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Friday Vibes 06.23.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: The best way to get something done is to begin. Munch: Easy Coconut Water and Fresh Berry Popsicles for the 4th of July (and all summer long). The Back to the Book Nutrition blog has the recipe. Move: Join the 5-Day KaisaFit Challenge by Kaisa Keranen (no equipment needed). She’s a Seattle-based trainer and is doing amazing things!   Manage: How to manufacture the best night of sleep in your life. Mark's Daily Apple has the formula. 

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Friday Vibes 06.23.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Leaders are Readers - My Top 6 Books on Leadership

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." – President Harry S. Truman I love this quote, and not just because I love reading. I average about 55 books a year – more books than there are weeks in one year. =) While all of this reading is super relaxing, can be entertaining and is always eye opening, it's also made me a better leader, businesswoman, and mother. Another advocate for reading is Dr. Alan Zimmerman, who has written a handful of books on gaining success in business as well as one’s personal life, along with being a successful speaker. In a 2012 blog post he gave his take on the importance of reading: “One of the most important things you MUST do to achieve extraordinary success at work as well as at home? Reading.” Zimmerman says reading will open you up to professional success and a wealth of opportunities that can lead you down a new and exciting path. I don’t know about you, but I’m always up for a new and exciting path! So with all these good reasons to get reading, what should you read? Here is my top 6 list of must-reads: The Success Principles by Jack Canfield Why read it: You may be familiar with Jack Canfield from his feel-good “Chicken Soup for the Soul,” but Jack’s real goal is in “The Success Principles.” If you’re a detail-oriented type, you’ll love that Canfield spells out 67 strategies from highly successful people that you can adapt to your own life, no matter your goals. My new book, "How to Live Your Best Day Ever" is loosely based on how Jack Canfield organized his own book, with short, digestible and actionable chapters. The Takeaway: Jack's book is all about the power of belief and mindset. In order to be great, you must first fortify your mind. This is done with positive lifestyle habits, surrounding yourself with phenomenal people and finding your 'why' and working towards that every day. This book is a foundational book for living your best life.  Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey Why read it: This classic has been a must-read for nearly 30 years, and with good reason: Covey’s 7 habits are simple and focus core values that resonate with many of us. From “win-win” to “sharpening the saw,” Covey’s ideas have shaped much of the business lexicon. The Takeaway: This system for living provides a strong framework to scaffold an elegant and meaningful life. Stephen takes you through each core step, similar to climbing a ladder, to help you achieve your highest potential in a world filled with distractions and quick-fixes.  The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz Why read it: This New York Times best-seller draws on the Toltec wisdom of Ruiz’s ancestors to give us the Four Agreements: Be impeccable with your word. Don't take anything personally. Don't make assumptions. Always do your best. Use the agreements to bust the self-limiting beliefs that create roadblocks that get in the way of your happiness. The Takeaway: Though this book starts out a little on the mystical side, it gets down to the practicality of what it takes to build and maintain strong relationships in every area of your life. It doesn't take money to lead a life of connection and integrity; it takes a moral compass. This book draws that map and couples it with a dose of hard-love to inspire action. The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard Why read it: Burchard makes the case that each of us is looking for personal freedom, and keeping the fires of motivation burning can be one of the hardest things we’ll ever do. Burchard draws upon the fire of the Founding Fathers to inspire our own motivation. The Takeaway: Written in a distinctive style that builds strongly on upon itself to come to a rousing conclusion, you cannot read this book without being compelled to act and, to act today. Every moment is valuable. There is no time to waste. Find the gift that you have to offer the world and start moving towards your big goal, today. The Obstacle is The Way by Ryan Holiday Why read it: Life isn't easy. It has never been. But too often, we quit before we reach our ultimate destination. In this book, Ryan draws on the wisdom of the Stoic tradition to inspire, regale and motivate you to overcome any obstacle, climb any mountain and burrow underneath any roadblock in your way. Ryan apprenticed under another titan of motivation, Robert Greene, and, it shows in this short, easy-to-digest book. The Takeaway: It turns out for any problem you've ever had, someone has dealt with the very thing you're dealing with. And, there's a tried-and-true formula and method for overcoming it. This book doesn't let you off the hook for achieving your dreams. It gives you both the motivation to push through and also practical techniques and tricks to moving through, up and around any obstacle. The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte Why read it: LaPorte provides a roadmap to loving the life you live by using your core desires as your guidance system. The Desire Map is a part book, part workbook aimed at your getting clear on how you want to feel in life, and how those feelings can inform your goals. The Takeaway: Goal setting isn't always about the end goal; it's about how you want that achievement to make you "feel." LaPorte turns goal-setting on its side by having you approach the entire experience through the softer lens of feelings. If you hate the militaristic way most business books approach goals, you'll be relieved and invigorated by this unique excercise-based book. Happy reading, leaders!

