Beautiful Book List

All of these books I have read, enjoyed, and found worthy of passing on the magic. From spiritual to business, I got what ya need to grow your mind and improve your inner and outer life.

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Courtney Durr
When ya know you a badass b****, but also kinda maybe want to be cuddled too.

After getting my heart broken and relying on a man’s attention and love too many times, I said ENOUGH. I subconsciously put a strong independent wall around my heart and pursued a life of SMASHING GOALS LEFT RIGHT AND CENTER. I was relentless, no one could slow me down. And to be honest, those were some of the best years of my life. Much needed years to discover what I was capable of and truly how worthy I was. However, in the process, I hardened. Even though my heart was whispering “let love in”, I was too busy being a boss ass b**** to hear. Letting love in was not purely about romance and finding a partner, my heart needed softness. It needed to flow and breathe and cry and create and desire. My heart needed to surrender to life and all of it’s uncertainties. 

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HOW I DEAL WITH NEGATIVE THOUGHTS ABOUT MY BODY.

It is less common for a woman NOT to struggle with the way their body looks, and that’s pretty shitty. Unfortunately for us, marketing self-acceptance and celebrating what makes us different doesn’t make much money for the big corporations (be that magazine sales or beauty products or gym memberships etc.). It is up to us to DECIDE to disregard a belief system that doesn’t benefit our mental or physical health and embrace who we are and how we look. Of course it is easier to write this down then it is to actually implement but I believe that the more our pain is shared the more it can be dissolved.

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Love ain't easy: A personal insight into my relationship.

Other than the one I’m in now, I’ve only ever been in one proper relationship. And like so many women I know, it was a poor example of love. Physically and emotionally abused, manipulated, lied to, cheated on, made to question myself, made to feel like I was clingy, desperate, too sensitive, crazy. Not to take away from my painful experience, but I’m sure this is a story similar to ones you’ve heard before.

But this isn’t about that. It’s not even about love. It’s about me and what I have learnt.

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This, Too, Will Pass.

This blog post has been inspired by my travels, the words on my arm, and the amazing book I’ve just finished, The Saint, The Surfer, and The CEO by Robin Sharma (highly recommend!!).

I was overseas for 6 weeks, traveling non-stop with people constantly around me. Whether that was just Abbey and I, in a hostel room, on a tour, I wasn't alone once. If you know anything about me, you know I thrive around people but I also need time to recharge and be alone. So the last two weeks of my trip I spent on my own. Looking after me, refueling, developing, reflecting, and getting out of my comfort zone.

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What If People Don't Find Me Attractive?

The other day I was looking at my arms and shoulders in the reflection of a window thinking, “wow they’re really big and muscley, I definitely look like I do CrossFit”. I remember thinking, “I really want to focus more on my strength and getting better at CrossFit but if my arms look like this now, what the heck are they going to look like if I start doing more?!” I let my thoughts continue into, “Ahhh maybe I shouldn’t go too hard with it, maybe I should do more running instead.”

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11 Things I Know Now More Than Ever

In 2014, '15, and '16 I had an abundance of external success. Awards, business growth, travel, new friends, the works. 2017, still amongst many joys, I experienced some defining lows. I knew they were coming. I knew that in order for me to level up, for me to continue helping others, to write new chapters, to be more compassionate, I needed to be shaken.

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Why Competing Against Yourself Isn’t Always Healthy.

Over the past few years, I’ve seen a lot of posts/quotes/mantras focused on the “you against you” mentality. In a way, it is good because it’s teaching people to stay in their own lane, focus on themselves, and not worry about what others are doing. But in another way, the “be better than you were yesterday” mindset can be very toxic.

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How To Make Friends As An Adult.

If you were in a toxic relationship or dating someone that made you feel like shit, you would let them know and/or remove yourself from the equation. And if you wanted to meet someone romantically, you would ask a person out to coffee or for a drink, you would sign up to a new hobby or a club, you might use an app, you would look up from your phone, make eye contact and smile, your energy would be more open, you would have to get out of your comfort zone.

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