The end of 2017 is here and with just a few days until 2018, I know I am reflecting, journaling, and setting my intentions for the new year.
Want some journal prompts to help you do the same? Check them out here!
And one of my favourite ways to dig deep and find inspiration is to read - so, here are the best quotes to help you ring in 2018!
In just a couple of days, I will be celebrating my 30th birthday. Can I just say...
30 seems big. It seems different. It seems like the edge of change. Honestly, 29 has been a heart-breaking year of struggle and I am ready for something new. And to celebrate this new decade, here are 30 things I've learned over the past 30 years.
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Personal development days were a common occurrence during my 5 years as a teacher. Growth in the profession, educating ourselves on trends, and learning to be better... these things were all emphasized in the career.
Now, as a mama, I don't have government-mandated PD days (although, now that I've written it, I think this should be a thing! Imagine it, moms getting together for the day to drink wine, talk about the crazy things their kids have done, and learn together so that they can Mom better? I'm onto something here!!).
Since this isn't a real thing (yet), I've turned to personal development books to help me learn the things I need to be a better wife, mom, and overall human. That's the goal, right? These are my top 5 recommendations for personal development books every mom needs to read!
“Learn to be thankful for what you already have, while you pursue all that you want.” — Jim Rohn
Scientific evidence has proven that practicing an attitude of gratitude can have positive effects on a persons life. So, what are the benefits? And how the heck can YOU improve your life with gratitude? Read on, my friend!
December is a month of celebration, of reflection, of goal-setting. One of the best ways to celebrate your successes, reflect on the past year, and set goals for the coming 12 months is to journal it out.
Here is a full week of journal prompts to help you find clarity, define your ambitions, and to meditate on what you hope to improve.
Hi, I'm Sarra, and I’m a personal development junkie. I’ve read “you’ve got this, girl” self-help books and I’ve read business books. I’ve signed out every parenting book from the library. I’ve studied everything from love to leadership to low-carb eating. Mama, I’ve read it all.
One of my favourite topics is the Law of Attraction. I’ve learned to manifest money (I read the book). I believe that thoughts become things and what you think about, you bring about. I’ve used the law of attraction to find a parking spot and to find a husband.
Basically, the Law of Attraction can be boiled down to this: I attract to my life whatever I give my attention, energy, and focus to, whether positive or negative. And you can master this law of the universe by getting reeeeeal clear about what it is you want and deliberately giving your attention, energy, and focus to those things.
New Year's Resolutions are stupid. Ok, stay with me, I'll explain.
Think about it: most people who set New Year Resolutions don't stick with them. And for people who do reach their goals? Setting goals 365 days in advance creates no sense of urgency. They spend most of the year putting off the things they need to do to reach their goals and then in October, they hustle hard and accomplish what they wanted to ... in the last 90 days of the year.
You can read a lot more about the idea of setting 90 day goals in the book The 12 Week Year (available on Amazon here); I've been implementing the strategies into my life and it's been a game-changer.
Now, in order to set goals, I believe there are a few things you need to do.
Wait, what's a S.M.A.R.T. goal? The acronym stands for: Specific, Measureable, Actionable, Realistic, and Time-bound. Let’s break it down.
Your goal(s) must identify exactly what you want to accomplish. You need to be specific, clear, and precise.
No: Write a book.
Yes: Write a book proposal for Manifestation for Busy Mamas.
“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” If you can’t measure your goal, how will you know if you’ve achieved it?
No: Earn more money.
Yes: Earn $10,000 more this year than last year.
Every goal should start with an action verb (like: quit, run, finish, create, etc.)
No: Be more consistent with blogging.
Yes: Write 2 blog posts per week.
Ok, be careful here... because anything is possible if you truly believe it. Make sure you’re thinking about your life right now and what is realistically attainable for you in the span of 365 days. Go to the edge of your comfort zone... and then step over that edge.
