#CoverReveal: It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition) by @BekaLombardo #Memoir #KeepTalkingMH


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Title  It’s Not Your Journey (Second Edition)

Author  Rebecca Lombardo

Genre  Memoir

 

Book Blurb 

Follow Rebecca Lombardo as she details two years of her twenty-five-year battle with mental illness and what brought her to attempt to take her life in 2013. As she recovered from that attempt, she continued to write in the hopes that she would help purge some of the pain in her life. What she never expected was that she could help others as well. This book quite simply began as a blog and became a book; where she opens up about her real and raw emotions during those two years. Set aside any preconceived notions you may have about what a book should be and put yourself in the shoes of someone struggling daily with a disease she could not control, despite the support of her loving husband. Even with the struggles, Rebecca attempts to offer the reader support and guidance as she begs them not to follow her path. This book is the true story of one woman that fights a battle inside her mind every single day and attempts to document what she is feeling to help others while she helps herself.

 

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Podcast: https://www.pscp.tv/BekaLombardo1/1vOxwgRMPDoxB

 

Rebecca Lombardo

 

Author Biography 

Rebecca Lombardo is 44 years old and has been happily married for 15 years. She lives in Michigan with her husband and cats. She is a published author, a Huffington Post blogger, and a podcast host. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 19. She has battled that as well as several other conditions for over 20 years. In 2013, she attempted suicide. Grateful that she survived, she decided to tell her story in the hopes that she could help others choose a different path.

 

Social Media Links

Website www.rebeccalombardo.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

Twitter www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Instagram www.instagram.com/bekalombardo

 

 

Emerging From Darkness Trilogy by @JMMaurer1 is a Spectacular Romantic Series! #romance


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Title Seeking Love (Book 1)

Series Title Emerging From Darkness Trilogy

Author J.M. Maurer

Genre Contemporary Romance 18+

Book Blurb

Three years after a bitter divorce, Jessica Winters isn’t sure she’s ready—or capable—to move on. The thought of another relationship terrifies her, but things quickly change when she meets the playfully witty and handsome sex therapist Matthew Moi. At first, she tries to ignore him, but something in the way he levels his sultry gaze on her awakens her soul.

Secretly in love with Jessica, Matthew has been giving her the space she needed to heal. Incapable of waiting any longer and eager to work his way into her broken heart, he seizes an opportunity to have their paths cross. But when her painful past resurfaces, revealing truths that threaten their future, Matthew must prove to Jessica that a shot at true love is worth the risk.

Excerpt

One thing I knew: I wasn’t that woman anymore. I wouldn’t be her anymore.

My heart was racing at the thought of being separated from Matthew by only the door, and I watched as it opened, knowing he stood mere feet away. I drew in a deep breath to calm my frantic nerves and steady my racing heart. It was the moment my eyes would see him again, and the same moment I knew all involuntary muscle movements would cease.

As Matthew stepped in and around the door, his alluring eyes captured me. The feeling was nothing new. I’d been imprisoned by his gaze before. And locked in it again, I watched as he drifted to me, the indisputable chemistry between us palpable and absolute. His mesmerizing eyes had hypnotized my burning soul, completely bewitching me.

“Hello, Jessica,” he murmured, pointing to an open area of the bed. “Mind if I sit?”

I gave a slight shake of my head, having difficulty forming the simple word “no,” and watched as he made himself comfortable facing me. His crisp charcoal-colored trousers bunched as he scooted on the bed. My sight roamed along his classic plum-colored dress shirt and stopped searching once I focused on his face.

Buy Links

Amazon US – www.amazon.com/dp/B00T2EWNNW

Amazon UK – www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00T2EWNNW

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J M Maurer

Author Biography

J.M. started working as a registered nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit where she cared for critically ill children, transported them from outlying hospitals, and even picked up overtime hours treating patients of all ages while inside a hyperbaric chamber. Holding a Bachelor’s degree in nursing, she loves to write about strong characters and their struggles in life. Her books explore themes of revenge, redemption, and hope along with the intrigue of true love, sex, and marriage.

An incurable romantic with a penchant for dark chocolate and red wine, no matter what trials or tortures her characters face, love will always prevail . . . because, after all, what’s better than a happily-ever-after?

When not writing, you can find her spending time with family and friends, exploring the outdoors, or attempting most any sport. She resides in Chicago with her husband and son.

