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Jim Rohn’s Secret of Success: “Could, Should, Will”

I’m a sucker for listening to motivational speakers. But I find that I’d only get motivated by them for a short period of time, and then my momentum would stop for whatever reason. I’d tried many, many times, and this pattern would continue. I would end up getting super frustrated and discouraged. It can be extremely upsetting.

Then on December 23rd, 2017, I came across Skinny Confidential’s article called “How To Be A Relentless Badass“. In it, Lauryne Evarts talked about Tim S. Grover’s book called Relentless. I got curious and did a search on the book. I was psyched after reading this summary (five, six, or seven?) and immediately searched for youtube videos on him! After watching the video, I was determined to be unstoppable! And if you know me, I believe that once you’re on a roll and start having one attitude/feeling in your life, that attitude/feeling would continue. Later that night, I received Mike Shreeve’s (I also follow him) daily email. In it, he once again talked about how Jim Rohn changed his life. This time, instead of dismissing the email like every other time, I said to myself maybe I should learn more about Jim Rohn.

BAM!! Jim Rohn changed my life forever!

 Jim Rohn Secret of Success: Could, Should, Will

Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 

Jim Rohn’s Secret of Success: “Could, Should, Will”

I found this 4.5-hour video of Jim Rohn teaching a workshop on How To Have Your Best Year Ever. I know this is a video I’m going to watch over and over and over again in the future. The following is a summary for myself. I highly recommend you watch the video. So what makes Jim Rohn so great? He hits you in the face to bring you back to reality! If you’re not happy with where you are at, if you’re not doing what you want to do, if you feel really crummy about life, it’s all because of you!

“YOU MESSED UP!”

Yes, it hurts like a bitch, because it is the truth, and the truth hurts.

So now we’ll move onto his lessons. This is a long summary of 4.5 solid hours of life-changing material.

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 Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 5 pieces of Life puzzles

5 Major Pieces of Life’s Puzzle

First Jim Rohn talks about the five fundamental principles of life.

In the first fundamental, he teaches about how to set up your philosophy, or what he calls the set of sail. You must realize that you have to stop blaming your environment/circumstances. If you feel that you’re not where you are at, then you need to admit that you’re the problem. He wants to make you understand that, success is simple. If you could do something (for example, you could eat an apple a day to have a healthier life), and you should do something (you should eat that apple everyday), and you will do it (you’ll actually eat that apple), then miracle will happen. But you need to do it every day, because the definition of success is “a few simple disciplines practiced every day”.

The second is to get the proper attitude, this is where discipline comes in. Don’t feel discouraged about what has happened up to now, let it be a teacher, so you understand where you’ve messed up. The main idea is, you can’t just become motivated. You need to be able to distinguish between the good (eg. apple), vs. the bad (eg. Hershey bar) habits, so you can make wise decisions. Or as he mentions in the video, if you get someone motivated on the wrong things, you’ll get a “motivated idiot”! As a side note, I strongly believe this is where my down fall is. I would get motivated, but don’t have a clear view of the proper habits I must take, so if something happens, the momentum would stop and I can’t get it going again. This is a big realization for me!

The third fundamental is activity. This is where you combine your philosophy and attitude, and put it into action, or what you call, plant the seed, so that “Could, Should, Will” turns into miracle. In order to get the best out of activity, you need to 1) Do what you can, and 2) Do the best you can.

The fourth is result, which is “to take measureable progress in reasonable time”. You must check your progress and be truthful to yourself. If you’re doing well, great! Keep up the good work! If you’re not doing well, then you must accept the result, and make changes!  Your result is a clear reflection on your philosophy, attitude and activity.

The last one is lifestyle. Basically, you have to be able to design a lifestyle that you can elevate your life. For example, if you want to have a happier life, you need to put in the effort to study and practice happiness, so that you become happier. You have to set this up so that you become a better version of yourself.

