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  • Heidi Fiedler 3:00 pm on 2019/01/10 Permalink
    Tags: atomic habits: an easy and proven way to build good habits and break bad ones, benjamin spall, cal newport, chris bailey, daniel h. pink, digital minimalism: choosing a focused life in a noisy world, gary keller, hyperfocus: how to be more productive in a world of distraction, jake knapp, james clear, john zeratsky, make time: how to focus on what matters every day, michael xander, my morning routine: how successful people start every day inspired, new year new you, , the one thing: the surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results, when: the scientific secrets of perfect timing   

    7 Books About Making Time for What Matters 

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    Last year’s resolution to find more time in the day probably wasn’t successful. (If you find a 25th hour, let us know!) But this year’s resolution to get really intentional about how you prioritize your time might be doable. The first step is to be clear about what matters to you. (No one else gets a vote!) Then look to the books on this list, which will help you find ways to protect what really matters and say a polite “no thank you” to anything else that threatens to take over your schedule. Here’s to a year of just the right amount of yeses!

    Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day, by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky
    Part pep talk, part manifesto, and part practical how-to guide, this book helps readers get clear about what matters and offers realistic ways we can make more time for the habits, practices, and pushes that can transform our lives. This book isn’t just about doing more, moving faster, or working smarter, it’s designed to help us feel in charge of our lives in four simple steps that can be repeated daily.

    When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, by Daniel H. Pink
    This is the year to get smart about what you do and when you do it. Pink has reviewed the research and identified simple but effective ways we can all perform more efficiently. Use the questions to determine your chronological temperament. Then follow Pink’s recommendations on when to do everything from write an email to take a nap. The result is knowing not just how to make time for what matters but when to do the things that matter most.

    Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones, by James Clear
    Slow and steady wins the race, and change happens little by little. Even when it feels like nothing is happening, work is being done and progress is being made. Clear has developed a support guide for anyone looking to make their resolutions stick or just craft a life that reflects their values and goals. Learn the latest science behind habit formation, and then apply Clear’s process to your own life. The results may be explosive.

    Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, by Cal Newport
    From the author of the acclaimed Deep Work comes a new title dedicated to one of the most ubiquitous problems of modern life: digital overwhelm. Learn how to unhook and detach from the many pings and dings we’re all subject to each day. With the time you gain, you may find yourself doing deep, creative work, or you might simply enjoy focusing on a moment of leisure. With Newport’s guidance, the choice is yours.

    The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, by Gary Keller
    Fans of Essentialism will find this bestseller inspiring. Whether your focus is on sales, church, craft, family, self care, or any of the other priorities so many of us struggle with, this book will help you focus on the one thing that will help you be successful. The process is designed to provoke thoughtful questions and help you cultivate a new, calmer approach to life. By the end of the book, you’ll have a deeper understanding of what your one thing is and how to make time for it.

    Hyperfocus: How to Be More Productive in a World of Distraction, by Chris Bailey
    Have you ever put a Word doc in Focus mode and sighed with relief? It’s harder to put our modern, digitally driven lives in Focus mode, but the idea sounds delicious, no? And the truth is, our attention is our most precious resource. In this popular title, Bailey offers practical steps that readers can take to identify distractions and manage their attention. The results will help you be more productive, creative, and engaged with life’s most meaningful moments.

    My Morning Routine: How Successful People Start Every Day Inspired, by Benjamin Spall and Michael Xander
    Leaders around the world agree, finding a morning routine that works for you can unlock your entire day. Peek inside the routines of some of the greats and learn what it says about them, as well as how you can apply their best practices to your own life. Perhaps you’ll find it’s not exercise but a bit of tidying that helps prepare you for the day ahead. Or maybe a ritual cup of tea will supercharge your day. Whatever habits and routines you decide to adopt, it’s time to rise and shine!

    How will you make time for what matters in 2019?

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  • Amanda Diehl 4:00 pm on 2018/02/20 Permalink
    Tags: , baron, , breathless, , , east in paradise, erin nicholas, forever mine, fraternize, , , new year new you, , rachel van dyken, , , rose lerner, sweet disorder, , , ,   

    Romance Recommendations for Your New Year’s Resolutions 

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    With January over, it’s possible that many of us (myself including) of already hit a wall with our new year’s resolutions. We’ve either fallen off the wagon entirely or the restless January feeling has begun to creep into our goals. Whoever thought January was a good time to get on track with personal goals clearly did not know how sluggish the month is. Truly, Januarys are like the Mondays of calendar months. But, if you need a little boost to get back into the swing of things, here are a few romances that’ll help light a fire under your butt!

