Measure, Mix & Marinate: Embracing the Key Ingredients to a More Fulfilling Life
by Cheryl Schuberth
Category: Adult Non-Fiction 18+, 174 pages
Genre: Personal Growth, Memoir
Publisher: Key Ingredients: Release Date: August 2021
Tour dates: October 25th to November 12th
Content Rating: G - Good for all audiences
As a wife, mom and former corporate go-getter, Cheryl knows firsthand the frustration of trying to do it all and feeling that none of it is good enough. As the world slowed down for a global pandemic, Cheryl inspected her own life and who she wanted to become—who she needed to become—to serve at her highest level. Much of this discovery occurred in the kitchen during playful evenings side-by-side with her sons, husband, and mother. Their time together led Cheryl to realize that how you measure your priorities, mix them in with your life experiences, and marinate on and adjust to the results determines the direction of your life.
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REVIEW by LAWonder10:
In Cheryl Schuberth's book, 'Measure, Mix and Marinate' I one would not expect it to be a "self-help" book on successful management, yet it is that and much more!
Cheryl shares her experiences in learning and growing on the "Corporate Ladder to Success" then applying it in her family relationships as well as in her relationships with others. She reflects on her life from childhood to the present time.
When the quarantine with the pandemic of 2020 was put into effect, she had recently achieved her ultimate goal in the corporate world. However, she realized how much time had been lost while raising her two now teenage sons and what a short time left she had with them before they moved out and went forward with their lives. She made the decision to stay at home with them and get reacquainted with them.
Using the pandemic as a tool, they created a Friday night special dinner night to "visit" other countries and cultures. Through this experience she applied the management leadership skills she has learned in building unity and teamwork. She also posts family photos and a recipe from each country "visited".
Cheryl made a very valid point in stating the importance of asking specific questions, showing very centralized interest in the individuals and their answers, never in a accusatory manner. Most individuals can learn from the questions, and in the manner, she asked. I feel it is important we discover the best type of questions to ask in solving a problem.
She offers great insights on avoiding disasters, creating unity and offers truly great ideas in Goal setting.
She compares each family cooking occasion to emphasize the point she is making in that chapter. it is very clever and interesting how she blends the two situations. She made a very profound statement that "you don't have to hit your goal, for your efforts to be worth it". Another thought she quoted was "You can be right or you can be happy" is one we all can benefit from on many occasions.
After resigning from her corporate job, she became involved in school and community events. One was an After Prom event which I feel more schools need to apply to their curriculum.
She ends the main book content with the importance of gratitude. I feel this is an important part of life much of society fails to apply in each of our lives.
In her epilogue, the author makes a statement I intend on posting as a reminder on my fridge. "We are on this planet to serve and support each other. Relationships are the key to surviving and thriving. When we focus on how we can serve in our daily lives, our world expands."
This book was delightful, informative reading.
I offer a Five Stars + rating for this Book and author.
*This book was gifted me with no pressure to post a positive review. This is my honest review.
Writing Was the Easy Part
I wrote the initial manuscript for Measure, Mix & Marinate in about six months. I had a great writing coach who helped me refine direction a few times throughout the writing process which reduced a lot of rework. When the initial draft was completed, however, there were a few additional areas that needed attention.
Since Measure, Mix & Marinate is a non-fiction book about my own life and family, I wanted to make sure that no one mentioned in the book would be uncomfortable with how I portrayed them. Other than my direct family members at the center of the story, I did change the names of most people I wrote about to minimize any unnecessary attention. I also asked my husband to read the manuscript to validate I wouldn’t be creating any animosity within the family. Fortunately, there was nothing significant I had to rework, but I did make some changes to optimize privacy.
Additionally, all content had originally been included in chapters aligned under one of our family’s regional dinners along with the recipes. During the editing process, we recognized the content distribution was not balanced but we didn’t want to cut anything out. That’s when we decided to insert additional chapters we call Palate Cleansers to set off that additional content. The decision required reorganizing almost the entire manuscript and ensuring that references were still in a logical order. I’d love to hear what you think about that structure!
My final concern was that given the cooking theme of the book, people would think it was a cookbook. We were very intentional about the title and cover design to convey a broader context and selected search categories not in the cooking category. I have found that searching produces quicker results when searching by my name instead of the book title. Keep that in mind when you go look for it!
As a woman climbing the ladder in a male dominated career, I kept most of my emotions to myself. In fact, I didn't really let myself feel any. I knew I could be a successful business woman and wanted to be respected, not cheered on. Most of my colleagues knew very little about my personal life, by design. I didn’t want to be seen as a wife or mom but as a serious professional. Even in my personal relationships, I kept my flaws under wraps. I thought the more put together I seemed, the more people would like me.
And then shortly after leaving my corporate career, I decided to put it all on the table. To talk about my vision of vulnerability as weakness rather than as an opportunity to connect as humans.
Meet the Author:
Cheryl Schuberth is a graduate of the University of California San Diego and a respected corporate leader.
As a wife, mom, and former corporate go-getter, Cheryl knows firsthand the frustration of trying to do it all and feeling that none of it is good enough. After twenty-five years leading and coaching teams in the male-dominated technology space, she stepped away from that world and embarked on a mission to enhance her relationships with her teenage sons and, at the same time, empower other working women to become more curious about their options and reevaluate their priorities.
She now coaches women to help them feel their best, increase their confidence, and put themselves at the top of the list. Cheryl lives outside Boulder, CO, where she enjoys hiking, skiing, and all things outdoors.
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