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BE the change you wish to see in the world! in Columbus is doing 5 things including…

Read 50 books in 2010

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BE the change you wish to see in the world! has written 11 entries about this goal

2010 -- Book 3: Truth and Beauty; A Friendship

Great book by Ann Patchett. Getting more books by her as I really love her writing.

2010 -- Book 2: How to Be Famous: Our Guide to Looking the Part, Playing the Press, and Becoming a Tabloid Fixture

Funniest book ever by Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt. Just had to get it.

2010 -- Book 1: The Pilot's Wife

It was nice to pick up a fiction after I’ve been reading all these other self-help and how-to books. This was a really fast read. After the slow beginning, it was quite the page turner. Not my favorite, but definitely a goodie.

8/50 -- Living A Charmed Life

Victoria Moran does an amazing job of taking what everyone already has and spinning into what you need to live a great life, no matter how many negatives. This has really inspired me to make small changes in my everyday so that I can make a big change for the better in my life. Loved it! A+

7/50 -- Be Yourself: Everyone Else Is Already Taken

This book was not my favorite motivational book so far. It actually made me feel a lot worse about the person that I authentically am. However, it was definitely something I needed to ready about the importance of being myself because I am at a time in my life when I am falling in love with someone and it is scaring me how well he knows me. So much so, that I wish he didn’t know the real me and I want to go back and change who I am. But then again… maybe he wouldn’t be in love with me if I was capable of turning back time. :) Deep.

6/50 -- The Loved Dog: The Playful Nonaggressive Way To Teach Your Dog Good Behavior

This was a really good book. It made a lot of basic thing make more sense. I took a lot of notes because it was a book a borrowed from the library. I hope I can instill these pointers in my own training of my crazy beagle!

5/50 -- Audition; A Memoir by Barbara Walters

I really enjoyed reading about the life of Ms. Walters. It’s truly amazing to see where successful women came from and to see how hard they worked. I reminds me that nothing I do will come easy to me and that if I truly want to make something happen, I’m going to have to bust my ass and possibly do things that are out of my comfort zone.

This was a really long book, so it should count as three books for my goal of 50! I can’t believe it’s already July and I’m only 10% into my goal for 2009! Ouch!

4/50 -- How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life

This was a phenomenal book. I was trying to decide about getting rid of my car and this book really opened up my eyes to a lot of reasons why I didn’t need a car. I’m proud to say I have been car-free for 2 weeks and going strong! Hopefully, this is a life-changing event and not just a temporary experience! We’ll see how high-maintenance I become!

3/50 -- The Magic of Thinking Big

This was a very motivational book. I look forward to going back and re-reading chapters as needed when my self-esteem and confidence is lacking.

2/50 -- 30 Days to Taming Your Tongue: What You Say (and Don't Say) Will Improve Your Relationships

This was an interesting book, but it kind of makes you feel like you can’t say anything sarcastically in the case that everyone on the planet will take it the wrong way. I definitely want to work on keeping my trap shut when it’s not necessary for me to make a sarcastic remark, but this book may have just made me a lot more insecure.

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