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WHAT I READ IN 2019 & WHAT’S ON MY READING LIST FOR 2020

Today I want to share with you what I read in 2019 & what’s on my reading list for 2020. I hope this post can give you some book inspiration ✨📖

If you are like me – then you love books! I’m always on the hunt for another great book to read. I love all kinds of books, but especially within the self-development & holistic health genre. So if you are into the same, then you might find some inspiration in this post.

Last year I sat a goal for myself to read 20+ books, and I managed to do so! I read 21 books, and I absolutely love how much I have learned & I just love to keep expanding my mind and worldview.

What I read in 2019:
– “Rise Sister Rise” – Rebecca Campbell
– “Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda” – Sahara Rose
– “Shine” – Andy Cope & Gavin Oattes
– “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success” – Deepak Chopra
– “Money and the Law of Attraction” – Esther & Jerry Hicks
– “Think & Grow Rich” – Napoleon Hill
– “Gut” – Giulia Enders
– “Intelligent Cells” – Bruce Lipton
– “Brain Maker” – David Perlmutter
– “The Beauty of Dirty Skin” – Whitney Bowe
– “Creating Affluence” – Deepak Chopra
– “Creative Visualization” – Shakti Gawain
– “Atomic Habits” – James Clear
– “Holistic Dental Care” – Nadine Artemis
– “Eat that Frog!” – Brian Tracy
– “The Magic of Thinking Big” – David J. Schwartz
– “Light is the New Black” – Rebecca Campbell
– “The War of Art” – Steven Pressfield
– “The Seat of the Soul” – Gary Zukav
– “You are a Badass at Making Money” – Jen Sincero
– “Find Gaven i Dine Forældres Skilsmisse” – Ida Golriz

I loved all the books, but the ones that really had a big impact on me was “The Magic of Thinking Big“, “Brain Maker” and “The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success“. I would also highly recommend my dear friend Idas book “Find Gaven i Dine Forældres Skilsmisse” if your parents are going through a divorce, or if you are a parent going through a divorce.

Now on to the next topic – what I then want to read in 2020. I have sat the same goal for myself this year, that I want to read 20+ books, and I already have a lot of great ones on my hand, waiting to be explored.

What I want to read in 2020:
– “Awaken the Giant Within” – Tony Robbins
– “Energy Medicine” Jill Blakeway
– “The Tapping Solution” – Nick Ortner
– “Kaizen” – Robert Maurer
– “Bevidsthedens Udstråling” – Frank Lorenzen
– “Super Attractor” – Gabrielle Bernstein
– “Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself” – Joe Dispenza
– “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind” – Vishen Lakhiami
– “Wishes Fulfilled” – Wayne W. Dyer

But as I said, I’m always open for new books, and my 2020 list haven’t reached 20 books yet, so if you have any good recommendations, please share them with me in the comments! I would also love to know what’s on your reading list for 2020? Lots of love x ✨📖

Inspiration Self-development

WHAT YOU WATER WILL GROW

If you want something in your life, know that what you water will grow. It might not come from one day to the next, but consistent, continuous action will make the plant grow 🌱✨

The seed you water and takes care of, is the seed that will grow into a plant. Water the things you want to see grow in your life. Do you want more things to be grateful for? Start by looking at the things you already have in your life, and be grateful for that. If you want to get better at anything specific – give it your attention and do the work.

The concept of what you water will grow also goes the opposite way. If you keep on complaining about things, you will continue to find things to complain about and you’ll get stuck in a rut.

Be clear with yourself about what you want and what you don’t want in your life. Once you know this, you can start to give attention and water the things you want to see grow and flourish 🌱✨

Question for you: So what are you going to water this year? Love, happiness, a specific project? Go give it all your attention and eventually you will watch it grow ✨

Inspiration Self-development

MAKE YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF A ‘RICH LIFE’

It’s so easy nowadays with social media to get caught up in other people’s dreams and goals. Seeing people travelling the world, seeing people do big things and thinking that you want the same that others have. But here it is so important to tune into yourself, and really ask yourself about what YOU want for your life. Make your own definition of a ‘rich life’ ✨

I have for sure been caught up in other people’s dreams before, thinking that I wanted XYZ for my own life. Yet beginning to chase some things, and starting to feel more into what it would actually be like having those things or living that way, it just didn’t resonate with me. Remember, we are ALL different, and that is the beauty of life. Let’s inspire each other, show what’s possible, reach new heights, but always remember to check in with yourself and ask if the dreams you are seeking actually makes you happy? Is that really want your life to be like? Or does the thought of actually living a specific way don’t make you feel good, and you simply do it out of the thought that that is what you should do?

