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VNM Book Encouragement Club | May Book Introduction

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This book has been on my list for years and as someone who already keeps a very minimal space, I’m feeling excited to expand my skills and refine even more.

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against you. If your goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end of the month, or maybe you add a month to your overall goal.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

Need more support with this? Check out these 2 posts:

WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK:

As summer approaches, it feels like a good time to reassess what’s hanging around. Time to clear through any winter excess that has accumulated and welcome some lightness.

We already strive to keep a very minimal space and I’m looking forward to seeing how this book expands what we’ve already done. Though I’ve been familiar with Marie Kondo’s work for many years, I haven’t actually dipped into her book. After watching her TV show earlier this year, I feel excited to fully steep in her perspective of tidying.

ABOUT THE BOOK (VIA AMAZON):

The #1 New York Times bestselling guide to decluttering your home and the inspiration for the hit Netflix show Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its revolutionary category-by-category system, leads to lasting results. In fact, none of Kondo’s clients have lapsed (and she still has a three-month waiting list). 

With detailed guidance for determining which items in your house “spark joy” (and which don’t), this international bestseller featuring Tokyo’s newest lifestyle phenomenon will help you clear your clutter and enjoy the unique magic of a tidy home—and the calm, motivated mindset it can inspire.”

DAILY PAGE GOALS:

Finish in 1 month:

7 page per day, 7 days per week | 49 pages / week
or
9 pages Monday - Friday, 4 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 49 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

3 pages per day, 7 days per week | 28 pages / week
or
5 pages M-F, 3 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 28 pages / week

GOAL TRACKER

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download

VNM Book Encouragement Club | April Book Introduction

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Phew, after a month of learning about finances we’re going to shift gears into some creative play!

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against you. If your goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end of the month, or maybe you add a month to your overall goal.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

Need more support with this? Check out these 2 posts:

WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK:

This book came recommended by quite a few people over the years. I love books that push me to build habits that amplify my creativity. I like to think of my creative expression as another muscle in my body. Books like this act as great weights to help me ‘stay fit’ creatively speaking. Since my days on stage when I was younger, Twyla Tharp has always been someone I’ve admired. I’m really looking forward to exploring her off-stage creation.

ABOUT THE BOOK (VIA AMAZON):

“One of the world’s leading creative artists, choreographers, and creator of the smash-hit Broadway show, Movin’ Out, shares her secrets for developing and honing your creative talents—at once prescriptive and inspirational, a book to stand alongside The Artist’s Way and Bird by Bird.

All it takes to make creativity a part of your life is the willingness to make it a habit. It is the product of preparation and effort, and is within reach of everyone. Whether you are a painter, musician, businessperson, or simply an individual yearning to put your creativity to use, The Creative Habitprovides you with thirty-two practical exercises based on the lessons Twyla Tharp has learned in her remarkable thirty-five-year career. 

In "Where's Your Pencil?" Tharp reminds you to observe the world -- and get it down on paper. In "Coins and Chaos," she gives you an easy way to restore order and peace. In "Do a Verb," she turns your mind and body into coworkers. In "Build a Bridge to the Next Day," she shows you how to clean the clutter from your mind overnight. 

Tharp leads you through the painful first steps of scratching for ideas, finding the spine of your work, and getting out of ruts and into productive grooves. The wide-open realm of possibilities can be energizing, and Twyla Tharp explains how to take a deep breath and begin...”

DAILY PAGE GOALS:

Finish in 1 month:

9 page per day, 7 days per week | 63 pages / week
or
11 pages Monday - Friday, 8 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 63 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

4 pages per day, Monday - Saturday, 5 pages on Sunday | 29 pages / week
or
5 pages M-F, 4 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 29 pages / week

GOAL TRACKER

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download

VNM Book Encouragement Club | March Book Introduction

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MY THOUGHTS AFTER READING:

From a moral & ethical perspective, there were many places I didn’t align with Robert Kiyosaki. At first the book was a bit tough for me to get through for that reason. After chatting with a few folks who were reading along, I noticed many of us were feeling this and it helped me meet the book with my critical mind. Once I shifted into critical thinking mode while reading, taking moments of pause to disagree and internally clarify how I felt about a particular point, I quite enjoyed the book.

