May Book to Live By

The Perfectionist Guide to Losing Control

by Katherine Morgan Schafler

This book is an invitation to challenge the way you look at perfectionism. As psychotherapist and former on-site therapist at Google, Katherine Morgan Schafler explains we’ve been looking at perfectionism all wrong. You don’t have to stop being a perfectionist to be healthy. After a quiz to determine which type of perfectionist you are, you’ll go on to learn how to make your perfectionism work for you, not against you. Brimming with humor, empathy, and depth, this book is a love letter to the ambitious, high achieving, and full-of-life women who dare to want more without feeling greedy or ungrateful.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Women on Fire is committed to offering strategies for you to be your best self, but ultimately it is your decision to choose resources that work for you. This book recommendation is not medical advice.

April Book to Live By

Carbivore by Phoebe Lapine

130 Healthy Recipes to Stop Fearing Carbs and Embrace the Comfort Foods You Love

Diet trends come and go, but no food group has been misunderstood as much as carbs. The good news is that carbs don’t have to be the enemy. Carbivore  Phoebe Lapine’s latest cookbook, is designed to help find “the sweet spot” between nourishing your body and feeding your spirit.

These recipes will help you reclaim your favorite comfort foods without the consequences. Whether you have been told carbs are off the table due to health issues, you’re suffering from keto-fatigue, or you simply want to embrace food freedom without fear, these pages offer fiber-forward (gluten-optional) recipes organized by your favorite type of carb—noodles, grains, loaves, spuds and more. This mouth-watering culinary adventure will allow you to balance your blood sugar, support hormone health, and limit autoimmune symptoms, all while embracing the foods you love.

March Book to Live By

My Own Words by Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Throughout her life Justice Ginsburg was a prolific writer and public speaker. In this collection Justice Ginsburg discusses gender equality, the workings of the Supreme Court, being Jewish, and the value of looking beyond US shores when interpreting the US Constitution. Witty, engaging, serious, and playful, My Own Words is a fascinating glimpse into the life of RGB, one of America’s most influential women.

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October Book to Live By

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie

The extraordinary story of an obscure German princess who became one of the most remarkable, powerful, and captivating women in history. Born into a minor noble family, Catherine transformed herself into empress of Russia by sheer determination. For 34 years, the government, foreign policy, cultural development, and welfare of the Russian people were in her hands. She dealt with domestic rebellion, foreign wars, and a tidal wave of political change. History offers few stories richer than that of Catherine the Great.

September Book to Live By

The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau

Compulsive goal-seeker Chris Guillebeau never imagined that his biggest revelation would be how many people like himself exist—each pursuing a challenging quest. These quests are as diverse as humanity itself, involving exploration, the pursuit of athletic or artistic excellence, or battling against injustice and poverty. Everywhere that Chris found ordinary people working toward extraordinary goals, making daily down payments on their dreams. These “questers” included a suburban mom pursuing a wildly ambitious culinary project, a DJ producing the world’s largest symphony, a young widower completing the tasks his wife would never accomplish—and scores of others writing themselves into the record books.

The more Chris spoke with these strivers, the more he began to appreciate the direct link between questing and long-term happiness, and he was compelled to complete a comprehensive study of the phenomenon. In The Happiness of Pursuit, he reveals the secret motivations of questers, their selection criteria, the role played by friends and family, their tricks for solving logistics, and the importance of documentation. Then, Chris examines the other side. What happens after the summit is climbed, the painting hung, the endurance record broken, the at-risk community saved?

A book that challenges each of us to take control—to make our lives be about something while at the same time remaining clear-eyed about the commitment—The Happiness of Pursuit will inspire readers of every age and aspiration. It’s a playbook for making your life count.

August Book to Live By

Inspire: The Art of Living with Nature by Willow Crossley

Willow Crossley combines her passions and shows vou how to use flower-shop purchases, beachcombing bounty, home-grown harvests, and foraged hedgerow finds to decorate your home. Divided into five chapters on Woodland, Flora, Fauna, Edibles, and Beach, here are more than 50 ideas ranging from a wreath made from hydrangeas, or spring narcissi planted in wooden wine boxes, to a tabletop display incorporating gilded apples and pears. Start collecting now to move your outdoors indoors before the weather changes.

 

June Book to Live By

“Matchmaking for Beginners” by Maddie Dawson

A delightful, sweet and smart summer beach read…Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life―a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Then, she meets Blix, her fiancé’s great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes―just as Blix told her it would.

When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s house. She arrives in New York intending to sell the property, but discovers the hard way that love is difficult to recognize, and those who push love away are the ones who need it most.

May Book to Live By

“Women Who Spark After 50” by Aleta Norris

Do you find yourself lamenting your unrealized dreams? Are you experiencing burnout or boredom from a lifelong career?

Bestselling author and coach Aleta Norris knew she needed to reinvent something in her life. So, that’s exactly what she did. In this book, she asks the right questions to get you ready for an amazing second half. Through checklists and exercises, Aleta provides a roadmap to put your dream first after years of taking care of others.

March Book to Live By

“Wild, Beautiful and Free” by Sophfronia Scott

#1 in African American Historical Fiction on Amazon

This stunning work of fiction by award-winning author and Women on Fire member, Sophfronia Scott tells the story of Jeanette, a mixed race, escaped slave as she searches for purpose, love, and her place in the Civil War-era world. An instant BEST SELLER!

May’s Books To Live By

Are you safeguarding your future? The second half of life offers different challenges than the first half, and you have be ready for them.

This month’s Books To Live By will give you the help you need to create plans and gain peace of mind.

I am so pleased to present our May selections:

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What You Really Need to Know for the Second Half of Life and Protect Your Family: Don’t Write a Blank Check to the Nursing Home

One of our country’s top eldercare attorneys, Julie Steinbacher, who also is featured in the Women on Fire May membership package, was a co-author of the books.

She planned and organized the writing of this compilation book from a handpicked team of certified attorneys from across the nation who specialize in elder care law and estate planning.

The information is written in clear, direct language. It gives you the essential knowledge and best advice for planning for retirement, long-term-care options and end-of-life issues for yourself and your loved ones while protecting assets.

There is work to be done, but the groundwork is laid out for you here.

Topics include wills, senior living options and life care needs, business succession, Social Security, Medicaid, planning for an adult child with special needs, protecting seniors from financial exploitation, determining caregivers and decision-makers, and so much more.

You will learn about pitfalls, the documents you need and how to choose the best professionals to help you.

These books are filled with valuable information — real tools with real solutions.

You can be ready for whatever situations life throws at you!

 

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