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Two Books I’ve Read In March | Review

Two Books I've Read In March

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am really into self-help books. It seems those are the only books I can read until the end. I have so many finance books…that are all half read…

This month’s books were both self-help and both had concepts of spirituality embedded in them. One of them, not as much as the other, and little more on the comical side of things.

I’m sure you guys have heard of Jen Sincero and read her book; You Are a Badass. This month, I read her sequel called I am a Badass at Making Money. If you haven’t read her original one, I highly recommend it. I always go back to it and re-listen to it, whenever I feel like I need a boost of motivation in my life. I also bought this month’s book on audible, which for me is great to re-listen to whenever I am cooking or at work or working on my blog. That’s what I love about audible, you can re-listen to any book whenever you want to ensure the points of the book really get carved in your brain.

The other book I read has officially become one of my favorite books of all time. It’s called Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell. It’s fighting for first place with The Alchemist. Both talk about the Universe having your back, well as all of the books I’ve read do, but in different ways.

Two Books I've read in march

I read both books at the same time this month as one was an audio book and the other was a hard copy. Which was in a way amazing to be able to embed the whole law of attraction/Universe principles in my brain.

Light is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell

This book is written so beautifully. It’s written different than most books in that it’s almost written like a poem. There are some pages that are motivational sayings or just quotes. I absolutely loved it. I think Rebecca did it on purpose to have it have meaning to you at a point in time that you needed to hear those words. I was a little weary about this book when I first started reading because Rebecca believes in reincarnation and it’s not something I believe in as of now, so I decided to just ignore that or in other words, respect other people’s views. Once I got passed that, I was able to enjoy the book. She doesn’t talk about it too much to make the book un-relatable for someone like me who doesn’t have the same belief. I’ve left so many little sticky notes in this book to be able to go back to and re-read. I’ve also learned so many practices related to mindfulness and meditations.

This book is, in the same breath, a book on self-help, self-confidence and spirituality. The books message is to follow your heart and to do what lights you up. In doing what lights you up, you give a chance to light up the world and allow others to have courage to light themselves up, too. This book is about believing in yourself, to taking out your ego and fear in what you do, and to follow your purpose in this lifetime. It’s about trusting that the Universe has your back, but also to put in the work. It’s also about trusting your gifts and that you have a voice that needs to be heard and have gifts that others are waiting to receive. It’s a beautiful book and has easily become one of my top 5 favorite books.

You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

I love Jen Sincero’s humor with her self-help books. She takes the subject and makes it light for readers. If you haven’t read You Are a Badass, I would highly recommend that first. This book is also, in some way, has spiritual side to it. She talks about Law of attraction, God and believing in a higher power or the Universe, which has your best intentions in this world. She talks about how to change your mindset around money and how many of us don’t think that we deserve it and how we can change that thought. She also puts into perspective why money is important and how it can be easily achievable (with hard work), if you put her concepts into action. She, herself was poor, had bad connotations with money until she was about 40, which is nice to hear because it means we can all still pick ourselves up and live a more meaningful live with the help of money. This is also on my audible app, and I’m excited to listen to it whenever I feel that I need to hear the concepts again. She really makes you think about the concepts by asking you questions and sharing what you can do to really understand why you need money in your life and how it would benefit you. Sometimes all it takes to understand ourselves is to put it in writing.

Two Books I've Read In March

I love that both books I read this month had spirituality concepts in them and if that’s your thing, too, then definitely give both of these books a try!

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Until next time,

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“Growth is painful. Change is painful. But nothing is as painful as staying stuck somewhere you don’t belong.” – Unknown

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Two Books I’ve Read in February | Review

Two Books I've Read in February

As some of you know from my previous post about my 2018 reading list, my goal for this year is to read two books per month.

I can proudly say, I have accomplished that so far. It definitely does take dedication, but like I’ve said, I didn’t put myself on a high unachievable goal. It is a goal that’s, yes a bit challenging, but also very achievable with a little habit change.

The two books I’ve read this month had both the same feel to it, which was about reaching your goals and dreams. They were both written so uniquely and had a dreamy feel to it.

The first book I’ve read is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Two Books I've Read in February

This is a very well written book and is written almost like a poem. One of the first books I’ve read where the writing wasn’t all structured the same as any other book. I guess it makes sense with the title of the book being about art and that writing is a form of art. I see what you did there Steven Pressfield….