I’m taking away a lot from this book, but the main this is the realization that if I want to expand & develop my financial intelligence, I’m going to have to start reading more books by people who I will likely not align with ethically or morally. That realization feels like it’s opening me up to a lot of new books I wouldn’t have otherwise picked up.

All in all, I’d recommend this book with the note of encouraging readers to meet the pages with their ethics at the forefront of their mind.

Also, there is some extremely problematic language towards the end of the book that is disrespectful towards the Indigenous tribes of America and that erases the reality of colonization. I’d also add a trigger warning for Indigenous people.


Alright, take a deep breath! In March, we’re diving into finances.

Exhale

If you’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s okay! This is a big subject and for those of us who didn’t have access to information about wealth management growing up, it’s often a very emotional topic.

Focus on this if you’re overwhelmed: education is always an asset.

You can move as slowly as you need to with this topic. I just want to encourage you to show up each day for even just 10 minutes and do you best.

And if you get really overwhelmed…

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against you. If your goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end of the month, or maybe you add a month to your overall goal.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

Need more support with this? Check out these 2 posts:


WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK:

This book has been on my list for awhile. I grew up with a single mother and didn’t learn anything about managing my finances or creating healthy money habits as a kid. As an adult, I’ve worked really hard to peel back the many layers of shame surrounding money to change my relationship with my finances.

I first started working on my financial health about 6 years ago, but things really changed last year after reading Worth It by Amanda Steinberg. That book inspired me to develop a daily system for organizing our family finances and a plan to guide our spending decisions. This system has helped us save more than ever before and has even given us the opportunity to take a month long trip to Denmark this July!

I’m inspired to dig deeper into the information I didn’t have access to as a child/young adult, and this book is one that comes highly recommended for that exact purpose.


ABOUT THE BOOK (VIA AMAZON):

“In Rich Dad Poor Dad, the #1 Personal Finance book of all time, Robert Kiyosaki shares the story of his two dad: his real father, whom he calls his ‘poor dad,’ and the father of his best friend, the man who became his mentor and his ‘rich dad.’ One man was well educated and an employee all his life, the other’s education was “street smarts” over traditional classroom education and he took the path of entrepreneurship…a road that led him to become one of the wealthiest men in Hawaii. Robert’s poor dad struggled financially all his life, and these two dads—these very different points of view of money, investing, and employment—shaped Robert’s thinking about money.

Robert has challenged and changed the way tens of millions of people, around the world, think about money and investing and he has become a global advocate for financial education and the path to financial freedom. Rich Dad Poor Dad (and the Rich Dad series it spawned) has sold over 36 million copies in English and translated editions around the world.

Rich Dad Poor Dad will…
• explode the myth that you need to earn a high income to become rich
• challenge the belief that your house is an asset
• show parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids
about money
• define, once and for all, an asset and a liability
• explain the difference between good debt and bad debt
• teach you to see the world of money from different perspectives
• discuss the shift in mindset that can put you on the road to financial freedom”


DAILY PAGE GOALS:

Finish in 1 month:

7 page per day, 7 days per week | 49 pages / week
or
8 pages Monday - Friday, 9 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 49 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

4 pages per day, Monday - Saturday, 1 page on Sunday | 25 pages / week
or
5 pages M-F, 0 pages Saturday & Sunday | 25 pages / week


GOAL TRACKER

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download

VNM Book Encouragement Club | February Book Introduction

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I’m super excited for this month’s book! It’s been on my list for awhile and I can’t wait to steep in all of Franchesca’s brillance. Below you’ll find details about the book, daily page goals, plus a free printable goal tracker.

As always, before we dive in, I want to say this:

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against us. If you goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

Need more support with this? Check out these 2 posts:

WHY I PICKED THIS BOOK:

Ive been a huge fan of Franchesca Ramsey for a long time. Her comedic YouTube channel tackles difficult topics around race, identity, and social justice in an easy to understand & digest format. Her work has helped me learn so much over the years. She’s not only helped me learn how to take deeper responsibility for my own actions, but she’s also given me a whole dictionary of language to support me in having difficult conversations with other people too. Her content has been majorly influential in guiding me through the process of calling people out & in, and holding myself to the same level of accountability.

