Spring Resolutions + Book Inspirations

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference / On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft / Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Here’s a follow up to my March post –> HI APRIL!

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I could really start ‘resolutions’ whenever (doesn’t have to be Jan 1st). Lately, I’ve been all about bettering myself and doing more things that are constructive for my well being and my career. So how about some SPRING RESOLUTIONS?!

Besides, this is technically the new year (fiscal year) for the company I work for. Maybe it makes sense to make new resolutions every season and make them applicable for that particular season. Here are my SPRING resolutions:

1) Run More / Do Yoga More – These are great ways to learn to control your breath (and help relieve stress). Yoga and running are great because they help me focus on my breath and center myself. Both just bring you so in the moment. Add to this one: take Nala to the park more often and run with her.

2) Enhance My Career – This also includes taking my side jobs to the next level and focusing on what is important. I’d really like to prioritize what I like doing and work towards that. I have been doing a lot of research (reading books, articles, and listening to podcasts) to try and learn as much as I can. Follow me on TWITTER for articles that I’m reading!

3) Actually Finish Books – I have a tendency to start so many books and rotate through them depending on my mood. However, I rarely get to finish any of them. I’m going to make it a goal to finish the three books I’m currently reading, which brings me to…

WHAT I’M READING

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – I haven’t started this book yet, but it’s definetly lined up next in my rotation since I’ve heard so many good things! The idea is that the tipping point is “that magic moment when an idea, trend, or social behavior crosses a threshold, tips, and spreads like wildfire.” AKA – for example when something goes viral online (which is pretty much goals). This is by Malcolm Gladwell who also has a host of other popular books (Outliers, Blink), so I’m excited to read this.

On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft – I really like writing and would like to work on enhancing my writing skills. I hope to potentially develop something I create into a great project one day. One tip that I’ve heard over and over again (and I completely agree with) is to write every day. This is also why I’m thankful for my blog and what keeps me motivated to continue with it. PLUS – Stephen King has a corgi (look it’s on the cover!), so um obviously this is some kind of sign.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – This book is based on the ideas of “doing what someone else already knows how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But when you do something new, you go from 0 to 1”. If you’re interested in learning more about the ideas of this book, but not quite ready to you know.. read a book. You can start out by the listening to the “How to Start a Start Up” podcast (listed below), specifically Peter Thiel’s lecture (#5). He gives a condensed version of some of the ideas outlined in his book. Other similar books I have on my “next up” list are “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” and “Be Obsessed or Be Average”.

PODCASTS I LOVE

I am super interested in ‘startups’. This can really be defined as a wide range of things: from the typical small companies in Silicon Valley, all the way to your blog’s business. Basically, you are the CEO of YOUR LIFE. I personally am on the search of how I can bring value to not just my life, but other people’s lives as well. Podcasts can be another great way to get in some quick inspiration while you’re on the go.

Check out the ones I love below:

PS; Follow me on TWITTER for articles that I’m reading that focus on current events, the stock market, entrepreneur/business resources, and of course fashion tips!

XO

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