Relax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

Relax, You're Going to DieRelax, You’re Going to Die by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you’ve been following my reviews of Tai Sheridan, this is the third of his little ebooks, and for once I believe I’ve read something in order!

Buddha in Blue Jeans tackles the concept of sitting quietly with yourself, followed by Secrets of True Happiness, which I believe if you sit quietly enough you’ll start to contemplate what true happiness actually means. Beyond that is the concept of life and death, which is what this book tackles.

In another series of chapter-like poems ( I think I have it right this time!) he walks through the connection between life and death, while we are living we are also dying, and touches every so slightly on the role that religion plays in life and death.

Buddhists believe in reincarnation, so there is a whisper of that within the poems, but there is also nature, our ego, and even the universe and cosmos to consider. There are many things going on with our dance from life to death to consider, and this little ebook takes you there.

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Secrets of True Happiness by Tai Sheridan

Secrets of True HappinessSecrets of True Happiness by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another, very short, ebook from the Buddhist author, Tai Sheridan. This one is a little less straight forward than the other book, Sitting Quietly. This is one is more about our outlook onto the world rather than just sitting in it.

Again, with short, poem-like chapters, the author works through some of our greatest fears (death, fear, anger) and puts forth experiencing aliveness and big love into ourselves in order to become truly happy. He also has a short verse on the cyclical nature of “wanting”.

To me, it feels like this book is a step beyond Sitting Quietly, a deeper dive into our thoughts and nature to find deeper meaning and emotion. Or it could be just an interesting little ebook to get you thinking again about life and the meaning of the universe.

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Buddha in Blue Jeans by Tai Sheridan

Buddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being BuddhaBuddha in Blue Jeans: An Extremely Short Simple Zen Guide to Sitting Quietly and Being Buddha by Tai Sheridan

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The title is aptly descriptive, it is a short ebook. I think I read it in 15 minutes, but that’s not really the point of this book. This book is a lesson in sitting quietly with yourself, which is something many of us humans have trouble doing, myself included.

This book is separated into tiny, poem-like chapters, the first one essentially explaining the basics of sitting quietly. The rest of the chapters help you work through what happens when you sit quietly, what to do with those pesky emotions, a wandering mind, and existential crises.

It’s written by a Buddhist, but it is written in such a way as to be appropriate for all religions or lack thereof. Anyone could benefit from this and that’s essentially why the author wrote it!

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Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and LeadDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve wanted to say that I’m reading this book for work, but in reality it’s inspired by work. I’m in a leadership program and one session was based around Brene Brown’s working on rumbling with vulnerability. Thanks to the virus this year, our sessions are on hold but we were encouraged to keep pursuing our leadership skills, so I found Daring Greatly at my e-library.

I started out reading this book thinking it’s a purely leadership book, especially based on the name “Daring Greatly”, but it’s so much more than that. It’s learning how to be yourself, and sometimes that can be uncomfortable, but that’s okay too.

She does have individual chapters on leadership and parenting, but this book goes so much further than that. Brene talks about her research, and what it means to be Wholehearted. It was an eye-opening book that goes into our day to day lives and teaches how to dare greatly. I loved it.

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Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

Done!: Finish Your Creative Project in One MonthDone!: Finish Your Creative Project in One Month by A. P. Lambert

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book is really good for motivation to get going on your creative project. There isn’t much for clear steps because it’s for a “creative project” which could be anything from building a table to knitting a sweater. However, I did say it was good for motivation.

The author puts for many ideas and suggestions for keeping you moving forward on whatever personal project you’re stuck on. Tips on staying focused, finding accountability, and keeping on track I’m finding helpful.

I believe I found this as a freebie on Amazon, so it’s worth a read if you’re stuck on a creative project, or even just a personal project.

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Spark Joy by Marie Kondo

Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying UpSpark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love this book as a companion to the first. First of all the practical knowledge here is just outstanding. She’s right, no one really teaches you how to fold clothes, no one really teaches you how to tidy or store items away properly. Marie Kondo does in this terrific book.

The attention to detail and simple diagrams she uses to explain her processes make everything easy to understand, and after a few false starts, even I picked them up fairly quickly. I must admit it is taking some time to implement some of these techniques but (maybe TMI?) my underwear drawer has never looked better!

I do recommend reading Marie Kondo’s books back to back. It will make more sense, flesh out some questions you may be having, and give you some tips and tricks to carry on tidying.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and OrganizingThe Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve never been obsessed with tidying up or decluttering, but became interested when I found Marie Kondo’s book in the library and decided I was interested enough to read through them at least once.

It’s possible that this book will be going on the “books that changed my life” list. As a potential caveat, nothing in this book is really “new” and mostly just a rendition of common sense that no one put together quite like Marie did.

Case in point: if you have less stuff you have less stuff it clean, less stuff to tidy, and less stuff to store.

I do quite enjoy her idea of sparking joy with your possessions, keeping the things you love, and enjoying those things more often. I recommend this book whole-heartedly to everyone as I think it would change the way anyone would look at their possessions.

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Next Steps for Authors to Maintain and Grow Success by Tyler Wagner

Next Steps For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success: A Guide For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success (Authors Unite Book 7)Next Steps For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success: A Guide For Authors To Maintain And Grow Success by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

So what next? You’ve written, edited, designed, published and marketed your book, now what?

Well….Tyler gives us some ideas. The obvious one is: do it again! Write another book! There are other suggestions, mostly for the non-fiction folks. Use your book to promote your consulting/coaching/speaking/whatever business is the big idea here besides writing more books.

He continues talking about the value of the book and how it can make you more verifiable when talking on any given subject. It drives home the idea that this series was written mostly with non-fiction writers in mind, with a few (very few) crumbs tossed to those who only do fiction.

It is nice that this book was included in the series and didn’t just stop with “you did it!”, and carried on with more ideas to keep going.

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Marketing Tips for Authors by Tyler Wagner

Marketing Tips For Authors: A Marketing Guide For Authors To Become Profitable Authors (Authors Unite Book 6)Marketing Tips For Authors: A Marketing Guide For Authors To Become Profitable Authors by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I liked this book, there is some good information here, and he breaks it down well. First, we talk about book launches, what they are, and why you should have one. This actually took some of the awe and confusion out of a book launch for me, so even with just that, I felt this book was useful.

In the next chapters he divides up the social media platforms, and outlines some simple strategies for marketing on those platforms. He even leaves a chapter open for other platforms and room to grow. I will say though that he focuses heavily on Facebook.

I felt that this was one of the better books in the series as the information here can apply to all books.

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Self Publishing Tips for Writers by Tyler Wagner

Self Publishing Tips For Writers: A Self Publishing Guide For Writers To Become Successful Authors (Authors Unite Book 5)Self Publishing Tips For Writers: A Self Publishing Guide For Writers To Become Successful Authors by Tyler Wagner

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This ebook in the series covers the process of uploading your work of art to Amazon, pricing the book, setting up keywords, book descriptions, setting up the book page and your author page. I am also going to point out that Amazon recently combined their ebook publishing with their paperback publishing so it’s now all on their KDP site.

I told you that so that you know that because of the restructuring on Amazon this book is now slightly out of date with it’s step by step process and some of the references to Createspace (which no longer exists).

Apart from that, I did enjoy the advice on book pricing, keywords, and book descriptions.

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