Bonus: it’s Black History Month and I love that we’re A. reading a book by a phenomenal BWOC and B. reading a book about having/continuing conversations about race & identity.

I’m super excited to read Franchesca’s first book and can’t wait to dive in with you!

ABOUT THE BOOK (VIA AMAZON):

In this sharp, funny, and timely collection of personal essays, veteran video blogger and star of MTV's Decoded Franchesca Ramsey explores race, identity, online activism, and the downfall of real communication in the age of social media rants, trolls, and call-out wars. 

Franchesca Ramsey didn't set out to be an activist. Or a comedian. Or a commentator on identity, race, and culture, really. But then her YouTube video "What White Girls Say . . . to Black Girls" went viral. Twelve million views viral. Faced with an avalanche of media requests, fan letters, and hate mail, she had two choices: Jump in and make her voice heard or step back and let others frame the conversation. After a crash course in social justice and more than a few foot-in-mouth moments, she realized she had a unique talent and passion for breaking down injustice in America in ways that could make people listen and engage. 

In her first book, Ramsey uses her own experiences as an accidental activist to explore the many ways we communicate with each other--from the highs of bridging gaps and making connections to the many pitfalls that accompany talking about race, power, sexuality, and gender in an unpredictable public space...the internet. 

WELL, THAT ESCALATED QUICKLY includes Ramsey's advice on dealing with internet trolls and low-key racists, confessions about being a former online hater herself, and her personal hits and misses in activist debates with everyone from bigoted Facebook friends and misguided relatives to mainstream celebrities and YouTube influencers. With sharp humor and her trademark candor, Ramsey shows readers we can have tough conversations that move the dialogue forward, rather than backward, if we just approach them in the right way.”

Click here to watch Franchesca talk about the book with one of my other favorite content creators, Marie Forleo.

DAILY PAGE GOALS:

Finish in 1 month:

9 page per day, 7 days per week | 63 pages / week
or
11 pages Monday - Friday, 8 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 63 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

5 pages per day, 7 days per week | 35 pages / week
or
6 pages M-F, 5 pages Saturday, 0 pages Sunday | 35 pages / week

GOAL TRACKER

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download

VNM Virtual Book Club | January: Community Forum

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Welcome to the VNM January Book Club Forum

We’ll use the comments section of this post to share our reflections, thoughts, and stories from reading the month’s book, Essentialism. I’ll be updating this post every Monday with my favorite quotes & thoughts and I’m excited to hear from you!

The January book is my top recommendation when people ask. I read it at least once a year and I am so excited to finally have a group of people to read it with! So, let’s dive in…


Guidelines for sharing:

  • You can share at any time. You don’t need to wait for my updates. The space is open and here at any time of day for you!

  • Keep it clean & kind. Racist, homophobic, xenophobic, transphobic, sexist, etc. comments will not be tolerated in this space.

  • No Unsolictied Advice. If someone is sharing vulnerably about their experience with a book, that is not an invitation for unsolicited advice. If you have something to offer you can ask first, but that ask must be paired with a willingness to receive no as a response.
    Intention is not important here, it’s the impact of what you say that matters.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Week One

Well, I’m sitting here writing this unexpectedly from San Francisco. Daren got a last minute job in New York City, so Daelu and I took off for our first solo adventure. After a long day of travel, we’re here in SF.

Since I’m solo this week, I’m just starting with my favorite quotes from week 1. I have a lot more to say about why I love these pieces and how they’ve been with me over the years since I first read this book, but for now we’ll start here:

  • “How many times have you resented committing to do something and wondered, ‘Why did I sign up for this?” How often do you say yes simply to please? Or to avoid trouble? Or because “yes” had just become your default response?”

  • “The way of the Essentialist isn’t about setting New Year’s resolutions to say “no” more, or about pruning you in-box, or about mastering some new strategy in time management. It is about pausing constantly to ask, Am I investing in the right activities?”

  • “The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities. Illogically, we reasoned that by changing the word we could bend reality. Somehow we would now be able to have multiple “first” things.”

  • “…sunk-cost bias: studied have found that we tend to value things we already own more highly than they are worth and thus that we find them more difficult to get rid of. If you’re not quite there, ask the killer question: “If I didn’t already own this, how much would I spend to buy it?” This usually does the trick.

