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it's not supposed to be this way

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst

May 7, 2022 – It’s not supposed to be this way… Goodness, do I resonate with those words.

I’m only a few days and a few chapters in, but Lysa had my full intention when she wrote about what it feels like to be shattered. I have felt, multiple times in the past year, that my heart was ripped out of my chest, thrown on the ground and beaten with a sledgehammer until dust. And then I read this…

But what about those times when things aren’t just broken but shattered beyond repair? Shattered to the point of dust….

We feel desperately hopeless. Dust begs us to believe the promises of God no longer apply to us. That the reach of God falls just short of where we are. And that the hope of God has been snuffed out by the consuming darkness all around us…

But what if fixing, editing and repairing isn’t at all what God has in mind for us in this shattering?

Dust is the exact ingredient God loves to use…. It’s the basic ingredient with such great potential for new life…

And, when mixed with water, dust becomes clay. Clay, when placed in the potter’s hands, can be formed into anything the potter dreams up…

Dust doesn’t have to signify the end. Dust is often what must be present for the new to begin.

I love when books speak directly to me, and I look forward to discovering what else this book has to offer!

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The Full Spirit Workout by Kate Eckman

The Full Spirit Workout by Kate Eckman

June 19, 2021 – Kate Eckman was a guest on my podcast in May 2021 (listen here!) and in full transparency, I received an advance copy of The Full Spirit Workout to read before recorded. To be even more transparent, however, I must admit that I didn’t finish the book before we recorded, and I am still working my way through.

This book is SUPER powerful and has helped me through a few EXTREMELY tough months in my personal life, but has also been triggering as Kate discusses suicide, anxiety, depression and more. I STRONGLY recommend reading this book if you’re looking to get past mental barriers which are holding you back, but digesting the book slowly to give yourself time to absorb the content and complete the exercises as you go.

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The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

June 19, 2021 – A dear family member recommended The Body Keeps the Score to me after I shared some personal struggles I was going through. In complete transparency, I’ve had a rough couple of years as the wife of a disabled Veteran with PTSD. I am madly in love with the man I married, however PTSD can make him EXTREMELY difficult to like.

As soon as I started reading The Body Keeps the Score, I felt like I was reading about my husband.

I’m only a week and a couple chapters in, but I picked up a second copy for my husband and hope he will read it as well.

While I’m reading, however, I want to share my support and concern for any/all significant others of those with PTSD. I know what the bads are like. I know the pain which can be inflicted through words. I have felt hopeless, worthless, unloved and undervalued. But I have also learned I am more than what PTSD makes him believe I am. And you are more than the PTSD filter may allow your loved one to believe YOU are.

Keep your chin up, dear friend. You’ve got this and I’m sending you big hugs!

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A Year of Miracles by Marianne Williamson

A Year of Miracles by Marianne Williamson

August 24, 2020 – I don’t know when I bought this book and I don’t remember why, but, as I turned around to find another book on my shelf, this one shouted out at me. Considering it’s muted tones, I was surprised.

I was in the last week of May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein (see below), and decided I would add a daily reading from this book to my morning routine. Immediately, I decided I wanted more.

My morning routine now includes journaling followed by TWO days of readings from A Year of Miracles, and although the readings are short, a significant portion often finds its way into my journal as well.

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The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt

The Vision Driven Leader by Michael Hyatt

August 24, 2020 – As a member of Pat Flynn’s SPI Pro, I am fortunate to be able to participate in monthly book discussions led by Pat and his team. The book for August 2020 is The Vision Driven Leader.

Ironically, this has been a crazy month and I haven’t been able to keep up with the reading, however when I do pick it up, I am reminded of the importance of my vision and mission, and leading rather than managing

Over and over again, I am now reminding myself what I need to do and who I need to be to become a next level CEO. I look forward to working my way through the exercises to formally craft my vision.

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The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan

The Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan

May 6, 2020 – This is book four of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, and it’s starting off pretty interesting! It’s been years since I read this book so I can’t remember any of the plot line, so I’m excited to see where the story goes!

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Completed in 2022

Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung

Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung

May 15, 2022 – I will be sharing much, much more about my new journey in the coming weeks and months, however if you didn’t know, I have returned to school and am currently working on Master’s Degree. My long-term goal is to earn my Doctorate Degree in Theology and become a pastor teaching Christian business owners how to bring God into their businesses and build their businesses in a way which allows time to focus on God, self-care and family.

