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LESSONS in LIFE: Achieving a better you through self-reflection

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Life teaches us lessons continuously. Do we pay attention and acknowledge what we learn? Do we strive to improve ourselves and hence our lives, relationships and by this positively influence everyone around us?

Life's an ongoing process. We should consciously stop sometimes to reflect upon the situations we find ourselves in and the experiences life gives us. Could we hav
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published July 13th 2018
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We all search for it but personal happiness and contentment isn’t a gift, it is earned through honest introspection and taking a step back from events or words that upset us. Nico J. Genes has written a collection of her own personal reflections that will put life and how we react to it in perspective. Respect for one’s self as well as for others is a recurring message through short stories and even poems.

Ms. Genes hasn’t written a “how-to” book where one size supposedly fits all, she has given
Carolee Croft
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: self-help
Lessons in Life started out brilliantly, posing a thought thought-provoking question and promising to do more of the same. Unfortunately, the rest of the book did not live up to that promise.

Some of the metaphors worked quite well, such as "the woman who only ate chips for every meal" or "going barefoot", but others were just too simplistic, lacking in nuance. Sometimes even a simple message could be brought to life with a good story or example, but in many cases, the author did not expand much
Lennie Grace
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I originally wanted to just give this book a three. Then, after thinking about it a while, I decided it deserved four stars from me, since I liked some of the stories and passages from it so much.

I really enjoyed this. :) It was a very nice collection of little stories. It's exactly as the title says: lessons in life. :) Just a bunch of stories to remind/encourage us to be kind, thoughtful, and helpful.

And to remember that it's ok to take time for ourselves. And that it's okay to say no.

I str
James Okun
Aug 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing

“Lessons in Life” is a superbly written book by a supremely gifted author, Nico J. Genes. The book gives many fascinating and engrossing examples of how life is constantly teaching us important lessons and it shows us the importance of paying attention and acknowledging what we learn.

The author insightfully acknowledges that as life continues we will make many mistakes but instead of refusing to ever question our decisions and always blaming others, we need to be humble and ask questions like
Mehreen Ahmed
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Speaking of wisdom. This is it. This gem of a book by Nico J. Genes, says it all. In the heart of it, this book is a collection of parable like succinct short stories. These are about societal changes at many levels. From conventions and practices, to respect for all creatures great and small, both humans and nature, respect for the mute, respect for the able bodied, every living creature down to the last ant. All life is interconnected and is pivotal to our existence on earth. In order to maint ...more
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lessons in Life is a sweet collection of little stories about how to be a bit more positive and easier on oneself and others. The stories were a bit cliche, and there were a few errors with commas that I noticed. But overall, it is a good, positive, uplifting book. I imagine that a younger person who has not been as inundated with self help books, and well-meaning advice would find the book refreshing and helpful. The book’s tone is friendly, and casual, almost as if the author and reader are si ...more
Bianca Sierra
Sep 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Several Little Lessons in Life

This book is full of stories and suggestions on how to lead a happy life. I believe the author is well intentioned and commend her for bestowing her kind knowledge on to others. However, I felt her words of wisdom were cliche and I’d heard them many times before. Since I’m almost forty, I think my age might have something to do with that. If you are in your twenties or feeling lost in life, this might just be the book for you. For me, it didn’t bring anything new.
Clemens Schoonderwoert
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This enjoyable book by Nico J. Genes shows us in a very enthusiastic fashion all the most simple human endeavours in life.
These facts of life are all brought to us in a most pleasurable way without ever becoming a lecture, and so making this book such a pleasant educational read, but at the same time I like to say that these facts of life should be really important to all of us.
Every little thing within our human lives is very important, especially when you consider that all kinds of feelings an
Lili Draguer
"Love is the color in your life. Enjoy all the shades and new sensations that come with it, making you feel alive."

"If you can't climb the highest mountain any more, go to the closest hill. It is better than staying at the bottom thinking you can't do it."
--Lessons in Life, Nico J Genes

A mix of personal reflections, enhanced and illustrated by stories the author presents to you. Along with a few short poems, this is really a book to get you thinking. I liked the way Lessons in Life is separated
Benedict Stuart
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Getting to know oneself!

