Personal Development Book Review #1

So I know I said in this post that I was going to get a review out on the personal development books I had read by end of May…and here we are middle of June and it obviously hasn’t happened yet. So I’m making it happen now! Honestly, I had hoped to have a 3rd book finished by now to add to this review, but life has been busy so I only have 2. But that’s okay because these two books are seriously amazing and worth reading!

Book #1: You Are A Badass (7/10)

So as you can see, the first book I read was You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero. I actually read this one for a book club a few months back, not really knowing about the book, just wanting to take part in the book club for that month. The tagline for the book is: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. I was really intrigued to read it because for a while now I’ve been wanting to level-up, do more, go farther, go higher, etc. As I’ve grown up and gotten older, I’ve kinda always been getting that way; where I don’t want to just get complacent with where I am; I want to constantly and continually grow, become better, and learn more–working towards my potential. This book definitely helps with that.

Each chapter has sound advice on how to become yourself-the best badass there is! So many of us have so much potential but we don’t go out there and get it because we doubt ourselves, or we have fears or are scared to jump in. Well, this book certainly helps you realize things in life and about yourself to understand that YOU CAN DO IT. You can take control of your life, be confident, and go out to conquer whatever it is you want to do. Each chapter also has an ending not with “homework”. I say homework, but it’s really just ideas and real-life actions to take in taking steps towards living your awesome, doubt-free life.

The only downside I would have to this book is–compared to my next one I’m about to review–the action steps were sometimes harder to implement. You see for me, I am really good at reading and love the idea of growth and change, but sometimes am not the best at applying what I’ve read. Don’t get me wrong, I learned a lot from this book. And maybe it just takes time to implement and apply what you’ve read to your life. I may go back and read this book in a few months to see if things have changed. But anyway, whether or not you doubt yourself or feel like you are living an awesome life, this book is a great read to everyone and anyone who wants to personally develop and consistently grow!

Book #2: The Happiness Equation (10/10)

The second book I read and just finished last week is The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha. I absolutely LOVED this book. This had been one of the books on my list and I had heard good things about it, so I went in with high expectations (as should you from reading this review) and let me tell you, it did not disappoint!! The basics of the equation, because yes there is an actual equation, is in 3 parts. Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything. The book is written into 9 secrets, split 3 secrets into each section of the equation. So 3 secrets for Want Nothing, 3 for Do Anything and 3 for Have Everything. What I really liked about it was that each secret seemed more applicable to my life and I actually find myself remembering the secrets throughout my day such as “Do it for you” or “Remember the lottery”. I am really focusing my mind around embracing these secrets to be my happiest, and best self!

Each secret is broken up into chapters with real-life example, action ideas, history, etc. all on these secrets, what they mean, how they work and why you need to implement them in your own life. For example, I’ll give you the first secret..but no more because I want you to read and discover them on your own. The first secret is: The First Thing You Must Do BEfore You Can Be Happy which is “Be Happy First”. Might sound cliché, but his explanations and examples so good and help you to see life and your attitude in a whole new light. The current happiness circle people assume is: Work Hard –> Be Successful –> Be Happy. Yet so many celebs, professional athletes, people with money successful people are still unsatisfied or unhappy even when they get to that top-level. And that is because happiness should not be based on an event or certain level of something–no, you need to be happy first. The new circle looks like this: Be Happy First –> Work Hard –> be Successful. When you’re happy right where you are being who you are, you will want to work hard which will in turn make you successful–however that looks in your life.


As I mentioned before, reading PD books may have started out as a book club, but the reason I read them now is because I never want to stay right where I am. One of my biggest fears in life is missing out on my potential and never fulling realizing what I can and want to do,and then doing it. I’m constantly wanting to learn and grow, working on myself to become the BEST that I can. I want to get in this habit now so that I won’t look back with regrets when I’m older. Personally, I have a list of about 15-20 (and am always looking for more) and you don’t have to be exactly like that, but I do encourage you to read a few personal development books like these because it can honestly only make you better Never stop learning or growing so that you can achieve exactly all that you want!

Why I Became a Fitness Coach

As you’ve probably seen on my facebook and instagram posts, I have recently become an online health and fitness coach! No, there wasn’t much planning before this. Heck, I didn’t even know I wanted to or was going to until about 3 days before I became one.  I just saw an opportunity, took that leap of faith, and decided to go for it–all in! Here’s why….