With that said, my first course this semester is Biblical and Theological Foundations for Grad Studies, and Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung was our reading for week 1. My new journey is much more complex than “simply” returning to school, and the Bible has been a source of constant comfort and guidance over the past year. Until I read this book I never understood that the Bible in itself is Truth, and it is not my right to mix and match verses to justify my actions. I either live in Truth or I don’t. God is the author of the Bible; who am I to tell Him that His words are wrong?

Want to better understand and embrace the Truth of the Bible? Pick up your copy of Taking God At His Word HERE!

Didn't See That Coming

Didn’t See That Coming by Rachel Hollis

May 5, 2022 – I bought this book a year or so before I really dove deep into it, and it is almost with tears in my eyes that I share how timely the book was for me.

As I write this, I am navigating a divorce I never saw coming. I was sure my husband was the man of my dreams, my knight in shining armor, my one and only. But here I am… Sharing my bed with my dog and doing my best to be positive about the future.

I know we all have unexpected events in our life. This book is essential reading and I’m tempted to buy stacks at a time to give to every woman I meet.

My most valuable takeaways:

  1. Apologizing and being told you’re forgiven but continuing to have your offense held over your head isn’t forgiveness; it’s manipulation. This was a HUGE AHA for me.
  2. Setting up coping mechanisms and health routines/habits is BEFORE disaster strikes is critical. I’m thankful I had given up alsohol before the divorce officially started, however my midnight ice cream addiction is reluctantly making way to fasting.
  3. Rachel runs. I don’t know how I missed that. For weeks I’ve been thinking about picking up running myself which is scary considering I’ve always HATED it. I have my reasons though, and Rachel inspired me to take action on this new habit..

Prep now for the next unforeseen change in your life. Pick up your copy of Didn’t See That Coming HERE!

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Empty Out the Negative by Joel Osteen

May 3, 2022 – While I love Pastor Joel’s messages, his books make me a little batty. He repeats the same things over and over like a record that’s skipping (yes, folks, I know what a skipping record sounds like. Do you?)

Going through the season of my divorce from the man I thought was my best friend and soul mate, I receive enough repeated messages – reminders of the things I did wrong, repeated false accusations, screams of my heart telling me I’m hurting. What I really don’t want is another person telling me the same thing over and over.

But this message I needed to hear. “Empty Out the Negative.”

God didn’t put us here to be negative. He didn’t put us here to judge or blame ourselves or others, and He didn’t put us here to hold ourselves back with false narratives and fictional limitations.

As children of God, we can do (almost) all things through Him. I hear you, friend. I hear you asking, “So why aren’t you fixing your marriage?” I tried. I could say more, but that wouldn’t be congruent with the message of this book.

So I will continue emptying the negative out of my cup and filling it instead with positive, prayer and hope.

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Completed in 2021

The Prosperous Coach by Rich Litvin and Steve Chandler

The Prosperous Coach by Rich Litvin and Steve Chandler

June 17, 2021 – Outside of my college textbooks, this is the most expensive book I have ever purchased. I almost closed Amazon without buying when I saw the price, but it came with a VERY strong recommendation from one of my mentors, Cliff Ravenscraft, so I clicked “Order Now” and bit the bullet.

I’m so glad I did.

This book is FULL of valuable advice for not only coaches (who the book is targeted to) but also consultants (which I consider myself to be), and I have recommended it to so many people already. Why? Here’s a few of my favorite tidbits…

  1. A prospect is either a “Hell yes!” or “No.” If you keep working with people who are not a “Hell Yes!”, your business will never grow.
  2. Stop trying to be friends with your clients. They didn’t hire you to be their friend. They hired you to give them the difficult truths and feedback they need to reach their goals.
  3. The first goal a client shares isn’t really their goal. Ask why a few times and go 2-3 levels deeper to find out what their real goal is.

There’s so much gold in this book and I wish I could share it all with you, but trust me when I say it’s worth far more than the $50+ investment! I’m already seeing results in my business!

Are you ready for your business to be one that you love? Pick up your copy of the The Prosperous Coach HERE!

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K Truman

Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol K. Truman

May 25, 2021 – In late 2020 while on a call with my friend Devi Adea, I expressed how I was strugging with various feelings. Devi told me she was reading this book and offered to run me through a script to reprogram my thinking.

