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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:30 pm on 2019/09/19 Permalink
    Tags: 12 rules for life, better than before, , brene brown, eight dates, , essentialism, greg mckeown, , john gottman, jordan peterson, julie schartz gottman, , , my friend fear, ryan holiday, , , stillness is the key, the gifts of imperfection,   

    9 Books to Help You Become the Person You Want to Be 

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    The right book at the right time can help us feel a little less alone. That’s especially true with nonfiction written by someone who once struggled with the same issues you’re struggling with today. The books below are on some of the most powerful desks in the world, and they’re frequent bedtime reading as well. Whether you’re looking for a pep talk or a detailed action plan, these books will help you envision a new future and grow into the person you want to be.

    Essentialism, by Greg McKeown
    This is the kind of book you’ll want to schedule a personal retreat to read each year. Its principles have guided the work of CEOs, teachers, creatives, and others who want to use the limited time we have to do work that matters. With sections on play, rest, and making choices, the book goes beyond traditional definitions of work to address the learning and work we can spend our whole lives doing.

    The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown
    Researcher Dr. Brene Brown’s work includes talking with thousands of people about shame, worthiness, and fear. Then she analyzes those conversations and transforms them into simple lessons we can all use to live more wholeheartedly. She’s worked with executives, military leaders, parents, teachers, spiritual leaders, and more, giving people the language and tools to feel worthy, overcome fear, and live their best lives. This book is a great introduction to her work.

    My Friend Fear, by Meera Lee Patel
    This gentle invitation to see fear in a new way is filled with wisdom and gorgeously illustrated in Patel’s self-taught watercolor style. Throughout the book, she shares her own struggles with insecurity and self-doubt. Quirky diagrams, personal stories, and luminous quotes all work together to prompt readers to see fear as a sign they’re doing something new, not something wrong. Keep this one on your bedside table and read it anytime you need a little reassurance or confidence.

    Better than Before, by Gretchen Rubin
    With her frank, commonsense voice, Rubin attracts readers who are eager for a no-nonsense approach to making all areas of life a little better than before. Whether you’re struggling with weight loss, exercise, work-life balance, decluttering, personal relationships, or one of the other areas that make us humans feel a little too human, Rubin offers sensible, tested advice. She’s an expert on habits and encourages readers to find what works for them, while offering loads of practical advice. Grab this book whenever you’re ready to tackle a new project or personal bugaboo.

    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
    We’re taught that the relationship between work and success is linear. Try harder, do better, be happier. But life proves time and again that idea is actually just a recipe for feeling crazy and crabby. Manson offers real talk about what’s actually in our control and how we can focus on what matters. It’s a refreshing approach to happiness and finding meaning, and after reading Manson’s work, you’ll find yourself drawn to contentment and feeling grounded rather than in hot and heavy pursuit of joy. This is a book you’ll give a f*ck about.

    Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
    This is the sort of book that’s loaned, gifted, whispered about, and exclaimed over with friends. It’s one to turn to when you’re feeling stuck, longing to shrink down, and to maybe never think the words “I have an idea” again. In this modern classic, Gilbert tackles the fear that every artist faces during the creative process with wisdom, sharing the personal practices and mindset shifts that helped her write several bestselling books. And if you’re thinking you’re not an artist, she’ll help you see yourself in a new way too!

    Stillness Is the Key, by Ryan Holiday
    Holiday has positioned himself as a modern Stoic teacher, and his lessons are popular with leaders, thinkers, and warriors of all types. His latest book offers a counterintuitive premise: slowing down is the key to succeeding. With rewards like taming your temper and developing self discipline and creativity, Holiday makes a strong argument for getting quiet and turning inward, even when the world around us is spinning.

    Eight Dates, by John Gottman and Julie Schwartz Gottman
    If you’re eager to deepen your relationship with your significant other, Eight Dates helps couples prioritize time together and know what to do with that time once they’re on an actual honest-to-goodness date, so they’ll grow closer and fall more in love, rather than come home fighting. From the team that predicts divorce rates with a 94% accuracy rate, the book is packed with scientific research and personal stories. There’s actionable advice and suggested dialogue to make it as easy as possible to transfer the best practices for successful relationships to your own life.

    12 Rules for Life, by Jordan Peterson
    This wide-ranging book touches on science, nature, philosophy, mythology, and more, all while feeling personal and thoughtful. Written by a psychologist who has spent his life thinking about how to make the world a better place and help people find meaning, the 12 rules are meant to lead readers toward a more moral existence. Does the book accomplish its goal? Reviewers and thought leaders from all walks of life have both celebrated and rejected Peterson’s work. Read it for yourself to join the conversation.

