Three Books To Get You Inspired and Motivated For 2020!

It's the end of the year ... that time when you start to reflect on what you have accomplished and where you want to go. To help get you inspired and motivated for the coming year, I've compiled three short reads to guide you to make the upcoming new year, your best year yet!

Deep in the heart of Japan lies Okinawa, a city known for its citizen's longevity. With an average life expectancy of 90 for women and 84 for men, Okinawa has the highest life expectancy in the world. In fact, there are over 400 centenarians living in Okinawa. This book examines the reasons why people live longer in Okinawa. Some of it has to do with diet, some of it has to do with movement (both physical and mental), but a lot of it has to do with purpose. The title of the book, Ikigai, is a special Japanese word that mixes passion, mission, profession and vocation to form life purpose and meaning. Read this book to get perspective on living a healthy, happy and meaningful life.

I am in the process of reading this book and it couldn't have come at a better time. As a Type A personality, it is so easy for me to get caught up planning goals, making task lists, and getting so caught up in the execution and end result of my efforts .... that I forget to have fun. I forget to look for joy and happiness each and every day. For it is the happiness and joy that we feel, that allows us to let go, relax and live with abundant expectation and flow. And it is this persistent feeling of happiness and joy that Gabrielle Bernstein says, allows us to almost effortlessly, become "super attractors" - attracting more beauty, excitement and joy in our lives. Read this book if you want to focus on experiencing more fun and joy next year!

I stumbled upon this little book while waiting in a spa for my treatment, and during my 10 minute wait, I had gotten almost halfway through the book. A short but inspiring read. Basically, the premise is to assign one word to describe your next year. For me, 2019 was a year of "resilience" - taking responsibility for my thoughts and actions, letting go of de-energizing habits, fixing problems in my life and moving on.  And I will pick another word for 2020. It is surprising how you can summarize a year with just one word!  Read this book if you want to simplify your planning process and pick an over-arching theme for the coming year...using just one word!


Have you read these books?  What did you think?  What books to do read to get you pumped up for another year?  Comment below!

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