I was skeptical, to the say the least, but agreed, and felt a bit of relief after my first run through. I knew I needed more and purchased the book for myself. Aside from the fact that I now have a copy of the script to use any time for myself, I have found HUGE benefit within the pages, including the reminder that I can only change and improve upon myself. Everyone else has to work on themselves.

Are you ready to work on yourself? Pick up your copy of the Feelings Buried Alive Never Die HERE!

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra

April 29, 2021 – The past couple years have been incredible for me in terms of learning mindfulness and mindset practices and this book will definitely be instrumental in driving where my future goes.

I was introduced to the Law of Attraction in 2009, however the laws in this book were new in name and sometimes in concept as well.

The laws have now been written in my journal along with copious notes, and I’ll be refreshing myself daily to make sure I stay on track. The laws include:

  1. The Law of Pure Potentiality
  2. The Law of Giving
  3. The Law of Karma
  4. The Law of Least Effort
  5. The Law of Intention and Desire
  6. The Law of Detachment
  7. The Law of Dharma

Want to know more about the Seven Spiritual Laws of Success? Pick up your copy of the book HERE!

Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick

February 17, 2021 – My friend, if you’ve been with me for a while, you have heard about my struggles — In my marriages, in my business, in my mind.

Reading this book, I wish I had been empowered by it for the past eight years, but now I hope to help you (and others) by sharing the book.

I’ve lived with the chatterbox. I’ve been swayed by its words of discouragement, and have been driven WAAAAY off course listening to its lies.

I thought I wasn’t good enough because I wasn’t perfect, but the thing is, nobody’s perfect. God made us to be exactly who we are and with the intention of being the best version of ourselves.

Don’t listen to the chatterbox in your head telling you you’re not enough. You ARE enough. You’re a child of God.

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Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes

February 12, 2021 – Sometimes it takes me a gazillion times hearing a recommendation before I’ll finally pick up a book. Year of Yes was one of those times.

I think I put off reading the book for so long because I was worried about what saying “Yes” actually meant. I was already burnt out, and saying “yes” one more time made my heart beat faster and my chest hurt.

What never occured to me was that sometimes you can say “yes” to “no.”

Shonda had me entranced with her writing as early as the first chapter. Her candidness and willingness to say what she felt rather than what others may have wanted her to say inspired me inside my heart, my head and with my own writing.

In the past few months, I’ve learned how to make Baklava. Reading the book, I wanted to make another pan and enjoy another slice while reading. But then I got to the part where she talked about her weight and fitness. BAM. I’m saying “yes” to a better me, even at the expense of another decadent dessert that my tastebuds crave and my belly can do without.

If you feel as though you’re existing rather than living, this book is a must-read.

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(Un)Qualified by Steven Furtick

(Un)Qualified by Steven Furtick

January 19, 2021 – Pastor Steven Furtick always does an amazing job connecting my Christian Faith to real life beliefs and practices.

The end of 2020 came with a pivot in my business and a realization that I need to shift my thinking in order to live into my Purpose. I was reminded with every page that God’s not trying to work through only my strengths but also my weaknesses. My weaknesses — regardless of whether or not I’ve conquered them — are the fuel for the shift in my business, and I feel especially empowered within my move and in my mission thanks to this book.

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Completed in 2020

Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini

AUGUST 24, 2020 – I was determined to get my “am reading” list down to just one book, however I was on a roll working and didn’t want to listen to podcasts…

So, I did what any book nerd would do. I took a look at my Audible library, compared it to books on my shelf, and picked the first that I had in both locations.

Three chapters in, I was already fascinated by the research that goes into successful conversations and interactions. While I realize we/I will always need to be mindful of behaving morally and with integrity, it’s interesting to see how we can frame our conversations to make conversions and, er, getting what we want, easier.

First person to test this on: My husband. 🙂

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May Cause Miracles by Gabrielle Bernstein

August 19, 2020 – I love how, even without knowing what life is about to throw my way, I tend to pick up books at exactly the right time. This is exactly what happened with this book.

I couldn’t have known that the kids were about to be home months earlier than planned. I couldn’t have known that I was suddenly going to be stuck with 48 rolls of 1-ply toilet paper instead of my preferred 2-ply super-soft stuff (I know, first-world problem.)

