Welcome to my review of Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature by Heather Thomas! Book Details: Title: Mindful Kitchen – Vegetarian Cooking to Relate to Nature Author: Heather Thomas Genre: Cookbook, Vegetarian Cookbook, Mindfulness Publisher: Leaping Hare Press Publication Date: October 1st,…
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Book Details: Title: Mudras for Beginners: Your Ultimate Beginners Guide to using Simple Hand Gestures Author: Advait Series: Mudra Healing Series Book 1 Genre: Self-help Publication Date: May 18th, 2015 My Thoughts on the Book While I am somewhat aware of the concept…
Author: Clare Hudson
Genre: self-help, creativity, motivation
Publishing Date: December 19, 2016
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
30 Day Challenges are all over the internet, not just via blog posts but also on YouTube, which has sparked my interest in the subject over the last few months. However, there seems to be a lack of creativity with most of the ones presented, and I was looking for a more personalized challenge, than “The Plank Challenge” or the “Cold Shower Challenge”.
That is how I ran into “The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life” by Clare Hudson
The more and more I dug into this book, the more and more I wanted to start one of the challenges right away. Okay, I have been a part of a reading challenge on Twitter for a while now – with moderate, somewhat un-inspired results, but I wanted to take it to the next level, something that is more unique, more exciting, and something that I would stick with consistently, not just every once in a while.
And in The 30 Day Challenge Book, there is so much to inspire the reader, for sure!
I loved the fact that the author did not just dump a list on-page, but thoroughly worked through well thought out categories, that inspire even the most uninspired to take some kind of action, or create some kind of self-imposed challenge. Each category left me with favorites, some of which I want to share with you:
My Favorite Challenges
Challenge 34 – Think good thoughts when you eat. I never paid much attention to the thoughts I think, while eating, so this one was interesting to me – other than the usual gratitude prayer before a meal, that is. It would be intriguing to try this out, for sure.
Challenge 79 – Write down nagging thoughts on paper and throw them away. I love this! I am someone who believes in the power of small rituals, and this would be one, that I think would be quite powerful. I would, however, modify it, but putting these thoughts into a little (non-seethrough) container throughout the day, and then make releasing them i.e. ripping them to shreds, or throwing them into a shredder a part of a nightly routine.
Challenge 168 – Try object meditation. For someone who has a hard time focusing on my breath during meditation (I have breathing issues, and tend to hyperventilate, or focus on the fact that I am unable to take the deep breaths that there are asking me to take, instead of the meditation, lol) , so any other form of meditation is something I am willing to try out. Object meditation is something I have not tried yet, because I tend to close my eyes, during my meditative practice. I have a feeling this could work well incorporating a candle, or a painting.
Challenge 212: Write down things that make you laugh. What a beautiful and positive challenge is that! Simple yet effective!
Challenge 230: Record your own guided meditations. I have actually contemplated this before, but not as a part of a 30 Day Challenge. I am intrigued by the idea!
The bonus questions at the end where a lot of fun, and some quite unexpected, for example, “What lies behind the mind?”, which is deep, yet, I am not sure how to answer – if you do, leave your answer in the comment below, I am curious!
Here is a list of the Chapters and categories that are a part of The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life:
Quick Tips For Starting Your Own Challenge
- Love the Process
- Trust your Intuition
- Be resourceful
List of Categories of the 30 Day Challenges presented in this book
- Health, food, and fitness
- exercise and fitness
- Food and drink
- Beauty, pampering and body image
- self-improvement, inner life, and meditation
- Misc. self-improvement
- Law of attraction and manifestation
- stuff to give up challenges
- themed mood challenges
- meditation and inner life
- recreational, art and creative
- art practical (drawing, painting…)
- Photography, music and media art
- up-cycling, crafts, and textiles
- recreation, and fun
- home life, professional life, and finance
- Productivity at work
- career-boosting and work
- money and finance
- intellectual and educational
- Art theory, languages, and humanities
- science, technology, and mathematics
- logic and memory
- misc. education and learning
- social, relationships and kindness
- social and relationship
- everyday kindness to yourself, and others
Book also contains an A to Z list of the challenges presented, so you have two options to navigate them
The book also contains two bonus sections:
30 thought-provoking questions
Original 30 Day challenge list of 100 Ideas
The 30 Day Challenge Book: 500 Ideas to Inspire Your Life is on a mission to inspire, and that it does plenty, in a very positive and gentle way, that makes me want to take action, and start my own challenge right away! Not all of the challenges are small or take a lot of effort, but will leave us with something to contemplate or even bring forth a lifestyle change, that will last beyond the 30 days! I really liked this book – which was unexpected.
5 out of 5 Stars
You don’t always need to make drastic life changes, go on costly worldwide adventures or wait until the time is ‘right’. Big changes can come from small actions, and if you have no idea where to start, how about a 30-day challenge?
