We are what we do. Vibrant health and happiness therefore, is often not found in big, momentous life events but in our day-to-day choices. These daily habits, routines and attitudes form our personal and family culture. For most of us, this culture has been formed by default while we're responding to life on the run. For some of us, we have the opposite problem, we're uber aware of all the things, but we go too hard, too fast and we crash and burn.
Ideally, we would take a different approach. We would take the time to be intentional about our personal and family culture in order to create the building blocks for a life we truly love living. Simultaneously, we'd do this slowly over time, so that we can fully integrate these habits, rhythms and attitudes into our lives so that it's sustainable for the long-term. I think books are invaluable companions as we journey on this path to a life-serving family culture.
I am so passionate about this, particularly for families. Whatever we model as parents, our kids grow up thinking as normal. If we eat well, sleep consistently and take time for joy and rest, our kids will too. If we overwork, binge eat and stare at our screens rather than look into their eyes, they’ll take that as their normal. We have enormous capacity to intentionally craft our family culture. It’s that big and it’s that simple.
Now, it’s important to mention here that I’m not talking about cultivating a perfect life. We can count on life to throw us curve balls and trying circumstances. What we can do though, is create a foundation of skills that bring us back to balance. In my experience, I’ve seen that when we’re in crisis mode, we fall back on the familiar and comforting. If we slowly but surely work towards life-serving habits, hopefully we’ll at least have a few skills and routines that deeply nourish and ground us during the worst times, and enable us to thrive in the good.
And one last thing that should go without saying, but it needs to be said. There are no perfect people. There are no perfect habits. There is no perfect life. It’s important that we start from wherever we are, in the context of the life, personality and dreams we already have. Everyone does it, but comparison always ends badly, so try to just compare where you are today, with where you were yesterday. Use it to celebrate small successes, or to figure out where more learning can take place. Either way, you’re moving forward, and hopefully you’ll join our Everyday Empowered community to move towards health and joy together.
The bookstore has just launched this week. The books are already flying off the (metaphoric) shelves and I hope you enjoy browsing what I’ve got in stock. I’ve got heaps more on order, so check back over the coming months, or sign up to the newsletter (below) to get excited by new arrivals.
A few sample books below, and browse them all on the Shop page
A new strategy to increase productivity, focus, happiness and creativity through a mindful use of digital technology
Most of us know that we're addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we're stupid or shallow, but because they provide real value in the form of connection, community, affirmation and information. But these tools can also disrupt our ability to focus on meaningful work and live fully in the present.
In Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport outlines a practical philosophy and plan for a mindful, intentional use of technology that maximises its benefits while minimizing its drain on our attention, focus and time. Demonstrating how to implement a 30-day digital detox, this book will help you identify which uses of technology are actually helping you reach your goals, and which are holding you back.
Live Love Now
In Live Love Now, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Macy Stafford tackles the biggest challenges facing kids today and equips adults to engage them with humanness and heart, compassion and honesty to discover the deep, life-giving connection everyone is longing for.
What do young people need now more than ever Adults who are Truth-tellers not taskmasters. Encouragers not enforcers. Guides not half-listeners. The good news is, it's not too late! No matter what's happened in the past, you can help the kids you love face the top stressors of today, including academic pressure, parental expectations, technoference, lack of purpose, isolation, and loneliness.
With illuminating, straightforward strategies, this guide reveals the importance of practicing acceptance, pursuing peace, and exploring wellness and purpose for yourself so you can be the kind of real, relevant, and lifelong role model young people are searching for. Engaging and thoughtful, each chapter includes moving stories from Rachel's personal journey as a mom of a teen and pre-teen along with illustrative narratives and prompts to help you reflect and take steps toward becoming the kind of adult young people trust.
Whether you're a parent, educator, older sibling, coach, or anyone in a role of leading young people, this book will help you meet the goal of raising and guiding young people to become resilient, compassionate, and capable adults.
The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen
Are you a parent struggling to set healthy, effective rules around technology in your house? Or have you already set clear parameters but find yourself outsmarted by your tech-savvy kids? Are you sick of hearing technology experts throw statistics and research at you with few practical parenting strategies on offer?
Brad Marshall, The Unplugged Psychologist, is on the front line helping parents deal with the dominance of gaming and problematic technology use. His clinic, the Internet Addiction Clinic @ Kidspace, was one of the first in Australia established to help young children, teenagers and families whose lives are totally torn apart by technology.
The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen provides real-life strategies that any parent can implement to create a healthy balance and put your kids' development first. Based on solid psychological research explaining why screen addiction is so powerful, Brad's jargon-free advice gives a clear plan for parents who have had enough and are serious about changing the way their kids use and interact with technology.
The Tech Diet for your Child and Teen contains:
How to Break Up with Your Phone
Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you wake up? And the last thing you see before you sleep? Do you find the hours slip away as you idly scroll through your social media timeline?
In short, are you addicted to your phone? If so, How to Break Up with Your Phone is here to help.
How to Break Up With Your Phone is a smart, practical and useful plan to help you conquer your mobile phone addiction in just 30 days - and take back your life in the process. Recent studies have shown that spending extended time on our phones affects our ability to form new memories, think deeply, focus and absorb information, and the hormones triggered every time we hear our phones buzz both add to our stress levels and are the hallmark signs of addiction. In How to Break Up with Your Phone, award-winning science journalist Catherine Price explores the effects that our constant connectivity is having on our brains, bodies, relationships, and society at large and asks, how much time do you really want to spend on your phone?