However, walking through the journey of this stay-home craziness with the support and guidance of May Cause Miracles is indeed leading to miracles for me. 🙂

I made a practice of reading May Cause Miracles every morning following my journal practice. Nearly every morning, I had to force myself to put the book down so I could continue my practice the next day.

A focus on the “F-Word”, in this case, “Forgiveness,” was huge for me. Through a simple exercise, I was able to let a significant amount of pain related to a certain person and event (outside of my house) go. I immediately saw a greater capacity to focus on what is truly important and, in turn, experience more miracles.

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Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins

JULY 22, 2020 – This book has been on my bookshelf since 2009.


I started reading it countless times — no less than a half dozen, however I never made it further than the first 50 pages — until now.

On Christmas Eve, 2018, I decided to restart the book and finish it by the end of the year… While I didn’t quite hit that goal, I am reminded now that there is a reason and a season for everything. I was supposed to read this book in 2019 and 2020!

Let me just be totally honest and tell you that I started reading this book again due to some… dissatisfaction in my life. I refused to go through another year with the same results, and decided — and committed — to change.

I was hoping this book would fuel my motivation, dedication, and in the end, the results I achieve, by engraining in me the habits and mindset I need to continually push forward and take action.

It has.

Every chapter fed into conversations I had with myself, my business buddies, and my family. It’s affected how I speak with myself, run my day, relate with my family and manage my business.

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Unlimiting Your Beliefs by Karen Brown

Unlimiting Your Beliefs by Karen Brown

June 30, 2020 – God is having some fun guiding my reading right now. I can feel Him looking at my bookshelf, His chin in His hands and His eyebrow raised, thinking, “What do I throw at her next?

Last week, this book literally fell off my shelf as I was trying to get some papers off. It was hard to pick up after I put down, and my brain is busy thinking about my own life goals (and any possible hurdles between me and them) now that I’ve finished.

Summary: In her book, Karen shares her journey preparing for and participating in the Ironman Challenge in Kona, Hawaii.

To be honest, I hate to run. I have no interest in considering the Ironman. However… In the early 2000’s I read a book about walking the Appalacian Trail, and for the years since the thought of walking the trail has been in my mind. While I don’t see myself walking the trail in the next few years (I have five kids at home and being there as a mom is my priority now), I would love to walk the trail in the future — perhaps WITH my kids?

In the meantime, I’ll focus on becoming a healthier version of me — one who gets in shape, eats properly, and is mentally equipped for the journey.

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White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte

White Hot Truth by Danielle LaPorte

June 24, 2020 – A couple weeks ago, I looked up at my book shelf, in no way planning on starting a new book.

But, God told me to pull White Hot Truth down. So I did.

This book was magic. I couldn’t stop reading it. It’s as though it was the magic thread which pulled together the quilt squares representing the lessons of my past seven years.

Suddenly I can see where all the pieces come together and create a beautiful way to live.

In joy.

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Superfans by Pat Flynn

Superfans by Pat Flynn

May 5, 2020 – I knew I loved Pat Flynn before I read this book, and I love him even more now.

With my focus this year being on building my business with integrity (to myself and others) as well as on building my community, the insights and strategies Pat gave were mind-blowing while at the same time being absolutely implementable.

I find it almost ironic that I read this book during the pandemic because the reality that people need authentic connection now more than ever is something I’m consstantly reminded of. And the knowing that we’re heard and our opinions are appreciated is as vital now as ever!

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The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan

April 2020 – I can’t really say much about this book because it’s part of a series and I’ll risk giving away the plot, but I must say… This is my favorite of the series so far!

Make sure to read the first and second in the series (below) before you read this one, though!

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Greater by Steven Furtick

MARCH 9, 2020 – Driving home from Orlando to Ohio, I finished listening to Greater in the car while parked in a Sunday night traffic jam outside of Atlanta. (Yes, immediately after I finished Grit, while sitting in the same traffic jam.)

While I could have been irritated, all I could keep thinking was “Whoa. This is pure testiment to everything I experienced this weekend and everything I want to keep working for in the future.”

I was reminded that God put me here for a reason, and He has a reason for every trial and tribulation I experience. It’s not for me to figure out the reason, but it’s up to me to live into my Purpose.

Are you living into yours?

