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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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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!

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Three Books for Healing What Ails You

Aside from the occult/new age section at the store, the other place you’re very likely to find me in a book store is in the self-help section. Even before I earned my degrees in Holistic Life Coaching and Spiritual Counseling, I have had an affinity for self-help as far back as I can remember. Every time the publisher I get my free review books from has a new self-help book available, I jump on it!

Pain-Free with CBD by Alice O’Leary Randall

41AdcK3MSbL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_I started using CBD oil daily almost a year ago. I can’t praise it enough. It has helped with both my chronic pains and my anxiety. It is the thing I have been looking for for years. My go-to brand, if you’re interested, is HempWorx. I like them because they use very few ingredients… they don’t stuff their product with crap you don’t need.

Because of my recently discovered love of CBD, I was thrilled to grab up this book, Pain-Free with CBD. Anything that can help me get more benefit out of something I already use is definitely worth my time to read.

The book breaks things down into illnesses and describes how CBD can help, which dosages are required, and other information you’ll find useful. I like the primer on CBD that explains a lot about the product and even touches base on the laws surrounding the use of hemp and marijuana products (which are changing all the time).

If you have any of the following illnesses, this book may be for you (these are the ones covered within the book) – Alzheimer’s, ALS, Anxiety Disorders, Arthritis, Cancer, Chronic Pain, Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia, HIV/Aids, Huntington’s Disease, IBS/IBD, Lupus, Lyme Disease, Migraines, MS, Parkinson’s, PTSD, Stroke, and Traumatic Brain Injury.

A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture by Sarah Swanberg

I’ve heard acupuncture works. I’m too afraid to try. I thought buying this book would 515ZRoiIkjL._SX404_BO1,204,203,200_take away my fears. It’s a great book. I’m still not going to get acupuncture done.

So, now that we have that out of the way, A Patient’s Guide to Acupuncture contains “Everything You Need to Know” about acupuncture. It’s an excellent guide, whether you’re thinking of getting it done, already got it done and want to know more about the benefits, or if you’re learning to be an acupuncturist.

What I did LOVE about this book is that it’s about more than just where they stick the “needles.” It covers the elements, talks about Yin and Yang, and it also has some acupressure points you can try at home. Acupressure is using pressure on specific points of the body to promote healing to pain relief (basically the same as acupuncture, but without pokes).

The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook by Amy Marlow-MaCoy

513vYlffwdL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Self-help workbooks are amazing things to have in your roster, whether you’re a therapist or the one looking for therapy. The Gaslighting Recovery Workbook is a place where you can work through your feelings after being subject to emotional abuse. As someone who has lived through emotional abuse from more than one source, I found this book extremely useful.

I like that it prompts you, kind of in a diary form, to talk about the things you’ve experienced and your feelings. You may not even realize that you have been gaslighted until you start answering the questions put forth in the pages of this book.

Have you been lied to? Has someone made you feel like you’re crazy by blaming you for doing things you didn’t even do? Are you always the scapegoat? Through this book, you’ll learn how to spot the signs of gaslighting and how to protect yourself.

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Breathwork By Valerie Moselle

41ESq-O5iAL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_CalmiGo is my go-to when I need to focus my breathing. CalmiGo is a handheld device that helps you take even breaths so that you can find calm (hence the name). I love it, but I also love learning more about how breathing helps with health and wellness, both physically and mentally.

Because I know the many health benefits of breathwork, I was happy to get a free copy of ‘Breathwork: A 3-Week Breathing Program‘ from the publisher. I was mesmerized from the moment I opened the book.

I like that the book is broken down into weekly lessons, and it’s about more than just breathing. There are body positions which help with breathing and relaxation.

From the typical yoga “breath of fire” to basic 3-minute baseline breathing, you will learn breaths to help you deal with anything life throws your way.

Not only do I recommend this book if you want more calm in your life, I highly suggest checking out CalmiGo for relaxed breathing on-the-go.

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Empath Empowerment In 30 Days

51rU3awSmhLI’m an empath. Baby, I was born this way. It’s not easy. Rose Rosetree knows the struggles of the empath, and that is what empowered her to write a book to help those of us who may still be struggling with our gift of empathy.

Empath Empowerment in 30 Days‘ is a guide that will take you deep into the mind of the empath. It touches base on narcissism, something you should know a little something about if you’re an empath.

Learn about your emotional intelligence. Learn how to protect yourself. Learn how to know when you’re clogged.

This is an impressive learning guide. I applaud Rosetree for sharing her knowledge and lessons with readers. There’s a lot of information in this 200+ page book. I recommend taking the entire month to get through it so that you’ll get the most out of the lessons and have a chance to hold onto all that you learn.