A Bright Clean Mind

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A Bright Clean Mind will be a breezy yet substantial read that lends itself to “dipping back in,” a paperback original with a 5.5” x 8.5” trim size for portability (and gift-ability!) The readership is much the same as well: creative people who want to evolve out of the anxiety and frustration that have characterized so much of their artistic process up to now. A Bright Clean Mind will be primarily for “veg-curious” creatives—artists and entrepreneurs who have heard a plant-based diet is better for their health, but haven’t yet made the connections between diet, empathy for non-human animals, and creative output—though it will also appeal to readers who are already moving toward a more compassionate lifestyle, as well as vegans seeking creative inspiration. Now that the older members of Generation Z (no doubt the most politically-engaged generation since the 1960s) are purchasing their own food, plant protein and non-dairy products will eventually dominate the market—and these young vegans (and “vegan-ish”) will reach for books on creativity and culture that reflect their values. As veganism goes truly mainstream, artists and entrepreneurs of older generations who routinely experience anxiety, frustration, and other corrosive emotions will be ever more receptive to A Bright Clean Mind's message, too.
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Postcards to the Universe

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Have you ever wanted a way to bend the ear of the Universe – that is, the loving energy behind all creation? Yes, that Universe, the one that renders absolute and perfect manifestation. Know that the Universe hears what is in your heart. It hears exactly what you want for your greatest life. In Postcards to the Universe: A Global Movement for Manifestation, artist-photographer Melisa Caprio offers a way to combine art, love and manifestation that will lead you to everything your heart desires. It is a self-help personal development/spirituality book with a strong visual component. Postcards to the Universe is a visual jewel. Lush with imaginative images and poignant with heartfelt words, this beautiful book is already igniting a creative fire in manifesters everywhere. This is creative visualization with the power of intention times three. In Postcards to the Universe readers envision an inspired and fulfilled life. Through photography, art collages and written messages, Postcards to the Universe beckons the Universe to listen to our deepest desires. It is collaboration between Caprio and the beautiful souls who contributed to this project through her popular blog, postcardstotheuniverse.com, weekly internet radio show at 12radio.com and interactive webinars. We all wish. We are already good at wishing before we blow out the candles on our first birthday cake. We are wishing when we pull on a wishbone. We are wishing when we throw coins in a fountain. But then the wish is gone, rarely thought of again, if ever. And we go back to our daily lives – stress, strain and struggle. We nestle back into our comfort zones, which may not really all that comfortable. Too often we don’t stop to even ask the question that leads to our heart’s desire: But if you had the Universe’s ear, where you could harness your own power, reach your full potential and tap into your deepest creativity, what then? Wouldn’t you ask? People have found it works “because you are literally telling the Universe that you are serious this time,” Caprio says. “You’re ready, really ready, to begin the process of receiving your deepest desires” Postcards to the Universe is your conduit to success. Postcards to the Universe, A Global Movement for Manifestation is not just a beautiful fine art book but an ongoing project and movement. Postcards to the Universe empowers people to get clear and creative about living an inspired life. Though art and photography, we get to see peoples' desires manifest. Caprio photographs each postcard as she receives it. She intuits by each person’s specific manifestation how she is going to photograph their postcard. Caprio is inspired by helping people get creative and collaborate with her to push this movement forward. She asks the Universe to send her postcards. Each postcard is transformed into its own powerful intention. Already this project has taken law of attraction to a whole new level. Now, the book promises to take it even higher. It is visual. It is tactile. It brims with heartfelt desire. It’s in deep conversation with the Universe. The wishes inside are infused with the energy and spirit of the contributors of this book. The book itself vibrates at a higher level.
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Hug Therapy

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Don’t Just Feel Good—Do Good & Feel Great

Readers of The Happiness ProjectThe Power of Moments and I Hear You won’t want to miss Hug Therapy.

The science behind hugging. Dr. Stone’s prescription is for a 21-second hug today and every day. One of the many benefits of hugging is that longer hugs have proven physiological benefits. Hugs are good for your immune system, your stress response, your sleep patterns, and so much more.