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Grit by Angela Duckworth

MARCH 8, 2020 – I was stuck in a construction zone induced traffic jam outside of Atlanta (on my way back to Ohio from Orlando) when I finished “reading” Grit, and, despite being irritated by the 0MPH my speedometer showed me, I was inspired.

In the weeks since I returned home, I’ve referenced this book time and time again, in conversations with colleagues AND family.

I’m determined to become gritier (is that how you would say it?), which is why, at 1:13am on April 1, 2020, I’m here working on my Read With Me page.

I’m determined to finish everything I start, and stick with projects for the long run.

What about you?

Confession: I have a hard copy of this book on my shelf that I checked out of the library 3+ years ago. I suppose I should return it now. 😉

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The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard

MARCH 7, 2020 – Normally when I’m traveling and away from my family, I turn on the television as soon as I get into my hotel room and it doesn’t get turned off as long as I’m in the room.

It’s not that I’m actually watching it, but rather filling the silence and making it feel more like home (which is anything BUT quiet.)

After arriving in Orlando for Podfest, I decided NOT to turn on the television and instead listen to audiobooks while I was in my room.

I’m so glad I did.

Brendon reminded me exactly why I was there.

To inspire. To teach. To provide motivation and encouragement.

If you question what you’re doing or why, I highly encourage you to read this book!

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The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan

March 5, 2020 – I’ve just finished driving from Ohio to Orlando (a 16+ hour drive) for Podfest, and The Great Hunt, Book 2 of Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series, kept me entertained most of the way.

I won’t say anything more about the book because it’s fiction and I don’t want to give away any of the plot.

Make sure to read The Eye of the World (below) before you read this one, though!

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Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

FEBRUARY 2020 – In 2000, as a junior in college, one of my classmates introduced my to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time Series.

“Push through the first book and you’ll be hooked.” She said. “The first book is hard to read but the rest are amazing.”

I’m so happy I listened.

I made it through book 5 when I first started reading, and book 3 when I tried a second time in 2011.

Tired of reading only non-fiction books, I’ve decided to restart the series again — and I’m again enjoying.

Note: If you enjoyed Lord of the Rings, you will probably enjoy these. 

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Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

JANUARY 8, 2020 – I wasn’t planning on starting a book outside of the two I was already reading, but, a few days ago, this book screamed at me.

Read me!” It yelled.

And, I’m so glad I did.

To be honest, however, I’m so happy I didn’t read it sooner than I did. Transparency and authenticity have been a cornerstone of my business since day 1, however I was transparent and authentic out of my own design, not because I was influenced by others to be that way. Reading this book now reassured me that I’m on the right path and to keep being me.

I laughed, I shook my head with sadness (having faced many of the same grievances), and I closed the book with the confidence of knowing that I need to let my light shine and stop worrying about others.

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YouTube Decoded

JANUARY 2, 2020 – Nothing became more clear in Q3 and Q4 of 2019 than the fact that in order to truly make the impact I desire to make, I NEED to be more visible.

This is NOT that I want to be more visible. This is I NEED to be more visible.

So, when I was at a recent event and saw my friend Marc Guberti handing out signed copies of YouTube Decoded, I knew I had to have one.

YouTube Decoded is great for beginners, which I don’t consider myself to be one, but Marc did include a few golden nuggets for me that I will definitely be working into my YouTube strategy from here on.

Note: Marc discusses and focuses on keyword optimization strategies and developing content based on what people are searching for. I understand this is an awesome strategy, my channel’s content is based on what I’m feeling at the moment, not so much about which keywords will convert higher than others.

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Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

DECEMBER 1, 2019 – I started reading Profit First over the summer and instantly had “aha” moments.

Oh my goodness. This dude is talking about me!”

For example, I was the entrepreneur who, for so many years, was trying to do too much things just because I could. Note: Just because you *can* do something doesn’t mean you should. Example: I know how to design websites, however I’m not interested in doing heavy duty coding. Therefore, offering websites as a service sometimes requires the added expense of website developers to carry out the intended design.

I would have to imagine that I stopped reading the book where a lot of people stop, but it was not for the same reason. The assessment blew my mind, however with so much to go in the book, I didn’t intend to stop. Life, however, has a way of interrupting progress through pages.

