Prayers for Hard Times

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As recent scientific research shows, the simple act of praying can be emotionally, spiritually, and even physically healing. With Prayers for Hard Times, author Becca Anderson offers solace in bringing together the wisdom of great thinkers, spiritual leaders and writers who have faced difficulty and learned from it. Organized in daybook form, the book draws from sacred sources such as the Bible, the Torah, Buddhist and Native American texts, as well as the writings of Joan Didion, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maya Angelou, Rumi, Mark Nepo, Harriet Tubman, Dave Eggars, Abraham Lincoln, Anne Morrow Lindberg, Martin Luther King Jr., and many others. Together, these wise words create a tapestry of consolation and renewal for those times when it all seems “too much.” In a world that feels increasingly fragile and, at times, fractured, people need answers and prayers. Becca Anderson’s collection focuses on prayers for a wide range of life challenges, from the personal to the global. Prayers for Hard Times covers issues facing individuals such as loss of loved ones, illness, anxiety, divorce, depression and addiction, as well as those challenges communities face in natural disasters and violence. The writers in Anderson’s devotional address the world at large, as well, with words of hope and help for global poverty, hunger, war and the environmental. Prayers for Hard Times offer readers solace, comfort, and support, drawing from the wisdom of every era, every major faith and tradition, and the important voices of those who have lived through such experiences themselves.

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Mission Entrepreneur

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Career military? Leaving the military for civilian life? Either way, you can leverage your experience into some great new business startup ideas. 

Military spouses can face serious challenges when trying to develop a career while part of the military life, or equally serious challenges when they transition to civilian life. But, help is on the way in Mission Entrepreneur: Applying Lessons from Military Life to Create Great Startup Ideas!

Finding startup ideas that can make you a business success: Are you trying to find your niche in our modern world of underemployment and the self-employed, where many are looking for great startup ideas and the opportunity to build wealth and find happiness and fulfillment? Some of the best startup ideas are yet to be discovered and Mission Entrepreneur will guide you through Jen E. Griswold's journey toward realizing her personal dream of becoming one of the successful women entrepreneurs. Experiencing underemployment as a military spouse, she learns how to turn her military experience into business success.

The underemployment problem: Being a military spouse comes with sacrifices. Spouses give up college degrees, careers and put other plans on hold due to military relocations. The country feels the effects. Reports show that 90% of female spouses face underemployment and countless income tax dollars are lost. As both a spouse and veteran for 20 years, Jen E. Griswold witnessed many spouses trying to keep a career going through their first few assignments. After multiple failed attempts and the addition of kids, they often gave up, deciding their efforts were futile. Their confidence waned and they began to question their self-worth.

Women entrepreneurs: Ironically, these same people have the perfect set of skills needed to become successful women entrepreneurs: work ethic, vision, passion, and resilience. These are the exact same skills that have helped them endure a life of sacrifice in the military. But, in most cases, they have given up on their own personal big visions to change the world. Using a lifetime of experience, military trained veterans entering the job force know how to manage the bumpy journey to becoming men and women entrepreneurs and finding those great startup ideas.

Mission Entrepreneur: From her extensive training in the Air Force and experience coaching women over the past several years, Griswold discovered that by giving back to her military community, she could change the world a little bit every day. America needs more men and women entrepreneurs who pay it forward and here is where we’ll start. Welcome to Mission Entrepreneur.

