Book Review: The Seven Steps to Closure by Donna Joy Usher

Hey everyone,

I know! I know! I’ve been on an extensive hiatus but I’m back and ready for action. There will be some new changes, new features and oh so much more coming your way.

As part of the new direction I’m taking this blog. Here is a review on an amazing book I recently read.

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Newly divorced and barely employed, Tara Babcock is at a standstill moment in her life. 30 years old, downtrodden and utterly despaired, it’s been almost one year and still she mourns her marriage. The once believed love of her life has left her for none other than her cousin (and I’m not talking that person who is just a family friend who you’ve known so long that you say you’re related. I’m talking her mother’s sister (aunt’s) daughter kind of cousin).

Unfortunately, things seem to get worse before they get better. As Tara tries to make steps to move forward, shocking events occur as her ex-husband, Jake has announced his political career as he runs for Lord Mayor (a fancy way to say a mayor of a major city) of Sydney. And to make matters worse, he also announces his upcoming nuptials to her cousin, Tash. His face plastered everywhere and her constantly feeling miserable, her best gal pals decided the best thing for her to do is to refocus her energy and follow the advice from a magazine article called Closure in Seven Easy Steps. I mean where else does all great advice come from but for the gospel according to Cosmo.

This book chronicles the steps that Tara takes to finally regain control of her life and let me tell you I absolutely love it! Like many of us, having to start over is daunting and quite frankly scary! Tara, for me, embodies what many of us experience when an unexpected life change occurs. The questions that constantly swim around our minds, questioning how we will recover. The feeling of absolute failure and feeling like our options and possibilities are limited. Luckily, she has a strong support system of gal pals and family to help her through the rocky roller coaster of life.

What I truly appreciated about how this book was written is the feeling like you truly are a part of the conversations as they happen. The feeling of walking alongside our main character as she desperately tries to figure out what to do next and who she is after she has spent so much time being a shadow of herself. I also appreciate that as the book progresses, we not only see growth from Tara, but we see growth and changes in the supporting characters as well. A truly pleasurable reading experience.

My Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars

Why you should check it out:

If you like light-hearted fun and adventure, then this is surely a must read. If you’re nursing a broken heart……hey the steps just may help you too. Or if you’re just looking for a good read for the train, airport or anywhere really, then take a looksy. I promise you it won’t disappoint!

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My Summer Love Affair

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Oh Summer……. The time of year where the clothes get looser, shorter and more revealing. The time when romantic flings blossom and bloom.  It was a warm summer night as I lay barely clothed on my bed searching for a new adventure. What can I do? How can I occupy my time? Oh cupid shoot me with an arrow and make me fall in love again. And just like that I was shot with the love bug and fell head over heels in love with……. with………. Audiobooks.

For all of my life, I took the traditional route to my romance with books. We wined and dined first as I got to know them better. Took them for long strolls around parks, laughed and chatted as I lay in my bed until finally we did the deed and it was done…the book was done. Yes my relationship with books have varied in length but our memories together will forever be there.

Unfortunately, lately things have not been the same. Work is getting harder, longer and more of a time constraint than was school. My other relationships have to be nurtured and maintained, so books have been cast to the side as  I become more and more of a neglectful lover. Then when cupid struck me it happened, I began using audiobooks and life as I knew it changed. I get to have my romantic encounters with my books but at a pace that is beneficial to us both.

Below are the list of new lovers that I got the pleasure of listening to after I joined audible. I will soon review each so you can know if it’s an amazing and unforgettable date or if it’s an awkward encounter that you didn’t have to get dressed up for and could have avoided. Enjoy!

  1. Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It by Charlamagne Tha God
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2. You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

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3. How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life by Lilly Singh

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4. I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons by Kevin Hart

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5. This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare by Gabourey Sidibe

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There you have it ladies and gents. These heart throbs have been keeping me snug and warming my bed at nights.

Thanks for Reading.

Hope Zoo

Jamaica is well-known for its sand and beaches. The cool tropical island breeze and sensational sun can be the perfect remedy to combat the winter blues.

Lions, ostriches, zebras galore. Monkeys, snakes, birds and more. Come one, come all and you shall see. All that hope zoo has to offer to thee. So if you’re ever in the neighbourhood and looking for something to do. It’s time to visit Hope Zoo.

