6 of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

6 of the best books I've read so far this year. #toread #mustread #personalgrowth #selfhelp #readingissexy
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I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year to read 26 books in 2018. I wasn’t sure what my bandwidth would be for reading since I hadn’t made much time for it last year and didn’t want to push myself too hard.

I figured a book every other week would be doable.

A stretch, but still doable.

I’m happy to report that I have finished 25 books, with another 10 or so that I’ve started but didn’t finish for one reason or another (Exponential Living*, Believe Bigger*, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality*, The Little Book of Hygge*, Walk Like a Buddha*, and Present Over Perfect* all come to mind in that category).

The following six books are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most and would whole-heartedly recommend if you’re looking for a book in the personal development, memoir, or non-fiction category. I even threw in a heart-warming novel for funsies.


5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity

5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity #journaling #selfdiscovery #writing #automaticwriting #gratitude #artjournal #creativity #creativeexpression

When I think about journaling, two things come to mind:

  1. My mother keeping several different journals — a dream journal, a personal journal, and an art journal — for most of my childhood and into my adult years.
  2. Being required to keep a journal (and actually loving it) in my middle school English class. Thank you, Mr. Diskin, for the encouragement all those years ago! 

These days, no one has to force me to keep a journal.

In fact, over the years, I’ve kept several different kinds of journals. Art journals, travel journals, personal journals, gratitude journals, tarot journals, a 5-minute journal*, and even a failed attempt at a bullet journal.

(Any excuse to buy a new notebook, ya know. 🤷‍♀️)

These days, I find myself gravitating towards a few specific styles of journaling. They have helped me get to know myself better, dive deeper into my own limitations, and even shift my perspective in profound ways.


12 things to declutter right now for peace of mind

12 things to declutter right now for peace of mind

I have long known that a cluttered and messy home or work environment is a recipe for disaster in my life. Not only does the clutter and mess feel stifling, it also blocks any and all productivity, creativity, and focus. 

When I came across the concept of decluttering while reading Get Rich, Lucky Bitch*, I began to see the impact of clutter and mess in all areas of life, and not just in my home. From mindset to relationships to physical possessions, clutter had taken on many different shapes, sizes, and forms in my life and was wreaking havoc.

Decluttering became my new mantra and I started to systematically work through the different facets of my life and began processing, organizing, and letting go of anything that wasn’t useful or loved.