The Life Is Too Short Collection

The Life Is Too Short Collection

by Connie E. Sokol




The Life is Too Short Collection is just what you need. Written by Connie Sokol-mother of seven, author, speaker, and amazing matching sock finder-these humorous self-development columns give you the right amount of fun and functional. Originally written for a major newspaper and magazines, enjoy all three Life is Too Short books in this convenient one-book collection: Life is Too Short for One Hair Color, Life is Too Short for Sensible Shoes, and Life is Too Short for Linoleum. Put your feet up and laugh as you relate to time-tested tips on being a woman, wife, and mother. Discover how to feel more daily joy, deal with marital differences, and navigate parenthood. These powerful columns are perfect anytime to rejuvenate your mind and soul. Full of kitchen table wisdom with a side of humor, The Life is Too Short Collection is the ideal gift for every woman!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989019651
Publisher: Chawton Publishing
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Pages: 185
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents


I Enjoy the Journey

Learning to Relax 1

The Reality of Living in Two Realities 4

Blast Superwoman into Hyperspace 7

Feel More Joy in Womanhood 10

Being Less Intense 13

Squeeze the Guilt Sponge 15

Take the Loneliness Out of Being Alone 18

Doing More than Enduring 20

Sometimes Life is Like That 23

II Dreams for the Journey

Faith in Your Dreams 26

What's Your Passion? 29

Dreams Come True, Even if Inconveniently 32

Being a Woman, Wife, and Mother-and Something Else! 35

Involve Others in Creating Your Ideal Life 38

III Goals for the Journey

The Power of Change 41

Living a Beautiful Life! 44

Bye-Bye Resolutions-Make Life Changes that Last! 47

Get Organized Like Real Women 50

Feel the Fear … and Baby Step 52

Focus Your Energy, Then Let it Go 55

IV Create Healthy Connections on the Journey

Keep it Simple 59

All I Really Needed to Know About Communication I Learned From My Computer 61

Lose Emotional Weight and Gain New Energy! 63

Are You a People Pleaser? 66

Have You Experienced the Power of an ARK? 68

Dealing with Emotional Separation 70


I Men and Women, Appreciate the Differences

My Degree in Gender Education 74

The Foreigner 76

A Tale of Two Genders 78

Joy in the Differences 80

Pass the Popcorn, Honey! 83

Heroic Husbands Doing the Daily Dos-That's Super Powers 85

II Meet Each Other's Different Needs

He Needs/She Needs 88

Nurturing versus Coexisting 90

The One Thing Men Wish Wives Knew, but Can't Tell 92

Hobbies and Passions: Yours, Mine, Ours 95

Encourage Each Other in Everyday Life 97

The Power of Forgiveness 100

Fill Your Spouse's Bucket, Watch Yours Overflow 102

III Two Different People Becoming One

Love is Like a Leaky Faucet 105

Working with A Spouse's Timeline 107

Let Go of Annoying Marital Control 110

What NOT to Do to Change Your Marriage 112

Marriage is Like a Video Cover 115

How to Stop How-to 118


I Reach for the Ideal

There's a New Man in My Life-8 lbs., 15 oz.! 121

A Mom's Sacrifices for the Unseen Olympian 123

Soak It In! 126

Are We Having Fun Yet? 128

Got Joy? A Mother of Nine Found Some 131

Lightening Up in Motherhood 133

II Patient with the Real

Three Unpleasant Realities of Motherhood We Can Accept 138

We Are a Happy Family…Right? 141

Sometimes Life is Like That 143

Playing Motherhood One Passage at a Time 145

Are You a 10,000-hour Mother? 148

Dealing with Motherhood Guilt 151

Saying When 154

III Help Children Grow

Stop Being a Bossy Pants 157

Lose the Hover Mother 159

The Power of the Key Word 161

The Joy in Letting Children Work it Out 163

Responding Creatively 166

If You Give a Kid a Cookie, He'll Want a Lego 169

IV Make Sure They Know

"Mini Loves" for Kids: Powerful and Simple 173

Unofficial Life Lessons 175

How Would Your Children Rate Your Parenting? 178

Jumpstart Stronger Family Connections 181

Learn to Speak Your Child's Love Language 183

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Life Is Too Short Collection 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
Connie Sokol has an amazing gift! She is able to give hope, entertain, give helpful tips, and say it like it is, in a very tender way. Sometimes these types of books all seem to say basically the same thing, making me feel guilty for not measuring up, or overwhelmed by all I have to change, but I was amazed to actually learn a few new things and to feel good about it! Maybe they were just told in a way that rang a bell with me, but whatever it is, I have a new perspective on life and have realized a few changes that I need to make that are actually doable. Life is too short and we only get one shot at it, so it's in our best interests to make every day and every moment count. I didn't realize, as I was reading this, that it is actually three books combined into one. I read it all in one sitting, but I would love to go back and read different sections, taking the time to really ponder and savor what is being said. I couldn't help but laugh and I love that Ms. Sokol puts it out there--she's just as human as the rest of us are and isn't afraid to admit that. Wouldn't it be amazing if we were all able to laugh at our stress and shortcomings and move on? This is the perfect read for any woman out there! *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
Well, Connie has done it again! I absolutely love her books, and this one focuses on being all you can be as a woman. This resonated with me. In fact, I have to admit that I she inspired me to do a dream board. I was reminded why I have a blog and am working as hard as I am to accomplish my goals and dreams while being a single mom. Connie is so easy to read and relate to. She speaks in real language. When you pick up one of her books, you will not be subjected to the normal "garbage" (pardon the expression) that the perfect women and mothers write about. You know what I mean--the books that give you a guilt complex because your windows have not been cleaned in several years or you dropped your baby bottle on the kitchen floor and only wiped off the nipple before giving it to your baby. I highly recommend any book by Connie Sokol. You will not regret it. And by the way--she can make a nearly 200 page book go by in no time. And if you can only read a page here or there, her chapters are very short. Read it while your baby is napping and while you are waiting for dinner to cook or burn. I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
lovingthebooks More than 1 year ago
I LOVE books like this! Short, funny chapters make it a quick pick it up... read a little... put it down... go on with life... pick it up again...put it down... ponder... pick it up again...etc. Each chapter is its own story of the wonderment of all that it means in being female. So put life on hold, take a deep breath, and dive into these pages. They will leave you renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated.... And along the way you will find that humor really does help you find the joy in being a woman, a wife, and a mother. Captivating and inspiring! You will laugh, you will ponder, you will plan, you will rejoice, and then you will be ready to take on life again.