Thursday, January 21, 2016


Today I am sharing a few books I have been reading. These aren't your typical books, but ones that I have really enjoyed and have been inspired by reviews I have read.

52 Small Changes for the Mind
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Small changes work. In this practical book, wellness expert Brett Blumenthal reveals how to hone in on the mind as the foundation of overall health and well-being. She presents one small, achievable change every week—from developing music appreciation to eating brain-boosting foods, practicing mono-tasking, incorporating play, and more. The accumulation of these lifestyle changes ultimately leads to improved memory, less stress, increased productivity, and sustained happiness. Backed by research from leading expert, 52 Small Changes for the Mind provides a road map to a better life—and proves that the journey can be as rewarding as the destination.
 I have already incorporated the first three changes:  journaling, more music in your life (turning off the TV and less scrolling) and smiling more often! It is very easy and manageable and when I saw "improve memory" I was sold!! Focusing on one topic each week is very doable, due to them being simple tasks and some that you probably already do in your life!

Big Magic
 by Elizabeth Gilbert
 From Amazon:
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work,  embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

I have also enjoyed this very straight forward book. This gal does not beat around the bush! I did think it was all about being "creative" in the traditional manner, but it really is about doing things you enjoy doing...making time for that and how it can effect your life in a positive manner. I have found it very interesting, as well as eye opening!

Don' t you worry! I only need to read one chapter a week from the first book and I read the second book I have had time to finish up a good summer read book! Yep, a summer read in the winter!! Needed a little sun and warm in my reading because I ain't getting it from our weather!!

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