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3 Books To Help You Better Yourself

If you’re ready to have more confidence, build willpower, and age better, I have three books in my stack of review books that you might want to check out.

5 Weeks To Self-Confidence by Lynn Matti

519qK3vX01L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Building confidence isn’t always an easy thing to do. There are so many things that can get in the way fo feeling good about yourself. While a book may not have all the answers, it will help you get on the right track.

In the pages of 5 Weeks To Self-Confidence, you’ll learn what makes us self-confident and how to build up your self-esteem. The lessons and tips for building your self-confidence are broken down into weekly, easy-to-digest instructions. By the time you are done with the fifth week, you’ll have what you need to keep working on yourself!

I love that this book is such an easy guide to follow. You’ll learn how to set goals that will start the building blocks of your new, confident life. That’s my favorite part—I’m big on goal setting!

Aging Brilliantly by Dr. Patricia Pimentel Selassie41IcTPWPq1L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_

I’m sure you’ve noticed that some people age better than others. I get told I look much younger than I am often. I am 45, and I’ve been told I look as young as 18, though most often it’s mid-twenties or mid-thirties. Even mud-thirties is subtracting a decade off my life. The thing is, I don’t feel like I am aging so gracefully, what with all the joint aches and mystery pains.

So, that’s what made me snatch up a free copy of Aging Brilliantly from the publisher. I need some tips because looking younger than you are isn’t the only way to age gracefully. I may have good genes for a young-looking face and healthy skin (for the most part), but I have bad genes when it comes to heart health and joint pains!

Aging Brilliantly walks you through the importance of eating right, staying active, and even the reasons why you need to take time out to relax. Part of aging gracefully also comes from the right stimulation, which means connecting with people and finding the things that make you happy.

How To Win With Willpower by Aliya Levinson

410HnIS9y4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_ (1)How To Win With Willpower will help you learn to be stronger about a lot of things in your life. It’s separated into 75 strategies you can start implementing immediately (if you choose).

It’s a very immersive book. Each strategy includes a description to let you know how the strategy is going to help you, followed by the steps to help you do it.

I love that there are so many ways offered in here to help you learn self-discipline and gain control over your wants. These lessons include learning how to develop an attitude of gratitude, how to create calm within yourself, how to lower the stress in your life, how to build new habits, and so much more.


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5 Books for Yogi Wannabes (Like Me!)

I love it when the publisher I request books from gets yoga-related books. Yoga has been a part of my life for over a decade. It’s an amazing way to find calm, ease muscle pain, get better posture, and lose weight. I don’t practice as much as I should, but I find inspiration in every new book and fitness video we add to our collection.

If you’re looking for some books on yoga and yoga-related topics, I’m about to share with you five books that are worth checking out.

Restorative Yoga for Beginners by Julia Clarke

51KgI7p5aqL._SX403_BO1,204,203,200_Yoga is a healing practice that can help with everything from joint pain to digestive issues. Restorative Yoga for Beginners is filled with gentle poses to help you feel whole and balanced.

The book is sectioned off into poses for what ails you, starting with beginners’ poses. You will find poses for stress relief, pain relief, and other healing poses. Learn about proper breathing and meditations that will help enhance your health, well-being, and your yoga practice.

Expect to find easy-to-follow and step-by-step instructions for each pose, including how to turn your poses into a sequence.

Yin Yoga by Diane R. Paylor51sVuCakJjL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_

Yoga is grounding and balancing. Yin Yoga is a book packed with balancing poses that will help you feel energetic and in control.

The book begins with a description of the basics of Yin yoga and how it is different from the basic yoga you may be used to. Then you will learn a collection of Yin poses and Yang poses. Once you’ve got that down, Paylor goes into sequences to balance your body and mind.

My favorite section of the book is the chapter on “Seasonal Practices.” Consider warming up this winter with a Winter Warmer or celebrating the next new year with a New Year Revitalizer.

Essential Chakra Yoga by Christina D’Arrigo

51LOBHPq49L._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_This is by far my favorite yoga book to date. I am a student of chakra healing, so something that teaches me even more about how to balance our meridians is a must in my collection.