Sit down with yourself – often, because your goals and dreams will change over time when you change as a person – and be very honest with yourself about what kind of life you want to live. What does success mean to you? How do YOU want your life to be like?

Ask yourself these questions:
– What kind of life do I want to live?
– What do I want to spend most of my time on?
– Is there something I would regret not doing in my life?
– Where do I want to live?
– How do I want to live?

This is YOUR life, and you should create it exactly as you want it ✨

Inspiration Self-development

PROGRESS NOT PERFECTION

If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll never do anything. It’s all about progress not perfection ✨ So start that project, do that workshop, release that song. Send it out into this world.

That one thing you’ve always been wanting to do, but haven’t done yet because you are afraid that it’s not perfect – put it out into the world! If you keep on waiting and waiting and never get the things out, you’ll never be able to reach those dreams, or improve the thing. The first things you put out in the world – whether that be a workshop, a book, a movie, a song, will probably never be ‘perfect’. But because of that first piece you put out, you’re now able to learn from that first thing and do it even better the next time, and the next. But if you never put it out, you’ll never improve and you’ll end up disappointing yourself for never having tried.

It’s all about progress, not perfection. See everything you do as a learning opportunity. The first time a child walks, it will fall down so many times. But it does not give up. It keeps trying and trying, until it eventually one day walks.

But so many people nowadays give up so easily, if they feel like they are ‘failing’. But there is no such thing as failure, there is only learning that is a spring board for you to become even better.

“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of your lives”
– Lemony Snicket

Take this as a sign to start that project. Send it out into the world. Begin it, and don’t worry about it being perfect. Rather worry about it never reaching the world. Make it, send it out, learn from it and see what amazing things will come your way once you start to send out your creations ✨

Happiness Self-development

WHEN YOU ARE YOU, YOU ATTRACT THE RIGHT PEOPLE

Today I want to remind you to be completely yourself. Because when you are YOU, you attract the right people ✨

It’s really simple, when you are completely yourself, you attract the right people into your life. When you fully show up as who you are, what your interest and passions are – you allow the people who are on the same path as you to find you. But if you pretend to be someone else, or just to ‘fit in’, you won’t find those friendships / relationships where you have things in common.

Be completely yourself and the right people will find you! We are all different, and that is so beautiful, we all have different interests, passions, life goals etc. and there should be room for everyone.

So this was simply a little reminder to shine your light and let the people who needs to find you see your light 🙌✨

Self-development

USE ACTION TO CURE FEAR

Do you have big dreams and goals, that at times seems so big that you become completely paralysed about what to do? Use action to cure fear! ✨

Not that long ago I read two books that have motivated me even more to start taking more action towards my dreams. One was “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz and the other was “Eat that Frog” by Brian Tracy. Both books have reminded me of the magic of taking action!

We often tend to overthink, worry and build up things in our heads, and even though it might be things we want to do, or we just tell ourselves that they are too difficult, we build them up and end up procrastinating out of fear of doing the thing.

You probably already know the feeling. You have a big dream, but it might be so big that you get completely paralysed as to what to do to even achieve that big dream, that you end up doing nothing at all.

Here comes the lesson: “Action cures fear“, as David Schwartz says in his book. Take action, and the fear will go away. And, as I’ve talked about a thousand times before – taking action towards big dreams can be completely overwhelming, but if you break down your big goal into smaller, more actionable steps, and then just start taking one step, and then the next and then the next – eventually you will get there!

