What I Loved in April


1. “Man’s Search for Meaning” by Viktor Frankl

Viktor Frankl was an Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist who survived the Holocaust. He focused his work on logotherapy, which is based on the idea that finding meaning in ones life is the most powerful and motivating force for a human. 

He tells us about his time spent in concentration camps and how he was able to survive. He also shares with us the three ways we can find meaning in our lives. He says that, “The quest for meaning is the key to mental health and human flourishing.” 

A quote that really resonated with me from this book is, “It is we ourselves who must answer the questions that life asks of us, and to these questions we can respond only by being responsible for our existence.” 

After reading this book, it was clearer to me how my mental health and happiness are my complete responsibility and not that of anyone else.

My copy of this book is completely full of notes, dog-eared pages, and underlined passages. If you could only read one book, this might be the one.

2. “Money: Master the Game” by Tony Robbins

 

I have read only about a fourth of this book so far and I already know so much more about saving for retirement and the best ways to maximize your investments. 

For example, I learned the difference between index funds and mutual funds and why one is better than the other. 

If you’re like me and never cared to learn about financial matters but are realizing that it’s actually pretty important and can hugely affect your life, this book is awesome. 

Who better to learn from than Tony Robbins and the 50 “brilliant financial minds” he has interviewed for this book? 

3. Aloe Vera Juice for Oily Hair

 

I heard that aloe vera gel can take care of excess scalp oil. Of course I wanted to try it. I had some aloe vera juice in the refrigerator that was still good so I poured some into an old rose water spray bottle and sprayed away on a greasy day. It seemed to work without leaving my hair as dry as my homemade dry shampoo leaves it.

I also think aloe vera is better for the scalp and hair itself than the dry shampoo mixture I keep on hand, as it has nutrients for the hair and doesn’t clog hair follicles. 

Do your own research, try it out if you want. Let me know if it works for you!

4. Yoga in the Morning: 

You know that feeling when you get a good stretch in as soon as you sit up to get out of bed? Doing yoga after I wake up is like 20 minutes of that. It’s so nice. And it’s exercise!

5. Going for a Run in the Evening:

Two to three times a week I’ll go for a run after work, before dinner. This has been a great way to release any pent up energy from the day and get some exercise in! 

6. Vanilla Mint Tea (Rishi): 

Photo: rishi-tea.com

Photo: rishi-tea.com

This stuff is so good. It’s a refreshing vanilla tea that is great instead of coffee. The caffeine is milder and the flavor is earthy. Love it in the morning! 

7. KeepCup:

         Photo: keepcup.com

         Photo: keepcup.com

I’ve been trying to reduce the waste I produce as a human being. I tend to get a decaf coffee on the weekend, so having a reusable cup I enjoy is the key to “remembering” to take it with me to the cafe. This Keepcup is beautiful and I love that it’s more like a mug than other reusable cups. Feels good, looks good. Thumbs up!

What have you been loving lately?