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Journal Your Way Through Quarantine with these 7 Guided Journals

If you need another activity to occupy yourself while in quarantine, why not try journaling? To keep things interesting, try one of these seven guided journals with different prompts to get your creative and reflective juices flowing!


1. 642 Tiny Things to Draw by Chronicle Books LLC

From the creators of 642 Things to Draw, check out 642 Tiny Things to Draw to awaken your inner illustrator! If you want to use this quarantine to try your hand at drawing and buff up your artistic skills, then this is the perfect journal for you. With 642 clever drawing prompts, you will never run out of ideas of what to draw and create. Let your imagination run wild with this journal!


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2. 52 Lists for Happiness: Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy by Moorea Seal

If you’re someone who needs to make lists in order to function, then try out 52 Lists for Happiness to bring the positive vibes during this time of quarantine. The perfect tool for list lovers, this journal will help you to reflect and bring balance to your life in these uncertain times. With fifty-two list prompts, this journal will have you discovering your own unique happiness while adjusting to this new normal.


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3. Breathe Self-Care Journal by Breathe Magazine

Quarantine is the perfect time to cultivate a self-care routine and Breathe Self-Care Journal is the perfect way to get started! With a collection of Breathe articles and easy, reflective exercises, this journal will help you slow down, cultivate new rituals, and craft a better state of mind. You’ll come out of this quarantine with a new outlook on self-care!


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4. A.M. + P.M Guided Journal by Lady Jayne

If you want to start and end your day with a little reflection, then check out A.M. + P.M. Guided Journal. This guided journal features four alternating spread designs with different prompts and exercises to help you write and reflect. This is the perfect way to start journaling during this quarantine!


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5. One Question a Day for You and Me: Daily Reflections for Couples: A Three-Year Journal by Aimee Chase

If you are currently quarantined with your partner, then now is the perfect time for both of you to start One Question a Day for You and Me: Daily Reflections for Couples. By answering the same questions every day for three years, you can watch as your relationship evolves right before your own eyes. This is a great way to strengthen your relationship between you and your partner and a beautiful keepsake to look back on one day when life goes back to normal!


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6. A Daily Dose of Gratitude Journal by Peter Pauper Press, Incorporated

Now, more than ever, is the perfect time to practice a little gratitude. A Daily Dose of Gratitude Journal will help you recognize the little things you have to be grateful for each and every day, even in the middle of a global pandemic. With uplifting quotes throughout, this journal will help you to stay positive and be grateful during this uncertain time.


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7. My Bucket List Journal by Peter Pauper Press, Incorporated

Now is the perfect time to get started on your bucket list! My Bucket List Journal has a main section dedicated to trips and experiences and a smaller section devoted to books, movies, things to learn, and more! While in quarantine, start checking off those movies you always wanted to watch and those books you wanted to read, while you begin to plan your bucket list trips and experiences for once we can come out of quarantine!


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Change Your Life With These 7 Books by Badass Women

I love men, I do. And I love reading their books that tell me to hustle and crush it and kill it. But, here’s the thing: I’m not a man, and that means that I get to operate with a much broader and well-nuanced set of tools that I am afforded as a woman. Sure, we get paid pennies on the dollar (#equalpay!), but we also have multitudes within us that we let lay fallow if only take advice from one sex.

Watching the USWNT win the World Cup got me reflecting lately about how I learned to be a leader, how I found my voice, how I shaped an identity that was forged in my own experiences but modelled after those I admire. Time and time again, I came back to the women in my life. It got me thinking that we could use a Badass Women’s Book Club fashioned around these lessons, not just the ‘what’ of our goals – money, title, power, prestige – but a more layered look at the ‘how’ and the ‘why’ too, things like impact and flexibility. These are my suggestions for a starter (wolf)pack. Some are old, some are new, all are transformational:


Everybody’s Got Something by Robin Roberts


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I wanted to start here because Robin Roberts starts her own book by passing along a key piece of wisdom from her mother: “Everybody’s got something.” And by that, she means that no one is perfect, no matter how much they make it seem so from the outside. This is beautiful; each of us is unique, both in the challenges we face but also in the strengths that we bring to the table as well.

In this book, Robin takes us on a journey through her life so far, which includes triumphs over barriers, but also the difficulty, pain, and heartache of beating breast cancer only to then five years later go through a bone marrow transplant to overcome a rare blood disorder. She chose to follow her mother’s advice to “make her mess her message” and let us have a front row view of it all, live and in real time. In that process, we got to see how her “something” could have stopped her in her tracks but instead gave her even more strength.

