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Ordinary People. Extra(Ordinary) Stories To Inspire You.

A few months ago, I fell into a deep depression. I did what I normally do – I retreated to my creature comforts like cookies and Netflix and Facebook for some mindless entertainment but every time I would flip it on I would be inundated with political rants, arguments, and overall negativity.

So I tried to fill my Facebook feed with goofy posts to lighten people’s moods and silly conversations that I had with my son but the onslaught of negativity was unrelenting.

It made me feel worse every time I logged on. So I decided that for my mental health it was best to deactivate my account and I did so without the flashy “Hey everyone! I am deactivating my account! Don’t try and stop me!”

I was gone for almost 2 months.

At first no one really noticed and then when they did, they were angry with me.

“Like how could you block me? What did I do?”

Hockey moms did not speak to me at hockey. Like they flat out ignored me in the bathroom when we were standing right next to each other.

Don’t get me started on the mom’s at my child’s school.

I wanted to scream in their faces “You have no idea what is happening in my life!”

But I kept going with my leave from Facebook because during that time away I immersed myself in things that fed my soul in a positive way. Writing, decluttering my space, scrapbooking, reading books that I have been wanting to read for a long while.

The best part in all of it was: I didn’t hear any of the drama and I wasn’t dragged in any of the drama.

It was glorious.

When I came back, I cleaned my friend’s list and I limit my time on there.

This situation reminds me so much of a book that I read while I was in the throes of my depression and I actually ended up reading this short book twice to be exact – it’s called:

(Extra) Ordinary Inspirational Stories of Everyday People, by Keith Maginn.

This book is a collection of stories of ordinary people like you and I only their life’s road map had a massive mountain planted right in the middle of it – and they had to learn how to climb in order to move on.

From overcoming addiction, loss of child, plane accident – this book shows you that no matter how much we plan, life doesn’t always happen the way we want it to, but that doesn’t mean that we should give up. These people show us that the human spirit is resilient, courageous, and strong.

This book fell in my hands in such timely fashion. It is a very short book and a quick read. I think it is just a wonderful reminder that we never know what any of us are going through and that each and every single one of us is battling something whether it is big or small – we should be mindful to treat everyone with kindness and compassion.

If you’re looking for a feel good, uplifting book – quick one at that – this one is a good choice.

You can purchase Keith Maginn’s (Extra) Ordinary Inspirational Stories of Everyday People here:



Disclaimer: I received a copy of (Extra)Ordinary Inspirational Stories Of Everyday People in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.


  1. If Facebook was to suddenly disappear from the face of the earth, I wouldn’t miss it. Same goes for Twitter. I’ve only started putting my toe back in the Facebook waters because of the A to Z Challenge, but I’ve been tempted to vanish and not look back…

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I honestly wish that it would. I keep it because I have family (like my brother and family is stationed on the other side of Canada for the army) and friends that are all over that I like to keep in contact with. But then i think of it, we used to keep in contact through email and…the PHONE!
      Twitter is weird. I follow the goofballs for their one liners.

  2. I just love the title of this book, kim. It sounds inspiring too. As for facebook, I think you’ve got it right this time. Limiting time spent on it can really help. Isn’t it ridiculous the emphasis people put on social media (like those hockey moms and school moms). Truly, face to face interaction is way better anyhow. I think that was a good experiment and one I should try.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Girl, I need to write a book on hockey moms if it has not been done yet. Oh the madness. I swear if one of them belittle my child or another mom’s child one mo’ time. One mo’time.
      I don’t take facebook seriously. A lot of my statuses are ridiculous conversations that my son and I have. I decided that the people who clog my feed with negative things or simply just bug me are going to get the boot. I go on facebook for pure stupid mindless entertainment and to keep in contact with family members who are gone on vacation etc. I don’t need the drama. It’s an app for crying out loud.
      And yes, try deactivating for a week and you’ll see how much you go on it. I was really shocked how quick I am to reach for my phone during t.v commercials or while I’m eating breakfast. Ridiculous. You can set the app to deactivate for a few days or whatever…

  3. robin Rue robin Rue

    That book sounds absolutely amazing. I need to get a copy of it so that I can read some of these inspiring stories at the beach this summer.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh this is a perfect summer read! Get you in a good mood while out on the beach!

  4. For me facebook isn’t a place to air ones rants, raves or tantrums. I think most pople just tune it out or scroll over it. Then there are the people who always whine and complain about everything. It is human nature for people to scroll and keep on going. Sounds like interesting book.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I need to get on your facebook candy! Mine was oozing with ranting that’s why i logged out and when I logged back in, I had to clean up my list – that was unfortunate but I had to.
      It is a very good book. It is just what this world needs – positivity.

