Hunting Pretty’s Favorite Books To Kick Off The New Year

27. January 2018 art, general, home 0
Hunting Pretty’s Favorite Books To Kick Off The New Year

Books For The New Year

Hi everybody, Jeanne here with Hunting Pretty. And happy New Year!  I wanted to do a little something different for New Year’s. In my experience in retail, January’s always about diets, exercise equipment, and supplement sales. And instead, I wanted to share some books that have had a huge impact on my life, and that I thought might be interesting to other folks as well.

Great Books For Visualization

First, two teachers with long careers and multiple books, I’ll share a couple of their most important titles.  Laura Day is a well-known intuition specialist. I attended one of her classes at Esalen, I’d highly recommend Esalen for trip if you haven’t yet been. Two of my favorite titles of hers are The Circle and Practical Intuition for Success. The Circle focuses on planned visualization, creating one huge movement in your life, and putting actions into play that will help bring it to fruition.

What I get out of both these books is that your gut is a really strong compass. And it doesn’t mean you just sit on your sofa and wish for things. You’ve got to do the work, but sometimes the hardest first step is just figuring out exactly what you want to do. And I find her work a really helpful tool.

Inspirational Illustrations

An author that means a lot to me is a graphic artist out of LA, Yumi Sakaugawa.  I also follow her on Instagram, and recommend her online newsletter. I first found one of her books, it was called There’s No Right Way to Meditate, in a gift shop in Austin.  The hardback version is now available on Amazon along with newer titles: Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe and The Little Book of Life Hacks, How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful is Awesome.

Yumi’s books are filled with her beautiful graphics that illustrate some basic mindfulness practices.  I appreciate that the life tips are authentic, approachable and always incredibly positive.  I find that Yumi’s work instantly pulls me out of a bad mood.  I take There’s No Right Way to Meditate on the road with me whenever I travel for work and often give it out as gifts.

Books For Self Developement

Next are three titles that provided a foundation for spiritual, educational and career development for me.  One is Flow from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi.  Flow is the core idea of finding your passion. It can be a hobby. It can be work. It can be exercise. It can be enjoying nature.  It’s the thing that is so engrossing you forget the passage of time. You’re so ingrained in that thing and you’re so happy and so focused that everything else falls away.  I’m not going to pretend like this book is an easy read. But it’s a great place to start the pursuit of your passion.

Second is Brian Weiss’ Many Lives, Many Masters.  Weiss is a psychiatrist who utilizes hypnotherapy, often to help patients with phobias. He had one patient with multiple intense phobias. During hypnosis, this patient regressed into past lives which often contained the origins of her phobias.

And then lastly is Maya Angelou’s, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.  Particularly for women, Dr. Angelou’s work provides a well to return again and again.

Personal Growth And Careers

Next, two books that I would classify as self-help. Geneen Roth, Women, Food, and God.  Not a new title, but one I reread over and over.  Geneen Roth is an amazing speaker and teacher and she’s done a lot of research into any issues that we have with food and eating.  Geneen’s work is founded in the workshops she taught for twenty years. And it kind of boils down to really figuring out what’s behind your relationship with food.  She has another title, Lost and Found, about her relationship with money, that I also found very helpful.

Secondly, the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.   I would not say I follow this method to the letter, but it did help me understand my role as a consumer.  As a buyer by profession, I’m always looking at why people buy things.  However, buying without need or joy is really a cover for something else.

Another “historical” self-help book is Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich.  Hill was funded by the Mellon Family to complete this research and make available to the public. I think of this book as the great equalizer.  It lays plain the steps successful individuals have taken in creating their careers and wealth.

Interesting Biographies

Next, three other books I’d loosely classify as biographies. One is Hillbilly Elegy from J.D. Vance.  J.D. grew up very poor, in what we would classify as a dysfunctional family, in the rust belt.  He later put himself through college and school. He talks a lot about divisions of money and socioeconomic backgrounds and how difficult it can be to cross those divisions by way of available tools.

I believe many people have read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, but I would classify it as a must read for all women.  The first time I read it, I recognized so many scenarios that I had never fully though about.  What it’s like to be the only woman in a room, what it’s like to be the only minority woman in a room, what it’s like to be the only woman when the meeting is about making and selling products for and to women…

Next, Frida Kahlo’s beautiful diary.  We visited Frida’s house, Casa Azul, when we were in Mexico City last year.  And being in the presence of such overwhelming beauty is the best creative jump start.  Her diary provides a pocket version of that feeling.

My Favorite Of Last Year

My favorite book that I purchased in 2017 is called The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela Noroc. Mihaela is a Romanian photographer who began traveling the world photographing women from all different areas to show their inner and outer beauty. At its core, this project is about showing what’s special in each and every woman.  And how important it is to remember there is something special in each of us.

Extras Items To Keep Close By When Reading

The last couple of things in my New Year Book Tutorial.

  1. One is always having an awesome candle. This is the Thistle Farms. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re a social enterprise nonprofit. It’s the biggest social enterprise in the state. They have a program that helps women escape sex trafficking, prostitution, and drug abuse. In addition to that, they created a business to employ women after they’ve completed the program.  Having gainful employment and a support system are key factors for recovery.
  2. And lastly, and probably most importantly are journals. Mindfulness, meditating, and journaling are cornerstones to self-care and to happiness. And so I have a couple:
    1. Medium Monthly calendar, a great, graphic monthly calendar which you can get on Amazon.
    2. Panda Planner, daily planner. I use this as a creative alternative to outlook for a merger of personal and professional scheduling.
    3. Gratitude journal. I’ve found it a great practice to write down the things that I’m grateful for right before I go to bed. It helps me focus on what actually makes me happy.  (hint, it’s not always what you think it is)

And I’m a pen-oholic, there is nothing like a good pen.  Some of my favorites are Paper Mate Felt Tips. A candy jar full of pens is the best thing to get you started on a new project.

Thanks for watching my little book segment today. I hope that one of the books that I reviewed resonates with you and helps you kick of your New Year.


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