Weekly Reads Roundup (3.11.17)

From the best jeans for women to Denver’s hottest coffee shops (said in my best Stefon voice), here’s what I was reading this past week!

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Amethyst Coffee Co (via Zagat)

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The Fail-Proof Way to Happily Head Back to Work

This morning, after almost two glorious weeks of rest and relaxation, I woke up, made my morning tea (which is much more luxurious after my Christmas gift of Emperor’s Clouds and Mist green tea from Teavana), and stared at my computer, trying to convince myself to start working. I absolutely love what I do, but I think something would be a little wrong with me if I didn’t have an urge to just sit on the couch and start another Sherlock marathon. I knew I needed to clear the cobwebs out of my head somehow – so I went to Omvana to see my good friend Vishen Lakhiani.

Whenever I need a little extra happiness/motivation/soul-searching, I head straight for the 20min 6 Phase Meditation (as I’ve mentioned before). If you need an extra kick in the pants, are feeling stressed about all those holiday emails, or just want to boost your 2016 resolutions with some positive energy, I highly suggest you take just 20min to sit with yourself as Vishen guides you through relaxation and visualization of your perfect future. Download the Omvana app on your smartphone or listen to the YouTube version below!

Defining Your Personal Values: Increasing Your Happiness Through Introspection

A lot of the work I’ve done over the years has been in strategy, and good strategy starts with values. From my own small business to large global organizations, from blossoming startups to academic institutions, I’ve seen how having (and not having) well defined values affects decisions and outcomes. If explicitly stating values is so important to the running of a well-oiled corporate machine, why aren’t they more important to the running of our own daily lives?

WE ALL KNOW THAT A GOOD COMPANY CULTURE MAKES FOR HAPPIER EMPLOYEES. BUT WHEN THE CULTURE GOES BEYOND THAT—TO CORE VALUES EVERYONE WORKS BY—THE RESULTS ARE REVOLUTIONARY. – JESSICA AMORTEGUI, FAST COMPANY

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Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body, & Spirit: Part Two

As I mentioned yesterday, this Wednesday I will be embarking on a 45-day mind, body, and spirit (MBS) journey as a part of Lent. While I do this every year leading up to Easter, there are many good reasons to take your own journey even if you are not religious, including reviving your resolutions, combating Seasonal Affect Disorder, and getting to your “happy weight (read more about those reasons here).

Mind Goal Idea: Start a Daily Gratitude Journal
Mind Goal Idea: Start a Daily Gratitude Journal

If you’re back here because you’d like to join me, hooray! I’m excited to have a buddy. If this all sounds a little too hippy-dippy for you, that’s okay too! You can still read on for some goal setting tips that are helpful in any situation.

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Gabrielle Bernstein at Mile Hi Church 2.13.15

If you’re looking for an inspirational way to kick off your weekend, look no further than Gabrielle Bernstein speaking at Mile Hi Church!

The Oprah-endorsed, New York Times bestselling author uses the power of spirituality, Kundalini yoga, Transcendental meditation, and the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help battle everyday demons such as addiction, anxiety, burnout, and resentment. I don’t know about you, but I sure struggle with more than one of those things from time to time! In this session, Ms. Burnstein will give you the tips and tricks you need to bring back some inner peace.

Click here to get your tickets!

Plus, since I’m still on a mission for the next ten days to keep on living like Gwyneth Paltrow (update coming soon… living like GP is hard…), and since she’s “New Agey” and loves meditation, I think a dose of internal spiritual cleansing is just what I need (especially since I’ve already tackled the dietary cleansing).

The Solo Staycation

There is something so relaxing about being in a hotel room alone – if you do it right. I’ve come to really enjoy business trips for this very reason. So much, in fact, that I even decided to head up to the mountains for a 2 day retreat all by my lonesome when Josh couldn’t join. Technically a staycation involves staying in your own home and just doing super extra fun things, but since this was free and only an hour away, I’m going to count it. If you’re looking to relax, rejuvenate, and rediscover yourself, here’s the best way to take a solo staycation.

Olivia Palermo via Lifestyle Mirror

Also, yes. “Staycation” is a completely legitimate term as demonstrated by this Wikipedia page (right?!).

Anyway, to the videos, pics, and tips!

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