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  • Heidi Fiedler 3:00 pm on 2019/01/29 Permalink
    Tags: amanda chantal bacon, barry michels, carly de castro, chrissy tiegen, cindy diprima moriss, cravings, crystal bliss, devi brown, , GOOP, , habib sadeghi, high vibrational beauty, juice, kerrilynn pamer, phil stutz, Self-Improvement, stephen r. gundry, the clarity cleanse, the clean plate, the moon juice cookbook, the plant paradox, the tools   

    How to Goopify Your Bookshelf 

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    Queen of all things self-improvement, Gwyneth Paltrow offers advice via newsletter, podcast, blog post, and more. But it’s her book picks that really shine. Within the cozy covers of a recommended read, you can dive into the world of Goop, interpret the wisdom, and treasure whatever inspires you the most. Then you can leave behind whatever strange ideas don’t serve you. The titles on this list are all Goop favorites, and might make your bookshelf—and you!—shine a little brighter.

    The Clean Plate, by Gwyneth Paltrow
    Drawing on advice from experts and her own experience with detoxes, in her new book Paltrow offers more than 100 nourishing resources to help you start the year off eating clean and healing your body. Beautiful photographs and recipes like Butternut Squash Tacos will have you excited to find the right food for your body. Doctor-devised plans to treat everything from candida to adrenal fatigue will leave you feeling empowered.

    The Plant Paradox, by Stephen R. Gundry
    It’s frustrating to spend time eating well, only to find it’s not making your body feel or look any better. Gundry identifies the common foods we eat without understanding how they truly affect our bodies. Learn how to make simple changes to eliminate lectins, which may be connected to heart disease, gut health, diabetes, and more. You’ll be ready to eat plants in a new, more nutritious way.

    High Vibrational Beauty, by Kerrilynn Pamer and Cindy Diprima Moriss
    Taking an inside-and-out approach to beauty, this book includes mindfulness techniques, recipes, and rituals that will help you up level your daily routine. If you’re intrigued by the idea of clean beauty, but aren’t sure where to begin, this gorgeous guide will light the way. It’s time to make self-care an essential part of your daily habits.

    The Tools, by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels
    Aside from the channeled origin story, you’ll find this book is full of real-life stories and practical, concrete tools you can apply to your own life. Whether you’re struggling with anger, depression, purpose, or confidence, The Tools provide a clear process for moving forward and finding a new way to understand the universe and your place in it.

    Cravings, by Chrissy Tiegen
    We may not know how to pronounce her name or what exactly her job title is, but it’s clear that Tiegen knows how to look good while eating amazing food. Her latest cookbook is packed with recipes Tiegen uses daily in her own kitchen. There’s banana bread, Pad Thai Carbonara, and more goodies, alongside Tiegen’s classic diary-style chatter. The combination is sure to leave you hungry for more.

    The Moon Juice Cookbook, by Amanda Chantal Bacon
    With so much overlap between their audiences and favorite ingredients, the success of Moon Juice and Goop is entwined. This cookbook makes it possible to recreate the beautiful and impressively nourishing drinks, snacks, and light meals that Moon Juice is known for. Recipes include Hot Sex Milk and Strawberry Rose Geranium Bars. Gather some superfoods and prepare to wonder if you should eat something so pretty. That’s the Goop way.

    Crystal Bliss, by Devi Brown
    If you’ve been collecting crystals because they make your desk sparkle, it might be time to learn more about the meaning and power behind these beloved rocks. You’ll learn everything you need to know to choose your next crystal, clean its energy, and vibrate just a little bit higher every time you sit down at your desk. Now that sounds like bliss.

    Juice, by Carly de Castro
    Juicing is an easy, satisfying way to add more nutrients to your diet. And it’s totally Goop approved. These quick recipes will help you add more chlorophyll, aloe, and other underrated nutrients to your diet. And you’ll enjoy flavors like Coconut Mint Chip and Chocolate Almond. Bottoms up!

    The Clarity Cleanse, by Habib Sadeghi
    It doesn’t matter how many algae-spiked smoothies you down, if you’re struggling with mental, emotional, and spiritual issues. Follow the 12 steps in this book to release negative emotions, heal your body from anger and resentment, and set new intentions. The process is energizing and uplifting on every level.

