May is my birthday month. Each year I spend a few days around myGEN The 10 Woman reading magazines birthday to read a book that has been very helpful to me. This year, I am going to do it for the entire month of May, starting with Darren Hardy’s course (below). All month, I will read books or listen to programs that have made a huge difference for me. I encourage you to check them out!


Book I read this week: Personal Story Power by Bo Eason. I have been fortunate enough to learn from Bo in person, and this audio program was just as good. I can’t wait to take what I have learned and incorporate it into my videos and talks. You should check out the program or at least watch his weekly videos.

Book I’m reading next week: Insane Productivity by Darren Hardy. This audio program is based on a conference I actually attended, Darren’s High Performance Summit. Since May is my birthday month, I am going to spend the month studying some books and programs that have been life-changing for me. This is one of them!

Exercise and Fitness
I have to try this 3×20 interval training, even if it is brutal: Ask Well: 20 Seconds to Better Fitness? by Gretchen Reynolds in The New York Times

Where you live influences how much you exercise: People who live in activity-friendly neighbourhoods take up to 90 mins more exercise per week in Medical News Today

Youth Sports
Worrisome findings for young athletes and the doctors and athletic trainers who treat them: Concussion Increases Odds of Sustaining a Lower Extremity Musculoskeletal Injury After Return to Play Among Collegiate Athletes by M. Alison Brooks, Kaitlin Peterson, Kevin Biese, Jennifer Sanfilippo, Bryan C. Heiderscheit, and David R. Bell in The American Journal of Sports Medicine

These are great tips! How to Develop a Successful Mindset for a Youth Athlete by Kyle Stafford in Stack

Social Media and Communication
Great tips for someone considering starting a blog (No, you shouldn’t quit, either): Should You Quit Blogging? by Mary Jaksch in Write To DoneTexting on smartphone cropped

Even if you don’t blog to sell or promote a business, these different types of blog posts can help you reach more readers with your website: Does your blog offer these 5 types of content? by Laura Click in Ragan

Productivity and Self Improvement
I need to try this system, because I spend way too much time on email: The Ingenious Email System That Helped Tim Ferriss Reach Maximum Productivity by Mike Renahan in HubSpot

Without question, batching has been one of my key habits to get my work done: Batch it (secrets of the most productive people series — installment 2) by Laura Vanderkam in

Did you like one of these articles or books? Do you have any others to share? I’d love to hear your thoughts below!

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