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Meet the Staff Monday – Lila Simmons

Each month we invite patrons to Meet the Staff. This month, we shine the spotlight on Lila who has been a Circulation Assistant since August 2017.  Lila brings a great deal of love and joy to everyone she meets.

 

lila-2.jpgI love books. Now, I actually get paid to talk about books, touch books, help people find books, order new books … I could go on.

Choosing a favorite book is like choosing a favorite child. I love all of them! The most impactful book for me was Heal Your Body by Louise Hay. It helped me heal allergies and it introduced me to the world of metaphysics and how my thoughts can change my life.

I absolutely LOVE that I get to connect people with information that they can use to change their lives, even if it’s simply to lighten their mood with a fiction piece.

I am super mom to 3 of the most amazing humans ever made (because all moms feel this way about their children). My hobbies are learning about personal + spiritual development, sharing what I learn with others and watching bad movies to the end.

My favorite artists are my two oldest minis (children). My daughter is naturally good at a multitude of different artistic modalities including painting, drawing, sculpting and knitting and crocheting without patterns. My son is meticulous and will draw & erase until he gets it just. right. I admire and envy both of them as they did not get this talent/gift/skill from their Mama. *chuckle*

My favorite course in school was psychology. I’m mildly obsessed with how people think and what makes them tick because … that makes creating change easier.

Lila means Divine laughter or the laughter of the Gods and I think it’s perfectly suited for me. People always pronounce it lyla but it’s leela. It’s Sanskrit and I love it!

I don’t have a theme song that describes me well but I do have a theme song for my year. My personal theme for the year is climb. I created a lot of stability in my life last year so this year, my intention is to build upon that stability and upgrade a lot of areas and things in my life. Miley Cyrus’ ‘Climb’ speaks to enjoying the journey on your way to the top.

There’s always gonna be another mountain

I’m always gonna wanna make it move

Always gonna be an uphill battle

Sometimes I’m gonna have to lose

Ain’t about how fast I get there

Ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side

It’s the climb

These lyrics encompass the last few years of my life and where I am right now. There’s always gonna be something either to overcome or to achieve. I’m always gonna overcome it, achieve it or abandon it for something better suited for me. If I’m doing it right, it’s always gonna be an opportunity to grow (a battle/challenge). Sometimes, I’m not gonna win the battle and I’m going to have to adjust some things. The pace is completely irrelevant because I know that what’s mine is mine so … it’s all about the journey; my reward is inevitable.

Another of Lila’s Favorites:

Babylon

 

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clasen – This book holds that the key to success lies in the secrets of the ancients. Based on the “Babylonian principles,” it discusses thrift and financial planning through the use of biblically-inspired parables.

 

 

 

Fans of Louise Hay might also enjoy: 

All Is Well

 

 All is Well: Heal Your Body With Medicine, Affirmations, and Intuition – Louise L. Hay combines her proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa Schulz’s knowledge of both medical science and the body’s intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for health and well-being. They present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work.

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