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Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to Life

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Do you want to be known as a tremendous talent...or a lazy, unfocused slacker? The choice is really yours! Take it from a guy who—without a college degree—morphed from a temp answering phones to a top PR executive, simply because he had a will to get out of his own way and a fearless, take- charge spirit ready to embrace success. And now, YOU can too! Get Out of Your Own Way Guide to life is an in-your-face, funny and no-nonsense handbook for anyone who is coming of age or ready to kick the bucket! The book will inspire you to do whatever it takes to live your life to the max so that your final "sum-you-up statement" is one you can be proud of. With candor, lots of hope, and a big dose of reality, author Justin Loeber reveals the twists and turns of his life so that each reader can embrace their own definition of greatness. (Justin morphed from a waiter to an 80s “techno pop star” discovered by Gary Numan, then an unstoppable survivor in corporate publishing—and finally—the founder of Mouth Public Relations, a high-profile boutique PR firm in NYC.) By honing in on Twitter-like epitaphs of 140 characters or less that are peppered throughout the book, you’ll learn survival skills captured in Justin's real-life one-liners, which will inspire you to celebrate your strengths and extinguish your weaknesses.

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Notoriously Dapper

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Being a true gentleman and a genuine class act is increasingly rare. It is also more important now than ever before. What worked for the Rat Pack and the Brat Pack won’t work for you and truth be told, it won’t work for anyone because that is old school. Being a real man in the modern era is worth learning about and the dividends will pay off for a lifetime. Not only will you bring joy to all those around you, you’ll be happier, too. Once you master this, you’ll live the good life. No one in the world is better suited than Kelvin Davis, (we’re talking really nice suits, too) to provide the ultimate guide to being a modern gentleman. A fresh voice in style, attitude, manners and body confidence for men, Kelvin is a model and major Instagram influencer who has been featured in Glamour Magazine, Buzzfeed, Cosmopolitan and much more. Davis is also a leading light in the body confidence movement for men, offering empowerment and esteem-boosting wisdom. In his words, “You can choose to be great; clothing has sizes but style does not.” This book is a treasury of information covering all the bases from how to date (Hint, pulling up and waiting for her in your car is wrong, you’re not freaking Uber!) to social skills to etiquette for all occasions, even including counsel on improving your character. Whether you are at a weekend wedding with your friends, courting a new lady, being a great colleague at work or becoming a dad, Notoriously Dapper provides practical information and inspiration for every area of your life. You'll learn the life skills all modern men should know, including these secrets to eternal style and class: Tie your own damn tie Be the perfect wedding guest Treat your women right, from ages 8 to 80 Get along with pretty much anybody Ask for a woman's hand in marriage First-time fatherhood The art of self-care and body con Modeling good behavior The Bro Code Live, laugh and love your life

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The Quiet Rise of Introverts

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Introverts loving and living

Many introverts in our world: More and more, people are identifying as introverts. Studies show that at least one-third of the people we encounter in our lives are introverts. 

Introverts and Relationships: The Quiet Rise of Introverts: 8 Practices for Loving and Living in a Noisy World is a guide to help tenderhearted and introverted individuals grow and nurture their peace, purpose, and relationships. 

Many types of introverts: There are many facets to being an introvert and many variations to each type. But as you peel back the layers to all these you quickly learn that introverts make up 50% of the world’s population. 

Introverts and sensitivity: Author, speaker and life coach Brenda Knowles presents 8 unique practices to help readers learn that they are not alone or flawed in their sensitivity and introversion. Certified as a Myers-Briggs practitioner, she has been writing and guiding introverts for six years on space2live and has been trained in family mediation.

Incorporating the 8 Practices into your life yields:
• A calmer sense of self
• A deeper understanding of mental and physical self-care
• An embracing of positive conflict
• Growth in responsiveness
• The secret to healing every day

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Love the Sh!t Out of Yourself