Over the course of 30 days, Catherine will guide you through an easy-to-follow plan that enables you to identify your goals, priorities and bad habits, tidy your apps, prune your email, and take time away. Lastly, you will create a new, healthier relationship with your phone and establish habits and routines to ensure this new relationship sticks.
You don't have to give up your phone forever; instead you will be more mindful not only of how you use your phone, but also about how you choose to spend the precious moments of your life.
Raising a Screen-Smart Kid
For parents who didn't grow up with smartphones but can't let go of them now, expert advice on raising kids in our constantly connected world.
Most kids get their first smartphone at the same time that they're experiencing major developmental changes. Making mistakes has always been a part of growing up, but how do parents help their kids navigate childhood and adolescence at a time when social media has the potential to magnify the consequences of those mistakes? Rather than spend all their time worrying about the worst-case scenario, parents can use this book to get a bigger-picture understanding of their kids' digital landscape.
Drawing on research and interviews with educators, psychologists, and kids themselves, this book offers practical advice on how parents can help their kids avoid the pitfalls and reap the benefits of the digital age by:
Written by a public health expert and the creator of the popular blog Rants from Mommyland, Raising a Screen-Smart Kid shows parents how to help their kids navigate friendships, bullying, dating, self-esteem, and more online.
Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them. Using the foundation of their own values and experiences, parents and educators can learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology.
Screenwise is a guide to understanding more about what it is like for children to grow up with technology, and to recognizing the special challenges—and advantages—that contemporary kids and teens experience thanks to this level of connection. In it, Heitner presents practical parenting "hacks": quick ideas that you can implement today that will help you understand and relate to your digital native.
The book will empower parents to recognize that the wisdom that they have gained throughout their lives is a relevant and urgently needed supplement to their kid’s digital savvy, and help them develop skills for managing the new challenges of parenting. Based on real-life stories from other parents and Heitner’s wealth of knowledge on the subject, Screenwise teaches parents what they need to know in order to raise responsible digital citizens.
Discover how to thrive and live better for longer.
By the time we turn 60 most of us will still have one third of our lives to live. How well we live these years will depend on our health: are we agile and disease free? Or dependent on medication and physical assistance?
In Staying Alive you'll discover the science on how you can avoid or manage the major diseases that impact us as we age, including heart health, diabetes and dementia, and boost your everyday behaviours to improve your enjoyment of life.
Specialist Australian geriatrician Dr Kate Gregorevic clearly outlines key lifestyle-enhancing strategies for nutrition, exercise, cognitive and emotional health, and the positive impact they will have as you age.
Easy to understand and based on the latest research, this is the day-to-day lifestyle guide you need to benefit you now and into a long and healthy future.
You'll love this book because:
* it is evidence-based, coupled with stories from her clinical practice
* it's Australian - I love supporting Australian authors
* it has comprehensive chapters about the science of aging, as well as various common conditions that crop up as we age.
* it's common sense, so you might not discovery a lot of new ideas here, but you might actually be motivated to start putting them into practice
* it goes beyond just diet and exercise, to incorporate purpose, social life and other important components of a great life
... I could keep going - you'll have to read it and let me know your favourite things about it!
The End of Alzheimer's Programme
The practical plan to prevent and reverse cognitive decline from the NYT bestselling author of The End of Alzheimer's.
The scientifically-proven practical plan to help reverse Alzheimer's and prevent cognitive decline from the international bestselling author of The End of Alzheimer's.Following his ground-breaking book that transformed how we think about Alzheimer's and its treatment, world-renowned neurology expert Dale Bredesen provides an unprecedented hands-on guide to achieving complete brain health.
In The End of Alzheimer's Programme, he lays out step-by-step his highly sought after, scientifically-proven method that you can follow with a healthcare professional to stop Alzheimer's in its tracks.
Alzheimer's Disease is a protective response to an array of factors that directly affect the brain, such as inflammation, genetic inheritance, nutrients and hormones. In this book, Bredesen will show you which of these factors you need to address to enhance your cognitive abilities by laying out a personalised lifestyle plan. Covering sleep, exercise, diet, brain training and more, Bredesen will show you how to retain, regain and maximise cognitive function for any ability and for any age with extraordinary results.
Based on cutting-edge research and full of inspiring success stories from Bredesen's patients, this book is a must-read for anyone looking to enhance their brainpower and is a vital guide for carers and healthcare professionals.
About the Author
Dale Bredesen, MD, is internationally recognised as an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease. He graduated from Caltech, then earned his MD from Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He served as chief resident in neurology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) before joining Nobel laureate Stanley Prusiner's laboratory at UCSF as an NIH postdoctoral fellow. He held faculty positions at UCSF, UCLA and the University of California, San Diego. Dr Bredesen directed the Program on Aging at the Burnham Institute before joining the Buck Institute in 1998 as its founding president and CEO. He is Professor of Neurology at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Provides you with the tools you need to slow down and reconnect with the harmonious rhythm of daily life, the gentle pace of nature, and, most importantly, yourself.
Are you being consumed by never-ending to-do lists? Are you working harder and enjoying less? Seeking Slow provides simple ways for you to slow down and reconnect with yourself, your family, and your surroundings - and find joy in doing it. If daily life feels like a relentless onslaught, its time to discover the beauty of slow living. Being fully present and embracing what you have is key; whether that means getting outdoors for a walk with family, learning to meditate, taking up a new craft, reading a book, or simply taking a long deep breath during the umpteenth load of laundry. This soothing book includes helpful insights into:
Feel your heart rate drop as you read this gentle guide to slowing down.