Hi there, and welcome to the first (of many!) posts about what resources have been making an impact on my life. From books, to TV shows, to apps, (and maybe the occasional recipe!) I’m hoping that what I’ve been finding useful and loving in my own life, will also be a great source of inspiration and well-being for you as well!

Books:

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You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Obviously, this had to be at the top of the list. It’s the whole reason for this blog, and a book that I think everyone would benefit from reading. Go buy it, download it, check it out of the library.)

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You are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

This was a great follow-up to Jen’s first book, and inspired me to take a good look at my financial situation. I find that Jen’s books are very motivational, in a fun, talking-with-your-girlfriend kind of way. She makes you want to go out and try things right then, as you’re reading them, and start changing your life NOW.  The more I read these books the more I’m becoming aware of the present and what you can do for your life in the moment. Making goals for the future and trying to get over things that happened in your past are important, but you can have a serious impact on your life by starting now.

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As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

I loved that this book was really short. I guess sometimes I like my wisdom to be dealt to me in small doses 🙂 It is a powerhouse of a book though. It’s primary focus is on how powerful the way you think is ( I know you’d never guess that from the title!), and how your thoughts manifest what you get out of life. Positive thoughts=positive life and negative thoughts=negative life.

The Game of Life

The Game of Life and How to Play It by Florence Scovel Shinn

Another book, like As a Man Thinketh, that was suggested by Jen in the resource section of her first book. While it focuses a lot on the religious, overall, this was a book that inspired me to have faith and trust in the Universe. It also provides you with a bunch of affirmations so that you can focus on channeling your desires to the Universe in the right way. While I found this to be helpful, I’m not sure that the Universe needs you to ask for things in such a specific way, but it was definitely excellent food for thought!

Apps:

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Oprah and Deepak’s 21 Day Meditation Sessions

To be honest, I have signed up for about 10 of these 21-day sessions in the past, and this is the first time I’ve really stuck with it. If you’re a first time meditator I think that it’s an invaluable resource and a great introduction into the practice. Oprah (!) introduces each session and inspires you with her wisdom, then Deepak speaks about the topic of the day, and then you meditate for about 10 minutes. It’s a total 20 minute time committment per day, it’s free, and something you can do just about anywhere. The only thing is the 21 day sessions only run every couple of months so keep your eye out for them!

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Bumble

I know, you’re thinking, “Really? A dating app?”. But guys, let me tell you, from someone who hates the thought of dating, having an app that at least lets you see what’s out there and chat with people if you feel like it, is a great first step. Plus, I think it’s slightly more respectable (I sound like a grandmother) than some other dating apps out there. *cough*tinder*cough*.

Online Resources:

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Yoga with Adrienne

I love this woman and the way she teaches yoga. I want to be friends with her. Adrienne makes you want to practice yoga for the sheer fun of it, and for the connection that you cultivate with your own body. She has a variety of different videos on her YouTube channel from those that focus on the fundamentals of yoga, to yoga for anxiety and stress, yoga for runners, yoga for when you’re angry (!), yoga for loneliness, etc. I stumbled across her channel in April, and I have been going back to it again and again!

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