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The world is changing all around us with increasing speed, making most of us feel we have no control. We are so busy doing and being productive and bullet journaling our way through life that we might be riding on the back of our own bus. Positive Living and affirmation queen Zoey Arielle Poulsen has been to the edge of overwhelm and back again. While on her journey, she gathered a lot of wisdom and here is her big takeaway:
If you affirm yourself everyday, you can rule the world. More importantly, you can live a life filled with love, joy, fulfillment and satisfaction thanks to your own positive self-regard. 
Through the art of daily self-affirmation, you can take control of your own destiny and create your ideal life. If it sounds easy, it can be but it does require the discipline that you reflect upon a positive affirmation each day. These affirmations are a mindfulness practice that will strengthen your self-esteem. Like a muscle, the more you do it, the stronger your confidence and sense of self will be. Love the Sh*t Out of Yourself is the ultimate motivating, encouraging, and uplifting book to enjoy and share. These very wise words and affirmative sayings have the power to touch our hearts, make us laugh, alleviate our stress, while realizing the vast potential life has to offer. Grouped together, these quips, quotes, and "power thoughts" can help you deal with everything life throws at you with élan. Simply put, you’ll be too blessed to be stressed!

From the book:
"If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed and drained by the busyness of life with too many demands, you need to stop in your tracks and do an attitude adjustment, or more specifically a “gratitude adjustment.” Whenever you have gotten to this point, you have need some “me TLC” and a dose of radical self-care. Chances are, your very wonderfulness might have led you to give and give and give and give. Now, you need to give and give and give to yourself. You need to soak up the glory of your very being and remember that you are an amazing, awesome person and deserving of all good things!"

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Cannabis Cuisine

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Much more than just a pot cookbook, Cannabis Cuisine elevates marijuana to a fine cuisine. Chef Andrea Drummer is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and co-owner of Elevation VIP Co-op, a Los Angeles–based company that caters high-end, intimate dinner parties ─ AND, she is a world class marijuana chef. Cooking with marijuana: In her debut cookbook, chef and author Andrea Drummer guides home cooks through an adventure of the palette. Chef Drummer is a firm believer that the food always comes first. Cannabis Cuisine is about the art of marijuana as an ingredient. It's more than a cannabis cookbook. Like a fine wine, cannabis is meant to be paired according to its unique profile. With every dish, she looks to the textures, flavors and scents of the bud before masterfully pairing it with ingredients that transcend the dish. The culinary arts and science of responsible dosage are presented in a way that treats cannabis as one of the best ingredients in the world to cook with. Every item she prepares incorporates the flavor profile of the strain that she is using with what is being prepared, thus the cannabis is just as important as any other ingredient. Filled with recipes, but more than a marijuana cookbook, Cannabis Cuisine elevates marijuana to the highest levels of cuisine. Never before have recipes been presented like this. From the comforts of southern kitchens to the upscale stoves of Michelin star restaurants, each recipe is carefully crafted to elevate both the dish and the cook. In this book, you'll learn: • The Basics of Pairing Buds • How to Create Unique Butters and Oils to Incorporate in Every Meal • Tips for Elevating Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner • The Secret of Marijuana as a Flavor Powerhouse • How to Properly Dose Cannabis Infused Cuisine.

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How to be Heard

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Have you ever felt like you're talking, but nobody is listening? Renowned five time TED speaker and author Julian Treasure reveals how to speak so that people listen – and how to listen so that people feel heard. As this leading sound expert demonstrates via interviews with world-class speakers, professional performers and CEOs atop their field, the secret lies in developing simple habits that can transform our power in communication, the quality of our relationships and our impact in the world. Including never-before-seen exercises that are as effective at home as in the boardroom or conference call, Treasure offers an inspiring vision for a sonorous world of effective speaking, listening and understanding.

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Deep Breaths

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Millennial moms: You've survived maternity motherhood and now you have a newborn baby and you're entering your first year of newborn care.

What's next? Deep Breaths: The New Mom's Handbook to Your Baby's First Year is Michelle Pearson's debut book.

This is her newborn baby book, this YouTube mom of 3 details:

● what to expect during pregnancy or maternity motherhood

● what to expect during the first year of motherhood

● the importance of finding your mother tribe

● how to embrace motherhood with all of its ups and downs

● how to continue managing your career

● how to continue your social life

This isn't your grandma's parenting book. YouTube parenting vlogger, Michelle Pearson, brings her inspiring and motivating parenting stories, tips and tricks for the modern millennial mom. From what to expect as the pregnancy develops to the milestones within the first 12 months, Michelle knows that the journey will have highs, lows and the occasional unexpected surprise on social media.

