Thursday, September 2, 2021

You Are Enough! Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion, and Unapologetic Authenticity by Charlene Wheeless - BOOK BEGINNINGS



Look at those Naked Ladies! We were in Mendocino last week and the town was awash with these beautiful belladonna amaryllis. They bloom in Mendocino in August, after their spring leaves have died away. They were spectacular.

Here's some bookish trivia for you. Did you know that Mendocino is where they filmed Murder, She Wrote? That’s right, Mendocino is the stand in for Cabot Cove, murder capital of America. Which makes it the most deadly spot on the planet outside Midsomer County, England.

It was fun to get away for our first vacation since corona started. But I'm happy to be back home in time for Book Beginnings on Fridays. It's time to share the first sentence (or so) of the books we are reading this week. Please share the link to your Book Beginnings post in the linky box below. 


I have great respect and admiration for Dr. Angelou (may she rest in peace). But nearly my whole life, and like many women and minorities, I have always had to prove myself or prove something to someone, sometimes for reasons I didn't even understand, let alone accept.

 -- from the author's Introduction, You Are Enough! Reclaiming Your Career and Your Life with Purpose, Passion, and Unapologetic Authenticity by Charlene Wheeless (2021, Mascot Books). 

Those opening lines make sense only when given a little context. The Introduction is headed with a quote by Maya Angelou: "You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody." That quote sets up the opening sentences and the title of the book.

In her new book, Charlene Wheeless uses memoir and inspirational essays to share the wisdom she's gained from her years as a Black woman executive and cancer survivor.

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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.


From You Are Enough:
Most champions want to advocate for someone they believe is going to put in the work to be successful. Champions look for people with credibility, confidence, and consistency because champions do not just speak up; they open doors.
I love inspirational, self-help books, especially those with a career focus. I probably like them because I've always had an entrepreneurial approach to my law practice and I started my own firm several years ago. These books give me a boost. Do you read business or career self-help books?


  1. I love the sound of your book!

  2. I like the the first quote the best. Have a great weekend!

  3. This book sounds really good. I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. I don't read business or career self-help books any more as I'm retired. But I do like inspirational, self-help books in general. This one looks interesting, especially the first quote.

  5. Cabot Cove and Midsomer County are indeed highly dangerous places, but those flowers are stunning! I often struggle with self-help books, either because they don't feel entirely applicable to me or because I don't truly know the person writing it and therefore don't see why they should advice me. With this one I can see the appeal however. Thanks for hosting and have a lovely weekend back home :)
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

  6. It sounds like an interesting read. I hope you enjoy it!

  7. sounds like a very good book - and the flowers are gorgeous!

  8. I know, miss gorgeous!!!
    I know Im enough!!!!!!!!
    God cant take any moe o'me, Curly!!!
    Precisely why we must RITE zillionz upon
    zillionz o'novelz ...or whatever YOU wanna
    do Upstairs. Ready??
    ♡ ♡


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