Alaba is a Spiritual Life Coach, Speaker and  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- Thrive

11 Jul

Arianna Huffington is well known for overcoming obstacles and creating businesses that thrive. Now she is introducing us to her new book  Thrive: the Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-being, Wisdom and Wonder .

Book Review of Thrive by Melisa Alaba

Book Review of Thrive by Melisa Alaba

This books gives  us the blueprint of how Arianna constructed a Life and Business that works on her terms.

After experiencing health issues Arianna, a successful business woman and CEO of the Huffington Post, realized that there is more to success than accumulating more power and money. She went on a journey to get her life back. She proposes that women should lead the way in making changes to how we measure success. She concludes that a third metric, our well-being, must be that balancing beam of a successful person.  Thrive  is full of wisdom nuggets about living a holistic life. It also includes the latest research on sleep, mediation and happiness.

Through out the book, Arianna crafts stories that  deliver a prescription for renovating your life. She also shares  personal family  experiences that demonstrate her ideas of the third metric as well as discussing the Harvard research project on Happiness index. Practically speaking, Arianna gives us such simple yet powerful ways to incorporate balance in our life .  Lastly, Arianna leaves us with follow through practical practices such as scheduling social media breaks and taking meetings while walking outdoors.

This is a smart book that references notable scholars such as  Malcolm Gladwell when discussing intuition and is a must-read for business leaders, new graduates and entrepreneurs.

Love to hear what you thought of  Thrive. So let the conversation begin.

Until next time, read on!

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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