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For those of you who don't already know, I started my Associate Degree in Psychology in July of 2019. I am on track to graduate in May of this year, so that is 10 months to finish a 2 year degree, which I'm really proud of! Of course, that's meant less time to read other books outside of schoolwork. So, some of the books in this month's email are textbooks that were part of my curriculum.

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These are the 19 books I've read over the last four months, I hope you enjoy this as much as I've enjoyed reading them and making this for you.

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The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer

I liked this book so much more than I thought I would when I first started it. My preconceived notions were like "Oh, just a book about the importance of meditation and connecting with consciousness and awareness..."

However, the way this book explained things like Samskaras (energy blockages) and energy really spoke to me. I don't consider myself a highly spiritual person, but this book really presented it in a practical way that I think I might use as my entire theme for next year! My focus is on not allowing events to disturb my energy - trying to remain open. Be aware of when you're closing up or retreating from something and just observe what's happening from within you. Don't get caught up in your incessant mental chatter, instead - remember that you are not your thoughts or feelings or circumstances. You are the observer, the one experiencing life - which is quite a beautiful gift. Stay open, knowing that pain and suffering are simply a part of the life experience - but they are temporary, as are all things. Let go of clinging. Live, love, breathe.

Highly recommended.

Check out my live YouTube review at
Mastering Recurring Revenue
by Judge Graham

This book took me 20 minutes to read, and that includes stopping to write down ideas it gave me and schedule actions to take to make it happen in my calendar. I generated about 5 new revenue ideas in that time, which easily earns this book a 5 star rating. If you’re an entrepreneur, you likely already understand the importance of recurring revenue and can skip the first couple chapters explaining why it’s so awesome.

He outlines 3 types of recurring revenue: service plans, membership plans, and subscriptions. He gives a variety of examples of each which really got my creative juices flowing. And as you may know, I love juice. 😋

He also talked about the importance of studying competitors in your industry and becoming customers of them so you can best understand what’s happening and what’s needed in your industry - both what’s working and what’s lacking.

This book is a great example of my favorite kind of book - short, concise, clear, and PACKED with value that can make me money today. Boom 💥

Very well done, Mr. Graham. I appreciate you.

Check out my live YouTube review at
Be the Best at What Matters Most: The Only Strategy You Will Ever Need
by Joe Calloway

I've read this book twice, and it was more profound the first time through, of course. The entire theme of the book can be summarized in the title of one of its chapters (chapter 20): When everything is pursued, the important is neglected. This is a similar theme to Gary Keller's book The One Thing and Brian Tracy's book Eat That Frog (2 I also recommend reading). It's about staying focused on the most important goals and tasks. It's so easy to get distracted. Rise above the crowd by staying focused and always prioritizing the most important thing(s). Don't worry about crossing a ton of items off your to do list. If you get at least the most important thing crossed off, you've won the day.

Secondly, remember the basics. It can be easy to want to grow and change things up, but you have to have a strong, high-quality foundation to build upon. Pick a really simple core to focus on - it will make it easier for your team to stay focused, too. One great example (of many) in this book is the concept of G3 - Greet, Guide, Gratitude. Greet every customer warmly, guide them toward doing what it is you want them to do, and then be grateful to them. It seems basic, but it's so much more effective than a "mission statement" with 20 different components that no one on the team can actually remember.

Be the best at what matters most. Don't fall into the trap of buying into all the hype.

Check out my live YouTube review at
The Top 10 Distinctions Between Entrepreneurs and Employees
by Keith Cameron Smith

My boyfriend picked this up at the library for me because it was small and he knew I was trying to hit my reading goal for 2019 with only a couple days left. It ended up being really good! I was already familiar with a lot of the concepts, but it's a great read for anyone who is a new entrepreneur, an employee thinking of making the jump, or even a struggling entrepreneur who needs to reconnect with why they do this and who they are.