    New Experiences

    For some, their new year’s goals are all about embracing adventure. Whether it’s visiting somewhere new or fully living in the spirit of Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes, take advantage of thrilling opportunities!

    Roman Crazy, by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci
    If you’ve ever dreamed of throwing caution to the wind and living abroad, Roman Crazy will scratch that itch. In the midst of finalizing her divorce, Avery Bardot decides that what she needs is a good ol’ Roman holiday. But while spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, she winds up reconnecting with a sexy architect from her past. As the season ends, Avery will have to choose whether to return to her life in the States or let her vacation last a little while longer.

    East in Paradise, by Tif Marcelo
    Bryn Aquino used to manage a Filipino restaurant, but now she’s pursuing her own dreams of opening up a foodie business of her own. She has an MBA and an excited investor, and she’s ready to get to work starting a “culinary retreat.” When her retreat winds up going viral on social media, Bryn is shocked at the idea of her life becoming reality TV fodder. The pay and publicity would be amazing, but there’s just one catch. Viewers are vying for a romance between Bryn and the retreat’s landlord: army reservist Mitchell Dunford.

    Financial Goals

    Perhaps not the most exciting resolution, it’s sometimes necessary to achieve peak-levels of adulting. Maybe you want to save a certain amount of money each month or cut back on impulsive purchases.

    Baron, by Joanna Shupe
    While Ava Jones isn’t well-off financially, she’s the sort of heroine who will do whatever it takes to make she and her family are cared for and fed. Ava makes her living as “Madame Zolikoff,” a performer who insists she can convene with the spirit world. But her schemes might have come to an end when respected and rich Will Sloane threatens to expose her as a fraud. He needs her helping in winning over the masses for his upcoming political campaign. You can’t knock Ava’s hustle, especially with her humble upbringings of begging, borrowing, and stealing.

    The Chase, by Vanessa Fewings
    Zara Leighton works at an art investigation firm, appraising art collections and delving into the world of art thievery. The Chase is truly a good lesson in superfluous spending, especially when Tobias Wilder, enigmatic billionaire, makes an appearance. From decked out galas to art exhibitions only for A-list clients, it’ll give you the luxe atmosphere some people can only dream of without managing to hurt your wallet.

    Body Positivity

    This is an all encompassing resolution since we’re all on different body positivity journeys. I, for one, have joined a gym in an effort to lose weight and complete a 5K sometime this year. But others might just want to change their eating habits or simply learn to be comfortable in the skin they’re in!

    Fraternize, by Rachel Van Dyken
    As one of professional football’s only plus-sized cheerleaders, Emerson knows all eyes are on her. She’s living her dream, but she also knows that it can come at a high cost to stay in shape while maintaining a positive attitude about her body. Of course, there’s also the benefit of being surrounded by attractive athletes. Emerson’s can-do personality is infectious and I loved the mindset that healthiness isn’t necessarily achieved by hitting a certain number on a scale.

    Sweet Disorder, by Rose Lerner
    With a disabled hero and a plus-sized heroine, Sweet Disorder is a standout historical romance that promises what its title suggests: sweetness. What’s truly great about this romance is that neither the hero’s disability nor the heroine’s weight is central to the plot of the story. Both aspects are part of their identities and that’s that! Instead, Nicholas Dymond is trying to help his younger brother win an election and the town’s charter allows Phoebe Sparks’ husband to vote. Too bad she doesn’t have one…yet.


    It’s tough to just take a moment to breathe or enjoy something you really love. Some of us are conditioned to work, work, work, but it’s okay to accept help and care from others, and to just indulge a little.

    Breathless, by Beverly Jenkins
    Portia Carmichael runs one of the best hotels in the Arizona Territory and she certainly doesn’t expect to be reunited with a man from her past. And while readers can always count on Jenkins for an amazing romance, Portia’s hotel staff and the women she surrounds herself with provide an amazing sense of girl power. It’s a good reminder that sometimes self-care isn’t always about being alone, but also being in the company of those who support and uplift you in positive ways.

    Forever Mine, by Erin Nicholas
    There’s something about seeing a friend or loved one enjoying a hobby they’re passionate about. Their excitement and happiness can easily become your own as you watch then geek out over things like fandom, sports, or even a favorite crafting project. And that’s the precise feeling readers will get when they meet Maya Goodwin: martial artist, cosplay enthusiast, and all around nerd. Finding something that relaxes you or puts you in a positive mindset is a great way to exercise self-care. The only downside to not being Maya is the fact that there’s not a hunky doctor to go along with it.