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Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 4 Major Lessons In life

4 Major Lessons in Life to Learn

Next, Jim Rohn offers his 4 Major Lessons in Life.

“Life and Business is like the seasons.

You can’t change the seasons, but you can change yourself.”

It all boils down to the wax and wane of the seasons.

There’ll always be “winter” or hardship. You must learn to handle the down and difficult times. During this phase, you can make a list of improvement you’d like to make, so that you become wiser, stronger, and better.

Then “spring” follows, where opportunities offer themselves. You must take advantage at this point to plant seeds, and you must take urgent steps to seize the opportunities.

Afterwards is “summer”, where it is important to “nourish and protect”. This is the stretch of time to nourish the good and defend against the bad. The bad can be external or internal. This includes fighting against bad habits, and up keeping the good ones.

Then finally comes the “fall”, or harvest time, where you must accept the harvest without complaint and without apology. If your harvest is poor, then you must take on the responsibility. If it’s a good harvest, then accept it with pride.

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Then he goes on to personal development, if you want to have more, you have to become more. Personal development is where we become more valuable ourselves, so that we can bring more value to the market place.

“Don’t wish it’s easier, wish you’re better.

Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills.”

Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" 5 abilities to develop 5 Abilities to develop in Personal Development

Be able to absorb everything. In addition to all the lessons/skills you’d like to learn, you also need to learn to absorb things that are happening around you. Be present in the moment. Wherever you are, be there.

Second is learn to respond, so that you can feel all the emotions. It is important to learn how to feel and respond, so that you can connect with other people.

Third is to learn to reflect, so you can make a conscious effort to remember, and build on each day. By the end of the day, take a few minutes to reflect. By the end of the week, take a few hours to reflect. By the end of the month, take half a day to go over the month. By the end of the year, take a full weekend to review. “Reflect to make the past more powerful to serve you in the future.”

Next is to be able to take action when the idea is hot. If you delay acting, then there is something called the law of diminishing intent. Once the time has lapsed, the probability of you acting on it decreases drastically. So you need to have the discipline to do something right away when you come across something that you feel would benefit you. Jim Rohn also raised an important point. He links discipline with a person’s self-worth/self-esteem. If a person doesn’t have a proper philosophy, and doesn’t have good discipline, his/her value erodes and it is what leads to poor self-esteem.

“The key to taking action: do what you can, do the best you can, and rest very little. 

Make rest a necessity, not the objective. For the objective of life is not to rest, but to act.”

Lastly, learn to share and pass your knowledge along to someone else. Sharing is important, because each time you share, your knowledge of the subject deepens and you grow as a result of sharing.

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Goal Setting

Next he talks about how to set goals. Setting goals is important, because you’re giving yourself a clear picture/vision, and it is a promise you’re making to yourself. If the vision is not clear, you’ll not be willing to pay the price. So how do you go about setting goals? First is to WRITE IT DOWN! Then,

“Set the kind of goals that will make something of you to achieve them.” 

I really love this one, because no matter what goals you set, the end result should not be focusing on what you’ll get, but who you’ll become.

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Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" communication

Communication

I really like the part he talks about communication. That’s because words can make people see. If you are able to share your stories with others who are in the same boat, you can give them encouragement. The four points to good communication are: 1) have something good to say, 2) say it well, 3) be able to read your audience and adjust what you have to say, and 4) mix your well chosen words with the proper emotion.

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4 Parts to Turn Your Day Around

Lastly, he talks about the four things you need to turn your day around.

  1. Disgust – have the feeling that you’ve had enough of whatever situation you’re in.
  2. Decision – decide that you want to change
  3. Desire – you must have that desire to change
  4. Resolve – promise yourself you’ll never give up. You’ll keep doing it until you get it.

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There’re also a few things I want to mention that he talked about.

First is, whatever you learn, you must write it down. Make sure to keep a journal, so that you don’t forget! Write down the lessons, write down your reflections.

The second is, the three best treasures one can leave behind are your photos, your library and your journals.

