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Hello, English Musers!

It’s Hannah B. once again from Secrets of a Belle. Tina was nice enough to invite me back to share with y’all on Monday afternoons! (Isn’t she the sweetest?) So today, I thought I’d take a little survey. When I was little, I adored magazines. I hoarded Mary Englebreit’s Home Companion, Domino, and Blueprint issues like they were found treasures. And in the world of iPads, I find magazines–actual paper-magazines–even more comforting than I used to. So I’m wondering what  mags can be found on your “must subscribe” list? Here are a few of my current favorites & a new found delight…

The Classic: Southern Living, The Newbie: The Local Palate, Best Writing & my Favorite: Garden & Gun

Southern Living  |  The Local Palate  |  Garden & Gun

I may also have a bit of a regional fidelity. Which is why I’d really love to hear what you subscribe to. Help me break out of my box!

Hannah B. lives in East Tennessee where she writes Secrets of a Belle, a blog about the art of living a more beautiful life. You can follow Hannah B. on twitter at @HB_Belle and on Facebook. 

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Well, it’s that time of year when our house starts to look more and more like the North Pole each day, and tonight, I plan on getting out my collection of Christmas books. So I thought I’d share a few with you…

Jingle Bells and Santa’s Toy Shop are definitely two of my favorite Christmas children’s books! In fact, this Fall I bought extra copies of each to use in some decor. (You can see the 1st of those projects, a wreath, by clicking here or over on DIYNetwork’s website.)

Christmas at the New Yorker is a fantastic collection of holiday essays that my mother-in-law got me years ago. It is one of my absolute favorite books to read on a December evening… glass of bourbon in hand, of course.

The Curious World of Christmas is a fascinating book full of little facts and stories. It’s the perfect thing to have sitting on your coffee table for guests who are waiting on dinner.

Do you remember reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever when you were in elementary school? I loved it!

This version of The Night Before Christmas illustrated by Douglas Gorsline may be my favorite. These are the pictures & details that are vivid in my mind every time I hear the poem recited.

Each year, around this time, I pick up Little Women. The first time I read it was in winter and that first chapter by the fire with all of the March sisters never ceases to give me the coziest of feelings.

The Berenstein Bears’ Christmas Tree was my absolute favorite when I was little. I don’t think I will ever get tired of reading it. In fact, I was reminded of it again today when I read about Rachel’s family trekking through the woods in search of a tree for Sebastian.

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So now, I must ask, what are your most-beloved Christmas books?

For a little more Christmas reading, click over to Secrets of a Belle.

Until next week, xo*,
Hannah B. 

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Hello, Musers!

This weekend on Secrets of a Belle, I’ve been doing Last Minute Costume Ideas, and I just couldn’t help myself; I had to do Martha. While the post is quite tongue in cheek, Martha really is one of my heroes. In her book “The Martha Rules,” she talks about mentors in a broad sense. (For example, Martha considers Julia Child a mentor despite the fact that the two did not meet until well into Stewart’s career.) Well, I often find myself looking to Martha for wisdom so today I thought I’d share a few of my other “mentors,” and I hope in the comments section, you’ll share a few of yours!

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KATHARINE HEPBURN

“Life is to be lived. If you have to support yourself, you had bloody well better find some way that is going to be interesting. And you don’t do that by sitting around.”

Kate had the right idea. She was fiercely independent.  She was incredibly talented and a hard worker. She had impeccable style that not only went against the grain of the day’s popular fashions, it changed the day’s popular fashions. (Also, who doesn’t love watching her carefree attitude in Bringing Up Baby? It’s impossible not to love Susan.)

Recommended Visit: Dressed for Stage and Screen – an exhibition up now at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

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WALT DISNEY

“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”

What do you see in your dreams that should be a reality? Are past failures stopping you in your tracks? What are you allowing to be a roadblock? Don’t talk about your dreams, try them on for size.

Recommended Reading: Walt Disney: Conversations

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CHARLES & RAY EAMES

“Choose your corner, pick away at it carefully, intensely and to the best of your ability and that way you might change the world.”
-Charles Eames 

What are you best at? What is your gift? How are you going to change the world?

Recommended Viewing: American Masters: The Architect & the Painter

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Until Next Week,

Hannah B.

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Hello, Muse readers!

Today, I just wanted to pop in quickly to share a few books that are currently on my reading list. Life is so busy right now with traveling back & forth to New York, lots of projects at work, as well as a new Secrets of a Belle due out September 1st so reading has become my perfect little escape. I, like a lot of you I’ve learned, like to keep a few things on my nightstand at once so I can pick depending on what mood I’m in. Here are my current picks:

Imagine: How Creativity Work by Jonah Lehrer

I am only a couple of chapters into this book but it is absolutely fascinating. It’s pretty intense, but I highly recommend it.

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Whateverland: Learning to Live Here by Alexis Stewart & Jennifer Koppelman Hutt

My bestie scored me a signed copy by Alexis herself! I have always been a huge fan of Martha and her daughter’s dry wit & honesty has made me love her as well. Also, if you haven’t seen the awkwardness of this interview on the Today Show, you’re truly missing out. I don’t know why, perhaps it’s my twisted sense of humor, but I both pity & laugh at poor Savannah every time! 

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Walt Disney: Conversations

I had this one checked out for so long from the UT Library when I was a student that I probably should have just kept it. Needless to say, I was thrilled to be able to revisit this collection of interviews with one of my heroes any time I like when my sweet mother-in-law got me a copy for Christmas!

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I’ll see you next week. Until then, find me on Twitter, and we can chat about what you’re reading!

xo~ Hannah B.

 

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Hi!

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!

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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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