Hot Chocolate and a Good Book – The Go-Giver

Hot Chocolate and a Good Book – The Go-Giver

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]”Putting others’ interests first and continually adding value to their lives—ultimately leads to unexpected returns.”

The book is about “Joe [who] is a true go-getter, though sometimes he feels as if the harder and faster he works, the further away his goals seem to be. And so one day, desperate to land a key sale at the end of a bad quarter, he seeks advice from the enigmatic Pindar, a legendary consultant referred to by his many devotees simply as the Chairman.

Over the next week, Pindar introduces Joe to a series of “go-givers:” a restaurateur, a CEO, a financial adviser, a real estate broker, and the “Connector,” who brought them all together. Pindar’s friends share with Joe the Five Laws of Stratospheric Success and teach him how to open himself up to the power of giving.”


Why should you read the Go-Giver? Hmm, all I know is that we are in a time where great customer service with genuine humanity can be a rarity. There are people who are hurting, really hurting, and maybe just maybe, your sincere warmth and kindness will be the turning point that someone needs. Why not you?? Yes, it can be hard to genuinely love on someone who may or may not be lovable, but the freedom it provides is truly extraordinary.

Case in point. So. My car needed a bit of repair. (I promise there is a point to this story.) And like you and most people these days, I googled online for an auto repair service and went with the first place with the best reviews. There I found (with 127 positive reviews and counting!), Columbia Auto Collision, Columbia, MD.  I was still apprehensive though because, well it can be hard to trust just anyone without a friend’s reference. With that in mind, I went in with low (very low) expectations.  However, I did not need to. The owner, Eddie, was a delight to talk to, quickly assessed the situation and quickly fixed my little fifteen year old Acura. This man, who happily talked about his family, his wife of over 40 years, and his love for his business, made a exuberant impression. But what really stood out was that he truly seemed to care about me as a customer.  Shoot, why did I even remember his name..?? Well, for one I enjoy (now) learning about people, but two because he really had excellent customer service skills and was that personable.

Allow me to also share that I had already bought into this premise and lifestyle by way of Dani Johnson.  The Go Giver sums up some of her teachings very nicely and adds additional perspective.

OK, so back to why this book is such a big deal. Well…for me, I have always worried about my music, my career, and being a success. Getting caught up in proving myself and somehow proving to others that I was more than what I assumed people thought of me (check out my Dad’s favorite definition for assumed) really put me in bondage. Yet, what I have learned again and again in using the principles listed in the book and other understandings, is that no one really cares about me, lol. Or what I am doing. And I LOVE that. The big question is “How can I help?”

Please say this like Oprah would: Freedommm!!!!!

At the end of the day, if you put the focus on the other person and concern yourself with helping, you can relax and be yourself.


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Hot Chocolate and a Book – How to Win Friends and Influence People

Hot Chocolate and a Book – How to Win Friends and Influence People

This book can be read again and again. And again. You hear people that are familiar with top motivational and success genre books saying, “Oh I have read that already!” From my perspective, we can stand to pick it up every so often and read some of the book’s basic principles.

*Please note in this the true story the gender, name and some aspects of the story may have been changed to protect the person’s involved.

Once, I saw a particularly rude manager removed and replaced quickly due to her inability to work with everyone and speak kindly to those that were subordinate to her. No one likes to be criticized, and even constructive criticism depending on how it is delivered can be not-so-constructive. At best, it can make a person weary and be very cautious when they around you for fear of failure. And this can create more fear and failure. At worst, criticism if not sandwiched between encouragement can be devastating to a person’s self-esteem.

As a working songwriter and artist, I have worked with numerous types of people and have learned so much.  Caring about the needs of others has not always been the case for me, but as I have learned to let down my guard and fears, I have found that getting to know others resolves the need to be afraid. Everyone has a personality and deserves to be heard. Those who tend to think the world revolves around them and are less caring of other’s views and opinions tend to (in my experience) fail or they do not stick around very long. The cream always floats to the top.

One of the main understandings I have from this book on how to deal with people is to let go of the need to be right. Arguing with people rarely solves anything, especially if the person has dug in and and is willing to argue with you over their beliefs. If this is the case, you will never win anyway.

Another area that has helped me, following reading this book is the concept of honor. These days I rarely hear the word. When you let a person be who they are, you honor them. You do not have to agree, but you can accept their diversity and their humanity. God loves us All.

