Book Review: The Four Agreements

Hello everyone, welcome back to my blog.

Today I’m trying something new, so bare with me. I’ll be doing a book review of my current read and this will hopefully encourage me to read more consistently even if it’s only a few pages each day. I actually really enjoy reading but after becoming a young adult I found it difficult to find books that were actually interesting and moved on to non-fiction and self help books. I’m older now and I think it’s much easier to find what interests me so I do have quite a collection of books. I’m quite a slow reader, especially when a book contains technical words that I don’t fully understand so hopefully I’ll be posting monthly depending on the type of book I’m reading and how long it is.

My first review will be on The Four Agreements: a practical guide to personal freedom, something I have loved reading so much recently. I think this is now the 3rd time reading The Four Agreements and it gets better every time. I like the fact that when I’m reading through the pages again, it’s like I’m reading something new that I didn’t notice before and I’m learning more and more. I feel like I am at a place in life (and have been for a while) where I would like to be more myself and break away from how I was raised to be and this book is perfect for that. Some parts of it are quite dramatic for example ‘Even if someone got a gun and shot you in the head, it was nothing personal.’ but I guess it all depends on what the sentences mean to the reader and how they perceive it.

Even there are only 138 pages, so much is packed inside and the book covers topics such as Toltec wisdom, life, freedom and beliefs. This book has helped me to understand a lot of things in my personal life and have a different view on things like, not blaming anyone for how I was raised, people’s reactions are based on their own issues/life experiences and not to take things personally. Also, how holding onto negative words from the past can affect you in your current life.

The four agreements are as follows;

  1. Be impeccable with your word
  2. Don’t take anything personally
  3. Don’t make assumptions
  4. Always do your best

I think this is a good beginners book if you are interested in self growth because it contains lots of useful information that you can start implementing in your life without having to further invest. Not only that but it’s informative, well written and easy to understand.

Let me know if you’ve read this book and what you thought.

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23 things to do at home when you’re bored

Hey everyone, this is fairly random but I just thought of a few (actually 23) things to do when you’re bored at home!! I guess it’s just to pass time, if you haven’t got much to do instead of spending it online. Most people are on holiday and might not plan to do something everyday so for the days when you are at home, try some of these:

Read a book
Prepare blog posts
Try yoga
Do a word search
Paint your nails
Complete a crossword puzzle
Tidy your room
Give away clothes to charity
Play board games
Try new styles in your hair
Call/message an old friend
Do some colouring
Have a mini workout session
Bake a cake (from my recipes) 😉
Do a sudoku
Take the bin out (if needed)
Clean your bedroom window
Watch a movie
Read blogs on WordPress
Listen to your favourite cd
See how many press ups you can do
Look through a magazine
Sit in the garden

6 Free Things to do this Summer

Now that the summer holidays are finally here (for most of us) here are a few activities to enjoy. Even though any people will be off on their holidays, working hard or visiting family don’t forget;

1. Have a clear out: you have probably accumulated so much rubbish the past months that a clear out is in order, throw away those old papers, magazines, make up and clothes that you are no longer using.

2. Read a book: literally any book that will make you smile, laugh or cry. Relax whilst you do and enjoy the time.

3. Meditate: even when you’ve got a lot going on just set aside at least 5 minutes every day to do some meditation and connect with the inner you.

4. Talk to people: conversing online doesn’t count 😛 make the effort to meet up with your siblings or old/new friends and have real good meaningful conversation.

5. Set some goals: they can literally be anything even if you don’t achieve them all just complete that one goal to improve your life or help you grow.

6. Watch interesting documentaries: it’s so easy to get caught up in all the random videos on YouTube but take a step back and try to watch something that can inspire or educate you.

Don’t let yourself be bored this summer make the most of it, there are so many more things to include, if you’ve got anymore ideas….comment below

           Thanks for reading

Are you struggling with Meditation??

Sometimes the thought of meditation can seem a bit hmmph! You might be feeling like ‘is meditation even for me?’ Well meditation is for anyone and everyone with amazing benefits that your body will thank you for.

1. Be smart about the time of day you choose to meditate for example in the morning when you initially wake up it is usually quiet, your mind is refreshed and momentarily in a peaceful state.

2. Kindly put your thoughts aside and re-center yourself if ever you feel like your mind is wondering. It is very normal for many thoughts to enter your brain, simply acknowledge them but don’t let them take over.

3. Read books, spend time with vibrant people and enjoy natures wonders, stimulate your mind with positivity so that you are aware of your consciousness.

Remember: stay consistent and be focused…