This Is My Brain on Endorphins

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Healthy woman: You don’t have to run a marathon to be fit and healthy or suffer through a triathlon that includes a half-mile swim in the ocean. But you do need an exercise habit. Especially as we age, exercise is not optional. Yet unless we had been athletes as kids or young adults, and few of us were, we do not know how to find our edge. Learning how to carve out time to meet our fitness needs or to push ourselves physically and mentally is one of the greatest challenges to aging well.


Confident woman: Inspired by her highly popular blog “Be the Dog”, Carolee Belkin Walker's This Is My Brain on Endorphins is a relatable story of what it’s like to be a successful professional woman encountering all things fitness for the first time. Even if readers have never put on a pair of running shoes or tried again and again to get a fitness habit they’ll relate to the highs and lows of Walker’s journey to the back of the pack ultimately stumbling on a path to resilience and well-being.


Happy woman: You could fit two of Walker inside what her body looked like in February 2014. But it is the powerful sense of confidence and resilience that’s had the greatest impact on Walker and inspires others. This book is about Walker digging in, discovering who she is, and seeing how far she can push herself to be strong, fit, healthy, and most important, resilient. Her writing is full of humorous situations as Walker decides to be an active participant in life and not take the setbacks, or herself, too seriously.


Chapters cover:

  • Exploring nutrition
  • Aging
  • Musical motivation
  • Training
  • Body image
  • Self-confidence
  • Sexual health
  • Travel
  • Parenting
  • Running
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8 to Great

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8 to Great, revised!

This groundbreaking and positively practical text offers a simple, yet powerful, 8-step process for taking charge of our lives and achieving our dreams. It revolves around author MK Mueller's unique formula for Positive Attitude.

Everyone says that positive attitude is everything for achieving greater happiness, health and success, yet no one, until now, has given the world a formula that is simple enough to remember and therefore use on a daily basis.

One of Mueller's gifts in this text is such a formula: FGH - Forgiveness of the past, Gratitude for the present and Hope for the future. The remaining five High-Ways address the most common stumbling blocks to using FGH:

High-Way 1: Get the Picture. It reminds us how to clearly see our dreams happening and "think it till we feel it."

High-Way 2: Risk. Once the picture is clear, we must "run to, not from" and face our fears in order to move forward.

High-Way 3: Full Responsibility. Rather than a burden, this is the key to freedom as we discover that we are the only problem we have and therefore, we are the solution.

High-Way 4: Feel All Your Feelings. For those suffering with depression or rage, this chapter unfolds amazing insights into how Mad and Sad balance each other.

High-Way 5:Honest Communication. When you're ready to stop getting defensive in arguments and be done with triangulation in the workplace, Mueller shows the way with down-to-earth examples of her clients' success stories.

The result of these High-Ways is a step-by-step process that helps young and old find greater happiness and success. The fact that Mueller has also created a widely- used curriculum for high schools based on her material is testimony to the fact that her methods are simple without being sugar-coated and powerful without being pompous.

8 to Great takes the reader from wherever they are in life and springboards them into a new level of well-being and joy. Whether for yourself or someone you love, it is an investment that is sure to bless and bliss your world.

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A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils

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Essential Oils ─ Your Pathway to Holistic Health

Holistic medicine and wellness: Homeopathic medicine and alternative medicines are gaining in popularity daily. A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils by Hayley Hobson can become your first step to a healthier life ─ your first step to holistic health.

Learn about essential oils from an expert: Hayley Hobson is an internationally known author and inspirational speaker. She presents uplifting and educational programs in well over 50 countries. After leaving her career as a lawyer, Hayley began teaching Pilates and yoga before building her essential oils business from the ground up. As the fastest Wellness Advocate in her company to achieve the ranks of Presidential Diamond, Double Diamond and Double Presidential, she remains one of the top performers in her company. In addition to developing online courses and trainings, Hayley is a sought-after speaker at many global business events. Along with her outreach to entrepreneurs, Hayley still works in her business daily and is consistently trending on social media. With over 65,000 Facebook followers she remains an influence among wellness advocates and an expanding network of peers. Visit Hayley at http://www.hayleyhobson.com.

The holistic health pathway to wellness: Hayley promotes a holistic path to wellness by incorporating the use of essential oils with a regimen of exercise, healthy eating, and mental and emotional wellness practices. As a coach, she passionately empowers others to live their dreams and create lifestyle transformations by supporting them in becoming the best possible WHOLE versions of themselves.

