Read: Contagious by Jonah Berger

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Finished… Contagious by Jonah Berger was something I picked up at the airport. (Yes, I’ve said it before, airport bookstores always point me to the right material.) This book was especially helpful in providing insight on how to craft messages better and more effectively. Because, in this day and age, we can say a lot of things, but not everything is remembered.

Read: Streetwear by Steven Vogel

Do you remember the time when you discovered and fell in love with the culture of streetwear? I’m a bit vague with mine. Maybe it was ’05, or ’06 or ’07. The details escape me. But I remember the feeling was real. It could have been that slow type of love. The type that seeps into your being as you watch it grow and evolve over time.

A few weeks ago, I found this book, Streetwear by Steven Vogel, in Amanda and Messie’s house, and it brought back an incredible feeling of nostalgia. I mean, remember those brands with all those different personalities? It was such a time when strong individual identities were coming out through clothing.

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Read: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Zero to One

Can this just be the bible for every start-up? Ever since I started my own thing this year (plus working with several other start-ups) I’ve been looking for guidance. Diving deep into the world of hustle, I find myself pivoting from one strategy to the other, figuring out what to do through a mix of instinct, trial and error, and the ever-so-reliable Google. In addition, asking other entrepreneurs how they do what they do, and why they do what they do is something that keeps me learning.

Although there is no one size fits all solution for business, I still feel like reading other entrepreneur’s advice is integral to my own decision-making process. Zero to One by Peter Thiel is something that really made me highlight the **** out of this book. I just really love the core message of creating something new, and not copying what everyone else is doing. I would highly recommend you read this, unless you’re like my sister (ahem, @rosarioherrera), who wants to know the summary right away, then click this YouTube video that cleverly draws out the key insights.

Read: A Year Of Miracles by Marianne Williamson

A Year of Miracles

You know who your great girlfriends are when they buy you books and say, “I hope this book will guide you towards many more miracles to come.” A really amazing friend gave this book, “A Year of Miracles” by Marianne Williamson during my recent birthday. I met her here in Hong Kong when I moved last year, and although it’s only been a “short” friendship from a linear point of view, I do feel that in this case, time deems irrelevant and we speak like we’ve known each other forever.

I don’t read this book linearly either. I often times just open it to a random page to see what the message is for me on that particular day. Tonight landed on Day 155, and read “Limitations do not stand before the limitlessness of God, and it is the limits to our faith, not the limits of our circumstances, that keep us from experiencing miracles.”

To continue, “Every situation provides us the chance to live with broader, more audacious hope and faith that all things are possible. God is bigger than any limited circumstance in our past; God is bigger than any limitation that the world is showing us now. Limitations exist only as a challenge to us to mature spiritually, as we realise that through the grace of God we are bigger than they are.”

I’ve been going through some synchronistic experiences that keep reminding me to take everything to the next level. In hindsight, sometimes we see that the only thing blocking us is ourselves. Time to let go of limitations and unlock the next level xxx

Read: The Awakening Course by Joe Vitale

The Awakening Course

3/26 of my #MarathonBookClub challenge done!

I just finished reading The Awakening Course by Joe Vitale. While Joe Vitale is famous for being one of the speakers featured in The Secret (a video that teaches the Law of Attraction principles) he is also a well-known author and speaker. While I was already familiar with these teachings, I still learned so much from this book, particularly from his teachings on Self I-Dentity through Ho’oponopono.

There is so much to say about this healing/cleansing practice, which consists of repeating the 4 phrases “I’m Sorry. Please Forgive Me. Thank You. I Love You.” I’m still wrapping my head around it as I put it into my own daily practice to clean out false beliefs or negative thoughts- coz seriously isn’t that our constant struggle?? But here is a better article that can help explain it the whole concept better. And of course, read the book 😉

Read: Essays In Love

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Here is 2/26 of my #MarathonBookClub reading list. I picked this up in an airport bookstore (again!), as I find that is usually the place where I find something that I am meant to read. This book, Essays In Love, by Alain de Botton caught my eye. I’ve read a few of his books already and I always feel like he gives great insight and anaylysis into whatever he writes about.

Linking philosophical ideas and love this time, but blended within a fictional story, makes this quite an easy read. De Botton picks up on the details, the seemingly non-important elements to romance, that are relevant in the overall picture of a relationship. Perspective shift much?

Mental note to self: Pick up more of his books for the future.

Read: Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki

Second Chance

People ask if I’m reading a relationship book and I said “Yes, it’s my relationship with my money.”

At the start of the year, I made a commitment to myself to really learn more about personal finance. And once I did,  Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki, popped out on the shelves of an airport bookstore. Synchronicity!

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Read: The Woman I Wanted To Be

The Woman I Wanted To Be

I spotted The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg it in the airport bookstore as I was about to board my flight back to Manila. I was always of fan of Diane and her work, more so, her messages about being independent.

I was so curious to learn more about her life and career that I felt like this was a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about the character of this highly-praised designer.

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Read: Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown is an interesting dive into the world of vulnerability. I have to admit I am still in the midst of reading this book, but I felt so moved by it that I knew I had to blog about it right away.

Because in a time when everyone wants to create an image of a cool, perfect instagram life with perfect outfits, perfect parties, and perfect desserts (Hey, I’m guilt of this as well!)- this book tears that idea apart and really asks you to peel off these layers and be yourself.

Be Vulnerable. Allow others to really see you…. and that’s some scary sh*t right there.

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Read: Angela Carter’s Book of Fairy Tales

book coverAngela Carter, English journalist and feminist, combines fairy tales from all around the world centered on the female protagonist– “be she clever, or brave, or good, or silly, or cruel, or sinister or awesomely unfortunate- she is center stage...”

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