 

-Reading Michelle's journey as both a mom and a millennial woman, with hopes and admirations of her own, I couldn't help but feel like I was sitting down to coffee with a close friend, sharing some of our hardest and most beautiful struggles. Michelle's depiction of both the blessings and the challenges that every millennial mom faces, is raw, refreshing, and shows truly how unique the millennial generation is. Sharing her high moments, as well as the low- you get an intimate look into her life as both a young woman and also a mom who is passionate about everything she does. Millennials have both the advantage and the curse of social media, and Michelle so candidly speaks life and hope into a generation of moms who just want someone to tell them they're doing it -right-. Jaimie Kight YouTube Vlogger 

 

Key elements of Deep Breaths include: 

● How to become the mom you want to be

● The good, the bad, the ugly

● Embracing/finding/defining the mother within

● Delicate balance

● A day in the life of a millennial mom

● iMom

● Pamper yourself

● My favorite recipes for the millennial mom.

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Happy Healthy You

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Happy Healthy YOU is a multidisciplinary approach to reclaiming ultimate wellness. We are all so busy nowadays and tackling all those to-do lists can leave us drained, worn down, and lacking energy. When you take a deeper look inside, you will also discover patterns, old habits, and past events blocking self-growth. Life coach extraordinaire, KJ Landis helps identify how, why, and where we got stuck in the first place, and how we can utilize past trauma and drama as a springboard to becoming our most authentic, vibrant selves. As one of KJ's students enthuses, "She has taught me several tangible strategies to cope with stress...I am using KJ's simple techniques to achieve my lifelong health goals.'"

Learn to lose the baggage and blame once and for all and step into your better self. 

KJ Landis herself is an exemplar of the practices she espouses. In her early career as a model, she masked years of abuse behind the beauty. Her journey to health and happiness is remarkable and truly inspiring. So, many of us bury pieces of ourselves, never daring to become whole. Landis work offers a path to wholeness for all. The variety of healing therapies and practices makes this book unique in its contribution to the self-help and wellness world. Each day, we are faced with an immense amount of daily stress. Over time, those stressors may build up to a really big deal in our lives, causing us to go into survival mode. When you are only surviving, you are not thriving. In addition to the day-to-day sources of stress, many of us are exposed to major issues such as neglect, loneliness, abandonment issues, sexual abuse, grieving after loss, breakups, workplace challenges, environmental disasters, hormonal imbalances, and nutritional deficiencies. KJ Landis tackles all the blocks to wellness with excellent practical tools for overcoming and recovering,
nside this book you will learn:

-the origin of how we remain "stuck" in our lives

-how to use The Negative Thought Pot to rid ourselves from self deprecating beliefs

-how hormones and epigenetics affect mental and physical wellness

-the role of nutrition in every aspect of our health

-therapeutic movement as a modality in healing 

-the power of self-care through restorative practices

and much, much more!

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Saigon Kids

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Looking for unusual coming of age books? Follow the coming of age adventures of a U.S. military brat during the early Vietnam war years in Saigon

The early Vietnam war years through the eyes of a U.S. military brat: In May of 1962, Naval Chief Petty Officer Bryant Arbuckle flew to Saigon to establish a new Armed Forces radio station. Next to follow were his wife and three boys, Leslie among them. Saigon Kids is the candid, recondite slice of fourteen-year-old military brat Les Arbuckle’s experience at the American Community School (ACS) during the critical months of the Vietnam War when events would, quite literally, ignite in downtown Saigon. In 1963, Saigon was beautiful, violent, and dirty – and the most exciting place a fourteen-year-old American boy could live. Saigon offered a rich array of activities, and much to the consternation of their parents and teachers, Les and his fellow military brats explored the dangers with reckless abandon running from machine gun fire, watching a Buddhist monk burn to death, visiting brothels late at night or, trading currency on the black market

