What are the Books that Changed Your Life?

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Books that Changed My Life

The Bible

I’d be a very guilty Catholic if I didn’t mention the Holy Bible. But I definitely read scripture every morning so it is important to me. My favorite book of the Bible is Job. In fact, I am re-reading the Book of Job as it really speaks to the losses I’ve been facing. It’s the story of how a lot of shit happens to a righteous man and how it is hard to reconcile why bad things happen to good people. In the end God rewards Job for his loyalty and devotion.

The Waves by Virginia Woolf

I majored in English at Berkeley which has one of the top (if not the top) English department in the country. It was challenging and amazing. I loved every minute of lecture and discussions and office hours. I wrote my senior thesis on The Waves and the insect imagery Woolf used as a way to capture the metamorphosis of her 6 characters (insects are distinct in that they have 6 legs). Sidenote: I also majored in Biology, minored in Forestry, and took a lot of Entomology classes so I had a weird fascination with insects. Therefore it all seemed to fall into place that my favorite author had insect imagery in one of my favorite books and I was able to bridge my fields of study. This novel is like one big poem with beautiful characterization and writing.

The Secret

A therapist told me to watch http://thesecret.tv/. It has a book of the same philosophy which is that you attract what you think. If you want to be rich, think like you’re a rich person. Don’t cut coupons and whine about how you can’t afford stuff. You are what you think. If you’re single and want to be in a relationship, make room in your closet for another person to live along side you. It’s really mind-blowing how you can change your life simply by believing in yourself. I love it. I’d have to say that this is my #1 top life-changing book. But in order for it to work, you really have to believe otherwise it’s just a waste of time!

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

This is the bible for capitalists. If you ask a room full of MBAs what their favorite book is, this is it. Another book that she wrote is The Fountainhead which is also amazing, but Atlas Shrugged is considered her masterpiece. Ayn Rand was one of the greatest philosophers of all time and in the book she delves into individualism, realism, productivity… “Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark in the hopeless swamps of the not-quite, the not-yet, and the not-at-all. Do not let the hero in your soul perish in lonely frustration for the life you deserved and have never been able to reach. The world you desire can be won. It exists.. it is real.. it is possible.. it’s yours.” I need to dust off my copy and read this book again!

The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco

This book is a hilarious, down-to-earth, heart-to-heart rant on what it takes to be rich. I felt like I highlighted every page, DeMarco doles out such wisdom. I wrote about it in another post.

Do we have any in common?

What books have completely changed the way you thought about life?

Cakestyle Closing Shop

I received an email this morning letting me know that Cakestyle, a personal stylist service, has closed down after nearly 2 years in business. That’s not long at all! This is why starting a business scares the crap out of me. I can’t wrap my mind around failure.

Cakestyle delivered hand-selected outfits from a personal stylist to your doorstep. The package included clothing, accessories, a price list, and a letter with a video link to your stylist giving you an overview of each of the different outfits. The service, shipping & handling, and returns were all free. You only had to pay for the items you decided to keep. I mainly just kept earrings and necklaces because the clothing was so expensive.

I wrote about my experience with Cakestyle in 2 previous posts.

http://catherinegacad.com/2012/06/08/fashion-friday-personal-stylist/

http://catherinegacad.com/2012/06/22/fashion-friday-cakestyle/

Anywho, cool concept, but sadly it didn’t take off. Honestly, I’m not surprised.

Have you ever started your own business?

Would you like to start your own business?

What business did you used to love, but has now shutdown?

Money Monday: Do your blog readers get an emailed message when you respond to their comment?

Y’all ready for me to admit wrongdoing / fault / business fail? Since this blog is my own little personal P&L, I need to treat it as a business and I have failed you! Honestly, I didn’t even realize it until recently.

Question: Do your blog readers get an emailed message when you respond to their comment?

Ever since I went through my first redesign, I thought for sure that people who commented on my blog were getting my responses via email. I have since learned that is not the case. Maybe it worked initially but then it stopped after some upgrade or a new redesign, I have no clue. I don’t exactly know what happened or what went wrong, all I know is that I deserve a scarlet letter of an F on my prairie dress because my poor commenters have not been receiving my responses.

I feel horribly! Anyhow, I understand it’s been corrected and we tested it out, so going forward you should now be receiving responses from me because, for the most part, I have always responded to every comment. You can even go back and read what I said if ever you commented and thought I did not respond, because I assure you I did!

If this ever happens again, please keep me honest. Also, it’s something you should probably check out if you’re a blogger as I’ve noticed it’s kinda klugey and isn’t necessarily consistent among everyone out there in the blogosphere. Just ask people who comment on your blog if they get your response via email. One more task to put on your to do list!

Caring for Ourselves After a Miscarriage

Dean and I have spent the past few days resting and doing indulgent things we wouldn’t normally do. Here’s how we’ve been caring for ourselves after the miscarriage…

Caring for Ourselves After a Miscarriage:

  • Staying up until 1am.
  • Sleeping in until 10 or 11am.
  • Getting a head massage.
  • Eating red velvet cheesecake.
  • Inhaling rolls and rolls of sushi.
  • Drinking way too many glasses of expensive Cakebread wine.
  • Watching Chopped All Stars.
  • Watching The Place Beyond the Pines with eye candy Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper.

We appreciate everyone who has commented and supported us. My friend sent me the sweetest email (I excerpted below), asking to add my name to a prayer that’s read at her synagogue. This gesture has meant the world to me, as I know we would not be able to get through this dark time without our friends and family, the support of so many wonderful communities, and prayer.

“In Judaism there is a prayer call the mi shebarach. It is said at several services throughout the week to send love and healing to those who are suffering, sick, or in pain. In the middle of the prayer a list is read that includes those in the community for whom the prayer is relevant. If you want, I would love to add your name to the list that is read at my synagogue. If you want more info about the prayer.”

Lastly, I want to include a song shared by Lizzi who blogs at Considerings. I had never heard of the song I Will Carry You by the Christian band Selah, but it’s the same title of a book written by the wife of a Selah band member. They lost their baby daughter hours after she was born. Her heartbreaking story helped me through my first miscarriage.

We Are Pregnant!

We are pregnant!

We were pregnant.

And then we were not.

For the second time in only three months, I have miscarried another baby.

Please God it’s not fair to fill your heaven with our little babies. You already have one. Did you have to take another?

I am numb.

I am scared.

I am anxious.

I’m depressed.

I am mad.

I cannot sleep.

I cannot rest.

I want to give up.

I want to try.

I want to sleep.

I want to cry

I can feel my heart pounding against my chest. Why? Why? Why?