“Ten Things I Wish I’d Known – Before I Went Out into the Real World,” by Maria Shriver offers solid advice. It’s nothing revolutionary but it is real, useful, advice. She is a real supporter of women and is honest in this book about failure, marriage, starting work from the bottom and working your way up, career, and motherhood. She shares her own experiences about her life and the lessons she’s learned along the way.
One of my favorite quotes from the book, “As a wise person once told me, and it actually was the same wise person as before: “If I could spare you the pain you’re experiencing, I wouldn’t – because I wouldn’t want to deprive you of the strength and wisdom you’ll gain from having gone through it and come out the other side.”
Here are her ten lessons she covers in the book:
1. First and Foremost: Pinpoint Your Passion
2. No Job is Beneath You
3. Who You Work for and With is as Important as What You Do
4. Your Behavior Has Consequences
5. Be Willing to Fail
6. Superwoman is Dead…And Superman May Be Taking Viagra
7. Children Do Change Your Careers (Not to Mention Your Entire Life)
8. Marriage is a Hell of A Lot of Hard Work
9. Don’t Expect Anyone Else to Support You Financially
I recently was at an event where Maria was talking and she is such an inspiring speaker and she is so down to earth. I am a big fan of hers and really enjoyed this book.
Lea Michele is one talented lady. I recently read her book and like her even more now than I did before. She is so stylish and really knows how to play up her figure. I love when she wears dresses with high leg slits. She rocks what she’s got and makes no apologies. She exudes confidence and it shows.
On Monday, one of my favorite bloggers, Shay the Mix and Match Mama, shared a story about one of her closest friends Manda Maxwell, who is bravely fighting cancer for the 3rd time. She is a wife and mother of two young children. I got permission from Shay to share her blog post with all of my readers so we can support and help any way we can.
A Go Fund Me donation page has been set up in Manda’s name and all the money will go directly to help her family with medical bills and other necessities. There is also a Facebook page where you can get updates and continue to pray and support Manda and her sweet family.
Manda has a great group of girlfriends supporting her and her family and I would love for my readers to support them as well.
For the full story please head over to Shay’s blog.
“No Regrets (101 Fabulous Things To Do Before You’re Too Old, Married, or Pregnant)” by Sarah Ivens is a fun, easy breezy, inspiring read. I am a big fan on bucket lists and making goals so it was fun to read through her long list of things she deems worthy of trying and doing. She also shares a lot of her personal stories and experiences of doing some of these items and it’s fun to go along on her journeys.
While I agree that it is a catchy title, I don’t necessary agree that you have to do all or most of these things before you are too old, married, or pregnant. I’ve crossed off so many items off of my bucket list with my boyfriend right by my side and I’m so happy he was there with me. It’s such a bonding experience to go through amazing things in life together. (If we are getting technical we are not married yet, but I feel like we are!) But for you single gals out there I do agree that you shouldn’t have to wait around for a man in order to do these awesome things. But I do agree that riding a mechanical bull (number 64 on her list) while you’re pregnant is not recommended!
Here are some of my favorites from her list of 101:
Those items are all pretty self explanatory and all very important (to me at least). I’m adding these to my own personal bucket list. I have a huge passion for travel so I loved that section in particular in her book. The structure of her book made it quick and easy to read. She shares her thoughts on each item, then has other women from all over the world with different professions give their opinions, and lastly gives alternatives if you can’t do them (if they are out of your price range or geographical radius).
One of my favorite things about reading this book was that she is British, so occasionally she would throw in fun British expression like bloke, knickers, and mates. I love all things British and having to do with England so that made it a fun read for me. The biggest take away from this book for me is to make sure you seize the day, enjoy life and don’t let it pass you by! We live in a beautiful world and there is so much to see and do. It’s important not to get bogged down in the mundane things in our everyday lives.