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Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Book Review: The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene BrownBy Christy Schutz

I just finished a wonderful book by Ph.D., L.M.S.W., Brene Brown, called The Gifts of Imperfection. Apparently her book has been around for some time (it was published in 2010), but I only very recently discovered it, colorfully displayed on an end cap at my local Barnes and Noble. Even after purchasing it several months ago, the book escaped my attention a little longer, as it sat among the never-ending stack of books I continuously keep on my bedside table. I finally dusted it off and stuck it in my carry-on, assigning it the duty of airplane reading as I headed up North to visit my husband’s family over his birthday weekend. Little did I know then that I would get stuck on a flight and be forced to stay overnight in Charlotte and that I would have plenty of time to get deeply into it and even finish it before the weekend was through.

There are some valuable lessons I learned in the book that I think applies very well to our Work at Home Woman lives. So, I wanted to dedicate today’s post to a quick review of the book and encourage you to pick it up for yourself.

First of all, I was immediately taken by Dr. Brene Brown. She begins the book by talking about how she found herself in the midst of this life changing epiphany. She had spent years as a researcher studying the effects of shame. (more…)

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6 Business Books to Read This Summer

6 Business Books to Read This SummerBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Where has this school year gone?! In the next couple of weeks my daughter will be out of school and summer will be upon us. While I have our vacation plans mapped out and my daughter’s camp activities booked — I haven’t had much time for focusing on myself. Fortunately, Amazon makes it so easy to do some quick research that I was able to find some fantastic reads for this summer.

So whether you’ll be traveling the world, lounging by the pool, or enjoying some quiet time at home while the kiddos are off at camp — make sure to stock up on some good books to help cultivate your mind and spirit over the summer months.

Here are 6 books that are on my reading list this summer.

Dale Carnegie – How to Win Friend and Influence People

This has been on my reading list for a long time. It was first published in 1937 and has since sold 15 million copies. Especially in this digital age where personal connections are lost, we can all benefit from Dale’s networking and relationship building techniques. This book gets 4 1/2 stars on Amazon and is only $2.99 for a Kindle copy.

Lois Frankel – Nice Girls Don’t Get Rich: 75 Avoidable Mistakes Women Make with Money

For some reason, this title rubs me the wrong way. Perhaps it’s because I consider myself a nice girl. Anyway …  I was at the book store when I stumbled upon this book. (more…)

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Looking for a Dose of Inspiration… Read Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred The Fire

Book Review Simply ShineBy Holly Reisem Hanna

Last month I got to explore what comes in a consultant starter kit, specifically for Tastefully Simple. Unlike many starter kits, the Business Blast Off Kit® comes with a special gift for new consultants; consisting of some key food items and a copy of Jill Blashack Strahan’s book, Simply Shine: Stories That Stirred The Fire.

On the surface this seems like a nice way to welcome new consultants to the company, but upon reading Jill’s book it’s so much more. Jills’ story of adversity and triumph is  just the sort of wisdom that a new consultant or business owner needs to hear when they’re embarking on their own entrepreneurial journey.

When you go into business, whether it’s a direct sales opportunity or your own personal startup, there are going to be times when you feel lost, alone, and utterly down in the dumps. It will be during these times that your passion, perseverance, and persistence will be tested. Often when we look at other successful entrepreneurs, we feel like their success came easy. That they’re smarter, wiser, more outgoing, have better connections, or are just plain lucky. The truth is every entrepreneur faces challenging times. (more…)

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6 Books Every Work at Home Woman Needs to Read This Summer

By Holly Reisem Hanna

As the school year winds down, I find myself loading up my Kindle with some summer time reads. Whether you’ll be traveling by car, plane, or just sitting by the pool this summer, make sure to stock up on some good books to help cultivate your mind and spirit over the summer months. A few of these are newer titles, but many of them have been around for quite some time, so you maybe able to find them at your local used book store.

Happiness ProjectThe Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

A few months ago, a friend sent me an inspirational blog post from Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. After I read it, I was immediately intrigued by the project and her book, so I bought it and read it within a week. Even the positive people experience periods of apathy, indifference, or gloom, but the key is to get into the right mindset. In this book Gretchen does just that by chronicling her own happiness project – which is a journey to finding the positive and uplifting in life. Inspiring and motivational, this book can definitely put you in better spirits. And as a bonus, Gretchen has templates and quizzes on her blog to guide you with your own happiness project. (more…)

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Book Review: The Essentials of Fabulous

By Holly Reisem Hanna

Recently I was approached to review Ellen Lubin-Sherman’s book, The Essentials of Fabulous. While I don’t take on too many reviews now days, I decided to take this one on, because after all who doesn’t want to be fabulous?!

When I received the book, I didn’t know who Ellen Lubin-Sherman was. As it turns out, Ellen got her start in business delivering gossip news to Liz Smith, a popular gossip columnist. Later in her career, Ellen worked as a consultant for top communication firms advising brands like Gap, Martha Stewart and Perrier Water. Today Ellen continues to coach, consult, and speak to companies and businesses on how to be fabulous.

While most days I feel pretty “fabulous”, I was curious to see what Ellen had to say on the subject. The Essentials of Fabulous is broken down into 11 chapters, each discussing a different attribute of fabulous people. As I read through the book, I found myself nodding my head in agreement, that yes these are definitely characteristics of truly fabulous individuals. And while I’m not going to discuss every attribute, I did want to mention a couple that really resonated with me. (more…)

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