The 10 distinctions are:
1) Entrepreneurs educate themselves more than they entertain themselves. Employees entertain themselves more than they educate themselves.
2) Entrepreneurs have an empowering perspective of failure. Employees see failure as bad.
3) Entrepreneurs are solution finders. Employees are problem solvers.
4) Entrepreneurs know a little about a lot. Employees know a lot about a little.
5) Entrepreneurs give and receive praise and correction. Employees don’t praise and try to avoid correction.
6) Entrepreneurs say, “The buck stops here.” Employees say, “It’s not my fault.”
7) Entrepreneurs build wealth. Employees make money.
8) Entrepreneurs fly with eagles. Employees peck around with chickens.
9) Entrepreneurs look into the future. Employees look into the past.
10) Entrepreneurs take risks because of faith. Employees play it safe because of fear.

When I first read the table of contents, I thought I'd disagree with some of his points, but it turns out I was just misunderstanding the language he uses. For example, he said that entrepreneurs know a little about a lot and employees know a lot about a little. This confused me because I know the value of a niche and being an expert in a certain area. His point wasn't about the type of business or industry, though. It was about how an entrepreneur knows about every little part of the business, where an employee knows every little part of their narrow job description. He was talking about the importance of expanding your mind and educating yourself on many different facets and aspects of business. I, of course, highly agree with that.

I agreed with just about everything in this book, which is extremely rare for me to say. Also, it was concise and used very few anecdotes, which I hugely value. Time is money!

Check out my live YouTube review at
The Five Love Languages of Children
by Gary Chapman, D. Ross Campbell

This book was a nice add-on from Gary Chapman’s original book The 5 Love Languages. He has a children’s book called A Perfect Pet for Peyton for younger children to help introduce them to the love languages and help to figure out which one is their top. This has really been helping me with my stepsons and I even put it to use with my neice the day I read it! I asked her “how do you know I love you?” And she said “because you play with me” which indicates quality time.

For those of you who don’t know what the love languages are:
Physical touch
Words of affirmation
Acts of service
Quality time

Those are in the order that I speak them, and you can get your order with a free online test at - it will change the way you view love and dramatically improve your relationships.

The only thing I don’t love about these books is their incorporation of Christianity.

Check out my live YouTube review at
What Doesn't Kill Us: How Freezing Water, Extreme Altitude, and Environmental Conditioning Will Renew Our Lost Evolutionary Strength
by Scott Carney

This book was very inspiring and I highly recommend it for athletes and anyone interested in pushing their body to its limits.

Probably the most interesting thing I learned in here was the existence and purpose of brown fat. White fat is the type we are most familiar with in our modern society. Brown fat is abundant in wild animals and functions primarily for the purpose of thermogenesis (heat generation). It feeds on white fat and is increased by exposure to cold temperatures.

The main focus of this book is Wim Hof, a Dutch athlete who holds multiple world records for things like swimming under a frozen lake and summitting Mount Kilimanjaro in 2 days wearing shorts and no shirt for most of the trek.

His method is based mostly on exposure to cold and breath exercises - a mixture of hyperventilation and breath retention. I found it fascinating how much the breath practice impacts exercise endurance.

He spends a lot of time in this book talking about how we’ve become so detached from the outside environment as we’ve evolved. We spend the majority of our time in a temperature controlled climate indoors.

Overall, this book was a great read. You can start implementing some of the lessons by simply changing your exercise routine to take place outside - or to turn your shower to ice cold for the last minute or so - or turn your thermostat down to 66 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter. Meditate, breathe, and remember that most of your limits are only in your mind.

Have fun and be safe out there!

Check out my live YouTube book review at
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
by Jordan B. Peterson

This book was a little longer and full of more anecdotes and religious underpinnings than I prefer, but there were definitely parts of it that I really liked. 

The 12 rules are:
1) Stand up straight with your shoulders back
2) Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping
3) Make friends with people who want the best for you
4) Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today
5) Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
6) Set your house in perfect order before you criticize the world
7) Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
8) Tell the truth – or, at least, don't lie
9) Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don't
10) Be precise in your speech
11) Do not bother children when they are skateboarding
12) Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street

As you can see, a lot of these are common sense. Still, here's my take on them. You can also check out my live review on Youtube at

