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The blog of Rose Summers – A bright-eyed realist who shares her random musings in 500 words or less (most of the time) and/or videos.

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Review: Mindfulness for Confidence by Tara Ward

Quick review for a quick read. This is probably the shortest book on mindfulness practice that I’ve read in a while. It specifically deals with one aspect – confidence – in a series of steps that spell out like so:

Step 1: ‘CON’ is for Contemplating Confidence
Step 2: ‘F’ is Fearing Confidence
Step 3: ‘I’ is for Invoking Your Confidence
Step 4: ‘D’ is for Dealing with Destructive Thoughts
Step 5: ‘E’ is for Embracing Confidence
Step 6: ‘N’ is for Saying No
Step 7: ‘T’ is for Taking it Forward

It’s a good step by step method and easy to do the meditations within (I found myself doing a few of the written practices in my bullet journal), but the drawback for someone new to meditation and wants something a little more vetted, this may be a little too open-ended and general. I did think it was worth the brief time taken to read and I found the exercises to be fun and thought-provoking, but I wish it had been a longer narrative to give more context and inspiration for these mindfulness practices.

Overall score: 2.5/5 stars.

Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Arcturus.

Review: Scientific Secrets for Self-Control

Quick review for a quick read. This isn’t the first “Great Courses” audiobook I’ve listened to, but it was one of the ones I was most disappointed by. A shame because the topic is very fascinating in terms of how self-control is regulated by the brain. It touches on several topics with support from several studies: brain injury and how it affects self control, mental energy and fatigue, dietary influences in brain energy, making decisions, how fatigue factors into difficult topics, self control and finances, etc. I found that I wasn’t really the biggest fan of the audio lecturer. His dictation didn’t feel immersive/enthusiastic about the topic and the transitions between topics weren’t as smooth from lecture to lecture as I would’ve hoped. I did have a few takeaways for the knowledge base and topics this series of lecture covered, but not enough for the time and energy that it took for me to move through this audio course (which was well over 3 hours).

Overall score: 2/5 stars.

Review: Japanese Kanji for Beginners: (JLPT Levels N5 & N4) The Method that’s Helped Thousands in the US and Japan Learn to Read Japanese Successfully

All right, I’m going to preface this review with a notation: if you don’t know katakana or hiragana characters before reading this book, it would be wise to get another resource that deals with it directly either before or for studying alongside this book, because it may be confusing for those who are very new to the Japanese language.

That said, my reason for picking up this book explains part of my absence from social media in the book world: between reading, working on my WIPs, studying for a certification exam in my field of study AND being busy with life events and work, I’ve been self-studying Japanese. Meaning I’ve been engrossing myself in both the written and verbal facets of the language for a number of weeks (well…more like months. My passion for learning Japanese dates back to when I was in high school but it’s only been in more recent years that I’ve actually had the time to really dedicate to learning it.). This was one resource that was recommended to me to pick up for study and I found it at my uni’s bookstore.

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Review: Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription by Vivian H Heyward and Ann L Gibson

One of the reasons I picked up “Advanced Fitness Assessment” was because it’s an updated version of a textbook I used when studying exercise physiology at my undergrad uni. (It was a graduate level class). I’ve found it to be a thorough resource on the topic of exercise prescription, and one that immensely helped me (even in previous versions) study for my respective certification. The illustrations, examples, topic expansion all were very clear cut, accessible, and provided a text I know I will use as a reference for years to come. Recommended for those studying for American College of Sports Medicine certification or those who are interested in exercise prescription, sports medicine, or exercise as medicine concepts.

Overall score: 4.5/5 stars.

Review: The Pocket Book of Mindfulness

I’m doing the review for this book knowing that it has the same name and publisher as the copy that I own, but the cover features a different cover (orange sunset with flying bird and full, non-crooked tree) and tagline (“Live in the moment and feel liberated”). I’m pretty sure this is the same book, though.

“The Pocket Book of Mindfulness” is a collection of quotations organized in six sections. It’s main goal is to be an inspiring set of anecdotes and reflections on the mindfulness practice. The six chapters in order are:

1. What is MIndfulness?
2. Becoming Who You Are
3. Everyday Mindfulness
4. Mindful relationships
5. Adversity & Acceptance
6. The Joy of Mindfulness

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