Hug Therapy brings to life the meaning of hugging. In this book, you will discover:

  • What it means to really, truly give yourself and others the profound gift of a hug
  • How to be powerfully in action and more aware of what matters to you most
  • That you may choose to begin hugging some strangers…with their blessing of course
  • And perhaps most importantly, that together, one literal or metaphorical hug at a time, we make the world a better, healthier, and more connected place.

Embrace life. Hug Therapy shares a full-on, unconditional hug from Dr. Stone Kraushaar. In this book, he invites you to wrap your arms around yourself, your life, and everyone around you in a whole new way. A good embrace—a hug—squeezes every ounce of fear, worry, and negativity out of your spirit, leaving you with nothing but warmth, inner peace, and a feeling of connection.

Give a hug, get a hug. Most people have difficulty remembering the last time someone gave them an all-encompassing hug. Hug Therapyencourages you to change that, one physical or metaphorical embrace at a time. It’s a “do good and feel great” book that will help you live more in the moment and stay tuned into what really matters.

Expert advice from a world-class hugger. Dr. Stone Kraushaar is a clinical psychologist known as The Hug Doctor™. Also the founder of Hug Therapy™, he warmly invites you to jump into the 21-Day Hugging Journey™ and transform your life.

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Listful Living

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A best-selling author and Emmy-award winning television producer for nearly 20 years, Paula Rizzo produced health, wellness, and lifestyle segments with a range of top experts, including JJ Virgin, Jillian Michaels, and Deepak Chopra. Rizzo brings her experience to this new project. Readers will learn their stress style and strategies for shaping their days in more productive ways. With self-assessments and exercises, this guide will bring readers to better patterns and better, more organized lives.
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Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety

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A Guidebook for Parents Navigating the New Teen Years

Learn about the “New Teen” and how to adjust your parenting approach. Kids are growing up with nearly unlimited access to social media and the internet, and unprecedented academic, social, and familial stressors. Starting as early as eight years old, children are exposed to information, thought, and emotion that they are developmentally unprepared to process. As a result, saving the typical “teen parenting” strategies for thirteen-year-olds is now years too late.

Urgent advice for parents of teens. Dr. John Duffy’s parenting book is a new and necessary guide that addresses this hidden phenomenon of the changing teenage brain. Dr. Duffy, a nationally recognized expert in parenting for nearly twenty-five years, offers this book as a guide for parents raising children who are growing up quickly and dealing with unresolved adolescent issues that can lead to anxiety and depression.

Unprecedented psychological suffering among our young and why it is occurring. A shift has taken place in how and when children develop. Because of the exposure they face, kids are emotionally overwhelmed at a young age, often continuing to search for a sense of self well into their twenties. Paradoxically, Dr. Duffy recognizes the good that comes with these challenges, such as the sense of justice instilled in teenagers starting at a young age.

Readers of this book will:

  • Sort through the overwhelming circumstances of today’s teens and better understand the changing landscape of adolescence
  • Come away with a revised, conscious parenting plan more suited to addressing the current needs of the New Teen
  • Discover the joy in parenting again by reclaiming the role of your teen’s ally, guide, and consultant

If you enjoyed parenting books such as The Yes BrainHow to Raise an AdultThe Deepest Well, and The Conscious Parent; then Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety should be next on your list!

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Be Happy, Always

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ Learn To Live With Happiness Every Day

Lift yourself out of the daily struggles and heartbreaks life deals you. Wading through the trials we face on a day-to-day basis can be exhausting. When we’re hit with painful experiences that bring us to our knees, finding joy may seem to be too big a task for us to handle. Xandria Ooi, dubbed the “Happiness Guru,” meets readers in those dark and trying places and equips them with the courage to navigate them.

Renew the meaning of happiness. Popular phrases like “think positive” and “look for the silver lining” often fall flat on our ears because we’ve heard them so many times. When life gets challenging, suddenly it’s not so simple. Ooi shows us that happiness is more than a feeling by delving into complex philosophies and turning them into relatable wisdom.

Find peace and joy within yourself, others, and your life. Joining the ranks of Brené Brown and Gretchen Rubin, Ooi speaks honestly and empathetically to readers searching for answers. Creator of a 30-day happiness program and over 500 motivational videos online, Ooi has traveled far and wide to share her inspiring stories and moving wisdom. Armed with her advice, readers will find practical ways to bring more happiness to every aspect of their lives.

