Author: Karen Eisenbraun

My modified Miracle Morning routine

A couple of years ago, I read The Miracle Morning — a super motivational book about creating positive life changes by adopting a consistent morning routine. The author, Hal Elrod, describes how he picked six activities commonly considered the most effective self-help practices — meditation, affirmations, visualization, reading, journaling, and exercise — and began doing them in the morning, immediately after waking up, for just ten minutes each. That meant he was spending the first hour of his day on his own personal growth and development.

Thoughts on privilege

Those of us who are interested in spirituality cannot call ourselves enlightened if we turn a blind eye to injustice and inequity in the world. We cannot be agents for truth and compassion while simultaneously ignoring the ways that racism continues to have a very real influence in our society and institutions.

I want to see you be brave

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about bravery, and how it’s probably going to be my theme for 2018. Every year for the past few years, I have chosen a theme. For 2017, it’s been Faith. Mostly because I recognized my need to have more faith in my abilities as a writer and faith that if I just keep moving forward on my book, it will eventually become the story I envision it becoming.

My review of the ProLon fasting mimicking diet

Would you give up food for 5 days if it could improve your health? There are numerous benefits to fasting, but water or juice fasts are extremely difficult to stick to — not to mention they can be dangerous if not done correctly. Fortunately, other methods of fasting offer the same benefits without requiring you to completely give up food. Now there’s a newer fasting diet that’s garnering a lot of attention: the ProLon fasting mimicking diet. I recently had the opportunity to try it.

7 life lessons from 2016

I switched planners today, because I’m a nerd like that and I didn’t want to wait until January 1st to start using my beautiful new 2017 Inkwell Press Planner. As I was flipping through my 2016 planner to make sure anything important was transferred over, I found a page in the back that I had titled “Life Lessons,” which I had completely forgotten about, but on which I had written down a few things I had learned throughout the year.

Book Review: Big Magic

This is officially one of my all-time favorite books, even though it just came out late last year. I should divulge that I’m a huge fan of Elizabeth Gilbert. I wasn’t actually blown away by Eat, Pray, Love like a lot of people were — I didn’t read it until it was already a huge phenomenon, and maybe it just didn’t live up to the hype — but then I saw her in person discussing her next book, Committed, and I just loved her message of chasing your joy and being authentic, of not waiting for other people to make you feel fulfilled or happy.

Book review: Brave Enough

When I first heard that Cheryl Strayed had released a book of quotes curated from her earlier works, I was skeptical. I love Strayed’s work; Wild and Tiny Beautiful Things are both among my all-time favorite books. But despite the huge success of her books, I couldn’t help but wonder, with an online column, one novel, one memoir, and one self-help book (consisting of content pulled from said column) to her credit, did she really have enough material for what was essentially a “best of” collection?

4 journaling exercises for self improvement

I love journals. Any kind of notebooks, really. And planners. I buy journals all the time, even if I don’t need them. I can always find a use for them. I currently have about 4 different journaling projects going — not counting notes for actual writing projects — and it’s great having a separate journal for each one. So if you also love journals, or are just looking for some journaling exercises for self improvement, try the ideas below.