My poem and rhymes aside. It’s sometimes nice to get away from the mundane and usual and just look beyond the beaches to see what else is there. Just a tip: They offer discounts on Thursdays. I hope you’ll venture there. Now I’ll flood you with pictures to wet your appetite.

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For further information, please contact:

Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica
Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Phone +1 876-927-1085

http://hopezookingston.com/

Update: 101 Things in 1001 days

Recently I’ve been feeling a little uninspired and stuck. Like I see the days moving around me but nothing is changing but the seasons. I love to challenge myself to do more, do better and be better each day. I want to live an inspired life daily.

I first saw this challenge a few years ago on a Jamaican blogger’s site and I instantly felt motivated to do the same. However, life interspersed with procrastination happened so I didn’t quite compile my own list. But I was browsing around the net today and again I was greeted with this idea. So I was like what the heck, no time like the present. So here goes…

Start Date: June 18, 2016

Deadline: March 23, 2019

101 THINGS TO DO IN A 1001 DAYS

  1. Ask 15 friends what their favourite book is and read them all. My love of reading makes this an excellent challenge for me.
  2. Plant one thing I can eat. Eat what you grow, grow what you eat.
  3. Take a hand lettering/ calligraphy course
  4. Make 30 new dinner recipes
  5. Go on a photo walk
  6. Eat at 10 new restaurants  DONE
  7. Go to a kickboxing class
  8. Try yoga
  9. Host a ‘favourite things’ party
  10. Knit/ Crochet a scarf
  11. Meet up with a friend once a month for a year
  12. Try rock climbing
  13. Host or participate in a book club
  14. Set up an outdoor movie night
  15. Go strawberry picking
  16. Do 30 push ups in a row
  17. Read the Harry Potter Book series
  18. Go BowlingDONE
  19. Host a Friendsgiving
  20. Collaborate on something with someone
  21. Do a 30 day yoga challenge
  22. Buy flowers for a stranger
  23. Pay for someone in the line
  24. Bake 30 new desserts
  25. Go to dinner by myself
  26. Make bread
  27. Make pizza
  28. Go out for a girl’s night every 3 months
  29. Buy a lottery ticketDONE
  30. Host a dinner/ murder mystery party
  31. Take a picture for each letter of the alphabet
  32. Wake up at 5am everyday for a month
  33. Complete the 30 Day Shred
  34. Complete Ripped in 30
  35. Complete Insanity
  36. Complete P90x
  37. Take a cooking ckass
  38. Go to bed 11pm every night for a month (except duty nights)
  39. Go salsa dancing  – DONE
  40. Swim with dolphins
  41. Collaborate with 2 brands or bloggers
  42. Read 30 new books
  43. Take surfing lessons
  44. Plan a surprise for someone I loveDONE
  45. Move out of my parents’ house
  46. Learn to make jewelry
  47. Do a sugar detox for one month
  48. Build/ Make something
  49. Ride a mechanical bull
  50. Explore a cave
  51. Plank for 2 mins non stop
  52. Write a new blog post every month
  53. Go to a wine tasting
  54. Learn a new language
  55. See a play on Broadway
  56. Speak/ Present in front of 1000 people
  57. Achieve ideal weight
  58. Spend 30 minutes everyday writing for 30 days
  59. Finish NaNoWriMo
  60. Read through the entire bible
  61. Have a girls getaway weekend with my besties.
  62. Have a costume party.
  63. Learn to play an instrument
  64. Declutter my room and Purge my closetDONE
  65. Make 5 new friendsDONE
  66. Publish 5 articles (0/5)
  67. Go camping under the stars
  68. Travel to another countryDONE
  69. Go ziplining
  70. Donate 101 things I no longer need
  71. Send somebody a care package for no reason
  72. Go scuba diving snorkeling
  73. Take an unplanned roadtrip
  74. Learn a new skill
  75. Hide a note inside a book in a library or book storeDONE
  76. Save $5000 per month for a fun reward at the end
  77. Take a shot with the bartender
  78. Run a 5k without stopping
  79. Go to and complete a writer’s workshop
  80. Go to a major sporting event
  81. Go to a major concert/ festival
  82. Stop procrastinating and start doing
  83. Start asking for what I want
  84. Start bargaining more and asking for discounts
  85. Go skydiving
  86. Save a lifeDONE
  87. Go to comicon
  88. Carnival in Trinidad
  89. Have enough money to feed 2 families at Christmas
  90. Spend the whole weekend partyingDONE
  91. Go snowboarding
  92. Fly in a hot air balloon
  93. Be an extra in a movie
  94. Enter a ballroom/ salsa dancing competition
  95. Go ice skating
  96. Climb the Statue of Liberty
  97. Fly on a trapeze
  98. Eat in an American diner
  99. Make someone’s day everyday for a year
  100. Go on a cruise
  101. Live in a foreign country for at least 6 months

