Life is Too Short by Connie Sokol – Guest Post & Gift Card Giveaway

 

Life is Too Short Collection

Are you looking for a fabulous life boost today? The Life is Too Short series is just what you need. Written by Connie Sokol—mother of seven, author, speaker, and amazing matching sock finder—these humorous self-development columns give you just the right amount of fun and functional. Originally written for a major newspaper and magazines, you can now enjoy the entire collection in one book. Put your feet up and laugh as you relate to time-tested tips on being a woman, wife, and mother. You’ll learn the cozy stuff of how to adjust expectations, have faith in your dreams, and lighten up in motherhood. And, you’ll learn a few life skills such as easy spring cleaning, simplifying the holidays, and creating successful goals. It’s the perfect gift for any woman! Short, funny, insightful, these quick power columns are ideal anytime, anywhere, to rejuvenate your mind and soul.

 

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Review from I Love to Read & Review Books:

For some laughter therapy read this book! I LOVED the funny stories in each chapter followed by a LIFE TIP to help you put into practice the things you just learned…and as an added bonus…there is a BOOK PICK to further your enlightenment on the subject.

 

Author Connie Sokol

Connie Sokol is a mother of seven, a national and local presenter, and a regular speaker at Education Week. She is a monthly contributor on KSL TV “Studio 5,” and regular blogger for KSL “Motherhood Matters.” She is a former TV and radio host for Bonneville Communications, and columnist for Deseret News and Utah Valley Magazine. Mrs. Sokol is the author of several books including the award-nominated romance Caribbean Crossroads, the 8-week Challenge program of Faithful, Fit & Fabulous, Life is Too Short for One Hair Color Series, as well as talk CDs and podcasts. Mrs. Sokol marinates in time spent with her family and eating decadent treats.

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Guest Post: Learning to Relax

After chatting with several friends over the past few days about relaxing, I have realized yet again that we women are WOUND. Do you feel that way? Do you wake up with a knot in your stomach or feel like you’re walking on eggshells, waiting for the penny to drop, the clock to strike, the disaster to hit? A friend I talked to said that during a typical conversation with someone, the other person said, “Why are you clenching your fists?”
This is a rational, nice woman who openly confesses that she is wound (which, of course, wouldn’t be any of us).
Living this way is not only tough on our bodies and emotions but is a one-way ticket to panic attacks, primal screams, alienating all known forms of friends and losing our hair.
So what do we do about it? Stop right there. It’s first and foremost notabout doing.
We women are stellar at doing. Suppose we try doing nothing for about five seconds? Then perhaps the next time we can draw that out to ten seconds, and with luck and some classes, perhaps even a full minute.
Quite seriously (though not too seriously because I am not wound), here are some thoughts (that I really need to follow).
Take an actual “time” time-out. One friend said that she literally sent her husband and many children to their annual Disneyland trip without her. This was completely intentional. For the first time in a very, very long while, she had the house to herself (didn’t she want to run through it, dancing in her bathrobe?). It was joy. It was divine. It was sublime. Of course they came home and she then she was back to cracking out the B12s as fast she could open them but those four days were fabulous.
Next, breathe. When your son says he has a broken foot, the teacher calls and says you have to bring him RIGHT NOW to finish official and very vital state testing, your baby has thrown up on you, your husband forgot his cell phone and needs you to drive it an hour away while you forgot the spaghetti noodles boiling on the stove, and because of the stench you all have to live in the basement for two days, HEY, BREATHE.
Truly, there are all kinds of boring statistics on how fabulous, utterly fabulous, breathing well and deep is for the soul. So right now as you read this, sit up tall, and breathe from your diaphragm, in through your nose for five seconds, out through your mouth for five seconds. Do that three times. Afterwards, you have either passed out or feel great—but either way, you’re in a better place, right?
Remember, life is one day at a time. Though planning ahead is a great skill, we women can get too ahead of ourselves and squelch the fun—and the growth. In my smug way of trying to prevent all forms of accidents and bad choices for my children, I inadvertently ruin many a good teaching moment. This is mostly because I hate inconvenience and, bottom line, life is inconvenient (refer to broken foot child which occurred as a natural consequence to a choice that I would have usually prevented).
Keep in mind that we can only live life in 24-hour increments. We actually only live minute to minute, but that freaks me out and I am not mature enough to handle it. So I consider 24 hours—I only have to be kind, to be patient, to be a great mother for 24 hours. Then tomorrow I can give ’em heck. But for today, I can relax. Because all my notes are on the calendar and in my planner and I have to ENJOY the process, enjoy that the wind is howling outside and making me feel cozy as I write this; enjoy that my baby is sleeping contentedly; enjoy that my son is wanting yet another snack (the one with the broken foot, who has now been christened Little Lord Fauntleroy).
My job for today is to LIVE, and hopefully, to LIVE WELL; simply that. I can enjoy loving my children, stopping and looking at the sky, tasting a bit of delicious chocolate, laughing at my 3-year-old’s antics, lying on the floor and breathing (see prior step).
If you’re reading this and feeling relaxed, congratulations! You are allowing yourself to let go already. If, however, you are gripping the side of the book or nervously pulling at your face or hair, I invite you to reread this essay, this time lying on the grass, looking up at the sky…

 

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$25 Amazon Gift Card

Ends 5/7/13

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