Personal Growth

Read Write Create

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I’ve been looking for fun, creative ways to celebrate the completion of my reading challenge.  Additionally, I wanted to inspire myself to keep with my writing this year.  I love surrounding myself with words and writing.  For years, I’ve thought about getting a tattoo incorporating words.  After playing around with a variety of different fonts, I got the suggestion to use my own handwriting.  I did and loved it.  Instead of a simple circle, I thought about using a wine stain.  Then I was invited to a tattoo expo… (more…)

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Journaling: Think. Say. WRITE. Do.

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I’ve had a long love affair for reading and writing.  In high school and even more so in college I used to write all of my thoughts and brainstorms into a composition notebook.  If you’re anything like me with thoughts running through your mind all day long, journaling (and meditation!) will help you leverage those thoughts.  Here are my favorite benefits of journaling:  (more…)

Books to Launch Your 2017

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“New year, New you” is mocked these days on social media because often times we don’t maintain our resolutions.  Still, I am a believer in the power of goal setting.  Few things motivate me more than dreaming, planning, and mapping out my accomplishments this time of year.  True I didn’t accomplish everything in 2016, I certainly feel the growth and difference a year can make.  Often what I read says a lot about me and my focus.  Here I share with you books I’ve read or will read to improve my health (mental and physical), finances, professional ambitions, productivity and more.   (more…)

It’s Official: 112 Books

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Excited to share that I’ve completed the reading of my 112th book this year! *throws glitter*  I’ve been an avid reader since a child and I decided to stretch myself on my 38th birthday (1/12/16) to read 112 books before my next birthday and I’m done nice and early!  Y’all: I’ve read almost 30 THOUSAND pages in 2016. That’s a lot of words lol!  For my 112th read I picked another book written by a book lover and avid reader.  I’ve enjoyed reading about reading. Funny how this writer relates books to his life. I’ve gone through so many highs and lows this year and reading through it all has been the best birthday gift I could have ever given myself.  I am happy to have completed the challenge. So happy!  But I am not done reading, never done reading or learning.  I have also always been a writer and I feel this light to write burning inside of me. I can’t wait to share more with you about what I’ve learned from doing this 112 Books challenge.  Thank you for starting this journey with me! 

-J

Book 100: Ego is the Enemy

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Well guys its official.  I have read 100 books this year.  I only have 12 books to read between now and my birthday on January 12, 2017.  I didn’t know when I selected Ego is the Enemy to be my 100th read that I would get so much perspective about this journey of reading and blogging about reading 112 Books.

Many things stood out to me about this book but one that really struck me was the section under Aspire. This section called out a lot of things for me such as talking about what you are going to do versus doing it first then sharing if you must.  I think I am pretty action oriented, but something hit me like a ton of bricks after reading the Aspire section:  (more…)

Together is Better

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I am embarking on a different journey at work and a very inspirational leader gave me this book as a gift.  First because he knows how much I love reading and this book was written and designed (down to even the smell) for people who love to read. Second, because we (he and I) are on this professional journey together.  The message is simple, yet implicit: Together is Better.  I appreciated the time I took to slow down on a Monday and give this a read over a latte.  “If you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together.” -African Proverb
-Jeanita

The Concept of Grit

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Genius or Hard Work?  Cue Allen Iverson: “We talking bout practice?”

This book makes a compelling case about the value and benefit of hard work.  Psychologist and author Angela Duckworth profiles subjects from all walks of life: sports, business, education and more. Think of all those people thriving at the top of their game-you may be surprised at how they really got there.  This book argues a particular factor that separates those who excel and those who do not. Excellent vs Average could possibly be boiled down to one trait if you will… (more…)