    Career Goals

    Vying for a new position at work? Hoping to land a dream job? Your new year’s resolution might favor your more professional side. Climb that ladder; you got this!

    Dating You/Hating You, by Christina Lauren
    Evie Abbey knows she’s good at being a talent agent, despite having to deal with a toxic boss day in and day out. However, one of the bright spots in her day is her charming, budding relationship with fellow agent, Cater Aaron. When they both realize their companies are merging and the new agency can only keep one of them, their relationship quickly comes up short when faced with having to compete for employment. A great read for anyone who’s had to deal with sexism in the workplace!

    The Beauty of Us, by Kristen Proby
    So far, opening a restaurant with her best friends has granted Riley Gibson with a certain degree of success. But Riley soon has the chance of a lifetime to get their restaurant on national television as part of the Best Bites TV Network. She just has to convince her friend and head chef, Mia that letting a camera crew into the kitchen is a good idea. The inner workings of a restaurant are fascinating and Riley’s creativity in trying to keep things fresh borders on maniacal (but in a fun way!). Too bad attractive executive producer, Trevor Cooper, is about to complicate things.

    Which books are great for a new year’s resolution pep talk?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 3:30 pm on 2017/01/06 Permalink
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    7 Titles to Help You Design Your Year 

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    Designers don’t just make things pretty, they use their training to test and try until the objects of their attention are streamlined and functional. If you read that and thought “My entire life could use a designer’s touch,” you’re not alone. Lately, designers are turning their attention from consumer goods to people, and the result is elegant and peaceful—just what we could all use a little more of this time of year. The books on this list will help you start thinking like a designer, understand yourself more deeply, and curate your life so it feels perfectly you!

    Designing Your Life, by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
    Written by two smarties at Stanford, this book takes a problem-solving approach to creating a life that feels meaningful and customized to you, rather than filled with shoulds and to-dos that don’t inspire you. Try building a prototype of your new life, find your way through a day, and practice the art of iteration to make small changes that add up to transformation over time. Regardless of what you want your life to look like, having a process you can trust will empower you to make the changes you’ve only dreamed about until now.

    Start Where You Are, by Meera Lee Patel
    This lovely journal is filled with prompts that will help you get to know yourself better, which, whatever method you prefer, is pretty much always the first step in designing a life that feels intentional and inspiring. Patel’s gorgeous illustrations will unlock your daydreams. Quotes from artists, writers, and others who have decidedly untemplated lives give courage. Loads of blank space leaves room for your creativity and imagination. This is the perfect book to help you dream big this year.

    Design the Life You Love, by Ayse Birsel
    “Learn by doing” is sort of the designer’s unspoken motto, and this book embodies that spirit. Filled with interactive pages that invite readers to work out their next steps directly in the book, this title is a customizable stepping stone to building a life you love. It’s also totally realistic, recognizing the constraints we all have around time, money, location, age, and more. But as any designer will tell you, having total creative freedom is a recipe for overwhelm. But finding a way to make something beautiful and be creative while still following the rules? That’s when magic happens. If you’re feeling stuck trying to tackle complex problems, let this book help you simplify and suggest solutions.

    The 52 Lists for Happiness, by Sasquatch Books
    If sitting down and redesigning your life in one sitting sounds a little overwhelming, why not tap into your inner wisdom a little each week? A follow up to the popular The 52 Lists Projectthis journal encourages self awareness in 52 bite-size portions. By making lists like “things you don’t have to change about yourself” and “things you’re curious about” each week, you’ll get to know yourself a little better. Calls to action at encourage readers to use your insights in daily life. And by focusing on the positive, you may be surprised to find you actually love the life you already have!

    Let It Out, by Katie Dalebout
    If you’re tired of reading self-help that feels loud and bossy, you may be craving more time with your own intuition and inner wisdom. This interactive guidebook includes journaling prompts, exercises, and techniques that will help you coach yourself and find the answers that make sense for you. Whether you’ve kept a journal for 20 years or never made it past the first few pages in your diary, this book empowers you to do what works for you and take time to listen to your own heart.

