22 January 2018

Books You Need In Your Life Right Now!

I have always loved reading and as I've got older, I feel I've wanted to just read everything possible and educate myself and grow as a person. I've got a sh*t load of books that have truly changed my outlook and mindset, so I thought I'd share them with you: 

1. The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferris 

Overview: This book is not a self-help book or a 'get rich' quick book, what I found about The 4 Hour Work Week is Tim Ferris acts as your best friend and business mentor, at the same time. He explains how he went from working $40,000 a year and working 80 hours a week, to earning $40,000 per month and working 4 hours per week. 

It's a book for anyone who wants a little more from their lives and aspires to ditch the 9-5 and have the freedom to work from anywhere you want. A book which actually practices what it preaches and also has an online blog which is displayed throughout the book. He helps you manage your goals, finances and other useful, inspirational tips. 

Rating: 5/5 

2. The Power by Rhonda Byrne 

Overview: The Power is the sequel to the famous book: The Secret. The Power is based on the law of attraction and manifesting what you want in your life such as money, increased happiness and wealth. If you're a big believer in The Law of Attraction, then this is naturally the next book for you to read. For those who don't know, I suggest reading The Secret! 

I found that this book was heavily based on the manifestations of wealth and more job/career related - so if you're wanting some extra cash in your life, then this one's for you! 

Rating: 3.5/5

3. Calm - Michael Acton Smith 

Overview: This book is part book part journal, for those who don't know, I am quite an avid meditator and the practice of meditation has changed my entire outlook on life (if you're sat there thinking omg what is she talking about... I suggest you download the Calm App and come back to me!). This book is based around the app and is all about enjoying the little things. 

From writing 'What I'm Grateful For' to helpful tips of how to stay calm wherever you may be. A playful, beautifully illustrated book for those who need to chill out. 


4. Girl Up - Laura Bates 

Overview: For all you feminists out there - this one's for you. This book is perfect for mums, teens and young girls who are sucked into the pressures of social media and the general pressures of being, well, female. Laura hilariously talks about sex, photoshop and mental health. For anyone wanting to feel empowered, then I suggest you read this. (It's also highly recommended by Emma Watson). 

Rating: 5/5 

5. Practical Mindfulness By Ken A.Verni, Psy.D.

Overview: Another book about meditation and mindfulness, this one is more practical and less spiritual. It basically does what it says on the tin and explores how mindfulness can lead you to a better, happier life. It's extremely overwhelming and sometimes I find it hard to navigate as there's just too much going on! However, it's still a good book to read, especially if you're just getting started in your path to enlightenment... This is basically mindfulness for beginners. 


6.The Signs by Carolyne Faulkner 

Overview: This beautifully designed book is for all you keen astrologers out there, like myself, I'm obsessed with horoscopes and anything revolved around spirituality, new moons etc. This book is astrology with a hint of meditation. You can learn all about your sign (or someone else's), including the good and bad points and also understand how to read your birth chart. The book also teaches you how to use your strengths to your advantage and makes you more aware of your negative aspects. A very interesting read!

Rating: 4/5

7. The Book: On The Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are by Alan Watts

Overview: This book is sooo difficult to explain as it's such a complex read, I had to read it over just to fully understand it. This book is by philosopher Alan Watts who became a Buddhist, it's not for the faint hearted and I think you may have to understand some technical terms to appreciate it, however, it's still a powerful read for those seeking guidance and understanding about their role in the universe. Alan talks about the role between human and environment and explores the deeper understanding of identity. 

Rating: 4/5

8. The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Mysticism by Dalai Lama

Overview: This great little pocket book includes quotes and teachings from the Dalai Lama himself, it's not a story or self-help book, it basically goes through quotes from him about his thoughts on: The workings of the mind, how we can change our lives infused with mystical experience and the nature and meaning of mysticism. For anyone who is spiritual like myself, this is a nice little read for when you're feeling lost and is perfect for those looking to develop a rich and meaningful inner life. 

Rating: 3.5/5

I hope those books give you a little inspiration, comment below if you have any recommendations or what you thought of them! 

G x 

7 January 2018

Highlights of 2017

Since 2017 has officially come to an end, I thought I'd review my 2017. 
I've managed to visit a handful of places this year and I'm super grateful to have seen places I've never been before! 

The first stop of the year was in January when myself and my friends went to Amsterdam for the first time, I definitely fell in love with the way of life here and it's probably one of my favourite places to date. There's a great vibe here and plenty of things to keep you busy. 

My second trip was in March went I stayed local and went to the Lake District for a weekend away in a log cabin equipped with a hot tub. I'd recommend staying here if you fancy a quick but affordable getaway in the U.K, there's plenty to do and the site had it's own pub and entertainment. (All dog friendly might I add)!

In May, I finally got to visit Cyprus, a place I've always wanted to visit as I am absolutely obsessed with Greece and heard it's very similar, I stayed here for 10 days and the weather was amazing along with Cyprus itself. The food is unreal and if you love authentic Cypriot, then it's deffo a place I'd recommend. I stayed in Paphos which is basically like the U.K but with sun. It's fully equipped with English road signs, schools and even a shopping centre which has M&S haha! 

The harbour is beautiful and has everything you need, Paphos is also extremely cultured and there is lot's of things to see/do, if you don't fancy lounging by the pool all day. 

In June, it was my 21st birthday and my parents surprised me with a trip to The Warner Brothers Studio Tour: The Making of Harry Potter, which is something I've alwaaaays wanted to do! It was such a good experience and if your a HP lover like myself, go and see it! I even got to open the doors to the Great Hall because it was my birthday (fangirl moment)... We stayed in cute thatched cottage in Cambridge and thankfully the weather was unreal too! 

Back to Amsterdam again! My friend and I decided to take another visit to the Netherlands in August and experience Amsterdam in the summer, despite it raining on one of the days, the weather was actually really good. We went on the Heineken Experience, which is about 16 euro. You get three free drinks while you're there and get to chill out on the rooftop bar. 

September, I got to visit Geneva in Switzerland for a trip with work. We held an exclusive pop-up event in a hotel for the weekend, but also got to experience Geneva first hand. The nightlife here isn't great and it's really expensive, so bare that in mind if you've been interested in going. However, Geneva is a beautiful place and gives you a countryside feel, as you're surrounded by a gigantic lake and stunning mountains. 

And finally, Rome!
Another place ticked off my list, I've been wanting to go here forever and I finally went in mid-September, the weather was incredible. I feel like I would've liked to of spent more time exploring here as we only went for a long weekend, however it was still a beautiful place and to see the Coliseum and Vatican up close and personal was one to tick off my bucket list. Plus, I got to eat pizza, ice cream and drink wine for an entire weekend. Who wouldn't want that? 

And so another year of travels comes to an end. Don't worry, I've already got my next lot lined up for 2018... Can't wait to see what this year has in store! 

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