Essential Chakra Yoga is more than your basic yoga pose book. Instead of only covering the poses, they delve into how each pose works with certain chakras. It’s not only an excellent primer for someone interested in yoga but also a great tool for learning more about chakras.

I am overly educated in chakras, so I found the connection of yoga to each chakra the most interesting as someone with only a basic knowledge of yoga. The book starts off with a lesson to the reader in how yoga and chakra healing work together, as well as a primer on the chakras. The next seven chapters talk about each individual chakra, offering balancing poses to heal and open. The final two chapters cover how to heal more than one chakra at a time and how to heal your inner self (something we could all use).

A Seeker’s Guide To The Yoga Sutras by Ram Bhakt51bUHaS-ZCL._SX355_BO1,204,203,200_

To explain it at the very basic level, sutras are laws or instructions. The Yoga Sutras are something Yogis learn in their training. To be a traditional yoga teacher, you don’t just learn posses—You learn the sutras and follow them as law in your yoga practice.

Whether you intend on teaching yoga classes or you simply want to enhance your own yoga practice, A Seeker’s Guide To The Yoga Sutras is a must-read. I love the wisdom within this book—And it offers more than the standard sutras. This book is a collection of modern reflections on the path of the yogi.

A couple of my favorite reflections are those on the spirit experiencing itself when the mind is calm, on attachment coming from the experience of pleasure, and how by mastering our energy, our soul can flow.

The Little Book Of Mudra Meditations by Autumn Adams

41jgljuTETL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_If you don’t know about mudras, you’re missing out. Mudras are hand gestures that are used to find calm and healing. Yogis use mudras often to get into the right state of mind for practice.

The Little Book Of Mudra Meditations is filled with everything you need to know about mudras if you’re just beginning with them, and some stuff that you may not know or may have forgotten.

I love that the author talks about chakras at the beginning of the book. You’ll learn how to combine mudras with your meditation process, helping you get deeper and more balances in your practice. I absolutely love this book. It’s healing and beautiful.



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Hobbies 101 – Four Books on Wine Tasting, Rock Painting, Jewelry Making, and Gardening

Ready to start a new hobby? Consider one of these four books to help get you going.

Wine – A Beginner’s Guide by Ken Fredrickson

41CeMnl5INL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_Love wine? Want to look like a pro next time you attend a wine-tasting? This book will get you on the right path. It’s an easy to read text that will have you pairing wines like a professional while you enjoy new favorites and old standards.

Wine Beginner’s Guide tells you how to read labels, covers types of wines and costs of wines, the differences in wine glasses, and so much more. My favorite section of the book is the part on pairings. I only knew the basic – white wine with white sauce/meat, red wine with red sauce/meat – but there’s so much more to it!

This is a must-have book for budding wine lovers and would make an excellent Valentine’s Day gift for your wine-loving, book-loving partner or crush!

Rock Painting for Beginners by Adrianne Surian

Once upon a time, I painted rocks and shells. I thought about getting back into it (and still 51un2PvfnvL._SY498_BO1,204,203,200_might), and the publisher I get all of these great free books from had a book on painting rocks. I snagged it up for some inspiration. Of course, I wanted inspiration for painting stones I could sell for The Art Of Dreams And Divination. This book has some cute ideas, but nothing worthy of a witchy mega-store.

I think Rock Painting for Beginners could be enjoyed by children and adults alike. There are projects perfect for all ages of artists. Not only does it include inspiration and step-by-step instructions for some rock painting projects, but it also covers different types of paints you may use and even has a color wheel.

You’ll learn a few different painting styles, most of which will easily transfer from rock painting to painting on canvases, in case you run out of rocks!

Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners by Cecilia Leibovitz

51sp2jcFFAL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_Ever thought about making jewelry for fun or money? Here’s a book to get you started.

Bead Jewelry Making for Beginners is the only book you need to get a jumpstart on jewelry making. I absolutely love everything about this book, and I don’t even make beaded jewelry (and I have no desire to). My jewelry making preference are pendants, and this book has some of that in it too!

From tips on how to get started and the tools you’ll need, to step-by-step project to make some gorgeous jewelry pieces, this book is sure to please even the pro-jewelry maker.

