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Book [Club] Report - S.U.M.O (Shut Up, Move On), by Paul McGee

Written by: Brittany Lyonette My Biggest Takeaway: If the title of the book put you off a bit, then this book is for you!  Though the title may sound a bit cold, the book is the absolute opposite.  In fact the author, Paul McGee is much more compassionate in his writings than the title may lead you to think.  McGee pulls from his own life experiences, failures, and successes to help you Stop, Understand, and Move On (which is the title used when teaching the principles in schools.) Tom recommended this book to me nearly a decade ago when we first met.   His step mother gave it to him to read at a time when he was going through some major personal and career changes.  It...

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Book [Club] Report - Girl Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis

Written by: Brittany Lyonette My Biggest Takeaway:You don’t have to agree with everything in a book for it to be useful and worth reading.   I’ve found this held true when doing all my pre-baby reading.  I decided early on to take what I felt was helpful and that aligned with my parenting values, and leave what didn’t feel right.  I took the same approach while reading this book.  I did enjoy the book and felt there were many valuable lessons to be learned through Hollis’ experiences and advice. However, it’s important to note that she is not an expert in every subject she gives advice on... Most notably Hollis gives some blanket statement advice when talking about weight loss. Fewer...

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Book [Club] Report - The Stoic Challenge: A Philosopher's Guide to Becoming Tougher, Calmer, and More Resilient - by: William B. Irvine

Written by: Brittany LyonetteBiggest Take Away:  “Um, excuse me, sir… I think your privilege is showing.”   Despite the fact that it was  evident very early on that the author, Willam B. Irvine, is most likely a middle-class white man of privilege (he is), and that his rhetoric about staying stoic in times of injustice rather than making one’s voice heard would have been quite tone-deaf had the book been written in 2020 (it was not), there are some definite gems in this book on how to become more resilient in the face of both major and minor setbacks. My criticisms aside, this book is a good read for those interested in the basics of stoic philosophy and training themselves to...

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The Importance of Good Sleep Hygiene

Written by: Brittany Lyonette Get out your phone right now and set two alarms.  Call the first one “Good Night”.  Now set the second one anywhere between seven to nine hours later and call that one “Good Morning”.  This simple act will help reduce your risk of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, improve your cardiovascular health, and increase your ability to learn and retain new information. According to sleep scientist Matt Walker, sleep deprivation is quickly becoming one of the greatest public health challenges of the 21st century.  Here are the astounding effects that sleep has on your brain and your body according to Walker’s research. Brain At night our brains cycle through three types of sleep approximately every 90 mins: Deep...

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Book [Club] Report - Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Written by: Brittany Lyonette Biggest Take Away:  It works! It really works! I tried the techniques in the book and I was actually able to improve my memory!Now... If only I could remember where I put the car keys..."Tom! Have you seen the car keys?!" I would describe my memory as pretty poor, borderline absurdly so at times. I often get through the first half of a film before realizing I’ve seen it before, I rely completely on to-do lists and my Google calendar, and I often forget peoples’ names seconds after hearing them.  Yet, I can tell you my best friend’s childhood phone number, my postal code from when I lived in the UK, and put me in a...

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