This Month + A Really Good Book

January is over! Can you believe it?

I’m not complaining.

There’s only a month or two standing in between me and warm weather.

And, there is officially less than a year until Blake is done with school, and we are free to move wherever our little hearts desire. (The east coast).

With the end of the month, I am reassessing my goals, and seeing where I’m at. Guys, this is going to be the year where all my dreams come true. If I want that to happen, I need to stay on top of my New Year’s resolutions.

I’m proud to say, that this month I did pretty OK. There is definitely room for improvement though. Especially when it comes to using time wisely. Is there anyone out there who has tips or tricks on how to use your well, ALWAYS? I do really well for a few days, and then I just hit a point where I literally do nothing. I just have no desire to do anything, and I’m totally ok with that in the moment. It’s terrible.

I’m doing ok in the getting healthy, being active department. Ballet is still amazing. I leave my class with shaky legs every week. It’s a little pathetic how unmuscular I’ve let myself become. I’m also working on fixing a 10 year shoulder injury/ problem. I figured it was about time.

My dōTERRA goals need a little help though. That’s nothing new though. Guys, if you need essential oils, let me know. Seriously.

I’ve been filling my time with things I love (expect for those moments where I just flat out waste my time), and it is making a HUGE difference in my happiness level. HUGE Rochester, HUGE. My internship is basically the biggest ego boost of all time, and I think that contributes to my higher happiness level too. Turns out, I’m really good at crafts. It’s great.

Ok, I could seriously blab on, and on about life and my goals, but I’m sure you don’t want to hear about that in great detail. So, without (too much) further ado, I want to introduce an amazing book.

One of my New Year's resolutions is to read more. I have a big pile of books that I have started, and need to finish.

I used to read ALL THE TIME.

When I was little, I would go to the library, check out a stack of books, and by the end of the week, have read them all, and would return them for my next stack.

Now, I barely have time to read. Or rather, I don't make time to read

So, I’m making it a New Year's resolution.

This month, I finished my first book. It’s fantastic.

I’m sure you’ve heard of it, and maybe, you were a little apprehensive about reading it, because of the tittle. I was too. But it is SO worth the read.

It’s called “You Are a Badass”.

Truth talk; as you might guess, based on the title, there are a few profanities used throughout the book. But, not a lot. If you're willing to suck it up, I promise you're going to get A LOT out of this book.

Jen Sincero is a self help hater turned guru. She writes in a real relatable way. I seriously felt like she had taken a look into all the crevices in my brain, and wrote book based on her findings.

It's 240 pages of real talk. And it's great.

She just spews truth like:

"What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them."

And she also writes things that could be entire chapters in my auto-biography-

"Imagine how different our world would be if we were less crab-like. If we were not only taught to really truly believe in miracles, yes, I realize how dorky that sounds, but were rewarded and supported, instead of cautioned and screamed at, for taking huge leaps into the unknown. We give a lot of lip service to the idea that anything is possible, and we all grow up with posters of kittens and baby seals on our wall that say follow your dreams on them, but should you actually do something radical, all the flashing lights and sirens go off. Know what I'm saying?"

And, one last gem:

"If you're not where you want to be in life, keep going. Treat yourself like you're the closest friend you've got. Celebrate the magnificent creature that you are. Don't let anyone mess with you and your dreams. Least of all you.

Your life is happening right now. Do not snooze and lose."

She's brilliant. She shows us what we need to do to make the changes in our life so that we can live our best life. She helps us get real comfortable with ourselves, and, with others. She tells us that having boundaries are ok, that we need to take care of us, and that if we aren't scared, we aren't trying hard enough. Also, she reminds us over, and over, that we just need to love ourselves. Period.

There is no reason each of us can not be living our best life right now. At this very moment!

And Jen Sincero helps us see that, and break through all the blocks.

You'd be crazy not to read this book.

Especially if you're ready to change your life.