The Pretty Girl Book Club: Summer 2015

The Pretty Girl Book Club - Summer 2015“Stay faithful, willing, and receptive to love. Enjoy the miraculous journey of living a miraculous life”

–Gabrielle Bernstein

Our Summer 2015 Book Club book was “May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.” By Gabrielle Bernstein.

Category: Personal Growth/Spiritual

I chose this book because I heard an interview with Gabrielle on a podcast I listen to and I instantly LOVED her! I have also been curious about “A Course in Miracles” pretty much my entire life, and this seemed like a good launch into that.

Since most of the women in our Pretty Girl Book Club (including me) seemed to be super busy during the summer, we decided to have this book as our only book for the entire summer. Since the book is designed to take 40 days to go through, it was perfect. To be honest, most of the lessons took me much longer than a day, so it took me the entire 3 months of summer to get through it.

The book is divided into 6 chapters to cover 6 categories. Gabrielle gives daily lessons and assignments (which I love) to help us work through our own issues in our own lives. The homework is general enough that I believe it can affect and help every single person who reads her book.

I didn’t go as deep as I would have liked to, so I am for sure going to read it again at some point.

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

New York Times Bestseller!

From the popular and exciting author of Spirit Junkie and Add More ~Ing to Your Life comes this practical and fun 40-day guidebook of subtle shifts for radical change and unlimited happiness.

Are you ready to work miracles? Gabrielle Bernstein believes that simple, consistent shifts in our thinking and actions can lead to the miraculous in all aspects of our daily lives, including our relationships, finances, bodies, and self-image. In this inspiring guide, Gabrielle offers an exciting plan for releasing fear and allowing gratitude, forgiveness, and love to flow through us without fail. All of which, ultimately, will lead to breathtaking lives of abundance, acceptance, appreciation, and happiness. With May Cause Miracles, readers can expect incredible transformation in 40 powerful days: simply by adding up subtle shifts to create miraculous change.

The book is 256 pages long and has lots of action steps.

Here are a few words from others who have read this book…

“This book helped me in my deepest hours. I looked at the cover and thought to myself “oh lord , here we go again. A new cheesy self-help book.” However, it’s more than that. This book guided me to become a better version of myself. The assignments are ones that I can actually do: put alarms in my phone that say “you are enough” or meditating every now and then. This book seriously changed my life for the better. I highly recommend it to people.”

-Victoria

“If you are at the very beginning of wondering- Who am I and what do I need to do to change my life? Then this is for you.”

-Julia

“So calming and inspiring. Love the daily reminders to choose love over fear.”

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The Pretty Girl Book Club: May 2015

The Pretty Girl Book Club May 2015 | Organize Now“The truth is that people are strapped for time these days and just want to be told (in the quickest way possible) how to get their lives organized” –Jennifer Ford Berry

Our May 2015 Book Club book was “Organize Now: A Week-by-Week Guide to Simplify Your Space and Your Life” by Jennifer Ford Berry.

Category: Personal/Home

I chose this book because I am constantly looking for systems and way to organize better. I am more organized than most, but that isn’t saying a lot! I am far less organized than I am comfortable with and I have lost many important things due to being unorganized, including sales in my businesses.

I love that Jennifer breaks down the year into weeks and each week has a different part of your life to organize. For example week 1-4 is “Organize Yourself” and each week is a different category.

Week 1: organize your mind and life vision

Week 2: organize your priorities

Week 3: organize your schedule

Week 4: organize your cleaning schedule.

Each week has tips, a checklist, and reminders of what to do each week, month, and year to stay on top of it!! Some other categories include week 5-12 organize your papers, week 31-37 organize your personal spaces, and week 53-56 organize your routines.

Since we only had a month to read the book, I was off to a great start, but then dwindled on assignments, actions, and implementation. In the end I read through the rest of the book but did nothing.

I am committed to picking it back up and taking it from the beginning again. I can see the value in the book and love the way she lays everything out very specifically and very detailed.

If you only need to work on certain areas of your life you can skip around. And there is even a table of contents in the back if you have an organizational emergency and just need to deal with it quickly.

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

Get Organized Fast!

