What's Defining My Year

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Alright, February, what’s good? It feels like January lasted an eternity, and here we are! Officially one full month into 2019! Although Jan felt long, I’m somewhat grateful it did feel that way so I could fully experience what the month had in store for me. And let me tell you, it was a LOT! Do you feel the same? Instead of a typical month in review, I wanted to give you a little insight on how I used January to fuel my year. Below is a list of books, movies, songs, tools, etc. that I found or used in January that are defining my year. Both in business and personal life! If you had a rocky start to this year, take the time to hit the reset button free of shame! Allow yourself to find your balance before taking another step. Maybe these resources below can help you do just that.

TV + Movies:

Made For More Documentary: Okay, yeah. By now you probably know I will listen to/watch/read anything Rachel Hollis. What else is new!? For me, it was this documentary. I got to see it in theatres earlier this month and I’m so glad I went! This documentary follow Rachel and her husband Dave through some of the highlights of the Rise Conference that took place last year here in LA. If you’re looking for a movie to lift you up, this is it. They’re releasing it on Amazon early February!

If Beale Street Could Talk: Technically I saw half the movie in 2018, but who’s keeping count ;) This movie is a masterpiece. Absolutely poetic, heartbreaking, and beautiful. I feel sorry for the Academy Awards for leaving this one out of the Best Picture nominations. I highly recommend this movie to remind you to leave your baggage at home, love fully, and know that your life is precious.

Books:

I’ve gotta be honest with you, I didn’t finish my books from January. I’ve been challenging myself to read more or put myself in situations where I can learn more! That said I’ve found that I’ve been gravitating towards podcasts for this information more often. However! I do want to add this book to the list because it is still on my mind.

I Might Regret This by Abbi Jacobson: I’m a nonfiction reader and find so much joy in hearing the “regular” stories of extraordinary people. Abbi Jacobson, of Broad City, is a wonderful soul. I am really enjoying her book so far and her many stories, both happy and sad. I want to put more time into listening to this, but I’ll have to be honest; her voice has a soft quality to it so you have to put a lot of attention to the audiobook or you might find yourself distracted by your surroundings. I wanted to add this to the list because I think hearing people’s stories, especially women’s stories, is so powerful. Women like Abbi Jacobson and other women in comedy or business always find a way to give you advice to grow without outright telling you what to be doing. I want to continue to read more books like this!

Podcasts:

The RISE Podcast: Ahhh here we are again. You could say I’m very faithful to Rachel Hollis. But her advice is SOLID! I always find her wisdom is so helpful no matter where I am in my life or career! Even if an episode doesn’t necessarily relate to what I do, I find something of value in it. I definitely want to keep up with this throughout my year!

WTF with Marc Maron: Oh Marc Maron. Raw, honest, funny, and completely entertaining. One of the best interviewers I’ve listened to. He’s so interesting and I always find so much truth in what he has to say and the questions he asks his guests. I am so fascinated by his interviews and feel like he knows how to relate to people enough to make them feel comfortable. He is incredibly skilled in communication and I want to foster more of that in 2019. Definitely subscribe!

Tools:

This Blog! It’s both a gift and a big task to keep this blog up and running with new content every week. It takes a lot of time, energy, thought, and willpower to make sure my posts go up. And like I said, it’s also a gift. I am giving myself the chance to give away information that you find useful, document where I am on this journey called life, share my favorite images and stories, and take time to reflect on where I’m going. It’s going to be hard, but more and more blogs will keep coming!


Wave Accounting: I’m finally moving away from Quickbooks! If you know any business owner using quickbooks, you’ll know that most of us have a love/hate relationship with the platform. Well, earlier this month I decided to finally leave it for something better! I’ve heard great things about Wave Accounting and finally made the leap. So far, so good. I’m loving how easy the app is and finally feel free from the constraints of my old accounting app. Allowing myself to let go of more systems like these that don’t deserve my time in exchange for ones that I feel proud to be invested in.