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Book Review: 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Stressing Out by Lauren E Miller

International best selling author Lauren Miller’s new book, 99 Things you wish you Knew Before Stressing Out, will change your live forever. The author chronicles 99 things one can do to help keep stress at bay. Miller’s own experience through two of the top stressors at the same time, cancer, and divorce makes her an expert in how she is able to empower her readers with practical, valuable, and easy to use information.

When applied, the advice in the book holds the potential to transform one’s perception of life, thus making it easier to handle life’s curve balls.

On a personal note, reading the book opened my eyes and ushered me through the doors of deliverance and a new way to live life.

Examples of my favorite stress advice:

#41: Are You a “Take Everything Personally” Addict?

As a child, I was verbally abused, and because of it, I suffered many years with low self-esteem issues. Reading section 41 made me realize I have to assume the position of the observer not the reactor. Miller drove her point in a very succinct and easy to understand fashion. In fact, I have a copy of the following lines taken from page 76 of her book engraved in my soul:

“The bottom line; don’t give your power away to any human being. You only feel inferior by your own consent; you can apply this to any emotional response.” 

#42: It’s Not Rejection, It’s Just Direction

February 2012, I lost my teaching position to a less qualified younger teacher. Needless, to say I was devastated. It took me three months to find a new position. What appeared to have been a major blow turned out to be a major blessing. I now teach at a school twenty minutes from my home. More importantly, my principal treats me with the utmost respect and I love working with the diverse student body. As a polyglot who speaks fluent Creole, English, French, and Spanish I feel very lucky to be working at a high school where the students speak sixty different languages.

#82: The Rainbow in The Midst of the Storm

I have weathered through many storms, but the worst had to be when my 16-year-old son came near death summer 2012. His symptoms started with a sore throat. Next, his fever rose to 104. He was admitted to the ICU with no clear answers to what was the cause of his illness. After five days in the hospital, he was sent home with oral antibiotics. Two days later, he was in surgery. The final diagnosis: He had Lemierre’s Disease, a very serious condition that starts with a peritonsillar abscess, a blood clot, filled with bacteria near the tonsils in the jugular vein. If this infection is not caught in time, the blood clot will start to break apart and travel to the lungs and other major organs. The bacteria first attacked my son’s liver and later settled in his hip joint. This is why he had to have surgery.

My world swirled out of control with my son’s illness, and I had no choice but to search for the rainbows in the midst of the storm. I turned to God and prayers and in the end; my son’s life was spared. Very few teen that get Lemierre’s Disease make it out of the hospital alive.

I do not know what is going on in your life; all I know is 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Stressing Out will help you take back the ability to live life in a more meaningful way. The practical and effective information will serve as a blue print for you to apply so you can keep stress at bay.

Article first published as Book Review: 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Stressing Out by Lauren E Miller on Blogcritics.


Book Review: Lists that Saved My Business by Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer

I am a prolific reader. I read mostly fiction. I am not a huge fan of non-fiction books. To date, I have read only ten books on marketing, but Lists that Saved My Business by Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer is by far the most practical book I have read on the subject of marketing. I love their motto: “No matter what business you are in… You’re in the Relationship Business!”

This quote makes so much sense to me. I began reading Angel’s and Eric’s book with an open mind, even though I am not an official business owner. I am a children’s author and the one thing I need help in is finding ways to brand myself as an expert in the field of foreign language. I was pleasantly surprised with all the real-life advice and tasks anyone wanting to change for the better can do.

For example, in chapter 13, the authors talk about hosting your own workshop. This is, in my opinion, a brilliant idea. As a trilingual children’s author I can see the benefit of hosting a free workshop for parents interested in teaching their children a foreign language. I love this explanation as to why it is a good idea to host your own workshop: “Hosting your own workshop sets the stage for the most perfect form of marketing: Customer conversation. Customers will draw attention to the benefits, and ask questions that allow you to show off your expertise.”

After reading this section in chapter 13, I knew right away what I need to do to help expand myself as a trilingual children’s author. My second favorite chapter is chapter 18, “Tools for the Trade.” I think we all can use some common sense advice when it comes to staying organized. Again, the authors used a very powerful example to simplify the necessity of staying organized. I am a visual learner, and the example drove the point home for me. Angel and Eric used the following quote taken from author Stacey Platt’s book, What’s A Disorganized Person To Do?:


“If I came into your home and asked you to show me your birth certificate, would you know where to find it? What about a safety pin, an extension cord, or your checkbook? You might be able to find most of these without too much digging around. But if I were to ask you for a fork, you would know exactly where to find one. The system for organizing your flatware demonstrates four organizing principles:
1. Forks are kept with forks.
2. Forks have a single and consistent home.
3. Everyone in the household is in agreement about where the forks belong.
4. Forks are put away after they’ve been used and washed.”

I plan to implement the principles I have learned from reading Lists that Saved My Business because I believe I will benefit greatly from doing so. If you are a business owner, and you need some fresh, practical ideas on how to take your business to the next level, I recommend you buy a copy of Angel’s and Eric’s book. If you would like to learn more about Angel and Eric, please visit their website.

Article first published as Book Review: Lists that Saved My Business by Angel Tuccy and Eric Reamer on Blogcritics.