Ruby Allure's Books

Ruby Allure's Books
Ruby Allure's Books

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Perfectionism and Self-imposed Standards

Perfectionism and self-imposed standards

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Isn't it ironic that so many of us strive for perfection but in doing so give ourselves a sense of dissatisfaction? Today I wandered through crowds of people at Bournemouth Airshow. I had a rather profound thought that all these people had thoughts going around their heads and I wondered how many of them aspired to perfection.

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The reason I was thinking about this is because I have noticed how much people now juggle in their lives. There are the jobs and the career ladders, there are families, fitness and wealth - just to list a few. The thing is there is such limited time and we all desire to achieve and experience so much. So how do we do it all? Well you can attempt to structure your life to fit everything in but that stops being fun. Even those things you have passion for lose their sparkle when they are forced. So what do you do? The answer is prioritise. You list the few things that are really important. What IS really important to you? Is it the perfect body, the wellbeing of your children, the relationship, the career or owning something ridiculous? Once you know the three priorities consider focusing on those and allowing yourself time for you.

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The thing is there is we only have so much time and energy. I look at energy levels like water. Where is the water flowing to and where are the leaks? Where do you gain your water from? I know it is simple the thing is there is so much pressure to be perfect, to make things that are perfect yet we live in an imperfect world. In the end we end up burnt-out from doing so much all of the time. Sometimes your priority may well to sit eating a nice cake with a coffee staring into space. Having time to do nothing or as some call it - 'me' time... Now that might be perfection.

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Ruby Allure Books:

"An Unexpected Gem"
***I was provided a copy of this audio book for the purpose of a review ***

With the required disclaimer out of the way, let me be brutally honest, I had not expected this little gem. In fact, I had expected my listening would be a bit rough and was fortified by it being less than 2 hours.

The synopsis says the author wrote the book as a takeaway from her evening classes on creative writing. My mental context was ... Community Ed evening classes ...and expected a well intended but kind of amateur product. However, I am interested in adult education, and batter my own nerd head against a giant personal creativity brick wall.

So you have an idea of my mind set... low expectations along with high interest.

Amateur hour it was NOT.

I don't know where the author teaches her class, but Sign Me Up! And bring the narrator. Wow. Two hours of unadulterated, straight up, right on, good learning material delivered by a close friend just sharing the material. The narrator's voice was warm, sincere without any artifact or pompous patronising, and well modulated throughout. The material was mind opening for me, with the right mix of the mechanics of writing exercises, sufficient context that using prompts now makes sense to me, and a sprinkling of the inner heart work of creativity through written material.

This was just what I didn't dare hope for in a how to creative writing listen.

Truly an unexpected gem and a learning and growing experience for me.

A keeper and one I will return to many times as I deconstruct my own wall, one block at a time.

Thank You, Ruby and Thank You, Erin.
 Money Farm
· Frode
"M.O.N.E.Y. is bad? This book is not!"
So Money Farm by Ruby Allure was a surprise! When I REALLY did not read things about this book I review for Audiobook Blast, I sometimes get books I don't know something about. BTW: I read 99% about the books I want to review, but this book I can't remember I did that for. Anyways: This was a nice surprise, and I think it is one of those books that is better the second time you read it. No joke! I listen to this twice before I made this! Money Farm makes you thin, and who does not like to hear a book that makes you think? It is an awesome book, that I will recommend to all that likes audiobooks, and really to people that does not!

Helen Lloyd English accent its the topic like a glow and a hand! Her "lady like" voice is so cold, and clear I feel that the author made this book thinking that Helen Lloyd would read it out loud! That is how I feel those two fits together! The 2 times 14 hrs and 6 mins I spend with her never feels boring or uninteresting! I would love to spend it again, and I will because this book I will hear again, and again, even when it is 14 hrs and 6 mins long! That is saying something!

I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com
What did you like most about Money Farm?
It was an eye opener.
What did you like best about this story?
I like the way it made you think about the way normal everyday life is here and now, and the future...
Have you listened to any of Helen Lloyd’s other performances? How does this one compare?
Helen Lloyd narrated this fairly long audiobook brilliantly. Although the story content was very intense and thought provoking, her lovely smooth voice was very easy to listen to and I thought it was just perfect, a fascinating book wonderfully narrated.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes it was, although it is too long to do so.

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