A Beginner's Guide to Essential Oils includes real life stories and natural lifestyle principles. You'll learn about:

  • Hayley’s signature recipes created for specific purposes
  • Helpful remedies
  • Daily changes
  • Safe handling and usage
  • Using oils to create balance as part of a holistic lifestyle
  • Why we get out of balance in the first place
  • A 31-Day plan with daily inspiration
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Cluttered Mess to Organized Success

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Declutter Your Home, Declutter Your Life

Organize your life: Do you dream of getting organized, but have no idea where to start? Cluttered Mess to Organized Success: A Real Life Approach to Decluttering and Tidying-up your Home and Life offers you everything you need to organize your home, family and your time. This book not only provides helpful tips and advice, but it is jam packed with over 100 worksheets, forms, labels, schedules and everything else you need to organize your life.

Declutter your way to happiness: Cassandra Aarssen is a Professional Organizer and creator of the successful blog and YouTube channel, ClutterBug. After struggling for years with chaos and clutter, Cassandra transformed her home and her life through organization. She now shares her favorite organizing tips, tricks and secrets in order to help others declutter their way to happiness. Cassandra’s debut book, Real Life Organizing has been inspiring families from all over the world to get control of their clutter and fall in love with their home all over again.

Includes over 100 charts, graphs, sheets and lists to help you manage your household.

  • A room by room decluttering guide
  • Cleaning checklists and routines
  • Home Maintenance Schedule
  • Meal Planning Worksheets
  • Home Management Guides
  • Medical Information • Financial Planning Worksheets (medical, post-life/wills, etc). • Household budgets and spending trackers • Goal Planning Worksheets • Home Organizing Labels and more
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Making a Difference

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When children are kind, courteous, and respectful, their positive actions can make a real difference. Making a Difference starts kids on the courtesy path by helping them understand the importance of showing politeness, speaking and acting kindly, being positive, respecting the feelings of others. Beautiful hand-drawn illustrations accompany Cheri's purposeful storytelling as she shows us once again how children can help to make the world a better place. Back pages Include discussion questions, scenarios, games and and role-play activities that help adults reinforce the book’s positive message.

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The Joy of Minimalism

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It's natural to love stuff! More than that, it’s natural to love YOUR stuff. That notebook from 8th grade, your Disney VHS’, mismatched socks. They all have sentimental value…and they all take up space.

Author and YouTuber, Zoey Arielle, opens up about her struggle with loving all the things in life we get to bring home. A hoarder in disguise, Arielle has mastered the tools needed to embrace simplicity and the minimalist philosophy.

The Joy of Minimalism teaches you to live better with less. Zoey’s formula for embracing life and space will give you more than anything you have stuffed in your drawer. By the last page, you’ll:

  • cherish the gift of giving
  • rediscover the freedom of owning less
  • embrace life and all the non-tangible things the world has to offer
  • master your own personal style for organizing and decluttering
  • celebrate your new life with a free mind
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The Restaurant Diet

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The ultimate guide for people who want to dine out guilt-free!
Fred Bollaci, who lost 150 pounds (from 330), offers a diet plan takes the pressure off of dieters dining out. He teaches readers how to read a menu, ask important questions of the staff, and have food customized to their dietary needs. He provides insights into converting this into healthy eating at home. 
As Fred teaches readers how to eat out and lose weight, he reveals the real secret: It’s not about preparing “clean” food at home, or going “whole” and excluding wheat, sugar, and dairy; nor is it about counting calories or grams: It’s about WHY one overeats in the first place. Fred reveals his story of growing up in an Italian family, and how his parents’ divorce led to his eating compulsions. He tried every fad diet, but Fred was searching for a lasting solution. With the help of his doctor, a nutritionist, a trainer, and a psychologist, Fred was able to devise a four-phase diet and exercise plan. Fred proves that if he can do it, anyone can. He has kept the weight off for six years, running four marathons―he looks great, feels great, and can enjoy great food and drink wherever he is.
Featuring recipes from America’s most noted restaurant chefs, as well as original recipes from Fred’s own kitchen, The Restaurant Diet is for the 19 million Americans who love to dine out on a regular basis―and the 38% who are overweight.

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Badass Women Give the Best Advice

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Women are, far and away, the Oral Sex.