If you are struggling to create something because of your negative thoughts or your own laziness, give this book a try. It allows you to step out of your shell and to step out of your conformity and to get closer to your authentic self. It’s, in a way, a book about how to get closer to your soul and to your souls calling. I highly recommend it. It’s also an easy read.

The next book I’ve read (which many of you probably already read), is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Two Books I've Read in February

I think I finished this book within a week. I have never read a book this fast since I was in high school. The last books that got me feeling like I was in a fantasy world, all caught up in their world was Twilight. Ha! I know, good ol’ days (or maybe not for Twilight haters…). This books is officially my favorite book out of any other book I have read. This book is written so well and so magically that it takes you to another place.

The Alchemist is a good book on teaching you life lessons, to get closer to your soul and to never stop being a dreamer. It shows you that absolutely anything is possible for you if you just ask and want it bad enough. This book is about a little boy going out and finding his treasure and I feel that this book is a treasure in itself. I felt so happy reading this and if you haven’t read it yet….what are you doing!! Go and get this book, and thank me later. 🙂

Both of the books had the Law of Attraction embedded in them, so if that’s your thing, then these books will be helpful for you in your journey.

Thanks for reading!

xx, Ozzy

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“I do believe something very magical can happen when you read a good book.” J.K. Rowling

4 In Lifestyle/ Motivation

Recommended Books & My 2018 Reading List

Reading list for 2018

One of my goals for this year is to read 2 books each month, so by 2019 I will have read 24 books. I believe this goal is attainable and realistic.

Last year, my goal was to read 50 books, which I did not get anywhere close to that. Why? Because my goal was unrealistic (not everyone can be Bill Gates), and not achievable from the start. That is not to say that I cannot achieve that goal maybe in a year or two, but I just need to build momentum first.

If you want a list of my all-time favorite self-help books, you can check out this post here.

2017 was a good year for some amazing books, but there are some I haven’t finished yet. I tend to read about 3 books at a time. Who else does that? I like to go from one book to another depending on my mood. At the end of the day, reading should be enjoyable. It’s kind of like watching TV; you tune into the show or movie you are in the mood to watch, so I tend to do the same with books.

Here is My 2017 Recommended Books:

  1. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel with Blake Masters

This was the last book I read in 2017, and was a great choice. This is written by the co-founder of PayPal and advises on anyone who is looking to start a business, although, if that is not your goal, it’s also a great read for anyone interested in stories of many companies and powerful people like Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos. This book was very well written and super insightful. It’s one of those books that you can look back on and reread any parts that are helpful. It’s an easy and quick read, which is also great for anyone that doesn’t want to commit to a long book. This is also a great book to inspire you to keep the “American Dream” going as Peter shows you that there is still so much we have yet to discover.

  1. The $100 Start-Up By Chris Guillebeau

This is a great book for anyone who is looking to travel and work remotely by building a startup with a low cost. It’s also inspiring to know that you don’t need millions of dollars to start a company. I really enjoyed this one to get some ideas on how I could be creative myself.

  1. The Four-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris

This is a great book for anyone in the work field and who wants to maximize their efficiency in their work and how to be effective every single hour of the day. We don’t realize how much time gets wasted in the day by minuscular things. Tim shows you how you can fix the process and shorten the time for projects or meetings. He talks about how to be productive and how you can migrate your work or outsource unto others. There was even a story of how one guy outsourced all his work to an assistant in India, where she would even reply to his wife. Crazy, I know. This is also a great book for anyone who owns their own blog/business/start-up. It teaches and gives you so many resources. This book is raved about for all the good reasons.

  1. The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey

If one of your goals this year is to get out of debt, or to be better with your money, then Dave Ramsey is your guy. This book shows you how to quickly, but realistically, get out of debt. If you have student loans – this is your book. If you don’t, you still would benefit from this book tremendously as it shows you how any average American can become a millionaire by saving and putting their money in the right investments. It was quite eye opening for me.

  1. Boost Your Brain Power in 60 Seconds by Michelle Schoffro Cook

On the contrary, if one of your goals is to be healthier, this book is for you. It shows you how we can prevent many diseases by the foods we eat, how each food effects our body and what is best to feed our brain for optimal use. I enjoyed this book very much and it’s still by my bedside for as a reference for any of the concepts.

