Life isn’t always easy. For me it is always like a roller-coaster. You have your ups and your downs and sometimes you feel totally upside down. Unlike a roller-coaster though, in life you have forks in the road that can lead to different avenues and life changing events. I have dealt with the loss of close friends and family members, but have also gained some along the way. I have had to make some diffi cult decisions that would change my life forever. This book is the story of my life so far. There are many strange, funny and challenging events that have happened along the way. I have written about a few lessons I have learned either from other people or the hard way. Hopefully by reading this story you can relate, laugh, be dumbfounded, or even learn something. I hope you enjoy reading about this adventure that I call my life.
Are you working harder than ever but feel like you’re accomplishing less? Does your morning routine make chickens running around headless look sane? Is your deepest sense of calm found in the bathroom with the door locked? Do you check social media more than five times per day? Per hour? Author, speaker, and actor Nicole Johnson knows what it’s like to feel as if you’re drowning in crazy. When she couldn’t catch her breath or stay awake long enough to talk with her husband, let alone God, she sought to find new ways of “being” in her life. Creating Calm in the Center of Crazy is a voice of possibility and peace for women seeking to find a calm spiritual center in a crazy, runaway world. As a wife and mom of young children herself, Nicole recognized that life had become out of control. And, with the help of a crisis, she started her journey to create the very calm she was craving. Nicole’s voice is authentic, humorous, and practical, and at the same time deeply spiritual and real. She brings rich storytelling together with her desire to find calm, and in the process discovers a deeper faith. Her personal story grounds the book as she abandons mere tips and tricks (and the empty promises of time saving apps), to explore new practices — like creating a room of her own, setting technology boundaries, rediscovering the spiritual disciplines of quiet and still (they’re not bad words) — and then extending those practices to provide a safer, stronger refuge for calm to dwell. Nicole’s journey is shared with relatable stories, insightful help, and practical ideas that explore the inner life of a recovering crazy busy woman finding her way to calm and a deeper relationship with God.
At the age of 56, competitive bodybuilder and personal trainer Leo Costa, Jr. suffered three strokes over the course of three weeks. His amazing recovery defied doctors’ expectations, but the real surprise was what Leo learned about himself during this journey. He shares these insights in Three Strokes in Three Weeks Saved My Life, a compelling and transformative story about Leo’s rediscovery of himself. He uses the wake-up call of having three strokes in three weeks to ask himself, “What was I doing wrong, and why was I doing it?” Looking back over his life, Leo recalls how his scrappy childhood on a family dairy farm allowed him to excel in a variety of competitive sports, which led to a successful career as a bodybuilder, fitness professional, entrepreneur, and spokesperson. Along the way, he learns how to question his choices to better understand his own behavior. Throughout the process, he shares the tools he himself used to bounce back from failure and adversity. Three Strokes in Three Weeks will help you learn how to rebound from failure, bolster your ability to believe in yourself, and teach you how to harness your thoughts to change your behavior for the better.
9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life
Author: Crystal Paine
Pubpsher: Thomas Nelson
Calling the super busy, the stressed out, the overtired. You know you're made for a more fulfilling life. With this book, you’ll know where to start. You wake up tired. Your to-do list is too long. The commitments—and the laundry—are piling up, but your energy keeps dwindling. You feel like you're simply making it through the days, not living or enjoying any part of them. In Say Goodbye to Survival Mode, you'll find both practical ideas and big-picture perspective that will inspire you to live life on purpose. As a wife, mother of three, and founder of the wildly successful blog MoneySavingMom.com, Crystal Paine has walked the road from barely surviving to living with intention. With the warmth and candor of a dear friend, she shares what she's learned along the way, helping you: feel healthier and more energetic by setting priorities and boundaries eliminate stress with savvy management of your time, money, and home get more done by setting realistic goals and embracing discipline rediscover your passions—and the confidence to pursue them Packed with straightforward solutions you'll use today and inspirational stories you'll remember for years, Say Goodbye to Survival Mode is a must for any woman who's ever longed for the freedom to enjoy life, not just survive it.