I, like many entrepreneurs, fell into the trap of believing any/all funds that came in were available to spend. Did I set aside money for taxes, profits or to pay myself? Nope, nope and nope. Therefore, my owner’s comp numbers have been abysmal (at best) and my operating expenses through the roof. (To give you an idea, at my “Real Revenue” rate, my OPEX should be 30%. My actual OPEX for the past 12 months is 68%. Not good.

Coincidentally, tomorrow morning I need to go to the bank to take advantage of their notary services. While I’m there, I’ll be looking into opening my other accounts. (If you haven’t read the book, you don’t know what I’m talking about. Do yourself a big ol’ favor and read this book. NOW!)

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The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

NOVEMBER 30, 2019 – I started reading The Power of Now in March 2019 and purposefully read it slow.


Because it’s taking time for me to step out of time-based living and into the “Now.” As of the day I finished reading it, I have two teenagers, twin four-year olds, a six year old and a disabled husband who is going through his own physical and emotional struggles. Being and staying in the Now feels at many times impossible, however I realize that surrendering to what is IS necessary to enlightenment, consciousness and true awakening.

On a side note, it’s been fun for me to try to share the lessons I’m learning with my husband, who doesn’t really “get” this type of thinking. I tried to explain how to step out of our thoughts and watch them, and it was if I was speaking an ancient, hidden, language. 🙂

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Next Level Thinking by Joel Osteen

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 – June 2019 was a particularly rough month for me, spurred by a client who maliciously lied about me, and another, long-term client, who, in full-knowledge of the truth, sided with the liar in order to avoid internet slander.

The consequences of their actions put me, my family and my business into a full-fledged tailspin, from which I thankfully not only recovered from but came out stronger as a result of.

Why do I share all this?

Because I had help through the hard times.

Joel Osteen’s Next Level Thinking helped me push through the struggle, and realize that living and working with integrity isn’t just “nice” but also essential to being an honorable Christian, business owner and human.

The book also reminded me that I am a child of God. He knows what misfortunes I will face, before I face them, and He also knows the good which will come from each misfortune.

Believe me when I say my life has changed — for the better x’s 1000 — from this situation!

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The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren

NOVEMBER 29, 2019 – This is another one of those books that I’m embarrassed to admit how many times I started reading and never finished, especially considering all that I’ve gained from reading it.

Although I intended to read The Purpose Driven Life in the first 42 days of the year, I was, as you can see, delayed. Every delay, however, was with great purpose.

I always read the current day’s chapter on exactly the day I needed to read it. Even just in the last two days — which I will not disclose the subject of — the subject matter couldn’t have been more relevant if God had planned it Himself.

Oh, wait! He DID plan it himself!

I’m ready to pursue my purpose, 100%, and look to God for all direction.

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Dare to Lead by Brene Brown

NOVEMBER 27, 2019 – Writing “This book has made a profound impact on me and the way I live my life would be a HUGE understatement.

For example, the BRAVING Inventory is now written across my laptop, just above my keyboard. I want to live into each of the words each and every day. (Pssst. The words are good. The explanation is better. Read it in the book NOW!)

On a more serious note, however, this book was the spark which made me wonder this year, “What does next level Kim do that I’m not doing now?” The question started with BRAVING and has only gained steam since. 

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Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

AUGUST 2019 – Rachel Hollis gave me soooo much to think about in this book. I don’t want to ruin it for you, but here’s a couple points that really struck me:

  1. The implication of phrases like “mompreneur”, “girlboss”, “ladypreneur”, etc.
  2. Rachel’s 10-10-1 plan has rocked my world.
  3. How confidence starts from within, and, yes, *may* be impacted by how we look.
  4. The importance of delegation — I can’t wait to hire a housekeeper someday!

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

JUNE 2019 – In the midst of an extremely turbulent week, I picked up this book to get away from my stresses and business. In it, I found understanding and bliss in the turbulent winds which have been surrounding me.

I’ve heard about this book for years, but as with every other book and/or passage I read, I know now that THIS was when I was supposed to read it. I know each persons’ journey through the pages will differ, so I will not share any more than — when you hear with your heart that it’s time to read The Alchemist, read it. Many, if not all, of your questions will be answered.

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Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle

MARCH 2019 – For such a skinny little book, this one packs a big punch! I didn’t know what to expect, however Eckhart Tolle delivers “Mmmmmm” moments in every paragraph.

Note: This book is best read in little bite sized pieces. Savor it like a delicious meal, and let it take time to sink in.