Women’s Studies scholar Becca Anderson has gathered the wisdom from a chorus of fabulous femmes for this one-of-a-kind advice book. From housewives to Hollywood starlets, from standup comedians to startup entrepreneurs, to feminists and Facebook queens, these badass women offer unvarnished and unabashed opinions about love, life, word, men, and sex and share their very frank and forthright thinking on the wild world of relationships. This delightfully dishy gathering of gal pals is like having a heart-to-heart with 200 of your closest friends. Garrulous girls and loquacious ladies of from every walk of life unleash their wicked wit in this humorous and enlightening compilation and tell it like it is.

Topics include What the World Needs Now, Love Hurts, Lost Love, and Are Men Really Necessary and cover sex, personal ads, blind dates, break ups, weddings, and the prerequisites for the perfect kiss. Sidebars include quizzes, love and sex bucket lists and topics like “Size Really Does Matter,” and “Cry Me a River, The Weepiest Romantic Movies Ever.” Wait, there's more--true tales about wild women of yore that entertain as much as they enlighten. From Anais Nin to Lily Tomlin, from Amy Bloom to Dorothy Allison, from Drew Barrymore to Chrissy Teigan and beyond, there's no shortage of sass, sarcasm, or sizzle and a few shocks along the way!

These bold bon mots are a solid roadmap for living a full love. I, for one, will be taking heart all the advice from these very wise and wild women- silver screen queens, comediennes and brilliants writers. You actually can get what you want, provided you listen very closely.”
             -Nina Lesowitz, author of The Party Girl Cookbook

“Ah, love, luv, l’amour! Buy this for your honey and read it in bed together. That’s amore!”
             -Trina Robbins, author of The Complete Wimmen’s Comix

“Meet your 200 new bff’s and listen up. Everything you need to know is in this book.”
                -Reeda Josephs, author of Girlriends Forever

 

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How They Met

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You never know when it can happen, love might be right around the corner, down the block or across the aisle from you on your next flight. Stories of how people met are endlessly fascinating and also serve as reminders that we all need to be ready for anything, including meeting the love of your life when least expert it, or, are schlepping the garbage bins to the curb in your old flannel jammies.

Composer and beloved songwriter David Friedman has written many a love song but this is his first book on the world’s favorite subject. He embarked on collecting couple’s stories of “How they Met” stories a decade ago when recovering from a breakup as a kind of “heart healing” and therapeutic project. Plus, it can’t hurt to discover how people meet their true loves in real life, right?

What Friedman learned was utterly surprising- there was always an element of serendipity and planning had nothing to do with it. Along the way, what started out as a path to moving forward became a mission on matters of the heart.

David Friedman has gone all over North America in this study of true romance and talked to people from every walk of life – from devout church goers to same sex couples to celebrities. This inspiring read is wonderfully romantic and also offers much comfort that, even if you are looking for love in all the wrong places, love will find YOU. (When you least expect it!)

How They Met shares moving stories of how Lucie Arnaz met her famous mate, Lawrence Luckinbill and the unexpected story of Kathie Lee and Frank Gifford to name a few.

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Power Your Life With the Positive

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Drawing on his relationships with industry insiders and those in front of and behind the camera in the entertainment industry, author Cyrus Webb has compiled a compendium of encouragement. Power Your Life With the Positive is filled with stories of amazing life turnarounds from real people proves the importance of optimism in an often negative world. As one of the world’s most positive people, Cyrus Webb is perfectly suited to remind readers that it is possible to find the silver lining in every cloud through the advice and insights in this book.

Power Your Life With the Positive is pure inspiration that will lift hearts, open minds, and create a movement of pass-it-on positivity and happiness. In these times of economic uncertainty, civic strife and political turmoil, it more important than ever to offer people hope and ideas on how to believe that the best is yet to come.

The notables featured in Webb’s book faced their own fears, believed enough in their goals and dreams to pursue them and reaped rewards by sticking to their guns and not allowing their own doubts and those of others to stop them, including: Supermodel Tess Holliday, E! News Correspondent Ken Baker and Grammy award-winning singer/actress Stephanie Mills, Paul T. Scheuring (creator of Fox’s Prison Break), LeVar Burton (Reading Rainbow/Roots/Star Trek: The Next Generation), Jeryl Prescott (The Walking Dead/Birth of a Nation), Peter Engel (Executive Producer of Saved By the Bell), Antonique Smith (Notorious/Fox’s Shots Fired), Actor Darrin Dewitt Henson (Soul Food the TV show/author)/movie Stomp the Yard), John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard/Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots), and more.

