Tools and Resources

After I left teaching I spent several years focusing on self-growth – physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional.  This blog is the result of what I learned about myself during that time (not that I’ve stopped learning or growing by any means!) and I’d like to share the resources that helped get me to this place of being “happy but not satisfied” in hopes that they may inspire others as well.  Below are some amazing books, blogs, apps, and gadgets that I hope you find helpful as well!

Books

Health and Fitness

New Rules of Lifting for Women” – by Lou Schuyler, Alwyn Cosgrove, Cassandra Forsythe
“Strong Curves” – Bret Contreras

Personal Growth

“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown
“Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown
“Rising Strong” by Brene Brown
“The Alchemist” by Paulo Coehlo
“The Art of Nonconformity” by Chris Guillebeau (check out his blog too!)
“The War of Art” by Stephen Pressfield
“You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life” by Jen Sincero
“Eat, Pray, Love” – Elizabeth Gilbert
“Big Magic” – Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Blogs/Websites

Health and Fitness

Strengtheory – Weightlifting
Breakingmuscle – Weightlifting
Girls Gone Strong – Weightlifting
Squat Rack Shenanigans – Powerlifting and Bodybuilding
Fitness Blender (also on youtube) – Videos for a variety of different workouts and fitness levels that can be done at home (kickboxing, hiit, yoga, kettlebells, etc)
Workout Labs – Printable exercise illustrations and descriptions.  Create your own workouts and workout calendar. Requires a subscription.
Spark People Printable Exercises – This is one is free the exercise database is limited.
The Healthy Maven – Recipes, Health and Fitness tips, Travel
If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) – Macro Calculator
Ambitious Kitchen – Recipes
Fit Foodie Finds – Recipes

Personal Growth

Hone Life
Live Your Legend
Marie Forleo (also on youtube)

 

Apps/Gadgets

Health and Fitness

My Fitness Pal – Calorie and exercise tracker
Fitbit HR
Sculpt

Personal Growth

Headspace -It’s like having your own personal meditation teacher. Comes with a variety of “focus packs” that are 10-30 days long, and can be customized to be be 10, 15, or 20 minutes in length. Topics include, but are not limited to: sleep, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, pregnancy, focus, and creativity.  Free 10 day trial.

Calm – Similar to Headspace but with shorter meditation “focus packs” and a daily meditation you can do if you don’t want to focus on anything in particular.  Their is a website and an app. This link is for the website.