Is there a voice inside of you that’s urging you to seek more meaning in life? Do you feel like you’ve been searching for something better, even if you don’t know exactly what it is? If you answered yes to either of these questions, have no fear—Percolate will teach you how to uncover your best self and thrive!
In this empowering, insightful book, Elizabeth Hamilton-Guarino will help you wake up to what’s possible, let your heart and mind simmer with fresh ideas to achieve your goals and enhance your well-being, and allow your spirit and passion to rise to the top like the foam on your latte. Elizabeth will guide you through the Percolate ProcessTM, a nine-point plan that teaches you how to implement positive, transformative, and lasting life changes. It’s simple, practical, and fun!
Grab a cup of your favorite joe, put your feet up, and get ready to start percolating. Ah, can’t you just taste the magical brew as your most powerful thoughts blend together to bring the authentic, best you to the world?
My thoughts: I loved how the author uses coffee as a metaphor for life! Oh yes, I love my coffee. I found the book personal, funny, practical and uplifting!
Get a taste of this great book by reading this excerpt:
Time for a New Flavor
What’s next after you explore your language and your life? Countless self-help books tell you to just accept yourself, boost your self-esteem, and on and on … yet negative chatter continues to plague most people. Although this book isn’t a magic bullet, I hope that the reflections in the previous chapters help you recognize your strengths and discover areas for improvement. I also hope you’re starting to feel motivated and inspired to make changes. I won’t sugarcoat it—the path of self-improvement can be challenging.
Do you tend to whine, gripe, or complain? Or maybe you’re a self-loving, self-appreciating, and accepting soul. No one prances around in Happy Land 24/7, but you can learn to move more easily toward happiness and find it in the strangest places—just as my family did in that rehab center in Minnesota.
Let’s begin with the whines, gripes, and complaints. You know the most common ones: “I’m fat!” or “I never have enough money!” Perhaps 99.9 percent of us live with these words on the tips of our tongues. After having four children, I can safely say that I was never one of those gals who put on her skinny jeans a few weeks after giving birth. Years of up-and-down weight gain and having a baby every other year for eight years does a number on the body. I used to step on the scale and cry. Oh, the rivers I’ve cried! So I made an executive decision nearly two years ago to hide my scale. This was the first time in my life when I didn’t weigh myself nearly every day—and sometimes twice a day. Keep in mind that I wasn’t really doing much fitness or food-wise either in order to get the numbers down. I was simply stepping on the scale, feeling sorry for myself, and wishing to be thin.
The result of hiding the scale was amazing. I replaced my daily internal chatter that chided me for my weight with a daily reminder of how happy I was with myself. Am I any heavier now than I was before I hid the scale? No. Once I relaxed about my weight, I became both happier and thinner. Did I mention thinner?
I recently lovingly reclaimed my scale. Personally, I’d like to invent a new scale exclusively for women. This special scale will have buttons on the side to press: “Lie to Me” lists your weight as ten pounds less, and “Happy Holidays” lists your weight as ten pounds heavier but sings holiday songs in the background and gently reminds you to take it easy on the cookies. While there could be many other buttons, I’d add the “Keep up the Great Work!” setting. This one weighs you as two to three pounds lighter—like most of us used to set our scales anyway—and then it reminds you to keep up the great eating and fitness habits.
However, today, instead of weighing myself with disgust when my pants are snug, I focus on the positive feelings I have of being healthy again—both mentally and physically. I now realize that I am here, I am valuable, and my life is meaningful and cherished regardless of what the scale says back to me. I’ve learned to make small, positive changes in other areas that bother me, and as a result, I feel relief as that internal chatter disappears.
Try to put this into practice by saying the following affirmations to yourself daily:
I accept myself. I love myself. I accept those around me.
I am compassionate.
I accept my faults, flaws, and mistakes.
I am worth it.
I appreciate my life.
I advocate for my beliefs, my rights, and myself.
I lovingly take care of myself.
Feel free to add your own affirmations, and jot them down in your journal.