March Tone It Up Book Club! K&K’s Favorite Reads
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Kat and I are always reading and recommending books to each other and our other friends. I’ve even been known to give my favorite books as birthday presents! My house is filled with spiritual, memoirs, and design books, while Kat loves her health science, yoga, leadership and business reads. And some months, we trade our faves with each other! For both of us, books are the perfect way to expand our minds, discover a new perspective, and feel inspired and enlightened. That’s why we started the Tone It Up Book Club! We’re sharing the books that teach, move, and inspire us. Each of these holds a special place in our hearts, and we hope you enjoy them just as much. Curl up with a glass of vino and try these on a lazy Sunday or start a book club with your local TIU girls! Happy reading, babe!
I’ve always enjoyed reading as a way to continue to learn and broaden my perspective, get inspired, or just to relax on a Sunday afternoon. (Reading is actually proven to reduce stress!) I also recently got in to my audiobooks app. I spend a lot of time driving back and forth from Palm Springs, so audiobooks keep me company. I also listen to them when I go on walks with Skunk! Here are some of my fave reads:
• The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho: A story about the journey of a young shepherd and his path to finding his personal legend. This book is great for exploring life’s purpose.
• Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz and Janet Mills: This book teaches you the 4 practices that you live by daily to achieve true happiness. Trust me, this is a must read! I keep a copy by my couch to remind myself daily that I am living by these agreements with myself:
1. Be impeccable with your word
2. Don’t take anything personally
3. Don’t make assumptions
4. Always do your best
• A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle: This teaches us how to live without the ego and to not listen to that “voice in your head.” By the end of the book, you will be enlightened and in a state of knowing how to truly live in the present. I love this quote: “Sometimes letting things go is an act of far greater power than defending or hanging on.”
• Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: This may be my all-time favorite book. I’ve been known for giving it as a gift for holidays and birthdays. It’s a story of a man who visits his old professor Morrie, who has ALS, every Tuesday. Each time they meet, Morrie talks about a different subject on “The Meaning of Life.’” One of my favorite quotes to live by is: “The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.”
• 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: I read this book about 10 years ago, and I still have the beat-up copy on my book shelf in my meditation room aka ‘Zen Den’. It’s another one of those books that I return to every once in a while for a refresher. This book is a perfect mix of self-improvement and business advice. There are some great teachings on self-awareness, being proactive vs. reactive, and about synergy. All of these habits are useful to apply to your private and professional life!
• Fish by Stephen Lundin: It’s a fun book that discusses how you have the power and choice to create a fun, passionate work environment! That’s what it’s all about at the #TIUHQ! :)
• Getting There by Gillian Segal: This is a good coffee table book to pick up for a quick read. Thirty great leaders share their path to success and the hurdles they overcame to get there. I loved reading life ‘pearls’ from people like Warren Buffet, Frank Gehry, Rachel Zoe, and Sara Blakely.
• Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton: In this powerful story, the author shares a raw look into her life as she becomes enlightened and learns how to truly love herself. It starts with her troubled teen years and continues through a difficult marriage that she decides to leave. It’s an inspiring story of true spiritual development.
In one of my favorite parts of the book, the author explains what “sexy” means to her and how she describes it to her kids. These words really resonated with me and I shared the full quote on Instagram HERE: “I think sexy is a grown up word to describe a person who’s confident that she is already exactly who she was made to be. A sexy woman knows herself and she likes the way she looks, thinks, and feels.” This is YOU! ❤️
IN APRIL, KATRINA IS SHARING HER FAVE READS! STAY TUNED :)