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Vendor: Moody Publishers
Publication Date: 2015
Little ways to be you at your best, right where you are.
From the can-do entrepreneur Claire Diaz-Ortiz, The Better Life is a motivational memoir about little changes that make all the difference.
In winsome style, Claire offers vignettes from her life to yours. 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 stories and insights about 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. Dont beat yourself up. Be still. Be thankful. Be you, but your best.
Read this book, and start living the better lifeyouve been meaning to.
Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Something for (almost) everyone, if you dig deep enoughAugust 21, 2016Deuce SkunksSpringfield, MOAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This 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.
Alison3 Stars Out Of 5Not great, like a blog.March 31, 2016AlisonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This 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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