 

Progress Tracker: 

Not Yet Started: 90                 In Progres:                       Completed: 11

A Travel Monger’s Dream Vacations

Greetings Lovelies!

I’ve always been a wayward wanderer. A free-spirit forced to be rooted in one place while I plot my escape and world adventures. A dream job for me is to spend a year or 2 as a travel writer and blogger, keeping millions of readers in tune and up-to-date with all my happenings and goings and comings. An escape from the mundane 9 to 5 or in my case sunrise to sunrise in this medical world and just let the wild dreamer roam.

So I’ve decided to put pen to paper or in this case finger to keyboard and share with you my top 5 places that I’ve been dying to visit. There are so many places I would love to visit that if I were to list them all I would run out of characters for this post. I therefore have decided to narrow it down to my top 5 and trust me this was REALLLLY HARD!!!! But I managed to do it and here they are:

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1. Australia

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2. Italy

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3. South Africa

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4. Brazil

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5. Caribbean

I know this may seem a little bit kooky. I mean why does a Jamaican girl write that she wants to visit and vacation in the Caribbean? Well that’s just it. Aside from my lovely home in Jamaica, I’ve yet to venture outside and visit other Caribbean islands. I want to wine up my body at Trinidad Carnival or maybe stay and enjoy Diwali, I want to enjoy Crop Over in Barbados and go Eastern Caribbean Island hopping. I want to truly appreciate and enjoy all of what my Caribbean neighbours have to offer me.

Where would you like to escape to? Leave a comment below and share your dream vacations with me. I would love to know.

Nom Nom: Roe Japanese Sushi and Tea House

Konichiwa Readers!

One of my reasons for starting this blog is to not only chronicle my experiences but also force myself to try new things and step outside my comfort zone. And this sure was an experience.

This was my first time EVER trying Japanese food and I must say I absolutely loved it. Spoiler alert, I never kept it that authentic because I have cooked Sushi instead of eating it raw but it was still really good. Salmonella ain’t gonna catch me. No sir not today! So without further ado.

For appetizers, we had Baby Octopus and Crabsticks.

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Baby Octopus in all its delicious glory! So yummy! Sorry octopuses!

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Crabsticks! Oh yes please!

Confession time, I don’t quite remember the name of the different rolls we had. But damn they were good. Feel your belly growling in 3…..2…..1……

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And since it was someone’s birthday, we even got a complimentary cheese cake and a happy birthday cheer to boot. Ain’t life grand.

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Roe Japanese restaurant is a quaint little restaurant located in Sovereign North, Kingston, Jamaica. It’s a wonderful entry into the world of Japanese cuisine. The atmosphere was great and the staff friendly. Man! I can’t wait to try and experience more.

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For more info: Roe Japanese Cuisine

Unit 5, 6 Barbican Rd, Kingston.

Phone No:  (876) 977-2114

Rick’s Cafe

World Renowned Rick’s Cafe is the adventurist’s greatest delight. Cliff diving, live entertainment and a breathtaking view to make the perfect recipe for a day out on the town.

Located in the western parish of Negril, Westmoreland in Jamaica, this long time favourite has been a local and tourist favourite since April 1974.

The highest cliff is estimated to be approximately 35 feet so for all you risk takers out there hoo ha! But if you’re a little less daring, don’t worry because there are many diving levels to accommodate your comfort level. PArents can jump, children too, grandparents if you dare. It’s a great adventure for the whole family.

So without further ado…..

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