    What books have helped you goopify your bookshelf?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/01/21 Permalink
    Tags: bujo, bullet journal, bullet journaling, dot journaling: a practical guide, leuchtturm 1917 bullet journal, markers, ryder carroll, Self-Improvement, stencils, the bullet journal method   

    Everything You Need to Bullet Journal the Heck Out of This Year 

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    Once assumed to be a paper-based form of OCD, bullet journaling is finding fans everywhere. Writers, readers, students, execs, parents, really anyone who wants to organize their thoughts, is finding inspiration in the world of bullet journaling (or bujo to devotees). The system is flexible enough for any lifestyle and can hold all the many aspects of our lives that we usually try to keep in our heads. Work, relationships, health, creative projects, hobbies, and more can all be safely contained in a bujo. You can add creative touches, or leave that nonsense for someone who has more time. It’s really just about making it your own, so you can stay organized and see patterns in your life that might help you get where you want to go. Ready to try a little bujo magic? All you really need is a pencil and a journal. But if you want a little guidance or inspiration, the tools below will help!

    The Bullet Journal Method, by Ryder Carroll
    If you’re new to bujo, learn how its done from the creator himself. If you’re familiar with the process, but need some help getting started, this thoughtful guide will help you understand the deeper reasons for bullet journaling and advantages of the method. Carroll developed the bujo process to organize his own thoughts, but along the way, he found it’s about more than making lists or tracking habits. Bullet journaling is designed to help anyone set meaningful goals and live an intentional life.

    Leuchtturm 1917 Bullet Journal
    Any notebook can be made into a bullet journal, but honestly it’s a pain. So save yourself the trouble and find a notebook that already has page numbers and space for a table of contents. Pockets and page markers make this an easy-to-use, all-purpose, never-lead-your side notebook. The Leuchtturm journals are a favorite in the bujo community, and they come in lots of yummy colors!

    Dot Journaling: A Practical Guide, by Rachel Wilkerson
    If you want a little more structure and advice as you learn the art of bujoing, this journal-guide combo will hold your hand. There are templates; trackers; day, week, month, and year spreads; plus page darts and fun rolls of washi tape to add color. Whether you want to create a journal that’s Instagram worthy or just soothe your monkey mind, this kit is a perfect first step.

    Brush Markers
    If you’re ready to move beyond pencil or black ink and more ink, add some color and texture with these juicy brush markers. Each of the 12 markers has two tips, so you can vary the weight of your text. Add brush work to headers, and use the fine-point for detail work and lists.

    Hand Lettering Interactive Drawing Book, by Peter Pauper Press
    It’s easy to feel intimated by bujos online, but don’t feel pressured to make your journal Instagram worthy. If you do want to up your lettering game, this full-color, hands-on workbook includes tutorials and sections for tracing. You’ll also learn how to choose a lettering style and add embellishments to emphasize the most important information in your bujo.

    Dotted Journal Stencil Set
    If you’re feeling less confident about hand lettering and drawing icons or motifs, this stencil set takes the pressure off. Use it whenever you need to repeat an icon or banner. It will give your bujo a consistent look that’s super satisfying, and it’s easy to use!

    Are you excited to bullet journal in 2019?

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  • Heidi Fiedler 4:00 pm on 2019/01/14 Permalink
    Tags: , 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, Self-Improvement, , 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 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, , Self-Improvement, 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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  • Jeff Somers 7:50 pm on 2018/08/09 Permalink
    Tags: , david joachim, diveorce, guide to life, hard to do, , , , on your own again, Self-Improvement   

    10 Books to Read Before Getting Divorced 

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    Despite the knowledge that many marriages aren’t forever, most who say “I do” assume there partnerships will be forever—otherwise, why bother? But divorce really is the answer, sometimes—the right decision for all involved. That doesn’t mean it won’t also be a painful period of transition.

    Or not. The key is considering your options before you make that fateful choice. While no book can speak definitively to your specific situation, there’s a good chance there’s a book out there that can help you do just that. If you’re thinking your marriage is headed for a divorce, you might benefit from a little reading. The following books will offer perspective, advice, and entertainment, and just might make the decision easier for you, whatever you choose.

    If You’re in My Office, It’s Already Too Late, by James J. Sexton
    First a book to help you determine if your relationship is truly beyond repair. Sexton, a successful divorce lawyer who estimates the number of marriages he’s helped dissolve to number in the thousands, muses on what he’s learned about failed marriages from his work, and offers a guide to figuring out just how far gone your own relationship might—or might not—be. As Sexton explains, expectations (realistic and otherwise) are the foundation of a long-term relationship. You might see yourself in his warm and witty book—and find alternative solutions.

