Perfect Pairings: New Year’s Resolutions + Books

Happy Tuesday, Savvy Readers! We’re well into January and if you haven’t already started working towards your New Year’s resolutions then this post is for you! I’ve put together a list of some of the most common New Year’s resolutions and the perfect books to go with them! From cookbooks to self-help, these books will teach you to take charge of your life and make 2020 a year to remember!


Resolutions: Eat healthier, cook at home more, experiment with meat-free meals.
Ultimate Veg by Jamie Oliver

Whether you’ve committed yourself to eat healthier, cook at home and order takeout less, or to integrate more meat-free meals into your diet, Jamie Oliver‘s Ultimate Veg is the perfect book to help you reach your New Year’s resolutions! Packed with flavourful and accessible veg recipes, Ultimate Veg encompasses everything from simple suppers and family favourites, to weekend dishes for sharing with friends and family. Phenomenal food has never been so easy as Jamie shares simple tips and tricks that will excite the taste buds. Ultimate Veg will give you the confidence to up your veg intake and leave you feeling full, satisfied and happy – and not missing meat from your plate!


Resolutions: Change your life, career, or future.
Reinvention by Arlene Dickinson

This year is a special year for resolutions because it isn’t just a new year, it’s a new decade! Do you want or need to change your life, but aren’t sure where to start—or whether you have what it takes? This is the decade to do it, and Reinvention by Arlene Dickinson is just the book to help you on your way. In Reinvention, Dickinson shares this blueprint for locating your sense of purpose, realistically evaluating your strengths, assessing opportunities outside your comfort zone, and charting a bold new path. Whether you have a big career dream to achieve, or you need to rebuild after a personal setback, this step-by-step plan for reinvention will help you change your own life—for the better.


Resolutions: Practice self-care, prioritize yourself.
The Self-Care Solution by Jennifer Ashton M.D.

Are you feeling burnt out? Are you always putting other people first? ABC’s chief medical correspondent helps you ring in the New Year right with a resolution that’s actually doable: a year-long plan to improve your emotional and physical health—from giving up alcohol to doing a digital detox, but each for only one month. Whether it’s adding cardio or learning how to meditate, Dr Ashton makes these daily lifestyle choices and changes feel possible—and shows how beneficial a mindful lifestyle can be. Inspiring, practical, and informative, illustrated with helpful photos and charts, The Self-Care Solution teaches you how to recalibrate your life to enjoy a better, healthier year, one month at a time. Featuring guidance from top experts, entertaining case studies, easy-to-follow advice and tips, and Dr Ashton’s observations and insights, this book can help you achieve a better life balance and a more active and healthy lifestyle.


Resolutions: Get organized, set goals, and get in touch with your inner self.
Feel It Out by Jordan Sondler

Not everything is about you (but this book is). Still, figuring it all out? Cool, so are we. Feel It Out is a guide to celebrating where you are now, even if heartbreaks, career setbacks, growing pains, and preconceptions about where you should be by now are getting in your way. Think of this as a coming-of-age book for adults, a self-love pep talk that will teach you how to get to the core of who you are and find out what you truly want, to cultivate a hot and heavy relationship with YOU, first and foremost. This approachable and empowering book offers everything you need to cut through the noise, feel your feelings, treat yourself well, and get yourself right, so you can get out there and live your best and most exciting life.


Resolutions: Be kinder and gentler towards yourself, be more positive.
Things No One Else Can Teach Us by Humble the Poet

Are you guilty of negative self-speak? You’re not alone. Every one of us endures setbacks, disappointments, and failures that can beat us down. But we don’t have to let them. Instead, we can use them as opportunities for growth. In Things No One Else Can Teach Us, Humble the Poet goes against conventional wisdom for happiness and success, showing us how our most painful experiences can be our greatest teachers. While we can’t control life, we have the power to control how we react to it. Things No One Else Can Teach Us reminds us that we have the power to transform the way we respond to everyday challenges and ultimately be our best selves.


Resolutions: Get finances in order, save more, spend less.
Living Debt-Free by Shannon Lee Simmons

If you’re hoping to make 2020 the year of getting your finances in order, saving more, and spending less, make an exception and buy this book first! After working with thousands of financial planning clients, Shannon Lee Simmons knows that your only way out of the debt cycle is to truly understand all of your spending triggers so you can shut them down for good. In Living Debt-Free, she shows you that it is possible to have a life and pay down debt at the same time. In fact, that’s the only way your debt plan will work. You will learn to take control of your finances and pay down your debt in a realistic way that will keep you motivated long enough to see it through to the end. No shame. No blame. No scare tactics. Life is complex. Debt is complex. There cannot be a one-size-fits-all plan, so Living Debt-Free will help you build your plan—the one that will help you finally put the debt behind you, start fresh and feel good about your money again.


Resolutions: Succeed in business, build your career.
What It Takes by Zahra Al-Harazi

Do you want to succeed in business and build your own personal empire but aren’t sure where to start? Zahra Al-Harazi‘s expectation-defying life is the inspiration you need! In this electrifying book that travels from a small village in Yemen to a small town in Minnesota to a Calgary suburb, Al-Harazi describes surviving two civil wars; her years as a young, stay-at-home immigrant mother with little education; and how she became one of Canada’s most successful businesswomen. Navigating two worlds, Al-Harazi has struggled to find her own way between East and West, religion and belief, freedom and obligation, family and desire, love and honour, despair and gratitude, war and war again. With warmth and courageous honesty, she recounts how it is only through gratitude and persistence that we can find happiness and the courage to build the life we want.


Resolutions: Slow down and enjoy life more, be more mindful.
Living Lightly by Dale Curd and Kimberly Alexander

Embrace your present to find calm and joyevery day. Living Lightly offers a year’s worth of opportunities to commune, in the deepest and most beautiful sense of that word, with your self and your life. Featuring timeless wisdom, inspiring quotes and simple, practical strategies to help you boost your happiness, Living Lightly invites you to explore how your mind works, understand and express your feelings and be reminded that you are much, much stronger than you realize. The perfect way to start the day and the New Year!


Resolutions: De-stress, worry less.
Let That Sh*t Go by Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw

Life is stressful as f*ck. But it doesn’t have to be. It’s no wonder you can’t calm down: your to-do list is as long as your arm, your bank balance keeps dropping, you feel guilty for not calling your parents more often and there always seems to be a big deadline to meet at work. You need a serious breather—but you can barely find time to shower, let alone to exercise or meditate. In Let That Sh*t Go, Kate Petriw and Nina Purewal share the wisdom they’ve gained through decades of practicing and teaching others to find peace of mind no matter how busy they are. Learn to put your life in perspective, take each day one step at a time and steal moments of calm amid the chaos. And remember: it’s not worth holding onto that sh*t.

Well, that’s all I have for you today Savvy Readers! Tell me, what are your New Year’s resolutions, and which of these books do you think is best suited to help you reach your goals? Comment below or tweet us @SavvyReader.

Happy reading!

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