Merry Christmas From Aging Youthful

We would like to take a moment to wish you all the Merriest of Christmases! We are taking a few weeks off from writing as we prepare for 2017. We are enjoying the holiday season as much as we can with our schedules that have us going in opposite directions most of the time. Thankfully we have Christmas Eve off to spend the day together and set goals, discuss what we want to share with all of you in the coming year. We will keep posting on our Facebook and Instagram pages over the next week and will be back to our weekly postings to add value to your life! Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Aging Youthful

 

Aging Youthful’s Favorite Personal Development Books

Winter is truly here in Interior Alaska, as the photo from my post A Northern Girl’s Guide to Low Daylight Survival stated, so it’s time for me to read or re-read some of my favorite personal development books. Since becoming involved with a network marketing company in 2011, just about every book I’ve read has been something from the personal development genre. I can only think of one fiction book I’ve read! I tend to have a very short attention span, so a book has to capture and draw me in quickly or I lose interest in a hurry. Not too many years ago, I would have told you these self-help books were “woo-hooey” and a waste of time and money, but at the time I was at a pretty low place in my life and was willing to try something new IN CASE it might help me.

In all of our moves in the last five years, most of my library of personal development books moved with us. From our cabin in Minnesota to Florida to Alaska, I’ve always found room for my books. Some were in boxes, and those that didn’t fit, were stuffed into the nooks and crannies of empty spaces in the cab of our trucks. While I could download a bunch on a Kindle, iPad or my phone, I still like the hard copy and the feel of turning the pages of paper. My age may have something to do with it, but there is something about having the weight of the written word in my hand.

I Found “The Secret” In My First Personal Development Book!

One of the first books recommended to me was The Success Principals, by Jack Canfield. Being honest, I only read the first few chapters and haven’t opened it since. As I mentioned, I have pretty short attention span and the thickness of the book intimidated me. I know someday I will be ready to go back to it, so I’ve kept it around for over five years! Another of the first books I purchased was The Secret by Rhonda Byrne and (nerd alert) I was captured in the introduction! (Yes, I read the introduction of most books). I read the entire book in a day and immediately read it again over the next couple of days. To say this book changed my life, might be a little over-stating as I feel every book I read changes my life in one way or another.

The Secret: The first personal development book I read and the beginning of a major shift in my life.

More Personal Development Favorites

My personal development library has many subjects/genres: From finances/money mindset such as The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind by T. Harv Eker , woo-hooey such as The Secret by Rhonda Byrne, autobiographies of successful people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s (another one on my “Still to Read” list), network marketing/sales books such as The Go Giver and more. Below are the books that moved with us with more on my coffee and bedside tables and there are more back at our cabin in MN. I have also gifted forward books to people I believed needed the book more than me. I have also bought and sent books to people “Get Rich Lucky Bitch” I just finished reading and sent one to my friend Penny via Amazon.

This group of books has traveled over 10,000 miles with me from Minnesota, to Florida to Alaska! Where will they go next?

My Personal Development Top 10

Of the ones in my current library and I’ve read in the past, the following are ten I recommend to anyone looking for direction or wanting to up-level their life. All the books can be found on Amazon and/or Barnes and Noble Stores/website Here is the Top 10 I recommend reading, in no particular order:

  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne (anything in her book line is recommended!).
  2. Get Rich Lucky Bitch by Denise Duffield-Thomas
  3. The Go Giver by Bob Burg and John David Mann
  4. The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  5. The Five Love Languages by Gary D. Chapman
  6. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by Dr. John Gray
  7. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  8. Go Pro by Eric Worre (everyone in network marketing needs to read this immediately!)
  9. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  10. The Richest Man in Babylon by George Samuel Clason

The Four Agreements is a book I recommend every human being reads. It will slap you in the face and wake you up to personal responsibility.

If there is one that I recommend everyone read, it’s The Four Agreements. This book can be life-changing as its “agreements” are for everyone. I believe if more people followed these principles, there would be more peace in this world. If you feel you don’t have time to read, download audio books and listen while you are driving. It’s a great way to make the time pass and soak up a little personal development on your way to work and I find it can help wind down after a stressful day. I haven’t done as much listening lately, so I may have to download one or two!

The personal development book I'm currently reading: The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

I just started The Universe Has Your Back so it’s not listed here as I’ve only finished the introduction (see, I told you I read the intro to every book) but I already like what I’m reading. Matter of fact, it’s time for me to get some reading done! What are some of your favorite books? I’m always on the lookout for something new.  Comment below or post on our social media pages with your favorites! If you aren’t following us already, you can find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter.

