Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life by Jennice Vilhauer *Book review*

Think Forward to Thrive: How to Use the Mind’s Power of Anticipation to Transcend Your Past and Transform Your Life

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by Jennice Vilhauer

 

Blurb: Anticipating a positive future is the key to well-being and mental health. Yet when many people think of the future they experience anxiety, depression, fear, self-doubt, and feelings of being overwhelmed. Most people, unaware of how to change the future, are trapped in a cycle of recreating their past over and over again. However, your past does not have to define who you are or where you are going. You can break free, but only if you know how and have the necessary skills to do something different. Future Directed Therapy (FDT) is a new psychological intervention developed to teach people to create their future with awareness and choice. Unlike other books about creating a better future, the skills in Think Forward to Thrive, are based on cutting edge cognitive science. Think Forward to Thrive will teach you step-by-step the psychological skills that can transform your life. Think Forward to Thrive is filled with information and exercises that will help you: Overcome negative emotions Identify what you want in life Transform limiting beliefs Take action Live ready for success Stop talking about your past and start creating your future!

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My Thoughts:

I purchased Think forward to Thrive after reading an article online about how people can learn with Future Directed Therapy to let go of unwanted thoughts and redirect their way of thinking to help them meet their goals and anticipate a positive future. I’d never heard about Future Directed Therapy and was intrigued.

Forward_thinkingI was pleasantly surprised with the book. It includes stories concerning multiple people and their experiences, discloses what they can do to help themselves, and offers worksheets where you can assess yourself. In these, they help train you to change your thought patterns. Whether you’re in a bad relationship, sick with a disease, just plain stuck because of your past, or simply want to work on changing your thoughts, this book might help you. We are in charge of our thoughts, we don’t have to limit ourselves, and we have the control to change.

I like that each chapter has a famous quote in addition to the quotes throughout the book. One of my favorites is a powerful one…

“Past experiences do not define who you are unless you allow them too. You are free to change at any time.”

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On the other hand, there are a few sections I felt unsure about. In one section, the book discusses people and how you can work toward getting them to admire you. Let’s face it, it’s possible that some people just aren’t going to like you and there are some things that we just aren’t in control of. Bad people exist and bad things do happen, however, I think the book can help us to keep our minds on track and thinking positively in these cases.

I like the layout and structure. The worksheets help personalize the experience because, we’re all different and we all think differently. We all have different pasts and have had different experiences in life. The worksheets allow you to personally narrow in on what you want to change. I feel that’s it’s written well and easy to understand. In my opinion, this isn’t a book you can read once and be on your way. It’s full of information. I think its a work in progress over time. Overall, it’s an uplifting book that can help you redirect your future.

4****

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N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration – Book Review and Author Interview + Giveaway!

I had the pleasure of reading N.N. Light’s new book N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration recently. You can read my thoughts on the book and see an interview with the authors below.

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N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration

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Blurb: “Spread the Light and inspire others to do the same.” — N. N. Light

In 2013, we wrote a mission statement and started the Princess of the Light (POTL) blog. We wanted to test a theory. Could one person (or in our case, one couple) use uplifting words to create change?

The answer is a resounding yes! People from all over the world responded to our short inspirational thoughts of the day, and our following grew. What started out as a few people promoting kindness and goodwill turned into a movement. In every city, there are Light-Bearers making a difference and we want you to join us.

Everyone needs inspiration. It doesn’t matter what spiritual belief you hold dear, you have the Light inside you. Kindness, compassion, empathy, encouragement are all attributes of the Light. In this book, you’ll find a ninety second inspirational thought for each day of the year. You’ll be inspiring people to spread the Light daily with our collection of inspirational thoughts. From giving of yourself to simply smiling, these are easy concepts for anyone to apply!

