I spent this past weekend attempting to get my life together and prepared for 2018. I did some deep cleaning, light organize, and had an abundant amount of self-care. One of the self-care things I did was engulf myself in reading articles and books related to some of my goals for 2018. Reading is a great way to help clear your mind of mental fluff and get your priorities in check. So, I’ve gathered a list of books to read to help you flourish in 2018.
If your interested in some awesome and aspiring reads to get you together this year, keep reading for my suggestions.
“Good Morning, Lovely!” is what should’ve been the first thing you saw when you open my revived newsletter that I sent out this morning!
Yes, after an extra-long hiatus, I’m back to send out weekly newsletters. They have a name; Monday Minute and they should hit your inbox every Monday morning. Keep reading for more reasons to sign-up and a peak into what was in today’s newsletter.
I hope you all survived and enjoyed your 3-day weekend, because I did. Also, I survived not staining any clothes with barbecue sauce this weekend. I celebrate all successes. Although we still have a few weeks left until it’s officially summer, I’m already preparing for it. One thing I already have ready for summer is my summer reading list.
So, if you are looking for summer read suggestions or just a good book to slowly chisel away over the next few months, keep reading for my picks.
Books have always been a love of mine, even when I stopped reading as much as I used to read. However, I always have a book within reach. For example, I usually have between 4-5 different books on my nightstand. Some of these books are books I’m currently reading, next in line to read, and books that I read for moments of motivation. So, I decided to share my current nightstand books.
The book I’m currently reading and almost done with is the Anti 9-5 Guide: Practical Career Advice for Women Who Think Out The Cube. That’s such a long title for a small book. I’ve been slowly reading this book for the past few months. However, don’t let that deter you from thinking that this book sucks, because it’s pretty good. It gives straight the point tips and ideas on how you can break away from you everyday 9-5 job. This book is loaded with advice from different women who have been able to break out away from the cubicle life. I only have a couple of chapters left, but I think I’m actually going to try to finish this up by this weekend.
I recently realized that I make monthly payments for a handful of digital subscriptions.
Digital subscriptions definitely play one of the biggest parts in how we live our lives and the structure of the “new norm”, including how we work, eat, and even consume entertainment. So, I decided to share a few of my favorite subscriptions that are purely digital, meaning I only access it from a downloaded app or software.
- Netflix – Who doesn’t have (or access to *wink, wink) to a Netflix account? I’ve been with Netflix for years now and I really don’t see myself ever not giving them that $8 a month. Aside from having of some of my favorite movies and complete seasons of my all-time fav TV shows, they also have some of the best original TV shows, including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, which are amazing. Plus, Fuller House (Full House spin-off) is debuting later this month and Kimmy Schmidt is coming back next month. Can’t wait!
- Adobe Photoshop – When I was in college, I used my student ID to get my first copy of Adobe Photoshop. Even with the discount, it was still very pricey. So, pricey, that I only upgrade ($299 I think) once in 10 year. Expensive software…ugh. Thankfully, Adobe now offers cloud subscriptions that you can pay for monthly or yearly, which also allows you to access your account and projects from various devices, including your phone. I love technology.
- Tidal – There are so many music streaming services out there and most of them have at least a free (ad filled)subscription. However, for me, Tidal is just a better fit. Other than being able to stream music from my favorite artists, they also have exclusive content such as videos, Behind the Scenes footage, and first access to new music. Recently, Beyonce, Rihanna, and Kanye West provided music and videos that was only exclusive to Tidal subscribers.
- Sworkit – I recently was introduced to this fitness app on an episode of Shark Tank. Sworkit was my answer for “I don’t have enough time to workout”. Depending on your needs, Sworkit will create a workout routine based on the time you have to complete and even what areas of the body you want to work on. This app gives you access to real personal trainers with actual video demonstrations of countless different workout routines. The best part for me is that most of these workouts don’t involve the need for any equipment. It’s like having your own personal trainer, on-call, and in your back pocket…literally.
If you have any other digital subscriptions that you pay for, monthly or yearly, please share below.