‘Be Your Own Life Coach’ by Fiona Harrold

I read this book when I was around 20 years old and it had a major positive impact.  It made me think about my own ‘self talk’ for the first time, and I realised how negative and harsh I was with myself.  I still have the book now, over ten years later.

Life-coach-book.pngIt’s easy to read, down-to-earth and full of positivity.  The biggest thing I took away from this book was to treat myself as a good friend.  Instead of beating yourself up over something or always focussing on the negative, be kind to yourself.  Like yourself as a person.

You know when a good friend goes through something ‘bad’ like a break up?  You take the time to make them feel better and reassure them that they are wonderful and everything will be ok.  You don’t beat them up about it or tell them that they deserved it and they were an awful partner.  You’re nice and supportive to your good friends, so be nice and supportive to yourself too.

This is the first ‘self improvement’ book that I remember reading and having an impact on me.  It discusses self-confidence, self-reliance, work and what you want from life.  I also recommended it to a friend who loved it just as much as I did and says that she refers back to it every once in a while.

Sadly, there is no manual to life, but it’s good to know that there are resources available to us for improving our lives and the way we see ourselves.

You can find out more about ‘Be Your Own Life Coach’ by Fiona Harrold by clicking here.



‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle – book review

This book was recommended to me by a friend a few years ago, and it had a really big impact on me.  It pretty much changed my life.  I had been working hard at a big international company in London, and following a number of changes in the office, I had become quite unhappy at work.

Eckhart-Tolle-A-New-EarthThis book helped me to remember the importance of life and to enjoy it NOW.  Not just waiting to retire and have lots of time to be happy ‘one day’, but to actually enjoy life right now.

It was my first introduction to ‘spirituality’.  It took me a while to read this book and digest all of its information.  It reminds us that as humans, we all have things in common and that we are naturally drawn towards developing our own status.  It taught me a different way of looking at life.

A few months after reading this book, I decided to leave my job and teach English in Costa Rica for a number of months.  It was a big step and one that I probably wouldn’t have made without reading ‘A New Earth’.

I rarely read the same book twice, but I decided to read this again recently.  It was much easier to read the second time and I still learned a lot from it.  I am now passing on the recommendation.

You can find out more about ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle by clicking here.