    What books would you recommend to readers hoping to become the person they want to be?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/01/14 Permalink
    Tags: better than before, clea shearer, , , homebody: a guide to creating spaces you never want to leave, , joanna teplin, joshua becker, outer order inner calm: declutter and organize to make more room for happiness, , , the home edit: a gude to organizing and realizing your house goals, the house that pinterest built, the minimalist home: a room-by-room guide to a decluttered refocused life   

    5 Books to Help You Makeover Your Home 

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    As we pack up the decorations and make room for new toys, it’s natural to take a hard look at the places where we spend the most time. Whether you’re itching to refresh your kitchen, need ideas on how to simplify, or just want to start from scratch and build your dream home, the books on this list will inspire you to get started. They’re packed with practical tips, beautiful photos, and even a few pep talks from people who have been right where you are now: hoping to transform a house into a home that feels totally and perfectly you!

    The Home Edit: A Guide to Organizing and Realizing Your House Goals, by Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin
    There’s no point to tossing another throw pillow on the couch or updating your gallery wall, if you’re frustrated every time you try to find something or your shelves are sagging with clutter. Before you can redesign, you need to reorganize, and this thorough guide will walk you through the entire process, including labeling your kitchen. The authors even promise to make it fun!

    Outer Order, Inner Calm: Declutter and Organize to Make More Room for Happiness, by Gretchen Rubin
    The popular author of The Happiness Project and Better than Before has a special way of articulating big ideas in easy to digest, memorable ways. In her latest book, she shares simple, practical ways everyone can use to make their homes feel a little more homey, so they can enjoy their time there more. The best part is the way Rubin offers different tips for different personality types, knowing there are no one-size-fits-all answers when it comes to something as big as decluttering. It’s a bit like hygge meets Marie Kondo, with the added bonus of learning something about yourself!

    The Minimalist Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to a Decluttered, Refocused Life, by Joshua Becker
    If you’re craving a minimalist lifestyle but aren’t sure how to get there, Becker is an experienced guide. He offers thoughtful and specific ways anyone can declutter their home. Along the way, he reminds readers why they’re embarking on this journey. The goal is to design a home that supports us in cultivating more productive and peaceful days. Keeping the focus on the purpose behind the trend will help you do the hard work of transforming your house—and your life.

    Homebody: A Guide to Creating Spaces You Never Want to Leave, by Joanna Gaines
    Designer Joanna Gaines has a keen understanding of what people want to find when they walk in the door. Combining clean lines, layered textures, warm touches, and personal details, Gaines shows you how to create a home that doesn’t just look like the houses she works on but feels like your own private sanctuary. Get familiar with your personal preferences, learn design basics, and even sketch your own plans. This book is made to guide you from fuzzy idea to fabulous reveal.

    The House That Pinterest Built, by Diane Keaton
    Deep blacks. Creamy whites. Wood beams. Brick walls. If you’ve ever swooned over an interior shot in a Diane Keaton rom com, you’re not alone. Even Diane Keaton herself looked to director Nancy Meyers—and of course, Pinterest!—when she decided to build a new home. She recorded her journey in this gorgeous coffee-table book. There are over 250 pages of visual inspiration, practical advice, and fantastical details that will have you eager to build your own dream home.

    What books will help guide you to makeover your home?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2015/09/14 Permalink
    Tags: barnes & noble, better than before, , , , , good to great, , , rising strong, ,   

    The 15 Best Spots in Barnes & Noble, Ranked 

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    Everyone has their go-to spots when they wander into the bookstore. But depending on your mood, and the needs of your inner bookworm, there’s more than one way to enjoy yourself in Barnes & Noble. This is where you’ll find me.

    15. Business
    If you read a book in this section, you can expense everything you buy that day, right? Just head straight over to Business and find out what the next Good to Great is so you can count this as a productive venture.

    14. Self Improvement
    Doesn’t that have a nicer ring to it than “Self Help?” Whatever it’s called, there are some major gems to be found here. Brené Brown’s new Rising Strong and Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic are at the top of my list.

    13. Graphic Novels
    Yes, there are color tablets, but graphic novels are so fun to look at in the store. See the latest art styles. Travel to weird worlds. And take home something you can gobble up in a single sitting.

    12. Staff Recommendations
    I love getting to know my local B&N staff. These are my people. And the shelf with their handwritten recommendations are where the quirky but so-worth-it books hang out. This is where I discover the books I never knew I needed.

