May 16, 2014

Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn (Intro)

Happy Friday! So upon starting summer vacation I've found myself with a lot of free time. It's kind of rough for somebody like me since I like keeping busy and go absolutely crazy when I feel like I haven't done anything productive in a day. To help alleviate my anxiety, I'm planning to use all this extra time to read and write. But, what fun is doing all of this on your own? Today I'd like to introduce you guys to Smiles No Matter's first "book journey."

It's been a dream of mine for quite a while now to do some sort of book club on the blog, and I'm ecstatic to be able to do one this summer! The book I would like to delve into, Sometimes You Win Sometimes You Learn by John C. Maxwellis about things that I think would be relevant to my own life and the blog's mission because it's all about dealing with loss and failure--and growing from the tumultuous experiences!

Hopefully this will be a sort of spiritual journey that we will be able to share together. The book is a little more than 200 pages and is 13 chapters long. For this book journey, I will be writing my takeaways and reactions to two chapters on every Friday. Therefore, I'll be writing my commentaries on the first and second chapters next week. If you would like to join me on this book journey, please feel free to do so!

There are many ways to reflect on what you read, but for this particular study I would like to focus on the following questions:

  • What is my initial feeling upon reading these chapters?
  • Do I agree with Maxwell's primary ideas? Why or why not?
  • How does this apply to my approach to my own problems?
  • How does this apply to my approach to helping others with their problems?
I am truly hoping that there will be a good takeaway from this journey and that we can share it together! Please subscribe (check out the right hand sidebar!) to keep up with my commentaries on Maxwell's book and never miss an update. Look forward to seeing you again on next week!

Smile on,
-Riley XO 

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