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Sometimes, you don't need advice for the future. You just need hope for right now. Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an expert at coaching others to live in the moment. She spent her twenties across a variety of jobs and continents, eventually ending up working for Twitter as the director for social innovation. In a world that constantly pushes you to move forward, to think ahead, and to build toward your future, she steps back and tells you what you can do right now.

Through stories from her life and lessons she's learned, Claire teaches others to live in themoment and make life better right where you are.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Dimensions: 7.00 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802412939
ISBN-13: 9780802412935

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Little Ways to Be You at Your Best, Right Where You Are

From the can-do entrepreneur Claire Diaz-Ortiz comes The Better Life, a motivational memoir about how little changes make all the difference.

In winsome style, Claire coaches readers with vignettes from her uncommon life. A top-level Twitter employee, world traveler, author, non-profit founder, and mom, Claire tries to make the most of every moment. In The Better Life, she shares action steps and reflections on balance, productivity, self-care, and other essentials for rocking it at life every day. 

Take some advice from Claire: Say yes. Say no. Quit something. Take your mornings seriously. Make your weekends count. Write more. Worry less. Travel. Pray. Pause. Rest. Know your limits. Do Hatchi Patchi. Don’t beat yourself up. Be still. Be thankful. Be you, but your best.

Read this book, and start living the better life you’ve been meaning to.

Author Bio

Claire Diaz-Ortiz (@claire) is an author, speaker and Silicon Valley innovator who was an early employee at Twitter. Named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company, she holds an MBA and other degrees from Stanford and Oxford and has been featured widely in print and broadcast media. She writes a popular business blog at and is the author of the new book Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption (link:

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  1. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Something for (almost) everyone, if you dig deep enough
    August 21, 2016
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book seems to be focused more on the subtitle than the title. "Small things you can do right where you are." Not to imply that that's a bad thing.The book consists of 37 vignettes to give you small suggestions on ways to improve your life right now. Most of these ideas are nothing new or oddly extraordinary, especially if (like me) you've spent any time reading suggestions on how to "get more" out of the daily grind. Things like slowing down, taking time to breathe, saying "no" more often. Allowing yourself to truly be yourself in a given moment.

    I wrote this review in two parts. The first part was written at about half way through the book. It really wasn't speaking to me personally, and I felt the need to write down my current impression of it in order to keep pressing forward and finish reading the book. I'm not a fan of stopping a book in the middle, regardless as to how badly I want to at times. This was one of those books.

    Review Part 1 (at half way through)-I like the idea behind this book. However, it falls short of what I was personally hoping it'd be. It seems more geared for a college student that has less baggage and more personal freedom in life than I find myself facing on a daily basis. Being a stay at home mom with 2-4 kids and trying to figure out how to get all of the bills paid each month doesn't exactly make me the best candidate for following most of her suggestions on takinga break and stepping back from the world.That being said, her suggestions are not a "how-to" plan by any means, instead they're her personal stories on how she accomplished each of her suggestions in her own way. Which means that if you have thetalent to easilymodify and turnsomeone else's "I did" into your own "I can", this book will be immensely powerful. If you're looking for ideas thatyou can do right now by following steps A, B, and C, then this book isn't for you (unless you have the time & resources for a spare of the moment trip to Vienna or Kenya or some other magical destination).

    Review Part 2 (at the book's end) - I'm glad I finished reading this book. The lastone-third of it made up for the first two-thirds. At least for me. At that point, the stories switched gears just enough to enter the motivator mode for me.Shifting from something totally unfeasible in my current world, to being ideas that could actually resonate with me and that I could find a way to put into action. Or reaffirming things I already try to do as being a good idea. My personal favorites are "Remember It's Just Stuff" and "Learn The Art Of Hospitality", which were also the breaking point where my impression of the book shifted.

    Overall, I'd say it's a worthwhile read. I'm giving it 4/5 stars total.The first part of the book was 3 stars, because I could think of other people in my life that would finda story or two in it to beuseful. Not that it was a bad book, just not for me. The second part of the book is 5 stars, consisting ofthings I can relate to better and find ways to fit into my hectic life. Thus, I'm going with 4 stars, under the notion that almost anyone could finda few vignettes in itthat resonate with them.

    *Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
  2. Alison
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Not great, like a blog.
    March 31, 2016
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    This book reads like a series of blog posts. Claire gives practical tips on how to live better. While very little will come as a surprise, she offers her own experience in the midst of sharing how to slow down, how to enjoy life, how to be more grateful. (As a side note, I loved the cover of this book. The cover is one of those that actually feels soft. How do they do that? I liked all the gold stars too.) I was honestly a little disappointed with this book. Each vignette felt far too short to go anywhere terribly deep. I wanted more. I wanted more of Claire. I wanted more of the why behind the how. I wanted more Jesus infused into her writing. It wasnt a bad read, but it wasnt great. I wanted it to be so much more. C for me.

    *Moody Publishers have provided me with a complimentary copy of The Better Life, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
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