Clutter has a cost. It steals your storage space, robs your time and energy, and takes away the peace and beauty of your home. Don’t pay for it another minute—get organized, now!

This updated and expanded edition of the bestselling Organize Now! features even more quick, effective organizing ideas. Easy-to-follow checklists show you how to organize any part of your life in less than one week. You spend more time organizing and less time reading—a perfect fit for your busy lifestyle! Long-term goals help keep the clutter away for the months and years to follow, so you can maintain the order you create.

You’ll find help with everything from time management and routines to mental clutter, paperwork, pets, purses, toys, rooms and life events such as moving, and celebrating the holidays. Special money saving tips show you how to use your organizing efforts to cut costs around the house and even make a little money.

Don’t let piles of paperwork, overflowing closets and overbooked schedules drain your resources and energy anymore. Take control with Organize Now!

The book is 256 pages long and is 80% action steps and checklists.

Here are a few words from others who have read this book…

I have read so many organization books and this one beats them all. Just the motivation it gave me, besides the ideas, was worth the cost. I have actually read it twice!”

-Mindi

“This is a good tool for those who like checklists, making notes, and breaking up the process of organization into smaller, weekly jobs. For someone who is overwhelmed by the organization process and needs to take it a step at a time with specific suggestions, this is a good resource.”

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The Four Agreements

The 4 Ingredients The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is one of my ALL TIME favorite books. Not only is a great guide for living your life, but also for running your business, especially if you are in network marketing like I am!

Here is a brief synopsis: “Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives and our work into a new experience of effectiveness, balance and self-supporting behavior.

Everything we do is based on agreements we have made. In these agreements we tell ourselves who we are, what everything else is, how to act, what is possible and what is impossible. What we have agreed to believe creates what we experience. When these agreements come from fear, obstacles develop, keeping us from realizing our greatest potential.

Most of the agreements we made were as children so many of us as adults are trapped in beliefs that no longer serve us. Some are so outdated that they make our lives much harder than they need to be and in turn we feel trapped and unhappy. Suffering has become “normal” for us. By following these four agreements, we will be free from our past outdated agreements and free to live the life we choose to live.”

Here are the Four Agreements:

BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD

Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Most of us use our words negatively whether toward ourselves or others such as gossip, negative self-talk, and discouragement. We often say things to ourselves and others out of anger, frustration, and jealousy.

Always use your word for good. Always tell the truth.

DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY

Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own issues. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

If you take something someone says to you personally, it is because you believe it to be true, you agree with what they are saying/doing to you.

When you take things personally, you create conflict because you have the need to defend yourself.

When you take something personally it’s because a part of you believes it is true.

You are NEVER responsible for the actions of others, only for the action of yourself.

DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

We make assumptions about almost everything. The problem with making assumptions is that we believe them to be the truth.

We make assumptions because we don’t have the courage to ask questions. One way to keep yourself from making assumptions is to ask questions. Keep asking until you know the truth.

You always have the right to ask anything and people always have the right to say yes or no. Just as people have the right to ask you anything and you have the right to answer yes or no.

The day you stop making assumptions, you will communicate clearly and cleanly and you will be free of the emotion and drama attached to assumptions.

ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

Your best is going to change from moment to moment. It will be different when you are healthy as
opposed to sick, awake as opposed to tired, and happy as opposed to sad. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse, and regret.

As you grow and change, you best will become better.

When you do your best you never have regrets and you can love and accept yourself for exactly who you are.

Always take action.

Here is how the Four Agreements relates to your business and practical steps you can take to help make your biz…and your life…easier. BONUS!!

Agreement 1 ¬ BE IMPECCABLE WITH YOUR WORD

Most importantly, to be impeccable with your word is to never use it against yourself. Putting yourself down will stop the creative process in your business. With others, speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Your word is your bond ¬ you will create consistency in the delivery of your service or product, and create a trust with your clientele, empowering you to expand. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth.

Write down one time in your business where you used your word negatively or someone used their word negatively against you. How did it make them/you feel? What could you have done/said differently?

Agreement 2 ¬ DON’T TAKE ANYTHING PERSONALLY

In business, especially as a leader, you have to let things roll off your back – nothing others do to you or say to you is because of you. It is their perception or belief. Being attached to your opinion is where freedom is lost. When you are immune to the opinion of others, you can clearly focus on your objective and¬ avoid the drama.

