The general consensus amongst people I’ve spoken to this year is that 2018 wasn’t full of double rainbows and glittery unicorns. From raging natural disasters to political name-calling and upsetting celebrity suicides, everyone seems ready to turn over a fresh leaf and start 2019 on a better, more optimistic note.
To help you do that, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite self-improvement resources. From money mindset to new habits and evolved human thinking, these tools will get you into gear for living your best life, regardless of what’s going on around the globe.
Master Your Money:
“The 30-Day Money Cleanse: Take Control Of Your Finances, Manage Your Spending, And De-Stress Your Money For Good” (Ashley Feinstein Gerstley)
I’ll be the first to admit that money and I were in a love-hate relationship for most of my life. Then, I found Ashley and my love-hate relationship moved mostly into love-love. As in, I love money, and by putting my attention on my money missteps instead of pretending they didn’t exist, I found a way to automate my life and put my money to work for me — not the other way around.
Ashley is the founder of The Fiscal Femme, a company dedicated to demystifying money, showing women their worth, and creating a mindset of abundance. Her programs have taught thousands of women how to level up their finances, and now, she’s put all of her intel into a book that drops January 1. Lucky for you, pre-orders are open now.
Level Up Your Nutrition:
4 Weeks to Wellness course (Phoebe Lapine)
The author of “The Wellness Project,” Phoebe Lapine is as real as they get (check her Instagram stories to see what I’m talking about). She tells it like it is, which is refreshing in an age where everyone’s airbrushed and #wokeuplikethis. Her program, 4 Weeks To Wellness, is no different.
What makes it unique is that she practices healthy hedonism, which means that doing right by your body doesn’t mean giving up your life. The program is outrageously delicious, fun to follow, and a great way to connect with a community of fellow foodies while you’re bettering your bod. The next cycle starts January 14, so sign up now to hold your spot.
“The Nutrient Dense Kitchen” (Mickey Trescott)
Mickey Trescott is a chef, certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, and the co-founder of the popular website Autoimmune Wellness. Her latest self-published cookbook is another gem of a guide to alternative lifestyles and elimination diets. Even if you don’t have an autoimmune disease, Mickey’s recipes and tips will leave you feeling the best you’ve felt in a long time, while also helping you to identify problematic foods. Pre-order now for a bunch of fun extras. The book ships in February.
Get Your Mindset Right:
“Stress Less, Accomplish More: Meditation For Extraordinary Performance” (Emily Fletcher)
Emily Fletcher is Dr. Mark Hyman’s meditation coach and the creator of the Ziva Meditation method. The Ziva Technique is a powerful trifecta of mindfulness, meditation, and manifesting designed to unlock your full potential. Its proven benefits include decreased stress and anxiety, deeper sleep, improved immune function, increased productivity, and extraordinary performance. The book drops February 19 and pre-orders are open now.
Imposter syndrome, is that you? This book is all about identifying and then letting go of the crushing anxiety that we just don’t belong. The reality is that many of those feelings aren’t our fault — they’ve been programmed into us from the very beginning. Radical Acceptance teaches you how to peel back the layers of your emotions to get to the root of why you subconsciously believe you’re not enough — and gives you tools to empower change from within.
“Let It Out: A Journey Through Journaling” (Katie Dalebout)
By now, you’ve heard about the power of journaling. Me too. But do I do it? No. As a writer, you’d think that journaling would come easy to me. Unfortunately, it never has. That is, until I stumbled across Dalebout’s book and accompanying podcast.
In the book, Dalebout gives tips and prompts to get you unstuck and into the habit of letting it all out on the page. The podcast, which is now in its sixth season, talks to guests about their own trials and successes. Check out the episode with our very own Dr. Frank Lipman as he talks about how to find meaning in life.
Armchair Expert (Dax Shepard)
To put it bluntly, I’m obsessed with this podcast. At first, I thought it would be a good way to zone out during my commute, but as I’ve listened, it’s become a great vehicle for kickstarting deep conversation in my life. Dax and his co-creator, Monica Padman, bring on celebrities to muse on the messiness of the human experience.
Shepard is a curious, interesting interviewer with a background in anthropology, so the content goes well beyond whatever you’d expect from a celebrity who once “Punk’d” people for a living. I can’t stop recommending it to everyone I come across, which now includes all of you.
Work Your Work:
It’s safe to say that women are finally stepping into their own, claiming what’s rightfully theirs, and generally making names for themselves. But the reality is that we’re still operating at a deficit when it comes to opportunity. Nathalie Molina Niño is a serial tech entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of BRAVA Investments, who wants to change the status quo.
Her new book shares the secrets of entrepreneurs in the form of 50 “leapfrogs” — clever loopholes and shortcuts designed to outsmart, jump over, or straight-up annihilate the hurdles facing entrepreneurs who don’t have family money, cultural capital, or connections.
“The War of Art: Break Through The Blocks And Win Your Inner Creative Battles” (Steven Pressfield)
An oldie but a goodie, this is the book I reach for when I need a swift kick in the butt to get myself going. It’s a no-nonsense guide on how to take control of your day-to-day without excuses. A sort of rallying cry for anyone pursuing creative and entrepreneurial endeavors, it examines why we procrastinate, then gives tools for how to overcome the obstacles that stand in our way. A yearly must-read to keep plowing onward.