Social Media Links

Website: http://jmmaurer.com

Blog: https://jmmaurer.blogspot.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JMMaurerAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/JMMaurer1

Goodreads: bit.ly/GoodreadsJMMaurer

Amazon Author Page: http://bit.ly/AmznJMMaurer

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Title Seeking Redemption (Book 2)

Author J.M. Maurer

Genre Contemporary Romance 18+

Book Blurb

After surviving a bitter divorce and emerging from a darkness that became all too familiar, Jessica finds herself on top of the world, her soulful awakening allowing her to feel again, trust again, and even love again. Her painful past, however, is relentless, both physically and emotionally, bombarding her daily and not allowing her to overcome the lingering demons that ultimately control her life.

As Matthew lovingly guides her toward a healthy future, his own secrets become known, threatening to destroy the trusting relationship that had quickly grown between them. But despite what life throws her way, Jessica pledges to put the past in the past, accepting that events are often out of her control. She fights for a future with the man who drew her out of the darkness, steering her onto a healing path . . . seeking redemption.

Excerpt

“Jess!” The strained howl of my name traveled through the air and instinctively I twisted, searching out the voice I’d been aching to hear.

I scoured the streets beyond the emergency vehicles that were now barricading the intersection before me, and my body sparked with fiery life when I saw Matthew. From up the street, he ran at a full sprint toward me, shoved his phone into the pocket of his jeans, and locked his eyes with mine, his wavy hair blowing wildly in the wind.

I ran to him, bridging the gap between us, and as soon as I could, threw my arms around him and cried.

He leaned back and ran his hands along my hair and cupped the sides of my face. “God, Jess.” He looked at me, his eyes full of love and concern, and scanned my body for injuries. “Do you need to go to the ER?”

I shook my head. “It happened in front of me. I’m anxious and worried, that’s all.”

“Want to go anyway?” he asked, kindhearted and soothing, his touch somehow slowing the beat of my racing heart.

He wasn’t asking because he wanted me checked out, although he might have wanted that too. Most likely he offered because he knew I’d need closure and wouldn’t be able to shake the events until I had it.

“I’d done my part, emergency responders had taken over, and now, even though I couldn’t stand him, Dr. Burdick was poised to oversee care. And with the best of care now tending to the boy, as hard as it was for me to do it, I had to let go.

“I did the best I could.” I frowned, my nerves calming from his tender touch.

“I’m sure you did.” He lifted my chin, a slight smile forming on his lips.

“Burdick will text you, let you know what’s going on, right?” He nodded and I sighed. “Then let’s go home.”

He bent forward and pressed his lips to mine, his kiss sweet and warm, but all too brief. “Home it is,” he murmured and pulled my hand to his, linking them together, and then walked us back to my car.

I pressed the button on my key fob to unlock my car, then looked back one last time, seeing the officers finish the cleanup as Matthew opened the front passenger door. I turned to him, reached out while looking up into his caring eyes, and placed my hand on his arm. “Where’s the Range Rover?”

“I ran here.”

“All the way?” I estimated his run across the river bridge at a mile, if not more.

A tear slid down my cheek, and Matthew’s shoulders sank as his grip circling my upper arms tightened. “I’d run across an ocean to get to you, Jess.”

Buy Links

Amazon US – www.amazon.com/dp/B00V2LI6SY

Amazon UK – www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00V2LI6SY

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Title Seeking Hope (Book 3)

Author J.M. Maurer

Genre Contemporary Romance 18+

Book Blurb

Jessica and Matthew’s captivating love story comes to an epic conclusion in the final installment of J.M. Maurer’s Emerging From Darkness trilogy that began with the novels Seeking Love and Seeking Redemption.

I’d been given promises in the past, all of which were broken.
Inevitably, they broke me.
I wouldn’t let those broken promises stop me from believing in new ones, though.
I couldn’t.

Matthew Moi was different.
His dimpled smile and witty sexual banter has held me spellbound since day one.
Falling in love with him came easy.
Marrying him—a dream come true.

Now, he wants something I’m not sure I’ll ever be ready for.
As I struggle, he faithfully remains at my side.
Through it all, his protective nature shields me from an evil I didn’t see coming.

Together, we have it all—love, passion, trust.
Apart, the possibilities are endless, even death.

Seeking Hope is the final book in the Emerging From Darkness trilogy, and as such, is not intended to be a standalone. The trilogy reads as: Seeking Love, Seeking Redemption, & Seeking Hope.

Follow Jessica and Matthew’s captivating and steamy love story from the beginning—start the trilogy today!

Excerpt

“Take a look at that.”

I turned, feeling both the boat as it glided across the water and the salty, moist air, and looked west. The brilliant amber color of the sun took away my breath. I smiled as Matthew snuggled in behind me at the edge of the boat. He wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me into him.

“This moment is perfect.” I looked over my shoulder, thinking about the sun as it kissed the sea, and locked my sight on Matthew. “This evening is perfect. Thank you.”

