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I didn’t go to college, and I have no degree. Yet, I am a successful full-time artist, designer and creative consultant and it’s because I read. A lot.

My love for reading came late in life when I was 25 and I read a book that changed my life. It had me rethinking everything and using brain muscles I never knew existed. From that day forward, I become a frequent in the self-help isle at my local libraries and bookstores. That book that changed everything was The Power of Now.

I want to share with you what I know and the books that helped me get there. So starting today, I am going to blog about the books I’ve read and the golden nuggets that I took-away from each. I will also be sharing tip and tools that helped me successfully open 2 businesses and quit my day job. These tips will help you organize your goals, think and dream big, start making money, and more. To receive these free tools and tips, subscribe to my blog on the righthand side of this blog. For daily happenings, follow me on instagram. And for daily bits follow me on twitter.

 

*I was inspired to join Amazon’s affiliate program by Emily’s blog post here — so if you ever purchase a book from my blog, I will receive a small referral reward. 

A Simple Act of Gratitude

 A Simple Act of Gratitude During my honeymoon, I picked up this book. Little did I know I was about to be forever changed by the story of a man on his search for answers during a time of darkness and his  discovery of gratitude.

I recommend this easy read to anyone looking to enrich their inner-self. I have gifted this book paired with a thank you card set to many family and friends.

Overview: One recent December, at age 53, John Kralik found his life at a terrible, frightening low: his small law firm was failing; he was struggling through a painful second divorce; he had grown distant from his two older children and was afraid he might lose contact with his young daughter; he was living in a tiny apartment where he froze in the winter and baked in the summer; he was 40 pounds overweight; his girlfriend had just broken up with him; and overall, his dearest life dreams—including hopes of upholding idealistic legal principles and of becoming a judge—seemed to have slipped beyond his reach.

Then, during a desperate walk in the hills on New Year’s Day, John was struck by the belief that his life might become at least tolerable if, instead of focusing on what he didn’t have, he could find some way to be grateful for what he had.

Inspired by a beautiful, simple note his ex-girlfriend had sent to thank him for his Christmas gift, John imagined that he might find a way to feel grateful by writing thank-you notes. To keep himself going, he set himself a goal—come what may—of writing 365 thank-you notes in the coming year.

One by one, day after day, he began to handwrite thank yous—for gifts or kindnesses he’d received from loved ones and coworkers, from past business associates and current foes, from college friends and doctors and store clerks and handymen and neighbors, and anyone, really, absolutely anyone, who’d done him a good turn, however large or small. Immediately after he’d sent his very first notes, significant and surprising benefits began to come John’s way—from financial gain to true friendship, from weight loss to inner peace. While John wrote his notes, the economy collapsed, the bank across the street from his office failed, but thank-you note by thank-you note, John’s whole life turned around.

A Simple Act of Gratitude is a rare memoir: its touching, immediately accessible message—and benefits—come to readers from the plainspoken storytelling of an ordinary man. Kralik sets a believable, doable example of how to live a miraculously good life. To read A Simple Act of Gratitude is to be changed.