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What I read this month : November Edition

what i read in november

Here I am again with my book list for the month! I hope you’ve enjoyed last month’s installment? Inspired by Gretchen Rubin, I plan to make these posts a regular thing on the blog. Here’s goes my list for November! 1. When Breath Becomes Air Air by Paul Kalanithi This is a memoir I’ve heard so much about that I decided to pick it up on a whim. I listened to the audiobook which was really great. The author describes his experience as a neurosurgeon dealing with terminal cancer. His writing is literally haunting. Unfortunatly, he hasn’t been able to conclude his memoir, the illness progressing too fast. His wife completed the memoir, writing about his last moments and his legacy. A beautiful piece of littérature. 2. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking by Samin Nosrat Unconventional read for a productivity blog, but I throroughly enjoyed this cookbook. Informing us about the science behind the elements of good cooking, Samin is not only informative, but also very funny. This book goes in depth and is beautifully […]

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Top 10 books of 2017 – Part 2

I consider myself a true bookworm, a library rat as we say in French. But this past year, I’ve surpassed all my reading records by reading more than 90 books! I’ve selected my top 20 books of the year in this two-part series, and here’s the final 10 books I’ve appreciated most in 2017. The Four Tendencies I’ve been waiting for the release of this book for the most part of 2017. The author, Gretchen Rubin, is part of my team of virtual mentors, and I’ve been reading everything she publishes. It is no surprise that she appears twice in this top 10! The Four Tendencies is a personality framework she has come up with that help us better understand why we can or can’t accomplish certain goals we set for ourselves, and how to harness our personalities to achieve them. I’ve written a review when the book launched.   Better Than Before Better than Before is the previous book published by Gretchen Rubin. It is all about the strategies we can implement to set healthy habits and to break those […]

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Review : The Four Tendencies

The Four tendencies book review

Gretchen Rubin is one of the most popular author writing about happiness and human nature. Her many bestsellers such as The Happiness Project and Better Than Before have influenced me greatly over the years. In Better Than Before, she laid out a personality called The Four Tendencies and it spread like wildfire. On her podcast, Happier with Gretchen Rubin, each week listeners are asking questions about their tendencies and how they can make their lives better by harnessing the strengths of their tendency. It was no surprise that Rubin’s new book would be a deep dive into the Four Tendencies framework. And her book delivered. Within the first week of its launch, the book has made the Bestseller list of the New York Times as well as other acclaimed bestsellers lists. I preordered the book, eager to dive into the framework in more details. I devoured it in record time and couldn’t wait to share it with you guys. The Four Tendencies Framework The Four Tendencies is a personality framework which sorts people into 4 categories, or tendencies. Our tendency […]

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Top 10 personal development books of 2017 – part 1

Top 10 personal development books of 2017

To say that I’m an avid reader would be an understatement. So far in 2017, I’ve read 45 books, most of them about personal development. I’ve selected 10 of the most interesting and life-altering ones I’ve read to share with you today. Here are my 10 favorite personal development books, in no particular order. 1.  The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness This very simple, but quite powerful book has been my favorite so far. I wrote a full blog post about the Slight Edge principle, which allows you to turn any habit into massive success. If you are trying to achieve a goal, any goal, I highly suggest that you get a copy of the Slight Edge. 2.  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear This book by bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert is about creativity and our birthright as creators. The author empowers us in feeling entitled to create and to do so in a daring way. Very freeing and inspiring! 3. The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul During my silent retreat […]

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25 Free Summer Activities to Boost your Happiness

25 free summer activities to boost your happiness

Summer has officially started here in the northern hemisphere and the weather is nice and inviting. During summer, things slow down a bit at work while everyone is taking their vacation and we get more free time to do the things we love. To get you inspired, I compiled a list of 25 free summer activities to boost your happiness and wellbeing and enjoy the nicer season. Let’s dig in! Healthy summer activities One of the first things that can boost our happiness is to feel better physically. Now that the weather is nice, we can be active outside and get our bodies moving. Here are a few ideas to get you in shape. 1. Play a sport A good way to get together with friends is to schedule a match of your favorite sport. You can play Frisbee at the park, play basketball at the local school playground or flag football in the field. Choose any sport that can get you moving and having fun! 2. Go Swimming If there’s a community pool in your neighborhood, get yourself wet […]

