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It may a little too late this year to think about holiday gift buying. But it's never too late to give yourself a gift, especially when it involves taking time to slow down and read a good book...particularly one about self care. I'm prescribing you a healthy dose of a few choice reads... When it comes to finding the right books to start off your New Year, you don't have to read between the lines. That's because I'm providing a little help with a few of my recent favorites. Here my personal selections (with my personal comments): The Charge: Activating the 10 Human Drives That Make You Feel Alive by Brendon Burchard Loved this book way more than I expected. Brendon is the real deal. He has leveraged neuroscience and his scholarship of great leaders, exhaustively studied the physiology of high performance, to create this gem. Highly recommended for people with drive who want to be more effective. Brendon is the next gen Stephen Covey! WOOT! The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte Danielle LaPorte topped my “genius bar” list as someone I go-to when I need inspiration, direction, a bit of the old attitude adjustment. If you’re moody girl, you need this book, because you’re chasing the wrong thang. I don’t want to give it all away, but after reading Danielle LaPorte’s book, The Desire Map, I am breathless. You know I’m a yoga teacher, so I don’t take breathlessness lightly. I used to think I wanted a happy marriage, healthy kids, and enough money to send them to college without resorting to eating beans every night for dinner. But I learned over the years that what I want isn’t offered in my weekly psychotherapy sessions, any 12-step program, my current eating plan or even the latest “this-one-works” time-management system. Danielle provides the map to a lifelong plan most anyone can follow, day-in and day-out, month after wonderful month, year after fulfilling year. As soon as you read this book, you will never feel the same way again. Torn: True Stories of Kids, Career & the Conflict of Modern Motherhood by Samantha Parent Walravens "This book lessens my guilt and helps me feel less isolated with the sometimes overwhelming fatigue of succeeding professionally despite the lack of societal and organization support we need. Why is professional so exhausting? Perhaps it has something to do with the endless trade-offs and sacrifices - go to a meeting at night and miss putting your kid to bed (described well by Liesl Jurock), talk to your husband at night in exchange for sleep. Get more sleep and skip sex. How can we do better?" One more suggestion...the gift of good health Do you still have some amazing women on your holiday gift list but find yourself at a loss for what to get? Are all the ideas you can think of just not quite right for them? Or what about yourself...are you looking forward to a sexy, ripe and balanced New Year? How about the gift of better health? What if you could give them (and yourself) a gift that would help reclaim balance, sleep, sex drive and vitality naturally? That certainly would be a gift worth giving, right? May I suggest my newest creation, The Hormone Cure? You can pre-order it now for yourself and all the amazing women on your gift before the March 2013 release. I wrote The Hormone Cure because I believe in women, and I believe in tending their flames. I believe that proactively managing and optimizing health is a driving responsibility and a path to personal power. I believe there's a reason women have lost their mojo, and that reason is probably hormonal. I believe we can - and should - do something about it because I believe in women living life fully! Click here for more information. Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy holiday Your New Year is sure to start off bright with a good (maybe even life-changing) book. I hope these few recommendations help you bring home just the right, meaningful "tome for the holidays" (sorry, I couldn't resist the pun!). Again, thanks for your support. I want to extend best wishes for a Happy Fulfilling New Year from my family to yours.