One of the habits I’ve started to build and embrace is every morning walking about 2.5 miles around my neighborhood. This is providing several benefits for me.
- It’s great, low-impact exercise.
- It helps to tone muscles.
- My waistline is shrinking.
- It gears me up for the day.
- It’s the perfect time to listen to audio books.
I love books.
They are portable and so jam packed full of information, inspiration and guidance that I just can’t help but devour as many as I possibly can as quickly as I can.
Okay, so I’m a little bit of a learning junkie.
Problem is, I’m not the fastest reader ever, life distractions happen and books tend to put me to sleep within 10 minutes when I read in bed at night.
Sometimes it seems to take me a month just to finish 1 book.
This is not acceptable for me. At all.
Walking has allowed me the opportunity to listen to (and FINISH!) books that have been important for me to read, but just haven’t had the chance to yet.
Not only has walking helped to improve my health, it’s also helped to improve my mind.
These books have been huge inspirations for me, so sharing them with you and the impact that they have made on me so far is like sitting down with a dear friend and sharing my best and newest secrets with them.
So, my dear friend, here are the top 5 audiobooks I’ve listened to that have had a huge impact on me lately:
1. Lesson From Madame Chic by Jennifer L. Scott
I picked up Lessons From Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living In Paris to learn more about how the French lived their day-to-day life and mainly to learn more about how a capsule wardrobe works. The French have teeny-tiny closets because having a big wardrobe is not necessary to them. This fascinated me and I had to learn more. Turns out the 37 piece capsule wardrobe that I have been aspiring to achieve is very large according to the French. In fact, their capsule wardrobe is more like 10 pieces. This was a bit of a shock to me, but hearing how they do it has me in awe.
Another lesson I retained was about how they stay so stinking skinny while still eating delicious and decadent treats every day. The main lesson behind it was that they walk everywhere and are not lazy. Plus they eat in moderation and their food is usually home made.
This is one of the inspirations behind why I started walking more.
There are lots of other great lessons in this book, but these two were the ones that impacted me the most.
2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
Marie Kondo’s book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up is well…LIFE-CHANGING!
I listened to this more in the car going between Georgia and South Carolina with my husband and although he shook his head at some of the off-the-wall ways in which Marie views clutter and items, it impacted him almost as much as it impacted me.
Marie teaches in the book to go through everything in your entire house in a certain order to tidy. As you do, hold each item and ask yourself “Does this bring me joy?”. If no, toss or donate it. If yes, keep it.
The goal is to surround yourself with only things that bring you joy.
After we got home from our trip my husband found himself looking around the living room at everything and asking himself this very question. Most everything he looked at turned into a “No.” He knew right then and there that it was time to start purging things.
Now we are in the process of going through everything so we can be surrounded only by things we love.
Thanks Marie for writing such a phenomenal book!
3. You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One) by Jeff Goins
I love to write, but that doesn’t mean I write as much as I should. In fact, sometimes I need a quick kick in the rear as a reboot. That’s exactly what Jeff Goins did for me in You Are a Writer (So Start Acting Like One).
Jeff inspirational stories of self-doubt and what it took for him to become a professional writer really helped me get through my own self-doubt.
This also inspired my daily goal of writing 500 words.
4. The Art of Work by Jeff Goins
The Art of Work rocked my world!
Jeff talks about how most people don’t have epiphanies about what their calling is in life until after they have been working away at life for a while. He explains that everything you do, have been taught and have been a part of all comes together for you when the epiphany happens. Sometimes the calling isn’t even clear until it ends.
Jeff also talks about how the process of becoming a master craftsman is a lost art, and is also one of the biggest reasons why we, as a society, feel lost in what we are meant to do. The mentorship has been traded for university style training and the personalization of learning something at master status has all but disappeared.
This book gave me so many epiphanies just listening to it. If you are feeling lost on what your calling in life is suppose to be, I highly recommend this practical and insightful book.
5. Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind by Jocelyn K. Glei
Routines. We all have them. In fact, the mind loves them. I know that in order to master myself and my life, I need to change the habits and routines that are so ingrained in me at a sub-conscious level. I need to create habits and routines that will help me move forward in my life and not just leave me going on autopilot.
That is exactly why I started listening to Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind. It’s core is about tools to help tackle the always on work life (and for me, my brain!).
I want to build a clear, sharp, focused day, year and life. It’s helping to give me the necessary tools I need to simplify things in a way that work and drive me.
I am ready to master my life!
Now you know my secrets dear friend.