What I know for sure
So, if you know me, you know that Oprah is my idol. And if you really know me, I have probably already recommended her book to you. Oprah's book, What I Know for Sure changed my life. Literally, it got me through my lowest points and kept me grounded through my highest. I will admit the book starts off a little slow, however, keep listening because she covers everything you need to know about how to live a more purposeful life. I recommend you listen to the book using the Audible App , there's something about Oprahs' voice that really resonates with me and I'm sure it will do the same for you.
I have to say I continually listen to her book, especially on days that I am feeling out of alignment and need a reminder of what really matters in life. With social media becoming mainstream, it's easy to lose track of reality and fold into the fairytales displayed on our screens. Don't get me wrong, I know social media is not disappearing anytime soon. In fact, I'm all for jumping on it's train because it is ever evolving into a new way of life. However, I also know that just like everything else, it's all about finding a balance. I've learned that by keeping an open mind, and rejecting the "little" mind-set, I will be just fine in the transition from the old ways to the new social media world that is emerging.
I promise that if you open your mind, if you just listen, you will reap so much from Oprah's book. Opposing, you might say: " I don't have time to read Astrid". I've heard this countless times, and my response to this is: "It's an audible, which is an audio book that you can listen to. Take time to listen in the mornings on your drive to work, and your way home." Again, I promise that at the very least you will come out feeling more inspired than you did before the book. Best case, if you are open to this, you will learn lessons from some of the most powerful and influential people in history. Just to mention a few, Steve Jobs, Eckhart Tolle, and Maya Angelou.
Continue below and read a snippet from the book.
Since the day the late Gene Siskel asked me, "What do you know for sure?" and I got all flustered and started stuttering and couldn't come up with an answer, I've never stopped asking myself that question. And every month I must find yet another answer. Some months I feel I hardly know a thing, and I'm always pressed to make the deadline for this column. This time around, I looked back and came up with my "All-Time Top 20":
1. What you put out comes back all the time, no matter what. (This is my creed.)
Astrid: " Karma is a bad Bitch "
2. You define your own life. Don't let other people write your script.
Astrid: " I learned this one the hard way, to never apologize for who I am and what I believe in, this was the hardest but the most rewarding "
3. Whatever someone did to you in the past has no power over the present. Only you give it power.
Astrid: " Whoa "
4. When people show you who they are, believe them the first time. (A lesson from Maya Angelou.)
Astrid: " I live by this one, saves me from surprises later "
5. Worrying is wasted time. Use the same energy for doing something about whatever worries you.
Astrid: " If anything can go wrong, Fix It!!... to hell with Murphy! "- Bold
6. What you believe has more power than what you dream or wish or hope for. You become what you believe.
Astrid: " You become your thoughts, so make them empowering ones "
7. If the only prayer you ever say is thank you, that will be enough. (From the German theologian and humanist Meister Eckhart.)
Astrid: " Every single day, THANK YOU GOD "
8. The happiness you feel is in direct proportion to the love you give.
Astrid: " Love is the answer "
9. Failure is a signpost to turn you in another direction.
Astrid: " I am not afraid to fail, in fact; I embrace it and ask myself what is this trying to teach me "
10. If you make a choice that goes against what everyone else thinks, the world will not fall apart.
Astrid: " To go against the grain for a bigger purpose than the smallest of minds, this is what drives me "
11. Trust your instincts. Intuition doesn't lie.
Astrid: " The more you listen to your inner voice, the more answers you will find. Trust me on this one, just get still "
12. Love yourself and then learn to extend that love to others in every encounter.
Astrid: " One thing I can proudly say is that I have never been a person with low self esteem, the way I achieve this is by knowing that everyone was born for excellence, finding your purpose in life is what helps you reach it."
13. Let passion drive your profession.
Astrid: " Watch LeoniHomes grow"
14. Find a way to get paid for doing what you love. Then every paycheck will be a bonus.
Astrid: " When you don't feel joy doing what you do for a living, that's your cue to keep moving, don't get comfortable "
15. Love doesn't hurt. It feels really good.
Astrid: " I am in love with my best friend "
16. Every day brings a chance to start over.
Astrid: " What a gift"
17. Being a mother is the hardest job on earth. Women everywhere must declare it so.
Astrid: " Amen "
18. Doubt means don't. Don't move. Don't answer. Don't rush forward.
Astrid: " This is my compass "
19. When you don't know what to do, get still. The answer will come.
Astrid: " It's all so simple, we complicate things, just relax; it always works out "
20. "Trouble don't last always." (A line from a Negro spiritual, which calls to mind another favorite: This, too, shall pass.)
Astrid: " I've proven this one to myself countless times "life is for us not against us"- Tony Robbins"