One of my absolute favorite things is getting an inside look at the products, books, podcasts, charities, etc. that bloggers use and love. I have a running list on my phone of blogger–recommended items to try throughout the year. This summer, I introduced a new series to ElizabethMae called Currently Crushing. Each week, different women will share their must-haves, must-reads, must-dos with you. Keep reading for the five things Sarah Dew, blogger at A Simple and Contented Life is loving this month. *This post contains affiliate links.
Book: The Life Plan by Shannah Kennedy
Unable to resist any book that inspires me to live a life of purpose, Shannah’s book The Life Plan doesn’t disappoint. I bought this a couple of months ago whilst at the airport waiting for my flight and I’ve not been able to put it down since. Helping me to focus on what I really want from life, I’ve discovered more than a few ways to instantly make life better. And with space for me to write my own thoughts and ideas, it’s now FULL of post-it notes and scribbles I fully intend to come back to later. If you’re looking for a book that’ll help you step out of a life of autopilot and into one of purpose, this is it.
Motto: Done is better than perfect
As a recovering perfectionist, I’ve struggled with perfectionism for years. And sometimes the perfectionist streak in me stops me from achieving the things I want to achieve. If it couldn’t be done perfectly, I just wouldn’t do it. But then I came across this quote, and it’s become my motto ever since. I’m slowly learning that done really is better than perfect. That it’s OK to produce B-minus work instead of producing nothing at all. And so, now any time I feel that perfectionist in me raising its ugly head, I tell myself “done is better than perfect” and hit that publish button.
Podcast: The Purpose Show by Allie Casazza
In the car or doing the housework, Allie’s podcast is one of those podcasts I’ll happily binge on. I’ve listened to most of the episodes several times now, but they’re so incredibly inspiring and encouraging. Down-to-earth, honest and sincere, listening to Allie is like having a chat with your best friend over a cup of coffee. Her podcast lifts me up and is a gentle reminder that whatever I’m going through, it is possible to make life simpler and live a life I love. Episodes worth checking out include The Benefits of Early Mornings for Parents (Ep 069), How “Enough” Lists Have Changed My Life (Bonus 03) and Ten Ways Minimalism Helps the Super Busy Family (Ep 061).
Diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2016, my breast cancer nurse recommended I take up meditation as a way of coping with my surgery and chemotherapy. So, I went searching for an app to use and discovered Calm. I used it every day for an hour each afternoon when I was at my most tired and it helped so much. Two years on it has become my go-to app whenever I’m feeling stressed, lost or overwhelmed. I don’t use it to its full potential – the 30-minute Body Scan sessions are enough for me – but if you’re looking for an app to help you meditate and get better sleep, there’s a reason Apple voted it App of the Year 2017.
Product: Neom Organics London Perfect Night’s Sleep Pillow Mist
A friend bought me this as a birthday present last year and it has become one of those products I just can’t live without. A blend of 14 essential oils including English lavender, basil, and jasmine, it really does give you the best night’s sleep. One of the side-effects of my cancer medication is insomnia and sleepless nights and this mist really helps combat it. It’s great for my meditation sessions too. I simply spray my pillow before starting my session, inhale its incredible smell and I instantly feel relaxed. I always have a little panic when it starts to run low and have to order a new one. And whenever I go away, it’s one of the first things to get packed!
That concludes Vol. 13 of Currently Crushing. Check back next week for all the best in products, TV, reading, etc.