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Spirit Driven Success by Dani Johnson

MARCH 2019 – WOWZA!!! This book completely changed the beliefs I held in regards to being a Christian business owner. If you’re struggling to take your business or life to the next level, this book is a must-read!

A few impactful thoughts from the book…

  1. I need to work for my clients as though I’m working for God. By doing my best for my clients, I’ll be able to make more, and thus tithe more.
  2. My way of doing things hasn’t been working because I haven’t been going to God. God has a plan for me, and when I keep trying to do things my way, HE will continually push-back.
  3. Struggles refine me and make me stronger. I am continually being refined to make me a better version of… me!
  4. It is my responsibility to get and put myself out there to serve the world in the way God intended. By playing small, I am not pursuing my purpose to the best of my ability.

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You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

JANUARY 2019 – Holy moley, I don’t even know what to say about this book except…  You have to read it if you’re dealing with any kind of money mindset issues.

Jen Sincero has an amazing ability to pull readers in and write to them as if they were friends. She cuts through all the bullshit and gives practical advice in a way that’s easy to understand. At the same time, you’re getting hot and uncomfortable because you realize you can do more than you are now.

Sound fun, in a crazy way?

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The One Thing by Gary Keller

JANUARY 2019 – I have no idea how long this book has been out for, however I can’t believe I just now read it — in two days! I’ve realized for some time that I need to be better about prioritizing what I’m working on, however I never looked at the big picture. Like, the really big picture. I never thought about starting with my five year goal and working my way backwards. And I never thought about how, in order to go big, I need to go really small. WHOA.

I now have a “My ONE Thing” note on my computer which I’m updating weekly. The document is helping my track my actions and the associated metrics so I know what’s working and what’s not.

If you’re frustrated with your progress and are ready to take your business to the next level, get this book!

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80/20 Sales and Marketing by Perry Marshall

JANUARY 2019 – In August 2018 I had the pleasure of chatting with Perry Marshall for episode 450 of the Positive Productivity Podcast. Saying the conversation was amazing and impactful would be an understatement. (Listen HERE) As we dug more and more in to how the 80/20 rule is active in all areas of our life I realized two things:

  1. I had immediate changes to make in my business.
  2. I needed to read the book.

Every time I picked the book up I was amazed by yet another “Aha!” which illustrated how the 80/20 is relevant in my life. I continue to be amazed by how the 80/20 rule is applicable in every situation and area of life! I don’t want to give away the substance of the book, so do yourself a favor and pick up a copy today!

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Ask. by Ryan Levesque

JANUARY 2019 – Ask. is another of those books that I heard plenty about over the past few years but took my time to getting around to reading.

I wish I hadn’t!

I have to be honest… The beginning was a really fast read because I loved Ryan’s story telling ability. Moving into the strategy, however, it was a little bit dryer and more difficult to digest. I struggled my way through the strategy, partially because of my own stubbornness, and because I didn’t see how I could learn anything I didn’t already know.

A know-it-all-attitude should never accompany you on a book reading journey.

Right through the last few pages I was getting new ideas and strategies that I am excited to try for both me and my clients. Segmentation is imperative in any marketing funnel, however Levesque takes segmentation to a whole new level.

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You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

DECEMBER 2018 – This absolutely amazing book had been screaming at me from every “Must-Read” book list for years before I finally purchased it in early 2018. One night, in early December, I looked over at my “To Be Read” shelf, and it screamed at me one last time.

The next day, I texted to my good friend, “I was crying and laughing in bed last night and it wasn’t due to sex!” Jen spoke to me through every word, page and chapter of this book, and she spoke with the exact words I needed to hear.

I know we read books when we need to read them, and I know now that there was a reason I waited so long to read it. However, if this book has been calling you to read it, don’t ignore the call!

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The Charge by Brendon Burchard


DECEMBER 2018 – Before he renamed it The Brendon Show, Brendon’s podcast was named The Charged Life. His podcast, combined with some of his online training saved my life in 2016.

The years since have been an upward climb, extremely steep but also highly critical. I learned to sleep again and reintroduced water to my beverage intake. I also learned to say “No” or “Goodbye” to opportunities which don’t serve me.

The Charge took what I had already learned from Brendon to the next level. More specifically, I expanded my awareness in the areas of control, competence, congruence, caring, connection, change, challenge, creative expression, contribution and consciousness. I am so excited about what I learned that I wrote those ten words on my laptop’s keyboard — in permanent ink! 

