Best of books: June edition

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The Woman I Wanted To Be by DVF 

If you’re looking for some inspiration and motivation, this book will definitely get you there! One of the most influential woman of our time, DVF, shares personal stories from her life, about family, love, beauty and business. She opens up about her family and career, overcoming cancer, building a global brand, and devoting herself to empowering other women. I can’t recommend this book enough, it’s one of my absolute favourites!

The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters by Emily Esfahani Smith 

We’re living in a culture that constantly focuses on identity and happiness. This book redirects your path through way of positive psychology and will leave you feeling overwhelmed with meaning, gratitude and appreciation. The book draws on the insights from Viktor Frankl, Aristotle, the Buddha, and shares evocative stories of individuals who chose to focus on meaning. Emily Esfahani Smith describes the four pillars upon which meaning rests: Belonging, purpose, storytelling and transcendence.

 

 

Myers-Briggs. If you don’t know, now you know.

If you haven’t heard of the Myers-Briggs 16 Personalities test, you aren’t living!

This little gem gives you so much insight into personalities, my girlfriends and I started to use it as a dating tactic. I’m not kidding! Usually around the second or third date we’ll ask if they’ve heard about Myers-briggs and if they haven’t, we’ll ask them to take the test and share their score. From there, you can learn about their strengths and weaknesses, how they interact in friendships, relationships and business. Furthermore, it makes for great dinner conversation!

I’m what is considered an ESFJ. Let me break it down for you: Extraverted – 75%, Observant – 65%, Feeling – 75%, Judging – 73%, Assertive – 60%. 

“ESFJs are altruists, and they take seriously their responsibility to help and to do the right thing. ESFJs love to be of service, enjoying any role that allows them to participate in a meaningful way, so long as they know that they are valued and appreciated. This is especially apparent at home, and ESFJs make loyal and devoted partners and parents. ESFJ personalities respect hierarchy, and do their best to position themselves with some authority, at home and at work, which allows them to keep things clear, stable and organized for everyone.”

So, if you don’t know, now you know…

Take the Myers-Briggs personality test

We packed for a weekend getaway and came home without baggage.

Toronto turns into a ghost town on long weekends, so my girlfriends and I planned the perfect getaway to Niagara on the Lake to celebrate Canada Day and a special birthday.

We ate and drank more than we could stomach, biked until our bottoms were sore and listened to Fleetwood Mac on repeat. Although, the most unforgettable moments derived from our dinner conversations.

Can you recall your happiest moments in life? Are you able to experience and let go? What is your biggest secret? What was your childhood like? These are just a few of the many topics we covered both evenings.

We sat through two, four-hour dinners and watched one another go through a combination of laughs, tears and moments of discomfort while answering each question in full detail. We spoke about the highs and the lows of each topic, how the outcome came to be, how we moved on and what we learned from each experience. I have to say, it was one of the most therapeutic experiences I have ever had. To sit there and know that you’re in a judgement-free zone, surrounded by love and you’re able to speak exactly what’s on your mind is an incredible feeling. At the end of the last dinner we sat there and reflected on all the topics covered, feeling much lighter and our souls much happier.

We live in a world where women are constantly making comparisons amongst themselves and judging each other for every unimportant, minuscule thing. It’s time we start empowering ourselves and each other! Friendships like the ones I have don’t often come around, they need to be nurtured and maintained. I’m beyond grateful for these two women, they push me to always strive for more, encourage me when I’m feeling defeated and inject inspiration into our friendship and I will continue to do the very same in return. That weekend strengthened our friendship and I will cherish the memories forever.

I’ll leave you with this: When was the last time you asked your BFF(s) a round of seriously challenging questions that were guaranteed to evoke emotion and strengthen your bond?