Books & Resources
Once I had Sophia, I found it more challenging to integrate reading into my life on a regular basis (although I was able to read “Bringing up Bebe” in its entirely when she was three months old). I have now made it more of a point to do so, as it is a way for me to keep growing and keep learning. While I do still enjoy my “escape from reality” in thriller novels- such as Paula Hawkins “Girl on a Train” and the Michael Conlon “Lincoln Lawyer” and “Bosch” series- as well as more recently Chloe Benjamin’s well thought-out “The Immortalists” and Curtis Sittenfeld’s “You Think It I’ll Say It” and Emily Giffin’s “The One and Only”, I do love reading books that I can call “self-growth.” Here are some of my favorites.
High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way
- by Brendon Burchard
Do you have a fixed or growth mindset? Do you believe that you are “born with” certain talents and others not-so-much? When you look at the world’s “most successful” people are they smarter? More diligent? Better looking?
Not necessarily; however, the most successful people have developed, maintained and executed habits on a consistent basis that has led to their success. Brendon Buchard- one of the world’s leading performance coaches- carefully outlines and provides the tools for you to perform at your best.
The Power of Now- by Eckhart Tolle
Be in the moment. Read this book.If you are anything like me- and most likely you are if you are on my site- you struggle with staying in the now. And you are missing the thing called life. When I read this book, I found myself literally reading each word; staying in and with the present thought; and when returning to my regular life, applying these principles when I am working out, teaching, with my loved ones, writing this sentence….etc. This is not to say I do not get ahead of myself anymore; it is to say, however, I now have more tools to bring me back to where I should be. Which is here.
The Bulletproof Diet- by David Asprey
When it comes to nutrition, there are many schools of thought- and fads. I grew up in the era of Snackwells, where low fat ruled. I remember in 2005 when I worked at CNN and an anchor I worked with had Celiac which was not common; now there is gluten and dairy free options everywhere. There’s the idea of eating 5-6 small meals a day in order to keep your metabolism from dipping; then there is the intermittent fasting concept. “The Bulletproof Diet” in a fascinating way, goes into more detail of the science and structure of food. Why some fats eaten at certain points of the day are more beneficial than others; why certain minerals- like magnesium- are so important; why some animal products - like butter- are beneficial while milk is not. Whether or not you subscribe entirely to this diet- or to the coffee- for lack of a better expression there is a lot of food for thought in this book.
The Immortalists- by Chloe Benjamin
If you knew when you were going to die, how would you live your life? Would you take more risks? Would the way you live your life perpetuate an earlier death, or do we truly have no control over when our time is up? I am listing “The Immortalists” twice because, while it is a novel, it is incredibly thought-provoking. Beginning in the summer of 1969, on the lower east side, four children go to a fortune teller who gives them each the exact day they will die. The rest of the book highlights each of the children’s life, how they live; I will stop there and not be a spoiler.