13 Things Mentally Strong People DON'T DO by Amy Morin | ARC Tour

13 Things Mentally Strong People DON'T DO Amy Morin
Pages: 260
Genre(s): Non-Fiction, Self-Help
Published: December 23, 2014 | William Morrow & Company
Format: Hardback
Source: Publisher Via TLC Booktours
In this inspirational, affirmative book, Morin expands upon her original message, providing practical strategies to help readers avoid the thirteen common habits that can hold them back from success. Combining compelling anecdotal stories with the latest psychological research, she offers strategies for avoiding destructive thoughts, emotions, and behaviors common to everyone.

Like physical strength, mental strength requires healthy habits, exercise, and hard work. Morin teaches you how to embrace a happier outlook and arms you to emotionally deal with life's inevitable hardships, setbacks, and heartbreaks--sharing for the first time her own poignant story of tragedy, and how she summoned the mental strength to move on. As she makes clear, mental strength isn't about acting tough; it's about feeling empowered to overcome life's challenges.


I Martika Willis, am a very strong minded person. So when I received some options for review, and seen that this book was listed as one that was available to me, I jumped quickly to accept.

 As soon as I began reading the first page, I knew this was the perfect non-fiction book for me. The introduction to this book is quite emotional, one that had me shedding a couple of tears because I easily related to the author. Ms.Morin lost her mother unexpectedly, and I lost my only sibling unexpectedly as well. " I knew that time doesn't heal anything; it's how we deal with that time that determines the speed at which we heal. " That ain't nothing but the truth girl!

 Having lost her mother, husband, and father-in-law, she decided to sit down and write " 13 Things Strong People Don't Do. " She states, " You can have all the good habits in the world, but if you keep doing the bad habits alongside the good ones, you'll struggle to reach your goals. " It took me months to realize this, and now that I have a better outlook on life, one that'll allow me to be a better Tika mentally, physically, and financially, I am more than ready to acknowledge the things that I Don't Do, that could possibly block my progression. 

As my mother says, " God only puts his toughest soldiers through the toughest battles, and it looks to me like you've won. "   

I like my ducks in a row. A neat row at that. 

In this book, each chapter consists of a topic that mentally strong people don't do. Here's the 

6. They don't fear taking calculated risks.

Oh I do, I sure do.

So, I read through the chapters, and once I reached chapter 6, I just knew this was my " thing " that I want to work on this year. If you ever get to know me personally, then you'll start to notice (probably not right away) that I do, and don't take many risks. I'm a pretty adventurous person, so sure I want to go bungee jumping, and will race you to the biggest and fastest ride at a amusement park. But in some " life situations " I feel that if I myself make the decision, that I might end up choosing the wrong one. 

For example, since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to work in the field of psychology. My very first career choice was to be a journalist, but once I discovered I had such an interest in the human mind, that changed to a child psychologist. As I grew up, and started talking to teachers about my career path, I then decided that I didn't want to put myself in a box by working with just children. That's when I finally set off to become a counseling psychologist. The problem is, recently I've been feeling that maybe that's not what I'm intended to do. My mother and I had a talk the other day, and she stated, " Just because you think this is what you want to do, doesn't mean this is what god has in his plan for you to do. " 

Ever since that day, I've been thinking about alot of different things. I've wanted to work in this field since I was a child. But then I suddenly realized that I always wanted to do other things as well. From elementary to high school, I always made sure that I entered some sort of writing workshop. I love to write, and when I was younger, I would write short stories, novels, and plenty of poetry. I would enter contests, and have actually won many of them. After taking some extracurricular activities in middle and high school, I then discovered my love for interior design and communications. When I was 19, I attended The Art Institute of Washington for Interior Design, but didn't continue because I felt that maybe I was making the wrong choice.  (that and the fact I couldn't draw lol) Wasn't I supposed to be sticking to psychology? That is what I'm suppose to be doing right? 

I also began to notice that even though my major was psychology in the two colleges I've attended, I've also always had my minor as " communication studies " or English. I chalked this up as, I was just interested in writing, journalism, and all communications had to offer. But what if this is actually what I want to do?! What if I do want to graduate with a degree in communications, instead of psychology like I've always imagined I would? Ever since I started book blogging, it has truly opened my eyes to what is out there, and what I really would love to do. So here's the thing. I'm not a calculated risk taker. I'm one of those people that like to have all my ducks in a row, to have a plan A, B, C, D . . . all the way down to Z. Everything has to have some sort of result where I'm aware of the outcome, and if It makes me nervous, or scares the shit out of me, then I won't make the move. So I'm vowing today to work on this. I'm pondering about my major, and have even looked up some career paths I can pursue with a degree in communications. It's take to grab my lady balls, and make changes that could possibly work for me. I'm scurrred though yall lmao. 

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