I love optimism—as a principle, a philosophy, a filter through which to view the world. I'm always on the lookout for things that inspire me to find 'I love optimism—as a principle, a philosophy, a filter through which to view the world. I'm always on the lookout for things that inspire me to find 'the up side' of life. It's the little things (that aren't as little or insignificant as they first seem) that can pull us through big times. As well as being an inside look at living with Parkinson's Disease, this autobiography is full of inspiring stories, poignant moments that pull the heartstrings, and laugh-out-loud humor. I've been a big fan of Michael J. Fox's acting career since Family Ties, and now I'm a fan of the man as well.
This book is for fans, anyone that deals with serious illness (directly or indirectly), anyone that has gone through life-changing circumstances, or anyone asking big questions about life, love, and happiness.
I didn't know this wasn't the first book he wrote! I learned about this book when it was released, I saw an interview he did, talking about his trip to Bhutan. Still, he flashes back to everything you need to know, so I don't believe there's a need to read them in order. It's also odd, but interesting, to read this years later when celebrity lives and politics have changed (or haven't). At the moment I'm torn between 4 stars or 5, I love Michael and it's a great book, personally could relate more to Eat Pray Love (for one example). ...more
I was hoping to read something to make me laugh, so I was mildly disappointed. Maybe it was just the timing in my life? I may have enjoyed it more hadI was hoping to read something to make me laugh, so I was mildly disappointed. Maybe it was just the timing in my life? I may have enjoyed it more had I not had preconceived expectations. Her on-screen comedy makes me laugh to tears. But this book is most definitely written in her voice. In fact, I read it with her voice in my mind through the entire book. Her outlook on life is certainly relatable, and I enjoyed the insider's perspective on the entertainment industry. I was entertained enough to keep reading, and the further along I got, the more invested I was in her storytelling. Invested enough, that I will readily admit, I'm interested in reading her second book. I do love Mindy....more
This book was the right topic at the right time. I loved Eat Pray Love, so the fact that Elizabeth Gilbert has written non-fiction about something I'vThis book was the right topic at the right time. I loved Eat Pray Love, so the fact that Elizabeth Gilbert has written non-fiction about something I've been actively pondering and working on in my own life—expanding my creativity, as I clear my creative blocks—made this a must-read. This book was full of affirmations for me, on the life I've been living and the life I'm creating. I constantly found myself laughing or thinking, YES, someone agrees with me! She delivers wisdom and sage advice with her unique perspective, great storytelling, and of course, a sense of humor. Perhaps creative types—professionals, hobbyists, and wannabes alike—will get the most from this book, but it's really for anybody and everybody, as far as I'm concerned. We all need access to creative outlets and opportunities, and some more than others need permission to color outside the lines and express themselves. Creativity is good medicine. If you can catch her book tour, I highly recommend that too!...more
This book promises to help me do what I've always wanted to do ... find a way to part with my attachments so I can lighten the load and experience morThis book promises to help me do what I've always wanted to do ... find a way to part with my attachments so I can lighten the load and experience more freedom in my home (literally and figuratively speaking), and she says none of her clients have rebounded. "We should be choosing what we want to keep, not what we want to get rid of." And now I'm inspired! I don't have much to lose, I might as well try it. I'm overwhelmed with the idea of what's to come, but I'm hoping if I just follow her steps and take it one step at a time, it'll be okay. I've been working on clearing my clutter and paring down for a long time, but this book has given me new tools, new perspectives on old tools, and renewed hope. I can appreciate all the advice given in this book, even if some of it seems a little far-fetched. I intend to update this review as time goes by.
Update 10/31/15: Marie Kondo wasn't kidding when she said this process might take 6 months. But the good news is, so far I've let go of 9 bags of clothes, and 13 boxes of books!!! This is a record for me, I never thought I could let go of this much stuff. And I'm not even half-way done. This process is intense to be sure, but it's what I needed and it's helping me like nothing else has ever helped. When I got started, I had to go back and read my vision statement out loud, a lot. Do not skip this part! There are a lot of youtube videos and blog articles out there from folks talking about the Konmari way, and they all gloss over the first, most important step: writing out your vision for the life you want to live in your home....more
I'm loving this series! I wasn't sure where this installment was going, it felt like the mysteries were really stacking up for the first two-thirds, aI'm loving this series! I wasn't sure where this installment was going, it felt like the mysteries were really stacking up for the first two-thirds, and I kept thinking, where the heck is this going? But the end was rewarding and made me laugh out loud at moments....more