I have been working on my manifesto for a long while now. I even read a book about it last year called The Motivation Manifesto by: Brendan Burchard. It is a “living document” as a former boss used to call paperwork which has the expectation for constant updates. The one in my notebook is prettier with each section drawn in its own block.

  • Reading is the gateway.
  • Coffee is necessary.
  • Think fast. Talk slow.
  • Love over fear.
  • Trust your first instinct.
  • Laugh.
  • Radiate love.
  • Keep only what you love ( people and objects)
  • You can only bitch so long – do something or shut up.
  • Question relentlessly.
  • Be grateful.
  • You don’t have to explain yourself.
  • Read about the people you want to emulate.
  • Don’t ask of other what you are unwilling to do or haven’t already done.
  • Be the light.
  • W.A.I.T (Why Am I Talking??)
  • Inspire.
  • Live fiercely. Study deeply.
  • Find your tribe.
  • Intention.
  • If all else fails…READ!




What I Always Recommend

Today is a snow day! Well, really it is a frigid windchill day, but I will take it!

There are a few “go-to” books which I constantly recommend to people who ask for a title. In person I cannot help but gush about some of these authors and their amazing works. It will not be as animated as you read this post!

The Night Circus by: Erin Morgenstern

This book is magical and I discovered it from Modern Mrs. Darcy and her blog. I read it quickly. It is one I would like to reread because the language was beautiful. I also would like to create a dinner party in the spirit of the ones in the book. I originally checked it out from the library, but recently purchased my own copy. There will be many annotations made during the second reading.

The Alchemist Paulo Coehlo

This book came into my life when I most needed it. Reading it was life changing for my attitude and perception. There are many underlying ideas that strike me in this text.

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

I am a sucker for a book with time travel. Many lives are lived in this book by Ursula who comes back again and again changing the events of her life. In one version, she even shoots Hitler!

The Light of the World: A Memoir by: Elizabeth Alexander

A memoir with recipes! What could be better? I fell into this book and enjoyed reading it. Originally chosen for a book club read. The group was never able to get together to discuss it however. I still hope we can someday. I have the notes on my Kindle copy.

How to Live a Good Life: Soulful Stories, Surprising Science, and Practical Wisdom by: Jonathon Fields

This is the first book I have ever pre-ordered. I was obsessed with it coming out and it has not disappointed me. It is set within the confines of 3 buckets that lead to a good life according to the author. Each section of the book has a chapter that talks about a specific activity to fill your buckets. There was a lot of cross over for me from other ideas I have read about.

Gentleman in Moscow by: Amor Towles

This book I anticipated coming out with great fever! It was a Book of the Month Selection and I enjoyed the language, the stories, and the characters. A Count is confined to a hotel for his punishment and builds a life that many would be envious of. Delightful!

The One in a Million Boy by Monica Woods

This book is about  a little boy who dies and how through the memories of others his father truly learns who his son was. There are times where reading about the boy made me think of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. It is a book about relationships, love, and moving forward even when we don’t want to. A must read!

I just finished The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and was not disappointed in this National Book Award winner. It is worth reading.Do not be scared away by the idea that it is “heavy”.

I started Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi and like it so far. I am also in the middle of Tsh Oxenreider’s book Notes from A Blue Bike on the Kindle. She has a great podcast to tune into with a recent new format.

Until next time… Happy Reading!