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Book Review: The $100 Startup

Just finished reading The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau. I really need to stop reading all of these start up books. They say alot of the same stuffs. If I am really going to start something, I should just do it and stop reading and procrastinating. Right? Right. Anyway, Chris is super engaging and it was a great read!

Likes: It was a quick read. (When I found time to actually read it.) It was a very engaging read. He had some great tips and advice. He shared stories from real people. Real failures and successes. It was encouraging without being too peppy or anything. Haha. It was very practical. Loved it.

Dislikes: It was a lot of what I had read before. If you are just now going into reading about starting your own business, then start with this one. If not, he says a lot of the same things I have been reading already.

Overall, it was a really great read. He was super practical and super knowledgeable. Start at this book before you read others. There you go!

Sorry, I’m feeling short and to the point right now. My mind is in a billion different places.
July of 2013 is coming to an end. That means this challenge is coming to an end and I have failed miserably. Life just sometimes gets the best of you. I will hopefully have one more book to add before the end of the challenge but obviously not finishing the whole thing. I will read all of the books and keep you updated on when this challenge is actually complete. I still have yet to even finish the list. How terrible am I at keep this challenge?!

I have some short challenges on my to do list on pinterest and so I think I will try a few short ones and then maybe try a 52 weeks challenge again. If I can’t finish something the first time, I tend to be restless until I actually do finish it so it will happen at some point.  But anyway, I got a new camera and so it is only fitting that for the month of August, I am going to do a picture challenge that I found on pinterest. Stay tuned for more challenge awesomeness!

See ya!

Ashley

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Book Review: I Brake For Yard Sales

I read I Brake For Yard Sales maybe about two weeks ago. It is written by Laura Spencer. She has been on a bunch of tv shows like Antique Roadshow and Good Morning America and whatnot. Honestly, I had never heard of her until I read the book lol. Oops. Anyway, it was really a cute little book. An easy read. I read it in a matter of less than 10 hours. I think less than 6 even. Lots of pictures and fun little tips!

Likes: I really loved some of her ideas. Loved loved loved some of her decor. Some of her finds were just amazing! She also was a great communicator. Easy to read and follow along. She did not jump all over the place, which was nice. Again, great pictures!

Dislikes: She was very focused on glam and a “clubby” feel. If you haven’t noticed, that is most definitely not the look I am going for. Glam or “clubby” does not really described my lifestyle. Lol! I wish she had shown other styles, but she lives in LA and that is more her style. 

Overall: I really enjoyed the book! She had great ideas and inspired me a little to mix and match with my own decor. I am definitely looking forward to having some fun with my own space! You should definitely check the book out! It is a fun read!

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Book Review: In Defense of Food

I finished reading Wild and In Defense of Food in the same day. Two completely different books but both of them are super awesome. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan is talking about how America has gotten away from real food and traded it for nutritionism. It talks about how we have traded whole foods for nutrients. He also shows other cultures living today who eat diets who are richer in whole foods and who are not focusing on nutrients. It is a pretty educational read, not going to lie.

Pros: He had some very convincing points. It makes you want to eat better foods and not eat the massive amount of processed foods that are just complete crap for our bodies. True, it can be kind of a dry book at times but it is a very good read and I enjoyed the book immensely. We have gotten so far away from the way we used to eat and it is showing in our physical activity and in our body shapes and healthiness. There are so many diseases that could be prevented if we just ate better. There are so many health problems that could be avoided if we just ate better, and whole foods instead of seeking out nutrients.

Cons: It got kind of dry sometimes. Thankfully, I ended up listening to it on audiobook and so it was easier to keep going with the book. There were a lot of stats sometimes and that can definitely get a little old. But sometimes it also helped to make the point.

Overall, I would recommend reading this book. It was  great! It would give anyone something to think about when it comes to your diet. It would give anyone good enough reason to switch over to whole foods instead of nutrients.

Have you read In Defense of Food? What did you think?

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Book Review: Wild

I just finished reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed. This is a book about one lady’s journey on the Pacific Crest Trail after a particularly difficult time in her life. It is the story of a journey of self discovery and healing. She shares her experiences and the people that she met along the way. She shares her ups and her downs and you can almost feel all of those emotions with her. 

Pros: It was an awesome story! It really made me want to hike the Appalachian Trail that much more! She showed some of the reality of hiking that long of a trail. She did not sugar coat the downs and she showed her exuberance at the really awesome moments! She enjoyed life and did not push things out that she was trying to heal out of the way. 

