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.


Why it all comes back to the breath (with Meagan Roppo)

Why it all comes back to the breath — an interview with Meagan Roppo of She Enlightened

I’m fairly certain there isn’t a person on the planet who would argue that breathing isn’t important. (I mean, we’d be kind of dead without it.) But did you know that our breath is also a tool that we can use to regulate our emotions, bring more awareness into our lives, and balance our energy? 

That’s what this week’s guest, Meagan Roppo of She Enlightened, and I spend our time talking about in this week’s episode of the podcast.

I’m not gonna lie, there are a few moments in the interview where I had trouble containing my excitement about what she was saying. (Spoiler alert: it has everything to do with what Meagan says the practice of yoga is really intended to do.)


Do you ever power off?

Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.

Unplug and give yourself the space to recharge, refresh, and reconnect with the things that matter most.

I shouldn’t admit to this publicly, but the picture above is as close to a self-portrait as one can get without actually being in the picture. I am queen of having three different devices in front of me — computer, phone, and tablet — while simultaneously trying to read a book. The only difference is, I don’t drink coffee while doing it.

(What? I don’t like coffee.)

My husband always jokes and offers to hand me his phone, or to grab our daughter’s tablet, so that I can have another screen to look at. 

He laughs. 

I don’t.

Not because I don’t appreciate being poked fun of. (I do.) But because it’s symptomatic of a much larger issue for me: a feeling of always needing to be on and connected