  5. I am currently in a low bout myself. It has been hard and, at my worst, I’m crying through my workouts. So much stress built up.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      Oh Katie. I am so very sorry to hear this. Know that you are not alone. I am here. I see you. if you ever need to talk, I am here. I swear. You can always email me. xoxoxo

  6. I love Facebook, but hate all the negative, political stuff going on it right now. I usually just get on, check birthdays and updates and try to engage with a few groups. I rarely go through my newsfeed. This book sounds like an awesome read! I used to read all the time and now want to get back into my inspiring and uplifting books.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      That’s the thing – all the political rants and then people get sucked in to it. Oy! I have a lot of friends and family on there who are from all over that I love to keep in contact with but there are the few seeds in there who ruin it. So I had to delete them. Had to.
      This book is really good for an uplift. I read it during that time and it was very inspiring. I hope he writes more. I like that it was about real people too.

  7. i love reading these stories. It’s really everyday people that inspire me the most in life. You never know where a day will take you or what it will bring. I love to hear of people stepping up and going to good places.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      It is a really great book – collection of real stories. I went back and read it another time when I was feeling bad for myself. It’s just a feel good read.

  8. This book sounds really great. I’m always looking for something good to read. And I really need to get off of Facebook. It really wastes time for me.

    • Kimberly Kimberly

      I read this book during my hiatus from facebook and it really uplifted my spirits. I actually read it twice! It’s a good book because it’s an anthology so you don’t have to sit down and read the book in its entirety – you can keep going back. I have family and friends from all over so Facebook is a sort of life line to those people but at the same time you have those other seeds in there who ruin it. It’s a weird place.

  9. I love hearing about inspirational stories of others. It’s so important to keep pushing ourselves to accomplish more and overcome any hardships. I always try to see the glass as half full.

  10. I love inspirational stories. They help remind me how lucky I am to have the life that I live and that I can overcome any challenges.

  11. I didn’t notice you did this.. which means it’s because I did it too. Which is powerful. If you stopped coming here? I promise I would notice.

  12. Pam Wattenbarger Pam Wattenbarger

    This sounds like a great book. I understand how social media can make you feel pretty gross. I get like that with Facebook. It’s so negative.

  13. Sounds like a great book of inspiring stories. It can be tough to get away from negativity. People are so quick to be mean, judge, etc. – that’s awful that they were being so insensitive! Hang in there!

  14. Facebook has just gotten to be too much. Honestly, the only reason I am keeping it at this point is for roller derby. Both of my league manage a majority of their things on Facebook and I would miss things that are posted that I might need to know.

    I have blocked a lot of people. I need to unfriend them but don’t quite have the guts to do that yet. I am worried about the side eyes and nasty words. I know I need to get over that but sometimes it’s just easier to block them.

    I like instagram so much better. I like pictures. Most of them are fun and light and nice.

  15. That book sounds inspiring and so much better than Facebook. I’m tired of the negativity, too.

  16. I feel the same way about Facebook and to be honest I would love to disconnect from the internet completely for a while. I am glad you got some time to recharge and feed your should away from he negativity and the trolls.

  17. I took a month off of Facebook myself. It was very freeing. There was something about getting away from all of the negativity on there that was amazing.

  18. Debra Hawkins Debra Hawkins

    It is so crazy that people can be so ridiculous in real life because of Facebook. I have deactivated my account before but I need it for work now.

  19. Sounds like a good book. Facebook drives me mad a lot of the time and I have been tempted to delete it but never do.

  20. Thanks for sharing this book recommendation, momma. You always have great reads on your list and I have no doubt this is another one I’ll love.

    Oooof… Le Facebook. it’s such a love/hate thing for me. I love it because it allows me to connect with family and friends near and far but I hate the drama and the negativity you describe. Also I’m sorry, but if a hockey mom gave me side eye b/c I was no longer following her dumb a** online, I’d lay into her. Nicely of course. With my buttery soft words and Barry White voice. Ugh. Who has time for that nonsense? It’s amazing to me how some things are like high school all over again.

    Anyway, *HUGS* Hope you have a great weekend, my sweet pea. Enjoy some extra love from your little Chunky.

  21. I wouldn’t sweat those people that got mad at you, that just goes to show how shallow they are and they don’t know you. I cleaned up people from my list too (all the time).

  22. Bonnie G Bonnie G

    This sounds like a great book! I am going to have to get a copy.

  23. I’ve thought about deactivating my FB a time or two just to catch a break and might do it yet. The book sounds lovely. There’s something to be said for ordinary people’s stories to put ones life into perspective. I’m glad it helped you through a tough time. xo

  24. I have to get me a copy of this book. There’s been so much negativity going around and I need a book like this to bring back my faith in humanity.

  25. Keith Maginn Keith Maginn

    Hi Kimberly…Thank you for reading my book and for sharing such kind words about it! I appreciate you!!

  26. I love feel good uplifting books! I need to expand my book collection and I would love to read some of these stories.

  27. This books sounds like a lovely read. I love hearing stories about ordinary people triumphing over their not so great situations. I am so awful with FB, I mainly use it for blog business. People always say did you see my pic or post, but I have to say no.

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