The third is, make sure you set up a budget, so that you work toward it.

And lastly, his final words:

Jim Rohn Secret of Success: "Could, Should, Will" help people, work on gifts

“Learn to help people with their lives,… touch people… build lives with setting goals.

If you work on your gifts, they will make room for you.” 

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No words can explain how much Jim Rohn’s video has touched me. If you’ve read up to here, thank you for sticking with me. I hope that my summary has somewhat inspired you to check out his video so that you can learn directly from him. After watching his video, I have managed to complete my inspirational journal called Inspired and Colorful Life (which is available on sale on Amazon! I’m still waiting for my copy to arrive so I showcase my book). It’s already Jan 14th, and for the past two weeks, I’ve been working on something to better myself every day. Once again, I really hope that you will check out the video and learn from this man. Comment below if you’ve decided to watch the video! I’d love to hear your thoughts! How did you find it? Which part inspired you the most? If you have other motivational speakers you love to listen to, I would love to hear about them too!

I aim to learn and share something like this on my blog once every two weeks. I’ll be starting on Relentless within the next few days, so I will be sharing about some of the lessons and thoughts in my next post!

An Emotional Year – A 2017 Review

How can it be 2018 already? 2017 had sneaked by so quickly I need to figure out where it went! It felt like we’d somehow pressed the fast forward button after the birth of our child and we got stuck in the fast forward  mode! 2017 was definitely a year filled with many different emotions and many firsts. In this post, I would like to focus on a few highlights, and my goals for 2018.

2017 Emotional Year In Review

Published 2 colouring travel journals

Wander In Colour Wander In Colour: With Cats
In January and March, I published my Wander in Colour, and Wander in Colour: With Cats coloring travel journals. They were a continuation of the coloring travel journal series called Wander In Colour. I am super proud of them, because within a few months, I was able to put together two journals despite of the nausea I felt from my pregnancy. It was a lot of work, but I pulled through!

 

Being pregnant for the first half of the year

I admit that my pregnancy wasn’t bad. Compare to other people, I am sure mine was a breeze. But I don’t want to sugarcoat it, it wasn’t totally pleasant. I was nauseous for the majority of my pregnancy and I couldn’t eat a lot, so Anthony was always concerned that I wasn’t eating enough. Anyway, one of the things we really looked forward to was taking the baby bump photo every week. It was really cool to see my transformation each week. Here’re two sample bumpies!

 

Giving birth and living with Beanie

On Jun 2nd, 2017, I gave birth to our son. I wrote a short piece about my birthing experience here. I definitely caught a little of the postpartum blues. It felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster all the time, and every little thing would make me tear up. One moment, I would be super elated, and the next I would get extremely frustrated/emotional. One of the things I hated (and still do) the most was breastfeeding/pumping. My ducts would get clogged and my right nipple would close up all the time. When this happened, I would have to spend 2-3+ hours trying to fix the problem. I would always get super frustrated and upset and would end up crying all the time. All I can say is that Anthony is the greatest husband and dad. He was always there for me. He took care of many many things, and he would help out to let me rest. I’m blessed to have a husband like that!

Living with Beanie was a big learning curve. It took both of us some time to figure out how to take care of him, what he wants, getting a hang of things, and we’re still trying to do that daily! It’s both frustrating and rewarding at times. One of the things I regretted not doing is to keep a journal on his development during the past 7 months. He’s 7 months now, and he’s changed and grown so much! The only thing we tried to do consistently is take photos of him. But I feel like I need to do more, because I know I will forget, and I want to remember. I really want to start documenting his milestones.

7 months old as of Jan 2nd!

Had my first physical book sale!