Coming of age in the streets of Vietnam War torn Saigon: When Les first arrives in Vietnam, he is a stranger in a strange land, expecting boredom in a country he doesn’t know. But the American social scene is more vibrant than he expected. The American Community School is a blend of kids from all over the globe who arrived in Saigon as the fuse on Saigon was about to ignite. As the ACS students continue their American lifestyle behind barbed wire, Saigon unravels in chaos and destruction. In spite of this ugliness – an ever-present feature of everyday life -- Les tells his story of teenage angst with humor and precocity. 

Coming of age tale with a twist:The events leading up to the Vietnam War provide an unusual backdrop for this coming-of-age tale with a twist. Saigon Kids will also make a perfect companion to the documentary film (sponsored by the New York Foundation for the Arts) currently in production. The film chronicles the lives of “military brats” living in Saigon in the volatile years from 1958 to 1964.

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Banish Your Inner Critic

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Banish Your Inner Critic and unleash the creative ideas and extreme productivity within you. Open up a world of creative ideas. Denise Jacobs is a Speaker, Author and Creativity Evangelist who speaks at web conferences and consults with tech companies worldwide. As the Founder and Chief Creativity Evangelist of "The Creative Dose", she teaches techniques to make the creative process more fluid, methods for making work environments more conducive to creative productivity, and practices for sparking innovation. Now, in her book, Banish Your Inner Critic, Denise Jacobs shows you how to defeat those barriers that are holding you back and achieve success through a positive mental attitude. Banish Your Inner Critic shows you how to move beyond those mental blocks to creative ideas: • perfectionism • rationalization • self doubt • self sabotage • self criticism Achieve success through a positive mental attitude. We all have an Inner Critic who says you’re just faking it, that others have more talent, that you’ll never be a success. In Banish Your Inner Critic, widely respected keynote speaker Denise Jacobs uncovers the subconscious deterrents or creative blocks that stand between the seeds of great creative ideas and a successful you. Jacob’s guidebook shows you how to clear out mental clutter so that your brilliant and creative ideas can shine through. Perfectionism and rationalization. Does your Inner Critic show up as a fear of being judged, perfectionism, self doubt, self sabotage, or other blocks to success? The trick is to recognize the Inner Critic and the different ways it manifests, and then have specific tools to deal with each negative inner critic resistance to success. How to make the latest in neuroscience work for you. Say goodbye to creative blocks and deadline panic with practical, effective tools you can start using immediately! Drawing on the latest in neuroscience, mindfulness practices, and productivity research; these game-changing exercises help you overcome self doubt, get into the creative zone, and reach new levels of success. Extreme productivity is our goal. It’s time to dismiss your Inner Critic and do the kick-ass work you’re capable of doing. In this book you will learn how to • Identify and quiet the negative voice in your head (aka your Inner Critic) • Disarm perfectionism • Conquer Imposter Syndrome • Free yourself from anxiety and the feeling of being overwhelmed • Overcome self sabotage • Make the creative process more productive and fun again

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Braving the Wilderness

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Be Brave… Stay Wild! Coyote Peterson’s… Bravest Animal Adventures chronicles some of the wildest encounters Coyote Peterson has had with wildlife over the course of his life. The stories begin with his first snapping turtle catch at the age of 8 and lead down a trail of incredible moments he and his camera crew have had while filming their Brave Wilderness Shows. From a giant alligator that nearly caught Coyote in its bone crushing jaws, to a 700lb Grizzly Bear that helped Coyote teach the audience what to do and NOT do if you ever encounter one of these enormous predators in the wild. Each and every tale is laced with fast paced action and daring adventure as Coyote, driven by a natural curiosity and love for animals, gets dangerously close to these incredible wild creatures. This collection of short stories aims to inspire a healthy dose of adventure and a fascination with wildlife for children of all ages. While the danger is eminent for Coyote, each story reminds the reader that animals rule the wild places of this planet and as long as we respect them from a safe distance even the most frightening of creatures are more likely to be afraid of us than we should ever be of them

