5 Simple Tips to Easily Read 12 Books in a Year

5 Simple Tips to Easily Read 12 Books in a Year

5 Simple Tips to Easily Read 12 Books in a Year

5 Simple tips to Easily Read 12 Books in a Year

The 5 steps I took to read 15 books in 2020.

1. Decide why you want to read

Is it because you want to learn a new skill or more about a topic? Do you want a new action plan? Do you want to hear how someone overcame something you’re struggling with? Or, do you just love fiction–a good mystery or mushy love story to spark your imagination? Whatever it is, know why you want to read, it’ll help make reading and finishing the book more powerful to your purpose.

2. Make time

I promise you have time. In my case, I had plenty of time before bed, it was just a matter of declaring that my bed time routine was going to include reading 30-45 minutes before lights out. I got ready for bed earlier than usual (which meant less tv during the weekdays) and had time to read.

3. Start small

You don’t have to start with 30 minutes right away. Start with one paragraph or one chapter. See how long it takes you. Then add on from there. Before you know it reading for 30-45 minutes will come naturally and you’ll look forward to it everyday. I also created a dedicated page in my bullet journal to track my progress and keep me accountable.

4. Put your phone away!

Hide your phone somewhere out of reach when you want to read. There’s nothing worse than your focus being disturbed by your phone when your mind is deep in a book. For me, my bedtime routine doesn’t include my phone. I set alarms, disconnect from WiFi and put it away when I get in bed. Reading time > Phone time. Reading before bed helps me ease into relaxation mode and I notice my body’s signals for sleep a lot easier than if I was watching t.v. If I need to take notes, I take notes in my book or in a notebook if I’m reading something super juicy.

5. Have a back up book

It’s ok if the book you were into for a few weeks gets hard or boring. My advice is to push through, or read a chapter near the end to get re-inspired, or hit pause and read the first chapter of your back up book. Hopefully this will re-motivate you to finish the first one so you can dive into the next one. I like to have a new book ready for when I finish.

That’s how I read 15 books in a year. I can’t wait to dive into reading in 2021. What are you reading right now? I love personal development books! What are some of your favorites?

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Boost your Immunity for Winter Wellness with Oregano

Boost your Immunity for Winter Wellness with Oregano

Boost your Immunity for Winter Wellness with Oregano

Winter wellness

With cold and flu season among us,

it seems wise to do what you can to boost your immunity and stay on top of your vitamin D levels this season.


After getting my lab results back a few days ago, I was shocked to learn that my vitamin D levels were lower than the recommend average (30 ngl-80 ngl). While I was surprised, I was also relieved because I had recently purchased a bottle of vitamin D3 in my last Thrive Market order and I knew exactly what I needed to start doing, asap.

This was my first time ever getting my vitamin D levels checked, and you can easily work with your health care provider to find out your vitamin D levels or take an at home test through Everlywell.

Since my results, I’ve been taking vitamin D every night and plan on upping the dose for a few days to do my best to get them up. I’ll also be boosting my immunity with my favorite oregano gel caps and other home remedies.

Boosting your immunity and respiratory care is something to be more mindful of now more than ever. That’s why I’m really excited to share an amazing giveaway with you today! 

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Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap [ 4 Ingredients ]

Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap [ 4 Ingredients ]

Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap [ 4 Ingredients ]

Did you know you can easily make your own soothing non-toxic hand soap at home only using 4 ingredients?

Foaming hand soap has been a favorite thing of mine since I discovered it. Like, what did we do before it, gel hand soap?…😊 But with hand soap comes a myriad of skin chapping chemicals that you don’t want to use everyday.

Triclosan Antimicrobial pesticides toxic to the aquatic environment; may also impact human reproductive systems.one of the main ingredients in anti-bacterial hand soaps and body washes.
Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl SulfateSLS and SLES are surfactants that can cause skin irritation or trigger allergies. SLES is often contaminated with 1,4-dioxane, a byproduct of a petrochemical process called ethoxylation, which is used to process other chemicals in order to make them less harsh.A foaming agent in most hand soaps and shampoos.

Luckily, you can replicate a similar soap at home that  cleans dirt and removes bacteria, and is safe for you and your family to use, everyday.

I created this hand soap after feeling frustrated about having severely dry hands during the winter months in Oklahoma. My hands would feel so dry even after applying moisturizer to them.

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After studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition I learned that what we put on our body is just as important as what goes in it. It was obvious to me what was making my hands so dry, the one thing I used every day, morning, noon, and night. My foaming hand soap!

I had already given my moisturizers an overhaul after experiencing a similar drying effect on my face (another story) so I decided it was time to remove the harmful chemicals from my soaps and shampoos. I immediately went to my local health food store and came home with what is now my staple recipe for natural hand soap. Good-bye sandpaper hands!

Soothing Non-Toxic Hand Soap

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Servings: 60

Equipment

  • empty foaming hand soap bottle (preferably glass)
  • small funnel (optional)

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Dr. Bronner’s Unscented Soap
  • 3/4 cup Distilled water
  • 2 Teaspoons Apricot Oil or any natural oil like almond or jojoba
  • 10-15 drops Lavender Essential Oil naturally anti-bacterial or any anti (viral, bacterial, fungal) essential oil blend

Instructions

  • Using the funnel, add the soap, oil, and water to the bottle.
  • Next, gently places drops of the desired essential oil into the bottle
  • Place the cap on the bottle and shake gently.
  • Pump twice to get the soap moving, lather, rinse, repeat.
  • Enjoy!
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