My Thoughts:

I already follow the authors’ blog Princess of the Light and enjoy the inspirational messages they have to share, so picking up this book to read was a no-brainer. I actually read this book along with another book I’m still reading titled, Think Forward to Thrive and it was a perfect combination. Both books are enlightening and have helped me realize that I have more work to do in my life. It’s far too easy to let the negative thoughts creep in and what I learned is that you are the one who’s in control of how things effect you. You don’t have to waste time with negative thoughts unless you choose to. You don’t have to accept what others say to you as truth. Choose to be happy and seek the truth. You can do anything you put your mind to! Also, why wait for Thanksgiving to have gratitude? Have it every single day! These are the positive messages I want to concentrate on in 2018.

This book essentially reminds me of an inspirational calendar I once had, but it’s so much more. Each daily quote is written along with an experience or story from the authors’ life journeys and I was astonished with how many of the stories applied to myself as if this was my own personal guide. Some of my favorite parts in the book referenced the author’s grandfather which prompted me to think of my own grandfather and the lessons he taught me in life. The inspirational quotes can be a tool to help all people live their best lives in 2018 and beyond. I plan to reread this throughout the year for daily inspiration myself.

Something I plan to do every morning when I wake up this year is to think of something I’m grateful for, whether it be the healthy food I have to eat or the hot shower I take for granite. There are so many things to be thankful for in life and I want to remind myself and my family of these everyday.

Overall, I loved it and I’d recommend it to anyone. Of course, we can all use a little inspiration!

5*****


Find this book on Goodreads and Amazon:

  • Paperback: 546 pages
  • Publisher: Independently published (October 31, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1973171589
  • ISBN-13: 978-1973171584

Author Interview with N.N. Light

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Q: Can you tell readers something interesting about yourself?

A: We’re a husband-wife writing team and we’re huge sports fans. We’ve been big NFL fans since 1985 and we cheer for rival teams. Mr. N roots for the Chicago Bears and Mrs. N is a huge Minnesota Vikings fan. Our teams face each other twice a year and we can get quite competitive. We’ve been known to place a few fun side bets on the game. No money exchanges hands but there’s stakes on the line. *wink*

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Q: Did you enjoy reading as a child? What are some of your childhood favorites?

A: Yes, we were voracious readers as children. While Mr. N was all about adventure, horror and war battles, Mrs. N devoured any fantasy book she could get her hands on. Growing up in the 1970’s and 1980’s, we read a lot in school and lived at the library. Books were an escape and still are.

Here are some of Mrs. N’s favorites:

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

Mr. Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater and Florence Atwater

 

Q: Do you enjoy reading now? Who are some of your favorite authors?

A: Yes, books are a huge part of our lives and the focus of our business. We’re literary matchmaker; we couple up readers with outstanding books. We read a variety of genres and have a hard time picking our favorite authors.

 

Q: What have you written so far?

A: N.N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration is our fifth published work. We’ve written contemporary romance, young adult paranormal, paranormal romance and love poetry. We don’t write in just one genre but write stories that are meant to inspire and uplift.

 

Q: Do you have a day job in addition to being a writer?

A: Mr. N is a retired chef and is a numismatist for one of the largest coin dealers in Canada. His primary duties include appraising and grading historical coins from around the world.

Mrs. N, after being in the book business for more than twenty years, switched careers and is a social media marketer by trade.

Together, we own and operate a very successful family-run PR firm specializing in books and authors.

 

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A: We love the freedom in expressing our thoughts and our characters’ personal stories in book form for anyone to read.

 

Q: How do you publish and market your books?

A: We self-publish and are proud to do so. It allows us to have complete artistic control, which is stressful sometimes, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. We hire professionals for editing, formatting and book cover design but we get the final say on what the end product becomes.

As for marketing, we do the same things we do for our clients. We create buzz and get our name out there. We have a solid reach and our followers love what we write.

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Q: Do you have any advice for others on publishing and marketing?

A: It’s tough being an author and publishing books. It takes a lot of hard work and patience. Yes, patience. Success doesn’t happen overnight, contrary to popular belief. It’s a marathon not a sprint.