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Leaders are Readers - My Top 6 Books on Leadership

"Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers." – President Harry S. Truman I love ...

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Friday Vibes 06.16.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: "Don’t be afraid to fail. Be afraid not to try." - Michael Jordan Munch: Salads don’t have to be boring. The Delish Knowledge blog has all the plant-based inspiration.   Mood: Dreaming in summer hues. Someone take me to the beach!  Make: Do you have washi tape on hand? Use your extras to whip up a super simple Father’s Day card.  

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Friday Vibes 06.16.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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‘Boss’ or ‘Mom’ – You Are a Leader

Some of us are natural-born leaders (you know who you are), and some of us develop into leaders later in life, often by stepping into a management role in our careers or becoming a parent. And for many of us, we take on leadership roles at both work and at home.  Whether you started out as “mom” and moved to becoming a “boss” or the other way around, the skills learned in one setting will transfer to the other. Taking the lessons you’ve learned as a boss or a parent can help you make decisions when wearing the other hat. First, you need to identify the leadership qualities you have at work and home, and then see how those skills are transferrable. Here are a few leadership skills you may already be practicing without realizing it. Leading From Home to Work Inspire – You give your kids crayons and paint and Legos to inspire their creativity – are you giving your team members the equivalent workplace tools to inspire them? Finding ways to engage your employees, whether its wellness offerings, new training opportunities or an old-fashioned pizza-fueled brainstorming session, can result in exciting solutions. Lead by example – You’re a good role model to your kids, right? You use your napkin at the table; you say please and thank you; you visit your mother-in-law when you don’t want to. In the same way, demonstrating good manners with a cranky client or rolling up your sleeves to tackle the less-than-desirable tasks on the job allows you to lead by example. Listen – Your kindergartener had a tough day at school, so you let her pour her heart out, listening to her frustrations and fears. Are you listening to your employees, too? Leading From Work to Home Delegation – You have no problem doling out tasks at work, from who empties wastebaskets each week to who pays the invoices. Are you doing the same at home? Children can begin age-appropriate tasks at an early age, and delegating simple chores will help with your workload at home, which equals more quality time with the family. Clear communication – Just as you set clear expectations with your team at work, you should be communicating clear expectations at home. And, if something unexpectedly changes, be sure to explain what’s happening. Adults and children alike appreciate an explanation beyond “I said so.” Focus – Leaders are focused on their organization’s goals, ensuring planning, implementation and evaluation are ongoing. Instill these same skills in your children and watch them blossom into goal-oriented problem solvers! Now think about some of the skills you have found useful at home or at work.

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‘Boss’ or ‘Mom’ – You Are a Leader

Some of us are natural-born leaders (you know who you are), and some of us develop into leaders l...

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Friday Vibes 06.09.2017

Mantra: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time to hate, regret or fear. Make: Pamper your skin with this DIY rose clay face mask from Bramble Berry.  Munch: This rainbow inspired fruit salad takes the cake. Inspiration from Cupcakes and Cashmere.  Mood: How to stay positive when you feel like you can’t. Check out Love More Live Blessed for daily positive inspiration.

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Friday Vibes 06.09.2017

Mantra: Be so busy loving your life that you have no time to hate, regret or fear. Make: Pamper ...

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