Braiding Sweetgrass by: Dr. Robin Wall Kimmerer

I have heard so many good things about this book! I kept seeing people suggest it and so naturally I was pretty pumped to get my hands on it.

When the time came and I got my notification from the library I was like YESSSSS! Unfortunately, I only had it for 14 days which was pushing it because I also was listening to another book at the same time.

Anywho let’s get to this book review, all I can say is WOW! I absolutely loved this book (as expected). I felt so calm reading it and if made me want to go and learn more about the earth around me and more about the Indigenous People that were here before the colonizers.

Each chapter was a story, which I love because it helps me keep things straight in my mind.

I super loved that she told some stories that were about the classes she taught and others about her roots and her family. I really liked the variety of the stories that were told because they were all so interesting.

“We are referred to as the younger brothers of Creation, so like younger brothers we must learn from our elders. Plants were here first and have had a long time to figure things out.”

I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. I loved it so much I might buy it (not a common thing for me). So I highly recommend reading it. This books gets 5 stars because it was such an amazing read.

5 pink stars in a row

I probably won’t have a post next week because I have started a new day job. Getting back into working and having an influx of new information has really wiped me out. However, keep your eyes peeled for the week after!

Until next time,

Devan

Atomic Habits by: James Clear

Another Wednesday…another book review!

I am always looking for book recommendations so when a youtuber that I follow was reading it and suggested Atomic Habits I immediately when to put a hold on it at my digital library.

As I was reading this book I would have to periodically jot down some notes to keep things straight in my head. I am glad I did so I could also write this review and explain some of the methods that Clear suggests to form habits.

Atomic habits is a book about creating habits and keeping them. There is a lot in this book so I will try to keep this to a minimum because there is no way that I could really explain everything so I will try to just highlight the bits that really stood out to me.

Some of the things Clear talks about is increasing your improvement by 1% a day. So not going and running a full 5k when you haven’t gone for a run in years. Start slow with maybe a 1k walk and work your way up to that goal of 5k as an example.

Another topic that stood out to me was not having a goal first mentality to form a habit. An example of this would be thinking that you will be happy once you lose 20lb. Once that milestone is reached, most people revert back to old habits and end up back in the same place that they were before. This is because there is nothing motivating you to keep up with that habit.

The last thing that I will mention of the methods to build habits is the word association that goes along when creating habits. The example that Clear gave in the book was when someone is quitting smoking but is offered a smoke. In this situation a lot of people would just state that they are trying to quit. Instead say “I don’t smoke”. I can’t exactly remember how Clear explained it but I will explain how it makes sense in my head. With the second statement you are affirming that you no longer smoke and everytime that you affirm that you believe it more. Eventually you get to the point that smoking is not even in question. In the first statement it isn’t affirmed that you no longer smoke and therefore leaves a window to fall back into the habit.

I am a firm believer that wording is very powerful so this last method really stood out to me.

Like I said there was a few methods throughout this book and they are all categorized into 4 laws. Clear goes into much more details and ties them all together very nicely.

I found this book really helpful and I do plan on implementing some of these methods to create habits. I might even buy this book to go back to for reminders.

Overall I enjoyed this book because it will help me better myself. I highly recommend it if you are wanting to change some habits or are looking to make new ones.

5 pink stars

I am giving this book a 5 star review. I think this book can be beneficial to many. I know it has helped me.

Look toward the future expect to see fall posts! I am going full basic bitch for the fall.

Until next time