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Heart-Healing

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Is unresolved anger holding you back from happiness today? Do you wonder if it is really possible to free your heart and mind of the emotional wounds of the past?Letting go of the past. In Heart-Healing: The Life-Changing Power of Forgiveness and Letting Go of the Past you are expertly guided to put compassion and unconditional love into action in practical, easy, and lasting ways. Susyn Reeve invites you to address the emotional wounds in your life that are calling for forgiveness and letting go of the past. Some of the topics get right to the core of the broken heartedness of life’s challenges; others may be surprising; and many may have gone unnoticed in your life - until now. This book is filled with potent opportunities for lasting life-changing heart-healing. Each lesson includes stories, exercises, and powerful affirmations to free you from any resentment and anger you are holding towards yourself or others. The “emotional clutter” of old resentments, grudges, guilt, and shame are blocks to love and a direct call for heart-Healing. When you dive deeply into Heart-Healing you will learn: • About the science of forgiveness and the studies that show that the desire to forgive and be forgiven are a major focus of those facing death • To identify the specific beliefs that continue to activate your emotional wounds and unresolved anger • How to forgive yourself and others • How healing your heart contributes to healing the broken-heartedness in the world today. Letting go of anger, letting go of guilt, and letting go of shame. Susyn Reeve, an interfaith minister who apprenticed under Don Miguel Ruiz, takes readers through a process of heart-healing: acknowledging old grievances and wounds, childhood programming, memories of being bullied, relationships with family, friends, break-ups and divorces, betrayal and work issues, and all the events which bruise us in our day-to-day life. In addition she addresses the pain and suffering caused by current global issues and crises, that impact our communities and the world. Reeve shares her own 9/11 story and how that galvanized her to help others practice forgiveness. Written in her wise and warm trademark style, Reeve’s book is an insightful, inspiring, refreshingly honest, and practical guide to living a life of contentment, connection, and long-overdue joy. The helpful and hopeful advice and lessons on these pages add up to a transformative journey of peace of mind. Susyn does not gloss over life’s pain and struggles rather she shows how to use them as springboards to new open-hearted perspectives and possibilities so you can readily feast on the magnificent gift of life.

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Pride & Joy

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STORIES OF SUCCESS, HAPPINESS AND HOPE FROM THE LGBT COMMUNITY STORIES THAT COMPRISE THE BEST OF LGBT HISTORY ─ "Pride and Joy: LGBTQ Artists, Icons and Everyday Heroes" tells the stories of queer citizens of the world living OUT and proud happy, fulfilling, successful lives. Diverse and global. Famous and unsung. There is a story here for everyone in the LGBT community who has ever questioned their sexual orientation or gender identity, or discovered it. DISCOVER LGBT COMMUNITY STORIES THAT WILL STIR YOU AND REVEAL: • why Tony Kushner quit cello and how Colm Toibin found his voice. • why Emma Donoghue calls her experience a fluke and the best advice Bill T. Jones got was from his mother. • how being an inaugural poet changed Richard Blanco’s life and how Ugandan activist “LongJones” escaped death threats and gained asylum. Award-winning writer and longtime LGBTQ activist Kathleen Archambeau tells the untold stories from diverse LGBT community voices around the corner or around the world. Not like the depressing, sinister, shadowy stories of the past, this book highlights queer people living open, happy, fulfilling and successful lives. BE INSPIRED BY LGBT COMMUNITY STORIES THAT CELEBRATE THE HUMAN SPIRIT: • Be emboldened by the bravery of a Uruguayan author who was rejected by her immediate family even as she began a family of her own. • Be inspired by the audacity to fight for justice that motivates National Center for Lesbian Rights Executive Director Kate Kendell, a Mormon who grew up in Utah. • Learn how two couples transcend time and distance to finally be together and how one NBA sports executive summoned the courage to come out. • Discover the message of love from the first openly lesbian United Methodist Church Bishop. • Learn the secrets of successful OUT IBM executive based in London and the rewards of Ballroom Basix founder in Harlem. • See how the Maori philosophy of whānau guided the MP who won marriage rights in New Zealand and how high expectations overcame disability and bullying for an acclaimed mezzo-soprano. • Know how the Armenian Genocide and family tensions impacted a professional violinist and composer. "Pride & Joy" is a window into the LGBTQ community for straight friends, allies, parents and families of this finally emerging marginalized group. There’s hope that, in the words of Dan Savage, “It Gets Better” for: • the transgender choreographer and dancer who continues to break rules and enlighten audiences to the Dutch singer, songwriter and independent theater producer who breaks down stereotypes. • the Russian émigré award-winning computer scientist to the Chinese folk dancer. • the founder of an award-winning smoking cessation program to the California Political Director of the Obama re-election campaign. • and, for Entrepreneurs and gay dads, ballroom dancers and Hungarian activists on neo-Nazi “hit lists.”

