This book is about finding meaning and Spirit in your life regardless of your job title! Michelle Akda has been a waitress for over 20 years. She has also been on a Spiritual journey through study, travel, books and some wonderful mentors. She has attained her Master's in Clinical Psychology and is a certified Transformational Life Coach. This book is Michelle's journey in finding her own Spirit as she has traversed the sometimes frustrating terrain of being a waitress. Dealing with tough customers, getting stiffed on tips, managing other people's energy without losing yourself are all ideas this book touches on. And though it is told from the perspective of a waitress, anyone in ANY job can relate to the same difficulties! Michelle's experience has provided her insight both inside and outside of the restaurant industry that can help the reader find their Spirit and live their best life no matter what it is they are doing. This book also helps the reader with their THINKING as thoughts create reality. With a book filled with tricks, tips and Spiritual tools to get through the day, the reader realizes that even if they are working a job that is not their highest calling, they can still find their Spirit and create meaning in their lives. Because at the end of the day it is about who we are BEING, not what we are DOING! Michelle is able in this short guide, to remind the readers who they really ARE...Spiritual beings having a human experience!!
Michelle is a waitress born and raised in Los Angeles California. She has earned her Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Transformational Life Coach. Waitressing has put Michelle through school and has funded many of her endeavors in life including singing, dancing and acting as well as her desire to teach and coach transformation. By sharing all that she has learned in the last 25 years of being in the service industry Michelle has created a Guide to finding meaning in one's daily life. Michelle is a Spiritual Pilgrim in search of living her life's dreams, and having been on this journey for more than two decades she is now speaking, teaching and coaching others how to do so as well. This is Michelle's first book and she is elated to share all of the Spiritual principals she has learned over her 25 year service career!!!
Reviewed by Bil Howard for Readers' Favorite
Who you are and what you will become should never be separate.
This simple yet profound truth is written in a very easy to understand
manner in A Waitress’s Guide to Spirituality (Finding Meaning in the
Menial) by Michelle Akda. Though a waitress isn’t typically the person
through whom we think we will find gems of spiritual truth, Michelle
brings to light some incredible lessons that she has learned as a
waitress, lessons which can have a huge impact on all of our lives.
Setting your attitude is one of the most important factors involved in
the spiritual teachings of Michelle. Attitudes that reflect who you are,
your gratitude for the opportunities that have come your way, and
attitudes of keeping everything in perspective are only a few of the
many lessons to be gleaned from Michelle’s book. Regardless of what job
you have, whether it is the one you have dreamed of or one that is
getting you to that dream, the moment to live your dream and seek the
miracles of God is now. You and no one else can create that attitude of
seeking and living.
Having spent plenty of time as a waiter, I have profound respect for and
can easily relate to the lessons that Michelle Akda is sharing in A
Waitress’s Guide to Spirituality. Your ability to create a positive
outlook while engaging in a difficult task, such as serving
impossible-to-please customers, is an extension of grace that goes
beyond everyday interactions and tests the depth of your spirit. How you
deal with these trials will ultimately determine your attitude. That
attitude can go in one of two directions, depending on whether you
decide to react to or create from it. The profound wisdom shared in A
Waitress’s Guide to Spirituality is as meaningful and practical as
anything you will hear from a great teacher in a pulpit.