I had the opportunity to have my first book sale on Sept 30th and Oct 1st during the Crafteria event held by Across U-hub. I didn’t sell a lot of books, but it was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase my colouring travel journals with the world. As I mentioned in my post, up til that point, I’d only sold my books online (on Amazon). So it was nice to be able to show people what my books are about, and how to use them. It was a great learning experience!

crafteria wander piggy booth setup

 

The re-emergence of my children book ideas

I’ve had the idea of creating children activity books since the end of 2015. But whenever it comes, due to my lack of illustration skills, I would end up putting it aside. This time, after I went on maternity leave, the idea of creating children activity book re-emerged again. I think it’s because I want to create it so I can do it with my son. I worked a little bit on it, and I got a chance to bounce my idea off my mentor. But because I need time to work on the illustrations, I’ve put a temporary hold on the project AGAIN. This year, I really want to work on this, so I can get the books going.

Ricky and RIley's Adventure

Got kicked in the rear (x2)

On December 23rd, I came across this post called “How to be a Relentless Badass” by The Skinny Confidential, which led me to dig a little deeper about Tim Grover’s book, Relentless. That’s when I found this book summary which inspired me a lot. At the same time, I was introduced to Jim Rohn, and ended up watching his “How to Have Your Best Year Ever” video, which woke me up. I’d always enjoyed reading motivational articles or watching motivational videos, and I’d been trying to “get back onto the wagon” since July. But I found it very difficult to keep at it. Since listening to Tim Grover and Jim Rohn, I now take on full responsibility and have become very productive. I am fortunate to get a chance to listen to these two men. I’ll do a post on each of these men’s lessons within the next few weeks.

 

Published my first coloring inspirational journal

I had been working on a coloring inspirational journal since September. I thought I would be able to get it done by October. But excuses got a hold of me, so I didn’t get to work on it consistently. This got pushed back into November, and then well into December. After the two butt kicks mentioned previously, I buckled down and stepped up my game. On Jan 1st, 2018, I published my very first, coloring inspiritaional journal called Inspired and Colorful Life: Doors of Opportunity! I’m super excited that I got to start this year with a bang!!

2017 was a great year! It was challenging and there were a lot of ups and downs. I had to get through a lot of hurdles in order to get things done. But I am glad that I got a chance to shift my mindset. I will work my hardest to keep it up! So now, let’s go onto the…

 

2018 GOALS

It’s already Jan 3rd! So I would like to list the things I would like to work on in 2018.

Work on 2 children activity books – Be able to start working on the illustrations/generate the activities, find an editor for my stories. Learn more about children books.

Publish my 2nd Inspired and Colorful Life  – Now that I have one coloring inspirational journal, I would like to publish another one, hopefully I can publish it by March.

Publish my 4th Wander in Colour? This may or may not happen, but just keeping it on here.

Learn calligraphy – practice every day, post my progress 3 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri).

Learn something in regards to personal development and share 2 times a month (Sunday).

Record Beanie’s progress every day – so I will always remember.

 

There you have it! I am super pumped about this year! There will be many different things happening too, so I really look forward to it. What about you? What have you planned for this year? Share it with me down below! I’d love to hear what your goals are, and maybe we can keep each other accountable! 😀

 

 

First Book Sale Experience

I held my first book sale at the Crafteria event hosted by Across U-hub this weekend. It was by far the most exciting and nerve wracking event ever! In addition to experiencing many firsts, I was able to get a better vision for Wander Piggy. In this blog, I would like to share my experience with you.

Wander Piggy First Book Sale Experience

First Book Sale Experience

Concerns prior to the book sale

Before Crafteria, I only sold my books online through Amazon. When Cecilia asked me whether I would be interested to sell them at the Crafteria event, I got super excited, and then extremely nervous. There were a few reasons why I was nervous. First of all, I don’t physically stock my books, so I was concerned about whether or not the books would arrive on time after I place the order. Next, Anthony already decided to attend WordCamp Toronto to further his knowledge in making websites. This meant we had to look for someone to take care of Beanie. It also meant that Anthony wouldn’t be able to help me out! I wasn’t too concerned about the set up and tear down. The only thing I was concerned about was the lack of time to pump milk. It is such a simple thing, but it is a big consideration since these were full day events. It was definitely a new mom problem.