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The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber

OCTOBER 2018 – I wish I could go back five years ago and smack the earlier, entrepreneurial version of myself in the head… With this book. Seriously, how did I JUST finish reading it?!?!

I’ve been in business nearly six years and 95% of that time has been spent in the “technician” role. I’m surprised my business and I survived that long!

If you haven’t yet read The E-Myth and are an entrepreneur, you’re doing yourself a disservice by not picking it up — and reading it — ASAP!

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Lingo by Jeffrey Shaw

AUGUST 2018 – Communicating as myself, authentically, transparently, and in a way where I am unafraid of expressing how I truly am, has taken me years to… become comfortable with. In LINGO, Jeffrey Shaw teaches entrepreneurs to speak in the voice their prospective clients need and want to hear.

LINGO had me repeatedly saying, “Whoa!” and thinking about the messages I was sharing with (the wrong) prospects. Between indicating I was targeting scarcity-mode clients with the wrong pricing model, to choosing the wrong font, my communication was steering me in the wrong direction. Since reading the book, I have been rebranding and evaluating my entire business to see what needs to change.

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Worthy by Nancy Levin

AUGUST 2018 – A dear friend recommended Worthy: Boost Your Self-Worth to Grow Your Net Worth to me in 2016, and I purchased it immediately. I’m kicking myself in the butt for taking so long to read it!

I never realized how much my money mindset was struggling. Halfway through the book I started making shifts — spending-wise and mentally — to improve financial success. For example, I never realized how money tended to burn a hole in my pocket. If it was in my account, I felt as though I needed to spend it before someone else did. This is NOT a healthy way to live — financially or mentally — and I was excited to see growth just by leaving that insecurity behind.

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High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

MARCH 18, 2018 – Before this book, I had never read a book before and thought, “Wow. This was written for me!” all the way through. Reading High Performance Habits, however, I repeatedly felt as though Brendon was focusing on me. Brendon addressed what I am doing, am trying to do, and the mistakes I have made in the past to help me create a higher performing version of myself.

Please note: In my interpretation – and I believe in Brendon’s as well – ‘High Performance’ doesn’t necessarily mean more money. It means that we are happier, healthier versions of ourselves while we are doing what we consider to be our life’s work.

I needed my pen AND highlighter handy all the way to the end, as I was constantly adding notes in the margin. In addition, I’ve decorated my copy with “DUH!” messages (to myself for missing some obvious keys) and by highlighting quotes I can use later on social media.

And as for Brendon’s weekly review practice? I’m starting that tonight!

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The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks

Reading The Big Leap provided a constant stream of “Aha!” moments. In his book, Gay discusses all the ways we hold ourselves from reaching the next level of success.

Worrying (unnecessarily) – I’ve done it… Many times.
Playing the Blame Game – Yup, I’ve done this too.

And there were so many more ways, and stories of clients Gay has worked with who were holding themselves back as well. I had to share a few of the stories with my husband, because I’ve even seen him hold his own success and happiness back. I realize we can often be scared of the possibility of LOSING something great, however how will we know what it feels like — or give ourselves the chance to enjoy it — if we prevent ourselves from getting there in the first place?

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Think Better, Live Better by Joel Osteen

Although I was raised Catholic, I didn’t become what I consider to be a true Christian until I was 31. In 2009, a year before finding Christ, however, I was introduced to the Law of Attraction, which I still believe strongly in today. In Think Better, Live Better, Osteen does a fabulous job showing me how I can combine my Christianity with my LOA beliefs to live a richer, fuller life.

Please note: Richer, to me, never simply means financially richer. I strongly believe we can live a rich and prosperous life when we have deep, meaningful relationships, a strong passion for what we do, and when we have peace in our lives.

In speaking with other Christians about Joel Osteen, I am often surprised to hear non-appreciative comments about how he preaches the prosperity Bible. I don’t agree with this in the negative way it is often said, and this book provides evidence as to why I, a Christian entrepreneur, shouldn’t hold myself back from reaching my true potential.

God put the thoughts we have in to our heads. He made us the way we are, and He made us that way for a reason. I truly believe it is our responsibility to do something with the gifts God bestowed upon us, and if we become rich in the process, GREAT!

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