Book Review: ‘How Not To Be a Dick’

Posted on December 13, 2013

Recently in the airport I got sucked into impulsively buying books at Hudson News. My more recent spontaneous buy had been “Heads in Beds,” which you may remember from Michaela’s review. This trip, however, a book entitled, “How Not To Be A Dick” caught my eye. I laughed when I saw the hilarious cover of a vintage-looking cartoon boy and girl giving each other cheesy, exaggerated high fives as if encouraging each other to, well, not be dicks. But I was drawn to this book for another reason. On a basic level, it’s always good to have a small reminder to be good to others. We all know the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” This book is that same mantra sprinkled with a bit of levity and a modern twist, making it a perfectly relevant dose of “mind your manners.”

I find that this reminder is all too often forgotten, yet particularly important in today’s era in which we often have a false sense of anonymity when we’re buried behind forms of communication that take our minds out of the present moment: texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, emails, etc. While these are wonderful tools to keep in touch with friends, they make it even more important to be conscious of those around us. It’s not just as simple as watching where you’re walking while texting or emailing, although that should be a given. It’s about preserving and acknowledging the importance of genuine human face-to-face interaction and realizing that we are not as anonymous as we often think. 
Take this case, for example: you’re in a rush, late to work, and hurry into a Starbucks. You’re emailing your boss that you’re late as you ramble off your coffee order. You pay and walk around to the other counter to await your latte. No harm no foul? That may not be the case. 
While you may feel like another anonymous person there just to get an early morning caffeine fix, you could be the smug person too busy to look the barista in the eyes while you order. You could be the person too consumed with her cell phone (justified or not) to notice you cut someone in line, failed to say ‘thank you’, or neglected to answer some of the barista’s questions. (Sure, you may not want a receipt for your $3.25 cappuccino, but don’t leave her hanging!) We all need to be deliberate in our actions, aware of our surroundings, and respectful of those around us. An easy way to check in with yourself is to ask quite simply: “What am I thinking?” Hopefully you’ll be triggered to be more conscious of your actions and better yet, your potential actions. A little goes a long way!
Remember especially in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that no matter how busy you may be, you’re never too busy to look someone in the eye, thank them for what they’re doing, and treat them with just a little respect before you dive back into filtering that Instagram picture, retweeting your best friend, or texting your boyfriend. It can wait! 
Give yourself the gift of good karma this holiday season…or return it to someone else!




Book Review: Heads in Beds

Posted on October 3, 2013

A girlfriend just went away recently and while giving the airport book store a little browse she happened upon this gem.  After getting home she read me an over the top and hilarious passage and I was sold.  I couldn’t put it down - I was LAUGHING OUT LOUD.

'Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality' by Jacob Tomsky is comedy writing at it’s finest.  Having worked in the hospitality industry for more than a decade, Jacob has “Checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room-service meals, finished your room service meals, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late checkout, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your minibar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. In Heads in Beds he pulls back the curtain to expose the crazy and compelling reality of a multi-billion-dollar industry we think we know.” 

I recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh, because TRUST ME, you will.

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book review: spirit junkie

Posted on August 13, 2013

I have been researching all sorts of genres of books lately.  From sci-fi to self-help and beyond for a little project.  Shay and I happened to fall into a little book store in Malibu a couple weekends ago and this certain book caught my eye "Spirit Junkie" by Gabrielle Berstein.  I started it last night and am now finished.  It was enlightening, uplifting and a true discovery of self.  It is for anyone in any sort of walk of life that sometimes just needs a little spiritual and emotional push.  By no means am I preaching or saying you need to read this but it never hurt to do a little self-work and self-discovery.  After all, we are ALL works in progress…

"…it’s about the journey, not the destination"

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Purchase the book here

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