“My pleasure.” He tapped my lips with his. “How long do you think we have until the sun completely disappears?”

“A couple of minutes, maybe.” For me, it would never be long enough. I could gaze at the setting sun forever.

He squeezed his arms, tightening his hold on me, almost as if reading my mind. “Forever, we’ll have each other, and there’s not a sunset or a full moon that’s more beautiful than what we have. Our love is always and forever.”

I turned to him, seeing beyond the red sky of the night as it reflected in his eyes, and kissed him. I was grateful to be tucking this perfect two-minute-moment of time, our personal sailor’s delight, into my heart—forever.

Buy Links

Amazon US – www.amazon.com/dp/B01HQU6B22

Amazon UK – www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HQU6B22

Nook – www.barnesandnoble.com/w/seeking-hope-jm-maurer/1123600085

iBooks- https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/seeking-hope/id1120300183

Kobo – https://store.kobobooks.com/en-us/ebook/seeking-hope-2

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#BellLetsTalk: Take Care of Your #MentalHealth Today and Every Day #inspiration


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Do you take care of your mental health just as you take care of your dental health?

Today is Bell Let’s Talk Day and up here in Canada, it’s a day devoted to talking freely about mental health. Several celebrities from Howie Mandel to Kevin O’Leary support this event and for every tweet, Bell Media will donate 5 cents to Canadian Mental Health Initiatives.

For those of you who are long-time followers, you know both MR N and myself are big proponents of taking care of ourselves. Life is immensely busy and in order to function properly, we need a break. For us, it’s relaxing out on our Solarium, holding hands and watching the world go by (every weekend and some week days). Trains, birds and other wildlife fly by and I can’t tell you how soothing it is to sit with my feet up, not doing anything.

What do you do to relax?

Whatever it is, do it. Your mental health depends on it. Like Howie says in the quote above, if we took care of our mental health with the same dedication that we take care of our dental health, we’d all be okay.

We all have had a rough patch, where the world appears to be against us and even the simplest tasks take all of our energy. This is your body telling you your mental health is in trouble. You need to pay attention before it gets out of control.

Talk to someone you trust

Speak to a professional

Get the help you need

You’re not alone. You’re not weak if you need help. In fact, the strongest person I know is strong enough to ask for help when he needs it. 

Let’s talk mental health. What do you do to take care of yourself? Share in the comments below and together we can end the stigma.

MRS N

It’s Not Your Journey by @BekaLombardo is a Must-Read! #Memoir #bookreview #MentalIllness


It's Not Your Journey

 

Title: It’s Not Your Journey

Author: Rebecca Lombardo

Genre: Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of It’s Not Your Journey. Rebecca shares her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-injury, and recovery from a suicide attempt.

 

 

Rebecca candidly reveals her real and raw feelings on these subjects, as well as addressing other issues that have contributed to her downward spiral and eventual climb out of her own pit of despair. Issues such as the loss of her mother to lung cancer, the death of her brother, abandonment from friends and family members due to her hospitalization, and more.

 

 

At 42 years of age and happily married for nearly 14 years, Rebecca can finally say that she is on her way to reaching her dream. Not only does she hope to help people that are struggling with depression, she hopes to help everyone realize that you are never too old to find your voice.

 

My Review:

Rebecca Lombardo is one of the bravest people I have had the pleasure to meet. Not does she battle her mental illness daily but she’s put into words her struggle with depression. I must warn you, this is not a happily ever after story of a woman who battled mental illness and is now peacefully happy like Laura Ingalls Wilder running in a field (Little House on a Prairie); it’s a constant struggle. She doesn’t pull any punches and each chapter is filled with stark truth and pain.

 

Rebecca talks about her family, unconditional love from her husband (who saved her life in my opinion), doctors, how the darkness sucks out the light, cutting, depression and coping mechanisms. Her heart and soul are splashed across the pages, which only makes this book a captivating read. Not since reading Girl Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen, have I read a memoir so gut-wrenchingly candid.

 

Mental illness is a very real medical condition and we, as a society, need to treat it with the same respect as we do cancer. Advocates like Rebecca, bring the realities to light and I, for one, am grateful. This is a must-read and beautifully written!

 

Favorite Quote from the Author:

This book is about MY JOURNEY with Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, Self-Injury, and more. This is not a text book, nor is it your journey. I am not a professional, rather an advocate that hopes her story can help those going through similar struggles

 

Your experiences may be entirely different.  I just ask that you respect that I was in a very difficult situation, and in a lot of pain when these pages were written.  I may not have always made the right decisions, or the decisions you would have made.  But, I did was I had to for me at that time.  All I ask is that you please have some respect for my journey.