So like I said there wasn’t some big planning ahead of time before I became one. I didn’t know how it would turn it, or exactly all it entailed, or even where it would take me or how I would like being one. I didn’t know any of this. All I knew was I absolutely love health and fitness and I wanted to help people by sharing my passion for it. To me, it was that simple. My insanely huge passion for all of it was enough to give it a chance, to try it out. Because I knew that it was my strength, determination, and love for everything I would be doing that would push me through and carry me on.

I also knew it wouldn’t be work. Would it be hard? Of course. Would I need to work hard? Definitely. But you see, for me, it wouldn’t be dreadful work I loathed to do like some people’ jobs are for them. Because when you are fervent about something (like I am about health, nutrition, fitness, etc.), you’ll enjoy and look forward to the work you do. I’ve already found that to be true in my first 2 weeks. I love creating meaningful posts, talking about my journey and encouraging others on theres. I enjoy talking and answering questions that are health and fitness related. I look forward watching/listening to personal development calls or videos and taking notes because I know the information is going to help me persevere, rise above obstacles, and succeed!

My ultimate dream/goal is to own my own fitness/health/nutrition business one day. I don’t know the details yet, I just know this big vision I have. So with this in mind, I found that this coaching job was perfect to get my feet wet in the industry and see if it was truly something I wanted to commit the rest of my life too. (Note, I will do so anyway personally, even if my job ends up being non-fitness related.) Sure, it was a big commitment on top of juggling school, a full-time internship this summer, workouts, etc. But I didn’t care. I wasn’t going to let me fear take me over on this opportunity. And yes, it is scary because I could fail. But I’m letting my fear motivate me to push harder, do more and ultimately I’m letting my fear drive me to success.

The biggest reason I became a coach though is because I want to inspire. I want someone to look at me and say because of you, I didn’t give up. I believed in myself and I achieved. I want to share my passion with others to help them be motivated! I want other people to be changed by fitness like I was. I want to help those who have never tried fitness to start their journey. I want to show people who think they are on an endless road that they aren’t, and that they can and will make it. I want my story to inspire others to keep going and fighting in whatever battles they may be facing, fitness-related or not. To put it simply, I want to make an impact–make a difference–in the lives of others by sharing what I’ve been through, what I’m doing, and ultimately, the one thing that will always keep me going: my passion!

So, why did I become a coach? Ultimately, I did so because I have big dreams that I want so badly to achieve. But more importantly, I want to help other people dream big and achieve those dreams by being an inspiration for them in their own lives.

As Walt Disney said, “If you can dream if, you can do it.” Well I’ve certainly dreamed it, now stand back and watch me do it!

 

Weightlifting Part 1: My Story

Hello everyone! Today I am starting my second “series” on the blog: weightlifting!! (In case you don’t remember or this is your first time, my first series was on nutrition) I’m really excited for this 5-part series (stick with me, there’s so much great information needed to be shared!!) I’ll be starting because I absolutely love lifting weights! This first part will be my story: how I got into weightlifting, what I like, why I do it, etc. I think it’s important to not only get facts, but also someone’s real life experience and opinion on the matter to. So let’s dive in…

I first got started lifting weights in high school during volleyball off-season. As a skinny freshman (who still hadn’t been through my entire growth spurt of 8 inches in a little over 2 years), I didn’t know very much of what I was doing. I would do the weight workout that my coach had on the board and just think about getting stronger. And it definitely did help with that. At this point, I enjoyed the muscle, but I didn’t really have the love for it. It was more of something I just did because I had to twice a week kind of thing.

Flash forward to college volleyball and now I get into more olympic lifting, power lifts, etc. rather than just the basics of squat and bench (although we still did versions of these too). My fall semester of freshman year I loved seeing the results that my weightlifting brought to the court, and those results and wanting to be better is what drove me. At this stage, I liked the movements and the results, but again as a freshman I still didn’t know much. I was still just doing workouts that were given to me and lifting what and how much I was told. It wasn’t until I quit the team  (small injury) and started to workout on my own that I really found my love for weightlifting.