Rule 1 - have good posture. As a yoga teacher, I know the benefits of this on your confidence as well as your quality of breathing and life in general. I learned a lot of interesting things about lobsters in this book that were largely impractical and unnecessary.
Rule 2 - Take care of yourself, be as compassionate to yourself as you are to others. I learned some good quality therapeutic techniques in this book that I value. For example, Carl Jung's method of repeating back to someone what you understand them to be saying. Secondly, being honest about what comes up for you when someone says something to you. I've been practicing these two things and have had great results.
Rule 3 - Elevate your peer groups. Hang out with people you'd like to emulate. There's a saying that you are the sum of the 3 people you spend the most time with. I've found this to be pretty valid. Just like you are what you eat, you are who you hang out with. 
Rule 4 - Another saying is that comparison is the thief of joy. Rather than compare yourself to others, compare yourself only to yourself.
Rule 5 - When I first saw this one, I thought I was going to hate and entirely disagree with it. It ended up being really solid advice that I now incorporate into my strategy as a stepmom. It's about realizing that if your child is doing something that bothers or annoys you, if you don't help them to learn to manage and improve their social skills, someone else is going to tell them that they're bothering or annoying them in a much less loving way than you, their parent, does. It is part of our parental responsibility to give our children the best social skills possible.
Rule 6 - This is like the Bible verse "Before removing the speck from your brother's eye, first remove the log from your own." Don't be a hypocrite. Don't worry about other people's problems, just worry about your own.
Rule 7 - This one is so obvious to me. Delayed gratification is important to being successful. Also, a connection with meaning is important for mental health. Meaningful relationships, meaningful work, etc.
Rule 8 - This ended up being more profound for me than I originally anticipated. It caused me to assess my intentions behind why I say and behave the way that I do. What do I hope to gain from my interactions that cause me to act in a way that's even a little bit dishonest from the way I truly want to behave? Why don't I feel free to say what I really think? What am I afraid of?
Rule 9 - This is a simple one - we can learn something from everyone (even if it's what NOT to do).
Rule 10 - This chapter didn't cover what I was hoping it would - the best way to be clear and concise in your speech. This is something I know I could improve on.
Rule 11 - This one talks about the importance of taking risks for learning. We tend to be over-protective and risk averse. Some of this comes from fear of liability from someone else getting hurt and potentially holding us responsible. It's about encouraging freedom to explore - and to risk.
Rule 12 - Peterson uses cats as a metaphor for life. Dogs are friendly to most everyone, but cats are sometimes friendly and sometimes want nothing to do with you. Life is similar. Sometimes the sun is shining on you, and sometimes it seems like the rain just won't stop. Remember that we are all connected in our experiences of suffering and of positivity. Remember - you are not alone.
Unqualified Success: Bridging the Gap From Where You Are Today to Where You Want to be to Achieve Massive Success
by Rachel M. Stewart

I was excited about getting this book because the author found my Youtube channel where I review books - - and sent this to me for free!

Check out my review at

The book was solid, a lot of great advice and anecdotes in here written mostly for entrepreneurs, although there's something in here to be gained for everyone. It was a bit "basic" or "entry-level" for my taste - having read over 200 books, mostly on this subject, but it was generally good. I prefer something a little more thought-provoking or specific, though.

I like the concept of not having to be pre-qualified to achieve great success. Take action now, and you will earn qualification and success, even if you never fully feel as qualified as some other expert or savant.

I like the chapters on Fear and Grit, and I especially love that every chapter closes with practical exercises at the end to help you immediately apply the lessons to your situation.

Thank you, Ms. Stewart!
Life-Span Human Development
by Carol K. Sigelman & Elizabeth A. Rider

I read this textbook as part of my Psychology of Human Development class. It's unusual for me to read or review a textbook, but as my goal is to read 52 books a year, and I started college last year, I felt like I should include them on my list here.

I wouldn't necessarily recommend you to go read a textbook unless you're REALLY passionate about the subject. I enjoyed this class, I learned a lot of interesting things about the evolution from infancy to old age and all the developmental stages of many different categories of life.