 

My Rating:  5+ stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo/dp/0692509739

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/its-not-your-journey/id1065377217?mt=11

Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/its-not-your-journey/9780692509739-item.html

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/its-not-your-journey-rebecca-lombardo/1122852005

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26176772-it-s-not-your-journey

 

Rebecca Lombardo

 

Author Biography:

I’m 43 years old and have been very happily married for 15 years. I live in Michigan with my fantastic husband, Joe. We don’t have children, but we have 5 cats that we rescued. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder when I was 19, and I’ve been battling it every day since. I write to give my feelings a voice and to help others that are struggling. That is why I started a blog in 2013 after I survived a suicide attempt. I’m extremely grateful to everyone that helped me realize my dream of becoming a published author.

 

Social Media Links:

Website www.rebeccalombardo.com

Amazon Author Page www.amzn.com/0692509739

Facebook www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

Twitter www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

Blog www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com

Google+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RebeccaLombardoAuthor

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

If You’re Unhappy With the Colors of Your Life, Change the Canvas! #inspiration #depression #motivation


Unhappy canvas

Are you unhappy with your life and the way it is going?

There are so many unhappy people running around.  It breaks my heart because I used to be that way.  One day, I got tired of being unhappy and started to make changes.  I decided I am in charge of my happiness and if that meant making big moves, so be it.

I started with myself and worked outwards.  I fell in love with myself and soon met MR N.  I moved over 3,000 miles away and got married.  I switched careers twice and am now living a happy, healthy life.  I love my life now and so should you.

How about you?  Are you living a happy, healthy life?

No?

Take a moment and write down all the things you want to change.  Need some help getting started?  Write at the top of the page:

If money and time were no object, what would make me happy and healthy?

Let it all come out on paper and then look at it.  Take each idea and write down a few ways you can incorporate it into your life.  It may seem impossible at first but nothing is when you make the commitment to change your life for the better!

Feel free to share a few ideas if you would like below.  I’d love to hear from you!

Together we all can live happy and healthy lives!

If you’re unhappy with the colors of your life, change the canvas!

MRS N, Happiness Spreader

Meet Author @bekalombardo and Her #Memoir, It’s Not Your Journey #BookPromo #Books


It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to Rebecca Lombardo. I met her a few weeks ago and she is one of the strongest women I have had the pleasure to meet. She’s struggled with mental illness for over two decades and her debut release, It’s Not Your Journey, is her story. She doesn’t consider herself a survivor but a warrior and I agree with her 100%. So, grab your favorite beverage and get to know the Rebecca Lombardo. Take it away, Beka:

 

  • What do you consider your best accomplishment?

Honestly, at this point I am extremely proud that I am still here.  After more than 23 years struggling with mental illness, and surviving a suicide attempt in 2013, I’ve had to fight every day just to be here.

 

  • Have you always liked to write?

Yes, as long as I can remember.  I can recall writing my first story in third grade, and announcing at that point that I was going to be a writer one day.

 

  • Do you read your reviews? Do you respond to them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on how to deal with the bad?

Yes, I read all of my reviews. At first, the bad reviews felt like a personal attack, because the book is about my life.  I responded to 1 or 2 bad reviews, and quite honestly was personally attacked by those people.  I learned quickly not to respond to the bad ones anymore.  My advice would be just to keep in mind that if you don’t have at least a couple of bad reviews, the reader may assume that you’re having your friends and family write a bunch of fake reviews.  Bad reviews can help you look more legitimate.

 

  • Is this your first book?

Yes, this is my first book.  I have not determined whether I will continue to write books.  My first hasn’t been out a year yet, so that is my priority at this time.

 

  • What is your best marketing tip for authors?

My best marketing tip is to be as active as you can on social media.  Always make sure your website is up to date, and keep your followers engaged on social media.  You never know who will discover your profile next.

 

 

  • What is your biggest fear?

One of my biggest fears in life is claustrophobia.  It’s miserable to have to get things like MRI’s done.  It’s so bad that I have trouble breathing in elevators.  Even if I’m watching a movie or TV show where there is a tight space, I need to turn it off because I have trouble breathing.

 

  • Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t before?

I have a few, but I would love to visit Ireland or Australia the most, I think.  From what I’ve seen, they are both beautiful places to visit.

 

  • Do you have any scars? What are they from?

Unfortunately, yes I have many, many scars.  I am recovering from self-injury (self-harm) so I have a lot of scars.  There are days when I am embarrassed by them, but mostly I look at them as proof that I made it through the war.

 

  • Do you write naked?

Absolutely, 100% NO.  I can’t imagine that this would be beneficial in any way, but to each his own! I would never begrudge someone and their writing process.

