Category Archives: Life

Reading wrap-ups, new obsessions, links I love, and more.

How To NEVER Pay Full Price For A Book AGAIN

There is a lot of things I love doing. The obvious one is curling up with a good book. Another thing I LOOOOVE is finding a good deal.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not afraid to pay the price for a quality item. But if I don’t have to pay full price, I won’t… Am I right?

If you read my book reviews often you can probably see that I get most of my books from the library. I worked at the public library during high school and I could never get enough. However, 28 days later, I have to give back the borrowed book. Sometimes I don’t want to do that.

I wanted to share with you all how I NEVER PAY FULL PRICE FOR ANY BOOK.

Here is how!

  1. Head over to Raise is a marketplace of gift cards (by real sellers) for a discounted price.
  2. Simply search for the retailer you’d like to purchase the book at.
  3. Purchase the gift card at the discounted price from (eGifts are delivered via email almost instantly and physical gift cards are delivered via USPS 3- 14 business days.)
  4. Then use that gift card to purchase your books.

It is that simple!

Here are a few sites that I like to purchase books at:

By purchasing the gift card at a discounted price, you are already saving money with your overall purchase. It is a win-win.

Where else do you purchase books at? What are some other ways you save money when purchasing books?

How To Never Pay Full Price For A Book Again

Expanding My Mind Today 12.18.16

“Rich people and poor people have the same brain, just given different nourishment.”

Hi all! Remember my post in November explaining why I want to expand my mind everyday? (If not, you can go back and check it out here). Well, I found some more resources that I’ve stumbled upon on the web and wanted to write a quick post to share them with you!

How To Use The Reading Habits of Billionaires To Radically Improve Your Intelligence and Success

First, I wanted to share this article from that talks about why billionaires read everyday. In fact, “their specific reading habits…are highly correlated with building wealth and success.” Read the article to find out why you should read not only for pleasure, but also for self-improvement, education, and success. (If you need help on on which books to pick up, check out my non-fiction bookcase essentials.)

My Taught You Podcast

Ok, My Taught You Podcast is a resource I shared with you last time BUT I realllllly liked her ASK A THERAPIST podcast that recently released. Here is the direct link.

9 Excellent Ted Talks for Introverts lists of her recommended Ted Talks for Introverts. Most of these Ted Talks I’ve heard before, but this post led to a 1 hour binge of other Ted Talks that popped up in my YouTube recommendations. No regrets.

Anyway, check out her post for these top 9 and see where that leads you!

How To Create Unstoppable Success

Nicy Pidgeon is a positive psychologist, coach, and author. She offers a free download of her audio recording “How To Create Unstoppable Success” for visitors to her site. I had my audio recording sitting in my inbox for a while (sorry Nicy) and I finally got around to listening to it. With her soothing, yet present, voice, she helps you through her 5 steps to creating success in your life. I cheated and didn’t pause the recording when she told me to do my own brainstorming but I will definitely have to set aside some time to re-listen to the recording to do so because I think she does a fantastic job!

Daily Growth December 18th 2016

That is all I have for you today! Keep your eye out for more resources. And if you have any website, podcast, video, or recording that you love, link it in my comments so I (and other readers) can check it out!

Expanding My Mind

The goal everyday is to learn something new. Personal mentors, daily reading, and podcasts on my specific industry are all things that influence me daily.

Why I Expand My Mind Every Day

In this post I wanted to share the other personal growth podcast and recordings I listened to today.

I think it is important to pick up books, listen to podcasts, and read blogs that are outside of my specific industry. I may just be a nerd when it comes to learning and growing but I am fired up after I listen to something that teaches me something new, expands my mind to new ways of thinking, or takes a different approach to a well-known subject.

As puts it “the people we choose to surround ourselves with impacts the way we think, act and feel on a day-to-day basis.” What is great about the internet is that I can be “surrounded” by all sorts of people on my time. Rich people and poor people have the same brain, just given different nourishment.

Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely

Today, I listened to a few different things. First I started a book on CD in my car: Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely by Lysa TerKeurst. Lysa begins her book with a story about her negative self-talk. I’ve read many books recently about self-talk and the law of attraction, specifically What To Say When Talking To Yourself by Shad Helmstetter and The Four Agreements by Miguel Ruiz.

Isn’t it crazy how once you focus on a specific topic it pops up everywhere!?

Adventures In YA

Once at my desktop, I listed to Adventures In YA‘s podcast. They always share their latest reads and I like to find out which books they recommend. I am finding that every time I listen to them I am adding a few books onto my TBR pile.

My Taught You

Lastly, I stumbled upon a blog post by Kisha “Coach K” Proctor listing a few good podcasts that “every #BossBabe should listen to.” The first one, Myliek Teele of My Taught You, sounded good so I gave it a try – and I am hooked! In fact I listened to two of her Q&A podcasts. Digging around her site I also see she has quite a few podcasts about various books. In fact I found book recommendations left and right! (See, leaders are readers!)