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Abundantly Encouraged: A Book Review of Derek Rydall’s “The Abundance Project”

Photo by cottonbro from Pexels Introduction Have you been to a book club? In my experience, this is what they’re like.   There’s a selected chapter weekly or a book monthly. Then you meet to either analyze it or answer designated questions.   Sound normal to you?   The last one I attended (virtually because of COVID, of course) was for The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love, and Happiness , by Derek Rydall. I will admit that calling it a book club doesn't do it justice because we did more than just read, analyze, and answer questions.   Turns out, it was a book transformational study.   My friend Sandy Munroe made sure we took Rydall’s challenges to heart with her group. Then we described our experiences, providing support for one another and piggybacking off each other’s observations. In addition, we concluded with a meditation to bring that chapter’s lessons to a close.   It was heartening to watch the growth with my group members by the end, including myse

"Suicide Prevention": A Spoken Word #WorthyVideo Post

Hey there #worthyreaders! As you should know by now, I have been doing my Spoken Word #WorthyVideo series where I've been sharing one poem from each section of my poetry collection in the hopes of spreading some inspiration and hope during these difficult times. It's called Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook (Revised Edition) and you can find it on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, and Scribd. The book itself is about celebrating different kinds of love, which I thought would be good right now since I think love is what's really going to help us get through this. There are five sections: You - "Pride" Them - I haven't shared anything from that yet. We'll be doing that today! Life - "Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two" God - "Senses" Me - "Self-Care" Today I'll be reading "Suicide Prevention." I thought this one would be a good one because with everything going on - the coronavirus, COVID, staying at home, quarantine, and

"Pride": A Spoken Word #WorthyVideo Post

  Hey, #worthyreaders! I hope you're doing well. In case you don't know, I've been doing my Spoken Word #WorthyVideo series, sharing one poem from each section of my poetry chapbook. It's called Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook (Revised Edition) . You can find it on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, and Scribd. I've been doing this hoping to spread some inspiration and hope during this difficult time. It started with me doing that for myself, but I thought I'd also do it for you. There are five sections - You, Them, Life, God, and Me - celebrating different kinds of love. The first video I did was "Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two," which is from the Life section. Then the second time I did "Senses" from the God section. Last time, I did "Self-Care" from the Me section. Today I'm sharing "Pride" and that's from the You section. I wrote this poem for someone special in my life who'd gone through a lot that was just no

"Self-Care": A Spoken Word #WorthyVideo Post

Hey, amigis! I hope everyone is doing well. In case you didn't know, I have been doing my Spoken Word #WorthyVideo series where I'm sharing one poem from each section of my poetry collection. It's called Rise in Love: A Poetry Collection (Revised Edition). You can find it on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, and Scribd. And I've just been doing this in the hopes of bringing some inspiration and hope to others and myself. There are five sections: You, Them, Life, God, and Me. So far, I did "Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two," which is from the Life section, and "Senses," which is from the God section. But just because of some stuff I've been going through recently, I thought I'd do a poem from the Me section since I've been thinking about loving myself, taking care of myself, and my relationship with myself. So, this is called, "Self-Care": My beautiful, darling, sweetheart, y preciosa me. Can't I see? I've come so far for my l

"Senses": A Spoken Word #WorthyVideo Post

  Hey there #worthyreaders! I hope you're still hanging in there. In case you don't know, I have started a Spoken Word series with poetry from my first chapbook, Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook (Revised Edition) , which I published earlier this year on Amazon Kindle. I just wanted to share some inspiration and hope right now because I've been feeling kind of down. I know y'all are too. So, I thought we could use a pick-me-up. Last time I did a poem from the Life section because there are five sections. It's celebrating different kinds of love, right? So, there's You, Them, Life, God, and Me. I did "Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two," which I'll include a link somewhere in here too so you can see that if you haven't checked it out already. Today I thought we'd do one from the God section. This one's called, "Senses," and I hope y'all like it. I hear your voice in the river. I see your race in the sunrise. I smell your scent in gr

"Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two": A Spoken Word #WorthyVideo Post

  Hi everyone! I hope you’re holding up well. Hopefully, better than me!   I’ve been feeling kind of down recently. I thought that maybe I could do something a little different to inspire me a little bit – maybe inspire you – and offer a little bit of hope.   So, I’ve actually turned to my poetry chapbook that I published earlier this year. It’s called, Rise in Love: A Poetry Chapbook (Revised Edition ) . You can find it on Amazon Kindle, Apple Books, Nook, and Scribd.   I have five sections in this poetry book. There’s You, Them, Life, God, and Me. And it’s about celebrating love in all the different areas of our life. So, I thought I would share one of my favorite ones. It’s from the Life section. It’s called, “Fish, Cheese, and Forty-Two.”   Ask five creatures the meaning of life and you’ll get five different answers.   “The answer is fish,” says the Christian. “Of course not! The answer is cheese,” says the mouse. “It’s forty-two,” says the mathematician. “There isn’t an answer,”

On Pageantry, Body Image, and Self-Esteem: A #WorthyInterview with Ms. Maine USA Ambassador 2020, Abigail Peabody

Posted with Permission Selys Rivera (SR): Today is July 19, 2020. It’s 4:11 pm EST. I’m here with Abigail Peabody. Abby, do I have your permission to record this interview and use it for my business, Worth a Read Too?   Abigail Peabody (AP): Yes.   SR: Awesome! Okay, so to start, can you tell me what your official title is and kind of what that entails, like your responsibilities?   AP: Yeah, so I am Ms. Maine USA Ambassador for the USA Ambassador system, which is a national system whose charitable beneficiary is Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.   SR: Oh!   AP: My responsibility – yeah! My responsibility as Ms. Maine is to represent the state in the Ms. Category, which is 26 years of age and up. I like to represent my state by getting out and doing a lot of community service and servicing the community I live in and the state in general. So, I participate in a lot of charity events and volunteering. So, that’s kind of how I like to represent the state for this pageant system.   SR: