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F is for Family and Friends

I am so glad that we have this time – to engage with family and friends – and thanks to technology, we can do it easily while effectively social-distancing. All the little moments we spend with family and friends, whether as we stay home, or virtually over distances, make memories for the future, and a positive impact on our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

So, stay home, reach out, and make a difference!

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” Frederick Buechner

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The Book

Find Your Awesome

Book Info

Title: Find Your Awesome — A 30-Day Challenge to Fall in Love with Your Playful, Imaginative & Colorful Self
Author: Judy Clement Wall
Illustrator: Judy Clement Wall
Publishers: HCI Books
Pub Date: 04 Apr 2017
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies | Self-Help
Source: NetGalley/My e-library

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From the Description

Fearless love champion Judy Clement Wall will guide you through this challenge–to fill your well for 30 days and tap into the miracle that is you! When you learn to love and value yourself, your relationships with everyone else will change, because the person that you bring to the world will be the fullest, truest, best-loved version of yourself.

My Thoughts

First, a Note

This review is long overdue on my blog. Every time I tried to sit down to write the review for it, I wanted to actually use more of the truly wonderful prompts before I reviewed it. But then today, I decided it is OK. I have read the book and worked on some of the prompts. And starting today, I will work on finding my awesome as I go from prompt one to prompt thirty.

The Review Continues

So, back to reviewing the book. I love, love, love this journal. While I do have the ebook (should have gotten the physical one instead is what I realize). Right now, I am doing the prompts on a regular old notebook using the prompts in my ebook.

While I am normally not a self-help book type of person, this book is full of fun, inspirational and creative prompts, and that totally resonates with me.

If you are looking for something deep, spiritual, or soul-searching, this might not work for you, though you could easily add more depth and meaning to any of the prompts here. And that is another cool thing -you can adapt it to fit your style and your time table.

You can do the prompts anyway you want to – do many a day, do one over many days, do one or more or all of them everyday, do one a day for 30 days – what matters is discovering your awesomeness in the process. And this journal does help with that. Do these prompts with family and friends, so everyone can benefit!

It makes you smile and takes you from being your worst critic to being your best cheerleader.

I do love that this book simply focuses on practical things we can do, like sending a text message to someone, writing a list of songs-to-dance-to, drawing a mandala, making something, decluttering, and more.

And yes, before I forget, the art is adorable, beautiful, colorful and darling!

In Summary

Between artsy (don’t worry if you think you are not) prompts, list-making, discovering yourself , and thinking about others, this journal takes you on a awesomeness journey without you realizing it!

So, worth it – either for yourself or as a gift for that someone who you know will enjoy books like this.

On a side-note, I discovered Judy Clement Wall’s blog today (why did it take me so long?) and it is a delight to look at.

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Find your awesome

Disclaimer: Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the original eARC of the book; these are my honest opinions after reading the book. (I now have my own ebook!)

“The most beautiful discovery true friends make is that they can grow separately without growing apart.”
– Elisabeth Foley

My ‘F’ Book Stack

The Books

  • The Famous Five – Five Fall into Adventure by Enid Blyton
  • The Famous Five – Five Get into a Fix by Enid Blyton
  • The Famous Five – Five On a Hike Together by Enid Blyton
  • The Famous Five – Five Go to Mystery Moor by Enid Blyton
  • The Famous Five – Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton
  • The Famous Five (set of three books) by Enid Blyton
  • The Family Games Book by Gyles Brandreth
  • Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
  • Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli
  • Funny Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
  • The Family Collection by Enid Blyton
  • The Faraway Tree Collection by Enid Blyton
  • Freak the Almighty by Philbrick
  • Field Guide to the Birds of North America
  • Fifty Great Short Stories
  • Five Days in Paris by Danielle Steel

Quick Notes

I definitely have more Famous Fives than those pictured (just need to find them!) and between my kids and me, we have read all these books pictured today though I do not think I ever really reviewed any of them though the Famous Five have appeared many times on my blog earlier. They were among my first fictional friends as a little one devouring books.

Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.” –Wanda Hope Carter.

Random Thing(s) for ‘F’ Day


This is often considered one of the longest words in the English language and is apparently one coined by Latin students at Eton College. It combines floccus (a wisp), naucum (a trifle), nihil (nothing) and pilus (a hair), thus each of them meaning “very little,” or “nothing at all.” Together, they become floccinaucinihilipilification which is a noun meaning “the act of estimating something as worthless.”

And now, the end of this post

“The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.” —Marge Kennedy

So, dear reader, have you read any of the featured/pictured books today? Any comments on those? How are you interacting with loved ones? Do share your ideas.

Sending across hearts full of wishes to all of you

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19 thoughts on “F is for Family and Friends

  1. I am all excited about artsy prompts, and this book sounds like just the thing for me. Sometimes, I spend more time trying to think of what to write about in my blog than I do in actually writing. That book might be the thing to help conquer the what-do-I-write-about now phase that causes no end of frustration!

    Great review, by the way! I always look forward to your reviews!!

  2. What a fun post as I learned a word I didn’t know and saw books I hadn’t had the opportunity to read. As well as a journal I would like to try out with y family. I’m doing both challenges as well.

  3. Great review of this book. I think that everyone can benefit from “Finding Your Awesome” – sometimes we put so much pressure on ourselves that we tend to forget the amazing beings that we are.

    I’m a homeschool mom and this looks like a great way to help your child boost their confidence.

  4. I always love the idea of these kinds of journals, then, if I get them, I may make it a few days or a week in before I stop. Your review makes me want to try again.

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