Top 12 Life-enhancing Books

Top 12 Life-enhancing Books

Books are the best way to get a deep understanding of what a person is trying to convey. They're there for us when we're ready for them. They're patient teachers who allow us to set the pace. And the very best books are those that offer perspective without pretence, unexpected lightbulb moments that enable us to make positive changes in our lives, or an experience that ignites our desire for more in real life. In short, books help us better understand our world and, ultimately, ourselves.

With so many to choose from, it’s hard to know where to turn to next. I’m hoping the following list of my top 12 recommendations can offer some assistance. I assembled it based on the last number of years of reading and present them in order of impact.

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2014 Update - Million Dollar To Do List

2014 Update - Million Dollar To Do List

In April 2014, I announced a major financial goal to ensure my husband and I are assured to remain financially independent with no worries about now having "enough". We deeply value the ability to decide what to do in life on a day-to-day basis, whether that includes working or not. It gives us the relief of knowing no one will have dominion over us. Ever.

We currently have enough to life off for decades, but it just doesn't quite feel like enough, so we decided to set a goal.

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Liquid Courage - The Freedom Elixir

Liquid Courage - The Freedom Elixir

A popular movie plot often involves a main character who throws caution to the wind, leaving everything behind to follow a lover or to pursue a passion that's been left unattended for too long. We’re always rooting for this individual, no matter how unlikely success might appear. The reason we cheer them on is because those decisions make life unbelievably exciting. What a rush!

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The Lost Art of Waiting

The Lost Art of Waiting

Technological innovation has brought about amazing changes in our lives. We can pretty much do anything, anywhere, anytime. I have to admit, it’s pretty convenient. I love being able to do online banking, check the weather, post comments, search for just about anything, get directions, check stocks, manage my schedule and connect with others via email/social media/messaging all on this little device I call my phone…oh, and yes, it still enables me to call people at the touch of a button too.

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First Update - Living More with Less in 2015

First Update - Living More with Less in 2015

On January 15, I declared that I was going to live a simpler and richer life by having and buying less stuff and doing more of what matters. I had outlined three main themes as part of my plan:

  1. Don’t buy anything unless it’s urgent - yes, it’s a flexible definition but I’ll update the blog with a tally of purchases made.
  2. Use (and enjoy) what I have.
  3. Focus on spending time with and giving to others.

Well, with January and February behind us I'm here to report back on my progress. Let's dive into each of the themes above and see how things are going.

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Could You Make It On Mars?

Could You Make It On Mars?

How about right here on earth?

Mark Watney is no normal human being. He’s a NASA astronaut, but that’s not what makes him extraordinary. He’s also an astronaut who’s been left for dead, left to fend for himself on a desolate red planet. He has to deal with the fact that he’s all alone with no way to communicate with earth. Worse even, he also has to contend with the fact that he’ll surely run out of food before a rescue mission can reach him—that is if Mars’s inhospitable environment doesn’t manage to claim him first.

What’s most fascinating about this real page-turner of a novel, is what we can learn from Mark’s adventures and how it applies to life right here on earth.

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