2018 Top Five Books

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 People that know me, know that I stick to one genre when it comes to my reading, which is fiction. I love my Russian and American Literature, from Steinbeck, Melville, to Dostoevsky, or Nabokov, and all the other greater writers. But in 2017 I found my self experimenting with self helping books (why self-helping book is long story), I read two self-help books and found myself bored and finding every excess in the book to not read them. Based on a advise of a friend I decided to read, the Power of Habit, and absolutely loved it. So I decided to read Smarter, Faster, Better, and eventually Mark Mason's The Subtle Art. Long story short, in the span of two months I read 5 books that really changed how I approach my life, from my career to health. I think these are five books that everyone should read because it will change how you live your life. For those who want change how they are living their life, or are uncertain about their career etc.. reading both Charles Duhigg books can really help you. With that said, please find below my top five books that I read in 2017 and if you're uncertain what to read in 2018, these are great start.

1. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good
by Mark Manson

"There is a subtle art to not giving a fuck. And though the concept may sound ridiculous and I may sound like an asshole, what I’m talking about here is essentially learning how to focus and prioritize your thoughts effectively – how to pick and choose what matters to you and what does not matter to you based on finely honed personal values. This is incredibly difficult. It takes a lifetime of practice and discipline to achieve. And you will regularly fail. But it is perhaps the most worthy struggle one can undertake in one’s life. It is perhaps the only struggle in one’s life."

2.Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg

“No one can predict tomorrow with absolute confidence. But the mistake some people make is trying to avoid making any predictions because their thirst for certainty is so strong and their fear of doubt too overwhelming. If”

“When we start a new task, or confront an unpleasant chore, we should take a moment to ask ourselves "why.”

3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

“The Golden Rule of Habit Change: You can't extinguish a bad habit, you can only change it."

“Rather, to change a habit, you must keep the old cue, and deliver the old reward, but insert a new routine.”

4.The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle

“Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

“Any action is often better than no action, especially if you have been stuck in an unhappy situation for a long time. If it is a mistake, at least you learn something, in which case it's no longer a mistake. If you remain stuck, you learn nothing.”

5. Woman Code: Perfect Your Cycle by Alisa Vitti

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2018 Vision Board

Every wellness junkie knows about vision board, and thanks to Oprah Winfrey, most people are now obsess with it. These goal-manifesting collages have become a very powerful and creative tool loved and used by life coaches, wellness junkie, and others. Why? because they totally work, according to many that have used it. While I am still not completely convinced or sold on it yet, I am keeping an open mind and decided to create my own vision board for 2018.

As a believer of law of attraction (LOA), which according to the book The Secret,  "is forming your entire life experience and it is doing that through your thoughts. When you are visualising, you are emitting a powerful frequency out into the Universe” -  it's only logical that I try vision and see what happen.

So what is vision board anyways? 

"A vision board is a visualization tool which refers to a board of any sort used to build a collage of words and pictures that represent your goals and dreams."

As newbie to this vision board thing I am probably the wrong person to be giving advises on how to make one, what you should put on it or what you shouldn't include. But while doing my research for my own vision board I came across articles that I think provided good advise on creating your first Vision board. Here are some things to consider if you're planning on creating your vision board: 

"Your vision board should focus on how you want to feel" Huffpost

"There is only one major rule to creating a vision board that works, and it’s that there aren’t any rules." Huffpost

"By creating a vision board and placing it in a spot you see every day, you create the opportunity for consistent visualization to train your mind, body and spirit to become acclimated to the reality of your desires." Mindvalley Blog

"In other words, pictures alone aren’t going to move the needle." Well and Good