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 beverages that can improve your health
It’s not always easy to eat right. You may have the best intentions, but then you have a rough day and all you want to do is tuck into a burrito bowl from Chipotle. I get it. When my mother-in-law offers to bring over some…
Book Review: You Are a Badass
This book is badass. Jen Sincero is the real deal; don’t let her sometimes flippant tone fool you. I’ve read a lot of the same books that she read before she wrote this, and I can tell she’s done her research and she knows what…
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.
How to set (and achieve) goals
Writing down my goals is probably the single most powerful practice I have discovered for creating change, both in my internal world — spiritual, emotional, and mental — and my external environment. When I write down my goals, I feel more positive and more in control of my life, and it is easier for me to deal with stress.
On grief and purpose
I recently read that it often takes a major trauma to motivate people to discover and follow their true purposes in life. That only something monumental can shake us enough to make us examine our beliefs, get us out of our comfort zone, and put…
Be your own everything
I have been thinking a bit lately about authenticity, and how it relates to relationships. Last week, I went to hear Elizabeth Gilbert talk about her book Committed, which was just released in paperback. Now, I thought Eat Pray Love was a decent book, although it didn’t blow me away as much as some people, and the movie was a bit underwhelming. Still, I was intrigued by Committed, which was originally subtitled “A skeptic makes peace with marriage.”
Live the life you’ve imagined
Several weeks ago, I read this simple but incredibly thought-provoking idea in Mike Dooley’s book, Notes From the Universe:* The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams, right now, to whatever degree possible. That quote…