July Nuggets of Inspiration and Wisdom

July Nuggets of Inspiration & Wisdom

Hello survivors <3

It’s been another month of ups and downs, but I managed to get a few things accomplished.


What’s new at Surviving Life’s Curveballs

I’ve completed the read through of my book edits. I can’t say enough how important an editor is. Without Ann, my story would have fallen flat.



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

This book is the main reason my reading decreased this month. After listening to it once as an audiobook, I purchased the print version and now I am studying everything shared within its pages. Several chapters apply directly to struggles within my own household: ADHD, Anxiety, and Dyslexia. Gail offers scientific research, case studies, and historical examples of our heroes who had these differences and still went on to change the course of history. While it is ridiculous to assume all people with OCD could be the next Sir Isaac Newton or all with ADHD could be the next Einstein, it is incredibly valuable to learn how the parents/mentors of these people helped guide these extraordinary humans into fields they found their strengths.

This Could Change Everything by Jill Mansell

With one fateful email Evie is fired, dumped, and kicked out of her apartment. Who would do something so cruel? What will she do now?

Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Terese is a highly intelligent young woman who suffers from bipolar disorder and to complicate matters more she is a Native American. Holding nothing back, Terese pulls back the veil and exposes the complicated truths of her, and our own, deepest thoughts, feelings, fears. This book is only for those who have the courage to face the hardest parts of our own humanity head-on.

The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel

I had no idea NASA was chauvinist during the space race. Being a born well after and having visited The Kennedy Space Center a few years back I assumed NASA had always been this melting pot of gender and culture, every striving to bring diversity together for the benefit of solving complex problems. Well, that could not have been further from the truth in the 1960’s. Astronaut wives were expected to be June Cleaver perfect, handle the press with grace, support their husbands without burdening them with home stressors, and mind perfect children. All while watching their husbands strap into bombs heading into space. This book brought about a great deal of emotion and I would highly recommend it.

I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshis

My sons and I have come to really enjoy this series. When we get into the car this is what they ask to listen to.

I Survived Hurricane Katrina by Lauren Tarshis

I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic by Lauren Tarshis

I Survived the Bombing of Pearl Harbor by Lauren Tarshis

Still Working on

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTTs7ewuDY8

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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