 

  • Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

I drink maybe once or twice a year at gatherings, but I don’t remember the last time I was actually drunk.  I do not smoke.  My mother died of lung cancer, so that is out of the question.  My vice would probably be orange or red pop.  I love them both.  Thankfully, I’ve made a lot of changes to my lifestyle, so I don’t have them much anymore, but I do love them both.

 

It's Not Your Journey

 

Title: It’s Not Your Journey

Author: Rebecca Lombardo

Genre: Memoir

 

Book Blurb:

In her first published work, Rebecca Lombardo collects her internationally followed blog into the pages of It’s Not Your Journey. This memoir candidly details Rebecca’s two-year long chronicle of her struggles with bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, self-injury and recovery from a suicide attempt. Rebecca shares her real and raw feelings on these subjects, as well as addressing other issues that have contributed to her downward spiral and eventual climb out of her own pit of despair. Issues such as the loss of her mother to lung cancer, the death of her brother, abandonment from friends and family members due to her hospitalization, and more. This book is about a personal journey with mental illness. Rebecca is not a professional, rather an advocate that hopes her story can help those going through similar struggles.

 

EXCERPT:

 THERAPY?

JANUARY 1, 2014

Over the course of the many years that I have suffered

from depression, I have met many doctors. For several

years, I could only see a doctor in the county where I

lived. I didn’t have mental health coverage, and they

would provide samples of the medications. It was a

tremendous benefit in one respect because I could be

on as many as seven prescriptions at a time. On the

other hand, the level of care was substandard.

Primarily, I was treated like a number on a file.

However, without fail, whichever doctor’s office I

visited, my session ended with, what about therapy?

 

 

Have you had therapy? Would you like a referral? My

answer: yes, I have had therapy and no I do not want a

recommendation.

 

I have documented my feelings on the medical

profession as a whole, focusing on the treatment of

people with mental health issues. These feelings also

extend to therapists. If you’ve never been to one but

have seen one in a movie or on a TV show, don’t even

start believing that they are anything like that. I

understand 100% that I have to do the work to get

myself feeling better but damn! Shouldn’t they have to

do some work too?

 

Aside from that, regardless of how silly this may

sound from a treatment aspect, I have not once ever

felt better after a therapy session. I have always been

the type of person who can work these things out on

my own. I don’t need to be paying someone who just

stares at me with a blank expression on their face,

barely listening. Perhaps, I have been to all of the

wrong therapists. I’ll go along with that. For over

twenty years, every therapist I have gone to was

completely useless but it was purely coincidental. Let’s

not forget the one I saw a few months back that fell

asleep while I was talking.

 

I take my husband to all of my appointments due to

the way Doctors and therapists treat me. That way,

when I walk out thinking to myself OK, did that lady

just fall asleep while I was talking to her? At least I

have someone that was there who is not considered

“mentally ill” that can back me up.

 

I know that I am only detailing negative experiences

here, but they are my only frame of reference. I

cannot, with a clear conscience say that all doctors

and therapists are incompetent, and you will never

find one that will help you. I know that is simply not

true. Who knows, there is a common denominator

here, and that would be me. Perhaps, without

knowing, I go into these appointments immediately

assuming they will fail. Therefore, it doesn’t matter

what is said or done, failure is the only outcome.

Now you can understand why this book is so

important to me.

 

Writing is my therapy. I may never

receive an ounce of feedback on anything that I write,

and that is OK because I have been allowed to tell my

story. Without sitting in an office with someone

staring back at me that so obviously couldn’t give a

damn about me.

 

Even if I do receive negative feedback from someone

regarding my book, I can handle that because just as I

am allowed to express my opinions here, others are

allowed that same luxury.

 

If I do receive feedback that is especially hurtful or

bothersome, I will cross that path when I come to it. I

am not sure how I will handle it. One thing is for

certain; I am a stronger person for being able to

document my experiences. In some cases, I receive

praise for my writing ability or my courage in the face

of all the pain I have and will endure. I will take it. I

don’t feel like there is a therapist out there that can

offer that to me with any level of sincerity.

 

My suggestion is, don’t take my words here and refuse

treatment. That is the last thing I want for anyone. I

want everyone to be aware of what can happen and

what is out there. Do your research. Ask for a

consultation to get to know the person first before you

go about telling them your life story. It is true, you

may have to pay for that appointment. Consider it

paying for the peace of mind in knowing that this

person is either a perfect fit or so far out of left field

you will never be heard. Take someone with you.

 

Someone you trust that knows at least part of the

details of your situation, so that should you begin to

forget details that person can help you fill in the

blanks. Most of all, ask questions. Find out what a

session will consist of, and how long they will last.

You can do this.

