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.)

let’s warm this winter up

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I have to be honest with you, I’m more than a little tired of hearing myself complain about how cold it is outside, how rough this winter’s been, and how much I want to sarcastically comment “well, aren’t you lucky?” on every tropical picture floating around social media.

A day hasn’t passed that I haven’t woken up and obsessively checked the weather forecast and when that stupid groundhog announced 6 more weeks of winter, I contemplated abandoning all that I know and love by hopping on a plane to Mexico with no date to be returned.

Call it want you want but i’ve been in a winter RUT — and I just know I can’t be alone on this one?!

There’s a quote from a book that I love:

When we are no longer able to change a situation – we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl, Mans Search for Meaning

If you’re not familiar with Viktor E. Frankl, he was a psychiatrist and holocaust survivor. Whenever I re-read this book or hear this quote, it’s all I need to keep me grounded.

He survived the holocaust and throughout still managed to find peace within in himself by accepting what he could not change and i’m whining about my winter?

talk about perspective, people. 

A situation I can’t control? I’d say the weather is high on that list.

Since winter isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, I’ve created a 7 day winter warm up to challenge and change my perspective. I’m hoping an assignment a day will keep these winter blues away — Contact me here to be added to the list for email updates!  OR you can play along here

And tell me in the comments… what are you doing this winter to keep your mind, body, and spirit warm? 

Thanks for reading!

Amy K Hall

choose wisely

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I had a tarot card reading* last week and received some very well timed and beautifully simple guidance; choose wisely.

I have a lot of interests and just like everyone else in the world, I have a lot of distractions that I allow to steal time right away from me.

I’m not sure about you but when I realize I’ve let these distractions get the best of me, I come down really hard on myself and you know what?

Feeling sorry for yourself is the biggest time suck of all. Just forgive yourself, and move on!

So, people, my message for you (and me) today is simple.

Choose wisely!

Choose wisely how you spend your time, who you spend it with, and most importantly, how you treat yourself because our time in this life is limited, It’s precious, and you’re worth it.

Thanks for reading!

Amy K Hall

*tarot reading was done by the lovely Danielle Mercurio

meet Shirley, the center of my vision board

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That’s Shirley. In case it’s difficult to see, she’s in a swimming pool, on water skis, surrounded by beach balls, smiling, waving and most importantly?

having the time of her life.

I have some really big plans on that vision board.

Plan a wedding, write a book, start a business, travel, the focus this year is intense and Shirley is there to remind me of two very important things.

  1. Take your dreams, goals, ambitions seriously but never take yourself too seriously.
  2. If you’re not having the time of your life, whatever you’re doing, probably isn’t worth your time.

To be clear: Shirley is not a reminder that if things get challenging or scary, we should give up. Not even close. Shirley is a reminder to stay connected to why and remain passionate about what we do. When we are connected and passionate, even the most monstrous of challenges, won’t shake us.

They will inspire us to keep moving. 

Here’s to hoping you all have a Shirley in your life visions.

Thanks for reading!

Amy k Hall

gratitude in the dark

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I’m convinced that learning to show gratitude for all of our troubles traumas and misfortunes is the hardest, and most crucial practice of gratitude there is.

We each have our own personal definition of trauma and misfortune so I”ll let you define it for yourself.

Losing my dad was nothing short of a stomping crush to the soul. That’s the best way to describe it. Even now, just typing that, I can feel it in my chest.

Slowly and all to quickly following my fathers sudden death, was the disappearance of my mother. Not from this world, not into the unknown, but from my life.

Harder to process than those two soul stomping events was the scary reality of just how fragile we are to be human. 

I could go on with the ups and downs that followed but the point of painting your Sunday with this picture is to share that 10 years later, I am truly grateful for those tragic experiences.

Those events ignited my deep curiosity in the human spirit.

They led me to deeply understand that all we can change and control is ourselves and how we respond to all that occurs, and when you truly change yourself from the inside out, it’s contagious. 

Happiness really isn’t a destination; it’s a choice that you make many moments throughout the day, wether you realize it or not. 

There is freedom in learning to forgive without expectations.

We are our own worst enemies and also our own greatest warriors.

Nothing is ever as difficult as our mind will convince us it is. 

And that we are stronger than we will ever know. 

I don’t wish tragedy on anyone; the unfortunate truth is that it exists in many forms and we will all feel it at one point or another. 

I wouldn’t be me without my experiences and you wouldn’t be you without yours, and that includes the darkest of moments.

I’m challenging each of you to look back into the dark in search of what you can be thankful for even if it’s just gratitude for who you have become. When you can be grateful for these moments, the daily habit of gratitude becomes easier to sustain.

If you cannot yet look back and see light or look at your present and see your progress, then I urge you to look back and just allow yourself to feel.  

“though we might wish to run away from these people or situations that trigger us, what will ultimately heal us is running toward them. We don’t want to do this. Every fiber of our being wants to turn away. We don’t want to feel But triggers are present in our lives in order for us to come to a greater level of self- acceptance.”

—Panache Desai, Discovering your Soul Signature

and then maybe read his book 😉

With so much gratitude,

Amy K Hall