tiny beautiful things was such a lovely, touching, soul stirring read. Cheryl Strayed is a beautiful writer. She also seems to be the kind of person that gives it to you straight no chaser. I love her compassion and ability to empathize with the people who have written to her for advice regarding some very difficult and moving situations. Such candor and perspective is rare to come by. This is a book I would certainly read again.
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
I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude lately so the title of this book caught my eye. Oliver Sacks wrote this book at the end of his life….at 80 years old. His perspective on his own life inspired me. At 80, he was grateful for a sound mind along with other things. He noted his regret of time wasted which I think about all the time…maximizing time. So many gems in this short read.
I am always looking for ways to leverage my strengths and improve my opportunities. I was drawn to this book, not to find my strengths, but rather validate what I thought they were. For the most part, I am quite self aware 🙂 This books lists “34 Themes and ideas for Action”. Mine are: (more…)
212: The Extra Degree is a motivating read. Here is the premise of the book:
“At 211 degrees, water is HOT, at 212 degrees it BOILS. And with boiling water, comes steaming steam can power a locomotive.”
It provides all type of stats and insight on the benefits that come from going the extra mile. A nice book when you need to be reminded of why you hustle or when you need to give that one last push toward your goal. Check it out.
My bestie has been raving about this book and lent it to me. I (along with all of hip hop) have a lot of respect for Angie Martinez and her work. I’m only a couple chapters in to this memoir and already loving her story.