 

Maybe someday I can do it too. I will

know when I am ready, as will you. You will know

when you have found the right professional to guide

you as well. Remember, even if you feel like this

person is a good fit, should their methods or the way

they behave start to make you uncomfortable, do not

go back. You are there to get better, and above all else,

you should feel safe in that environment.

 

Buy Links:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Its-Your-Journey-Rebecca-Lombardo/dp/0692509739

iTunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/its-not-your-journey/id1065377217?mt=11

Indigo https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/its-not-your-journey/9780692509739-item.html

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/its-not-your-journey-rebecca-lombardo/1122852005

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/26176772-it-s-not-your-journey

 

Rebecca Lombardo

 

Author Biography:

I’m 43 years old and I’ve been happily married to my best friend for 15 years. I’ve known that I wanted to be an author since I was very young. I grew up in Michigan with my amazing parents, and 5 older siblings. My husband and I don’t have children, but we do have 5 cats that we adore. They are all rescues. I feel very strongly about being an advocate for animals. I enjoy watching movies, sports, and all sorts of television shows. I love to read when I can find the time, and I fancy myself an amateur photographer. I write a blog detailing the struggles I’ve endured in my life due to a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. I have finally achieved my dream of writing a book. It’s Not Your Journey is based on my blog of the same title.

 

 Social Media Links:

www.rebeccalombardo.com

www.amzn.com/0692509739

www.facebook.com/notyourjourney

www.twitter.com/bekalombardo

www.judgmentfreezone2013.blogspot.com

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+RebeccaLombardoAuthor

Wounded Hearts Heal by @GingerCastro14 #bookreview #memoir #TuesdayBookBlog


Wounded Hearts Heal

 

Title: Wounded Hearts Heal

Author: Ginger Esperanza Castro

Genre: Memoir, Inspirational

 

Book Blurb:

In my memoir I hope to inspire hope in others that no matter how bad life can get at times, there is hope. I’m a survivor and share some very personal experiences such as sexual abuse I experienced in my youth, severe depression in my adolescence and in adulthood, and surviving two suicide attempts in my twenties.

 

My Review:

When Ginger reached out to me to read her book, I was touched by her story and immediately said yes. Ginger’s been through the wars, as my grandfather would say. She’s experienced things I wouldn’t wish on my mortal enemies and yet, she has such a positive outlook. She’s an inspiration to everyone and this is her story.

 

Starting with her early childhood, Ginger takes us on a journey through her life. She shares intimate memories and horrific nightmares. From sexual abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, rape, depression and two suicide attempts, Ginger doesn’t hold anything back but gives a raw, emotional account. It’s like reading a diary of one of your friends and in the same vein as the Ya-Ya books.

 

Due to the raw nature of this story, I did notice it could use some tweaking and editing. But it didn’t detract from the story and I was able to immerse myself in Ginger’s memoir.

 

Ginger’s message is clear: no matter how dark your life becomes, there is always hope and light. My sentiments exactly.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Ultimately, all of life is a learning experience.” ~ Ginger

 

My Rating:  3.5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Wounded-Hearts-Heal-Ginger-Castro/dp/1530294029

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28155031-wounded-hearts-heal

 

Ginger Castro

 

Author Biography:

I’ve spent most of my life in Texas along with quite a few years in Alabama. In “Wounded Hearts Heal” I hope to inspire hope in others that no matter how bleak the present, past, or future may seem life really does get better. Just don’t lose hope.

Traveling is my biggest passion. I also love languages, history, geography, science, and literature. Some of my hobbies include swimming, cooking, baking, watching movies, and of course reading.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/GingerECastro

Twitter http://www.twitter.com/GingerCastro14

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

The Darkest Paths Lead to Light… #inspiration #spiritual #SpreadtheLight


spread the light

Have you stumbled upon a dark path and gotten lost?

It happens to us all.  We follow the directions and somehow took a wrong turn on the interstate.  Shrouded in darkness, we’re unsure where to go.  Suddenly a light illuminates the street sign and we turn onto it.  We drive a block and blessed be, we are where we are supposed to be!

Life is a lot like that.  We’re living life and then something happens.  We don’t know where to turn or what to do.  Suddenly, a light shines and we follow the light to the path we’re supposed to be on.  Is it scary?  Definitely!  But once the light is shone, we are safe.

Love and grace are the tenants to faith. 

Faith is what you need when you are in the midst of darkness.  No matter what your spiritual belief is, faith is what guides you.  Faith that the Light will come.  Faith that you are on the right path.  Faith that the truth will be revealed.  Faith that you will find your way!

That’s where people like myself come in.  We are Light Spreaders!  We help those who are in darkness find their way.  We may not even realize it at the time; we are just being ourselves.  Our Light is the lifeline many people need.