Why do a 30-day challenge?
- Discover something new that you never knew you liked
- Enjoy blissful moments in the present and spend less time on autopilot
- Accelerate your productivity in your current projects or at work
- Improve your physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing
- Kickstart your creativity and become more resourceful
Some of these 30-day challenges you’ll love and some you may find strange, but others could transform your life in ways that might be hard to imagine without starting.
Most of these 30-day challenges can be done anywhere — some for as little as five minutes a day, without spending lots of your money, taking up loads of your time, or buying pricey equipment. The idea is to use the resources you already have, and pick the ideas that speak to your heart.
What you will get in this book
500 30 day challenges to transform your whole life
Challenges have been divided into the following categories, so there’s something for everyone.
Health, food and fitness, self-improvement, inner life and meditation, recreation, art and creativity, home life, professional life and finance, intellectual and educational, and social, relationships and kindness.
An A-Z of all 30-day challenges
The A-Z at the back of the book includes all 500 30 day challenges and will help you easily find the right ones for you.
A free 30-day challenge planner chart
This will help you to stay motivated, record your thoughts, and track results. It comes with this book as a downloadable PDF which you can print out and use as many times as you like.
It’s my hope that you will find something in this book that will make you feel excited. And through the act of doing and playing by your own rules, I hope you get the chance to find enthusiasm for everyday life, reignite some old passions and develop a love for trying new things.
The point of this book isn’t to tell you how to live or give you ideas only I like — it’s to get you to start and do something today that will take you out of autopilot and bring more variety, enjoyment and moments of bliss to your life right now.
Are you looking for a little book filled with happiness? Then let me introduce you to Bite Size Happiness – Volume 1 by Jarls Forsman and Steve Sekhon Bite Size Happiness is filled with tiny nuggets of beautiful wisdom, that range from profound to simply…
Welcome to my review of How To Think Positively: The 90 Day Happiness Journal by Detlef Beeker One aspect of reading self-help books, whether they are in the realm of general living, or even in business and productivity, is that the subject of Gratitude and…
Welcome to my review of Happier Human
Title: Happier Human
Author: S. J. Scott
Publication Date: February 27th, 2019
Can you really choose to be happy, make a conscious choice, that no matter what your circumstances are, you can achieve happiness? As I am pursuing this question for myself, I have come across some interesting books that also ask that same question, and are trying to provide us with answers. But does Happier Human accomplish that?
My Review of Happier Human:
The book starts out with a quick set of rules:
- Focus on what truly matters
- Disregard or at least limit the exposure to that which makes you unhappy
- Create supporting habits to achieve rule one and rule two
These rules or I would rather call them guiding posts, resonate deeply with me, and are reflected in many other books in the same subject. However, I found that making them the first focal point of the book, was an effective strategy, even if it ends up being the only most important points in the entire work.
After that strong start, the book became quite dry, reading more like a scientific exploration of the subject, rather than the practice of it. While I think it is important to dig deeper into the mechanics of happiness, overdoing it, by focusing on the technical aspects too long, made me lose interest, and it became a drag to read further. I was really not expecting – or looking for – a book on the science of emotions or happiness, rather than action steps toward a more happier life, especially considering that the book’s description promises a much more actionable volume.
Once I made it through this section, the tone thankfully changed.
There were a lot of discovery questions that easily could be used as journal-style questions, which are well thought out, as a tool for self-discovery.
Because of that, though, book seems to be more like a self-help book, assisting you to restructure your life toward your personal life goals, rather than one specifically working toward the emotion of happiness, even though it is absolutely possible that one can become at least more happy just by working through the questions laid out here – which are a lot.
As a reader, of Happier Human, you should ready to pull out a journal and be willing to do some work, otherwise, this book will lose its usefulness.
Some of the more profound questions in Happier Human are:
- What items are causing the most distraction from focusing on my vital few?
- How can I add a little more enjoyment to my working day?
- Who are the people I spend 20 percent of my time around who cause me 80 percent of my unhappiness, anger, and anxiety?
- How can I reduce the time spent with them, or even completely remove them from my life?
But don’t get me wrong, this book is NOT a journal, and not intended to be one. It is a book that asks you, however, to look at the hard questions, and choices you need to make to be lastingly happy. I am sure, however, that you will run into a few aspects you may not agree with, but that does not diminish the advice given.
My review continues below this video on happiness:
Some parts I did not like or agreed with:
- He suggests not to use affirmations. Sure, not properly utilized, such as in conjunction with other positive thinking techniques, they can be quite useless, but it is a bit too much for me to dismiss them downright in their entirety. Even Tony Robbins, uses incantations, which are a variant of affirmations, often in connection with movement or a “ritual” of some sort. One of these examples would be the pre-performance ritual he does, before each seminar he gives (if you want to have an in-depth look into how his rituals work, check out the Netflix documentary “I Am Not Your Guru”, which was quite enlightening.
