The holiday season is all about indulgence and abundance — more food, more family, more friends….more, more, more! It can be overwhelming in the very best way. But in between the parties, the dinners, and the cozy celebrations, the holidays can also be a great time for reflection and renewal.
At it’s core, this season is all about renewal, rebirth, hope, and peace. And tapping into that well of positive energy is a great way to get focused and work on your mental, physical, and emotional health ahead of the new year, and all the possibilites and adventures is brings.
So this year, I wanted to put together a very special gift guide featuring gifts to help the inspiration-seekers in your life make the most of the holidays and to help get them on the path to a prosperous new year:
Danielle Laporte has been known for some time now as a veritable well-spring of inspiration. Known for her #truthbombs and her badass edge, this woman is on a mission to radicalize our pursuit of happiness in life and in business.
The Desire Map has been one of her most popular offerings for years, but she has recently completely overhauled the book (and created an amazing line of day planners, notebooks and e-products, as well!) to give you the best goal-setting experience possible.
If Danielle Laporte drops truth bombs, then Harvard Business Review Magazine drops knowledge bombs. In addition to the free limited online access, readers can purchase subscriptions to the complete online and print versions of the publication. With powerhouse contributors like Nilofer Merchant and Clayton Christensen on their roster, HBR is known for it’s boundary-pushing, innovative content on everything from psychology and mental health to organizational culture to product design. This is a great gift for entrepreneurs, students, and budding change-makers alike!
I always tell women that come to Ladies Learning Code in Ottawa: ‘you aren’t just learning how to program, you’re learning a new way of thinking, a new way of solving problems, and a new way of seeing the world’. It’s no secret, learning to code and communicate in the digital era is quickly becoming a crucial professional skill. Ladies Learning Code workshops are full-day events where beginners of all stripes can come learn new skills like HTML & CSS, WordPress, Photoshop, and Ruby from mentors from their own community, in a collaborative and social environment. These monthly workshops take place across Canada and are a great way to get your feet wet in tech!
If you follow me at all, you know that I am a big fan of loud, outspoken, whole-hearted gratitude – and that is why I just love what writer-entrepreneur-designer Sarah Peck is doing with her new Grace & Gratitude online workshop. While this winter’s course had already begun, due to overwhelming demand, Sarah tells me that there is another workshop coming in a few months! This two-week guided journey into appreciation and love is a great gift for anyone who is looking to delve deeper into their relationships, their passions, and themselves.
Simon Sinek, celebrated speaker, author, and ethnographer has returned with a new book, Leaders Eat Last. On the heels of his enormously popular Start With Why, Sinek delves even further into the study of leadership, personal development, and living a purposeful life. The premise of this book is that there is only one thing — the choice to put themselves or their people first — that determines whether a leader is deserving of love and loyalty. If this latest work is anything like his last, this book is guaranteed to be filled with practical inspiration that can be used at any stage in your career.
Gabby Bernstein shines a very bright light on the world. Hailed as a thought leader by the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Bernstein tours the world helping thousands get in touch with their spirituality. The author of several books including May Cause Miracles and Spirit Junkie, Gabrielle has dedicated herself to helping other live healthy, love-filled lives. According to Gabby, an important part of spiritual, emotional, and physical health is meditation. To help you along on your meditation journey, she has created a variety of guided meditation albums available for download. The holidays are a great time to give the gift of meditation — not only do we often have a little extra time to carve out for our practice, but the holidays can also be a stressful time, and guided meditations are a great stress-reliever!