    The Well Life, by Briana Borten and Peter Borten
    The word “balance” sounds appealing, but what does it really mean? Written by a coach and and a doctor who specializes in Eastern medicine, this book simplifies the concept by breaking it down into three areas: sweetness, structure, and space. Is it just me, or does that sound so right? We all need pleasure, but we can go a little crazy without some predictable rules. And the best way to know how much we need of each is to make space in our schedule to check in with ourselves and do whatever our body is asking for right that moment. Filled with personal stories and practical techniques you can try in your own life, this book is a permission slip to reinvent yourself in delicious ways.

    What books will help you design your life in 2017?

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  • Molly Schoemann-McCann 5:00 pm on 2016/12/29 Permalink
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    6 Books to Inspire Healthy Cooking in the New Year 

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    Many of us begin each new year with a blanket resolution to cook and eat healthier, but it’s difficult to actually implement major and lasting change without a road map and a plan. That’s where cookbooks come in—and the ones we’ve selected are filled with more than just recipes and meal plans; they also include tips, advice, and inspiration, to help home cooks stay dedicated even as the waves of holiday treats and leftovers recede ever so gradually. Best of all, one of those cookbooks comes from none other than everyone’s favorite lifestyle coach herself, Oprah! Ring in 2017 with the tools you need to live your best life, one meal at a time.

    Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life, by Oprah Winfrey
    Oprah shares her long, difficult journey to a healthy, joyful attitude towards food in this beautiful new cookbook, which reveals some of her absolute favorite everyday recipes, along with photos, insightful personal essays, and more. Have you ever wondered what you might eat at a dinner party at Oprah’s house (after bumping into her on the street and becoming BFFs forever)? Wonder no more: from Tuscan Kale and Apple Salad to Pasta Primavera, it’s all in here—along with a behind-the-scenes look into the life (and kitchen!) of one of the most beloved celebrities of our time.

    The Whole30 Cookbook, by Melissa Hartwig
    In homes and workplaces across America, people are embarking on the Whole30 program: a pledge to dine within certain clean-eating boundaries for 30 days, powered by the promise of increased energy, better sleep, and better habits by the end of it. This cookbook is designed with changing how people look at the challenge in mind. Whole30 is meant to be less of a diet and more of a lifestyle, one in which eating deliciously is just as important as good health. With dozens of recipes created with home cooks’ busy schedules and need for variety in mind, it’s the perfect supplement to your healthy-eating resolutions.

    Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes, by Gina Homolka and Heather K. Jones
    For those of us who are trying to eat healthy meals but don’t have a lot of time to spare for food prep (because let’s face it, those new episodes of Sherlock aren’t going to watch themselves), famed Skinnytaste blog founder Gina Homolka’s new cookbook really hits the spot. It’s filled with quick weeknight recipes that will be ready in under 30 minutes, as well as easy to assemble fix-it-and-forget-about-it slow cooker dinners you’ll love coming home to at the end of a long day. Pasta fiends will appreciate the regular subbing-in of “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and “squashta” (squash pasta) in place of heavier, carb-happy fare, so you can treat yourself to comfort foods that are actually good for you (and your skinny jeans).

    Good Housekeeping 400 Low-Fat Recipes & Tips, by Good Housekeeping
    Low fat Chicken Parmesan? Yes, please! The culinary experts at Good Housekeeping once again prove that you can take the fat out of a recipe while keeping the flavor. Featuring 400 delicious yet easy to prepare dishes, from Slow-Braised Beef Ragu to Hot and Spicy Pork Noodles, all of which contain 10% or fewer calories from saturated fat, this handy cookbook also includes the kind of tricks of the trade (like how to calculate any recipe’s fat content) that home cooks who are dedicated to eating healthy will find especially useful.

    Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain Celebrations: A Year of Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes for Every Occasion, by Danielle Walker
    When Danielle Walker realized that, thanks to an autoimmune disease, she needed to drastically change her diet in order to feel her best, she rose to the challenge and brought us the bestselling cookbook Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great (which was later followed by Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple). Danielle’s accessible, healthy, and above all tasty recipes won her a huge fan base. In her newest cookbook, she tackles some of the biggest challenges that cooks face: preparing meals for holidays and other celebratory occasions. From New Year’s Eve to Easter, Celebrations has got you covered with crowd-pleasing recipes that home entertainers will come to rely on again and again.

    Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simple Satisfying Plant-based Recipes, by Angela Liddon
    The author of the smash-hit Oh She Glows Cookbook is back with a vibrant (and tasty) follow up that shares more time tested, healthy, and nutrient-packed vegan recipes to help home cooks eat, look, and feel their best. These convenient and fool-proof recipes make eating a plant-based diet possible for even the busiest home cook, and can be adapted to feed picky kids as well as dinner guests with allergies.

