Love List: Inspirational Reads.





1. The Body Book - Cameron Diaz

This book is as beautiful as it's cover.  Icon Cameron Diaz shares her knowledge of leading a healthy life she's gained from both personal experience and from consulting with health experts.  The book touches on nutrition and food as fuel, benefits of essential consistent physical activity, choosing the right exercise, and her own strategies for looking and feeling your best.


2. Daring Greatly - Brené Brown

I'm deep into my third go around of this book.  It has a permanent home by my bedside and I often grab it when I need to re-focus.  I strongly believe this book helped me get through 2014 and without it, I wouldn't feel as empowered and vulnerable to be following the path and passion I am now. Dr. Brené Brown offers a powerful new vision encouraging us to walk into vulnerability, lessen guilt and shame, and live wholeheartedly.  I can often be found slinging her quotes like nobody's business.  She is unbelievably inspiring.


3. The Gifts of Imperfection - Brené Brown

It was difficult for me not to ear mark and highlight this entire book while I had it on loan from the library.  I loved it so much I ordered myself a copy of my own.  Again, another Brené Brown favourite, The Gifts of Imperfection, permits us to live perfectly imperfect lives, to believe we are enough, and to lead life with compassion, courage and connection.


4. Happier At Home - Gretchen Rubin

The grass is greener where you water it.  Understanding and embracing the happiness you already have beneath your roof is key.  I love how this book is written by themes to tackle each month, resolving on how to live more fulfilling and less distracted.


5. You Are A Bad Ass - Jen Sincero

I just received this book in the mail this past week and cannot wait to dig in.  You Are A Bad Ass provides enlightened lessons on how to stop doubting yourself, love you for you, and live BIG!


6. The House in the Sky - Amanda Lindhoudt

A memoir co-written in 2013 by fellow Albertan, Amanda Lindhoudt.  This is a personal recounting of her experience when taken as a hostage in Somalia for 15 months.  Experiences of her torture and abuse are shared, and it is the power of her mind and escaping to "The House in the Sky" that allows her to persevere until she is released.  This booked is being developed into a movie which will be produced by and starring Rooney Mara.


7. STRONG Fitness Magazine 

What is not to love about this magazine?  The name itself exudes confidence and power, and each cover done in black and white, conveys this message as well.  This magazine works to motivate, educate and empower women to achieve a fit and healthy lifestyle. Practical nutrition tips, easy-to-follow workouts, real-life stories and interesting, health-related articles are presented every month.  One of the reasons it is so amazing is the photography.  Some of the most powerful photos I have seen in the industry are presented month after month in this magazine.


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