- His complete dismissal of porn. While I personally do not use porn, it is not the death to relationships, or intimacy in an as clear cut of a way, as the Author makes it sound. It is such a superficial way of blaming an outside “thing” for underlying problems, just as they do with gaming, which in itself is not a problem. It can become on if there is some other issue tied to the process.
- His insistence (however only in one section of the book) that joining a worship group is superior to joining a non-religious group, such as a book club, to find a meaningful connection. That is not true, as there are many associations, communities, and groups that are formed on the basis of secular thought, or purpose, with equally profound meaning and connection.
There are a LOT of links in this book to outside resources. While I appreciate some of them, it is a little much, considering the massive amount of them in every chapter. Instead of using the links to guide me, the Author should have included that information in the book itself. The massive amount of links, made me feel overwhelmed, and I ended up ignoring all of them completely.
Happier Human is not the book that I expected, but it is nevertheless a useful self-discovery tool, that should be read with a critical mindset. Even if you do not agree with all of the information presented in the book, it is worth picking out some of the detailed journal-style questions for further exploration.
However, if you are looking for a book that focuses on how you practically can choose to be happy, you are better off finding a different work in this genre.
3.5 out of 5 Stars
About the Author
S.J. Scott has published several self-help books, including the popular Habit Stacking (which I personally preferred in content and style over this book).
In his books, S.J. provides daily action plans for every area of your life: health, fitness, work and personal relationships. Unlike other personal development guides, his content focuses on taking action. So instead of reading over-hyped strategies that rarely work in the real world, you’ll get information that can be immediately implemented.
When not writing, S.J. likes to read, exercise and explore the different parts of the world.
Book Details: Title: How to Be Your Own Genie Author: Radleigh Valentine Genre: Law of Attraction, New Age, Self-Help Publication Date: November 28th, 2017 Publisher: Hay House Welcome to my review of Law of Attraction Secrets: How To Be Your Own Genie by popular HayHouse…
Book Details: Title: Self-Discipline For Writers Author: Martin Meadows Publication Date: May 1st, 2019 Genre: creative self-help, writing Publisher: Amazon Digital Services No matter if you are a novelist, write non-fiction, or are a blogger, lacking the motivation to write as much as we…
Book Title: The Sheikh’s American Fiancee
Author: Leslie North
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Amazon Digital Services
Publication Date: Sept. 24th, 2018
Warning: This is not a clean novel, but it is not erotica either
Why I picked up this book
I pretty much pick up every Leslie North book that I can find. Her novellas are always perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, or for reading in the waiting room of a Doctor’s office, just engaging enough to keep my attention, but not so deep that is hard to pull yourself away from them, if necessary.
Unlike a few recent Leslie North books, this novella left me wanting more while leaving me satisfied enough with the details and outcome. Nicely paced, with an engaging plot, and some twists, I could understand why the two people this book centered around fell for each other.
The setting was interesting as well, and at one point, the book even made me laugh out loud, which was nice for a change. That is not something I am usually used to from this Author. I hope Leslie will decide to add more humor to her novels and novellas in the future.
The tension and conflict within this book were not forced, but rather natural, and understandable, and even though the “villain” seemed a little bit two-dimensional, it was not too bad, definitely not enough to distract from the story.
Overall, I enjoyed this quick read. Good to see Leslie North at her best again.
4 out of 5 Stars
Christina is in the tiny country of Kattahar for one reason and one reason only—she’s looking for a potential donor for her adorable niece who’s desperate for a kidney. While cleaning out her parents’ attic, Christina stumbles upon a family secret: her sister, Kasha, is adopted and her birth mother, Sabrina, a potential kidney donor, is living in Kattahar. With her world thrown into a tailspin, Christina heads to Kattahar to seek Sabrina out. What’s not in her plans is becoming involved with anyone, including the sinfully hot man she can’t keep her eyes off. But when he asks her to be his fiancée, she’s more than a little intrigued.
As desperate as Christina is to find her sister’s birth mother, Dakaric, King of Al Qalb, is just as desperate to keep power-hungry, crown-seeking women from distracting him from his goal of making his country prosperous. Christina just happens to be the perfect woman at the perfect time. She’s only in Kattahar for one week, just long enough to pose for some PR photos and prove his “fiancée” exists. If she agrees to the ruse to keep the gold diggers away, he’ll help her find Kasha’s mother. The only hitch in his plan is his growing attraction to Christina, who is beginning to look more and more perfect in every way.
But desert sand isn’t all that swirls around them. Secrets and lies threaten their blossoming attraction before it can take root. Now Christina and Dakaric must decide if they want their temporary engagement to become an everlasting one.
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