The Courage Map: 13 Principles For Living Boldly

The Courage MapPublisher: TCK Publishing
Published: May 10, 2020
Copyright: 2020
Pages: 139
Form: Paperback
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Why do some people make brave decisions that steer them to lead exciting, rewarding, and impactful lives while others watch from the sidelines?

In this book, you’ll discover 13 principles for living boldly. You’ll learn to tap into your inner courage and use it to chart a course to a better future and a better world. get ready to face your fears, stand in your truth, and embrace life to the fullest!

Written in her unique and fearlessly quirky style, The Courage Map provides direction and guidance for readers who seek to lead a life of courage, meaning, and impact.

“Every day I see people doing great things in the world. What do they have in common? The courage to go after their dreams and make a positive impact. Franziska’s book shows how that message can support you in running your life and business based on courage, love, and kindness instead of fear.”
-Sir Richard Branson

My Thoughts on The Courage Map

 

In The Courage Map, author Franziska Iseli takes us on her journey through the Silk Road. Along the way, she guides us through 13 Principles to develop courage and live life out loud despite our fears. The first and my favorite principle is STORIES.  As our lives take shape we all begin to identify as the stories we tell about ourselves. And so often we cling to the negative stories we’ve developed to justify and excuse why we may not be where we want to be in life. Or to soothe ourselves for regretting not having had the experiences we wish we had. Some of us are perpetual victims, some of us believe for one reason or another we are undeserving of our desires and nothing could be further from the truth.

Unfortunately and fortunately the stories we tell become our beliefs. Every one of us can CHOOSE to change our stories at any moment. For me, this is the foundation in building and developing courage and I’m glad the author led with this. Franziska Islei does a wonderful job of walking the audience through each of her courage-building principles and I love that the author uses her personal journey along the Silk road to give the reader real-world examples of how to put each principle into practice. Unlike many self-help books, the author doesn’t just say. “do it this way”.   She offers examples and real stories to illustrate her points and the effects they had and can have in our own lives.  The fact that the book is based on the real-life experiences of the author gives it an added layer of depth and authenticity.

Going Deeper

At the end of each chapter, Iseli suggests new thoughts and ideas we can adopt in regard to each principle in the form of ‘Travel Tunes’.   There is also a list of thought-provoking questions for us to work through at the end of each chapter to help us dive deeper into the material and our own courage-building journeys. This book will guide you through building your very own courage map. In addition to the book, you can download a free copy of The Courage Map Journal for yourself here. For anyone wanting an even more in-depth experience, the author offers a course on her website. I personally have not taken the course but I enjoyed the book and found it inspiring and useful.  I’ve begun adopting some of the ‘Travel Tunes’ for myself and look forward to living life more courageously.

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Book Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Book The Wedding Date
Publisher: Penguin Randomhouse
Published: January 30, 2018
Copyright: 2018
Pages: 310
Form: Paperback
Series: The Wedding Date #1
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I vow to take thee as my date, to pretend to have and to hold, from rehearsal dinner to reception end, till Sunday do us part.

Agreeing to go to a wedding with a guy she gets stuck with in an elevator is something Alexa Monroe wouldn’t normally do. But there’s something about Drew Nichols that’s too hard to resist.

Drew has never found it hard to meet women–or to know just when to leave them. But now, on the eve of his ex’s wedding festivities, he is minus a plus one…until a power outage strands him with the perfect candidate for a fake girlfriend.

From the best man’s toast to the bouquet toss, Alexa and Drew have more fun than they ever thought possible. But before they know it, Drew has to fly back to Los Angeles and his job as a pediatric surgeon and Alexa heads home to Berkeley, where she’s the mayor’s chief of staff–and neither of them can stop thinking about the other.

They’re just two high-powered professionals on a collision course toward the long-distance dating disaster of the century–or closing the gap between what they think they need and what they truly want…

MY THOUGHTS

While out perusing the shelves in the book store I was drawn to this book. I’d never read a romance story featuring a mixed-race couple before, but I was game so I picked up a copy of The Wedding Date from Amazon. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and managed to finish it in a couple of days. Once I got started it was hard to put down.

