I almost put this post off until next Saturday since I've had a lot of screen time this week finishing up sessions for clients, but today is the New Moon, which is a time to ask yourself, Where am I right now? What do I need around me? How should I move forward, and in what spirit, and I thought this would be the perfect day to share all those gems and jewels from the past year that have ignited fire in my belly and pulled me up from the yuck in case you want to put any of these beauties around you to help you move forward.
For those who may not have read Part 1 and Part 2, this list of powerful books, videos, podcasts, and people walked (and still are walking) beside me as I navigated my way out of a rough year (2015). I say "walked beside me" because I consider these to be perfect guides while still listening to my own inner voice.
Without further ado, in no particular order, here are my guides and loves:
White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
Brené Brown's TED Talk on vulnerability (something which I am still strengthening)
Marie Forleo's Everything is Figureoutable
The Blue Dress by Alison Townsend
Any and all albums by Lana Del Rey. Don't ask me why. I'm obsessed.
Free online yoga from Brett Larkin. Amazing. She has made playlists to better find what you're looking for. You can search low back pain, yoga for shoulders, stress, grounding, and there are even beginner to advanced playlists. Sessions last anywhere between 10-90min. She's a beautiful soul doing wonderful things for people.
@happysleepyfolks on Instagram for her gorgeous photos and raw honesty about the ebb and flow of her life.
JOURNALING! Giving your own brain the time of day to sort out what's floating around is therapeutic. I cannot say this enough. Write. It. Out. Or more importantly, if you're feeling incredibly, deeply low, write gratitude lists daily so that you're not perpetuating the negative crap nagging you. Please. Trust me.
Money and The Law of Attraction by Esther and Jerry Hicks. I'm particularly drawn to their ideas of the energy of our thoughts.
A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Danielle LaPorte and Linda Sivertsen's Beautiful Writers Podcast for those who love to write and want to learn more about the writing world.
The yummy, uplifting, thought-provoking women and their posts over at The Body Project Facebook group.
I will likely add to this list because I feel like I've forgotten some. Please know that I am not claiming any of these will dramatically change your life (though, for some, they might), but that utilizing their guidance can only stretch the limits of your mind and open your heart to new ways of seeing your Self and your life and how you operate in it. Gather tools. Listen to your gut. Walk gently. Never give up. Have patience.
Love and light. ♥