Presence by Amy Cuddy


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So, you’ve got something. Now, how do you galvanize it so that you can show up in those biggest moments in your life? They say happiness is an inside job. Guess what? So is presence. The problem, however, is that we are only shown one model: big, tough, brute strength. What is there was another way, your way?

Harvard professor Amy Cuddy teaches us how to use our body language, our behavior, and our mindset to quiet the inner demon and find our inner champion, whatever that might look like for you. You might remember her internationally acclaimed TED talk on “power poses” but in this
book she goes beyond that and brings both the science as well as the techniques we need to perform at our best, and help others perform at theirs, too.


Fearless Leadership by Carey Lohrenz



Turning to the kick in the ass portion of the list, I’d like to introduce Carey Lohrenz, the first female F-14 fighter pilot in the Navy. If you look up the word “badass” in the dictionary, I’m pretty sure Carey’s picture is right there. And I’m pretty sure she’s in a leather dress, too.

Carey knows a thing or two about high performance environments and fearless leadership, and she’s boiled it all down in this book to three fundamentals that we can all live into: courage, tenacity, and integrity. What’s special about this book is that Carey translates these lessons not just for Fortune 500 executives, but for everyone, at every level of their career, offering advice on how to set a bold vision, bring people together, executive effectively, and stay resilient.

On the Edge by Alison Levine



Another member of the badass pioneer club is Alison Levine, who captained the first all-female American expedition up Mount Everest. She’s also climbed the highest peak on each continent, and skied both the North and South Poles. Casual. Alison tells the story of the climb up Everest, coming so close to the top, and having to turn back around just a few hundred feet from the peak.

She describes the decision that she had to make as the captain whether to try for the top in rapidly declining weather conditions, making a life or death decision that getting to the top isn’t success, but getting back down (alive) is. That’s not a decision made with ego, it’s one made with nuance. And, oh, yeah, she went back up again, and this time made it all the way. Both times were successes, and her explanation of why will leave your interpretation of your own goals forever changed.

Own It by Sallie Krawcheck:


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Listen, if you are going to grab the power, you are going to need some money. We as women have a complicated relationship with money, mostly because money has also been a male construct in our world. But why is that? Why do men get marketed to differently than women by financial services companies? And what are the effects of that on our long-term financial security?

Sallie Krawcheck, who had an enviable career on Wall Street before founding Ellevest, a company redefining investing for women, answers these questions and provides the understanding you need to own your own future by having control of the financial part of your story. And, in the process, also talks about how the future of work includes women in different ways than ever before and that, if fact, it is up to us to show up with everything that we are as women in order to ensure that the workplace fulfils its transformation. I, for one, am ready to take up her challenge!

Wolfpack by Abby Wambach



And then there is the matter of the people with whom you surround yourself. Do you have a wolfpack? I do, and I’m lucky that it includes Carey Lohrenz and Alison Levine, above. Abby brings the lessons she learned as a two-time Olympic gold medalist, FIFA World Cup Champion, and the highest all-time international goal scorer for male and female soccer players, to bear in this manifesto on women in the workplace and beyond, introducing us to the new rules of leadership development which include harnessing our personal power and unleashing it through our shared experience. She pushes us to demand the ball, lead from the bench, make failure our friend, and champion each other. I’m down for this revolution!

Whiskey in a Teacup by Reese Witherspoon



What’s this? A cookbook and interior design book on the Badass Women’s Book Club recommendation list? Well, it’s Reese Witherspoon, champion of women and amplifier of women’s voices and stories, so you know there is more to it than meets the eye. Reese’s grandmother Dorothea always said that a combination of beauty and strength made southern women “whiskey in a teacup.”

They may be delicate and ornamental on the outside, she said, but inside they’re strong and fiery. So is this book, filled with fried chicken and biscuit recipes and instructions on how to hot roller your hair, but also all sorts of musings that will inspire you to find your power while also holding on to your femininity, in whatever combination and form that takes for you.

Limitless: How to Ignore Everybody, Carve Your Own Path, and Live Your Best Life, Laura
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So, you know what you need to do, and you know how you need to do it. But, maybe you still feel like you can’t do it because there are people in your life who will have all sorts of feelings and opinions about your stepping out to be the very best version of yourself, and maybe one that doesn’t comport with their expectations? Look no further than my book, then, for permission to stop giving votes to people in your life who shouldn’t even have voices.

