Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Really Random Tuesday #71: The New Baby and The Prosperous Heart


There's a new baby at our house!  Please help me welcome Daisy, a Chihuahua blend, to our family.  She's only two months old and weighs just under 5 lb.  Daisy's very sweet and has learned quite a bit in the past few days since we brought her home from the Helen Woodward Animal Center.  Our boxer, Jenny, passed away last summer, at the age of 14. We decided that our next dog would be a rescue, and thought that a mix might be a good choice from a health standpoint. When we saw this tiny dog at the animal center recently, we were smitten. 

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Although audiobooks are popular with many book bloggers, I've only listened to a handful of them.  My concern regarding audiobooks is finding the time and place to listen to them, since they are read "out loud".  I won The Prosperous Heart: Creating a Life of "Enough", an audiobook by Julia Cameron with Emma Lively, from Laura's blog, Laura's Reviews, during her generous audiobook giveaway this summer.  Determined to delve into this audiobook, I listened to The Prosperous Heart in my car, mostly while I drove solo, on short and long trips.

As I began to listen to The Prosperous Heart, I felt more prosperous almost immediately.  It related well to the experiences and feelings I was having a few weeks ago, to my thoughts and concerns. This audiobook helped me to worry less, and to focus more on the abundance of good things in my life.

The Prosperous Heart is filled with wisdom about prosperity--and so much more.  I relished the time I spent listening to this audiobook; it was surely quality time.  Author and narrator Julie Cameron's voice and words were soothing and inspiring.  Her descriptions of the joys of walking brought to mind recent wonderful walks I've taken, and the little surprises I've encountered, such as the magical, melodious church bells that greeted me one Saturday morning on my walk downtown.  There are many wonderful ideas in this book, and it was a pleasure to listen to.  A feeling of prosperity may result from discovering a hidden chrysalis, or finding that the pair of flip flops you bought on sale are extremely comfortable; little treasures add up.  Although I may not write "morning pages", I will, at the very least, count my blessings (that may be an overused phrase, but it does make us think about and appreciate what we have).  The book's comprised of 5 CDs, which seemed a bit daunting to me initially, but I discovered that they went by quickly, I was always eager to listen to more, and I've already listened to a few of the CDs more than once.  I think I'll "reread" this audiobook whenever I want to revisit and enrich my sense of prosperity.

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22 comments:

  1. Daisy is adorable! We can't have dogs right now, but when we are able, we've already decided to get a rescue dog. :)

    Glad you enjoyed The Prosperous Heart. It has a gorgeous cover!

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  2. Doesn't look much like a chihuahua and I bet she will be bigger too. Adorable!

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    1. Harvee, we were told she'd be about 10 lb. We'll see! :)

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  3. Wishing you much happiness with Daisy. She is very cute. You must have been prosperous to get her! Sounds like you listened to a great book. Have a great week.

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    1. Pat, getting all these wonderful comments is also contributing to my sense of prosperity. Thanks for leaving one!

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  4. Precious ! Our little Chia-Pom is almost 13!

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  5. Daisy is so cute!

    I started listening to audiobooks in the car commuting to work. I got hooked!

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    1. Yes, listening while driving is the way to go, Laura! :)

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  6. Ooh pets and books, two of my favourite things. How sweet is Daisy, she looks a real cutie.

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  7. Welcome to Daysy ! She seems so sweet and shy !
    The prosperous heart seems to be very interessant and conforting . Did you read "Simple abundance" ? I liked it... Years ago.

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    1. Annie, I read, reviewed,and enjoyed Simple Abundance a few years ago. It's a lovely, thoughtful book. :)

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  8. Oh my gosh!!! Hello beautiful Daisy! She's adorable. How awesome that you rescued her.
    The Prosperous Heart sounds like a great audiobook. Its definitely important to count blessings every day.
    Happy Tuesday :)

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    1. Thank you, Naida! I may be asking you for advice from time to time. :)

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  9. What a sweetie Daisy is! So pretty!

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  10. Daisy looks happy and comfortable.


    I actually listen to audiobooks when running or working out. It is one of the things that keeps me motivated.

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  11. Daisy is so very sweet - hope you bring each other much happiness - big change from a boxer:)

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    1. Yes, she is obviously a tiny dog. But in some ways, she reminds us of Jenny! :)

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  12. Daisy is adorable, what a beautiful new member to your family!

    Lainy http://www.alwaysreading.net

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  13. What a sweet looking little pup! Welcome, Daisy. Choosing to rescue is a great decision, there are so many animals in need.

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  14. You know, I haven't had a great deal of success with audio books either... I get so distracted that I lose my spot in the story! Perhaps something like this would work a little better -- besides, I've enjoyed Cameron's work before so that's even more incentive. But I don't drive to work - it's a 10 minute walk, so commuting & listening is out ;)

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  15. Daisy is a doll! Dogs are the best and always make such good friends! I hope you all enjoy many happy years together. :-)

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