Summer is a break for some. Teacher and other education related professionals have certainly earned it. But for some of us, it is a time to get things done. The days are longer, the weather is beautiful for hiking, biking and swimming, and the scent of BBQ grills is everywhere. Regardless of these distractions, I still have a list. Some are fun activities: hike to Horsetooth Rock. Some are chores: clean out the black hole of a coat closet. And some are professional: read six middle grade books.
In an essence, it is time for a mid-year check-in on those New Year’s Resolutions. Let’s be honest. How are they coming?
Whatever you hope to accomplish this summer, here are several books to help stay on target with goals and dreams:
Be the Architect of Your Life by Karen Otis: In our modern world, so many people are battling unhappiness and dissatisfaction in their lives. Karen Otis, architect and author, delivers a groundbreaking new approach to designing and re-building your life with the creative ingenuity she has used in architecture for decades. By extending her “Architectural Method” to life-building, she reveals a completely new way of thinking where the results are profound, unexpected, life-changing, and transformational. Otis shows you how to take the architectural method of creativity and decision making and project it onto your own life to find direction and fluidity to spiritually “awaken your soul” to a life rich in inspiration and joy.
Whether you are unhappy or unfulfilled with your personal life, your relationships, or your career, this Method holds the answers to change all that. Her eight steps and thoughtful exercises unleash your power to take the mundane and make it meaningful; the expected, and make it memorable.
Rather than r-e-a-c-t-i-n-g to life, you can begin c-r-e-a-t-i-n-g your life.
Working on Your Now (WOYN) by Lori Beard-Daily is a guide to help you plan your life’s course, no matter what stage you are in on your journey. Within its pages you will discover how to take ownership of what WOYN means to you, what WOYN looks like to you, and how you will embrace your WOYN. It provides a solution for how to get started when you are not sure where to begin. It is a wake-up call to your senses. It does not have all your answers, but it does give insight into many of your questions. This book is not intended to be a quick fix that will inspire you for a moment and then have you go back to your same routine after you’ve finished reading it. This book is a thinking book. It is a doing book. In other words, you think about what you want in life, and then you go out and do it! YOU make it happen.
So, are you ready? It’s time to start WOYN!
The Motivated Job Search by Brian E. Howard: If you’re looking at this book, chances are you are currently looking for a job and you understand that in today’s market, being successful in a job search takes more than just having a resume. Finding the right opportunity takes action on your part and knowing the actions to take can put you in the right place at the right time. This book will help.
The Motivated Job Search covers meaningful topics like how to correctly prepare for a job search, profiling your next job, understanding the employer’s mind, branding, elevator speech, success stories, LinkedIn, networking, social media, and how to penetrate the hidden job market, along with a myriad of useful job search tools not otherwise written about in other job search books.
The book promotes a self-motivated job search approach where you proactively engage the job market and employers in meaningful ways that result in job offers!
In He Said, She Said, I Said, couples’ counselor Barbara J. Peters breaks down possible perceptions and misconceptions in seven key relationship areas: communication, trust, forgiveness, intimacy, acceptance, friendship, and love, by using common sense, wisdom, and some professional advice to open up the possibility for a different approach.
All books by BQB and WriteLife Publishing are available on Amazon, B&N, or can be ordered from your favorite local bookstore.