  1. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Lastly, if you read any book from my list, make sure it’s this one. This one wins my favorite for 2017. I have it on my Audible app, and re-listen to it whenever I feel that I need to hear Elizabeth’s words again. If her name sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is, she is the author of Eat, Pray, Love. This was beautifully written and the audible is narrated by Elizabeth herself, which is so calming to listen to. I absolutely love this book and cannot reiterate how much every creative person needs this book in their life. It shows you concepts of Law of Attraction, talks about how to tackle your fears and how to be the best version of yourself. I read/listened to this book 3 times this year.

List of Books to Read in 2018:

  1. Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowits

This book is about how big corporations, or the government takes all our information and uses it. I quickly became interested in this book after I heard the speech from one of the data analytics, who shared his process of how he helped Trump win office from all the research they did with our data. Facebook is one of the places where a lot of these companies go and I figured it’s time to learn what kind of information is getting used and what they know about who we are.

  1. The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks by Steven Pressfield

I saw Mel Robbins reading and recommending this on her Instagram story, so I figured I’d give it a try. It’s a book about breaking out of your fears and succeeding in your creative space. For anyone that is wanting to create something, but having blockage from your own thoughts, I think this would be a nice book. This book talks about resistance – which deters you from showing up, and not giving it your best.

  1. The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be by Jack Canfield

The author of this is the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Souls – popular series of books. This is a classic and maybe you guys already know about this. I think this book will be good for me to change my mindset, how to build my mind to be stronger, to persevere and how to be an achiever. So much of success comes from within your mind and I think this will teach me how to have a stronger mind. From my recommendations I’ve received, this seems like a good one to pick up if you are looking to create your dream life.

  1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

This book is a good book if you want to be consistent with your work. It also talks about small wins, which is something I highly value. Seems to be a good book to learn about good work ethics and how to persevere through any work.

  1. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Brief history of humans – I think it would be interesting to learn more about humans and the history of how we have evolved.

  1. Storyteller’s Secret by Carmine Gallo

This one teaches you how to be a better public speaker, which I believe everyone can benefit from. It’s a skillset you need as an adult and it’s better to be prepared now, then hope you knew more about the topic once an event comes up.

7. The Company of Women by Grace Bonney.

This book interviews a bunch of women entrepreneurs, which I’m sure as a female will be quite inspiring. With so many movements in the few couple of months for women; this year really feels like the year of women – so I’m sure this will be a good read.

8. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Lastly, this one is a classic. I’m sure you probably have already read this or it may also be on your reading list. I have yet to read it, and I am excited to see what the rave is all about. I heard that it has the law of attraction embedded in it without being too much.


That is all for all my recommended list and 2018 wish list! If you can tell – I love learning and I find that consistently growing your mind is super important, hence why most of my books are self-help. I find these types of books, personally, are the ones that grow my mind the most. You may be different and that is totally okay.

Let me know in the comments below if you have any recommendations for me!

Thanks for reading and have an amazing day!

xxo,

Ozzy

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5 In Motivation

The 5 Best Self-Help Books of All Time

If you haven’t taken the leap into the self-help world, then allow me to introduce you to the world that reaps more benefits than a 4-year college degree….

Okay, that is not to say a Bachelor’s degree or any other degree isn’t helpful, I think school teaches us things conceptually, but none of that matters without putting your knowledge into action. Also, learning about the nitty-gritty details of facts and concepts aren’t always what you need to excel and succeed in your career or life goals. Doesn’t mean education isn’t important, I am so grateful for my Bachelor’s degree – it’s something no one can take away from me.

What I’m trying to say is some of the most successful people didn’t even receive a college degree. To name a few: Steve Jobs (Founder of Apple), Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin brands), Dave Thomas (Wendy’s CEO), Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft), and Henry Ford (Ford Motors). The reason they are/were successful is because they were persistent, made quick decisions, knew what they wanted, and failed their way into success. Don’t worry if you don’t have these qualities yet, this is where the self-help comes into place!

Top 5 Books to Help You Grow And Achieve Your Best Self:

  1.   Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

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This one I kept seeing mentioned in places and kept reading about it, but I didn’t want to make the leap because I thought it would be all about money. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to get rich because sometimes that’s when you can offer the most to others. I mainly thought this book would be superficial and didn’t think it would be helpful. This book is so much more than that. This is the book they were referring to when they said “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. This book is pure gold. It pushes you into a mindset of thinking your way into success and into realization that nothing is impossible. It’s all in your head and your happiness sometimes is on the other side of fear. It gives you so many concepts you can put into action for your life. It teaches you how to go after what you want, to never doubt yourself and to decide. It has the concept of law of attraction embedded in it, which is very interesting and worth learning more about. I read this one last year and plan on reading it again this year and maybe once a year (it’s that good!).

