I skipped New Year’s Resolutions this year. I do that for some years. Resolutions fade within the first month or two of the year, and I’m left feeling like a failure. While failure leads to success, I decided that I’d be closer to success by working to be a better person, in general. Each lesson I learn this new year, I am taking to heart. And, each week, I check-in with my FB fam to let everyone know what positive things I’ve experienced and what lessons I’ve learned. I check-in in the hopes that my learning and growth will inspire others.
But, onto the “books” part of this blog. I love books. My husband and I have a library of almost 2000 books (and it’s always growing). While I don’t accept review requests anymore, I still do reviews for some publishers. I have a giant stack of books I need to catch up on this year, so I’m doing some round-up style reviews — Like this one.
Books can help you better your life, so why not read more in 2020? These six books are sure to teach you something, motivate you, and help you take better care of yourself!
5-minute Focus by Dr. Tiffany Shelton Mariolle
Having trouble focusing? Not sure how to stay on task when there are so many distractions around? This book by Dr. Mariolle is just what you need. 5-Minute Focus is filled with short exercises to help you focus on the things that need your attention.
My favorite things about this book are that the exercises are easy to do, the results can be seen immediately, and the book is laid out in a way that makes it simple to find the right technique for your needs.
Learn to understand the effects of anxiety on your ability to focus. Learn to actually take a break from work on your day off. It’s all in here.
Relationship Reconnected by David Simonsen
Ready to rebuild your relationship with your significant other? This book, Relationship Reconnected, will teach you how to communicate with each other better and how to understand one another.
Simonsen is a licensed family and marriage counselor. His career and educational background make him an excellent person to listen to when it comes to relationship advice.
So, what makes this a worthwhile book to check out? Well, I like that the book starts out looking at your relationship, as it is. It follows that with looking at your relationship as you’d like it to be. Once you’ve figured these things out, you’re on your way to chapters about learning to understand each other’s feelings, how to express how you feel, and so much more. I recommend reading this book with your S.O.
The Juicing Recipes Book from Mendocino Press
Ready to juice your way to a healthier you? First, watch Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. Then, read (and use) The Juicing Recipes Book.
While this book has nothing to do with that documentary, it’s still full of excellent recipes to get you on the way to a healthier body (inside and outside). Many of the recipes can be used to make smoothies as well.
The recipes you’ll find within this book range from sweet fruit juices worthy of replacing your favorite sugary junk foods to green juices that will boost your energy and immunity. Enjoy juices meant to help you look and feel younger, and even find juices the kids will love.
The #dietGoals journal was created to help you on your weight loss journey. If you want to drop some pounds in 2020, this is an excellent journal to help you get on the path to a healthier, leaner body.
I’ve, personally, found that keeping track of at least some of my wellness tactics (for lack of a better word). I forget to record things often, which is why I say “at least some.” If you forget to track a meal or a workout a couple of times a week, don’t let it discourage you from your path to better health. Just get back at the tracking when you remember or have time.
The #dietGoals book has space for you to track what you eat all day, what activities you did (because not all exercise needs to specifically be “exercise”), how much water you drank (which is important for internal health and even your skin health), and a space to talk about how the day had you feeling. The pages aren’t dated and don’t even include the days of the week — which means you don’t have to feel pressured, and you don’t have to feel guilty when you miss a day!
The Path To Positivity by Caitlin Margaret
I am the queen of positivity (I just made that up, but I am a life coach and spiritual counselor, and I offer positivity counseling). Even though I’ve studied the Power of Positive Thinking and the Law of Attraction, I still like to brush up on my positivity knowledge. The Path To Positivity is a great guide to help you get started on your more positive life.
Why should you pick up a copy of this book? Let me tell you…
This book will help you learn how to change the way you think. You’ll learn what positive living is not (it’s not avoiding reality or faking your feelings). To truly be positive, you need to accept that there will always be some negativity.
I love this book walks you through how positive thinking “positively” affects your brain, and how to make this new way of thinking part of your daily life.
50 Essential Etiquette Lessons by Katherine Flannery
The last book I want to share with you is one that might make you come off as a better person to all of the people you interact with each day. 50 Essential Etiquette Lessons is an interesting text. Broken up into categories, you can easily find the advice you need.
I like this book because it covers etiquette tips for at work, eating out, and even for online communication. It starts with some stellar tips on making an excellent first impression.
Want to be a better person? Each of these books has something to offer anyone who wants to make 2020 their year!