    What cookbooks are going to help you eat well in 2017?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2016/12/27 Permalink
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    Your 2017 Detox Reading List 

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    It’s natural to indulge during the holidays. When else will you get to see so many friends and loved ones? And there are soooo many treats. Plus we’re all super stressed at the end of year. Put all these elements together, and it’s common to cross the line into overindulging. So if you’re feeling the need for a detox, but aren’t quite ready to commit to a scary juice cleanse or spend a week at the spa, this reading list is for you. It’s filled with inspiration and practical tips on how you can detox in every area of your life, from finances to food. Ahhhh…now doesn’t that feel better?

    The Moon Juice Cookbook, by Amanda Chantal Bacon
    Beloved by the ladies at Goop, including Ms. Paltrow herself, Moon Juice uses superfoods to beautify, cleanse, and nourish the body. The first cookbook from creator Amanda Chantal Bacon calls for ingredients like cultured fennel and maca. There are over 75 decadent recipes, including Strawberry Rose Geranium Bars and Sea Bone Broth, alongside the gorgeous photographs. There’s even something called Hot Sex Milk. Don’t you feel better already?

    The Art of Money, by Bari Tessler
    Bari Tessler is like the Brene Brown of personal finance. She’s wise, soulful, compassionate, and deeply competent. Her book walks readers through kindly accepting your history with money, understanding how you relate to money now, and creating a money map for the future. After reading this book, you’ll have a more mindful relationship with money, feel more confident about how to align your finances with your intentions, and indulge in money dates rather than retail therapy. The best thing about Tessler’s book is that it never scolds. Instead, she celebrates your dreams and helps make them possible.

    The Joy of Less, by Francine Jay
    If your New Year’s detox needs to extend to your closet, Francine’s Jay mellow guide to minimalism offers practical advice on how to declutter everything from your kitchen to your coatrack so it’s streamlined, functional, and beautiful. The amazing thing about clearing space in your home is you appreciate the things you have and feel less compelled to buy more stuff, which means you can work a little less and live a little more. If that’s not New Year’s Resolution worthy, I don’t know what is!

    The Art of Attention, by Elena Brower and Erica Jago
    If you’re already dreading the new exercise routine you vowed to start the second it was January 1st, it might be because you’re doing what you think you should, rather than what you want to do. You won’t find the secret to enjoying exercise in the latest magazine or blog post. The only way to fall in love with exercise and make it part of your regular routine is to listen to your body and do whatever it’s craving, whether that’s taking a nap, going for a run, or doing a few sun salutations. The Art of Attention card deck is designed to help you get in touch with your body’s wisdom, while suggesting a few yoga poses along the way. Beautifully photographed, each card features an inspirational word and a small bit of advice that can unlock your own intuition. Namaste.

    Healing Tonics, by Adriana Ayales
    Eternal youth may not come in a bottle, but elixirs do, and it’s impossible to drink one of these healing tonics and not feel a tiny bit better. If all that champagne has given you a headache, try Ayales’ headache cure. If you need a little jolt to convince yourself going back to work is doable, down the Cacao & Reishi Energy Elixir. Or enjoy a rainbow of smoothies. Slip in one of these teas, tonics, or elixirs each day and you’ll be glowing in no time.

    Eat with Intention, by Cassandra Bodzak
    If you’re thinking it’s not so much about what you eat as how you eat, this guide to intuitive eating will be your guru in the new year. Written by a meditation teacher, this cookbook includes 75 recipes, each paired with a mantra and meditation. This zen approach to eating will help you move from worrying about what you put in your mouth to treating eating as an act of self care. Get ready to reset your relationship with food and find out what works for you.

    Chasing Slow, by Erin Loechner
    When the creator of Design for Mankind was asked to write a book about living with intention, she already knew a thing or two about styling beautiful photographs and inspiring her audience. But when she sat down to write, the words that rang true presented a more sophisticated theme than just Buy Less and Do Less. Instead of writing a guide to minimalism, Loechner wrote a personal memoir about the tension we all feel between trying to live with intention and trying to just get through the day, doing the best we can. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed by aspirational Instagram feeds or just your own list of resolutions, this book is a gentle reminder that we’re all simply chasing that feeling of peace we crave, and it might not come where we expect to find it.

    How are you planning on detoxing in the new year?

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