Books

Book of the Month-Oola for Women

What is Oola?

Oo’- la \ n. adj. \ 1 a : derived from the expression ohh la la! b : state of awesomeness c : a life that is balanced and growing in the key areas of health, finances, career, relationships, and well-being d : a destination (i.e., getting to Oola) 2 a : describing actions, insights and goals that lead to a balanced life (ex: That’s so Oola) 3 a : the ultimate plan for achieving balance in an unbalanced world.

Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun are known as, the Oolaguys. They are the co-authors of the international best selling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. These men travel the country in a 1970 VW Surf Bus, spreading the motivational Oola message, while collecting written dreams on stickers that cover the vehicle. You can follow Dave (@OolaSeeker) and Troy (OolaGuru) on social media.

Oola VW Bus

My featured book of the month is definitely in my top favorites, of self-help genre. I received my copy from Faithbox subscription box, which unfortunately went out of business last month. If you’ve found yourself struggling recently in any area of your life, I recommend this book for you. Oola will completely transform how you live your daily life. You will learn about the 7 key areas of life; fitness, finance, family, field (job), faith, friends and fun (hobbies). It seems simple, right? The fact is, life is never smooth sailing. Dave and Troy will teach you about the 7 Oola Blockers; fear, guilt, anger, self-sabotage, envy, and lack of focus. Blockers are like waves in the ocean that keep us from sailing smoothly, what we all wish for. They also teach us about the 7 Oola Accelerators; gratitude, love, discipline, integrity, passion, humility and wisdom. Accelerators are like the propellers that keep our boat moving. While I was reading this book, I quickly realized how certain areas of my life have been beyond blessed, as well as, other pieces that could use far more attention and assistance. As you learn about the Oola life style, you will read true stories by incredibly talented, brave and inspiring women just like you. Order a copy today. You will find yourself committed, stress free and happier than ever while reaching your ultimate Oola goal!

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Crafts

Scratch Art

Welcome to my very first weekly craft blog post! Today’s project is from a book of Mandalas. I found this book at Michael’s for around $16. As far as I know, they won’t allow coupons on the sale of books, because their retailer doesn’t give permission. I found it slightly cheaper online at Barnes and Noble and Amazon for $13. There are 36 beautiful scratch off designs, of all different colors. A pointy wooden tool is included. Some pages are more challenging than others. If you want to start with an easy Mandala, choose one with thicker lines, rather than really thin hair lines. Beware: Use caution with this project. Finger nails can easily scrape the surface, revealing unwanted color. I used a sheet of paper under the palm of my hand to help with this. I still managed to nick a few spots here and there. When wiping away black specs from scratching, flatten your hand and gently sweep across. Instead of following the precise detailing, make it your own! When I first started scratching I loved it, but realized about a quarter through, there was too much of the black showing. I wanted more of the pretty colors so I filled in several areas.

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