The meet-cute of Alexa and Drew is fun and their chemistry is immediate. I love the odd circumstances of their meeting and their easy banter. I was glad when Drew plucked up the courage to ask Alexa to be his ‘fake girlfriend’ because of their interactions with each other. Though they are both extremely attracted to one another, their conversation is an easy and fun volley. You can tell that there is a level of comfort and almost familiarity between them. Which, to me, only added to the chemistry.

THE CHARACTERS

I love Alexa. She is strong, intelligent, and passionate about every aspect of her life. Especially her work and relationships. The only thing that really bothered me sometimes about Alexa was her internal dialogue. She constantly thinks she’s not ‘good enough’ for Drew, and she compares herself to white women a lot. This shit irks the hell out of me. I understand having insecurities but I can’t say I’ve ever wondered if I was ‘good enough’ for any man, so I just can’t relate. And I feel Alexa, was doing this specifically because Drew is white and a Pediatric Surgeon. Never mind her own professional accomplishments. Also, the incessant comparisons to white women. His attraction is to her, period. If he wanted another, I’m sure he could find another but he chooses to spend his time with her. No one else should even exist in their relationship. She also has a tendency to overreact.

Drew is funny, sweet, smart but boy he could be obtuse and obnoxious at times. There were instances where Alexa wants and needs serious answers from him and he thinks it’s appropriate to respond with a joke. Also, I don’t know if it was meant to be funny, but he treats his so-called best friend, Carlos, poorly at times. My feelings hurt on his behalf, making me wonder if men really relate to each other like this? He wants to be the center of attention and can sometimes be immature in handling relationships with friends and lovers. Drew needs to grow up a bit and face his feelings head-on and stop running away from commitment.

OVERALL

Despite my grievances about the characters, overall I enjoyed this book. The Wedding Date was my first foray into romance featuring an interracial couple and it was a nice introduction. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more. This book was fun and flirty and its couple had great chemistry and conversation. It was a quick, fun read!

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Review: Only Hers by Francis Ray

Publisher: Arabesque
Published: April 1, 1996
Copyright: 1996
Pages: 288
Form: Paperback
Series: The Taggart Brothers
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AN ESCAPE FANTASY

When St. Louis nurse Shannon Johnson inherits a cabin in Texas, she hopes it will be the perfect getaway from her high-pressure job–and her low-energy life.  Unfortunately, the place is a rundown shack with no electricity…except for the sizzling sparks that fly when she meets Matt Taggart, the big strapping rancher next door.

A WHIRLWIND ROMANCE

One of the Lone Star State’s most desirable bachelors, Matt Taggart has seen more than his share of gold-diggers–including his ex-wife–and he’s sworn off love forever.  He’s convinced Shannon only wants a piece of his ranch.  But when he challenges her to help him work the land, Matt begins to see Shannon for who she really is.  And soon those sparks are igniting a fire they can’t put out…

MY THOUGHTS

I admit my love for this book is somewhat sentimental.  This is the first adult romance I’d ever read and picked it up as a twelve or thirteen year old.  The fact that it featured characters who looked like me was the cherry on top.  Though by now I have definitely read more interesting and compelling romance and or love stories, I will probably always count this one as one of my favorites.

Shannon Johnson finds herself in Texas on the Circle T after inheriting a meadow, seeking sanctuary and comfort after a tremendous personal loss.  Unfortunately, her peace doesn’t last long when she meets Matt Taggert, owner, and operator of the Circle T, and a man completely suspicious of beautiful women as a result of the scheming ways of his ex-wife.  He is incensed when he learns his Uncle gave away part of his land to Shannon and will not give her a moment’s peace until he has it back.

Despite the oil and vinegar dynamic, the chemistry between the two is electric and immediate and neither can deny it.  Eventually, Shannon sees through Matt’s so-called tough exterior to the warm-hearted man underneath.  She believes that he is someone who is indeed deserving of love, and she’s decided that she wants to be the person to give it to him.

Shannon is unlike any woman Matt has ever met before.  But his suspicion of women, beautiful women, in particular, has him continuously trying to shove Shannon in the same box as his ex-wife.  After some time Matt finally has to admit to himself that Shannon does not belong in that box and he can’t continue trying to place her there.  But it’s easier to fight his feelings than to make himself vulnerable to being hurt again.

Their romance is a fight and a struggle to the end, but the sparks they kick up in the meantime is palpable.  Matt is entirely too stubborn and Shannon refuses to settle for less.  But when they finally come to understand the true nature of each other, their love can no longer be denied.