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Book Swap Party!!!

by Guest Contributor,
Gabrielle Newton

            While most of my Sunday afternoons can be captured at brunch, this past month I decided to trade in the buzzy mimosas for buzz-worthy reads amongst fellow bookworms. Since the beginning of the New Year, I’ve made a concerted effort to gather friends together for a variety of fun soirees. For this specific function, my good friend Stephanie and I both knew we wanted to bring our love of books and reading together to create an event that was “one for the books” (please tell me you giggled when read that). Below I will share tips on how to host the perfect book swap party, including free printables!

Book Review: The Defining Decade

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"This book changed my life!" "You have to read this!" These are just a few of the declarations I heard as I considered adding this read to my book club's calendar. 

Our book club conversation was a rich one, especially with notable quotes such as: 

"80% of life's defining moments happen by age 35. "

3 Tips to Striking Work-Life Balance

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The to do lists seem to never end. "I need to do this. I've got to do that. They're depending on me to fulfill this." BLAH BLAH BLAH 

The reality is, life is happening all around us and responsibilities come with the package. In no way am I trying to deny the facts of life. It's the balance of knowing what and how to prioritize that seems to leave many of us dumbfounded. And in trying to strike that balance, it seems many of us are that waiter banging the pitcher against the glass trying to refill everyone else's cup! 

As I get older, I realize that I'm no good to others if I'm not taking care of myself. 

So how exactly can we find the balance between our professional lives and our personal ones? 

Book Beginnings: Year of Yes

"You never say yes to anything." 
Six startling words. 

That's the beginning.That's the origin of it all. My sister Delorse said six startling words and changed everything. She said six words and now, as I write this, I have become a different person.

"You never say yes to anything."

She didn't even say the six startling words. She muttered them, really. Her lips barely moving, her eyes fixed intently on the large knife in her hands as she was dicing vegetables at a furious pace, trying to beat the clock.