Luckily, I was able to place an order for my books, and they arrived well before the event date. Anthony was able to make arrangements with his aunts to take care of Beanie. I had a little bit of trouble finding someone to help me initially. I’m one of those people who really hate asking for help, because I don’t want to trouble anyone. At the end, my friend Jacqueline agreed to help me on Saturday. I knew she went out of her way to do this for me. She was busy with her kids, they had family things to deal with, etc. On the day of, she showed up to look after my booth so I could pump, and she left. I barely got a chance to chat with her that day. So I truly, truly, appreciated her help.

Press Conference

When I volunteered at Across, I never got a chance to participate in a Press Conference. On Sept 27th, I was very happy to be able to attend this press conference. It’s been five years since I last step foot at Across. When I arrived, I was greeted by many many familiar faces. It was super nice and warm to experience such a feeling. Here’s a photo of the press conference. Look who made it onto the news? BEANIE!! ;D

OMNI news Crafteria Wander Piggy

Booth theme

The theme for Crafteria is “大笪地”, or street market, which was one of the signatures of old time Hong Kong. For this event, everyone got a coloured blanket, so we could set up our products on the floor. Initially, I only made a few signs to showcase my books, I couldn’t really picture what my booth would look like. During a conversation with Lisa, she asked me what my theme was. A theme??????!!!! I told her straight out that I don’t have one, because it never occurred to me that I need one. I explained to her that I’m selling colouring travel journals, so she suggested direction signs (like below).

wander piggy direction sign

I thought that was an amazing idea! Thanks to Lisa, I made a few of these beauties.

direction signs

At the end, this became my booth setup, where I hid my bags and extra nik-naks under the blanket. It worked out wonderfully, because I had many places to prop up the signs. This is such a great picture! I love my two male “models” (random strangers) posing in the background!! Hahahaa!

crafteria wander piggy booth setup

 

Prize Winner

On Saturday, I did a prize draw for one of my books, and I drew Vincci, one of the volunteers from Across! I was very happy because I knew she was very excited to get a copy of my book! It’s a good feeling to share my work with someone who really appreciates it.

Wander Piggy Prize Winner

 

Actual Book Sale

Presenting my books was a little bit of a challenge on the first day. That’s because I only had enough time to get my stuff ready, but didn’t have enough time to think through what I want to say. It was a little bit of a rough start on Saturday. I only sold 1 book, so I was a little bummed. But when I got home I told myself that it is already very good to sell one book! On Sunday, I said to myself, this is just for fun, so just talk to people! I ended up selling five more books! Two of the sales are to total strangers (YAY!)! Of course, I want to thank all the people who supported me. In total, I sold 6 books, and that was a huge achievement! So I’m very proud of that. 🙂

 

Certificate Presentation

On Sunday night, we were presented with certificates by the Mayor of City of Markham, Frank Scarpitti (middle), Regional Councillor,  Nirmala Armstrong (left), and Ward 3 Councillor, Don Hamilton (right), for participating in the Crafteria event.

Mayor certificate Wander Piggy

At around that time, my good friend Grace dropped by to say hi to me. I was super happy she made it out to support me!!

Wander Piggy supporter

 

 

Big Thank Yous

I would like to give my thanks to Across U-hub for giving me this wonderful opportunity; to all the people who supported me; to Anthony’s aunts for taking care of Beanie. And of course, to Anthony who was there for me both emotionally, mentally, and physically. I have a wonderful husband. He supported me through everything. From taking care of Beanie while I prepared for the show, to arranging for childcare, to picking up the boxes of books when they arrived, to helping me figure out how to set up the booth, to helping me pack all the pieces into the car so all I had to do was drive to the location on Saturday, to helping me clean up on the last day, etc, etc, etc. I couldn’t have done it without him. No words can describe how much I love this man.