Write down a time in your business where you took something personally. How did it make you feel? If you didn’t take it personally, how would it feel different?

Agreement 3 – DON’T MAKE ASSUMPTIONS

It is critical to your business to communicate with others as clearly as you can with your intentions to avoid misunderstandings. Also, have the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want from your consultants, hostesses, and customers. You will see huge strides in your business success when you do this.

Write down one example in your business where you made an assumption. How did it affect the outcome? How would the outcome be different had you NOT made that assumption?

Agreement 4 ¬ ALWAYS DO YOUR BEST

Always do your best at the moment. You will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. Plus, think of how amazing your business would be if you truly always did your best!!

Write down one thing you want in your business. Have you been doing your very best to get it? What can you do differently so you make sure to get it? Are you taking action? How would it feel to know you did everything in your power to get to where you wanted to go?

NOW WHAT?

Here is how you can start applying these to your life and your business. Pick one agreement that you will focus on for the next 30 days, I would pick the one you feel is your weakness. Write down three things you are going to do differently this month in that area. After 30 days, pick the next one and so on. After 4 months I would repeat, again starting with your weak link (it may have changed after the four month period).

These four agreements take practice, awareness, commitment and time. But if you always do your best at them, you will start to see amazing things happen in your life and your business.

I have been practicing the four agreements for about ten years now and my life is getting easier and easier. My advice to you is to take a risk and love yourself. Live your life to the fullest. Say yes when you want to say yes and say no when you want to say no.

Honor yourself

Love yourself

Respect yourself

And always always do your best.

YES!

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The Pretty Girl Book Club: April 2015

Pretty Girl Bookclub April 2015“Live like on one else so later you can live, and give, like no one else” –Dave Ramsey

Our April 2015 Book Club book was “The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness” by Dave Ramsey

Category: Money/Finance

I chose this book because I am a huge Dave Ramsey fan. I attended his live program “Financial Peace University” years ago and have been listening to his podcast regularly for the past 2 years.

Dave has been giving financial advice on his radio show for over 25 years. His advice is very simple and old school. Basically spend less that you make and if you want something, save for it. Genius!

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.

Build up your money muscles with America’s favorite finance coach.

Okay, folks, do you want to turn those fat and flabby expenses into a well-toned budget? Do you want to transform your sad and skinny little bank account into a bulked-up cash machine? Then get with the program, people. There’s one sure way to whip your finances into shape, and that’s with The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition.

By now, you’ve heard all the nutty get-rich-quick schemes, the fiscal diet fads that leave you with a lot of kooky ideas but not a penny in your pocket. Hey, if you’re tired of the lies and sick of the false promises, take a look at this―it’s the simplest, most straightforward game plan for completely making over your money habits. And it’s based on results, not pie-in-the-sky fantasies. With The Total Money Makeover:

Classic Edition, you’ll be able to:

  • Design a sure-fire plan for paying off all debt―meaning cars, houses, everything
  • Recognize the 10 most dangerous money myths (these will kill you)
  • Secure a big, fat nest egg for emergencies and retirement!

The book is 240 pages long and was an easy read.

The book was pretty much what I had imagined since I have been a Ramsey follower for years. He outlines the simple steps to financial success and gives plenty of examples and testimonials to seal the deal. He also includes all the forms for budgeting and calculating that he teaches in the book.

I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone who struggles with finances…especially if you (I) keep making the same stupid financial mistakes over and over! Listen to someone who has been both broke and wealthy! He knows what he is talking about.

Here are a few words from others who have read this book…

“It’s a good blueprint to money management. What I liked about it was that it was broken down in 7 steps. You’re encouraged to save first, which is different from most money management books out there. From there you continue to build on your new money habits. Using cash and tracking your spending is the essence of the book.

– Elmire

“Simple. Everything he says makes sense.”

– Robyn

I listen to the Dave Ramsey podcast daily. It’s called “Take Control of Your Money”. And I am preparing to lead an FPU later this year. So I may read the book again for that, but get my daily dose of inspiration, motivation, and butt-kicking in the podcast!

