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New Year: Book Haul

Since it’s 2018, I thought I’ll share with you all a few books I purchased, specifically self-help books. Why this genre? My word for 2018 is ‘change’. I want 2018 to be all about change. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in this situation, but I’m bored of being stuck in this repetitive cycle I’ve somehow created. So I thought a bit of reading may help me solve my current situation and make me more motivated to try something different.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Discover the six habits that are transforming the lives of thousands of people around the world, showing them how to wake up each day with more energy, motivation and focus

I love working in the mornings. The problem is, I have trouble waking up and getting out of bed. I’m fine during the weekends, but when it comes to weekdays, I struggle getting out of bed. One day whilst I was browsing through social media, I spotted ‘The Miracle Morning’ with rave reviews. I decided to purchase the book to see what Hal Elrod had to say. Although, I am curious to see if it’s just a book about common sense or if I’m going to learn something new that motivates me to change. Either way, I will let you know and review the book in due course.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo

Japan’s expert declutterer and professional cleaner Marie Kondo will help you organise your rooms once and for all with her simple KonMari Method. The key to successful tidying is tackling your home in the correct order, keeping only what you really love and doing it all at once. This incredible easy method will not just transform your space, it will change you too. You will feel more confident, become more successful and be motivated to create the life you want.

I’m currently in the process of moving. I’ve discovered that after living in my one bedroom apartment for 10 years, I’ve accumulated a lot of things. Some useful, other items I question or no longer use. I’ve always wanted to live a minimal lifestyle, minus the books and stationery of course. As such, I thought I’l give Marie Kondo’s book a try to see how much stuff I can clean out of my apartment. It may prove useful.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The Artist’s Way provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative-self. It aims to dispel the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step by step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replacing them with self-confidence and productivity.

Since working in a full-time job, I began noticing my loss of creativity. The love of photography, writing and books began to slowly fade away and money stepped in to replace it all. This year, I wanted to change myself and gradually find my creativity.

Several years ago, a friend recommended ‘The Artist’s Way’ to me, to encourage me to expand my creativity. Thus, I decided this year to take the leap and start this twelve-week course, which I’m told consists of a lot of writing. I’m excited to start learning about myself and discover what I’m missing.

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