If you can read this you are fortunate. Help others read, here’s how…

quote by Mark Twain

You are one of the fortunate people that can pick up a book, newspaper even a can of food and know what the label says. Reading is more that just learning it is imperative for life in today’s hectic age.

On occasion I feature a blog post called Sunday school books, a review about books that enhance my life as a solo entrepreneur. Ever since I was a small child I have always loved to read. My favorite gifts during the holidays and birthdays were books of all kinds, Scifi, classics, mythology, comics, and business books. I have never remembered a time when I couldn’t read or when I struggled to read. I was lucky. Looking back at my childhood I was fortunate to have learned to read. This gift expands everyone’s knowledge base and skill set.  Knowing how 26 letters are put together in different sequences and the ability to speak what is written can change lives. With that said I encourage everyone to read just a little bit more.

But imagine not knowing what signs say, or what the label states in front of you or the proper dosage on a medicine bottle. Now imagine going through life feeling ashamed because of your reading ability or lack thereof. This thought is what prompted me to take some action.

As a solo entrepreneur it’s important for me to give back in a way that is meaningful to me, hence helping children learn to read better. Two charities that I have come across that really make use of teaching children the importance of reading are:



If you are interested in another organization that helps light readers connect with books, check out World book Night USA. You can read about my experience with world book night here: Blog post 1 WBN and / or Blog post 2 WBN

To learn more about World book night visit their website here (World Book Night USA) to become a volunteer for next year.

To learn more about World book night UK/Ireland visit their website here (World Book Night UK/Ireland)


I will be holding a new and lightly used book drive to donate to Oakland Children’s Hospital, Homeless Youth Alliance and additional charities that foster the spirit of reading for children.


Details: Books should be in very good condition, no rips, no pages written on and should be for children between the ages of 3-17 years of age. If you are local feel free to contact me for the drop off point. Otherwise if you are interested in mailing your parcel send to Zette Media at P.O.B 2698 Danville, Ca 94526 Attn: charity book drive

I am running this book drive through the end of August 2012. This should give plenty of time for participation and to ask any question you may have.

If you are unable to donate books, another way you can help is to tweet this blog post or share on other social media to make it a success. Thanks for participating in your own way. Every little bit helps, I truly appreciate it and the kids you help will too.

Please feel free to use the hashtags to get the message out.

#charity #bookdrive #authors #book #giveback #kids #philanthropy




Sunday School Book Part 2 Fire Starter


Many success books follow a simple formula that start with a plan, give you a reason why you should follow it and tell you to track your progress. The key to Fire Starter is getting in touch with yourself and your purpose. Because when you do the work you love it isn’t hard it’s enjoyable. It is who you are and what you were born to do. My key to success has always been to ask myself better questions. What questions are you asking yourself?

What do you love? What are you passionate about that drives you to spend your day doing it? Does sailing excite you? Then go and explore those oceans. Does cooking light your fire? No pun intended but, if cooking is your passion start that restaurant or catering company. Is it art that makes you wildly excited? Then paint till your soul has put its imagination on canvas.

Live a no holds barred type of life. We only have one life to experience, so there is no reason to hold back and wait for the proper time.

Now I have always been an optimist and love to experience everything life throws my direction. But after reading this book, (of which I still have a bit more to go before being finished) I can tell you my optimism and excitement has quadrupled. I am on Fire because of Fire Starter. As a matter of fact, I’m a blazing inferno erupting from a volcano kind of excitement. Get the picture?

What books are giving you that kind of edge to reach past the limits you set for yourself? Share them with me because that is the life I’m leading and choosing for myself. Looking forward to putting your books on my Sunday School list. Connect with me @suzettemariel on twitter or leave me a comment.


Sunday school book Firestarter Sessions


Sunday School Book-
‘Fire Starter Sessions’ by Danielle LaPorte 333 pages

Reading Danielle LaPorte ‘The Fire Starter Sessions’ . If you don’t know Danielle LaPorte you are missing out in creating your own greatness experience.

Check her out here:

This book will take you from fearful to fearless in no time. And if you already have no fear then it will help you up level your life and business to authentic greatness.

As the CEO of Myself it’s my responsibility for my business’ success and leading a lifestyle of my own creation. So why should I settle for second rate? I don’t, and you don’t have to either. Reading self help success books and having a great team got me to a level in life that is worth living and it will surely step up your game in both life and business.

Once I finish the book I will update you on some of the amazing tasks she has in the book and how they fit in with my solo entrepreneur success plan.

In the mean time here are some great quotes from the book:

Define yourself in your own terms.

Being well rounded is highly overrated.

Becoming you is your purpose.

Let me know about your success books and what I should put on my ‘Must Read’ list. Leave me a comment below, or in Facebook at Suzette Mariel or on twitter @suzettemariel. And yes I’m on Instagram too! My username is SuzMar.

Have a successful and relaxing weekend!


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