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Still I Rise

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When Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in South Africa’s brutal Robben Prison, he tirelessly turned to the poem Invicitus. The inspirational verse was by the Victorian William Ernest Henley, penned on the occasion of the amputation of his leg. Still I Rise takes its title from a work by Maya Angelou and it resonates with the same spirit of an unconquerable soul, a woman who is captain of her fate. Just as Invicitus brought solace to generations so does the contemporary classic. It embodies the strength of character of the women profiled. Each chapter will outline the fall and rise of great ladies who smashed all obstacles, rather than let all obstacles smash them. The book offers hope to those undergoing their own Sisyphean struggles. The intrepid women are the antithesis of the traditional damsels in distress; rather than waiting for the prince they took salvation into their own hands. Women celebrated in the book include Madame C. J. Walker-first female American millionaire, Aung San Suu Kyi-Burma’s first lady of freedom, Betty Shabazz-civil rights activist, Nellie Sachs-Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize recipient, Selma Lagerlof-first woman Nobel Laureate, Fannie Lou Hamer-American voting rights activist, Bessie Coleman-first African-American female pilot, Wilma Randolph-first woman to win three gold medals, Sonia Sotomayor-first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, Wangari Maathai-Nobel Prize winner, Winnifred Mandela-freedom fighter, Lois Wilson-founder of Al-Anon, Roxanne Quimby-co-founder of Burt’s Bees. From the Book: "Still I Rise Maya Angelou, 1928 - 2014 You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may trod me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I’ll rise. Just like moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise. You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise. I rise I rise I rise."

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GUTS

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GUTS: Find Your Greatness, Beat the Odds, Live From Passion ─ Living a life of grit and grace

• Do you want to understand the important difference between head, heart, and gut and where each fits into better decision-making?
• Are you ready to enjoy a purpose driven life and all of the joy and contentment it can bring?

GUTS will help you find that purpose driven life that is yours to live with joy, passion and success.

When Angela Duckworth wrote her best selling book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance she could have been describing Sam Bracken who is the embodiment of living a life of grit and grace.

In this modern era, we tap an app on our smartphone and anything you can imagine is delivered to you ─ maybe even by drone. We live in an age of convenience and ease; personal butlers are back in fashion and everyone has a chauffeur on call thanks to Uber. When was the last time you really “went for it?” Does anyone even have to try anymore? Sam Bracken answers that question with an emphatic YES. Now, more than ever, is the time to go for the gusto, to find your own Duckworth grit.

In his book GUTS, Bracken explains why we all need to dig deep and do soul searching to see what lights the fire within that brings forth our very best. Bracken’s backstory would make Dr. Phil turn tail and run. His childhood and upbringing are unimaginably tough with years of abuse, even to the point where a relative set him on fire. What didn’t kill Sam Bracken made him stronger. And, he is now on a mission to bring self empowerment to others ─ self empowerment to realize a life of grit and grace.

