Things That Helped Me Grow in 2018

I’m a big fan of learning from others. I like to do things as efficient as possible so I’m constantly turning to the Internet in search of the best products and ways to do things. Here are my top finds!

  1. Headspace – this is a meditation app. I had never tried meditation consistently until this app. This is what I do first thing in the morning for 10 mins. I struggled with sleep for about 3 years and meditation was one of the key things to help me sleep. The app looks like this:
  2. Practicing Gratitude every morning. Every morning after I meditate I open up OneNote on my iPhone and put down at least 3 things I am thankful for. This can be anything that comes to mind. It may be morning snuggles from my kids one day to grateful for a great workout to something nice my team or boss said, whatever comes to your head, write it down. Why is this important? Because no matter what happens that day, you’re starting your day off on a positive note. You cannot be grateful and negative at the same time. This sets you up for a great day. This may be difficult at first but it gets easier. Make sure where ever you write all that your thankful for that you can access it later. The day or week you are feeling in a funk, and you’ll have those days we all do, go back and read about all the great things in your life. It will help you get out of that funk!!!
  3. Some of my favorite books. I love to read. Just to be clear I have not always been a reader. In High School and College, I only read what was required in school. I few years ago I researched what CEO’s did as part of their daily routine and reading was one of them. I’ve learned that I love to read because I love to learn new things and get better. The books I read are all non-fiction that probably fall into the Business, Leadership, or Self-Help category. I’m sharing the 3 most impactful books I read last year. There were others that were awesome too but I narrowed it down to these:
  • Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. She talks a lot about courage and developing brave leaders to answer their call to courage. She also talks about the importance of defining success for yourself rather than letting others do it for you. One on my favorite quotes from this book is:
    • “If you’re not in the arena also getting your ass kicked, I’m not interested in your feedback.” -Brene Brown
  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. This book was an eye opener on what current habits were. Specifically around food. Oh I’ll just have this sweet treat or a Starbucks, but I eat pretty good most of the time. What I didn’t realize is how much I was getting a Starbucks latte full of sugar and dairy which my stomach does not love but I do and how those times/triggers add up. A latte isn’t bad occasionally but when it becomes a habit it can add up! Same thing with your daily routine, if you want to lose weight, you need to make it part of your routine and a daily habit. “The accomplishment of any goal is the progressive accumulation or compound effect, of small steps taken consistently over time.” -Darren Hardy
  • Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. Oh how I love Rachel. She is real and sending a great message of empowerment to women around the world. I love her passion and hustle. She is relatable and helping women be who they are meant to be.

Thanks for taking the time to read my post!