Readers of Be Happy, Always will:

  • Find illuminating answers to questions on happiness and unhappiness
  • Take an emotionally resilient and wise approach to life and access happiness within
  • Understand how to cultivate positive relationships even with difficult people
  • Find ways to live each day with joy, hope and gratitude despite challenges

If you’ve looked for answers in other books such as Outer Order, Inner CalmThe Four Tendencies52 Lists for HappinessThe Happiness Project; and Better than Before; you’ll find more of what you’re looking for in Xandria Ooi’s Be Happy, Always: Simple Practices For Overcoming Life’s Challenges and Living Each Day With Joy.

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Caregiving Both Ways

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Overcome the Language Barrier of Dementia

When a parent, spouse, sibling, or loved one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, it can be difficult to know what to do. Your day can spiral into a never-ending series of tasks and attempts to communicate that leave you both frustrated. Instead of burning out, discover a new approach. When your loved one behaves differently than they used to, they’re just communicating in a new way. As caregivers, the most important thing we can do is learn that new language.

Navigate the caregiving relationship: In Caregiving Both Ways, Molly Wisniewski offers essential advice for getting to know your loved one and yourself during this new phase of life. Learn to balance your priorities, avoid burning out, and honor self-care. Molly will teach you how to navigate the difficult moments with techniques she’s mastered from years of experience working with people with dementia.

Prepare for each stage of care: Caregiving Both Ways is divided into two parts. First, learn how to care for your loved one with dementia and prioritize your new role as caregiver. Next, discover how to build a strong support system with help from professional caregivers and how to prepare for end-of-life care.

In Caregiving Both Ways, you’ll find worksheets, exercises, and essential tips for smart, empathetic caregiving. You'll learn how to:

  • Use non-medical interventions to reduce anxiety
  • Prioritize and make time for your own care and mental health
  • Identify triggers that may cause confusion in your loved one
  • Handle difficult medical decisions
  • Provide support and validation through all stages of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia

Readers who turned to Alzheimer’s books like The 36-Hour DayWhen Reasoning No Longer Works, and Creating Moments of Joy Along the Alzheimer's Journey will love the compassionate approach of Caregiving Both Ways.

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Sex After Grief

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Reclaim Your Sexuality After Loss

An Honest Approach to Hard Questions: Sex is complicated at the best of times—but when we’re overcome by grief, it’s especially mysterious and confusing. How do we nurture ourselves as sexual beings when we’re grieving the death of a partner? Why does taking care of ourselves sexually matter at a time when we’d rather hide under the covers and wail? How do we know when it’s time to open ourselves to the sexual phase of a new relationship? And how do we do it?

A Grief Book like No Other: Sex after Grief is the first book to address sex and grief together and treat sex as a normal, positive, life-affirming part of emerging from such a difficult time. Joan Price, the top expert on senior sex, draws on her own experiences as a widow since 2008, when she lost the love of her life to cancer. She shares her raw grief journey, sexual reawakening (and the many stumbles along the way), and attempts to dip back into dating, along with excellent advice on handling each step.

Recovery on Your Own Timeline, in Your Own Way: As Price says, there’s no right or wrong method or timeline for bringing our sexuality back into into our lives, whether it’s with our own hands, a friend with benefits, a hook-up, a new companion, or any combination. Sex After Grief includes a variety of people’s personal stories from folks of all genders and orientations. Some jumped into sex quickly. Some took years. Some withdrew from sexual possibility. No one was wrong, and no choice is defective or shameful.

Sex After Grief includes:

  • Inspiring tales of how different people brought sex back into their lives after the loss of their spouse or partner
  • Guidelines for dating again and getting sexual with a new person
  • Reasons that solo sex is healthy and can be the path to feeling sexual again
  • Advice from therapists, grief counselors, and sex coaches
  • Self-help takeaways for creating an action plan

Readers of Modern LossThe Grief Recovery Handbook and Second Firsts will grow from and appreciate Sex After Grief.