If you love learning about Psychology, but don't want to spend thousands of dollars on a degree, this book is really fascinating and I'd recommend it for you. It's only about $3 on eBay for the pdf version - just click the picture to get it!
A Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens

This is the story of Scrooge and the ghosts/spirits of Christmas past, present, and future. A reminder of what is truly important in the world and how we might behave if we had the luxury of time traveling and omniscience. Let’s just do our best with what we’ve got! Won’t it be nice to look back on the present with pride?
The Art of War
by Sun Tzu

I'm not sure why so many people expected me to have read this book. I understand it's a classic...but I'm not a soldier, I'm a yoga teacher. Our first and foremost commitment is to nonaggression. So, even in terms of business, I don't see much use in most of these strategies and tactics. It was interesting in terms of historic value, but not very practical for me personally.
Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships
by Cindy L. Miller-Perrin, Robin Dale Perrin, & Claire M. Renzetti

I read this textbook as part of my Psychology of Abuse in the Family class. I enjoy learning about this subject since it's directly related to my field, but I got the impression that this book was a bit biased. I would recommend the Human Development textbook I read during this semester over this one. There are plenty of resources available that talk about abuse and the psychology behind it. All in all, this class was an easy A and reminded me to count my blessings and be grateful that I haven't had to suffer too much abuse in my life.

One interesting takeaway is that because of the evolving nature and definition of "family" in present times, they now refer to this as "Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships," as in the title, rather than "Abuse in the Family." There are definitely some interesting statistics in here, but again, a pretty niche subject that I would suggest learning about elsewhere.
by William Shakespeare

I'm not much of a Shakespeare reader, this was an assignment for my English class last semester. I whisper read it ASMR style on my Youtube and Periscope channels live, if you want to check those out -

I was pleasantly surprised with the story. I thought I wouldn't be able to understand what was going on because of the language, but the textbook I was using had really helpful footnotes. The story was actually really well fleshed out and Shakespeare did an excellent job of tying me into the characters, despite my aversion. I pitied Desdemona, was annoyed with Othello's gullibility, and hated Iago, just as the author intended. This is a great example of a classic tragedy, and if you're into that kind of thing, I think you'll really enjoy this one!
Scholastic Book of World Records 2019
by Scholastic Inc

This was gifted to me by one of my 6 year old stepsons because he knows I love to read. It was a fast and easy read, mostly pictures with small captions. There were some interesting records in here, but a lot of the information was from 2017, even though it says 2019 on the cover. That struck me as a bit odd - and I’m sure some of the records have changed since 2017. Still a fun read, though! Would not recommend it. The book of world records is time sensitive and is something that would be best viewed online with the most up to date information available.
Is it a Pickle Yet?
by Jane Cerami

This is a children's book written and gifted to me by a friend I know from Periscope. I read it with my stepsons and they seemed to enjoy it. It's the story of a girl learning from her grandmother how a cucumber becomes a pickle, with the help of a talking gopher. The art is all done by the author as well. Now I want pickles!
Your Word is Your Wand
by Florence Scovel Shinn

This isn’t really my kind of book. I read it really quickly though, which helped me toward my goal of 52 books read last year.

It’s 95% affirmations, and 5% anecdotes about the power of humans to speak things into existence. It’s very heavily Christianity-based, but I like how it speaks of the power of the mind. It’s also very Law of Attraction-based which I'm always skeptical about.
Why Do Clocks Run Clockwise? and Other Imponderables: Mysteries of Everyday Life Explained
by David Feldman

Random trivia facts aren't really my thing - but if they're yours, this is the book for you! 

Virtually none of the subjects were of interest to me - and those that were didn't give me as detailed of a response as I would have liked. For example - "Why do women in the United States shave their armpits?" The answer is, "This phenomenon makes Gillette and Schick happy, but they can't explain it." Really? Is that even an answer?

This was a gift given to me by a dear friend, and I appreciate her so much.
A Survey of Mathematics with Applications
by Allen R. Angel, Christine D. Abbott, & Dennis C. Runde

This course was fine, but I can't really bring myself to give a math textbook a higher rating than 1 star. I only took this course and read this book because it is required for my to obtain my Psychology degree so I can become a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Much of the math in this book was impractical and unnecessary for the average person.
Elementary Statistics: A Brief Version
by Allan G. Bluman

I did well enough in my Statistics class, but this McGraw Hill version of the book online and the accompanying software I had to use for my class had several errors and typos that actually caused me to get questions wrong, not because I did something wrong, but because they transcribed a number incorrectly or something careless like that. For the amount of money I spent on this course, I was pretty disappointed with the amount of times I had to bring a concern like this to my professor (maybe 3-5 times)

If you want to learn about Statistics, there are free courses online; I wouldn't recommend this one.
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