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I’m in the process of moving my blog. I’ll post the new site name when it’s up and running.
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You might already know this, but I’m a huge fan of reading. I would be the kid sitting inside during summer break (my parents HATED that!).
My bookshelves are overflowing. Sadly I have boxes of books sitting inside the garage right now (I know, I know, horrible place to keep books!). But … I have a feeling some of those books will be leaving and going on to better homes where they will be loved, I came across Cash4Books today. (Yes, that’s a referral link. Yes, I do get $5 for a new customer going through that link. Yes, you can do the same thing on your blog). I like the idea of this because I don’t have to drag the books to a store only to be possibly turned away because they already have enough in stock. I can just input the numbers and they’ll give me a postage paid address label. Couldn’t be simpler!
I also checked out their sister site, McKenzie Books. You can buy used books online. They have an awesome book alert that will e-mail you when a book you want comes in to stock. They’re easy to set up and I have a feeling it will come in handy because tracking down Jeremy’s graphic novels at reduced prices is hard.
Their prices are extremely reasonable – and just like Amazon they have free shipping on orders over $25. (But Amazon’s free shipping is only on new books, you can order new or used from McKenzie). It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a used bookstore because the prices just weren’t worth it last time I went. If I’m only getting 25% off I’d rather use a 40% off coupon at a new book store or just borrow from the library. With McKenzie, their prices seemed to be more like 40-60% off.
Speaking of books, any good cook book recomendations out there? I’m a lazy cook, which means I’m not much of one at all. I saw Great Food Fast and I’m thinking that might be for me but I’m not sure yet. I prefer healthy and cheap. I’m seriously considering giving up HFCS so that means no more sloppy joe bakes with Manwich!
Disclosure: I was provided with a gift card to McKenzie Books.
Whether you practice a traditional religion or relate to a more universal spirituality, these steps will help you tap into a sense of unlimited peace:
1. Recognize your creator. Think on this: There is a supreme power in the universe that is bigger and more powerful than your small mortal self. This step makes you humble.
2. Seek opportunities to put more love into the world. Strive to be a vessel of love, to fill the wold with more compassion and kindness. This step makes you loving and lovable.
3. Set aside time each day to spend in spiritual reflection and contemplation. Dwell in the presence of the divine: Your path may be to pray, meditate, read spiritual material, take a long walk through nature – or all of the above- but an optimum practice includes both morning and evening sessions of at least 20 minutes each. This step makes you strong.
4. Become more accepting. With every interaction, surrender any tendency to judge another person. Pray for a more accepting heart. This step makes you gracious.
5. Forgive anyone you have not forgiven. Whenever you withhold forgiveness, you keep yourself bound to your own feelings of guilt. This step makes you kind.
6. Recognize your mistakes. Admit where you yourself have been wrong, and be willing to be corrected. This step makes you responsible.
7. Try to see the good in others. When you’re tempted to judge someone, make an effort to see their goodness. Your willingness to look for the best in people will subconsciously bring it forth. This step makes you positive.
8. Take stock of your thoughts and behavior. Each night ask yourself, when were you negative when you could have been positive? When did you withhold love when you might have given it? When did you play a neurotic game instead of behaving in a powerful way? Use this process to self-correct. This step makes you grow.
9. Bless the world. Pray not just that your own life will be blessed but that blessings be poured on everyone. This step makes you beautiful.
10. Use each interaction to be the best, most powerful version of yourself. Try to rise to the occasion. Be the most wonderful expression of you you’re capable of. This step makes you a conduit of God’s love.
by Marianne Williamson, via Oprah Magazine May 2010