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Taming Chronic Pain

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Taming Chronic Pain: A Management Guide for a More Enjoyable Life differs from all of the other books addressing this topic because it focuses specifically on pain disorders, and covers multiple topics related to this area instead of just one. Many existing books in the genre are scientific-only, or mindfulness-only, or lifestyle-only, whilst Taming Chronic Pain covers the scientific, practical, emotional and psychological aspects of pain for both the sufferer and their loved ones, short-term and longer-term, in a relatable and easy to comprehend way.
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Zen Bender

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#1 Amazon New Release — Hooked on Self-Help

Craving a quick fix: When the recession turned her life upside down, Stephanie Krikorian had to reinvent her life...and fast. She started ghostwriting self-help books for women. Between writing and researching she realized that everywhere she looked there was AFOG. Another freaking opportunity for growth. Soon she wasn't just writing each book; she was living them. This was the start of a ten-year zen bender of dieting, dating, journaling, meditating, and Marie-Kondo-ing on a quest for that ultimate self-help high.

Fifty and fabulous: Stephanie Krikorian spent her forties trying all of the dating hacks to find love and respect, all of the diets to build self-esteem in a new body, and all of the spiritual guidance to become centered through self-care. On the brink of turning fifty she realized that being better wasn't what she craved; it was something else altogether.

Learn to laugh at yourself and trust yourself: Zen Bender is the story of one woman's journey to radical acceptance, with some questionable advice along the way. A witty, moving, insightful story, the woman behind bestselling celebrity self-help books shares her story of being hooked on the self-help fix for a decade before learning that all the self-help in the world won't help you trust gut.

A Self-confidence book for women: For anyone tired of promises to change everything in just thirty days, this book is a breath of fresh air. Readers who enjoyed self-confidence books for women like The Universe Has Your BackThe Self-Love Experiment, and The Gifts of Imperfection; will love the message of radical acceptance in Zen Bender: A Decade-Long Enthusiastic Quest to Fix Everything (That Was Never Broken).

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Anxious Art

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Lyrical affirmations that build self-confidence and reduce fear Therapeutic writing exercises that root you in the present and spark joy Doodling that calms your emotions Guided breathing exercises that bring you into the present moment Fans of Wreck This Journal, Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal or I Am Her Now will love the calming benefits of Anxious Art
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Depression Hates a Moving Target

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Depression Hates a Moving Target: How Running with My Dog Brought Me Back from the Brink, recounts Nita Sweeney's transformation from a 49-year-old, chronically depressed, sometimes manic central Ohio woman who could barely jog for sixty seconds into a somewhat less depressed, somewhat more sane runner who completed the full Columbus Marathon. Witty and poignant by turns, the story will not only have you cheering on a perfect stranger as she faces emotional and physical challenges, but will leave you knowing it’s never too late to chase your dreams.
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Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity

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Keto and meal prep are both trending very strong now, and FlavCity is positioned as a food authority in this space. Good content always wins out, and the authors' keto meal prep content is top class and presented in a personal way that ensures the casual consumer will choose the book over others. FlavCity is about Bobby and Dessi, two passionate home cooks who just want to hook you up with tasty, healthy recipes. Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity will have a total of 75 recipes, but one can argue that since many of the meal prep recipes contain 1-2 recipes each, it’s really so many more. Keto Meal Prep by FlavCity will be organized by breakfast, lunch, and dinner but also by the various proteins featured. Each recipe will have headnotes and 1-2 photos. The book will also have a dietary restriction chart that will easily identify each recipe as GF, DF, Paleo, etc.
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Want

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Rediscover Love and Desire after Sexual Assault

Readers of The Body Keeps the ScoreThe Deepest Well and Trauma Stewardship should read Want: Recovering Desire after Sexual Assault.

Have the courage to heal. We know, increasingly, how common and devastating sexual violence is for women, but we don’t always talk about how survivors can recover from the trauma and return to desire, sexuality, trust, and pleasure. Want is the story of how Julie Peters did just that—and how you can, too.

Move past the fog of trauma.  In the years after the assault, Julie was in what she calls the fog of trauma: the colorless, tasteless experience of barely getting through the day. No one—not counsellors, support groups, or other survivors—could give her any advice about how to find the desire that could bring her back to joy, intimacy, and connection. She had to make it up on her own. In Want, Julie tells the story of getting from the devastation of trauma to living a full life in eight sometimes challenging, often bumbling, and occasionally delightful steps.