 

Clearer Vision for Wander Piggy

Last but not least, I would like to write about my vision for my business. Since I started publishing my own books, I always felt that the directions of my books are all over the place. That’s because I have so many ideas in my head! For example, I had made some colouring reference books, some colouring travel journals, and I wanted to come out with inspiration journals and children’s story/activity books. I had questioned myself whether I should focus more on one thing. But after participating in this event, I saw a clearer vision for Wander Piggy. I want “connection” to be the word for Wander Piggy. Life is on hyper speed in this digital world. I want the people who use my products to rediscover the meaning of connection, whether it is a connection with themselves, with others, or with the surroundings. I want them to be able to slow down time and become fully aware of the present moment. So ladies and gentlemen, I present you, Wander Piggy.

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First Book Sale at Crafteria held by Across U-hub (Sept 30th and Oct 1st)

On Wednesday Sept 13th, I was asked whether I would be interested to sell my books at the Crafteria: Arts and Handmade Pop Up Bazaar held by Across U-hub. I submitted my application, and it was approved! This is super exciting because this will be my first physical book sale event!

Wander In Colour Crafteria first book sale by Across U-hub

My First Book Sale at Crafteria by Across  U-hub

When Cecilia from Across, asked me whether I would be interested to sell my books, many feelings and thoughts ran through my mind. I was ecstatic, apprehensive, overwhelmed, and super excited! Up to this point, I have created a few books, and sold them online. But I haven’t taken the initiative to physically sell my books. I am definitely ecstatic about it because this will be a great opportunity for me to share with others what I’ve created. On the other hand, I am a little apprehensive, because I am physically stocking up books in preparation for this event. When I submitted my book orders, my stomach turned upside down. I thought to myself, can I really do this? What am I doing? I don’t really know how well my products will be received. Will I be stuck with a large pile of stock at the end of the event? All these negative thoughts ran through my mind at about a hundred miles per hour. But then I thought, at the end of the day, even if only one person buys one book, if they love it, then that’s why I made this. The other reason why I am a little nervous is because Anthony has a workshop to attend on both Sept 30th and Oct 1st. So I’m on my own to run this booth, and we have to find someone to look after our son. Luckily, my friend Jacqueline agreed to help me out for a little bit on Saturday, and Anthony’s aunts are available to take care of Beanie on both days. It’s a little scary because it’ll be our first time dropping him off with someone for babysitting! Although I’m sure it’ll be alright. Right now, there are a lot of things I still need to do to prepare for this event, and I feel like I don’t have time! But I want to thank Across for the opportunity and I am super excited about it!

I volunteered at Across many years ago. I learned a lot about myself, and gained many skill set through participating and organizing different programs. Across’ mission is to nurture youths holistically and to inspire them to become visionary leaders. This organization offers many different programs. There are regular programs, annual programs, and special programs. The regular programs include Refeel (explores creative expression), Tic Tac Toronto (increases awareness to community needs), and Youth Leadership Development Certificate (develops leadership skills). The annual programs include City Mosiac (learns about multiculturalism through Toronto’s edition of the Amazing Race) and Youth Leadership Camp (develops leadership qualities through group and solo activities in a camp setting). There are also various special programs. Crafteria is one of their special programs, and its mission is to cultivate the appreciation of art via various workshops and exhibitions.

At Crafteria, I will be selling my Wander In Colour: Colouring Trip Planners and Journal. I am now working on an inspirational journal and children activity book. Although all the products I’m creating are of different nature, they all share one thing in common, which is connection. I want the users to feel a connection with themselves and/or with someone else while using my products. For example, when you are recording details in the journal, I hope you’ll be more aware of your surroundings, or you’ll be more in tune with yourself when you reflect upon your trip. When you share your stories with other people, I hope you’ll build a stronger relationship with them. I want you to experience a sense of connection, which is what makes us human. 

I am looking forward to the event! The following is the information to Crafteria. If you’re free, come and check out all the artists’ hard work! Come on by to say hi to me!

