Rushing Woman’s Syndrome – Review (Read via @hoopladigital)

I recently finished Rushing Woman’s Syndrome.  The first section of the book is full of scientific information but it’s shared on a high school chem/biology level (so easy to follow and understand), the next section of the book talks about symptoms, causes, antidotes and solutions followed by the last chapter which was probably the best in terms of information and summary.  I would totally be the person to read the last chapter had I known what it contained buuutttt then I’d be exactly the kind of woman the book is trying to help ;)


I’ve been wanting to write a recap for the last 3 weeks and the idea of it feels daunting.  So instead of being scared of getting started, I figure I should just …get started.

Here are some of the ideas I bookmarked while reading:

  • Creating spaciousness in your life.  Using the words “I get to do a-b-c” instead of “ugh I have to do a-b-c”
  • Think about this: basic human psychology states that we will do more to avoid pain than experience pleasure.
  • The brain is constantly asking: “Am I safe?” from a emotional, intellectual & survival perspective
  • There is nothing in the world that communicates safety more effectively than your breath
  • Take the time to look at the moon
  • Be ruthless about cutting out what is not essential on the first day
  • Do something you really want to do on the first day
  • Chew your food (like 100x before swallowing!)
  • Start your day with lemon water or apple cider vinegar (this jump starts the stomach’s acid)
  • Avoid water with meals (it dilutes the stomach acids)
  • Almost all the people who don’t have gut problems are vegans
  • Human babies need love to make it through the 4th trimester where as animal babies do not (I mean they are born walking/crawling/slithering!)
  • Affirmations help change your focus.  Affirmations work when you put in the work
  • Having a to do list does not aid in slowing down 
  • Even if a few individuals simply try to create mental peace and happiness within themselves and act responsibly and kind hearted towards others, they will have a positive influence in their community.
  • Tony Robins…look up his ted talk and the book “Awaken the giant within
  • Awaken the part of you that is asleep
  • Taking breaks from alcohol (even if you only drink it sparingly) can provide insight into yourself
  • Read “Here’s what I know” by Kate Northrup
  • Restorative eating includes:
    • Eat real food as often as you can
    • Double the amount of green food you currently eat
    • Cut out or limit a significant amount of caffeine
    • Cut out or limit a significant amount of alcohol
  • Restorative Movement
    • Qi gong
    • Restorative yoga (more about this on page 93)
    • Meditation
    • Cycle synching your weekly workouts
  • Restorative sleep
    • Limit caffeine and alcohol
    • Start good sleep hygiene (reduce lighting in the bedroom, get up at the same time everyday and do calming activities 2 hrs before sleep (kind of like a kid’s bed time routine!)
    • Schedule some daily calm (Meditate, 20 long deep breaths, Restorative yoga poses)
  • Restorative actions
    • Pick up litter on the ground
    • Call or see someone you haven’t seen in a while
    • Volunteer for a cause close to your heart
    • Bake a cake and deliver it to a retirement home or pack lunches to give to homeless people on the street
    • Donate clothes or house hold items you no longer need or use
    • Smile at people when you are walking down the street
    • Notice the colour of the sky wherever you are
    • Send someone a note / card in the mail!
    • Share something that makes you giggle
    • If someone looks lost, ask them if they need any help
    • Practice random acts of kindness
    • Be kind always, Be kind first
  • Research 10 rituals of radiant living
  • Keep a journal (written by hand!! keep it in the kitchen or the family room especially if you don’t think you’ll have time to write, used coloured pencils and remember to write down what you are grateful for)
  • Serenity prayer:  Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference
  • Pg 98-104 is a reference guide for the body’s bio chemistry

PS: I read this book completely on my phone using an app called Hoopla.  You connect to it using your local library’s library card and have access to hundreds of titles that you borrow and return just as you would in real life.  Of course you can always get the actual copy of the book here.


Spring Book Report 2017

Although my write-ups for #CreativeConfidence were for a course I was taking, I really found that writing about what I was reading was helpful to me.  It helped me absorb what I read and kept me on track.

You can read my thoughts/learnings about the last book (Creative Confidencehere (and the book I read before that here).


I started reading Steve Jobs probably about when I was 4 months pregnant.  So I have been reading it on and off for about 7 months (wow that’s embarrassing to admit).

It took me longer I think because

  • it wasn’t something I could carry around on my commute easily (even though I did when I was 4-6 months pregnant)
  • I took two online courses (which required their own reading/studying and took away from my free time)
  • I was pretty tied up taking care of my toddler (even on weekends when the Hubz had meetings with his classmates)
  • and maybe also because I am a slow reader.

That said I had to stop reading at page 206 and return the book to the library because I had already renewed it 10 times and it was now on hold by someone else.  I do plan to finish it when I can get a hold of it again but wanted to share some of my thoughts on it so far (in no particular order).

  • Loved, LOVED reading about all the computer/technology history *adjusts nerdy glasses*
  • Steve Jobs’s admitting to the reality distortion field and how it was used to manipulate people – I honestly couldn’t believe that something like this had happened.  He seemed like genuine person and a leader in the truest sense
  • The emotional (ok over emotional) side of SJ.  I wonder if that would fly in today’s corporate world.  Even the uber innovative and creative ones.
  • Reading about the 70s (a decade I know little to nothing about, except for bell bottoms)
  • That SJ traveled to ashrams in India, learning meditation and becoming vegan (inspiring to me because I meditation and becoming vegans are goals of mine)

There were also some really great ideas shared about innovation, creativity and corporate success and how even though SJ could afford all sorts of materialistic things he chose to live in a sparecly furnished home.

As I await for my next library book to become available I plan to read this
with a friend (Think: Digital Book Club).  I will most likely go the route of sharing interesting thoughts and ideas I learn from my book on twitter (like I did with #CreativeConfidence) and doing a book report style post when I finish it.

#PowerYourHappy – Book Review


I recently finished Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar (founder of POPSUGAR)

Overall the book was really well written, Lisa’s personal stories, humble beginnings and anecdotes are helpful in understanding how a person is driven by their passion.  (I personally love reading peoples “beginning to success” stories or company case studies!).  I did feel a little “elderly” reading this book because I felt like the target audience was the younger millennial :P

Anyways – thought I’d share some of the important ideas I took from he book:

  1. Lisa kept doing what she loved (creating content).  She would push aside other to-dos to make sure she got in the time to write.  She would wake up early and go to sleep late – just so she could write, research and publish her content
  2. Just do it & stay humble
  3. Work hard/Play nice – smile more, manners go a long way, have treats at your desk, move it (find time for fitness)
  4. Treat like minded people as collaborators not competitors
  5. Link love!
  6. A day in the life of a mom is just busaaayyyyyy!
  7. Mental health days are healthy
  8. Think about work/life blend (rather than balance)
  9. Create a “power your happy” bucket list
    1. A list of things you love (add to it every year)
    2. Take an online personality test/creativity quiz
    3. Draft a 2-year plan and be okay with updating
    4. Try something new every 3 months
    5. Write in a journal every day for a month
    6. Find 5 healthy foods you love