Recommended Reading

Feeding your mind is essential to personal growth, and self empowerment. Here is a list of books that I highly recommend to feed your mind!

All recommended books are available to be borrowed through my personal library.


The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

The Four Agreements reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob people of joy and create needless suffering.

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements — be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, always do your best — offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform life into a new experience of freedom, love, and true happiness.

 

 


Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by Robert M. Sapolsky

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers Sapolsky explains, most of us do not lie awake at night worrying about whether we have leprosy or malaria. Instead, the diseases we fear-and the ones that plague us now-are illnesses brought on by the slow accumulation of damage, such as heart disease and cancer. When we worry or experience stress, our body turns on the same physiological responses that an animal’s does, but we do not resolve conflict in the same way-through fighting or fleeing. Over time, this activation of a stress response makes us literally sick.

Sapolsky explains how prolonged stress causes or intensifies a range of physical and mental afflictions, including depression, ulcers, colitis, heart disease, and more. It also provides essential guidance to controlling our stress responses.


Habits of a Happy Brain by Loretta Graziano Breuning, PhD

Habits of a Happy Brain shows you how to retrain your brain to turn on the chemicals that make you happy. Each page offers simple activities that help you understand the roles of your “happy chemicals”–serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphin.

You’ll also learn how to build new habits by rerouting the electricity in your brain to flow down a new pathway, making it even easier to trigger these happy chemicals and increase feelings of satisfaction when you need them most.

Filled with dozens of exercises that will help your reprogram your brain, Habits of a Happy Brain shows you how to live a happier, healthier life!


Stretching Anatomy by Arnold G. Nelson, Jouko Kokkonen

Stretching Anatomy will arm you with the knowledge to increase range of motion, supplement training, enhance recovery, and maximize efficiency of movement. You’ll also gain a detailed understanding of how each stretch affects your body.

Stretching Anatomy is like having an X-ray of each stretch, only better. Not only do you see full-color illustrations of the muscles in action, but you also find out how changes in position can alter the muscle emphasis and difficulty and how variations can improve safety and effectiveness.

Whether it is increased flexibility or reduced muscle soreness or tension, Stretching Anatomy allows you to see and feel the benefit of proper stretching technique.


Your Messy Brilliance by Kelly McNelis Your Messy Brilliance offers an engaging, customizable roadmap to the authentic you.

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to your problems. There is no guru coming to save you. And there is no personal-development program that will get you to “perfect.” The truth is, you don’t need any of those things. You are brilliant and breathtakingly powerful, exactly as you are.

The remarkable truth you are about to discover–one that you already know deep down in your bones–is that the idea of perfection can’t bring you the joy, passion, and purpose you are craving. What you are looking for, as author and Women For One founder Kelly McNelis will show you, is your messy brilliance. It’s the part of you that’s perfectly imperfect and that contains your wholeness: the good, the bad, and the ugly.


Tribes by Seth GodinTribes: It’s human nature to seek out tribes, be they religious, ethnic, economic, political, or even musical (think of the Deadheads).  Now the Internet has eliminated the barriers of geography, cost, and time. Social media gives anyone who wants to make a difference the tools to do so.

With his signature wit and storytelling flair, Godin presents the three steps to building a tribe: the desire to change things, the ability to connect a tribe, and the willingness to lead.

 


Dare to Lead by Brene Browndare to lead: Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas, and has the courage to develop that potential.

When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this book is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.