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Applying the Principles of Improv to Break Free

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If you’ve ever spent time watching improvisational comedy, two things might have struck you: (1) this is entertaining and (2) this looks extremely hard. To many, the thought of being thrown an idea and being asked to improvise on the spot is downright scary. Perhaps a little less frightening is the idea of using improv principles and skills to break free from the patterns we believe define us and the stories we’ve been told about who we are. That’s the overriding concept behind Life Unscripted, co-written by Jeff Katzman, MD, and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and Dan O’Connor, Founder and Artistic Director of the Impro Theater and Co-Founder of LA Theatresports. The…

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Connect With Sara Wiseman’s “Messages from the Divine”

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Sara Wiseman is not only an award-winning author, but she’s been a spiritual teacher for years. Her latest book, Messages from the Divine, acts as a guide, showing us how to open up, and connect with others and the universe around us. The lessons themselves are timeless, and provide solutions for some of the most common questions that we have today, including things like living authentically, being happy with what we have, and more. Wiseman is a beautiful writer, and each chapter is filled with not only advice and wisdom, but hope. Unlike other books on spirituality, Wiseman doesn’t tell you that there’s one and only one way to find a spiritual path – instead, the guidance she offers is universal in…

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Poet, Social Activist and Storyteller Cleo Wade Talks from the Heart

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The Cut called her The Millennial Oprah,  Fast Company named her one of the country’s 100 Most Creative People of 2017, and with featured articles and photoshoots in Elle, Time, and Entertainment Weekly, it is clear: Cleo Wade is not your average “Instagram poet.” A self-proclaimed social activist, poet, artist and storyteller, Wade isn’t just an online personality who wrote a book to cash in on her celebrity.  For her, this comes from the heart and her words of inspiration and advice are anything but run-of-the-mill; they’re art that speaks to both your mind and your soul. Heart Talk: Poetic Wisdom for a Better Life (Atria/37 INK), Wade’s first book, is a poetry collection that reads more like you’re having a personal…

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VIDEO: BookTrib Interview with Derek Rydall, Author of ‘The Abundance Project’

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Are you searching for way to live the best life you possibly can?  Do you want to draw more happiness into your life?  Do you feel unfulfilled? These are just a few of the questions screenwriter, actor and author Derek Rydall answers in an exclusive interview with BookTrib. Rydall’s new book, The Abundance Project: 40 Days to More Wealth, Health, Love, and Happiness focuses on learning self-love, finding within ourselves, and how you can change your entire perspective on life in just 40 days. Here, he shares some of his own personal struggles and triumphs on the way to finding a life full of abundance.  The Abundance Project is now available for purchase. For more information on the author, visit his website…

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VIDEO: Blogger, Model, TED Talk Expert Brittany Gibbons on Her New Book,’The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?’

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Blogger, model, TED Talk expert and author Brittany Gibbons talks with BookTrib about the follow up to her bestselling memoir Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It (Dey Street Books). Calling her latest book, The Clothes Make the Girl (Look Fat)?: Adventures and Agonies in Fashion (Dey Street Books), an “overdue love letter to her body,” Gibbons takes on the industries that use clothing size as a barometer for measuring how good women should feel about their bodies and fashion choices. Enjoy this light-hearted and informative talk between two women that sounds more like a conversation between two girlfriends than your standard interview! ABOUT THE AUTHOR Brittany Gibbons writes the blog Brittanyherself.com and is the curator…

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BookTrib Q&A with Rachel Hollis, Best Selling Author, Founder and CEO of Chic Media

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There are books meant to guide us, and books to make us laugh, and rarely do they go hand-in-hand. At least, not until founder and CEO of Chic Media Rachel Hollis came along. Her latest book, Girl, Wash Your Face (by the way, this is excellent advice) is a best seller, stories from Hollis’ own life giving new layers of understanding and compassion for those moments we all seem to fall into, but can never seem to get ourselves out of. Funny, clever and witty with an abundance of compassion and honesty, Rachel Hollis is definitely the one woman you want giving you advice. BookTrib sat down with Rachel for a quick Q&A about inspiration, writing mindsets, upcoming books, and more!  …

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One to Watch: DailyOM Founder Madisyn Taylor is Topping Charts and Healing Lives

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Every so often, someone comes along and we just have to tell you about them – and Madisyn Taylor is definitely one to watch! Taylor, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of DailyOM, the incredibly popular lifestyle and holistic wellness website, has thrilled us with her latest book, Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness.  Unmedicated is in its third printing and in just two days, has topped charts on Amazon, and receiving 5-star reviews just about everywhere people are talking about books. Madisyn has over 25 years of experience working with alternative healing strategies, spiritual development and mental health. The wealth of expertise she’s gained shows. Not only does she run DailyOM and provides the content, she also teaches courses on meditation, fitness, art, writing, spirituality,…

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The Five Self-Help Books That Rocked My World

