Updated: Dec 16, 2019
Hello girls! Can you believe that we are down to the last few weeks of the decade?
2019 has flown by so quickly, and I can't believe we are closing the decade and starting a brand new one in a couple of weeks. How has the year/decade been for you?
It has been one of transformation & growth for me, both professionally & personally.
This holiday season, while I am not busy packing your orders, I have been spending quite a fair bit of time for self study and reflection. By self study, I have been indulging in a couple of books this winter- and I thought what better way to close the end of a decade with a blog post of my all-time favourite (& game-changing) books, listed in particular order from recent right up to the past 10 years. And of course, with suggested tea blend pairings.
Put on the kettle on ladies, grab some cookies and let’s deep dive into the booklist:
1. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
A beautiful , insightful biography by Walter Isaacson. I found such a quiet joy, contemplating the astonishing notebooks and discoveries into the life & everyday inspirations of Leonardo. My favourites are from his to do list (dating back from 1490s Milan) : "The measurement of Milan and its suburbs", "Draw Milan". "...ask Benedetto Protinari by what means they walk on ice in Flanders". "Observe the goose's foot: it if were always open or always closed...". "Describe the tongue of the woodpecker...".
"Go every Saturday to the hot bath where you will see naked men".
Leonardo's final line in the notebook - of him putting down his pen, because ..."the soup is getting cold", serves as an important reminder - impermanence of life & the beauty of life's fleetingness.
This is an account that has inspired me to be a lot more contemplative in my surroundings and to notice the finer details. & more importantly, to enjoy the quiet ordinariness of everyday life.
Pair with earl grey lavender: one teaspoon earl grey and 1/4 teaspoon lavender. Make it strong.
My favourites are from his to do list (dating back from 1490s Milan) : ... "Observe the goose's foot: it if were always open or always closed...", and the best gem of all "Describe the tongue of the woodpecker..."
2. Your Erroneous Zones by Wayne Deyer
I guess I am guilty of constantly feeling guilty: of not doing enough, not giving enough etc. This book has been enlightening to know that it’s a common affliction and one that can healed with just a change of perspective.
Go easy and gentle on yourself while studying this. Pair with Radiance and a pinch of dried edible rose blend.
3. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
An inspirational memoir - a lighthearted read, an exploration into the world of meditation. I had read this sometime last year (or the year before?) but I felt like revisiting it this year and so I did.
I found this particularly enjoyable and fun to read at night. I would also gift this book to friends who are just about beginning to dip their toes into meditation.
Pair with Golden Radiance milk ( the perfect nightcap in my honest opinion) : One teaspoon Radiance blend and 1/2 teaspoon turmeric. Top with alternative milk (I like almond /oat) .
4. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
Oh, I could get lost in this book. The history of how one extraordinary man created an empire that led us into the modern age.
Pair with hot Chaga chocolate. One tablespoon cocoa powder and one teaspoon Chaga, with alternative milk of choice.
“If you can't swallow your pride, you can't lead. Even the highest mountain had animals that step on it.” ― Jack Weatherford, Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
5.The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer
A gift from a dear friend (hey Sam, if you ar