Crafteria: Art and Handmade Pop-up Bazaar

Special (And Very Useful) Items For Baby: Part 3 – Libby App & Wonder Weeks

In Part 1, I talked about why I find a properly fitted breast shield and an activity gym are very useful items for me and Beanie. In Part 2, I showcased my two favourite baby carriers. Today, I’m going to touch on two apps I find extremely useful for me.

Special (And Very Useful) Items For Baby: Part 2 - Libby App and Wonder Weeks

Special (And Very Useful) Items For Baby: Part 3 – Libby App & Wonder Weeks

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any of the products below. I’m sharing them with you because I love the following products. 

Libby App

Libby App

The first app I want to rave about is the Libby App. If you know me,  you know I’m a bit germophobic, okay, I’m quite germophobic. I was okay with borrowing library books before. But now that I have a kid, I am always weary about borrowing library books. Just because I don’t want Beanie to touch it and put his hand in his mouth. One day while browsing through the Toronto Library website, I came across a Libby App banner. After I learned more about this app and downloaded it, I can’t live without it! You pretty much have access to the entire library in the comfort of your own home! There are so many ebooks and audiobooks available. It’s super easy to borrow, read, and return the books. You can also easily place a hold on a book. You have the option to automatically borrow books that are on hold, when it becomes available, the app will automatically put the book on your reading shelf. How cool is that?! I have borrowed a few children’s audiobooks. I haven’t let Beanie look at the screen yet, but I have played the audio files for Beanie to listen to. Read along books are awesome, because as the narrator reads the book, the words are highlighted, so the kids can easily follow the story. I am super happy and excited to find this app, and I can’t wait to use more of it!

 

Wonder Weeks

Wonder Weeks

The second app I want to talk about is The Wonder Weeks. I was ecstatic to discover this app. That’s because in the beginning, I had no idea how to take care of Beanie, and I had a difficult time trying to figure out what he wanted. It can get extremely frustrating when you’ve tried everything but the baby still cries. Some weeks he was good, he would only cry for milk or for a change of diaper. Then one day during week 5, I tried to change him and he wailed like he was really scared. It persisted for a day or two and then he went back to crying as his normal self (yes apparently, they cry during diaper changes in the first 2 months or so). Then one day at around week 8, he cried and fussed a lot throughout the day, which was quite unlike his usual self. When I told Anthony about it, he looked it up online. A person in a forum mentioned that the baby is having his wonder week 8. I got curious about what this wonder week is and did a little digging. Apparently, researchers found that babies experience 10 mental leaps between the age of 0 and 2. At each leap, their brains change to let the babies experience and learn new things. When the babies go through these changes, they are literally thrown into a world of unknown, which means they get scared, and can get very fussy and clingy. All babies go through these leaps at specific intervals, and they coined these leaps wonder weeks. The wonder weeks are calculated based on the due date. So if your baby is born earlier, then the leap will happen later, and vise versa. For example, if your baby is born two weeks early, then wonder week 5 will most likely happen when your baby is around 7 weeks old. The Wonder Weeks website has revamped completely. They used to have this Ted Talk video on their website, and it explains the concept really well. The Wonder Weeks website offers many different products. I purchased the audiobook app. The audio portion is separated into different chapters. I can download the chapter(s) I’m interested in, and delete any unwanted chapter(s). In addition to the audio portion, there is also a written summary section for each leap. It highlights what the baby is experiencing, and suggests different activities one can do with their babies to maximize their learning experience. I wish I had gotten the tracking app, because you can track the baby’s progress. It also includes all the chapters of the book. But I chose the audio app, because I find it difficult to sit down and read. The audio app allows me to listen to the material while I entertain or tend to Beanie.

 

So far, these are all the things I find to be useful for me. As we progress through, I will share more useful items with you. If you have items that you find to be extremely useful to you, I’d love to learn about them! Share them with me down below in the comments. If you’ve missed my Part 1 and Part 2, go check them out.

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