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I love how Facebook pops up memories of posts you made years ago. It’s like opening up an old photo album that you found in the attic.
Just the other day a post popped up to remind me of something I had written four years ago called, “A Few of My Favorite Things.” This was a list of amazing books, cookbooks, courses and other goodies from my life that year. The funny thing is that the list is still as important to me now as it was then.
Things, I realized, have changed a bit over the years. Cookbooks are now less important to me versus grabbing recipes off the Internet for example. (Although don’t ever tell me I have to give up my beloved Moosewood cookbooks or my tattered Cook’s Illustrated guides!)
My 2017 ‘Best of’ Lists
I love end-of-year lists. The New York Times best books or movies of the year lists are always my favorite part of the paper. So I thought I would share with you some of the great things that came into my life this year. Hopefully this list can influence you as much as it did me.
Body/Mind/Spirit Books That Inspired Me in 2017
How To Be Here by Rob Bell
Need inspiration to follow your dreams? Bell gives practical advice and personal narratives. He is an amazing storyteller. I recommend listening on Audible. Bell narrates and is thoroughly engaging.
How Not To Die by Michael Greger, MD
Dr. Greger is so well researched that you cannot dispute his hard evidence that we can influence the majority of our health issues through food. It’s a big book, but pick the sections that matter most to you.
The Joy of Half A Cookie by Jean Kristeller, PhD
Losing weight is not a matter of simply having more willpower. Your head has to be in the game and this book lays out principles for mindful eating and awareness.
Braving The Wilderness by Brene Brown
The newest book from one of my favorite authors, Brene Brown, has influenced my life in profound ways. This is a very timely book for the turbulent times we live in right now and asks that we don’t change who we are but simply remember to be who we are.
Amazing Podcasts I Listened to in 2017
Me, my dog, a long walk and my headphones. I am addicted to podcasts (and the audible version of all books for that matter). Here are the best podcasts I listened to this year.This American Life by NPR
Each week has a new theme with accompanying real life stories of real people. This is storytelling at its best and will keep you entertained and occupied for the full hour.
Serial by NPR
This podcast had me hooked. I couldn’t wait to get my headphones on and listen to the next episode. Since the story is over, you have access to all the episodes now (great for binge listening).
Online Classes or Workshops That Made an Impact in 2017
Free To Focus
Michael Hyatt is the master of productivity. I have read all sorts of books on how to perfect that elusive work/life balance we all crave, but “Free To Focus” was the first system that made sense.
This is just a short list of some of what has influenced me this year. How about you? I’d love to hear about any books, podcasts or workshops that had an impact on you in the comments below!
If you’re looking for help with your health, well-being and other goals, I’d love to speak with you about how I can best support you. Contact me and let’s chat!