With New Years right around the corner, I’ve been thinking about some of the things that made a huge impact in my life during 2011. I’ve decided to wrap them all up into neat little list for your consideration if you might be looking for some direction, motivation or new ideas as we approach 2012.
Simply put, “the secret” is the way you that think and feel, and how your thoughts effect you and what happens to you in your life.
I can even sum up The Secret for you right now!
Think good stuff and good stuff will happen to you.
That’s it. You’re welcome.
The Secret has been around since 2006, but it was “new to me” in 2011. This is one instance where I’d recommend the movie over the book. We watched the movie first and then tried to read the book. Take my word on it; skip the book and go directly to the movie. Go ahead and Pass Go and collect $200. (Please split the money with me.)
Allow me to give fair warning that I’m sure this movie is not for everyone. Parts of it are plenty cheesy and new-agey and seem farfetched. BUT! If you can wade past the layers of cheese and hokeiness, the message about the Law of Attraction is very powerful. Zak and I both found the movie very motivating and we still talk about it regularly around here.
If you’ve got hopes and dreams – no matter how big or little – I highly recommend The Secret.
A Couple of Books.
Here are the 10 Reasons I loved Unlimited: How to Build an Exceptional Life by Jillian Michaels. The only reason I picked this book up was because I’m a huge Jillian Michaels fan, but I was blown away by what was inside. I won’t go on and on about this book again here, but I will say that I still think about what she wrote in this book on a regular basis. It has shaped the way I think and act and what I believe I can achieve with enough time and effort.
Another “new to me” book (published in 2007), The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. This book was eye opening in regards to our many food chains and all the things most people don’t know about where our food comes from. Michael Pollan is smart and witty (*swoon*), not to mention a fantastic writer. This was one of my favorite reads of the year.
I discovered Intermittent Fasting early this year when I was trying to find a way around calorie counting to lose 10 lbs that crept on during a rough beginning to 2010.
You can read more about Intermittent Fasting and my experience with it here. Intermittent Fasting changed the way I faced hunger, helped me better understand the non-hunger related reasons that I eat, made it possible to completely defeat the night time snacking once and for all and was the easiest way to lose weight of any approach I’ve ever tried. (I still had to count calories, but IF saved me from obsessing about food or my next meal once I got the hang of it.)
New (to me) Blogs I Added to Google Reader in 2011 *
Perhaps not “life changing”, but still worth noting nonetheless. * – (and I have yet to unsubscribe because they continue to entertain, educate or enlighten me)
PostSecret (no archives on the site, but you can see old posts in your RSS feed. Be warned, those postcards are addictive!)
And One Goal I’ve Already Got for 2012
Big plans to keep the stinking squirrels out of my strawberry bed next year. Do you hear me Squirrels? BIG PLANS.
So there you have it. A bunch of the things I encountered this year and continue to think about as 2011 draws to a close. Do you have anything good to share with us that made a big difference in your life over these past 12 months? Don’t keep it a secret.