“Molly and the Cat Cafe,” is written by Melissa Daley.
It is a fictional story about one homeless cat, who embarks on a journey to find a new home. Molly ends up at Stourton-on-the-Hill and is welcomed by a caring cafe owner, Debbie.
Debbie, like Molly is an outsider and is struggling with her cafe and a local is on the warpath to keep her out newcomers.
Debbie also has a daughter, so she is desperate to turn the struggling cafe around.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I read in two days. I just could not put this down.
I also liked how it was written from the cat; Molly’s perspective.
A beautiful story, of Molly’s journey.
An interview with an introvert and author of Text, Don’t Call: An Illustrated Guide to the Introverted Life.
via Text, Don’t Call: An Interview with Introvert and Cartoonist Aaron Caycedo-Kimura — Discover
I have two books up for grabs, which I am going to run as two separate giveaway type competitions.
Book 1 giveaway: is this magazine, (bookazine,) for one reader. This giveaway is running due to me not realising I had already bought it earlier on, so I would like to give this one away to one lucky reader.
This magazine, (bookazine) is called “The Mindfulness Book” and is certainly something to keep on your bookshelf and refer back to later.
Book giveaway 2: is “The Little Book of Mindfulness,” by Dr Patrizia Collard, which you will remember I did a book review about this here.
Do you fancy entering? If so, please see how to enter below.
How to enter:
- This giveaway is open to anyone, regardless of where you live.
- Email me, to email@example.com, leaving just your first and last name at this point and stating in the email you are entering for the Mindfulness books giveaway, so I know.
- This giveaway I will keep open until 28th August 2017, at 9am UK time. I will then put all names into a bag and draw out two people, if they are sufficient entries. (So do come back to this post, which I will pin to the top of my blog page and I will keep you updated there, at the end of this post.)
- When the names have been drawn sometime that day, (if there are sufficient entries,) I will then contact the winners, which then at that point I will need to know where you would like me to post your giveaway. You will have 2 days to respond back, otherwise I will draw out another name.
- Once there are official winners, this will be announced in this original post and kept to the top of the blog for following two weeks.
- Details given are only for the use of this giveaway and not shared to anyone else. Details will not be kept once the giveaway has ended.
Good luck to those who take part.
Winner of Book giveaway 1 is: Christy B.
Winner of Book giveaway 2 is: Caz
Congratulations to you both and I hope you enjoy them and find them useful. 🙂
Anxiety is something I still suffer with, that can still creep up on me at times. Like my depression, I accept that anxiety will always be part of me and its taking each day as it comes.
I have managed my anxiety and depression, (including flashbacks) using techniques learnt in my counselling sessions as well as my own I have found that can help. Blogging helps too, along with sharpie and doodle drawings, to get things out of my system, that I might otherwise pent-up. But I thought I would read this book and see what else I may learn new.
This 172 page book that I bought from Amazon is easy to follow and it explains how psychological, genetic and dietary factors can contribute to anxiety. It offers practical advice and holistic approach to help you deal with the symptoms, like simple dietary and lifestyle changes, to DIY complementary therapies. It’s a book you can dip in and out of and read either all of it, or just what interests you. But I do suggest you at least read all of it the first time round.
I know personally myself, but also through my mental health course on reducing alcohol intake, which this book also suggests.
Also, caffeine is something I have cut down on a long time a go too. If I do drink a caffeinated drink, I do it more out than in, watching I don’t exceed a certain limit I set myself. This book suggests cutting this down too.
There are plenty of other suggestions in Chapter 2 of this book, in regards to healthy eating, which for me is what I mostly know, but it serves as a reminder to me.
It mentions about getting active, giving suggestions what we can try, and it discusses stress management and adopting an anti-anxiety attitude, which one of the things it suggests is CBT, that I have had in the past and found rather helpful.
At the back of the book there is a directory of contacts that offers information, support and products for sufferers of anxiety disorders. Some of these I have not heard of before and so I will be checking them out.
There is plenty of other information in this book, but if I go into it further, it would make this post very long to read. It’s a book staying on my bookshelf for future use.
This book, “How to make your cat an internet celebrity,” is written by Patricia Carlin, with photography by Dustin Fenstermacher is a book I have read more than once because of the humourous content. A gift I received some time back from a friend one Christmas, or birthday.
Cats can become superstars on the internet and this book can unlock secrets to growing your cat for stardom.
- Introduction – Embracing your destiny
- Chapter 1 – Growing your star
- Chapter 2: Lights, kitty, action!
- Chapter 3: Clawing your way to the top
- Chapter 4: The world is your litter box
As you can see from some of the titles of the content, it’s enough to make you smile. The book has photographs of cats throughout the book, to make you smile, or laugh while reading the content.
“The Little Book of Mindfulness,” by Dr Patrizia Collard is a “little” book, measuring only 15cm by 11cm. It has 96 pages of what hopes to be inspiration for the reader, of simple 5 to 10 minute practices of mindfulness.
I have read all the book for inspiration and although I have not practised any yet, there are many I am familiar with and if you have, or do Yoga, or Pilates yourself, then you will be familiar with some of the suggestions in this book too. But it is still perfect reminder.
What about the ones that I have given me new inspiration?
One example was ‘mindful eating,’ examining the food you are about to eat, looking at it like you have never seen it before, like a raisin for example. Holding it in the palm of your hand and noticing the difference in size, colour, form, weight and shape. Observing the ridges and the texture of the surface, so your vision can really have a feast on this. There are other suggestions while holding this fruit, before it leads onto smelling it, then tasting it and observing at that point as you chew the flavours, the change of consistency of the raisin and what you may notice completely new to you.
The contents of this book:
- Being in the now
- Accept and respond
- Making your mind up
- Simply be
- Mindful eating
- Gratitude and compassion
- Everyday mindfulness
Doodle and Mindfulness
You may also like reading this post:
“How do you Meditate,” over at https://lizalizaskysaregrey.com
This book brings a number of articles and concepts that are designed to help people learn how to take back control over their traumatised emotional and bodily states. This is through understanding concepts such as the back brain and the front brain, the window of tolerance and the trauma traffic light.
Contents of this book:
- Coping with crisis
- Emergency box
- Managing triggers
- Body sensations
- Managing flashbacks
- The trauma traffic light
- The window of tolerance
- Emergency cards
- Alphabet of emotions
- Safety kit: Emotional thermometer
- Mental Health Act 1983
This 57 page guide-book, I bought from Amazon and it is for those who experience frequent states of debilitating, even life-threatening distress and is also a resource for those who work with this client group.
The book advises on its contents page to take care when reading, as some content may be triggering.
I like how this book explained the ‘back brain’ and the ‘front brain’ and, how and why we respond the way we do. Even more so, due to our past trauma we may have experienced.
I also was reminded by reading this book, that how I react to my triggers is not my fault and to not give myself self-hate because of it, as this does help either.
When being triggered, it gives tips on how I could get my front brain to switch back online, after a trigger.
About the author
Carolyn Spring is an author as well as being Director of PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) and its charity framework START (Survivors Trauma and Abuse Recovery Trust). PODS works to make recovery from dissociative disorders a reality through training, informing and supporting.
Carolyn Spring is also Editor of ‘Multiple Parts,’ a magazine/journal produced three times a year for PODS and also spends a large proportion of her time training at PODS’ many events throughout the UK.
She developed Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) as a result of prolonged and extreme childhood abuse, but believes passionately in recovery and the dignity and respect that is due to all human beings, but especially those who have been abused as children.