Experience hope, healing and recovery. We have plenty of stories about the helplessness, frustration, and vengeful feelings that can follow trauma. Culturally, we have started a conversation about these experiences, and we’re all confused about what this all means for our relationships with each other. We need stories of hope, healing, and recovery. Survivors of assault, if you've been thinking to yourself, "I thought it was just me," Julie is here to show you that you are not alone. Your loved ones may not know how to support you, but they can learn more about your experiences and how to walk alongside you through this book, just as you can learn how to recover from the trauma you've experienced. Want offers a window into one person’s experience of recovery—plus the happy ending we all need to know is possible after trauma.

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Living FULL

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Winning My Battle With Eating Disorders

Finding My FULL: This is my journey from starving to letting myself be FULL–physically & emotionally. What is living a FULL life? Having anorexia, bulimia, or vacillating between the two, you are trying to achieve an empty feeling through starvation or purging. Living a FULL life is a life where you aren’t starving anymore―starving for acceptance and love from others and yourself. It’s a life where you are feeding your mind and soul with good thoughts and foods. A life without your eating disorder.

Victim of the eating disorder monster: Imagine waking in a hospital bed to find your frail, pale arm punctured by an IV transferring fluids and nutrients into your weak, stiff body. What happened? You’re an adult, age twenty-six, and you just had a seizure precipitated by your chronic, secretive, decades-long struggle with unacknowledged eating disorders. You have no friends and no normal young-adult experiences. Living FULL is written by Danielle Sherman-Lazar, a woman who passed through the eating disorder crucible to recovery, sharing the most intimate and shameful details of her mental illness. Living FULL is Danielle's story.

Hidden out of shame: Eating disorders in young adults are hardly talked about, but are pervasive. Eating disorders are kept hidden out of shame. A groundbreaking 2012 study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders found that about 13 percent of women over age 50 exhibit eating disorder symptoms.

Journey to recovery: Living FULL chronicles the author's step-by-step descent into the full-blown eating disorder nightmare and her path to recovery. Recovery comes from the Maudsley Approach, a regimen of supervised controlled eating or refeeding by out-patient helpers that eventually can result in recovery.

Benefits of reading Living FULL:

  • See how to confront your eating disorder demon
  • Learn from someone who won her eating disorder battle
  • Discover a new and beautiful life

[Available as audio] 

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How to Ikigai

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Why isn’t every day meaningful for every person? Is it even possible to live each day in meaningful ways? Sure it is. Let me tell you about a tiny, tiny, tiny little island south of Japan where people live their life’s purpose every day. They are happy. They are fulfilled. They are some of the oldest living people in the world. Their secret is ikigai. Ikigai is a concept that comes from Okinawa, Japan. Ikigai is a simple but abstract map for living a meaningful life. It has four directions: 1. Do what you love 2. Do what you’re good at 3. Do what the world needs 4. Do what you can be rewarded for Although these directions seem simple they are deceivingly difficult to do. This book will transform ikigai from its abstract form into a simple practice that is within reach for anyone. The key is to start with part-time ikigai. Examples of ikigai in action are often magical. As a young boy and into his adulthood David Michaels stuttered severely. In clinical terms his stutter was considered the most difficult to treat. But David started to work in a liquor store. Before long his focus turned to one specific section of the sales floor; the scotch section. He learned that each scotch whiskey ever made has unique tasting notes that make it special. David became obsessed with scotch. As he spent more of his days learning about scotch he began to share his knowledge with customers. Like singer Mel Tillis' stutter disappeared when he sang, David noticed that his stutter vanished when he talked to anyone about scotch. David credits his triumph over his stutter to his passion for scotch whiskey. Today he is a renowned whiskey expert and travels the world tasting and purchasing whiskey on behalf of his employer. He feels his life is meaningful because of ikigai. In the 1990's Kevin Kent worked as a sous chef at the famed St. John restaurant under celebrated chef Fergus Henderson. One day in the kitchen Kevin saw another worker using a Japanese carbon steel knife. It was the most beautiful tool / piece of art he had ever seen. Of course he wanted one. But Japanese knives are handmade and expensive. Kevin decided to save up to purchase one for himself. He was hooked by the romance of forged steel honed razor sharp into a blade that made his job a delight. Kevin moved back to Calgary. His passion for Japanese knives followed him. He continued his trade in the kitchen but he brought a few knives back from London to sell to other chefs. Kevin's flare for knife sales was immediate. So he went to work to open a shop that specialized in Japanese knives. He made friendships and connections with important knife makers in Japan. He opened his first store called Knifewear. His ikigai is the usefulness and art of sharpness. Today Kevin owns four Knifewear stores. He is considered the leading expert and supplier of Japanese knives in Canada. Mandy Stobo has a knack for connecting to people through her art. When she was a young single mother she struggled to understand how her art could matter during the social media explosion. She started to grab profile photos of remarkable people online and paint “bad portraits” of them. She’d snap a photo and send them a copy of her painting with the heading “Bad Portrait time!” The recipients started to use their bad portraits as their profile photos. Her popularity and connection to people grew. Today, Mandy will happily paint a bad portrait of anyone who asks. She has a special double ikigai: “To create” and “To delight”
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My Keto Journal

