New Year, New You!

Hello Savvy Readers,

It’s the New Year, and today we’re talking about resolutions. So often we pressure ourselves and promise to be the best person we can be in the New Year. But attempting to change various aspects of your life is not just intimidating, it is downright daunting. And so this year, Savvy Readers, I suggest your new year’s resolution simply be to read more. I know, I know, I’m preaching to the choir; you wouldn’t be here if you didn’t like to read. More importantly, we all know that there are wonderful benefits of reading. But what I’m suggesting is, rather then set unreasonable targets to explicitly make yourself better,  why don’t you focus on reading books that may teach you something about being “better”? For example, if you’re concerned about money, you could turn to money-guru Gail Vaz-Oxlade for tips and tricks on how to save and spend better. Or, if you want to lose weight, do your research! Read books about nutrition and fitness. If you want to excel at work, read about successful people who have been kind enough to share their secrets to success. Enjoying a book you haven’t read before, and learning a thing or two about self-improvement in the process, is a fool-proof, enjoyable way to better yourself and be a New You this New Year!

1) Money Rules by Gail Vaz-Oxlade

Gail Vaz-Oxlade has taught us how to care for our money, how to plan our RRSPs and how to teach our kids about the importance of saving. Now, Gail is talking about her money and sharing with readers the fool-proof rules she follows in order to be financially-responsible. Gail has rules about everything, including Tax Free Savings Accounts,  borrowing money from friends and breaking bad spending habits. But she’s not all thrift; one of Gail’s most important rules is #261: Take Pleasure from Your Money! Whether you’re  already commerce-savvy or opening an investment account for the first time, Gail’s Money Rules can become your money rules too and help ensure that 2013 is a financially sound, or perhaps even profitable year.

2) Wheat Belly Cookbook by William Davis

William Davis’ Wheat Belly spawned a revolution that exposed falsities behind the concept of healthy whole grains. Through Wheat Belly, readers began to understand the effect that grains have on appetite and weight control and were offered alternatives to their usual carb-heavy diet. Now, readers can apply what they learned with Wheat Belly Cookbook, a fully illustrated cookbook that features over 150 delicious wheat-free recipes and handy daily menus!

3) The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Rather than set a new year’s resolution, author Gretchen Rubin decided to work towards a personal goal every month and write about it. These  included: going to sleep earlier, being silly and getting her family together more often. Month by month, she made small adjustments in her everyday life and documented them on a blog (which was, in fact, a March resolution), later turned into this book. Her journey towards self-betterment has become an inspiring read, written with a unique sense of humour and sharp insight. The Happiness Project will remind readers to have fun in 2013, and help them attain happiness with the “Start Your Own Happiness Project” guide.

4) I Shouldn’t Be Telling You This by Kate White

Kate White, previous editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan magazine, shouldn’t be divulging the secrets behind her success. But lucky for us, she too feels that rules are made to be broken. Whether you’re a recent graduate, a mom going back to work or an employee who has been with the company for years, trust me – you’ll listen. Kate offers readers no-nonsense advice about how to meet success, and, more importantly, how to maintain it. With her trademark sass and wit, this book isn’t just motivating, it’s also an extremely enjoyable read!

5) The Power of Why by Amanda Lang

Do you ever have those moments when you’re searching for an answer so hard, you can’t see that it’s right before your own eyes? In The Power of Why, Amanda encourages readers to embrace childhood curiosity and ask simple questions, like “Why?” Through an entertaining mix of examples from the business world and anecdotes from her own life, Amanda Lang explains how simply asking “Why?” can inspire innovation and growth on both a corporate and personal level.

6) Decisions by Jim Treliving

Making a life-changing decision is not an easy process–just ask Jim Treliving, who left his stable job as an RCMP officer to support a burgeoning pizza franchise. Within a few years, Jim was able to grow this franchise into the now nation-wide Boston Pizza chain but, still, when hecredits his success he says it all began with the decision to change careers. In this hard-hitting and inspiring book, Jim acknowledges that making a decision, whether big or small, is a difficult process. But he is also aware of the success it can bring, and so he walks the reader through his own decision making processes and offers advice on how to make the call.

7) Lauren Conrad Beauty by Lauren Conrad

Lauren Conrad understands that beauty isn’t entirely dependent on your exterior, but she also knows that it helps to feel confident about how you look. Which is why she authored Lauren Conrad Beauty. whereinshe gives  step-by-step advice on skin and hair care, offers make-up tutorials and explains the importance of sleep and strain of stress on your appearance. Most importantly, however, are the personal anecdotes and illustrated notes from LC herself that will have you feeling confident and looking beautiful in 2013!

8) Eat to Lose, Eat to Win by Rachel Beller

Why pay for nutritional advice when you can have a celebrity nutritionist sitting on your own bookshelf? In her new book, Eat To Lose, Eat To Win, Rachel Beller (of Biggest Loser fame) combines science-based advice with a step-by-step action plan aimed to help you lose weight and reach your optimal health. You can even bring the book to your own grocery store, since it specifically discusses products that are currently available! Leave calorie-countingand diet fads in 2012, and let 2013 be a happy. healthy and informed New Year!

9) The One Plan by Yogi Cameron Alborzian

Over two thousand years ago The Yoga Sutras, a concise text that forms the basis of everything we know today about the philosophy of the yogic path, was written. In The One Plan, Yogi Cameron lays out a practical and accessible fifty-two-week guide based on these teachings to help carry those looking for a healthy life full of balance and purpose through the new year and into 2014.

10) The Law of Divine Compensation by Marianne Williamson

In The Law of Divine Compensation, readers will discover how thoughts can attract—or deflect—miraculous breakthroughs in life. Marianne explains that we can use faith as a mental and emotional muscle, but in order to benefit from it we must exercise it! This is an ideal read for anyone interested in spirituality.

Happy New Year, Savvy Readers! We wish you the very best this year.
The Savvy Reader Team

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