Very honest account of one's life, searches, aspirations and endeavors. Nice messages of combining traditions with innovation. One should be themselves and not anyone else. So brave and emotional. Wise words, congratulations.
Flori Constantinescu
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enioyed a lot reading this book. I especially enjoyed all the messages that made me think there are so many things one could improve for a better self, for a better life. Really motivational, written in a very pleasant way.
Salomeu Timeeu
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A modern version of Chicken soup for the soul. I apreciate the observation power of the author and thank her for such heartfelt stories
Norma Nikutowski
Sep 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a great reminder to pay attention and learn from our daily life lessons. Nico J. Genes offers her own experiences and how she was able to learn valuable lessons from them. It is a nice collection of stories to remind us to be helpful, kind, and thoughtful. The book is divided into different sections such as: Lessons in Change, Lessons in Love, Lessons in Doing Good, Lessons in Work, Lessons in Questioning. You could start with any section or title you find interesting. The stories a ...more
Virginia Arthur
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
This is the kind of book you pick up on a "verge" day meaning you feel like you are on the verge of losing it for whatever reason, quitting your job, cussing out your boss, lashing out at your sig. other, kicking the dog (don't EVER kick the dog or throw the cat!), and in a few seconds, it may bring you back to some mindfulness--a few seconds because it is a fairly simplistic book and as another reviewer observed, rather cliche. Still, it is written as if the author is sitting across from you in ...more
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. And, I suspect all fans of the Self-Improvement genre will love having a nibble on this one also! LESSONS in LIFE: Achieving a better you through self-reflection, is a very well written life improvement book. This book is intelligent, wise and packed to the rafters with practical common-sense advice. It becomes very obvious as you read through this page turner that the author is imparting her wisdom and understanding as to what happiness and success really mea ...more
David Laing
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"Lessons in Life," an excellent manual for living life to the fullest

Having been more than charmed by Nico J. Genes first two novels, "Magnetic Reverie" and "Reverie Girl," I knew I must read her next book, "Lessons in Life." I was by no means disappointed, except that, being an "Aspie" (one who is blessed with Aspergar's syndrome) I could only appreciate most of the author's good advice intellectually, even if not emotionally, as it was clearly intended. Nonetheless, everything she says in this
Georgiana Popa
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read many personal development books lately looking for answers to various daily issues. In most of them, the information repeats itself and it becomes frustrating to find the same answer always. "Lessons in life" is an atypical book. The author translates into stories the most discussed and personal issues we all have. The analogies are unusual, some are funny and very specific and have attracted me since the first chapters. In other psychology books, the authors urge you to do as it is ...more
Cassandra Chaput
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is genuine and straight from the heart. It's a compilation of stories and poems that teach important life lessons we can learn from in any season of life. Each story and lesson is a step towards becoming the best version of ourselves.
I received this ARC as a gift and this is my honest review
Lynn Lawler
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lessons in life is a compilation of short inspiring stories. Each one tells a tale about a life's lesson. The topics include looking at what we take for granted, gratitude, and the choices we make in life. She offers good words of wisdom and a positive outlook on life.

One of my favorite stories is about something simple we assume without questioning. It goes to say what we are taught as kids do stick with us as adults and then we go ahead and do the same thing.

A second story caught my attention
Andre Govier
Aug 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this collection of short stories. I was given an advance reader copy and asked for my honest opinion. Nico has reflected on many things we are often too busy to reflect on. It is a good book for somebody who doesn't want to repeat their mistakes. It has a deeply charming subtle humour. It is easy going. The key thing is some if not most of this book will relate to everybody in one part of their life. Watching from a sideline, we get vision we don't see whilst in the thick of the game. ...more
claire martin
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book from voracious readers only.

The chapters were short and sweet and something you could dip in and out of. I sometimes got the impression that English wasn't the authors first language from some of the phrasing.

Some of the stories lacked details where others came across as relevant.

Some of the chapters were a bit simplistic and finished before they got started.

I still managed to find some relevance in this book and enjoyed it
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a really interesting read which will help you with your life and help you make your life even better for you as well as those around them.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of beautiful heartouching stories. I read them before going to sleep, some stories for multiple times as they were so relaxing. Food for thought.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Nico Genes loves life. You can tell from her personal experiences and the stories she shares. Her message is engaging and universal; we are all different, and it’s just fine. Her experiences are fascinating. She has traveled near and far, and the unique people she has met have inspired her to think deeply. She asks herself the questions we ask ourselves and then offers her thoughts and observations honestly

This book is a pleasure to read. The message is inspiring, inviting us to be our best selv
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring and helpful!!!!

Absolutely a wonderful read. It's fascinating, and it has very helpful information for everyone at any point in their lives, especially if you're trying to work through a rough time. As you keep reading, it makes you believe in yourself by learning to appreciate what you have in life, accepting them. It inspires you to have energy and passion when we're down, making the reader to understand that is not alone in the experiences that life brings. The author, Nico J. Genes,
Amber  Christiansen
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of good advice and the author seems to be a happy person. The various messages are given in multiple formats including mini fiction pieces, some stories that sounded like they could happen in real life and some poetry. A lot of the content seemed to be only loosely connected and not very organized, but I enjoyed reading most of the parts in general.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Nov 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great collection of interesting short stories with insightful messages that make you think and help you work towards a better self, a better human being
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Nico J. Genes has traveled and worked with many interesting and unique people of different nationalities, religions, and sexual orientations, all of whom helped her to understand diversity and to accept everyone just as they are.

With her first two novels, Magnetic Reverie and Reverie Girl, she broke the ice into writing successfully. From her readers’ feedback and reviews, Nico can proudly say she

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