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A Healthier You! Personal Development & Growth Tips

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I'm 39 and I try every year (every day for that matter) to just get 1% better than the previous day. It's not always easy (or fun) but I know we only get one life and one shot at getting it right so I want to make the most of it. 39 is still young bu...
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Personal Development Books

When I say I'm not a reader I mean I'm not a reader. But I have found reading a personal development book (like maybe 3-5 pages) in the mornings helps me get motivated. These are the ones that have jump started my mindset each day. 

 
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I saw Simon Ong speak at a conference and he was so compelling. I love his story and perspective on making the most of every moment in your life.
Energize: Make the Most of Every Moment
 
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This book went a little viral but for good reason. Truly motivating and whips you into shape to form those really good daily habits
Atomic Habits
 
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I saw Dan Heath at a conference and his keynotes was very powerful. He is a great storyteller and gives you some great insight in taking advantage of every little moment, even if you think it might be insignificant, it's truly not.
The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact
 
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Honestly a must read and a classic. This book is full of knowledge
Start With Why | Book
 
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The book that kick started my reading habit. Truly. For some reason this book captured my attention and got me really into personal development books. I highly recommend this read.
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work
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Conferences

Not a ton of options in this section but that's because I just haven't  been too enough yet to chime in. 

 
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Yes techincally this is an HR conference but honestly its good for some many people. Fun, well planned out and fantastic speakers and breakout sessions.
Workhuman Live | Austin 2024 | HR Conference

My Morning Routine

You see loads of “influencers” sharing their morning routine on the social media channels. For me it's not so glamorous but rather simple. 

 
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I don't do this every morning (I love my coffee) but I definitely do it when I'm feeling sick or just a little worn out.
10 Reasons To Drink Lemon Water In The Morning On An ...
 
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I vary my stretching depending on how I feel but I do try and do some kind of gentle stretching to wake me up and loosen up those muscles that I may have slept with tense the night before
10 morning stretches to help you start your day
 
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This is something that takes constant practice but even if I can last for 30 minutes in the morning I see that as a win. I like to start my morning with my coffee/or warm lemon water, a good personal development book and heated blanket.
Why You Should Stop Checking Your Phone In The ...

Exercise

There is no question about it, moving your body daily is one of the healthiest things you could do for yourself. I love a good movement session whether it be sweaty or just a gentle stretch. Here are my favorites.

 
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I love this YouTube channel. She has even 5 minute workout videos…5 minutes yes!!!! As a busy Mom sometimes that is all I have. I love the dancer legs video in particular.
MadFit
 
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This is the dance company I am a member of. You can see me in some of the photos! hehe. I love this dance family and the weekly rehearsals keep me in shape. We also have multiple performances during the year so if you are ever in the Baltimore area m...
Full Circle Dance Company
 
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Not all my hikes are as pretty as these pictures but I do firmly believe getting outside is always a good idea. I try and have my kids play outside as much as possible (even when its cold) Nature can do amazing things to one's mind and body.
2023 Best 10 Trails and Hikes in Maryland