Publishing Tip – Make sure the book you publish is as perfect as you can make it. It’s your one chance to grab a reader and if it’s riddled with mistakes and/or has a cheap-looking cover, they’ll never come back. Stake your reputation on everything you publish, and you’ll be fine.

Marketing Tip – Be consistent. Whether it’s on social media or your blog, keep at it. Studies show that a customer needs to see an advertisement eight times before it registers in their brain they need to have it. Why do you think there’s so many fast food commercials on television? They’ve embraced this idea and you should too. Remember, be creative in your advertisements and you’ll get noticed.

 

Q: How much research did you do for this book and how long did it take you to write it?

A: This book was four years in the making. Back in 2013, Mrs. N started writing inspirational thoughts. We never imagined how it would take off and last year, we decided to publish a year’s worth of motivation. So, we combed through all the thoughts and chose only the best ones for this book. The compiling itself took six months, the editing another three months and here it is.

 

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Q: If you could give your readers one piece of inspirational advice about life, what would it be?

A: Spread the Light. Each of us, no matter what we believe, have the Light inside us. We’re all bearers of the Light and have the potential to make a difference. Through kindness, love, understanding and exuding positivity, we can inspire others to do the same.

 

Q: How do you feel about e-books?

A: I used to hate them. I love the feel and even the smell of books, but I need e-books to run our business, so I’ve accepted them.

 

Q: Do you have a favorite quote?

…Writing is something that you can never do as well as it can be done. It is a perpetual challenge and it is more difficult than anything else that I have ever done—so I do it. And it makes me happy when I do it well.”
― Ernest Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway on Writing

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – N. N. Light’s Book of Daily Inspiration – Gluten Free Biscuits – Sherwood Forest Tea

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is having a great week. I’m back today for Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book with a new recipe, tea, book, and update!

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It was -17 degrees yesterday morning and with all the snow and cold weather, I was really craving biscuits. I don’t know what it is about a hot drink and biscuit in the morning, but it’s what I was craving and because I’m gluten free, I had to figure something out. I’ve been trying to go completely 100% gluten free for some time now, but sometimes I slip up and have wheat. The truth is, I love wheat, but my body doesn’t and it makes me so sick. So, here’s a gluten free biscuit recipe that I found online. It’s pretty good. This is the second time I’ve made it and this time they came out much better. I did learn a few things this time around that I need to improve on. Gluten free baking isn’t always easy, but I’m learning.

GLUTEN FREE BISCUIT RECIPE  from Spinachtiger.com   by Angela Roberts

Author: Angela Roberts
Recipe type: Biscuit
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8
INGREDIENTS
  • 6 tbsp Butter, unsalted
  • 2¼ cups (342 grams) plus more for dusting I recommend Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Flour order here
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons of golden flax meal (see notes)
  • 2 tablespoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup buttermilk (see notes for substitutes)
  • 3 tablespoon whole milk ricotta cheese (see notes)

Instructions:

  1. Cut butter into small pieces. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients, flour, salt, baking powder, golden flax meal, sugar.
  3. Add in butter with your hands or pastry cutter. (The Video shows how to do this).
  4. Mix Ricotta Cheese with Buttermilk. Add egg to the milk mixture. Stir.
  5. Add in to mixture. Use a wooden spoon.
  6. Mixture should be wet. Put some more flour on bottom and top of sticky dough.
  7. Form into a disc. Cut Biscuits.
  8. Put on a baking dish separated.
  9. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
  10. Let them cool at least 5 minutes or longer. Until they cool, the biscuits are gummy. They get better as they cool, very different from biscuits with gluten.
NOTES
If you don’t have golden flax meal, you can leave it out.
However, if you are skipping the ricotta cheese, adding the two tablespoons of golden flax meal will make a difference.Milk Substitutes: You can use water with a teaspoon of vinegar. Some have also been successful using coconut milk. (Still use vinegar). Vinegar is a tenderizer.