If you’re reading this post, take this as a sign to begin to TAKE ACTION on your dreams and goals! Write down the big dream, and write down all the little things you can start doing that will help you get closer towards that goal ✨

Holistic & Spiritual living Self-development

WHAT YOU AFFIRM GROWS

What you affirm grows. What you pay attention to grows. Become aware of this, and start to pay attention to the things you want more of in your life ✨

One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life so far, is that what you affirm grows and what you pay attention to grows. This goes for both good and bad things. If you pay attention to how much love you have in your life, and how kind, generous, inspirational people are – you will get more and see more of this. On the other hand, if you pay attention to how irritating, angry and frustrated people are – you will see more of this.

If you keep telling yourself that you are not good enough, you are ugly, you don’t deserve certain things – you will keep getting more of the things that affirms that this is true for you. However, if you start shifting your perception and tell yourself that you ARE good enough, that you are beautiful and that you deserve all the best in the world – your belief in yourself will grow, and you will start to recognise more and more things that will affirm you in your beliefs.

“What you pay attention to grows. If your attention is attracted to negative situations and emotions, then they will grow in your awareness”
– Deepak Chopra

This means that YOU have the power over your life. You, and only you, can decide what you give your attention to. So what do you want in your life? Start to pay more attention to the things you want more of, and you will start to see how these show up more and more ✨

Holistic & Spiritual living Self-development

THE DAY YOU PLANT THE SEED IS NOT THE DAY YOU EAT THE FRUIT

You might have seen this quote on Instagram before; “The day you plant the seed is not the day you eat the fruit“. This is so true, and such an important reminder to keep in mind. This applies to all things in life. Things do take time, and a continuous effort.

You might want to grow a business. This doesn’t happen over night. It takes time and effort. You can start to plant the seed for it, by starting a website or a blog – but that is not enough for you to have a business. You need to continuously water and nurture it, in order to make it grow.

The same goes for many other things in life. If you want a good relationship, you need to continuously water & nurture it. Put in the effort, plan dates, communicate also when things gets hard, do loving things for each other.

Whatever you want to see grow in your life – you need to give attention to, and water and nurture it, otherwise the seed will die out. But if you keep watering it and giving it love and attention, I promise you, one day the seed will have grown big and beautiful and you will be able to reap all the rewards from all the love, attention and dedication you put into it ✨

But remember, in order to grow anything, you also first need to plant the seed. If you want anything in life, you need to plant the intention of it, start it and then you can start to water it.

Self-development

HOW DOING LESS CAN GIVE YOU MORE

In this post I want to remind you of a simple fact, and that is how doing less can give you more ✨

This saying might sound counterintuitive. But it really is true. When you give your attention and full focus to one thing, you will not only accomplish it easier, but you will also do it better, which will give you better results in the long run.

If you work on a project, while you at the same time are replying to emails, cooking food etc. then you do not give that project your full attention & energy.

Your work deserves your full attention. So do yourself the honour of giving yourself time to dive into and focus on one thing at a time.

You will come to see how you get better results, and how the work that you do, will be able to touch even more people, because of the energy you have put into it.

Read also: Learn to Read Your Body’s Signals

Self-development

REPROGRAMMING YOUR MIND

As kids we learn things by our parents and those closest to us, this can be both good and bad. If you have limiting self-beliefs, then reprogramming your mind is a way to turn your confidence around and start believing more in yourself ✨

The majority of our lives we run on autopilot – we do the things we have learned to do over and over again. However these things might not always be in your best interest.

Our subconscious mind runs on autopilot, and the things we have learned to do subconsciously we learned in our early childhood days. By watching and observing our parents and those closest to us. This can be both good and bad. You have learned to walk and talk this way, which is wonderful things!

But you might also have learned self-doubt, negative self-talk, how you handle conflicts etc. this way. If you want to change how you live your life and your habits, you need to dig real deep and find out what beliefs you learned in your early childhood and then start to actively work on changing those daily.

This can fx be if you grew up with a parent who talked negatively about themselves, you might feel like that yourself and have convinced yourself over years and years of this way of talking to yourself that you are not good enough. If you want to change this, start to work with affirmations. See this post for examples on positive affirmations. Start to write things down that you feel good about yourself, tell it to yourself – and do it consistently! These subconscious beliefs take time to change, so you have to keep working on them, otherwise it’s easy to fall right back into old destructive patterns 💫

Questions for you: Which beliefs did you carry with you from childhood? What behaviours are you actively trying to change? Or would like to change? ✨

Read also: Growth Mindset