Raised-Bed Gardening for Beginners by Tammy Wylie

Want to start gardening in your yard? Whether or not you have the right soil for it, raised-bed gardening allows you a way to garden with control, and it doesn’t hold you back from growing the fruits and vegetables you want. It also adds some aesthetic to your yard.

Raised-Bed Gardening for Beginners helps you pick the right area in your yard for gardening (plants need sunshine to flourish), learn which plants can grow in the same space and which should be kept separated, and get a lesson in building raised-bed. There is so much info in this book that the first time through may be a little overwhelming.

My favorite part of the book is the listing of foods you may be thinking about growing in your yard. Each listing included information on how much sun they need, how to properly plant them, and even how to harvest.

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Rebel Eyes by Dmitry Wild

51+P5w2oCJL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I’m a poet at heart. I got my start as a writer by creating poetry. The first book I ever “published” was a poetry book (in first grade). The first thing I ever actually got published was a poem. So, when I get the chance to read the works of a fellow poet, I take it. Dmitry sent me his book for an honest review.

Rebel Eyes is a collection of more than poetry. It includes prose and some stream of conscious writing (LOVE THIS).

Wild doesn’t share his story in a bio in this book, so you’re left guessing about him by what you read in his prose. From what I can tell, he came to the United States from Russia. As an immigrant, he experienced a different life than I, which made reading his words even more intriguing. I was able to delve into a life I’d never experienced and learn the similarities and differences between us.

The book is an energetic read. There are highs and lows, putting you on a roller coaster of life and emotion. You’ll get an understanding of Wild’s life, his love, and his dreams, while also feeling like you’re a part of it.

I enjoyed this collection of words. I highly recommend it for poetry lovers and lovers of biographies, as I feel like it’s a great look into one person’s life.

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A Journal for Everyone (Food, Meditation, Poetry, Goals)

Here are four journals worth checking out.

Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better by Nazima Qureshi

41hNqDiVMkL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_Trying to get healthy? Having dietary issues? This is the journal for you.

Eat Better, Feel Better, Live Better is a 52-Week Food Journal that will help you eat healthier and learn which foods might be causing you trouble.

Each entry space allows for your meals throughout the day and snacks. Track how much water you drink, how you felt after the meal, how much sleep you got the night before, and whether or not you exercised. There’s an extra space to record your cravings that day and what you did about them.

I loved this book. I especially loved that at the end of each week, there is a space to reflect on the week and how you felt about the outcome. You can jot down notes on what you want to do the next week differently.

The Practical Meditation Journal by Jim Martin51T0gyJrxJL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

I took a course on meditation through my schooling. I loved it. I also had to write a meditation and record it. This opened up a huge new passion, and my husband and I are actually working on a meditation album together (he’s doing the music, I’m doing the rest).

The Practical Meditation Journal will walk you through meditations and allow you space to write down how the meditation made you feel, among other things. Not only do you get the experience of meditation, but you also get to start using guided journaling, both of which are good for your mind and soul.

In Her Words – A Poetry Journal by Marya Layth

411FDJ6dfaL._SX350_BO1,204,203,200_I expected more out of this book when I requested it. I was expecting a guided journal that would inspire poetry from me. That’s not what it is. I mean, it’s meant to inspire, but it’s not a guided journal. It’s a basic journal with mostly blank pages. Keep reading, I’ll tell you what it holds within – you may still be interested.

In Her Words is a collection of quotes from women poets. Every other page begins with a quote. You can use the quotes as inspiration if that works for you. I didn’t find any of them to be all that poetically inspiring – but that’s just me. You could use the journal like any other blank book to write your poetry of choice. It’s up to you!

Dream Big – A 5-Minute Goal Journal41JqsSizjCL._SX351_BO1,204,203,200_

Got goals? Feel like you’re never going to reach your big goals? This journal might be able to help you meet your goals in just 5-minutes a day.

This is a guided journal that will ask you a lot of questions about your goals and what you want to accomplish with your life. This is the book to help you master your life’s work.

I like Dream Big because it really gets you focused on the day-to-day of chasing your dream and meeting your goals.

So, I got these books free from the publisher under no obligation to even do these reviews!