Do you have any self help books hanging around?  Maybe some you’ve never read!  I’m guilty, lol.  We all have the best intentions of getting ‘past that thing’ – that one nagging behavior or thought that spins us around & drives us crazy.  So we buy a book to help get us there, and then don’t take any action.

My friend Amy Ahlers just wrote a bestselling self help book, Big Fat Lies Women Tell Themselves.  I attended her book signing here in Los Angeles, and among the many great things she said, there was one funny quote she shared that cracked me up – ‘don’t let self help become shelf help’.  Ok, fess up, you have a couple of books you never even cracked open.  Me too!  It prompted me to share this tip with you (and myself).

The Tip……….  get off the shelf!  Go through your collection and see which book is calling to you at the moment.  Blow the dust off the cover if you have to, and give yourself time to delve into it.  While you’re reading, do 3 things:

1.  Keep a journal so you can jot down all the important things coming up
2.  Keep a friend on call for support
3.  Keep an open mind  & enjoy your process!

Before you know it, you’ll be cruising into a new, dynamic, you 🙂

Let me know what book you decided on & why in the comment section below.  Thanks, Paula

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  • Hi Paula,
    Just wanted to say I love your new theme, and the blogs that are coming up. Everything looks beautiful and really speaks to me. Beautiful job – love the orange and blue combo! I’m finding myself drawn to the vivacious lighter colours on the spectrum, cousins to the old dark blues and reds. Lighter tangerine oranges, swirls of purple and lilac, aqua blue, tangerine – colours of life, sky and earth. Fun too! Oh, and I have a book or two. Good idea about writing a journal with the reading of a book. I have so many journals, maybe I need a book to help me stop that!
    Thanks xo

    • Thank you so much Krista! I’m in agreement with you about the colors… I’ve
      always gravitated towards bright, vibrant colors.
      Keep me posted with your journaling – you are a brilliant writer!
      ox P

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