Worried this all sounds a little too much ambition, a word that has gotten a bad rap of late? If having more power, more leverage, more money, more access, more voice allows you to show up better for the people you love and the causes you hold dear, then I say it’s not your ambition, it’s your responsibility.

These 5 Books Will Change Your Life in 2019

Before the holiday, Bookstr had the pleasure of talking to Alec Penix, author of the faith based lifestyle book Seven Sundays. He told us all about his fitness journey and how faith helped him become his best self. Now, lucky for you, Alec has given us some amazing recommendations of books that he thinks can change your life in 2019! So sit back, and read all about how these books can help you improve your ambition, fitness, romantic life, mindfulness and finance.




Fitness: Make your body your temple this year!

Seven Sundays by Alec Penix


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A Biblically grounded, six-week plan to lead you on the path toward losing weight and getting healthier by focusing on the connections between spiritual and physical health.
So many of the books within the diet and fitness space focus on vanity or superficial reasons for striving for personal health and wellbeing. Is it any wonder then that a motivation that’s so surface-level has such a slim chance of working long-term?


But Alec Penix believes that all things are possible if you use faith as your bedrock.

Ambition: Get where you want to go this year!

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen


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Eminently quotable and full of practical advice for individuals who want to better themselves, As a Man Thinketh is an essential little volume published in 1902 which explains and promotes the direct connection between our thoughts and our happiness. Do you believe in the power of positive thinking — yet remain unclear as to how that power can be harnessed in your life?


James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh explains and promotes the direct connection between what we think and the direction our lives take. Part of the New Thought Movement, Allen reveals the secrets to having the most fulfilling existence possible, and it’s easier than any of us could have imagined. You, too, can learn how to master the output of your brain in order to obtain the personal success of which you have always — until now — merely dreamed.

Finance: Become the boss of your money!

Unshakeable by Tony Robbins


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After interviewing fifty of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the #1 New York Times bestseller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, taking you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom. No matter your salary, your stage of life, or when you started, this book will provide the tools to help you achieve your financial goals more rapidly than you ever thought possible.

Robbins, who has coached more than fifty million people from 100 countries, is the world’s #1 life and business strategist. In this book, he teams up with Peter Mallouk, the only man in history to be ranked the #1 financial advisor in the US for three consecutive years by Barron’s. Together they reveal how to become unshakeable—someone who can not only maintain true peace of mind in a world of immense uncertainty, economic volatility, and unprecedented change, but who can profit from the fear that immobilizes so many.

In these pages, through plain English and inspiring stories, you’ll discover…

-How to put together a simple, actionable plan that will deliver true financial freedom.

-Strategies from the world’s top investors on how to protect yourself and your family and maximize profit from the inevitable crashes and corrections to come.

-How a few simple steps can add a decade or more of additional retirement income by discovering what your 401(k) provider doesn’t want you to know.

-The core four principles that most of the world’s greatest financial minds utilize so that you can maximize upside and minimize downside.

-The fastest way to put money back in your pocket: uncover the hidden fees and half truths of Wall Street—how the biggest firms keep you overpaying for underperformance.

-Master the mindset of true wealth and experience the fulfillment you deserve today.


Romance: Live the love life of your dreams in 2019!

The Five Love Languages by David Chapman


The Five Love Languages by David Chapman

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Simple ideas, lasting love

Falling in love is easy. Staying in love—that’s the challenge. How can you keep your relationship fresh and growing amid the demands, conflicts, and just plain boredom of everyday life?

In the #1 New York Times bestseller The 5 Love Languages, you’ll discover the secret that has transformed millions of relationships worldwide. Whether your relationship is flourishing or failing, Dr. Gary Chapman’s proven approach to showing and receiving love will help you experience deeper and richer levels of intimacy with your partner—starting today.

The 5 Love Languages is as practical as it is insightful. Updated to reflect the complexities of relationships today, this new edition reveals intrinsic truths and applies relevant, actionable wisdom in ways that work.

Includes the Couple’s Personal Profile assessment so you can discover your love language and that of your loved one.



Mindfulness: Give your mind space to manifest your dreams!

Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Gerry Hicks


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Ask and It Is Given, by Esther and Jerry Hicks, which presents the teachings of the nonphysical entity Abraham, will help you learn how to manifest your desires so that you’re living the joyous and fulfilling life you deserve.

As you read, you’ll come to understand how your relationships, health issues, finances, career concerns, and more are influenced by the Universal laws that govern your time/space reality- and you’ll discover powerful processes that will help you go with the positive flow of life.

It’s your birthright to live a life filled with everything that is good- and this book will show you how to make it so in every way!



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