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Open Wide

A radically real guide to Deep Love, Rocking Relationships and Soulful Sex
By Melissa Ambrosini

Open Wide is a must for all adult women (and any sexually active adolescent female). It explores very important topics on love, relationships and sex that are not commonly discussed in an open, authentic and loving way. Open Wide aims to empower you as a woman to get in touch with your body, overcome body shame, embrace your sexuality and reclaim pleasure as your divine right. It also has a very handy section that helps you to map out your core values and explore if you and your partner are aligned on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love

By Richard and Kristine Carlson

A beautiful little pocket book with each mini chapter dedicated to a different relationship topic that will provide you with simple strategies to break bad habits and strengthen your relationship.

The Rain Barrel Effect

Dr Stephen Cabral

Dr Stephen Cabral is a Naturopathic Doctor and runs a health clinic in Boston that is healing people from all over the world on issues from gut health, to chronic fatigue, to auto-immune conditions. The Rain Barrel Effect is his book written about the toxic overload we have in our current modern society and how a slow accumulation of toxins eventually fills the rain barrel until our body starts to show  the overflow in symptoms. We then visit the doctor and are prescribed drugs to mask symptoms without getting to the root cause of the problem and emptying the barrel. In his book, Dr Cabral gives guidelines for avoiding environmental pollutants as best as possible, detoxing and remaining well so you can live a vibrant and energetic life.

Earth is Hiring

By Peta Kelly

This is one for all Millennials. It is a book like no other- quirky and real. Peta talks through the unique character traits of Millennials that make them often misunderstood by prior generations. In particular, Peta Kelly discusses the way Millennials are redefining what it means to be successful by moving away from “hard work” and “smashing yourself to get ahead financially” and moving towards balance, freedom, play and happiness.

Read Earth is hiring if

  • You are stuck in a job you hate
  • You want to start prioritising what matters
  • You feel there is a different way to do things
  • You feel rushed to keep up with the pack
  • You constantly feel plugged into the matrix
  • You feel like your life is all work and no play
  • You feel criticised and misunderstood by your baby boomer parents

Mastering your Mean Girl

 By Melissa Ambrosini

We all have her- the inner mean girl who puts us down, tells us that we are not skinny enough, not successful enough, not smart enough, not good enough. Mastering your Mean girls is aimed at helping you to finally overcome your inner critic. Jam packed with practical exercises, Mastering your Mean girl will teach you what you need to know to start closing the door on your mean girl for good.

Read Mastering your Mean Girl if you are interested in-

  • Improving your self-esteem and confidence
  • Learning to love your body
  • Building a radically accepting relationship with yourself
  • Building strong friendships and creating a community of likeminded women

Attached

The New Science of Adult Attachment and How it Can Help you Find -and Keep- Love

By Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

In this groundbreaking book, psychiatrist and neuroscientist Amir Levine and psychologist Rachel S. F. Heller reveal how an understanding of attachment theory-the most advanced relationship science in existence today-can help us find and sustain love. Attachment theory forms the basis for many bestselling books on the parent/child relationship, but there has yet to be an accessible real life guide to what this fascinating science has to tell us about adult romantic relationships. Attached discusses how these evolutionary influences continue to shape who we are in our relationships, guiding readers to understand their own attachment style they and their mate follow. The authors guide readers in how to navigate their relationships more wisely and how to build stronger, more fulfilling connections.

Living the Healthy Life

By Jessica Sepel

Jessica Sepel is a holistic nutrition expert who emphasizes a life filled with balance and self-love. This is her second book discussing a range of topics and amazing recipes that you will love. She dives into ways to heal your body in a holistic way with top nutritional principles that will help you begin to understand how your body works. She emphasizes eating with balance to develop a healthier relationship with food, lifestyle changes (think sleep tips, how to increase energy levels, and ways to remove guilt around food) and offers a range of fuss-free, quick recipes.

Feel The Lean

Two e-books, In Bloom and Recipes

By Loni Jane

Loni Jane is a mother, photographer and creative artist from Queensland. She has a remarkable journey of health and self-discovery that she readily shares on her blog. She has written two e-books that work in synergy together. Each book has a different purpose but compliments each other, helping you “lean” towards a healthier more vibrant you and “lean” towards a better earth. In Bloom she discusses her own personal health journey, eating plants and animals, healing and detoxing, digestion, skin health and self-care. In her recipe book she offers over 100 recipes ranging from smoothies, pasta, treats, large batch recipes and lifestyle tips for busy families.

The Power of Moments

By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

This book delves into some fascinating mysteries of experience: Why we tend to remember the best or worst moment of an experience, as well as the last moment, and forget the rest. Why “we feel most comfortable when things are certain, but we feel most alive when they’re not.” And why our most cherished memories are clustered into a brief period during our youth.