No: Win the Stanley Cup in hockey (unless, of course, you’re a current NHL player reading this)
Yes: Join a women’s hockey team.
You need to have a deadline - this is when you plan to achieve this goal. For this goal-setting guide, your deadline is 90 days from today
No: Lose 10 pounds.
Yes: Lose 10 pounds by October 7.
Want to have someone walk you through the entire process? Download my FREE 90 Day Goal-Setting Guide below!
When I'm folding laundry, cooking dinner, driving to Kindermusik classes, or flying on a plane - there is a good chance that I am listening to podcasts on my phone. Podcasts have made it easier than ever to access information, education, inspiration, and entertainment.
Check out my 5 favourite boss babe podcasts below - for when you need motivation or to learn a new skill or when you're feeling blah in your business and need a boost.
1. Social MEdia to Sales Podcast
2. Rich B****
3. The chalene Show
4. Style Your Mind Podcast
5. Real Talk with Rachel Luna
So, these are my top 5 boss babe podcasts - I seriously listen to these women all day, every day! What are your favourite podcasts that you would add to this list?
Before I became a wife or a mom or a teacher or an entrepreneur... I'm talking way back, back in the day... I was just a girl, studying English Literature, because the thing she most enjoyed doing was reading.
Honestly, that hasn't changed much. I can still read a book in a single sitting (if I can kind the time) and I still sign out books like the library might burn down and it's my job to protect them. But the time I have to read? It's significantly less than it used to be; however, I still love to read, to immerse myself in anything from young adult literature to self-help books. So, what's a girl to do when she needs more knowledge in her life?
Here are my top tips for fitting more books into your busy schedule!
1. Listen to audio books
I never appreciated audio books until I became a mom and suddenly, every book I tried to sit down and read (in the 10 seconds of spare time I had) got ripped or covered in sticky fingers.
I discovered Audible about 2 years ago and it completely changed my life. I know, that sounds dramatic, but I'm serious. Audible is an Amazon company that costs $14.95 a month, after the first month. Each month, you get 1 credit to exchange for a audio book, no matter the price. You can listen anywhere, anytime - the gym, while you're doing laundry, in the car... Anywhere I drive, you better believe I'm listening to Grant Cardone, Robin Sharma, or Gabrielle Bernstein. Plus, listening to an author read their own book is amazing.
Get your first month free here.
2. Use the library, y'all!
Last Christmas, I won a $5,000 gift card to Chapters and I went on a book-buying frenzy. When the money was all gone, I went through New Book Withdrawal Syndrome (it's legit, even if I just made it up).
The library saved me.
I mean, it's free. You can put books on hold and they'll bring them to the library closest to your house. If you feel like you cannot afford to get a new book or you're struggling to commit to something, the library is the place to go.
3. Schedule reading into your life
"What gets scheduled is what gets done."
Want to read a book a month? Schedule time each week when you plan to sit down and read. Just like basketball practices and parent-teacher interviews and business meetings, write down on your calendar when you plan to read.
Hey, maybe you'll get up a little bit earlier twice a week to read with a hot cup of coffee. Maybe you'll read every night in the bathtub with a glass of wine (I mean, a girl can dream, right?). Maybe you'll bring a book with you to read in the car while you wait for your kids after school. Schedule it for yourself, whenever you can.
4. Join a book club
Whether it's online or in person, book clubs are a great way to encourage yourself to read more AND connect with other like-minded ladies. Whether it's a murder-mystery book club or a personal development book club... whether you start it yourself or you join one with a friend... You should seriously consider it.
Am I not convincing you? Check out Bustle's List of 11 Reasons Every Woman Should Join a Book Club. This list is perfection.
I hope this doesn't sound harsh; I promise, I have your best interests at heart.
But sometimes, you just have to prioritize. Pick your book over Netflix. Pick your book over video games. Pick your book over mopping the kitchen floor - I mean, if it's not really dirty, it can probably wait, right?
We all have the same 24 hours in a day. You want to read more? Make it a priority.