Wednesday, December 30, 2015

I'm so Excited!

...and I just can't Hide it!

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So... I plan on focusing on something different each week.  Every month will have four different topics such as Nutrition, Self-Love, Movement and Balance.  Plus, each month, I will be reading (at least) one self-help book that deals with these different subjects as well.

I will be journaling about my experience here, so I hope that you will join me!  These 52 Simple Changes will be written in conjunction with Wellness with Kate's Realistic Health Coaching.

I look forward to progressing through this year of 2016 with Excitement, and trepidation!  How will the year end?  Will I be able to reach any of my goals?  What can I expect as a result of these changes?

Join me on this journey!  I hope to see some cheerleaders to keep me motivated!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Reading Challenge Wrap-Up

Well - 2016 started yesterday and I finally came back to this blog - since words like Intentions and Resolutions were in the air!

I saw that I had a reading challenge created and I wanted to read 12+ books.

Didn't quite make it.  Oh well!

Let's try again.  I had a great list, and it kind of fell by the wayside.

However - I did achieve Hacker status!  I read nine books.  
Here they are! 

Books I read:
Fire Starter Sessions by Danielle la Porte
Love yourself like your life depended on it by Kamal Ravikant
Tapping for Weight Loss by Jessica Ortner
Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
Stand up for your life by Cheryl Richardson
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin
The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food by Susan Albers
59 Seconds: Think a little, Change a lot by Richard Wiseman

Run-down on this list?!

Fire Starter Sessions - good but if you have heard Danielle la Porte speak - this book sounds like one of her lectures.  A few good ideas

Love Yourself like Your Life Depended on it - a letter by a guy who was in the dumps and decided to love himself and everything became peachy - and I didn't get much from it.

Tapping for Weight Loss was good - but I never put anything into practice.

Heal Your Body was a LIST of what's wrong with you - why that might be (on a metaphysical level) and an Affirmation to get past it.

Stand Up for Your Life - by far my favorite of last year.  So many things in it that rang true and so many things I want to follow up on!  As I was reading it, I wondered if Danielle la Porte was a Cheryl Richardson disciple - or just made what Cheryl wrote a little more trendy?

Happier at Home - made me feel like my life wasn't so bad as Gretchen's and that I did many of these things already - and the ones I didn't do already, weren't something I would do.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up - big take-away from this book:  Get rid of things that don't bring you joy and only buy things that bring you joy.  I enjoyed grabbing everything of one kind and putting it into a huge pile and sorting.  Got rid of a LOT of clothes with this method.  I didn't, however, fold my t-shirts in a certain way so that they sing.

50 Ways to Soothe Yourself without Food - split into different categories with great tips on how to get through sh*t without turning to food. It was a library book - and I want to own it as a reference tool

59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot - neat concept for a book. A psychologist(?!) was asked by a niece to explain a self-help technique in under a minute.  So this book is taking different studies and areas of self-help and condensed it down to a 1 minute sound bite. Some good take-aways from this one.

Will run and do this challenge again this year.  Let's see what happens this year!

As always,

Monday, December 28, 2015

Intention versus Resolution

Every morning is a fresh beginning. Every day is the world made new. Today is a new day. Today is my world made new. I have lived all my life up to this moment, to come to this day. This moment--this day--is as good as any moment in all eternity. I shall make of this day--each moment of this day--a heaven on earth. This is my day of opportunity.--Dan Custer