Book Reviews:

Despite my new addiction to the Rich Roll podcast, I have read some books you might also be interested in:

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown If you’ve ever suffered from FOMA (Fear of Missing Out) and/or you are a chronic overachiever, then this is a great book for you. I read a lot of inspiring books, but it’s a rare gem that will actually propel me to take and sustain actionable steps and even change my belief system. Highly recommend.

The Priest and the Medium: The Amazing True Story of Psychic Medium B. Anne Gehman and Her Husband, Former Jesuit Priest, Wayne Knoll, Ph.D. by Suzanne R. Giesemann This book chronicles the lives of two people as they grow up and eventually meet and marry. As a Catholic and psychic, I found it fascinating, particularly the Q&A session at the very end of the book. For any Catholics out there questioning the metaphysical, this could be a helpful read. It’s so genuine and sweet and honest and I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. This is definitely a library rental as opposed to a run-out-and-buy-right-now book.

E-Squared: Nine Do-It-Yourself Energy Experiments That Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Realityby Pam Grout This book floored me! So much so, I asked my husband to read it and even he remarked, “this is a good book”, which, for a quiet Swede, is a strong recommendation. If you were interested in “The Secret” when it came out, you’ll appreciate this hands on, practical, easy to read, guide to conscious creation. Highly recommend.

Eat Nakedby Margaret Floyd  I happen to love nutrition so this might be one of those books where you need a strong interest to enjoy, but since I learned some fascinating new information that I hadn’t realized before, wanted to at least mention here. Yes, it would be difficult to try to implement everything she suggests all at once, but at least if you have the knowledge, you’re making conscious, informed decisions and not just routine ones out of mindless habit. All of these things help us live a more “awake” life. Meditation is great when you’re on the mountain, but we need to find ways to implement that mindfulness in everyday life and I found this book to be a great impetus for doing just that.

Eat Raw, Not Cooked, by Stacy Stowers I’ve read a bunch of vegetarian and raw cook books lately because my daughter is passionate about all living creatures, to the point of deep sobs when even a little ant or fly is compromised, much less cows, pigs, chicken and fish. I told her it was fine to be a vegetarian, but that vegetarians actually eat vegetables! To this she responded, then I’m not a vegetarian, I just don’t eat animals. Oh my…

In any case, in an effort to support her beliefs, while also helping her body grow, I’ve taken on this new endeavor. There are some fantastic resources out there and I’d be happy to share some, but this book in particular, is brilliant for anyone with kids/spouses who love their ranch dressing, mac ‘n cheese, and many other popular processed items. On the top of each page is a picture of a popular product along with it’s ingredients and why it’s a problem. On the bottom half, she gives a recipe for a real-food version. I learned so much from this book and actually made some of the recipes which, if you know me, is almost miraculous. But the best benefit, was that my daughter and I made the bright and beautiful spring rolls together and, drum roll please…she loved them!

As always, I hope you are learning and growing and being present to all of life! Enjoy!


Yogi Bling and Offer

Have you ever met someone, or even luckier, do you you have a friend who is genuinely unique and magical and amazing, and every time you’re around them, you leave inspired to be happier, lighter, more fun? They put so much light into the world that anyone in their presence is inevitably affected.

I am blessed to have such a friend and as testament to her imperturbability (I recently learned that word and love it!), she still talks to me even after sharing a house between our two families for a week once (Frankly, I’m just not that easy to be around 24/7). I would have dumped my sadass quicker than a hot potato–psychic?!, haha–more like psycho!! Cringe, I shudder at the thought…

Anyway, Rise has recently decided to share her wonderful wit and wisdom with a mutual friend of ours who designs beautiful jewelry. When I found out they had a Yogi Line that even included a Chakra Lariat and Chakra Pendant, I had to pass it on to my peeps! Rise and Kim liked the idea and even granted us a special offer of 25% off any order from the Yogi Line. Just enter Soulful into the code section at check out.

Now that I have you all thinking of those special people in your life that ignight your inner joy and you’re just smiling at the thought of them, go ahead and take a minute to tell them how awesome they are. While you’re at it, remind yourself that what you admire in others is a reflection of something inside of you! You are the igniter, too. Now go light it up and enjoy your own awesome self:)!