Cons: She was not educated enough about what she needed and the realities of hiking the trail. She made stupid mistakes. This may just be the REI Sales Associate talking in me, but I can’t tell you how frustrated I got several times when she was talking about her gear or other experiences. I felt like the end is kind of rushed. She focused on the details too much in part of the book and then rushed the end. 

Overall, I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed her story and it made me that much more excited to hike the Appalachian Trail later on down the line!

Have you read Wild? What did you think of it?

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So many thoughts…

As I am reading this book, or should I say inhaling this book, (I have not out it down except to go to work tonight) there are so many things just running through my head. I do not think that I have ever been nearly this talkative with anyone about my thoughts about this book and the idea and convictions I have moving to Denver in three weeks. I have lived a life of keep to myself and just do what I do to get by over the last year. I hate to admit, but I am being honest. My relationship with God has kind of bottomed out. My relationship with my hubby has felt the effects of it. (Yes, even as a newlywed. :P) I know that my relationship with him and my relationship with others would become that much better if I were to actually be the kind of Christian that I am supposed to be.

I have always had a heart for serving people. I guess that comes from me being a woman but that also comes from the burden God has placed on my heart for those less fortunate than I am. I always wanted to go on as many missions trips as I could and I always wanted to help where I could. I have not been actively pursuing such services lately and it is breaking my heart while I am reading this book. I waste so much and consume so much as an American Christian when my brothers and sisters around the world have so little.

I love what Jen said in Month three which if I remember correctly was possessions, “When you’re desperate, usually the best news you can receive is food, water, shelter. These provisions communicate God’s presence infinitely more than a tract or Christian performance in the local park. They convey, ‘God loves you so dearly, He sent people to your rescue.’ I guess that’s why ‘love people’ is the second command next to ‘love God.’ And since God’s reputation is hopelessly linked to His followers’ behavior, I suspect He wouldn’t be stuck with His current rap if we spent our time loving others and stocking their cabinets.” Dude, if I can be honest, we suck at that.

We have a ministry at our church where we have a food pantry for the less fortunate in our area. It is such a great ministry and a lot of these people regularly come through and we get to not only meet their physical needs but we get to build relationships with them and share the love of Jesus with them. I love this ministry but I wish that the church would get just as excited to help them as well! Not just the church I attend but also the church around the country. We need to stop sitting on our nice squishy couches and help those who do not have couches or homes for that matter. We are all God’s children and we need to not hold on so tightly to our luxuries (and as American’s we all have luxuries as much as we hate to admit it.) and let God use them because they are His to begin with.

That is something that I want to not only challenge myself with but also you who are reading this. No matter where you are in your life, let God use you and your junk (her phrase, not mine) for His purposes and His glory. I told I could just keep going and going. I have kept my hubby up two nights in a row now talking about my challenges and desires from reading this book. When we move, I really want to use my home (as I said before) as a place for people, any people, to crash if they need a place to stay. It is His house. He will give us the money to have said home and I want to use that home to be the temporary home for His people. I meant that is what we are called to do right? Love His people? I want to figure out my role in putting hands and feet to the Gospel instead of just going to church and talking about it.

Anyway, I will most likely have more tomorrow. I should stop for the night before I bore you all to tears if you have kept reading thus far. If you have any thoughts, questions or what have you, please feel free to talk to me!

See ya!

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New Section Coming Soon!

Hey guys,

So, as I mentioned in my previous post, I love to read! I decided to embark on a challenge starting July first to read 52 books (that is one a week) from July 1 2012- July 1, 2013. I have five books on my list. That is only enough to get me through the first month.

If you have any good recommendations that fall under these categories please let me know!

~ Food
~ Eating In as opposed to Eating out
~ Green Living
~ Hiking
~Climbing
~ Wilderness
~ Living our your Christianity
~ Knitting
~ Crocheting (I want to attempt to learn how to crochet I think)
~ Urban gardening
~ Whole foods
~ handmade

Or if you have great suggestions that don’t fall into those categories, I would love to hear those too!
Those just tend to be what I am inclined to lately, but I would love any suggestions!
I am going to put up another page starting July 1st of my reading list (or what I have compiled already) and then after I finish each book I will post my thoughts and maybe even challenges that I got from the book!

Thanks!

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