Release on 2006-06-20 | by Truman G. Packard,Cristian C. Baeza
Protecting Households from Health Shocks in Latin America
Author: Truman G. Packard,Cristian C. Baeza
Pubpsher: World Bank Publications
'Beyond Survival' breaks new ground in the ongoing debate about health finance and financial protection from the costs of health care. The evidence and discussion support the need to consider financial protection, in addition to health status, as a policy objective when setting priorities for health systems. This book reviews the Latin American experience with health reform in the last 20 years and the fundamentals of health system financing, using new evidence to show the magnitude and mechanisms that determine the impoverishing effects of health events (diseases, accidents, and those of the life cycle). It provides options for policy makers on how to protect, and help household to protect themselves,against this impoverishment. The authors use empirical evidence from six case studies commissioned for this report, on Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Honduras, and Mexico. This book provides policy makers with a solid conceptual basis for decisions on the contents of mandatory health insurance benefit packages, choices of financing mechanisms, and the roles of public policy in this field. 'Beyond Survival' provides an in-depth analysis of, and organizational alternatives for, risk pooling and health insurance for financial protection. It analyzes the urgent need to extend risk pooling to the informal sector, the challenges for current social insurance arrangements, and options for policy makers to effectively extend risk pooling to the informal sector.
Congratulations, graduate! You did it! You’re finally out on your own. But as you walk off the stage and into the Real World, you’re going to need more than a diploma to survive. Suddenly, for the first time, you’re facing questions like… How do I get a job? What do I do with all this laundry? What’s a “major”—and how do I pick one? How do I go grocery shopping? And what’s for dinner? What’s a budget, anyway— and do I need one? How do I set up a bank account? Where should I live? Don’t panic, help is on the way! Author Autumn McAlpin gives you the common-sense advice and reassurance you’ll need to tackle just about any challenge with style, grace, and enough humor to make the whole thing fun. From cap and gown to total independence, Real World 101 is the only graduate guide you’ll ever need! Autumn McAlpin is a humor and entertainment columnist for the Orange County Register. A former high school teacher, she knows how unprepared some high school graduates are for the real world— and has taken matters into her own hands! With her sharp wit and hilarious anecdotes, she is a favorite speaker for youth audiences.
Work Smarter, Reduce Your Stress, and Lead by Example
Author: Steve McClatchy
Pubpsher: John Wiley & Sons
Category: Business & Economics
How to make better decisions and achieve your goals What shapes a person's career and life, and defines them as a leader? Their decisions. We all want to be more productive and deliver our best results. But doing this effectively—and consistently over time—is a significant challenge. Managing it all is hard, and leading in today's hyper-paced world is even harder. The good news is that leadership expert Steve McClatchy makes it easier. In Decide, McClatchy—who works with Fortune 1000 people every day to help them achieve outstanding levels of performance—shows you how to cut through the complexities and excuses to start realizing real gains simply by changing one thing: the way you make decisions. With McClatchy's help, you can quickly begin to: Use the time you have each day to move your business and your life forward Make decisions that yield better results Waste less time, reduce stress and regain balance Again and again, McClatchy has helped people learn for themselves how great decision-making habits yield a lifetime of accomplishments. Follow McClatchy's no-nonsense and practical approach, and you'll soon manage—and even lead—at your highest level of personal performance.
Equip yourself with SOFTWARE PROJECT SURVIVAL GUIDE. It's for everyone with a stake in the outcome of a development project--and especially for those without formal software project management training. That includes top managers, executives, clients, investors, end-user representatives, project managers, and technical leads. Here you'll find guidance from the acclaimed author of the classics CODE COMPLETE and RAPID DEVELOPMENT. Steve McConnell draws on solid research and a career's worth of hard-won experience to map the surest path to your goal--what he calls "one specific approach to software development that works pretty well most of the time for most projects." Nineteen chapters in four sections cover the concepts and strategies you need for mastering the development process, including planning, design, management, quality assurance, testing, and archiving. For newcomers and seasoned project managers alike, SOFTWARE PROJECT SURVIVAL GUIDE draws on a vast store of techniques to create an elegantly simplified and reliable framework for project management success. So don't worry about wandering among complex sets of project management techniques that require years to sort out and master. SOFTWARE PROJECT SURVIVAL GUIDE goes straight to the heart of the matter to help your projects succeed. And that makes it a required addition to every professional's bookshelf.
There is life after a failed relationship, as long as you Don't Call That Man!. In this inspirational, revolutionary guide to letting go and moving on after the trauma of a breakup, psychotherapist Rhonda Findling teaches women how to triumph over the almost obsessive urge to pick up the phone. With its prescriptive, easy-to-follow approach, Don't Call That Man! is an indispensable tool for weathering the pain of heartbreak. It features simple exercises that provide an emotional outlet for a difficult process; charts that schedule free time away from the telephone; and much more, including: Moving on from a ruined relationship What is an ambivalent man, and how do you get over him? Mothers, fathers and men Building and using a support system The 10-Step program to not call that man Step-by-step, from heartache to healing, Don't Call That Man! is a map on how to heal the pain of a lost love; how to overcome feelings of neediness and desperation; and above all, how to regain focus on what's important and it's not calling that man. It's the perfect book to embrace on the way to a new and more gratifying relationship.