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Starving in Search of Me

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The true confessions of an eating disorders survivor

This confessional self-help guide explores the complex emotional truth of what it’s like when food, weight, and body image take priority over every other human impulse or action. Activist author Marissa LaRocca's revelatory tale includes her struggle with her secrets, including sexuality, and how she emerged as an outspoken advocate for gay rights and women’s health issues.

Anorexia and bulimia health crisis: Many young women and girls struggle with the body image issues that engender eating disorders with elaborate rituals around food, binging, purging, and hiding it all while trying to maintain a face of normalcy to the world. Anorexia and bulimia have become major national health crises with skyrocketing statistics indicating that between 3 and 5% of the population suffer anorexia nervosa alone. Sadly, many never attain the sense of being “normal” and deal with a lifetime of body image and self esteem issues.

Coming of age story of a woman battling for self esteem: This intimate account of courage and the search for truth and meaning will have you rooting for Marissa LaRocca as she unravels the emotional layers of her own battle with food, body image, and sexuality. Readers of this riveting memoir, Starving in Search of Me, will relate to the coming-of-age story of a young woman confronting some of life’s major issues while living, for a time, in two closets: one to hide her eating disorder and one to hide her sexuality and very identity. Echoes of Portia de Rossi’s Unbearable Lightness resound in LaRocca’s portrait of a life seemingly lived out in the open but, in truth, very much concealed. Through her inspiring triumphs and revelations, activist and author Marissa LaRocca invites readers to confront themselves. She asks, “What if, at the root of all ‘disorders’, is the refusal to acknowledge or permit certain feelings―feelings that, if witnessed, have the power to free their sufferers? To what extent are ‘disorders’ actually doorways to helping us understand the truth about our lives?”

Transformation of body image, sexuality and eating disorders to high self esteem and peace of mind: In addition to her personal story, LaRocca takes a close look at society’s role in the development of eating disorders and other mental health challenges, establishing that the prevalence of such “illnesses” represent a collective yearning for connection, acceptance, and emotional nourishment amongst generations that are starving for so many things. Starving in Search of Me resolves with hope and an abundance of insights, tools, and resources to support eating disorder sufferers and members of the LGBTQ community alike. It’s a head-on journey toward total self-acceptance that will nourish the spirit and inspire readers to embrace their differences and nurture their authentic selves.

What You'll Learn Inside This Book:

  • Identify the root causes, symptoms, and triggers associated with an eating disorder
  • Acknowledge the "life issues" that are being masked by "food issues" or another addiction
  • Disempower compulsive behaviors like binging, purging, and obsessing about calories and exercise
  • Heal your relationship with food through healing your relationship with yourself
  • Escape the victim role, become empowered, and take responsibility for your own happiness
  • Connect with your life’s purpose and authentic self, transforming your weaknesses into strengths
  • Free your mind through tuning in to the body and witnessing emotions
  • Improve your body image and self-esteem by aligning your lifestyle with your true values, desires, and what is realistic
  • Effectively communicate your needs with confidence
  • Establish guilt-free lifestyle boundaries to reduce anxiety and maximize vitality
  • Enhance peace of mind by developing a reliable support system
  • Eliminate the need to be perfect by practicing forgiveness and compassion toward yourself
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Think Happy to Stay Happy

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Happiness is around every corner but everyone once in a while, we need a map or a pointers on how to find it. This book is just such a guide with 50 chapters filled with ideas and inspiration. Joy unites all people and words are often how we best express our joy. Think Happy to Be Happyis the perfect collection of power thoughts and insightful quotes and affirmation that express some of the best ways to "get happy."

The secret to being happy may well be a "gratitude adjustment." One thing the world's wisdom traditions all agree is that all states of "higher being" are not attained by stumbling around an unmarked road to "blisstown" but as result of doing inner work and self development. Bliss means connecting with your true self more deeply and arriving at a place of ease and awareness. ‘If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living.

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The Herbal Healing Handbook

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Do you sip chamomile tea regularly, enjoying the stomach settling and sleep-inducing effects? Do you keep a pot of aloe growing for burns and big bites? Are rosemary, mint and thyme your favorites sachets? Have you experienced the rejuvenating power of lavender oil on your skin? These are just a few of the ways we can use herbs and the possibilities are boundless as remedies for both health and happiness.

While the health care debates rage all around us, one way to take good care of yourself and your loved ones is with the “Kitchen Cabinet Cures” in this book. Your kitchen garden and herb patch can go a long way toward preventative healthcare and are much healthier for your pocketbook, as well. Think of all the herbs and plants you love and use often and then begin researching on their upkeep and care. Even containers filled with herbs can be your ticket to wellness for you and your family.

