what i’m reading: march 2015

what im reading

I’m notorious for starting multiple books at once and (gulp) not finishing them – that was hard to type. However, posting what I’m reading every month to the blogosphere as really held me accountable to finishing all of the goodness that I’ve started. I’m a big reader, but I have never read so much or been so happy – so, thank you for unknowingly making me do it!

Below, you can check out what I am reading in March (it’s an ambitious month for me!), and HERE on GoodReads, you can read any reviews posted from my February reading list.

Drumroll please…

  • Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle; This one has been on my bookshelf for quite some time and I am so excited to be digging in. After reading A New Earth and the Power of Now, I know that this book will only strengthen my pro-stillness stand.
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24 hr Bookstore by Robin Sloan; Next up on my fiction reads is this little gem about a mysterious 24- hr bookstore. #booksaboutbooks
  • Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom by Rick Hanson; This one is exactly what it sounds like and you can rest assured that I will bring everything I learn to my regularly scheduled posts.
  • Thrive by Arianna Huffington; another one that has been on my list since last year. I saw Arianna Huffinton speak at ABC Carpet and Home when this book launched. In the book, she introduces work life balance as a metric to success. It’s something that not a lot of round the clock working new yorkers talk about and I’m really glad she brought it up. Plus, she’ll be speaking at my office this month. I hope to have some good questions for her!
  • E-cubed: 9 More Experiments That Prove Manifesting Magic and Miracles is Your Full-Time Gig by Pam Grout; Yep! I’m at in again. If this book looks familiar it’s because I read E-Squared in February. I will repeat, I manifested yellow butterflies in the middle of new york winter. I am excited to see what these 9 more experiences will bring.
  • Love is the Killer App by Tim Sanders; A recommendation from a friend and colleague. It’s title made it an easy purchase. After reading goodreads descriptions, It’s still hard to figure out quite what it’s about but this quote got me really excited.
    • “In short, you become one of those amazing, outstanding people to whom everyone turns, who leads rather than follows, who never runs out of ideas, contacts, or friendship.”

What are you reading this month?

Thanks for reading! (pun intended.)

new year, new blog

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Let’s get this blog party started.

First and foremost, thank you for reading in 2014! Despite my lack of recent posts, your comments, shares, love, and encouragement have kept this little blog on my mind and I’m really excited to bring you even more in 2015.

In true re-launch fashion, allow me to re-introduce myself! Well, it’s me, Amy K Hall. (See what I did there?) To keep it simpleI launched this blog with a desire to share some of my beliefs, thoughts, and practices for living a better life.

My hope is to inspire other people to change the way they fundamentally think about life, love, stress, and everything in between. I believe that if we are strong enough to ignite change within ourselves, we can change our lives and ultimately, change the world.

Here’s the thing, even if your goal is not to rock the whole world, who doesn’t want a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life? That’s what I thought.

If this sounds like something you’re into in 2015, you’re not only following the right blog, you are in for a treat. In addition to a weekly betterment post from yours truly, you’ll be the first to hear about the launch of my little betterment book club and any 2015 workshops that are in development!

But now, I’d love to hear from you! 

  • Is there a topic you’d love to read about?
  • a book you think would be great for the book club?
  • Just want to say hello? I’d love that.

Leave a comment or contact me here. 

Thanks again for reading & cheers to 2015!

Amy K Hall

i guess nike was right all along

I was once scared of blogging. (I know…) You can read about it here. 

Since overcoming that, I’ve been fascinated with discovering the secret formula for kickstarting a good habit or, really, starting anything.

We all know some things are good for us, yet,  we can’t always bring ourselves to do them. For example, meditation, theres enough research telling us that this is without a doubt good for us but what’s the secret for getting started?

I look at people who are ridiculously healthy & energized and think…how did they do that? How did that happen to them? Oh, you mean they ate healthier, exercised, put in the work, and that’s the result? 

Yes. Just like that.

Turns out, there is no magic formula that will make you exercise, force you to meditate, eat your vegetables, take your vitamins, stop drinking so much on the weekdays (I’m talking to you, New York – you’re killing me) start your blog, write your book – anything! 

You just have to do it. 

Take one small action today and it will build the momentum for another small action tomorrow. 

Thats all. 

Just. do. it.

I guess Nike was on to something.

how do you meditate?

I’ve noticed some people are very rigid not just in their practice of meditation, but in their definition of meditation.

Truthfully, It means something different to everyone. It’s not important that you do it a certain way. It’s just important that you do it. Why? Well, because science says so. There are studies that prove mediation can improve your focus, lower your blood pressure and even alter your genes. Who doesn’t want that?

The goal is to think of nothing, give your mind rest, and truly, if for only 20 minutes a day, be in the present. Whatever gives you that rest and clears the noise in your head, do more of it!

I have friends that paint their nails, hold a plank, dance, or sing as their meditation. Although I prefer the standard 20 minutes of sit-in-silence-and-think-of-nothing-technique, I’ll try just about anything.

How do you meditate?

more on fear

“Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait, and wait without anxiety.”

-A Course in Miracles

 

That sounds nice. To feel so sure about where you will end up that you lose all anxiety sounds like a dream, and it’s true.

What I am realizing now is that it’s worth taking the time to get really clear and confident about what we want to achieve. Through this clarity, we lose the fear that tells us we can’t reach our goals. Fear, after all, is the only thing holding us back.