  • “Essentialism is about creating a system for handling the close of our lives. This is not a process you undertake once a year, once a month, or even once a week, like organizing your closet. It is a discipline you apply to each and every time you are faced with a decision about whether to say yes or whether to politely decline. it’s a method for making the tough trade-off between lots of good things and a few really great things. It’s about learning how to do less but better so you can achieve the highest possible return on every precious moment of your life.”

  • “What do I feel inspired by? and What am I particularly talented at? and What meets a significant need in the world?”

  • “As Peter Drucker said, “People are effective because they say ‘no,’ because they say, ‘this isn’t for me.’”

  • What is schools eliminated busywork and replace it with important projects that made a difference to the whole community? What if all students had time to think about their highest contribution to their future so that when they left high school they were not just starting on the race to nowhere?

  • Mary Oliver “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/with your one wild and precious life?”

  • There are deeply entrenched assumptions we must conquer to live the way of the Essentialist: “I have to,” “It’s all important,” and “I can do both.”

  • To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace these false assumptions with three core truths: “I choose to,” “Only a few things really matter,” and “I can do anything but not everything.”

  • For too long, we have overemphasized the external aspect of choices (our options) and underemphasized our internal ability to choose (our actions). …Think about it this way. Options (things) can be taken away, while our core ability to choose (free will) cannot.

  • When we forget our ability to choose, we learn to be helpless. Drip by drip we allow our power to be taken away until we end up becoming a function of other people’s choices - or even a function of our own past choices. In turn, we surrender our power to choose.

  • What is the most valuable result I could achieve from this job?

  • The overwhelming reality is: we live in a world where almost everything is worthless and a very few things are exceptionally valuable. As John Maxwell has written, “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

  • A Nonessentialist approaches every trade-off by asking, “How can I do both?” Essentialists ask the tougher but ultimately more liberating question, “ Which problem do I want to solve?” An Essentialists makes trade-offs deliberatel. …As Economist Thomas Sowell wrote: “There are no solutions. There are only trade-offs.”

week two

  • I used the 90% rule Greg McKeown talks about in this week’s reading and realized that this book club needs an adjustment. I’m switching things up here to be a book encouragement club focused more on supporting our reading journey rather than holding space for a dialogue. The goal is really about the act of reading and using the books as inspiration. Feeling really grateful for this book and all the many ways it helps me focus my actions to create the most sustainable impact.

VNM Book Encouragement Club | January Book Introduction

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I am so excited for this first month of the book club! We’re kicking things off with my #1 book recommendation: Essentialism. Below you’ll find details about the book, daily page goals, plus goal trackers.

Before we dive in, I want to say this:

Don’t let your goal slow your progress.

Sometimes having a specific goal can work against us. If you goal is to read 8 pages a day but you feel exhausted and you don’t even read one, don’t let that keep you from ever picking the book up again. Just reassess & restructure your goal to meet your needs. Maybe you add 1 extra page for the following week, maybe you give yourself an additional day at the end.

Whatever pace you go at, just keep picking up your book.

Need more support with this? Check out these 2 posts:

Why I picked this book:

I’ve read many inspiring and life changing books over the years, but Essentialism has by far been the most impactful. Although it’s written from a business perspective, the content in this book reaches into every corner of life. I’ve found the direct & realistic examples much more impactful that a standard self-help book. This road map to living simply and making your greatest impact is a must read if you feel overwhelmed and underutilized.

About the book (via Amazon):

“Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life?
Do you often find yourself stretched too thin?
Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?
Are you frequently busy but not productive?
Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?
If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.
 
The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.  It is not  a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.  

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.

Essentialism is not one more thing – it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.”

Daily page goals:

Finish in 1 month:

8 page per day, 7 days per week | 56 pages / week
or
9 pages Monday - Friday, 11 pages Saturday, no reading Sunday | 56 pages /week

Finish in 2 months:

4 pages per day, 7 days per week | 28 pages / week
or
5 pages M-F, 3 pages Saturday, 0 pages Sunday | 28 pages / week

Goal Tracker

To track your goal, print out the calendar sheet below (click to download). Once printed, fill in your daily page goal in pencil (so you can adjust if need be) and hang it somewhere you’ll regularly see it. I like to use the inside of kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator, or a next to the bathroom sink.

click the image to download


VNM Book Club | 2018 Reading List

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Well, 2018 is coming to a close and I love taking time to recap on all I’ve learned, made, integrated, and accomplished. One of my favorite ways to recap a year is to look over everything I read. So here are my 2018 books and what I loved about each!