Even after I was no longer an athlete, I continued to lift weights 3-4 days a week simply because I enjoyed it. At first, it was partly just habit and wanting to be in shape. But it quickly turned into something I did because I loved it and I absolutely enjoyed choosing my exercises, weights, plans, etc. and still seeing the results from my hard work. For me, this is when lifting became my passion! I started out doing full body workouts like I was doing before, but then about 4 months later I switched to doing splits (don’t worry, there will be a later part that discusses these terms more) because I seemed to be hitting a plateau at the time. I loved the feeling of splitting up my routine even more and for the month over Christmas break, I was in the gym 5-6 days a week, loving life and doing my thing.

Now, I have rejoined the volleyball team (yay!) and I am now back to more full-body, powerlifting movements, which I still enjoy. There are some parts I miss about being able to do splits to target certain muscle groups, I know that the movements I’m doing now are helping me on the court and I have all the time after I have graduated to do my more targeted exercises. I love the aspect of lifting with the team and lifting heavy and really seeing my muscle grow again. As you can tell I’ve mentioned results and muscle growth a lot here–and these are probably some of the biggest reasons that I continued and will continue to lift weights for as long as I can. Not that you can’t see results from other types of workouts, but I love the toned, defined look that lifting gives me.

On top of this, I continue because of all the amazing benefits that lifting gives you, your body and your health. I feel strong and confident and proud of my body that I know I have created with hard work, sweat and heavy lifting. I love finishing a workout or a set and knowing what I just did. That I just squatted 1.25 times my bodyweight or that I can use a heavier weight to incline dumbbell press. It not only strengthens me physically in this way, but mentally as well. Lifting is great for mental toughness and it has been great for me to realize that I am capable and strong and freakn’ awesome (which everyone should always feel!).

Sure there are days where I don’t necessarily feel like working out or I’m tired and sore, or I don’t want to get up early. But let me tell you, after a lift: I never regret it once. Lifting makes my body and myself feel so amazing and I enjoy every bit of it. I will continue weightlifting because I love it. Because I’m doing amazing things with my body’s strength. Because I’m addicted to the results. Because it’s my passion. And because, that’s what being beyoutifully healthy is all about!

The Importance of Being Passionate

Healthy living isn’t only about the physical aspects such as nutrition and exercise, or the mental aspects of self-love and care, but it’s also about the life aspect of being passionate about something(s). Passion is what drives, motivates, and inspires people to do what they do every day. Now, I know everyone says to find your passion and make that your work; however, for some people this isn’t always possible (money-wise, job-wise, etc.). But, having a passion is one way to enjoy your life (not that you cannot and won’t enjoy your job) and spend your free time pleasantly. Your passion will allow you to find joy in any aspect of your life, and work hard towards something. Or perhaps your passion will take you on fun adventures on the weekends. Or maybe even, being passionate will allow you to fall in love with something absolutely random and transform your life. No matter where it takes you, being passionate in your life is very important.

First off, if you are struggling to find your passion check out my post that will hopefully help guide you to discovering it. And don’t write a single thing off, no matter how silly or random it may be or just because you think you cannot do anything with it. Heck, one of my biggest passions is for the show The Big Bang Theory. I can’t work on the show; however, I fill my free time with watching old episodes, and Thursday nights (when the new episodes air) are the highlight of my week that I look forward to even in the midst of my stress. I even got to watch a taping of an episode that was one of the best experiences of my life!

Another one of my passions is for all things Disney. My dream company to work for one day is The Walt Disney Company, so this passion helps fuel my desire to work hard in school and my internships/jobs. It also means that one of my favorite vacation spots is of course, Disneyland and Disneyworld. The magic of the place, the company and all its aspects create such an array of excitement and happy emotions that make my life awesome. That’s what passions can do!

Lastly, a big thing I am passionate about (if you can’t tell already) is healthy living, exercise and nutrition. Hence, how this blog got started! My passion led me to start this blog which allows me to write about and share information about what I love with all my readers! It also motivates me to workout and live the best and healthiest life that I can in my daily activities–even when it gets tough or I “don’t feel like it” because I am passionate. My passion fuels my lifestyle!

Life is too precious to just go through the motions everyday and stumble through life, just trying to get by. Being passionate in your life can help change this! It gives you a reason, a why, and something (or things) that you love that can change your life! It’s important to be passionate because in doing so, you find who you want and can be–your future self! Lastly, being passionate makes up YOU. Your views, your life, your personality, your actions, etc….all created and changed by your passions in life. So be passionate, be you, and most importantly, be beyoutifully healthy!

What are you passionate about and how do you show it in your life?