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

what i’m reading: february 2015

Winter is cold here in New York and sometimes the best thing you can do is curl up with a good book (or a few) and keep your mind off of these freezing temperatures and away from day dreams of waves, sand, and sun.

Before I share my February reading list with you, I must preface it with a few things.

  • I read multiple books at once. Do you guys ever do that?  I read mostly non-fiction; without a major storyline to follow, I find it easy to bounce around from book to book.
  • Although I almost never read fiction, I love it and my goal is to read at least 1 fiction book per month in 2015
  • I began reading some of these books in January. My plan is to finish them in February!

Leave a comment and let me know what you’re reading in February or I’ll always take a good book recommendation!

What I’m Reading: February 2015:

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The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer

I have rule. If a book is recommended to me by three different people on three different occasions, I must read. This is one of those books.  

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dyss 

Discovering your Soul Signature by Panache Desai

A great friend recommended this book. There is a short passage to read in the morning, afternoon, and at night for 22 days. I’ve already learned so much and i’m only half way through. I included one of my favorite passages in last week’s post on finding gratitude in our darkest moments. 

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E-Squared by Pam Grout

Energy experiments that work. I’ve already manifested yellow butterflies in the middle of winter in NYC. It works. This is a very great go at your own pace or rather experiment at your own pace kind of book. 

 

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

This classic probably needs so explanation for you but I will leave you with my favorite quote:

“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

#truth

we were liars

We were Liars by E. Lockhart

My escape into fiction. Yes; I realize The Alchemist is also fiction but the classic story resonates with so many of us that I cannot mentally file it in fiction. digress. I read a preview on my kindle and went out to purchase the very next day. I can’t wait to curl up with it.

Now, let me know what you’re reading or what should be next on my list!

Thanks for reading! (pun intended)

Amy K Hall