    11. The Doorway
    Pulling the door open; your feet bounce inside. You’re at Barnes & Noble. Where else would you rather be? Smelling the books, taking long glances at the magazine racks, knowing you have time to browse in a section you barely ever check out…there’s nothing better in the world.

    10. The Windowsill
    If you’re an introvert and want to avoid the energy that is required to be gazed upon while you read in a big comfy chair, you might want to try sitting on the wide windowsills. It’s easier to go undercover there and enjoy your finds.

    9. A Big Chair
    If you’re not as shy, grab one of the best seats in the house and get comfy. I usually have a big stack of books to look through and a tea to keep me hydrated. This is where I imagine “What would it be like to read this book?” and also forget about things like emails, to-do lists, and making dinner.

    8. The Children’s Section
    Sure there’s the nostalgia factor, but that won’t last long when you’re blown away by the gorgeous art that shines out from the books on these shelves. This is where the magic is. If you don’t catch yourself saying “Why didn’t they have this book when I was a kid?” you might be dead inside.

    7. Science Fiction
    This is the section my husband heads to as soon as we get to the store, and it always warms my heart to see his head cocked, looking for his favorites and debating which new sci-fi might be as good as the classic titles he read growing up.

    6. The Bathroom
    If you’re a serious bookworm, you need to pace yourself. Take breaks. Get a snack. Drink some tea. Visit the bathroom. It’s the only way to get in a full afternoon of shopping.

    5. In Line
    I know this one isn’t an obvious place to feel warm and fuzzy, but think about it. You’re on your way home with some books that could change your life. And you can scope out what everyone else is reading. It’s like the pleasure we all get looking in someone else’s cart at the market and judging whether they have too many carbs and not enough veggies. Book snobs, unite!

    4. YA
    Do kids really talk in emojis now? Are they as brutal as Hunger Games contestants? If you don’t live with a teenager, the only way to know the state of our youth is to eavesdrop in the YA section. You’re guaranteed to hear something juicy.

    3. Cookbooks
    These books are so lush, they’ll inspire you to stop drooling and go home and make yourself a proper meal. This is a good section to browse on your way out of the store. Brining home a juicy (or virtuous) cookbook can ease the transition from bookstore to home.

    2. Magazines
    Gretchen Rubin of Better Than Before encourages people to read magazines that have nothing to do with the rest of their lives. So if you’re a chef, check out a magazine about horses. If you just had a baby, read about international politics or photography. Exploring something new can inspire great ideas. And if you need ideas about how to get back to your pre-baby weight, they’ve definitely got that covered too.

    1. The New Tables
    Here’s where all the latest and greatest books land when they are unpacked. When I was a bookseller, I loved making displays on these tables; arranging the books in formations and themes that would attract attention. Now I love seeing what’s new and adding 1,791 more books to my To Be Read list.

    What’s your favorite spot in B&N?

  • Heidi Fiedler 6:00 pm on 2015/08/19 Permalink
    Tags: all about love: new visions, better than before, daring greatly, help yourself, living beautifully, , , the 5 love languages, the four agreements, the joy diet, , the power of now   

    August’s Self-Improvement IQ Test 

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    Self-help readers are always looking for new ideas that will transform their lives from blah to beautiful. Every new read offers the promise of improvement and insights that can break through the fog of modern life to spark enlightenment. The best books are packed with quotes that may become personal mantras. How many of the gems below do you recognize? If you can identify more than 5, you’re already a bodhisattva. Less than 5? Fear not! Simply pick up a copy of Improving Your Memory for Dummies. 

    1. “Does this spark joy? If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”
    2. “There’s a great satisfaction in knowing that we’ve made good use of our days, that we’ve lived up to our expectations of ourselves.”
    3. “Love is something you do for someone else, not something you do for yourself.”
    4. “True love does have the power to redeem but only if we are ready for redemption. Love saves us only if we want to be saved.”
    5. “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”
    6. “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. You receive from the world what you give to the world.”
    7. “1. Be impeccable with your word. 2. Don’t take anything personally. 3. Don’t make assumptions. 4. Always do your best. “
    8. “If anything is worth doing, it is worth doing it badly.”
    9. “Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage.”
    10. “If your mind is expansive and unfettered, you will find yourself in a more accommodating world, a place that’s endlessly interesting and alive. That quality isn’t inherent in the place but in your state of mind.”


    1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo
    2. Better Than Before, by Gretchen Rubin
    3. The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, by Gary Chapman
    4. All About Love: New Visions, by bell hooks
    5. The Power of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
    6. The Seat of the Soul, by Gary Zukav
    7. The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
    8. The Joy Diet, by Martha Beck
    9. Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown
    10. Living Beautifully, by Pema Chodron
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