August Nuggets of Inspiration & Wisdom

Hello survivors <3

Whoa nelly it’s been a nerve wracking month and my anxiety won many more times than it lost. But I made it and somehow managed to get a few things done along the way.

What’s new at Surviving Life’s Curveballs

The book is now in the proofing phase. We’re almost done!


Most of my reading consisted of fiction this month. I wanted to get lost in stories.


Solo by Jill Mansell

Outspoken Tessa Duvall lives in a tiny, cozy cottage near Bath, struggling as an artist and feeling she doesn’t really fit in with her posh friends. One fateful evening, she lets her best friend drag her to an elegant party, with every intention of sneaking out early. Then she encounters Ross Monahan, the high-profile hotel owner who, quite literally, charms the pants off Tessa.

She knows Ross and his wicked reputation may be nothing but a distraction, but soon, Tessa realizes that even a temporary fling can have permanent consequences… Could Ross actually be the best thing that’s ever happened to her?

One fling follows another, and now the whole community is embroiled in a great big web of deceit, the untangling of which will charm you, amuse you, make you laugh and make you cry.

You and Me, Always by Jill Mansell

Nothing stays secret forever, least of all love…

On the morning of her twenty-fifth birthday, Lily Harper opens the very last letter written to her by her beloved mother, who died when she was eight. Learning about the first and only real love of her mom’s life is a revelation.

The same momentous day, Lily meets Eddie Tessler, an actor fleeing fame who could change her world in unimaginable ways. But her childhood friend Dan has his own reasons for not wanting Lily to get too carried away by Eddie’s attentions.

As secrets past and present begin to emerge, Lily’s not sure what―or who―to believe. But one thing is clear: in the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton Langley, nothing will ever be the same again…

Sheer Mischief by Jill Mansell

It’s not that Janey Sinclair isn’t pleased to see her sister…

It’s just that being woken at 7:00 a.m. by Maxine, complete with police escort, isn’t quite how she’d planned to spend her Sunday. Even so, Janey, who’s trying to rebuild her life after her husband disappeared, is delighted to have her sister back home with her.

That is, until Maxine sets her sights on an impossibly glamorous fashion photographer, and Janey knows there’s no limit to the mischief her sister will create to dispatch her rivals.

Little do they both know that the competition is a lot closer to home than either of them realizes…

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

All it takes is one email to end her relationship, get her kicked out of her apartment, and just about ruin her life. Essie Phillips never meant for her private rant about her boss to be sent to everyone in her address book, but as soon as it goes viral, her life as she knows it is over. Solution: move to a new town, find a new job, make new friends. If only it were as simple as that…

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, bestselling author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bitesized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word, helping you to: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, Create a life you totally love. And create it NOW, Make some damn money already. The kind you’ve never made before.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.

In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.

A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories — from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air — and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.

I Survived the San Francisco Earthquake, 1906 by Lauren Tarshis

Ten-year-old Leo loves being a newsboy in San Francisco — not only does he get to make some money to help his family, he’s free to explore the amazing, hilly city as it changes and grows with the new century. Horse-drawn carriages share the streets with shiny new automobiles, new businesses and families move in every day from everywhere, and anything seems possible.

But early one spring morning, everything changes. Leo’s world is shaken — literally — and he finds himself stranded in the middle of San Francisco as it crumbles and burns to the ground. Does Leo have what it takes to survive this devastating disaster?

The I SURVIVED series continues with another thrilling story of a boy caught in one of history’s most terrifying disasters!

The Power of Different: The Link between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz, M.D.

In The Power of Different, psychiatrist and bestselling author Gail Saltz examines the latest scientific discoveries, profiles famous geniuses who have been diagnosed with all manner of brain “problems”—including learning disabilities, ADD, anxiety, Depression, Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and Autism—and tells the stories of lay individuals to demonstrate how specific deficits in certain areas of the brain are directly associated with the potential for great talent. Saltz shows how the very conditions that cause people to experience difficulty at school, in social situations, at home, or at work, are inextricably bound to creative, disciplinary, artistic, empathetic, and cognitive abilities.

In this pioneering work, readers will find engaging scientific research and stories from historical geniuses and everyday individuals who have not only made the most of their conditions, but who have flourished because of them. They are leaning into their brain differences to:

*Identify areas of interest and expertise

*Develop work arounds

*Create the environments that best foster their talents

*Forge rewarding interpersonal relationships

Enlightening and inspiring, The Power of Different proves that the unique wiring of every brain can be a source of strength and productivity, and contributes to the richness of our world.

Still Working on

Scattered but Smart: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their Potential by Peg Dawson, ED.D. and Richard Guare, PH.D.

The Unsettling of America by Wendell Berry


None at this time.


How to ADHD on Youtube- If you know anyone who has ADHD or loves someone with ADHD this is the best resource I have ever found. Please share it with them.


Hoopla Seriously, this is the app I use more than any other. Free books, audiobooks, music, and more from the library. I can check out 9 items a month. Before purchasing anything from Audible I check Hoopla first. This app has saved me thousands of dollars already this year.

Audible The original audiobook app J Just one more way to consume more books and the performances have been wonderful. Now I listen to books in the shower, while I’m driving, at work, or any myriad of different scenarios when it’s impossible to read written works. This has easily increased my reading each month tenfold.

Chatbooks Remember when scrapbooking was all the rage? I do and yes, I scrapbooked my little heart out. Now I have other priorities, but I still want to remember the fun times I have with my family. Chatbooks has easily solved this problem for me. Every 100 photos I post to my social media account they send me a nice 10”x10” photo book complete with the captions I added for just $10. Worried about privacy? Me too, so I set my pictures so that only I can see them on facebook and the Chatbooks still keep coming.

They also have one of the best commercials of all time

Rainy Mood If I’m writing this is my go-to background noise. There’s always been something about rain that inspires me to write.

Emily’s Workouts FREE! Great workouts that don’t bother my lower back trouble spots. Emily Skye incorporates weights with HIIT, none of the horrendous cardio crap that I loathe so much. She has changed the way I exercise and the way I look in my exercise clothes J

Prime Photos FREE, UNLIMITED! If you have an Amazon Prime membership, this is included. While it does have a limit for video storage, you can save all the millions of photos you capture in one place. I use Prime Photos as my cloud backup for our photos. Should my house ever burn down to the ground or my computer delete everything, I’ll have my photos securely backed up here.


Nothing currently because I’ve been listening to audiobooks.


How about you? What are you watching, reading, or what has inspired you this past month?


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