Book Review: Practical Mindfulness by Ken A. Verni

Genre: Self Help, Spiritual
Format : Hardcover
Rating : 5/5 stars

This is a very good handbook for someone who wants to start practicing mindfulness and incorporate that into their lives. It offers a comprehensive guide and a step by step method in learning to be mindful and applying it daily. I’ve practiced some of the methods given and so far it has been useful and applicable.

I love the later section in the book which provided ways to practice mindfulness and applying it in life’s situation like learning a subject, facing exams, dealing with crisis, teaching it to children and etc.

The topics are conveyed in a compact manner spread across 2 pages yet contained profound wisdom.
I love the snippets of notes/tips that spreads across the pages which augmented the facts and doesn’t break the flow.

The Only Thing I Want for Christmas

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Tall Christmas tree in a mall

Merry Christmas folks!

When the department stores are decked out with pine trees and snowy trinkets, the weather didn’t get any colder — because it’s a tropical country here — yet what it signified was, the end of year is near.

As I gathered my thoughts for a review of 2016 and plans for 2017, I wanted to share something I’ve learned for the past few days, and also some pretty photos I’ve snapped.

This Christmas I learned that instead of gifting physical gifts, why don’t we do something for a change and start to gift “experience”.

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Glittering red baubles

Let’s give our loved ones something they can remember us by, gifts like preparing a home cook meal, a dinner for two, spa indulgence time, watch a comedy together, be healthy and exercise together, pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been missing or just spending time chatting with closed ones over a pot of tea.

These “experiences” helped create unique memories together with the people who matter most in the festive season and what could be better than receiving gift items that we sometimes may not want, right? 🙂

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Pretty shining gold baubles

How would you spend your Christmas with your loved ones?

If only I have more time to write…

If you’re not a full-time writer, or if your day is so full of other tasks that you have little time to write, consider these alternative questions: if you could step into a machine that gave you more time, how would you structure your day? What would you write with this extra time?

Let’s say I was granted extra time to write everyday.

Let’s say 2 hours.

1 hour will be used to gather ideas by:

  • Going through the list of books I’ve read but haven’t reviewed
  • Daily prompts for writing inspiration
  • Checking out comments on my blog for inspiration
  • Checking out what other bloggers write, read & comment to spark ideas
  • Enroll in Bloggin U. courses like this one I’m taking now
  • Bookish events I did recently

And of course the next hour to write away! 🙂

And then I can write everyday!

But then by the end of 2 hours I will find that time is never enough!

True story… T_T

May Updates

Wiping the dust off of my blog, it has been sporadic updates now and then… mostly about books.

Life was getting busy when I started working months ago and the rest of my free time was dedicated to prepping for my music exams and family. I still find time to read though.

I’ve had several books read but haven’t got their reviews written. I noticed that I need space and time to be able to write, my mind gets tired. And when I really have the time and mood, I write — here.

I’m going to change things up a bit in my Book Events category. Instead of posting heads up for the event, I’m going to post my visit and experience to any of the book sales, followed by my catch of the day — book haul 🙂

I shall have more time when July is over.

Till then I will still write occasionally.

Thank you so much for visiting now and then whenever my blog posts went up :D. I’ll try to visit you whenever possible. Oh I miss the days when I could blog and read blogs whole day.

 

 

 

Book Review: Peace Cottage by Lisa Kent

Genre : Contemporary Romance
Format : eBook
Rating : 5/5 stars

Thank you NetGalley and publisher Curiosity Quills Press for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a book that’s really quaint and peaceful, just like the title suggested. Peace Cottage is the perfect book if you want to read something warm, cozy and touching.

The book is about Lucy, a mother of two teenage daughters having to face life after she lost her husband to a tragic illness. Broken in her life and shunned by the community of her hometown after a decision she and her family made, Lucy decided to move out with her daughters Delia and Saffy in search for a new place to stay and start anew.

She found a place in East Winsett, Maine and rented a cottage in the woods. The cottage was beyond filthy when they started out but after some cleaning effort they began to appreciate its charm.  But the previous condition of the cottage and its mysterious and reserved owner kept Lucy wondering the history of the cottage.

Lisa Kent’s writing is exquisite. Her writing stirred the emotions of facing the loss of a partner and home, coping with the absence of happiness, parenting two teenage daughters about to step into adulthood, healing and addressing the pain and the greatest of all the hope to find love again.

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Camera Lucida — Autumn Lane

I wish to have experienced autumn at least once in my life.

I could picture the wondrous scenery of nature changing colours into various shades of brown, orange and leaving the last hint of green behind.

While there’s no autumn in Malaysia, here’s a picture of a decoration flower which has colours that would make me imagine a sweet romantic autumn.

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In response to this week’s Camera Lucida — Autumn Lane

Sunshine Bloggers Award!

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Last post to end a day of awards 🙂
Thank you so much for reading today!

I am grateful and humbled to be presented the Sunshine Bloggers Award by a new friend Marje who blogs at Kyrosmagica. We share interests on books, writing and reviews, do check out her cool blog!

As I dug through it seemed that this award does not have a specific badge, most of the participants create their own. So I created this yellow sun using Canva, please feel free to use it 🙂

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