Posts Tagged ‘personal development’

Hello English Muse readers! Karen from A Simple Cup of Tea once again. This week I want to talk about dreams. Big, small, comfortable and incredibly scary and all those in between.

I’ve always been a girl with big dreams and an even bigger sense of direction and drive in my life. Somehow now that I’m coming to an age where those dreams are being set in motion they seem not only even bigger but also a lot scarier. There’s no more time for hiding behind: ‘when I’m older’ or ‘after I graduate’. The time to go for it and succeed is now. Or of course to fall on my face. It still could go either way.

Luckily J.K. Rowling is here with her nearly infinite wisdom to save the day:

And of course she’s right. Much better to say: ‘look, I went for it and it didn’t work’ instead of wishing all of your life that you had the guts to try it. Regret is not something I want to live with.

So go out and take that jump. Whether it be huge and completely life-overturning or small and seemingly not important (it will be, all change is in some way). Go for your thing, your dream, your life.

Have a lovely new week!

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Happy Monday, Muse readers! It’s Hannah B. from Secrets of a Belle, and today I’d like to share the 2 books that are currently on my nightstand: Home Economics and Don’t Sing at the Table. Both feed my lifelong obsession with homemaking.

I am constantly thinking about how to live a more beautiful life and a big part of that, in my humble opinion, is keeping a beautiful home. But, in the words of Ferris Bueller, ‘Life moves pretty fast.’ So what’s a girl to do? Here are a few tricks that I’ve picked up.

1.) Set a schedule and get into a routine.

2.) Put the things that matter most to you at the top of your ToDo list. Are you a stickler for a clean bathroom? Do you have to have the dishes done before you go to bed? I am a pretty bad stacker (stacker of magazines, stacker of old mail, stacker of clean clothes), but when the dishes are clean, all is right with my world.

3.) Learn about the ‘old school’ way of doing things. How did your grandmother keep her kitchen clean and her furniture polished? Many times the old cleaning products and methods are not only cheaper but better for your home & health.

4.) Make (& keep) a budget. This one will change your life forever.

5.) Fill your home with music & flowers… and dance in the kitchen.

What about you? What’s your go-to tip for making a beautiful home for you & your loved ones?

Until next week, xo* ~Hannah B.

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It’s Marthe from The Freedom Experiment again, and this week it is all about books! If I should have a daughter… I would want her to read these books. I seriously think that these books should be compulsory reading in school. Take out some of that useless (and boring) maths and sciences, and add a little more about real life challenges. Don’t you agree? Anyways, here are my selection of non-fiction books I think that every young woman should read. Enjoy!

Source: via Marthe on Pinterest

1) Women, Food and God – Geneen Roth

If you’ve ever struggled with food (like me), this book is for you. I read it in one day (!) and I learnt A LOT about how I used food to regulate my emotions. Even if you’ve never struggled yourself, I truly recommend this book if you would like to gain a wider understanding of food issues and emotional eating. I think it would be perfect to read this book together with a good friend – and then discuss (and open up).

2) The Creative Habit – Twyla Tharp

A must-read for all creative spirits out there. This book is both truly inspirational (as in you just want to go out there an CREATE when you read it) and educational. I learned a lot about my own creative process (the book has assignments and workbook pages) and I picked up a lot of great tips.

3) Crazy, Sexy Diet – Kris Carr

Not really a diet in the normal sense of the word – Crazy, Sexy is a way of life! This book is one of the best books I’v read in all my life (and that says a lot!) and it is definitely the best (and only) nutrition book you’ll ever need. I need to warn you, though, this book will change how you think about food. It will also change how you look and feel + it is written in a really sassy, funny and understandable language. All girls (and boys too) should read this!

4) The 4-hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

This book. If you haven’t read this book already, it’s about time. This is another one of those books that will leave you changed, that’s for sure. I read this on the the Tokyo Metro and had to laugh out loud several times. It’s wonderfully well written, full of inspiration and if you don’t close this book with several life-changing ideas – something is wrong with you. 😉

5) The Firestarter Sessions – Danielle LaPorte

This book is fresh from the publisher and is based on Danielle LaPorte’s vbook called The Spark Kit. If you’re only buying one book on this list – make it this one! The book is every entrepreneurs dream, and it’s the only guide you’ll need if you have a small business – or dream of having one. Even if that’s not where you are right now – most of the principles in this book can be used on other areas of life too! This interactive book comes with a workbook, videos + lots of links. Seriously, I’m lost for words on how good this book really is. It has changed my life.

6) Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live – Martha Beck

I love how this book covers everything from emotional health to change cycles. The chapter on synchronicity is a must-read! Really, if you’re stuck, making changes, following your dream or want to learn more about yourself, this book is for you!

7) Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life With the Heart of a Buddha – Tara Brach

This book is a great read if you want to learn more about self-love, acceptance and living life in peace with yourself. This is another book I think I finished in one day, and I even had to read with a pencil underlining everything I needed to remember. If you’re only reading one book on self-love: make it this one!

8 ) The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

This one’s for all the artists, creatives and writers (everyone, really) who have ever been stuck, lacked inspiration or who’ve just wanted to develop ourselves. Ever heard of “morning pages? The concept of writing a few pages first thing in the morning – it’s from this book! Written as a 12-week program, this book will help you create and craft. This is one of the books I read again and again.

9) Sabbath – Wayne Muller

I think everyone should read this book about finding rest in our busy lives. In particular, this book helped me realize that I’ll never get done. Which means that I need to make rest a priority right now, not wait until I’m finished with whatever I’m doing. This book is for anyone, no matter your religion. Read this today, you’ll thank me.

10) There’s nothing wrong with you – Cheri Huber

Another great book about self-love, but from a very different angle. This book is a really quick read, but it has changed me immensely (in a positive way). I think I finally realized that I’m worthy, just the way I am.

Have you read any of these? What are your favourite non-fiction books?

*Ps. the links in this post is affiliate links. If you buy something after clicking these links Amazon eventually gives me a gift certificate that I can use to buy even more awesome books. If you’re not comfortable with this, just google any book to go to Amazon or buy it from your preferred retailer. Thank you!

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