The Recovering Non-Saver’s Savings Plan Jumpstart

Want to be a Recovering Non-Saver and Start a Savings Plan?

My name is Mary, a recovering non-saver and next month I am going to be doing a “Recovering Non-Saver’s Savings Plan Jumpstart. Not saving money has been a bad habit of mine for a long time and I am working to change it. If you are in the same boat and want to change the bad habit to a good one, one where you have spare change in your savings account, read on. What I am proposing  may seem a little drastic and even a little scary, especially with December being the month of spend, spend, spend, which is all the more reason to tackle it head on!

Looking for more green in your savings account? Join the December Recovering Non-savers Savings Plan Jumpstart!

Be Willing To Do What Others Won’t…

Dave Ramsay, author of many books including The Total Money Makeover has the above  as part of his teachings: “Be willing to do today what others won’t, so tomorrow you will have what others don’t”. I tell myself this quote in many areas of my life as it is so true. I had to be willing to do what was hard (and scary) to get my Group Exercise Certification at age 50. I have to be willing to do the hard of setting my alarm for an hour earlier each morning so I can wake up for a four Sun Salutations (yoga moves) and gratitude journaling practice to create more balance and calmness in my life. I had to be willing to do what’s hard (meal prepping, months of workouts I couldn’t miss, following a strict meal plan and more) to be able to do a couple of figure competitions a few years back. This was the year I decided to quit telling myself “I wish I could do _______”, and start doing what is hard.

I just finished the money – mindset book “Get Rick Lucky Bitch” by Denise Duffield-Thomas (and am starting from the beginning again tomorrow!). In it, Denise shares on how sometimes not only do we have to do the hard, we also have to do the drastic, hence my savings proposal for the month of December. Why not wait until January for a New Year’s Resolution instead? Because I feel it’s time to do something  that seems hard AND drastic in order to change the energy around my lack of savings. As Denise says, our upbringing and current energy and thoughts around money are what keeps us where we are financially and sometimes we need to “throw everything at it” to create change. I remember my mom telling me at a very young age “money burns a hole in your pocket” and guess what, it has continued to do so, and for this reason I came up with the idea for a savings plan for December.

This recovering Non-saver is ready for a golden savings plan jumpstart

The Plan: Save A Dollar A Day For Each Day

If I haven’t scared you off already, you like me, must be ready for some real change to add change to your savings account. Now whether you jump in and succeed or don’t quite make it, it is OK. Many times just taking the leap and getting started will help you do better the next time around. Remember how many times we fell down learning how to ride a bike??? I quit smoking 100 times (or more) before I quit for good! Are you still with me? Good, here it goes.

The formula is simple, set aside a dollar a day for the day of the month. For example on December 1st, put $1.00 in a jar, December 2nd – $2.00, December 3rd – $3.00 and so on. It will be easy at first and as the date climbs, so does the savings! At the end of the month we will have $496 in our savings accounts! I know some of you are already freaking out (I am a little too) telling yourself how hard it is going to be and finding every excuse in the book: I never have any cash, I don’t want to have that much cash laying around, how will I be able to put aside $20 one day and $21 the next? I know, because these are the thoughts I had when I came up with this crazy idea. Here’s the dealio…it will be easy  IF we believe it will! If you are still with me and haven’t “x’d” out of this blog post and said “she’s nuts” (or something stronger), I have created a printable pdf checklist to follow along. I suggest you post this on your fridge or bathroom mirror where it can be seen every day and can check off your “deposit” and just in case a day or two is forgotten, go back where you left off and catch up. My plan is to start out using a jar to drop cash into the first week or so and then depositing into the bank where I can make daily transfers. I will also open a special account for this at a new bank. Why? Because it’s too easy to transfer funds back OUT of savings to checking! My current bank allows to connect with another bank to transfer funds easily.

A dollar a day for each day adds up to $496 in savings by the end of the month!

Why am I doing this? Partly because I personally need this, but mainly because I hear SO often “I wish I could afford to do _______.”. That sentence has come out of my mouth waaaaaaay too many times in my 50 years and it’s time to teach us old dogs (and young ones) a new trick! Last year AND the year before I started one of the 52 Week Savings Challenges where I saved a dollar the first week and doubled the savings every week. My short attention span gave up after the second month as eight weeks in I still only had $36 in savings and I’d forget half the time! As I mentioned before, this seems like it’s drastic, it’s a short time where we can see results FAST. Imagine on January 1st, having an extra $500 in your savings account! I’d love to hear your reasons for joining in the challenge and what it means for you! Here’s to having a successful December Savings Club! Who’s in????

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