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Gail Allen
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Advice Books

Post by Gail Allen » Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:05 am

I moved last month, moving away from my parents, and that has made me suddenly aware of a lot of things I don't know: How should one clean their gutter for instance? Or how does one get rid of a slightly mouldy smell in their washing machine? All good questions I never had to know the answer to before.
And so I find myself frequenting the library a fair deal to look at what books they have that might have advice on such matters and I have managed to find a few good ones that are actually helpful, but I've also found a good amount that certainly aren't very helpful at all.

But that made me wonder: What "Advice Books" other people have looked into.
I know that my cousin looked into a LOT of baby books when she was expecting and now she's looking into a lot of "how to raise your child" books.

But what other topics have people around here sought the help of books for? And did you find the books helpful or did you find other ways to be more effective?
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Re: Advice Books

Post by Vanessa Tilley » Thu Dec 06, 2018 3:18 pm

Well, currently, all my advice and self-help books have been focusing on art specifically colour mixing and watercolouring. I have been trying to get better at watercolouring because I have a horrible habit of thinking I am just not good enough and giving up. I amworking on going through some books now to work on practicing like the Watercolour Workbook that goes through simple techniques such as blending to improve my skills.
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Re: Advice Books

Post by Gail Allen » Mon Dec 24, 2018 2:08 pm

That sounds really awesome Nessa! And indeed that reminds me of a book I have been wanting to try out something from: it's about how to make murals at home with an overhead projector and stensils. I want to paint a wall to look like it's made of field stones and the book has a description of how to do that. I obviously wanna try it out on paper first, but if it succeeds I'll have a corner of the house looking like a castle which will be very fun I think (I apparently never grew up and want to have things you'd usually do for a child's bedroom in my home XD -What can I say, I still love to play!)
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Re: Advice Books

Post by Astaria Rivers » Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:38 am

Working in the clinical social work field, I read a lot of books by others in the field. One of my favorite authors is Brene Brown. My favorite book by her is Daring Greatly, and I read it on recommendation from my clinical supervisor and immediately became a super fan of hers including watching all of her TED talks and reading all of her other books. Her newest book isn't my favorite, but Daring Greatly really speaks about taking risks in order to succeed and get anywhere in life. If one allows themselves to constantly step back from scary situations, they'll never get to the point of overcoming them or seeing what they can do with those situations. In other words, what are we truly capable of if we decided to jump in and dare greatly?

Some advice books aren't written very well, but others, I'm all for to get perspectives from other people. It helps me in my career, so I can find skills and techniques that will help serve my clients and since every client is different, there isn't a one size fits all with therapy.
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