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The Pretty Girl Book Club: February 2015

The Pretty Girl Book Club - February 2015“You are not crazy. Many women struggle with low sexual desire.” – Laurie J Watson

Our February 2015 Book Club book was “Wanting Sex Again: How to Rediscover your Desire and Heal a Sexless Marriage” by Laurie J. Watson.

Category: Relationships/Sex

I chose this book for super selfish reasons. I have been struggling with my libido, painful intercourse, and shame and how they have affected my marriage over the past 10 years. I was feeling desperate and needed to get some ideas on how I could heal my body and mind over this emotional and embarrassing issue.

I went to Amazon.com and searched “sexless marriage” and 758 results came up…apparently it’s more common than I thought! PHEW!

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

If you feel like sex just isn’t worth the effort, you’re not alone. Forty million American women are frustrated by their lack of sexual passion. They know something’s missing—and their husbands know it, too—but the emotional, physical, and mental obstacles to healthy desire can be a knot that seems too tangled to unravel.

Drawing on twenty years of clinical experience, Laurie Watson shows that it really is possible to restore the thrill of sex, using proven psychological methods and personal accounts from actual therapy sessions.

Her strategies will:

  • Offer a glimpse into the reality of other people’s bedrooms
  • Address the sexual problems that can develop with life changes—from marriage to motherhood to menopause
  • Uncover the hidden factors that impact desire—stress, cultural messages, emotional connection, chemical and hormonal challenges, physical appearance issues, and more
  • Show how joyful, meaningful, satisfying sex can be yours again

Candid, practical, and much needed, this book can help you rediscover your sexual self or discover it for the first time. Instead of dreading bedtime, you can look forward to it again.

The book is 349 pages long and has an index in case you want to skip ahead to you own issues or read about a specific topic first. I recommend reading everything as I had several “a-ha” moments throughout the entire book as Laurie uses examples and dialogue from her clients…and we all pretty much have the same issues at the core!

The book covers EVERYTHING I can think of that could cause a relationship to become “sexless” so it’s a great resource for any woman who feels like it’s her fault, like she is damaged or broken, like there is something wrong with her…whether it is him making her feel that way or her doing it to herself.

For me personally, it’s always nice to know I am not alone! And that there is HOPE.

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The Pretty Girl Book Club: March 2015

The Pretty Girl Book Club - March 2015“You are the most precious thing you’ve got. You are priceless and worth all the work in the world to make you happy and fulfilled.” –Andrea Owen

Our February 2015 Book Club book was “52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life: BS-Free Wisdom to Ignite Your Inner Badass and Live the Life You Deserve” by Andrea Owen

Category: Personal Growth/Empowerment

I chose this book because I am a big fan of Andrea Owen. I heard her as a guest on a podcast and loved how candid she talked about her eating disorder, past drinking issues, about life as a “recovering perfectionist”. She has a bit of a potty mouth and laughs at her own jokes, two things I love! So I started listening to her personal podcast called “Your Kick Ass Life” and was hooked.

I also love books that have short chapters, actionable steps, and real advice for real problems, and this looked to have it all!

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

A much-needed kick in the ass for women everywhere!

Like many women, Andrea Owen always lived life on the sidelines, watching each day pass by without ever catching a glimpse of the happiness she yearned for–until the day she had enough. She realized that she had to take action and step out of the box she had created for herself if she really wanted the best life possible. And now, as a celebrated life coach, she shows thousands of women how to take the reins, create an actionable plan for their goals, and finally reach their full potential.

In this powerful book, Owen guides you through her acclaimed strategies for creating a more fulfilling life. Each goal-orientated lesson empowers you to take control of the barriers that keep you from achieving the love and success you desire. From breaking the unrewarding cycle of people pleasing to dealing with unsupportive friends, this book approaches the problems you face with a candid look at why you aren’t satisfied–and how to fix it. Owen’s life-changing wisdom helps you uncover your self-limiting beliefs as well as push you out of your comfort zone by zeroing in on the most difficult issues. Never one to sugarcoat the truth, she holds you accountable for your actions while offering expert advice for knocking down that cynical inner-voice and loving yourself wholeheartedly.