So the next time you’re lost and feel all alone, have faith and look for the Light to guide your path. I (or someone like me) may be just around the bend ready to shine our Light for you to see.

MRS N, Light Spreader

Today Choose Life #inspiration #motivation #lifelessons


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Every morning when we wake up, we make a choice.

Do I get up or stay in bed?

This morning I chose to get up.

The next choice we make is our perspective. Do we choose to look through positive or negative glasses?

You already know my answer. I try to always look at the world in a positive way.

How about you?

Are you looking at the world around you with rose-tinted lenses or are they more grey?

Today choose life and choose to be free to make mistakes through the choices you make. Today choose to be positive, no matter if the world around you is filled with negativity. You’ll be a bright, shining star and will glow with your inner Light like a beacon.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

Is Today a Bad Day? Tomorrow Could Be the Best Day Ever! #inspiration #affirmation


Photo Credit: imgarcade.com
Photo Credit: imgarcade.com

This week I’ve been dealing with a pretty bad cold. Even small things, like walking to the kitchen, takes all my effort. But I keep going. Why? Because tomorrow’s gotta be better.

Is today a bad day?

I know you’re struggling and you feel like giving up. I’ve been there and today, all I want to do is crawl into bed and sleep the day away. But I have work to do and so do you.

Keep the faith and keep going.

The amazing truth is that when this wretched day is finally over, tomorrow is a brand new day. Tomorrow could be the best day ever!

You’ll never know for sure what tomorrow holds unless you keep moving forward.

So, follow my lead and push through today the best you can. I am. 🙂

MRS N

#ChoosethisDay: Today I Choose Life and Rest #inspiration #depression #SpreadtheLight


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What do you choose this morning?

Today is Choose This Day and there is a Twitter event happening all day. Author Kathryn Craft is the mastermind behind this. To find out more about her story, please click here: 

Depression and anxiety are partners in keeping souls in the Darkness. Let’s spread our Light today and banish the Darkness!

Go onto Twitter and Facebook and using the hashtag #choosethisday write an inspirational quote or saying.

What would you choose?

I choose to rest and take care of my body (am sick with the flu or something).

I choose to not to overwork myself.

I choose to love myself as much as I love other people.

Don’t want to tweet your responses? Comment below instead and please share this post. Someone you know may be struggling in the Darkness, feeling all alone.

Spread the Light!

MRS N

Has Life’s Challenges Got You in a Choke-Hold? #inspiration #motivation #affirmations


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Are you dealing with a lot right now? Do you feel like giving up?

Listen, we are struggle and go through bad times. I know how you feel. You’re down for the count and can’t move. One challenge after another piles on your shoulder and you’re paralyzed.

“Why is this happening to me?”

You scream to the Universe for help.

I don’t have all the answers but I do know that when I am in the valley of darkness, I learn a little bit more about myself and how strong I am. Every struggle I have gone through has honed me to be a better person. Difficulties have chipped away at my selfish behaviors and revealed a prism of Light.

Instead of asking why is this happening to you, ask yourself this:

“What can I learn from this and how can I overcome this adversity?”

Take the perspective off of the negative and switch it to the positive.

When faced with difficulty, how do you overcome challenges? What advice can you give to those struggling?

MRS N

Got the Winter Blues? Put On Your Gloves and Fight ‘Em! #winterblues #inspirational


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Got the winter blues?

I was working away yesterday and a friend of mine asked me if I was okay. I thought about it and realized I was feeling a touch of the winter blues. I was just going through the motions of my day and not my happy upbeat self. I went out for my afternoon walk and the fresh air invigorated me.

We all get the winter blues. It’s easy to wallow in your blues but I have found it much better to fight off those blues with positivity and happiness. No matter what your situation, you are living a blessed life. You are alive and breathing. You have a roof over your head and food to eat.

Combat those winter blues with activities you enjoy!

The easiest way to get rid of those blue feelings is to do something you enjoy. The graphic above comes up with some great ideas. Here are five of my own:

– drink lots of water

– bake

– free write

– go for a walk

– watch one of my favorite movies or an episode of a television show

Injecting positive vibes into your body through happy thoughts and/or activities is a sure-fire cure to winter blues!

What do you do when the winter blues hit? What’s your cure for beating those blues? Share in the comments below! I’m always looking for new ways to beat up those winter blues! 🙂

MRS N

Keep Hope Alive #inspirationalthought #depression #spiritual


keep hope alive

Are you feeling down? Feel like your life couldn’t get any worse? Lost hope?

I can relate and so can my friend (we’ll call her Lisa). Lisa is going through a really bad time right now. Everything is piling up and she feels like it can’t get any worse. All she wants to do is lie in bed and pull the covers up over her head.

