Category Archives: self-help

92. Make Your Bed (Admiral William H. McRaven)

A colleague lent me her copy of Make Your Bed:  Little Things that Can Change Your Life… And Maybe The World.  It is a concise, easy to read manuscript of tips that he described at a 2014 graduation address at … Continue reading

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72. Year of Yes (Shonda Rhimes)

One of the benefits of stewarding the Franklin Street Little Free Library is that I also get to enjoy books donated by the community before returning them for borrowing.  This week, a copy of Year of Yes arrived and I took the … Continue reading

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50. The Sleep Revolution (Arianna Huffington)

As I struggle to get enough zzzzzz’s, I decided to borrow The Sleep Revolution from the library. I have to admit that some nights, reading it has put me to sleep!  It is fully of the background on sleep and … Continue reading

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2. the life-changing magic of tidying up (marie condo)

With a goal of getting organized for the new year, I borrowed this book and am very glad that I did not waste my own money purchasing a copy.  I should have reconsidered when I looked at the cover as is a … Continue reading

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70. Disrupt Yourself (Whitney Johnson)

Disrupt Yourself is a terrific book for individuals finding themselves at a cross-roads in their career.  It encourages the reader to take risks instead of taking the safe road and consider what you really want for the future.  It is … Continue reading

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68. The Last Lecture (Randy Pausch)

While looking for a book to review Thanksgiving weekend, I remembered a friend that shared that she reads The Last Lecture annually.  This book is a compilation of the late Randy Pausch’s ideas for reaching one’s childhood dreams.  He shares … Continue reading

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Big Magic: Elizabeth Gilbert Event

“…put a little fingerprint on the road to say I was here.” Elizabeth Gilbert became a household name with her book and subsequent movie, Eat Pray Love.  She visited the Isabel Bader theatre in Toronto, earlier this week, to promote … Continue reading

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66. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love is coming to Toronto!  Gilbert will be promoting her new book, Big Magic, a self-help type of book discussing creativity.  In preparation for the event, I did some pre-reading and have to admit, … Continue reading

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58. Unprocessed: My City-Dwelling Year of Reclaiming Real Food

Unprocessed is an interesting review on eating unprocessed food versus the easy, prepared food that we tend to grab enroute the next activity.  I started reading this book at an outdoor swim meet in July where although, I try to pack healthy … Continue reading

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24. Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Everyday Life (Gretchen Rubin)

“Habits are the invisible architecture of daily life.  We repeat about 40 percent of our behaviour almost daily, so our habits shape our existence, and our future.  If we change our habits, we change our lives.” Gretchen Rubin has become … Continue reading

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