Sunday, February 21, 2016

Video Shoot for Cindy Clemens

There is no greater blessing than the gift of being able to work with people you truly love and admire.  That's why I was so excited when Life Coach Cindy Clemens invited me to shoot and edit a video for her website

The video shoot was held on a beautiful Saturday morning at Red Mountain Spa. A number of women showed up to learn more about Cindy's Recipe for Joy.

The Joy workshop is one of Cindy's newest classes from her Injoy Life program. Split into three sections, the program helps people to Return to Joy, Live from Joy and Launch with Joy.  To that end, Cindy had participants at the Saturday workshop craft their own pink Joy boxes in which to store their hopes, dreams and joys!

To help people learn more about the Injoy Program,
Cindy offers a number of complimentary tools:

In addition, Cindy offers a free newsletter loaded with great links to sites that promote joy and wellness along with information about upcoming workshops. Check it out and get these valuable newsletters sent right to your e-mail each week:

The only question now is, "What brings you joy?" if you have trouble identifying the answer or don't know how to reach the state of joy you'd like to experience, try one of Cindy's fun, interesting workshops or online tools.  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

My Review of The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner

They say you get what you pay for, and in the case of The Survivors Club by Lisa Gardner, this is certainly true. I picked up this work as an audiobook from a garage sale. I only paid a couple of bucks for this, and that was all it was worth to me personally, though many would disagree.

In all fairness, “slasher books” really aren't my thing. In doing some research on the author, Lisa Gardner, I discovered she is a New York Times Bestselling Author

The Survivors Club is about three women who have lived through violent episodes with the so-called College Hill rapist. The subject matter was disturbing at best, but I definitely knew what I was in for in reading the synopsis on the back of the audiobook. That being said, Gardner did do a great job in throwing in some unexpected twists and turns. It isn't until the very end of the book that the listener discovers who the really rapist is.

Becky Ann Baker is the narrator of the audiobook version of The Survivors Club. Baker is certainly a skilled voice actress, although some of the accents and voices she used in The Survivors Club didn't quite click with me. Baker does have a number of noteworthy acting credits, including work on Spider-Man 4 and Nights in Rodanthe. I loved Baker in her role as Jean Weir on Freaks and Geeks so I know she is a very capable and talented actress
I realize there is a lot of passion for these types of crime stories, so I tried to keep that in mind as I scored this project on Goodreads. I gave it three out of five stars because the story itself was well written, even though it seemed a little contrived at times

Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Chinese New Year!

If you were lax in beginning your 2016 New Year's Resolutions, you're getting another chance to make them happen as the Chinese New Year kicks off today. The Chinese New Year is characterized by one of 12 animals which appear in their zodiac. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey.

The Monkey is the ninth animal in the Chinese zodiac. People born under this sign are described as being quick-witted, curious and mischievous. The lucky numbers for those born under the sign of the Monkey are 1, 7, and 8. The colors associated with this sign are white, gold and blue which should make for an interesting discussion for those still debating the colored dress which some see as white and gold and others see as blue and black.

Famous people born under the Sign of the Monkey include Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Cuba Gooding Junior, Mick Jagger, Halle Berry and Owen Wilson. While the Sign of the Monkey is considered to be the most unlucky symbol in the Chinese zodiac, I think these celebrities prove otherwise!

I was born under the Year of the Rabbit. This sign is considered to be trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere and sociable. Wow! That's a lot to live up to! The next time we celebrate the Year of the Rabbit is in 2023.

No matter how you chose to spend the Chinese New Year, I hope it kicks off 12 months of health, happiness, prosperity and peace. Happy Chinese New Year!

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

A Review of The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles

The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles is a well known work recommended by many self-help and motivational writers

I listened to this in audiobook format, narrated by Eliza Foss
While I enjoyed Foss's narration on The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd, her voice and style did not work for me in The Science of Getting Rich. In fact, not much worked for me at all with this project.

As an audiobook writer and producer, I rarely ever write a bad review, choosing instead to stay silent on presentations that I don't care for. I'll make an exception here, with the caveat that I recognize both the writer and the narrator likely gave this work 100 percent of their effort. My reasons for writing a less than glowing review are due to the fact that this work is touted as one of the best and I'm confused as to why.

In The Science of Getting Rich, Wattles explains that anyone can obtain great wealth if they, “act in a certain way.” The problem is, “the certain way” isn't explained very well, if at all. Wattles also makes a very valid point about how we may consciously think we're capable of great things, but subconsciously we may not believe that and thus sabotage our own best efforts. While this makes sense, the way to correct the problem isn't laid out in a manner that is easy to understand or follow.

One of the highlights of The Science of Getting Rich is the assertion that there is enough success and money for everyone as long as the person trying to obtain these things does so from a place of creation and not competition. All in all, however, I didn't learn as much from this audiobook as I had hoped, nor did it live up to the hype that it has received, at least to me. Nonetheless, I will give The Science of Getting Rich a second listen in the hopes that I can glean more information. Until then, I have only awarded two stars to this project on Goodreads