Saturday, January 24, 2015

A List of Important Self-Help Books

To say I've read a great amount of self-help books over the years would barely be scratching the surface.

A young woman in my 20s, living in Brooklyn, working in New York City, meeting new friends my own age and branching off into a career that wasn't quite what I was looking for?

Yes. I read a lot.

I'd even go as far as to say that some of these books are what set me on the path to switch careers - although it took me about a decade to get to that point - the notes I have (and yes, have kept) are the proof.

So I thought I'd share a handful of my favorite self-help books with you. Each has its own purpose.

My first and favorite read?

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Barbara Sher quickly became a favorite of mine. This book led me down the path I needed to take to figure out what I really wanted to do and how to get myself there. So much so that I picked up another one of her books soon after finishing this one. 

Live The Life You Love - Barbara Sher

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Another important read by Sher, Live the Life You Love was an easy book to follow. The journey towards finding what was most important to me and the correct ways to get there? All in this book. Granted, it's not a cure-all - no self-help book is - but it's a great start.

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Martha Beck is an incredible writer. If you've never read anything by her before, you must pick up a copy of Expecting Adam immediately. It's phenomenal. She's phenomenal. Finding Your Own North Star is the kind of read you need if you're looking for a change and just can't put your finger on it. 

The Pocket Therapist - Therese J. Borchard

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I love this book so much I try to read it once a year. I've reviewed it and explained why it's such an important book to me. I strongly recommend it. It really is a bit like having a therapist at your fingertips - in a really relaxed sort of way. 

The Joy Diet - Martha Beck

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Yes, it's Martha Beck again. She's got another book I recommend if you're looking at slowing down your everyday pace. I have to admit that the first time I tried reading this I wound up laughing a lot. Because meditating for any period of time beyond a minute or two in the shower or before bed has always been practically impossible for me. And yet - the book stuck with me - and is worth a peek. 

So, what about you? Have any favorite self-help style reads? Share them with me in the comments! I'd love to hear what books have stuck with you over the years. 

I'm no stranger to book lists, but these days one of my lists that I wrote for SITS is kind of on fire. If you haven't read it yet, please do, you can find it here: 12 Good Books To Read in 2015.

My last list here was of some Amazing Books You Need to Read this Fall. I need to update it because I've got a few things to say about Lena Dunham's book ... I'll leave it at that for now. 

And lastly, check out Some of my All-Time Favorite Reads. 

And thank you. As always my readers and friends are my biggest supporters. And I love you for it! 
* There are Amazon links scattered throughout this post. If you decide to make a purchase I might make a few pennies - so I thank you in advance. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Recipe Round-Up: Soup's On!

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If you're anything like me you're a big fan of soup when the weather gets cooler.

Because of that I decided to ask some friends for their favorite soup recipe posts from their blogs. I've got a huge list for you guys here, and I can't wait to try them all out myself!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Pumpkin Oatmeal Recipe

Oatmeal. Pumpkin. Breakfast.


It really is. Delicious. I promise.

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Shop NOVICA and support artists across the globe.

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* This is a sponsored post on behalf of NOVICA. I am a long-time fan of both, their products and their mission and all expressed opinions are my own. *

If you've been a reader here for a while then you know I have been a fan of NOVICA for many years. I especially love when I'm given an opportunity to work with them AND introduce you to their beautiful products and mission. 

It's been a while since I've posted about them, but NOVICA has been hard at work updating their mission and finding a way to maintain their dedication to artisans across the globe AND add a focus of finding and supporting happiness.

NOVICA offers incredible products from amazing talents across the globe so when you make your purchase you're supporting designers in places like India, Africa, Central America and Asia (to name only a few!). These talents create things like jewelry, home decor, fashionable accessories and so much more.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Navigate the Blogosphere: Customize Your Shareaholic Tweets

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If you use Shareaholic you're either going to shake your head and say yesssss while reading this or you're going to think to yourself, what on earth is she talking about?

If you're the latter? I'm talking to you.

Shareaholic is a wonderful tool.

When I got my blog revamped and finally figured out how to safely manipulate the code and whatnot I decided Shareaholic was the way to go. It's so easy and benefits my blog so much I couldn't NOT do it.

In case you're still not sure what I'm talking about I'll clarify a bit more before diving into the dirty details.

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