The February Holisticle: Mindful drinking, Miracle Mornings, high-vibe tribes and more Soho House shindigs
The Shelf Help Holisticle* is a monthly update from SH HQ featuring information on the next book club titles and events, as well some favourite apps, hacks, articles, recs, tips and tricks on self-development and self-love.
February 2018 Book of the Month (BOTM)
THE MIRACLE MORNING by HAL ELROD
This month I’m on a mission to supercharge the start to your day with a little help from The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod.
"Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive successful days - which inevitably creates a successful life." - The Miracle Morning
This book changed my life when I read it a year or so ago, and it introduced me to the brilliant S.A.V.E.R.S, six practices (Silence-Affirmations-Visualisation-Exercise-Reading-Scribing) designed to bring more focus, energy and motivation into our lives, all before 8am.
As the title suggests this book will require you to get up a bit earlier, and maybe try a few things you have previously pooh-poohed as a bit too 'woo woo', but the results are worth it, I promise (and if you’re REALLY pushed for time there’s even a six-minute version so there is really no excuse).
SO FAR, SO GREAT!
It’s been a busy and brilliant start to the year for our shiny new book club.
We interviewed Modern Mindfulness author Rohan Gunatillake as part of our shelf help. + SOHO HOUSE series, partnered with Soulstice Yoga for the year’s first west London meetup, and bagged our first bit of press coverage on beauty and lifestyle site Byrdie.co.uk.
We also launched the first Shelf Help Local book club, in Southampton, where SH ambassadors Julie and Erin will now be hosting monthly meetups for any S’oton self-help fans (see ShelfHelp.club for details of the latest events).
NB guidelines for any wannabe ambassadors will be online soon but if you’re raring to start a Shelf Help meetup in your area please message me here for more info.
shelf help. + SOHO HOUSE
We have a STELLAR list of authors confirmed for the next couple of months at our High Road House events, including:
- 28th February: An evening of conversation with Rosamund Dean, Deputy Editor at Grazia and author of Mindful Drinking.
- 28th March: A workshop with Danielle Copperman, model, Qnola founder and author of Well Being.
- 25th April: An evening of conversation and healthy snacks with Melissa Hemsley, cook, healthy eating entrepreneur and author of Eat Happy.
- 30th May: Book club and reading with Larry Meyler, author of Being Brave.
These events are FREE for Soho House members and friends of Shelf Help, and a brilliant chance to get up close and personal with some seriously inspiring authors as well as meet like-minded people over a glass of wine.
Get on the list HERE.
THE *HOLISTICLE P.I.E.S.
Hungry to grow? Do more? Be more? Live better? Then you need to work on your P.I.E.S.
The P.I.E.S. are the four parts of ourselves that we need to nurture in order to live our best, fullest lives, that's the PHYSICAL, INTELLECTUAL, EMOTIONAL and SPIRITUAL parts. And I love this definition from our BOTM, The Miracle Morning:
"P.I.E.S. [are the] internal components, attitudes, and mindsets that can give you the power to alter, enhance or change your life situation at any given moment - [because] our outer world is always a reflection of our inner world."
Here are four ways I'm striving to enhance my life this month:
1. PHYSICAL: No Meat
Going 'pesci' is one new year resolution that I've managed to stick to so far. Being married to a vegetarian makes it pretty easy at home, where we subscribe to weekly Hello Fresh veggie boxes or cook from the Hemsley+Hemsley, Anna Jones or Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall cookbooks. And when we head out we've been trying to choose veg-friendly places like Redemption orYeotown Kitchen. Chicken Kiev is the thing I miss the most (no judging please) but I'm watching documentaries like What The Health and Netflix's Rotten to keep me on track. And for anyone thinking of cutting out the carcass, this Ted talk on being a 'weekday vegetarian' offers some interesting food for thought.
2. INTELLECTUAL: More Planning
Making lists is a great way to reduce overwhelm and I've been using my new Happiness Planner to plan out my days, including food, moods and to-dos. It's proven that those with less than five things on their to-do list accomplish more and so I'm making an effort to prioritise tasks at the beginning of the week and then again first thing each morning.
3. EMOTIONAL: More 'WINNING'
The new year brought with it a few new wobbles when it came to confidence in myself and some new projects, so I've started a WIN list at night to try and stop myself dwelling on the negative (which the human brain has a tendency to do). The WIN list is basically a list of anything positive that happens each day, whether that's a smile from a barista, a new work commission, a call with my niece or just making the bus on time. it all adds up to a general uplift in mood and is a nice way to close the day.
4. SPIRITUAL: More high-vibe tribes
I love the Jim Rohn quote that "We are the average of the five people we spend the most time with," and being away for January and away from my normal schedule meant that I got chance to assess who and what actually makes my life better. Now I'm home I'm making an effort to schedule in time/events with people who lift me up and inspire me, which means getting back on that yoga mat, attending meditation class, making time for favourite, positive friends and booking in a couple of events, like the Hay House 'Ignite'day with some of my favourite self-help writers in March, and Chakra lols with my new favourite yogi Josephine McGrail.
*A 'holisticle' is my own (rather clever, I think) term combining the words 'holistic' (the belief that the parts of something are intimately interconnected) and 'listicle' (writing in the form of a list).
SHELF HELP Books of the Month
I understand that not everyone has the chance to read one self-help book a month, so here are the next four month's titles in case you want to start reading a future book now so you'll be ready to enjoy that book club more later.
Love FROM TONI
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Each time we show up and work on ourselves we inspire other people to do the same. And then they go on to do the same. And on, and on. And that is how we create a kinder, more conscious and more connected world. And who doesn't want to live there?
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