Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Find Your Strongest Life: Review

What better time than now to read Marcus Buckingham's new book? "Find Your Strongest Life" is Buckingham's Guide for women, aptly subtitled "What the Happiest and Most Successful Women do Differently." The book came out October 5, to great reviews. I'm bringing up the rear with my couple of pennies. If you're too busy to read my whole review, read to the end of this paragraph. -- It's well worth your time. Pick it up today.

This review is more than two weeks late. I hate missing deadlines. But no sooner had I signed up to be a Thomas Nelson Book Review Blogger than I discovered my life was about to change drastically. I'll be moving from our small quiet town to a large city. One I'm familiar with, and enjoy visiting but have never wanted to live in. Once I got the house on the market and halfway caught my breath, I picked up "Strongest Life." I wanted answers: How will I make the best of this move, and what changes can I make along the way to make this, the next and possibly final phase of my career the best it can be?

Thoughtfully, there's an interactive element to the book .. www.StrongLifeTest.com provides a short test that helps to point up my strengths, the places to concentrate my energies, especially during the next few challenging months. Unlike many other personality or aptitude tests I've taken, Buckingham recommends concentrating on strengths and leaving the weaknesses to fend for themselves. Having taken this tactic to heart for the week since I completed my reading, I can say it's working for me.

So what are your challenges? Looking for more definition in your life? Hoping to find that marvelous sweet spot of success? Need guidance on how to help others in your life cope with changes you want to make? Pick up the book, take the online test and take notes as you read. Marcus Buckingham's strength is helping others find their strengths. What a blessing.

Thursday, October 1, 2009


It's no secret that our home is on the market. We've been considering this for some time. While this is a wonderful home with everything we want, it's a lot of stuff, and a lot of responsibility. It's also costly, and with today's uncertain economy and our steadily advancing ages, we've decided to downsize.

So once we made the decision to list the house, we jumped right in. Of course, most people stop, take inventory and make small repairs, do cleaning, declutter and THEN list the house. Not us. We jump in with both feet. And we've been treading water like crazy ever since. I've packed a number of boxes, storing treasures that might take a buyer's attention away from the home itself. We've cleaned, sanded, replaced the roof, mowed and more. And now Open House is upon us. It is this Sunday. Three days.

I just realized that GL thought it was 10 days away.

Treading speed, MACH ONE!