Bracing for the Holidays

It’s that time of year again where there are a million things to do with so little time to do it.  It becomes so easy to take the short cut through your to-do list and develop some not-so-great habits.  Here are a few recommended reads that may help you keep on the start and narrow during this busy, jam-packed family gathering season!

“Clean & Lean” by Ian Smith is a diet and exercise philosophy from the author of “Shred” and “Clean 20.” The newest update on the Clean 20 philosophy looks at weight loss through getting back to the basics at dinner time, saving you time and money while training your body to move.  With an easy to follow thirty-day that incorporates easy meal plans and workouts that can be followed whether you’re a beginner or an expert.

“The South Beach Diet Parties & Holidays Cookbook” by Arthur Agatston works for those following this diet plan or not when planning your menus around holidays.  You can still plan fun, holiday and party menus while choosing good, unsaturated fats, nutrition-rich, fruits and vegetables, and low-fat dairy.  With more than twenty menus and over 191 recipes, there’s something for everyone in this party planning cookbook!

“It’s About Time” by Valorie Burton is about discovering why it feels like there’s too much to do and too little time to do it.  Join life coach, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, Valerie Burton, as she shares research-based discoveries on getting yourself out of ‘time poverty,’ stopping digital distractions from creating false urgencies, and reallocating your time to reflect the values that matter the most to you.  This 220 page book is an easy way to understand and navigate through your time debt!

The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker

In “The Art of Noticing” by Rob Walker, long-time workplace advice columnist draws from his experience, School of Visual Arts course and interviews to design 131 exercises and meditations to encourage a rediscovery of joy and creativity.  Skip around through this novel or be a dedicated reader as you choose the aspects of noticing you wish to explore; Looking, Sensing, Going Places, Connecting with Others, and Being Alone.

Susana Goldman is the Library Director of the Alamance County Public Library.  She can be reached at (336) 513-4753 or sgoldman@alamancelibraries.org.