New Year, New You. Get Started and Get Results!

My Keto Journal is a great companion journal and activity tracker for keto diet books like Keto Living Day by Day. Pick your favorite keto recipes and get going!

Track Diet and Exercise in One Place: Put all of your fitness information in a journal that is just the right size—big enough for all of the day's details but small enough to take with you to the gym or the grocery store. Like helpful all-in-one fitness trackers such as Hello New MeMy Keto Journal is a combination meal planner, food tracker, and workout journal—and this one can easily fit in your gym bag.

A Dedicated Keto Diet Journal: My Keto Journal is the only tracker fully dedicated to the approachable and proven weight loss power of the ketogenic diet. Simple, informative, clear and easy to use, this all-in-one journal will help get you started on your new life.

Using My Keto Journal, you’ll be able to keep up with what you've eaten, when you ate it and how it improved your body. Once you get started, you'll be able to:

  • Master the science of the keto diet
  • Record your meals—breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
  • Progress your overall health
  • Love your new active lifestyle

The perfect companion to The Easy 5-Ingredient Ketogenic Diet Cookbook: Low-Carb, High-Fat Recipes for Busy People on the Keto Diet

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Purposeful Retirement Workbook & Planner

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#1 Amazon New Release! ─ A Guide to Wealth, Health, Relationships, and Purpose During Retirement

Includes Worksheets on Finances, Time Management, Health, Self-care, Family, Relationships, Hobbies, Volunteering and much more!

Make plans for the happiest time: Retirement is a new season, a new opportunity, to live purposefully. It’s not an end. You may have quit a job, but you don’t have to quit at life. This is your time to do something meaningful. And this time you get to choose exactly what YOU want to do. Now is the time because now you actually have time. Let’s take that bucket list and get started!

Time-management for retirement: Hyrum Smith, nationally-renowned "Father of Time Management" and co-creator of The Franklin Planner System, is the preeminent expert for using time wisely. The author of the bestselling Purposeful Retirement, Smith’s new book lays out what is essentially a guide to making sure we all take full advantage of the decades we get to enjoy after full-time work.

Everything from money and exercise to hobbies and clubs: Smith sheds light on what he calls the “gifts of retirement,” the opportunity to reclaim your time and spend it exactly the way you want to. This practical handbook covers:

  • Retirement financial planning
  • Health management and exercise advice
  • The importance of clubs, volunteering and social groups in maintaining friendships, relationships, and a social life once you stop going to work every day
  • And much more!

Mindfulness for your later years: How often do you get personal advice from one of the top time management gurus in the world? Here's your chance! Hyrum Smith’s guide to the good life of retirement is invaluable for anyone looking at the post-career years as well as retirees looking for insight into how to manage their retirement years, so that they are joyful and fulfilling. Hyrum Smith’s one-of-a-kind expertise and wise counsel in The Purposeful Retirement Workbook will take you from apprehension to living life and loving it!

Discover simple time management and mindful planning guidance for a joyful and meaningful retirement.

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