When we say something takes guts, we usually mean it takes courage to do it. It takes guts to go skydiving or to run a marathon or to try out for the school play. We call it luck or stamina or intestinal fortitude in conquering the hard, albeit exciting, things in life. Look back at the great personalities who made a difference in the pages of history. What did they all have in common? Determination and tenacity. In short, GUTS! They might have had talent too, but without guts they would have gone nowhere. Science now tells us that lots of talented individuals produce great stuff, but very few produce a lot of great stuff―and even fewer produce a lot of great stuff over a long career. What do these few highly productive people have in common? Grit and grace and a large helping of self-belief.

This book is about actually getting there. You’ll have to push past failure again and again. And it is also about beating the odds no matter how high they are stacked against you. To be a true leader, you have to start with yourself. Are you ready to do some soul searching and learn the secrets to guts, self empowerment, a purpose driven life, and grit and grace?

In Sam Bracken's GUTS, you will learn about:
• mental strength
• resisting feelings of low self esteem
• self empowerment 
• building self confidence
• living a life of passion
• and, most importantly, what it takes to have grit and grace

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11 Seconds to Success

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11 SECONDS TO SUCCESS: LIVING YOUR DREAMS THROUGH SNAPCHAT ART

 

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN SOCIAL MEDIA SUCCESS STORIES?

Here's a living your dreams story that should inspire everyone ─ the living your dreams story of CyreneQ, a modern Cinderella fairy tale.

(See: "Here’s how a 26 year-old is making up to $30,000 per Snap on Snapchat", by Morgan Linton, co-founder of Fashion Metric, November 30, 2016)

 

CREATIVE SNAPCHATS & FUNNY SNAPCHAT DRAWINGS

The next time you are sitting in a long, boring meeting and your mind starts to wander might be the very moment you find your destiny. That is exactly what happened to Cyreneq who began doodling funny Snapchat drawings during a particularly snoozy conference room session. Soon after, she went on to rule that burgeoning social media platform with her Snapchat art and her funny Snapchat drawings. Cyrene Quiamco has become a prominent personality with her creative Snapchats on a social media platform that is designed to make content disappear. Since joining Snapchat, Quiamco (who goes by "CyreneQ" across most social media) has amassed a following for her whimsical Snapchat art ― from celebrity portraits to collages of Disney characters ― and interactive creative Snapchats. She engages her community with her highly imaginative and appealing art, quizzes, games and questions, transforming a series of short-lived snaps into a conversation. She's also the creator of The11thSecond.com, a blog and community for creators of Snapchat art to share their work off the platform. Award-winning CyreneqQ was recently  nominated for the Shorty Award which recognizes the best in social media.

 

LIVING YOUR DREAMS ─ DO WHAT YOU LOVE

This modern fairy tale story (complete with Disney Princess self-portraits of the artist) starts in the Philippines where her family comes from. Cyrene gets her moxie, drive, spirit of self-invention and incredible work ethic from her mom, whom she counts as a main inspiration to be fearless and go for living your dreams. As she puts it, “I've always been an artist ever since elementary school, but I didn't really know how to apply that to the real world.” How she applied her artistry and originality to the modern world of social media is one of the most fantastic social media success stories of the 21st century.

 

DO WHAT YOU LOVE THE MONEY WILL FOLLOW

Cyrene's Cinderella "living your dreams" story is one that will have you dusting off your dreams. Cyreneq reminds us all of the power of our own imagination. Unleash that and nothing can stop you!

 

What you’ll learn inside "11 Seconds to Success":

• How to harness your personal creativity and apply it to the real world

• What CyreneQ really means in her motto “No excuses for starving artists!”

• How to "do what you love the money will follow"

• Up your social media IQ and your earning quotient, too!

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