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My top 7 productivity podcasts for busy people

7 best productivity podcasts for busy people

One of the ways that I like to stay in shape is to walk. I try to walk an average of 1 hour each day. I used to go to work by foot, and I kept the habit of my daily walk now that I stay at home. I like my walks to be productive and I found a simple way to hit two birds with one stone: podcasts. Podcasts are a kind of radio program that you get for free on your phone or iPod. There are thousands of podcasts on a vast array of subjects and, of course, my favorite podcasts talk about productivity and personal development. Here is a list of my 7 favorite productivity podcasts. The Productivity Show by Asian Efficiency Asian Efficiency is one of my favorite resource on all things productivity. I follow their blog religiously and they also host one of the best productivity podcasts around. They talk a lot about Getting Things Done and the 12 Week Year, two of the productivity systems that I use the most. Their podcast is relatively short and the hosts are […]

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The Happiness Makeover, review of a short, empowering book

Last year, I was feeling a bit down in the dumps. My life seemed a bit out of alignment with what I truly wanted for myself, my career and my relationships felt unsatisfying and I was feeling depressed. I was having a happiness slump. One day, I was taking my usual afternoon walk and came across a second-hand bookstore. Something inside me whispered that I should go in. I did and, while perusing the shelves, I stumbled upon a mysterious book called the The Happiness Makeover, how to teach yourself to be happy and enjoy every day by M.J. Ryan. It had to come home with me. I quickly dove in, and, after a few chapters, I knew I had to share this awesome find with my readers. Here’s a short review of this little gem. Structure The book is divided into 53 short chapters, each one laying out an actionable advice on the topic of happiness. M.J. Ryan talks about neuroscience, money, optimism, relationships, purpose, each chapters a few pages long and loaded with insights and wisdom. The book […]

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Essentialism : review of a new way of life

Today’s review has been on my to-do list for a long time. I think that I wanted to make sure I had the right words to share with you how much Essentialism : The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown had an impact on my life. It has a special place in my list of ten books that have changed my life for the better! At first, I wanted to write an extensive summary of the book and prepared detailed notes and quotations. The more I thought about it, the less it made sense. In the spirit of Essentialism, I had to write a minimalist review. Something simple and to the point, something that would inspire you to buy the book and read it yourself. I hope I will give you this urge with my review. Here we go. To me, Greg McKeown’s Essentialism is more than  a simple non-fiction essay. It encompasses a philosophy, a way of life. Here is, in McKeown’s words, what is an Essentialist : “The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by […]

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How Gretchen Rubin became my virtual mentor

A few years ago, I began my quest for personal growth by reading The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod. A world of new possibilities opened for me as I discovered self-help books. One day, I was perusing the library section of my favorite thrift store when I found a little blue book written by Gretchen Rubin. The Title, The Happiness Project, immediately grabbed my attention. I ran home with the book and started reading it right away. During the summer of 2014, I went to the beach with my in-laws. What I love most about the beach are the long hours without a thing to do, nothing else than read. I read most of The Happiness project during that week at the beach. It was the first memoir I’ve ever read, a literary style I did not know existed. I was blown away by Gretchen Rubin’s style. We seemed to have in common that practical sense of creating experiences to enhance our happiness. She seemed a lot like me, very type-A, driven and disciplined. I really liked her. Soon after […]

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Living Forward, a summary of life planning

Last year, I felt unsettled. One day, I came back from work with this feeling in my chest that my days were useless. I had the feeling that I was living my life without direction, just going through the motions of my everyday life, without a clear purpose. I would get up, rush through my morning routine, go to work, come back and read Facebook, then go to sleep. I was not achieving anything major during the day. I was drifting. At the same time, Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy released a book called Living Forward – A proven plan to stop drifting and get the life you want. Needless to say, the book caught my attention. I am a huge fan of Michael Hyatt and I was convinced that his book would be very powerful and inspiring. I was not mistaken. I rented an Airbnb to spend 3 days, in silence, to try and find a meaning to this drift I was experiencing and bring back purpose into my life. I read the book in a very short time […]

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