    Reconcilable Differences, by Cate Cochran
    Divorce is often equated with failure, but Cochran offers a different take, examining ten “successfully failed” marriages—including her own—where divorce didn’t mean a cataclysmic breakup, thrown crockery, and psychologically-damaged kids. Instead, these couples found their own way forward and made divorce a positive force in their lives, making up new rules that worked better for them and their kids. This could be just the sort of perspective you need.

    Two Homes, One Childhood, by Robert E. Emery
    If you’ve got kids, you’re going to have to start thinking about them before you tackle the divorce itself. It’s possible to insulate them from the worst of the process, but it takes planning and cooperation—so start the planning now, with this excellent book. Emery shifts the focus from your needs to the needs of your children, helping you and your soon-to-be-former partner develop a plan that will evolve along with your kids, and ensure they get to have a childhood despite the dissolution of your marriage.

    On Your Own Again, by Keith Anderson
    Living with someone can become a habit, and one of the scariest things about divorce is the idea that you’ll once again be on your own. Once you accept that divorce is your only way forward, there’s no time to lose in thinking about how you’re going to clear the rubble and start again. Anderson offers a concise and well-organized approach to putting the past behind you and finding a way to live by yourself—how to find the self-confidence that you can, in fact, rely on yourself to not only survive, but thrive.

    A Man, a Can, a Plan, by David Joachim
    Despite the title, this book is for anyone who has no idea how to cook or shop at a grocery store. If your spouse took care of the groceries and the cooking, a divorce might leave you facing epic takeout bills. This book allows anyone—and we mean anyone—to feed themselves with a modicum of style, without knowing anything at all about fresh produce or advanced cooking techniques. While we can’t recommend staying on this meal plan forever, it’ll get you through those first confusing months when dinner no longer magically appears on the table every evening.

    Getting Back Out There, by Susan J. Elliott
    You may not be divorced yet, but if it’s become inevitable, then jumping back into the dating life probably is too. Dating after you’ve been in one relationship for a long time can be a brutal, eye-opening experience—so start getting yourself mentally and emotionally prepared for the modern dating scene, a battlefield intimidating enough for young folks, and almost paralyzing for someone on the other side of a divorce. Elliot doesn’t just offer platitudes or a strategy for catching someone’s eye, she guides you to consider where and why you went wrong before—and how to avoid making those same mistakes.

    The Sociopath Next Door, by Martha Stout
    Dating will bring you into contact with a lot of new people—and some proportion of those, science tells us, will be sociopaths. Stout’s sensational book argues that there are more sociopaths out there than you think, and they can be difficult to identify, and thus avoid. If you want to avoid dating one (or, maybe, dating one again), Stout helps you to learn how to spot one in the wild, before they buy you a drink and turn on their superficial charm.

    This Isn’t the Life I Ordered, by Jenniffer Weigel
    Television personality Weigel offers a fun, entertaining reflection on her own divorce, and tells how embracing the new layout of her life led her to bigger and better things… eventually. If you’re headed for a split, learn from Weigel’s experience, and set yourself up to take advantage of it as a change, not a failure. Weigel’s journey through her own painful split will prepare you for the challenges and missteps to come with your sense of humor intact.

    Heartburn, by Nora Ephron
    Not only was Ephron a great writer, and not only is this a great novel, but the fact that it’s largely autobiographical should be comforting. If a smart, rich, successful people like Ephron can suffer through a brutal divorce, you don’t have to feel too bad about your own. And if she can come out stronger and wittier for it, maybe you can too. As an added bonus, this story of cookbook author Rachel’s split from her philandering husband is side-splittingly funny.

    The Rabbit Angstrom Novels, by John Updike
    John Updike was a writer with myriad obsessions, and they all came together in the four-book, decades-in-the-writing saga of flawed but fascinating Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom, who attempts to abandon his young family in book one and doesn’t make life any less complicated for himself as the decades rush on. What you end up with is, in large part, one of the most finely-detailed accounts of the ups and downs of a marriage in literary history. Considered as a whole, Rabbit’s race through life offers the sort of minute study of a relationship that will force you to reconsider you own.

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