When our great grandmothers and the elders who came before us needed to attend to the cuts, bruises, colds, flu’s fevers and other illnesses their family suffered, they didn't have a corner drugstore. Instead these wise women relied on simple wisdom, common sense, and pantries well stocked with herbal remedies. These preparations were made from plants that grew in the kitchen garden or were wild weeds gathered in the fields and woods surrounding their homes. This stash of kitchen cupboard cures combines the wisdom of our elders with a modern kitchen herbalist’s sensibility. Yes, you will save money, but more importantly, you will begin to learn what works for you and master the art of self-care as you bring much comfort to your loved ones.

From the book:

Comfort by the Cup Growing and drying herbs for your own use is one of life’s simple pleasures. For a blissful brew with the power to calm any storm, add a sliver to ginger root and a teaspoon each of chamomile and peppermint to a two cups pot of boiling water. Herbal teas nourish the soul, heal the body and calm the mind: Blackberry leaf tea reduces mood swings, evens glucose levels aiding in weight management. This miraculous herbal even helps circulation and such issues as inflammation and varicose veins. It is helpful to cancer patients and is believed to be a preventative. Cardamom is a favorite of expectant mothers everywhere as it calms nausea and morning sickness; this East India fragrant is excellent for digestion, clears and cleans your mouth and throat. Anyone who likes cinnamon will love cardamom. Nettle raises your energy level, boosts the immune systems and is packed with iron and vitamins. Fennel is excellent for awakening and uplifting and is excellent for digestion and cleansing. Fennel also is a natural breath freshener. Catnip is terrific for children and can calm fretful adults with no residual "hangover" effect. At the first inkling of a sore throat or impending cold, drink a warm cup of catnip tea, and head off to bed and you will awaken feeling much better. Catnip soothes the nervous system and can safely help get a restless child off to sleep, Echinacea lends an increased and consistent sense of well-being and prevents colds and flu. It is a very powerful immune booster. Ginger Root calms and cheers while aiding digestion, nausea and can also fend off coughs and sore throats. Dandelion root grounds and centers, provides many minerals and nutrients. This wonderful weed is also a cleanser and a wholly natural detoxifier.

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Women Who Launch

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Dorothy Parker observed, “It’s a man’s world;” the ladies profiled in Women Who Launch would beg to differ. Unlike the matrons of the 1950s-the women who lunched-these kick-ass females left their DNA in the annals of time. Julia Ward-Howe showed what’s good for the goose is good for the gander when she created the Girl Scouts of America. Sara Joseph Hale-authoress of Mary had a Little Lamb- convinced Lincoln to launch a national day of thanks while Anna Jarvis persuaded President Wilson to initiate a day in tribute of mothers. The tradition of these Mothers of Invention continued when, compliments of knitter Krista Suh, the heads of millions were adorned with pink, pussy-cat ears. These women who launched prove-in the words of Rosie the Riveter, “We can do it!”

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Eating Across America

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Eating Across America is the perfect book for the travel foodie in all of us.

Eating Across America is a taste bud party of the countrys best food trucks, street foods and cheap eats. Sometimes messy, but always made with love, eating out at local trucks and hole in the walls has become a movement. Daymon Patterson, better known as Daymn Drops on YouTube and as the food correspondent on the award-winning Rachel Ray Show, details the definitive road map to truly tasting Americana. Daymon initially gained popularity on YouTube for his video review of a Five Guys takeout meal, which spawned into a viral sensation. Since then, Patterson's taste for quick and delicious meals has continued to grow, resulting in the mega successful digital series: pickup truck food reviews. Prior to joining Rachel Ray, he hosted Best Daym Fast Takeout, on the Travel Channel, detailing the best spots for quick bite. With recent works featured on The Jimmy Fallon show, Daymon’s culinary journey continues to grow. 

"Having become friends with Daym Drops -- after he hilariously, and quite candidly, reviewed my families Wahlburgers restaurant -- I quickly realized that behind the outrageous comedy of his uniquely outrageous internet food reviews, is an incredibly unique man. A man with a giant heart, matched only by his giant frame and equally giant appetite. But, whether you know him personally or not, one thing is clear to anyone whose laughed their asses off to his culinary critiques - Daym Drops knows food! As a food critic, and as a friend, I give him five stars -- and you better believe the screen is shaking too, foodie fam!"

           -Donnie Wahlberg, co-owner of Wahlburgers

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