  1. The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

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This one is interesting in that it teaches you why we do some of the things we do embedded in our habits. If you are looking to kick away a bad habit, this book is for you. It also teaches you how companies convince consumers of buying their products by utilizing people’s habit patterns. I have found it super interesting and an eye opener for how our brains work. If you were ever wondering why you go into Target with the intention of only buying one thing, but end up with several items, then read this book to understand why. It shows you how Target gets its consumers to spend more by strategically keeping track of habits. I think this book is also great because it will keep you mindful of your habits and make it easier to be in the moment. Habits are a strange part of life, but in a way really cool if you can use them to your advantage. I highly suggest you give this book a chance. I will probably read it again soon.

  1. Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

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This book is a miracle, like the title states. Hal Elrod also has a podcast, if you want to get started there: “Achieve Your Goals with Hal Elrod.” This book teaches you 5 important routines you can incorporate every day with a series of steps called S.A.V.E.R.S. It urges and encourages you to wake up one hour before you usually would. It pushes you out of your comfort zone of saying “I’m not a morning person.” Sometimes, your situation might not allow you to wake up early and he says you can also incorporate the routine at night. In my experience and opinion, it has worked the best for me when I do it first thing in the morning. The first S in S.A.V.E.R.S. is silence. Hal says to sit in silence for at least 5 minutes the first thing in the morning. You can either use meditation apps such as headspace, or you can just sit there focusing on your breathing. Trust me, I know it’s not easy at first, but this is the most crucial one out of all 5. The A is for affirmations. To start off, if you are at first uncomfortable with this, you can write it down instead of saying it. But ideally, you would do an affirmation routine for 5 minutes staring at yourself in the morning and saying positive things about yourself (even if you don’t believe it), such as “I am good enough, I am smart enough, I am beautiful, etc.”. I tend to say the things that I need the most at that moment in my life. If this is uncomfortable for you, you can also listen to something from YouTube and repeat after them. V is for visualization. For 5 minutes, Hal wants you to visualize either your goals, your aspirations or whatever you might need in your life at that moment. E is for exercise. He wants you to exercise for 20 minutes first thing in the morning. I think even with a busy schedule, 20 minutes can be do-able. He then has you read for 20 minutes which is the R in S.A.V.E.R.S. Lastly, he wants you to reflect by writing for 5 minutes. It could be about anything. It’s a way to dump all your thoughts into paper – this is the S in S.A.V.E.R.S. He calls it scribe. I think S.A.V.E.R.S. is a good way to get organized with your morning and you will feel so accomplished after you have completed it, all before 8 a.m.!

4. The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz, PH.D.

5 Best Self-Help Books of All Time

This one took me a little longer to read because I thought it would be the same concepts as “Think and Grow Rich”, but it was very different in many ways. This one gives you more concepts and exercises that you can do on your own. It also makes you question the things you do from your daily habits. It changes your thinking; whether that is thinking small or thinking negatively, it allows you to change your perspective on a lot of subjects. It allows you to be on a goal-setting mindset and allows you to achieve your small wins, daily. This one was a little “lighter” read than “Think and Grow Rich” as it wasn’t as intense, but I would still highly suggest you read “Think and Grow Rich” first.

5. Hustle by Jesse Warren Trelow

In my experience, I have found it helpful to read books to keep me in a particular mindset. This one is a short and easy read. It teaches you that anything is possible with determination, focus and drive. The author, Jesse, wrote this book in 7 days to prove that point. Don’t let that discourage into thinking this book is nothing but great, it is truly amazing. It gives you, once again, great concepts to embed into your daily routine. It has many useful resources that you can use including a fast 20 minute workout you can do in the mornings. This book is also only $0.99 on Amazon, which is insane because it’s a gem!

Some pretty cool hustlers to date: Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bill Gates, Charles Darwin, Elon Musk, Halle Berry, Jamie Foxx, John Lee Dumas, Sigmund Freud, Tim Ferris, Tom Brady, Tony Robbins, Tom Hanks….. & maybe you’re next on the list!

Thanks for reading.

xx, Ozzy

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