  1. Essentialism by Greg McKeown: When people ask for my #1 book recommendation, it’s always this book! Although it’s written from a business perspective, I find the concepts outlined to be foundational in all corners of life. I read this book at least once each year and integrate new pieces of knowledge each time.

    I would consider this an essential read for anyone who is feeling overwhelmed, stretched thin, confused, and exhausted.

  2. How to Raise an Emotionally Intelligent Child by John Gottman: This book, backed by decades of research, has helped to give language to practices I knew I wanted to create but didn’t know how to name. It’s help me focus my actions and release the shame that often comes from making the ‘wrong’ decision as a parent. Also, it’s been a great resource to get the whole family on the same page. I plan on adding this book to my annual reading rotation too because it has bits of wisdom for many different ages.

    This is a fantastic book for parents, but also for any adults who feel ready to understand how their early childhood may have emotionally impacted them.

  3. Worth It by Amanda Steinberg: Hands down the most impactful read of the year! After reading this book, I used Amanda’s systems to build spreadsheets and daily money habits that have radically shifted the financial foundation of our household.

    For anyone overwhelmed & feeling shame surrounding their finances, read this now.

  4. This Is Marketing by Seth Godin: Seth Godin has been a huge inspiration for me as I reshape and refocus my business. His newest book (out of the 18! bestsellers he’s written) has helped me focus on how I can invest into the amazing community around me in a way that is generous and supportive to my family & time. I don’t understand how this perspective isn’t the norm in the business world.

    If you’re an entrepreneur, or an aspiring one, this is a must read! And bonus, the chapters are spliced up into tiny chunks. Parents with little time: you can actually read & digest the information with ease!

  5. The Fourth Trimester by Kimberly Ann Johnson: I loved this book during postpartum for the spaciousness it provided and the affirmation that I wasn’t alone in such an intense experience. It also helped give me language to discuss things with my partner (like returning to sex post baby).

    I highly recommend this for new parents and people who’ve recently given birth.

  6. The First Forty Days by Heng Ou: Although this one is technically a cookbook, it is full of information. I read this before I gave birth in the first quarter of 2018 and it helped me plan for postpartum. Personally I preferred the written content over the recipes, but that’s because I really never cook with recipes.

    This is a great book for expecting parents (really the whole family!) that needs to prepare for postpartum. If you need help setting postpartum boundaries too - this is a great source for that!

  7. The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman: Daren and I started reading this book together about halfway through the year. We didn’t finish it yet though because we got busy putting things into practice and then - you know, early parenthood and all. It’s on deck in 2019 to be completed and integrated more fully. And even just getting halfway through was massively impactful!

    I highly recommend this one for married couples and those in long term committed relationships.

  8. Good to Great by James Collins: This is a book I also started and decided to set down before finishing. I got about 3/4 of the way through and then jumped to a new book. Typically I do that if, as I get into the book, I realize there’s nothing I can immediately apply to my life. But, I did take away some great tips in the first half and as I get back to work in 2019, I plan to finish reading it.

    I recommend this book for business owners looking for perspective and actionable ways to refine & improve the culture of their organization.

  9. The Self Driven Child by Ned Johnson & William Stixrud, PhD: This book also falls into the same category as Good to Great and The Seven Principles. I started it, really loved it, didn’t finish it. I love this book because it’s backed by decades of research and work (a major filter for me when looking for parenting books), and it fundamentally focuses on how we can parent in a way that builds self directed motivation in our children. Fantastic! The only reason I put it down is because I think it’ll be more applicable in a few years as Daelu grows older.

    I highly recommend this book for parents with school age children.


Alright folks, there’s the list of books I read in 2018. I hope it inspires you to pick one up. If you get more inspired to read a book with a group of people, join me in 2019 for the monthly virtual VNM Book Club. We’re kicking off the year with Essentialism by Greg McKeown. (I wasn’t kidding when I said I read it at least once a year!)

Now, I’d love to hear from you! What was your favorite read of 2018 and why? Share it below!