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As a follow-up to episodes 14 & 15, Parts 1 & 2 on Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport, Melissa and Em discuss their personal takeaways from the book, and talk though a few of Em’s questions about the right “rules” to put in place for her own 30-
Em and Melissa discuss the essential practices of the digital minimalist—how to put in action the subtitle of Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism: “choosing a focused life in a noisy world.” To learn what Digital Minimalism is, what its foundation
Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, bestselling a
As a follow-up to episode 12, "The 5 Love Languages" by Gary Chapman, Melissa and Em try to determine Melissa's primary love language—plus discuss the term they hated from this book. They also revisit episode 5, "Designing Your Life" to check i
In the #1 New York Times bestseller, "The 5 Love Languages," you’ll discover the secret that's transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether you’re single, or your relationship is flourishing or failing, Gary Chapman’s proven approac
As a follow-up to episode 10, "The Power of Moments" by Chip & Dan Heath, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about how they’ve begun thinking differently about the most memorable moments of their lives, and started creating more defining momen
In "The Power of Moments," New York Times bestselling authors Chip Heath and Dan Heath explore why certain brief experiences can jolt us, elevate us, and change us — and how we can learn to create such extraordinary moments in our life and work
As a follow-up to episode 8, "Joyful" by Ingrid Fetell Lee, in this episode Em and Melissa talk about whether this book actually made them joyful, and what elements, if any, they’ve incorporated into their daily lives. They also revisit episode
In Joyful, designer Ingrid Fetell Lee explores how the seemingly mundane spaces and objects we interact with every day have surprising and powerful effects on our mood. Drawing on insights from neuroscience and psychology, she explains why one
As a follow-up to episode 6, "Finish" by Jon Acuff, in this episode Em and Melissa discuss how they’ve personally started taking the action items from "Finish" and put them into practice in their own daily lives. They also revisit episode 4, "
Have you ever noticed that’s it’s easy to start a project or goal, but hard to finish? In the best-seller Finish, author Jon Acuff, reveals something surprising: it’s not that we’re lazy or don’t try hard enough. It turns out the most effecti
In Designing Your Life, authors Bill Burnett and Dave Evans — educators in Stanford University’s Design Program — show us how “design thinking” can help us create a life that is both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of who we are, what we
No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework to help you make little improvements every day. James Clear is one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, and in this New York Times bestseller, he reveals practical stra
In The Art of Gathering, Priya Parker argues that the gatherings in our lives are lackluster and unproductive--which they don't have to be. We rely too much on routine and the conventions of gatherings when we should focus on distinctiveness an
In The Big Leap, New York Times bestselling author Gay Hendricks reveals a simple yet comprehensive program for overcoming our one barrier to happiness and fulfillment, providing a clear path for achieving our true potential and attaining not o
There’s no magic, one-size-fits-all answer for building a happier, healthier, more productive life. In her book, The Four Tendencies, Gretchen Rubin reveals the one simple question that will transform what you do at home, at work, and in life.
A trailer for our new podcast about personal development books. Coming January 15, 2019 from Melissa Guller and Em Hammel-Shaver.
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