I took a bit of a blogging hiatus since December. Part of me just needed a break to recharge my batteries, and reconnect to my inspiration and creativity. The other part of me was just too damn busy. The “Busy Disease” is certainly an epidemic here in good ‘ol America, and while I try not to contribute to the constant state of doing, sometimes I fall off course. I know I’m not alone in this struggle, right? I am grateful, however, that I have cultivated the proper tools to charter myself back to a creative and sustainable balance when needed. Creativity and balance– two of the most imperative functions for what I consider to be “living a life in color” (and basically entire existence for Blonde Beet Nirvana).
I have a growing collection of favorite books I reach for when I find myself slipping back into the dreaded comfort zones of life. Comfort zones that zap my energy, my enthusiasm to keep growing as an individual or as a health coach, or even just sometimes feel like the world has been painted with large brush, saturated in wet grey paint. Ugh, so boring, ya know? These books also appear frequently on my “Suggested Reading List” for the majority of my clients. Keep in mind–a big misconception about my job as a health coach is that all my work is centered simply around nutrition. The reality is my goal for all my clients to FEEL well, and often times the food they eat is just half of the equation! I treat every person I work with as an individual, each with unique goals, needs, and desires, but these four books (in my humble opinion) have the power to impact ALL of us, because well… we’re all human! And being a human can be kinda tough these days : )
So here’s my list of favorite books I use to draw inspiration and creative energy from:
1. ‘Daily Love’, by Mastin Kipp. Fav quote, paraphrased:”How does the idea of ‘fixing yourself feel’? Honestly, how does it feel? Think about it. Fixing yourself. Do you need to be fixed? To me, that feels like a heavy and impossible task… You are a long-term project that is constantly growing, changing, learning, and expanding… So personal growth is not about fixing yourself; it’s about changing your patterns.”
2. ‘Big Magic’, by Elizabeth Gilbert (I know, I know… I’ve mentioned this book a million times. It really is that good.) My fav quote is her letter to fear: “Dearest Fear: Creativity and I are about to go on a road trip together. I understand you’ll be joining us, because you always do. I acknowledge that you believe you have an important job to do in my life, and that you take your job seriously. Apparently your job is to induce complete panic whenever I’m about to do something interesting– and, may I say, you are superb at your job… But I will also be doing my job on this road trip, which is to work hard and stay focused. And Creativity will be doing its job, which is to remain stimulating and inspiring. There’s plenty of room in this vehicle for all of us, so make yourself at home, but understand this: Creativity and I are the only ones who will be making any decisions along the way.”
3. ‘Find Your Flexible Warrior’, by Karen Dubs Fav quote: “I learned about the power of surrender from fighting an autoimmune disease. Your teacher might be an injury or an obstacle of another kind. For years I refused to listen to my body. Fighting only made things worse. In yoga, we learn that our obstacles and enemies are our greatest teachers. Once I embraced my situation and my disease, made some lifestyle changes and let go of what was no longer serving me, my healing began.”
p.s. I’m lucky to call Karen a friend of mine, and your can purchase ‘Flexible Warrior’ here
4. ‘Journey to the Heart’, by Melody Beattie Fav quote: “You don’t have to fear change. What you need to fear, a friend once told me, is things remaining the same. When that happens, life has stopped. Life is an evolution. Your life is constantly, quietly evolving each moment into something new, something different, something that adds gracefully, beautifully, and perfectly to what was. You can trust that process with all its insights, clarity, confusion, and emotions. You can trust that process with its peace, joy, laughter, and it’s side trips. Learn to honor and love the process of continual evolution and transformation. It’s how things grow. It’s how life is. Learn to embrace the change.”
So there ya have it! My top 4 books for puttin’ that little extra pep back in my step : ) What are your fav reads? Tell me, PLEASE! I am always on the hunt for another good find!