With 52 Ways to Live a Kick-Ass Life, you will shut off your internal auto-pilot; kick empty expectations to the curb; and live a bigger, gutsier life.

The book is 219 pages long and has an index in case you want to skip ahead to you own issues or read about a specific topic first. I love that it has 52 chapters, so if you were really diving deep into personal growth, you could read one chapter a week and focus your week solely on that topic or issue and all that comes up. WOW! Powerful!!

The book was just as I had hoped, full of real world advice on real world problems. The book is specifically written for women and targeted my age group perfectly (35-45). And I always appreciate those who tell it like it is…or should be. She puts her own powerful spin on old school phrases like “get over it”, “just do it”, “let it go”, and “don’t be a victim” all of which are true, necessary, and important in creating YOUR perfect life.

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The Pretty Girl Book Club: January 2015

The Pretty Girl Book Club Yuri Elkaim“The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on” –Yuri Elkaim

Our January 2015 Book Club book was “The All-Day Energy Diet: Double Your Energy in 7 Days“ by Yuri Elkaim

Category: Health/Wellness

I chose this book after I heard an interview with Yuri on the “School of Greatness” podcast with Lewis Howes (check out my fave podcasts here www.foodfitnessfinancefun.com/fun/the-5-podcasts-that-rock-my-world).

In his interview he talked about several issues he had as a kid and adult with energy, skin conditions, weight, etc that I could relate to. And after several diagnoses with very little treatment ideas, he decided to learn all about food and his body and change his diet.

This was appealing to me because I have spent the past 20 years changing my diet to attempt to help my personal issues of digestion, skin complications, weight issues, and sports performance.

The synopsis of the book on Amazon.com sums it up as…

Is It Really Possible to Feel 10 Years Younger, Have the Energy of a Child, and Get More Done . . .

Without Giving Up Your Life or Depriving Yourself of Delicious Food?

The answer inside this book might shock you.

Are you tired of watching your life pass you by?

Is a lack of energy holding you back from playing with your kids (or grandkids), being productive at work, going after what you really want, and feeling truly happy?

If so, then this book could save your life.

I’m Yuri Elkaim, and I’ve been in your shoes. I know what it’s like to sleep ten hours a night and still feel
drained upon waking . . . to fall asleep after lunch and have little energy at the end of the day . . . to go through life like a zombie.

Now, I’ve got three young kids, two dogs, a super-busy life, and a compelling mission to help ten million people to amazing health and vitality by 2018. I need all the energy I can get!

I haven’t always been this energetic and full of life, but the All-Day Energy Diet saved me. I created it because I know it can save you, too.

This book helps busy, health-seeking individuals enjoy more energy, vibrant health, and easier weight loss by fine-tuning seven foundational (yet commonly overlooked) pillars of energy and vitality.

Implement any one (or all) of the strategies laid out in these pages and you’ll see and feel your body spring back to life. You might even notice a few more hours in your day!

The book is 208 pages long and was an easy read. There are a few technical chapters as far as the way certain systems in the body work, but since I am pretty obsessed about the details he discussed and I have my degree in Exercise/Sport Science with a minor in Nutrition, I stayed engaged.

The book was pretty much what I had imagined, and I was not disappointed. It gave practical advice and culminated in a 7 Day “cleanse” type meal plan which I half-assedly did. The timing was off for me to stick to a new meal plan in my life at the time, but I did save it because I think it’s a very sound plan.

It’s pretty much how I would ideally like to eat anyway, and close to how I do currently eat…alkaline foods, fruits and veggies, and primarily plant-based.

I would recommend it to someone who has a lot of health issues and eats the standard American diet.

Here are a few words from other women in the group…

“It didn’t sound like anything I hadn’t heard or read before. I know the effects of gluten, dairy, etc.
Maybe I didn’t give myself enough time to get to the good parts with new info. I’m sure I’ll finish it at some point.”

“I glanced at the book again tonight and realized that I was on board with everything until we hit chapter 7. When he announced all the different supplements, I just threw my hands up. I knew the meal plan was going to be a lot of prep but now the supplements were going to cost money. Honestly, I have amazing energy and I was really only reading the book to learn some new recipes and gain some new insight. Sorry I can’t be more helpful. I also learned that I hate reading on computers.”

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