Who Are These People?

Have you been wanting to sit down with your family members and capture their great childhood and life stories. Maybe even some words of wisdom?

Or have you tried (like I did) and realized that without the right questions, it became an interview full of facts or just felt awkward because you didn’t know what to ask?

I’m really excited to share something I created out of a need for myself and have spent the last nine months working on…and it is finally done!My Life Inscribed Interview Workbook

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Book Recommendation for Anyone Creative (That’s You!)

We are all creative. Whether you like to write, cook, craft, decorate, negotiate at work, or parent your kids, you are being creative.

I feel that we all get callings or nudges to try something. Sometimes we listen and act, but most of the time, we don’t.

If you’ve ever wanted someone to give you permission to go for it, do your thing, be yourself, or just create something for fun, then you will love this book. Not that you need permission to do those things, of course, but sometimes it helps move you along.

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Supernanny To The Rescue

Whenever I watch Supernanny, I usually just sit in awe of Jo Frost (the Supernanny). She is firm, patient and kind and the kids all love her.

Sometimes watching it is stressful though, because at the end of the day, the last thing I want to watch is a show with kids screaming, running around and misbehaving. I prefer The Real Housewives of Orange County where it is the adults doing that. Much more relaxing.

When I discovered how many books Jo Frost has written, I got very excited. Now I could learn her magic without having to see and hear all the craziness.

I’ve only read two so far but I love how she relays different scenarios and then gives her advice on how to best handle them. She makes every solution seem doable for anyone. Also, I appreciate that her foundation for caregiving is love with an emphasis on discipline and manners.

This is one of her older books which was the first one I read.


And this is what I’m reading now, which is brand new.


Here are a few other titles if you’re interested.

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She also has a website if you are looking for more, http://www.jofrost.com.

If you have small kids and are looking for some inspiration, I hope this helps. Her advice is basic, timeless, and been proven effective again and again.


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Thank You

I wanted to give a special Thank You to everyone who donated inspirational non-fiction and fiction books to help us build an inspirational library for the women at Amethyst Recovery Center.

Thank You!!
Upper Arlington Public Library
Tri-Village Lion’s Club
Columbus Metropolitan Library
SharonBrooke Assisted Living
Upper Arlington Lutheran Church
Ginny Flint and “The Angels”
Jenna Beeson
Julie Overmeyer

And thank you to my sister-in-law, Jill, for her generous donation of inspirational Origami Owl jewelry for the women!!

If I’ve forgotten anyone, I’m sorry!

What is Amethyst?

Amethyst is a holistic recovery center for women. They are provided with housing, food, counseling, treatment programs, and career coaching in a family environment. In exchange, they must abstain from all drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and be commited to a full recovery and entrance into the workplace.

While all material needs are provided for them through this program, dedication and commitment must come from within. That is where the power of a great book comes in.

We hope this library continues to inspire them on their journey to recovery and, most importantly, reminds them that they are supported and loved.

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The Columbus Dispatch did a wonderful feature of this project. The article can be read here.


The library is up and running. If you have books you would like to donate, please contact Amethyst directly to see if they have room for more. Thank you!!

Amethyst: (614)-242-1284

Or, if you have a few inspirational books you can part with, keep them in your car to give to homeless people you come across. The right book at the right time can truly change lives.

Thanks again!!

The Kindness of Strangers

I just wanted to share a quick update on our inspirational book drive for the women at Amethyst Recovery Center. You can read more about that project here.

Many thanks go out to the generosity of organizations, businesses and individuals. Without the kindness of strangers and friends, this project wouldn’t be possible.

We have quite a collection going so far!


Due to the generous response, we now plan to give one book to each woman enrolled in the program and get a small library started for all of the women to borrow from.

We still need more children’s books so we can give a book to each child, as well. So if you’re about to make a Goodwill drop off of books or you are with an organization hoping to participate, please let me know. You can email me at maggiemays@live.com.