Thoughts and Love – Multivitamins

Thoughts and Love – Multivitamins

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It came to me several weeks ago that not everyone believes some of the basics that I have taken for granted.  One of these things is the importance of health and considering taking multiple vitamins to enhance your health.  As I am getting back into the swing with a busy, active baby, I have been working to improve my nutrition lifestyle. In prayer as I am writing this for guidance, I was surprised to hear from various acquaintances and friends that do not regularly take any sort of vitamins, not even vitamin C.

Having a Mom who has been a naturopathic/herbalist for over 30 years, she instilled in us (okay, made us) take our chewable vitamins all throughout our youth. Mommy (yes, I call her Mommy) could not afford to have us stay at home sick from school.  My brother can attest that we were rarely sick, Praise God. Was it because of the vitamins? I believe yes.

During my pregnancy, and being *ahem a bit oh-el-dee-ee-are, I tried various pre-natal vitamins to help maintain my energy ALONG with working on my nutrition in my foods.

Here are some wonderful discoveries I made during that time.  I am NOT an expert, just a person who like you wants to get honest input that could help. In this world of information, who knows what is real and what is not. Be mindful of the vitamins you take, as some use synthetic forms of the vitamin that can affect you negatively.

I am praying that these ideas are of help to you, in Jesus name.  – Yorrelle

Here are my likes right now (not using any affiliations)

  • Living Fuel – this Christian-based company has a wonderful story and their products are premium
  • Moringa – natures natural vitamin, my Mommy told me of this YEARS ago and I did not remember until I was pregnant. It bumped up my energy and helped alot. I took this along with my prenatals.
  • Prenatals – New Chapter, MyKind,  any MegaFood products (my favorite one!!)
  • Barley Juice Powder – Calcium. Calcium, Calcium!!
  • Cod Liver Oil – I just ordered a bottle for Baby and I.


An At Home Birth – Special Delivery

An At Home Birth – Special Delivery

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I wanted to be a Mom. Not badly,  but I knew that I did. After watching the documentary the Business of Being Born, it struck me that I understood two things: I knew nothing about babies and I that there was a maternal longing in me that had gone untapped. I think not ever really considering myself the kind of person who would have kids, the spiritual journey of understanding what being a Mother would mean and the responsibility…there was a natural instinct within me, God given, that wanted to fulfill its part. For you who has been through the journey of giving birth, you too understand that empowerment coupled with the beginning of lifelong concern for another human being. Praise God, I was joining a club!

In comes Sarah Branson, midwife. The end. She was exactly what I did not know I needed! She walked me through, well handheld me through, what could have been a potentially fear filled time. Instead, her expertise and forward outlook steered the pregnancy in a positive direction that I will be forever grateful for. The field of midwifery in my opinion is so much more than the guiding the delivery of babies. It is the compassion and understanding of the pregnancy and delivery process. Yes, not all women have childbirths that are uncomplicated, and Praise God almighty that I did. My experience with her taught me how complex our bodies are, but how we are naturally able to DO. That we are empowered by our Lord to DO and as a Mom, however, Yes, it was painful. I wished that I was one of the unicorns that sneezed delicately in labor and the baby popped out. Yes, it was long, but it was so awe inspiring to know that I had the ability to give birth at home with no medication–what was I thinking?!? I was thinking this was what I felt was best for and the baby. Sarah was there for that and did not try to coerce her views one way or another, as if needed, going to the hospital for delivery was always to the forefront as an option.

I am so thankful to the Lord for my healthy beautiful baby! Praise God.

I am a firm believer in the power of a good book to inspire. Here are some great books that helped me to stay uplifted when fear and discouragement tried to show up:

  1. The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale
  2. Character Building by Booker T. Washington
  3. Supernatural Childbirth by Jackie Maze
  4. You Were Born Rich by Bob Proctor
  5. Exercising Through Your Pregnancy by James Clapp, III, M.D. and Catherine Crass, M.S.
  6. The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies by Stephen and Alex Kendrick
  7. Working with the Law by Raymond Halliwell

God bless,



“Heaven” is for Everyone

“Heaven” is for Everyone

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Being a Real Friend


[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Excerpt from How to Find a Good Husband in 365 days

As you are dating and meeting new potential candidates for ‘husbanddom’ –do not share major details with your girlfriends. As a matter of fact do not share any information at all if you can. And if you MUST share, it must be positive light-hearted comments only. DON’T talk badly about your ‘bad’ dates or ‘rude’ dates because ALL dates are GOOD. Praise God you have a date! And the more the better.