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Book Review: Survivor – Recovering from Alcoholism, Heartbreak and Trauma by Kieran Youens-Byrne

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Survivor: Recovering from Alcoholism, Heartbreak and Trauma is an exceptional and heart touching memoir by Kieran Youens-Bryne.

In Survivor, Kieran shares his journey through addiction to alcohol, his heartbreak at ending his marriage to a narcissist and his emotional traumas from his earlier years.

It is a wonderfully inspiring read and includes literature in its various forms including poems, essays, quotes and even a playlist. The title of his book sums him up completely: Kieran is a survivor.

Kieran covers every aspect of where his addiction to alcohol took him, from his very first taste of an alcoholic drink, through the dark depths of active addiction and withdrawal and out the other end and into active recovery. Along the way he shared what worked for him, what didn’t and all the things he learned along the way.

Survivor is an brilliantly honest account of where addiction/dependency, a narcissistic partner and past traumas can lead to a person. But it is uplifting at the same time.

The book is written in an easy to read and engaging style. It demonstrates Kieran’s unique writers voice and is a piece of creative work that he should be very proud of.

I am pleased to report that Kieran’ story also has a satisfying happy ending. Kieran gets sober, at the time of writing this review he has been sober for more than a year. In the year sober, Kieran has completely transformed his life.

Kieran has rebuilt his confidence and self-esteem destroyed by his narcissistic ex-partner. Kieran has rediscovered his formally oppressed identity and learned to love himself once again. Kieran has faced past traumas and began working on healing and letting go of these traumas.

Kieran has gone on to write, edit and publish a further book titled Recovered, that I can’t wait to read. He is healthy and happy. I can’t wait to see what this amazing man does next.

Review soon,

Antony

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Book Review: James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes by James Acaster

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James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes is a book by the eccentric, undeniably funny and weirdly attractive James Acaster.

In James Acaster’s Classic Scrapes, James shares stories from his life. Some of them he’s shared on Josh Widdicombe’s radio show.

These stories are ‘scrapes’ because of the situations James finds himself in and how he scrapes by. These stories are hilarious, particularly because he doesn’t appear to learn from past experiences.

What’s wonderful about James, is that he seems to aimlessly wonder through life, has a rather unique perspective on the world and the people around him.

The book made me laugh (out loud at times) and one thing I learned from it was: Never get in a car if James Acaster is driving. Honestly, I don’t know how this wonderful man is still alive.

If you want a light entertaining read, then this book is for you. By the end of it, you feel like you know James and his way of thinking. You can’t help but find this man strangely endearing and wanting him to do well in the future.

Review soon,

Antony

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My Law of Attraction Wishes & Goals

By Books & Authors, Creativity, Friends & Family, Gay, Gigs & Shows, Happiness & Joy, Health, Home, Inspiration, Life, Love & Relationships, Money / Finances, Music & Radio, Nature, Paganism, Thinking, TV, Online Streaming & FilmsNo Comments

In my last post: My View on The Law of Attraction – Including Pro/Cons Lists, I discussed The Law of Attraction in great detail. Thinking about The Law of Attraction was useful in terms of me developing some wishes and goals for my life. Here they are, some may not appear to be realistic, but The Law of Attraction encourages you to think and feel big, so that’s exactly what I’ve done here:

Health:

  1. My Diabetes is in perfect control.
  2. I sleep well. I have plenty of energy.
  3. I’m healthy and happy.
  4. I relax regularly.
  5. I always have plenty of food available to me.

Money:

  1. I have millions of pounds in the bank.
  2. I am financially secure and prosperous.
  3. I have active subscriptions to Disney+, Amazon Prime, Amazon Music and Netflix.

Home:

  1. I own a home with a garage and garden.
  2. I always feel safe and love at home.
  3. I live near Rivington.
  4. My home is always clean and tidy. I have a cleaner that helps with this.

Career:

  1. I spend my days writing books, blog posts and articles, working 7am to 3pm, Monday to Wednesday (3 days a week).
  2. I spend one day a week (Thursday) doing addiction counselling.

Social / Romantic Relationships:

  1. I have a secure and happy relationship with a handsome, kind and funny man. I marry this man.
  2. My family, friends and husband are happy and supportive of me.
  3. I regularly do fun things with family, friends and my husband including: theatre trips, music gigs and comedy shows.
  4. I go on holiday twice a year, one holiday in the UK and one holiday abroad. Both holidays are enjoyable, places of beauty with lots of fun things to do.

Spirituality:

  1. I feel connected to the universe. 
  2. All of my spells are successful.

Blog soon,

Antony

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Not Sure If You’ll Enjoy My New Book – My Royal Navy Friend? Well Here’s Every Chapter Title

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My new book, My Royal Navy Friend, is out now. It is a collection of 52 emails to my dear friend Roy, who enlisted in the Royal Navy. It also includes Royal Navy Facts and Stories. But just in case you’re not sure if it’s going to be your cup of tea, here is a full list of topics/chapters:

WeekTitle
Introduction
110 Dinosaur Facts
2Some Wonders of the World
3Navy Jokes
4Inspirational Quotes
5Weird UK Laws
6Would You Rather?
7Most Common Myths
8Gay Animals
9A List of Qualities in People that Inspire Me
10Future Technology to Be Excited About
1125 Date Ideas
12How to Fight a Shark
13How to Woo a Turtle
14Some of the Most Amazing Jobs in the World
15The Cycle of Change
16Things To Look Forward To
17Facts About Castles
18Dad Jokes
19Do Aliens Exist?
20Solve These Puzzles
21The Best-Selling Objects of All Time
22Some of the Most Impressive Inventions by Mankind
23Facts About Disney that You Probably Didn’t Know
24The Kindest Humans
25A List of Cakes
26Dark Jokes
27Why Do People Hoard?
28Tips to Deal with Loss
29What To Do if You Meet a Dolphin
30Manners
3113 Weird Body Facts
32Bottom Humour
3310 Ways to Be More Creative
34Stress: What It Is & How To Beat It
35Will AI Robots Take Over The World?
3620 Super Space Facts
37Bar Jokes
38Famous Film Quotes
399 Travel Tips
40Ancient Egyptian Curses
41Things Money Can’t Buy
42Whatever Happened to The Roman Empire?
43Mood Lifters
44Neurodiversity Super Powers
4510 Weird Olympic Games
46Some Wonderful Words We Should Use More
47How to Teach a Sea Lion to Dance
48The Great Emu War of 1932
49Quiz: Flags of the World
50Legendary Characters from the UK
51A Survival Guide to a Zombie Apocalypse
52Ida & Louise Cook: An Extraordinary & Inspirational Story
Afterword

Blog soon,

Antony

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