Instead of attending late night hockey practices with my family, I choose to stay home and have a little “mom-me” time.
Because I don’t know about you but, fall is a hectic time for us. We seem to constantly running from school to home to scarf down a meal to hockey to home to rush to shower to bed. It’s absolutely bananas sprinkled with pumpkin spice because pumpkin flavoured everything is all the rage now. I am getting drained. What’s worse is that fall isn’t a good time for me. Now I don’t have any any evidence to back this statement up but I would say that the majority of people love autumn. For me however, fall is a time when my insides start to wind up tighter than a rubber ball. It’s the lack of sun, the dreary rain, the new school and hockey schedules, the Canadian Thanksgiving, Halloween, and then rapid firing of holidays coming, but mostly it’s having bipolar disorder and my doctor saying that it follows a circadian rhythm or something super sciencey like that.
Basically, I need to slow down.
So I opted to skip hockey practice.
Self care is such an important part of my mental health.
Now what does that look like?
That means nights of hot herbal tea, a snoring dog balled up perfectly behind my bent knees, toes tucked under blankets, cool passing breezes rattling the blinds, it’s journaling, and it’s a crisp new book.
It’s an introvert’s dream.
And these fall nights have been very relaxing for me before my sweaty hockey kid comes barreling through the door.
So what am I reading?
I am loving autobiographies, personal essays, books that capture the true heart of the human spirit – kindness, compassion, that fire to overcome the odds.
That’s why I’m excited to introduce to you the second book by Keith Maginn, (Extra)Ordinary: More Inspirational Stories of Everyday People
I found so much goodness in between the lines of Keith’s follow up book to (Extra)Ordinary: Inspirational Stories Of Everyday People.
His book is a collection of ten stories of ten individuals. These individuals are people you and I may have rubbed arms with in an elevator or bumped into at a grocery store or sat next to at a doctor’s office. However, if you had the chance to talk to them, you’d come to discover that these seemingly random everyday people that you would normally pass by, have quite the jaw dropping stories of heroism and resilience.
Keith did an amazing job at collecting this group of wonderful people who were in seemingly hopeless situations – a man who was burned on 100 percent of his body as young boy and was only given a 1 percent chance of survival, a man controlled by drug addiction, a boy born with no arms and no legs, a woman battled cancer eight times, etc… – and then these people pulled, pushed, and punched through these life challenges to overcome.
They are all incredibly inspiring individuals.
This book serves as a reminder that we are all going through something – be kind, compassionate.
It also serves as a reminder that we too have the drive within us to fight through our challenges. We are a lot stronger than we think we are.
This world needs books like these right now – the inspirational people within these pages.
If you’re looking to purchase (Extra)Ordinary: More Inspirational Stories of Everyday People it goes on sale on October 10, 2017 at:
*Disclaimer: I was given a copy of (Extra)Ordinary: (More) Inspirational Stories Of Everyday People for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own.