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Writing a book in the personal development/self-help field is daunting; I should know, I wrote one! The one thing I learned is that there is a fine line between self-help and total bullshit. What’s even more interesting is that line is different for everyone. Below, find my top five self-development books (that for me held the least amount of BS). Emotional Intelligence, Dan Goleman I was 23 just beginning my career. The company I worked for offered the option to continue our education and rewarded us for it. “Wait, so if I read this book I get points towards a monetary raise? Ummmm… sure!” The first book on the list was Dan Goldman’s Emotional Intelligence. When I was growing up…

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‘The State of Affairs’: Sex, Betrayal and Why We Need to Understand Infidelity

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Betrayal, power and affairs are at the scandalous center of our lives and entertainment these days (we’re looking at you Scandal!).  The big question is WHY.  For those of us lost in the dark, Esther Perel just may have the answer. Esther Perel, a Belgian psychotherapist now based in New York City, has a track record of more than 20 years of tackling this taboo topic. Her book Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence, published in 2007, made headlines when it came out and is still one of the best relationship books we’ve read.  Her TED talk  has received more than 7 million views. While Mating in Captivity dealt with the tensions and contradictions between domesticity and sexual desire, her new book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity,…

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‘The Pie Life’: Samantha Ettus Teaches You How to Juggle the Contemporary Woman’s Life

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Win a copy of The Pie Life: A Guilt-Free Recipe for Success and Satisfaction by Samantha Ettus below! For most of us ladies, getting up and going to work every morning is a way of life. Whether that means you’re single and working overtime to pay your rent or mortgage, or you’re married sharing half of the bills with your significant other, or you’re the one in the household bringing in the bulk of the income supporting you, your spouse and your kid(s). And let’s be honest, once you add children into the mix, the stress levels skyrocket. So how do you balance work life with a hectic home life and ensure success and satisfaction for you and your family? Samantha Ettus…

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The Top 10 September Books to Read as You Wait for Fall to Arrive

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Are you watching the leaves start to change colors? Are you suddenly craving pumpkin spice lattes? Do you feel that slight chill in the air? Yeah, me neither. But despite the 80 degree heat and the lingering lethargy of summer, it’s officially September. Which means back-to-school season, country fair time, and the slow start of fall. While we all wait for those crisp autumn days to show up, here are the 10 books we can’t wait to get our hands on in September: Crooked Kingdom, Leigh Bardugo (Henry Holt and Co., September 27, 2016) Bardugo follows up last year’s young adult fantasy heist novel, Six of Crows, with this action-packed sequel. What will become of Kaz, the gang, and the…

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Video: Interview with award-winning Actress and Life Coach, Brooke Lewis and Coaching from a Professed Hot Mess

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TIPS to help you embrace your HOT MESS, BE FEARLESS and OWN IT! Life can be crazy! So, in 2016, I chose to embrace my “crazy” and use my blessed and beautiful bedside table book to profess…”I am a HOT MESS!” Yup…I said it, rock it and OWN IT! Now, being an Actress, Life Coach and Dating Expert in the public eye, some may think I am really “crazy” sharing this with the world! I know some of you are thinking (and, judging!) that a Board Certified Life and Dating Coach, professional and working actress should not “air her dirty laundry.” Well, I cannot tell you how good it feels to be self-aware enough to admit and embrace my “flaws.”…

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Not Barstool Sports: Books to Read Before You Go off to College

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Just about to begin your freshman year of college, eh? Make sure you have your shower caddy ready, your matching bed set from Target (XL Twin, for sure), and all of those Cup Noodles you’ll never end up eating because you have a meal plan. College is easy! Just kidding, college is pretty hard, duh! However, if we were able to get through it, you probably can, too. With these books, you will have everything you need to be the big person on campus. The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty – 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel Hardcover, Tiffany Watt Smith (Little Brown and Company, June 7, 2016) You’re about to meet a…

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Just Let It Happen: The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place

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If you’ve been talking to your clothes while folding them lovingly in an attempt to make your life more “tidy,” you should take a long, hard look at yourself, according to author Jennifer McCartney. Her new book, The Joy of Leaving Your Sh*t All Over the Place: The Art of Being Messy (Countryman, May 24, 2016) is the perfect guide to free yourself from the shackles of over-organization. McCartney encourages you to give in to your messier urges because being too clean is a sure sign of a dreadfully boring and uncreative personality. This book is a too-real parody of Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which encourages readers to throw out old belongings to help declutter their…

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Interview with Vishen Lakhiani and The Code of the Extraordinary Mind

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PODCAST COMING SOON! What if everything we think we know about how the world works―our ideas of love, education, spirituality, work, happiness, and love―are based on Brules (bullsh*t rules) that get passed from generation to generation and are long past their expiration date? This book teaches you to think like some of the greatest non-conformist minds of our era, to question, challenge, hack, and create new rules for YOUR life so you can define success on your own terms. The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, a New York Times bestseller, is a blueprint of laws to break us free from the shackles of an ordinary life. It makes a case that everything we know about the world is shaped by…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Rebecca Gordon and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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