Readers discover how brief experiences can change lives, such as the experiment in which two strangers meet in a room, and forty-five minutes later, they leave as best friends. (What happens in that time?) Or the tale of the world’s youngest female billionaire, who credits her resilience to something her father asked the family at the dinner table. (What was that simple question?)

Many of the defining moments in our lives are the result of accident or luck—but why would we leave our most meaningful, memorable moments to chance when we can create them? The Power of Moments shows us how to be the author of richer experiences.

Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work

By Chip Heath and Dan Heath

In Decisive, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract these biases. Written in an engaging and compulsively readable style, Decisive takes readers on an unforgettable journey, from a rock star’s ingenious decision-making trick to a CEO’s disastrous acquisition, to a single question that can often resolve thorny personal decisions.

Along the way, we learn the answers to critical questions like these: How can we stop the cycle of agonizing over our decisions? How can we make group decisions without destructive politics? And how can we ensure that we don’t overlook precious opportunities to change our course?

Judgement Detox

By Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein an amazing motivational speaker, life coach and author. She has released 7 books emphasizing the principles of self-love, forgiveness and a holistic approach to spirituality. Judgement Detox discusses judgement- both being judged and judging others- as the core of our discomfort.

The Universe Has Your Back

By Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabrielle Bernstein an amazing motivational speaker, life coach and author. She has released 7 books emphasizing the principles of self-love, forgiveness and a holistic approach to spirituality. In The Universe Has Your Back Gabrielle teaches readers how to transform fear into faith in order to live a divinely guided life, learning to stop chasing life and start truly living.

The Joy of Doing Nothing

A Real-Life Guide to Stepping Back, Slowing Down, and Creating a Simpler, Joy-Filled Life

By Rachel Jonat

Fight back against busyness and celebrate the pleasure of doing nothing in this new guide that helps relieve stress and increase happiness in your life.

In The Joy of Doing Nothing you’ll discover how to step away from everything you think you have to do and learn to live a minimalist life. Rachel Jonat shares simple strategies to help you stop overscheduling, find time for yourself, and create moments of calm every day. You’ll learn how to focus more on the important aspects of life, such as family and friends, and scale back your schedule to create more time in the day to care for yourself.

The Little Book of Hygge

By Meik Wiking

Embrace Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) and become happier with this definitive guide to the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is Hygge. Loosely translated, Hygge—pronounced Hoo-ga—is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.

Hygge is the sensation you get when you’re cuddled up on a sofa, in cozy socks under a soft throw, during a storm. It’s that feeling when you’re sharing comfort food and easy conversation with loved ones at a candlelit table. It is the warmth of morning light shining just right on a crisp blue-sky day.

The Little Book of Hygge introduces you to this cornerstone of Danish life, and offers advice and ideas on incorporating it into your own life, such as:

  • Get comfy. Take a break.
  • Be here now. Turn off the phones.
  • Turn down the lights. Bring out the candles.
  • Build relationships. Spend time with your tribe.
  • Give yourself a break from the demands of healthy living. Cake is most definitely Hygge.
  • Live life today, like there is no coffee tomorrow.

From picking the right lighting to organizing a Hygge get-together to dressing hygge, Wiking shows you how to experience more joy and contentment the Danish way.

Fast Food Genocide

By Joel Fuhrman M.D.

A great book on the fast food epidemic that is so easily found at our fingertips and the indisputable truth about what the implications that this highly processed diet has on our health. John Fuhrman is a board-certified physician, nutritional researcher and leading voice in the health field. He draws on 25 years of clinical experience and research to confront our fundamental beliefs about the impact of what we eat.

The Happiness Trap

How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT

By Russ Harris

Russ Harris, a renown ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) based psychologist, explains that the way most of us go about trying to find happiness ends up making us miserable, driving the epidemics of stress, anxiety, and depression. This empowering book presents the insights and techniques of ACT that you can start applying to your life today. By clarifying your values and developing mindfulness (a technique for living fully in the present moment), ACT can help you escape the happiness trap and find true satisfaction in life. Clients have said they found this book insightful and helpful on their therapeutic journey.

The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love That Lasts

By Gary Chapman

Between busy schedules and long days, expressing love can fall by the wayside. We forget to compliment, to give gifts 'just because,' to linger in our embrace. The things that say 'I love you' seem to either not get said or not get through. This is a book about saying it—and hearing it—clearly. A way to learn to express love in your spouse’s language.

The 5 Love Languages has transformed countless relationships. Its ideas are simple and conveyed with clarity and humor, making this book practical as it is personable. You’ll be inspired by real-life stories and encouraged by its commonsense approach. reading this book feels like taking a walk with a wise friend. Applying it will forever change your relationship—starting today. Clients have found this book really helpful in all relationships by understanding their own love language, being able to articulate their own needs in their relationships, as well as being able to reciprocate.

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