 

Here’s what I did:

I mixed together all the dry ingredients. I used Namaste Foods Gluten Free Flour that I picked up at Costco.

I didn’t have ricotta cheese, so I used cottage cheese that I pulverized in my Vitamix. I also didn’t have fresh buttermilk on hand, so I added a little vinegar to the milk and let it sit for about 5 minutes or so. I chopped up the butter into dice sized pieces and froze it for about 10 minutes.

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I mixed the butter into my flour mixture and used my hands to break up the pieces into crumbs. I ended up using a really large fork to help out.

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I whisked in the egg and cheese into the milk and added it all to my flour mixture, turning with a wooden spoon until just mixed.

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The dough was very sticky and I couldn’t get a picture with my hands so messy, but basically, I patted it out on the counter with a little flour underneath and on top.

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I put them in a nicely greased cast iron pan, sides touching. I had four extra biscuits and put them into a separate cast iron pan, sides not touching, just to sort of experiment a bit.

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I baked these in a  475 degree oven on convect, which means the oven was lowered to a temp of 450 degrees. I could tell that the separated biscuits looked a little more brown with nice edges at around 17 minutes.

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The other pan turned out okay, but the edges were more soft. These biscuits also didn’t cook as quick and I ended up cooking them another five minutes or so. We completely cooled them before eating as Angela suggests with her recipe.

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The family consensus was that you really need jam, peanut butter, or butter to make these taste great. They were sort of bland without something on them. The consistency is definitely not like a wheat biscuit, but it was pretty good! I think Angela did an awesome job creating this recipe. I had my biscuit with homemade plum jam.

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Next time, I’ll make it with the ricotta cheese and I’ll cook them on a cookie sheet with sides not touching. I think this will make a huge difference. The consistency of this biscuit sort of reminded me of a English muffin, which I love!

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Tea:

For my tea this morning, I used this little packet of herbal tea that I received in my Owlcrate a few months ago. It’s an Owlcrate exclusive from Riddles Tea Shoppe and Curiosities titled Sherwood Forest, which is decaf Ceylon tea with sweet blueberry.

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Here are the ingredients below. This is a new favorite! The blueberry aroma when steeping this tea was so enticing. You could smell it throughout the kitchen.

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Wednesday’s Breakfast and a Book – Dr. G’s Favorite Green Smoothie – Think Forward to Thrive

Hello all! I hope everyone is having a good week. I’m doing pretty good but fighting a bad infection and took this as an opportunity to share a favorite healing smoothie with you that helps people who are taking antibiotics or those that just need to heal.

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I found this smoothie from a doctor who actually battled autoimmune disease herself at one point. She was able to heal herself and became healthy again. This is one of her favorite smoothies, but I change it up just a bit and add in some probiotics for added health. I chose to have this one this morning because I’m currently taking antibiotics and want to help replenish my good bacteria. Even if you aren’t taking antibiotics, many people are deficient when it comes to good bacteria. Eating yogurt and fermented foods can help.

Here’s what I used…

Ingredients:

2 frozen bananas

1 cup other frozen fruits

3/4 cup – 1 cup kefir

1 huge container of spinach or kale or close to a pound

1 handful of flax seeds

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Here’s what I did…

Add everything to the blender starting with the frozen banana, kefir, greens, more frozen fruit and then the flax seed. Add water to just below the greens. Blend on low and then up to high for about a minute until everything is smooth.

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Sprinkle with chia seeds if preferred.

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This is one of my favorite smoothies for healing, although it’s not one that I love to drink. It’s not super sweet and sweet is what I prefer, but this is great for health and not everything that’s healthy is going to taste awesome all the time. I’m not a ‘greens’ lover, but spinach is mild and I can handle it because it doesn’t have a huge grassy flavor.

Think Health! 🙂


If you’d like to learn more about Dr. G, you can find her on YouTube. Here’s her video where she makes this green smoothie.

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