We can all relate to her. Everyone has gone through bad times. The key is to never give up hope.

“Situations can change overnight and problems can dissolve in the light of a new day’s sun.”

Leon Brown sure got that right. Thirteen years ago, I thought I had lost all hope and was in the darkest depression of my life. All I wanted to do is escape my life.

I had a dream and in that dream, I was walking in a beautiful garden. I inhaled the smells and smiled. I felt such peace in my heart. A voice called my name and I turned to see a man with dark brown hair smiling.

“Daughter, I know it seems like I have forgotten you. I haven’t. I have been carrying you through the darkness to this beautiful place.”

I ran into his arms and hugged him. It was my father, my protector.

I looked into his eyes.

“How do I make it through? My life is over.”

He shook his head.

“No, it is just beginning. Soon you will meet the man who will be your husband and he will help you become the woman you were born to be. You have to just hold on and cling to hope.”

I woke up and for the first time in a long time smiled. Cling to hope.

It was a long journey and it was difficult. I climbed out of my depression and no matter what happened, I never gave up hope.

Life is full of ups and downs. When you are in the valley and not thinking you can handle anything else going wrong, cling to hope. It’s got to get better and it will. That is hope’s promise.

🙂 MRS N 🙂

If You’re Unhappy, Do This


Unhappy canvas

Are you unhappy with your life and the way it is going?

There are so many unhappy people running around.  It breaks my heart because I used to be that way.  One day, though, I got tired of being unhappy and started to make changes.  I decided that I am in charge of my happiness and if that meant making big moves, so be it.  I started with myself and worked outwards.  I fell in love with myself and soon met MR N.  I moved over 3,000 miles away and got married.  I switched careers twice and am now living a happy, healthy life.  I love my life now and so should you.

How about you?  Are you living a happy, healthy life? No? Take a moment and write down all the things you want to change.  Need some help getting started?  Write at the top of the page:

If money and time were no object, what would make me happy and healthy?

Let it all come out on paper and then look at it.  Take each idea and write down a few ways you can incorporate it into your life.  It may seem impossible at first but nothing is when you make the commitment to change your life for the better!

Feel free to share a few ideas if you would like below.  I’d love to hear from you!  

Together we all can live happy and healthy lives!

If you’re unhappy with the colors of your life, change the canvas!

MRS N, Happiness Spreader

Life Lesson #1: Cling To Hope, Even in Darkness


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***I am starting a new series called, “Life Lessons” starting with today.  We can all use some life lessons to help us along the way.***

December 21, 2013 9:40 pm

This date will live in my memory for as long as I live.  This is when the worst Ice Storm in history arrived in my town.  The power/heat went out and for the next 48 hours, I was plunged in darkness.  As the hours wore on and our apartment got colder, the survival gene took over.

I dressed in layers and kept moving.  I ate peanut butter sandwiches and water.  I listened to the radio and took a cold shower.  I looked out the window at the darkness and devastation.  Trees fell and crashed on the cars below.  Here is a picture:

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Night came and went.  No power.  No heat.

The cold seeped into my bones and so did despair.  My positive attitude was being smothered by negative thoughts and feelings.  Hope was fading and I started to lose it.  The darkness was overtaking me.

I closed my eyes and started to cry.  MR N held me while I cried and supported me.  As I cried, I felt a warmth fill my heart and a very soft voice whispered…

“Hold onto hope.”

I opened my eyes and felt my soul clinging to the last little seed of hope.

Hope.  It is the one thing that will get you through anything, even in the midst of survival.

Have you ever been in a similar situation?  Have you plunged into darkness and wondered if you will ever get through?

Cling to hope in the midst of darkness.  It will get you through anything. It got me through the darkest period of my life and it will help you!

When faced with something similar, what do you do?  I’d love to hear from you.

Never lose hope! 🙂

Poem: Depression (1992)


Downward spiral

Emotions overtake me

Pain echos in my brain

Release release release

Emptiness fills my soul

Surrender screams the voices

Slash the exposed creamy texture

I wail in weakness

One body two minds

No release

Stay Happy and Think Positive


stay happy

I have read several posts lately written by people who are depressed, anxious and sad.  They cling to their sadness and find it hard to feel happy.  I understand and I feel empathy for them.  However, holding tightly to your sadness is like trying to hug a balloon.  You squeeze too hard and it explodes.

If you want to be happy and not sad, you need to release that balloon of sadness.  Take a moment right now and close your eyes.  Imagine all the things in your life that make you sad as a cluster of colorful balloons.

Say to yourself, “I release you into the universe and I am going to be happy.”

I promise that your outlook will change and you will stay happy!