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We’ve curated the best books, links, quotes and more to inspire you on your path to wholeness! From weight loss to going back to school as an adult, to turning your tragedy into triumph… we’ve made sure that it’s all at your fingertips:


Overcoming Obstacles

Inspirational Quotes

"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything." -George Bernard Shaw
“Watch your thoughts -- they become words. Watch your words -- they become actions. Watch your actions -- they become habits. Watch your habits -- they become character. Watch your character -- it becomes your destiny." -Lao Tze
"I have sometimes been wildly, despairingly, acutely miserable, but through it all I still know quite certainly that just to be alive is a grand thing." -Agatha Christie
“There's always going to be bad stuff out there, but here's the amazing thing: light trumps darkness every time. You can stick a candle into the dark, but you can't stick dark into the light." -Jodi Picoult
If you don’t make mistakes, you aren’t really trying. -Unknown

Online Resources

The Positivity Blog

12 Negative Thoughts Holding You Back

9 Ways to Become an Optimist

Pick the Brain – Grow Yourself

Reading List

The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses

The Joy Diet: 10 Daily Practices for a Happier Life

The Resilience Factor: 7 Keys to Finding Your Inner Strength and Overcoming Life’s Hurdles

Survivor Personality: Why Some People Are Stronger, Smarter, and More Skillful atHandling Life’s Difficulties…and How You Can Be, Too

The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness

The Power of Resilience: Achieving Balance, Confidence, and Personal Strength in Your Life

How to Change Your Entire Life By Doing Absolutely Nothing: 10 Do-Nothing Relaxation Exercises to Calm You Down Quickly So You Can Speed Forward Faster

Pursuing Your Passion

Inspirational Quotes

"Nobody grows old merely by living a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals. Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."-Samuel Ullman
"Don't be afraid to dream big and take risks. If you succeed, you'll be happy. If you fail, you'll be smarter.-Marie Whitney
"Few men during their lifetime come anywhere near exhausting the resources dwelling within them. There are deep wells of strength that are never used."
 Richard E. Byrd
 “There are thousands of paths. They all lead nowhere. You must ask yourself one question: ‘Does this path have a heart?’ If it does, the path is good. If it doesn’t, it is of no use.”
 Don Juan

Online Resources

DIY Goal List

Write Your To-Be List

Leaving the 9-5

5 Ways To Make Things Happen

Reading List

The Rhythm of Life: Living Every Day with Passion and Purpose

Enough, Dammit: A Cynic’s Guide to Finally Getting What You Want out of Life

The 30-Day Plan to Whip Your Career Into Submission: Transform Yourself from Job Slave to Master of Your Destiny in Just One Month

Smart Women Finish Rich: 9 Steps to Achieving Financial Security and Funding Your Dreams

Health & Fitness

Inspirational Quotes

Strive for progress, not perfection. -Unknown
Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. -Albert Einstein
Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it. -Lou Holtz
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan
It's never too late to become what you might have been. -George Elliot
Clear your mind of can’t. -Samuel Johnson

Online Resources

Reading List

Finding Your Own North Star: Claiming the Life You Were Meant to Live

101 Workouts for Women: Everything You Need to Get a Lean, Strong and Fit Physique

The Four-Day Win: End Your Diet War and Achieve Thinner Peace

The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises: Four Weeks to a Leaner, Sexier, Healthier YOU!

Look Better Naked: The 6-week plan to your leanest, hottest body–ever!

Slim Calm Sexy Yoga: 210 Proven Yoga Moves for Mind/Body Bliss

Bikini Bootcamp: Two Weeks to Your Ultimate Beach Body

The Skinny: How to Fit into Your Little Black Dress Forever

Secrets of a Former Fat Girl: How to Lose Two, Four (or More!) Dress Sizes–And Find Yourself Along the Way

If I’m So Smart, Why Can’t I Lose Weight?: Tools to Get it Done

Life is Hard, Food is Easy: The 5-Step Plan to Overcome Emotional Eating and Lose Weight on Any Diet

Shrink Yourself: Break Free from Emotional Eating Forever

Confessions of a Carb Queen: A Memoir

100 Days of Weight Loss: The Secret to Being Successful on Any Diet Plan

The Amazing Adventures of Dietgirl

703: How I Lost More Than a Quarter Ton and Gained a Life

Back to School

Inspirational Quotes

Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, you can achieve.- Mary Kay Ash
The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you.
 B.B. King
Learning is not attained by chance; it must be sought for with ardour and attended to with diligence.- Abigail Adams
The Best way to predict your Future is to create it.- Abraham Lincoln
Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement; nothing can be done without hope and confidence.- Helen Keller
Develop a passion for learning. If you do, you will never cease to grow- Anthony J. D’Angelo
Education is not received. It is achieved- Unknown
Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.- Henry Ford
What sculpture is to a block of marble
 education is to the human soul.
 Joseph Addison
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.- Jim Rohn
Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism.
 David M. Burns
If someone is going down the wrong road, he doesn’t need motivation to speed him up. What he needs is education to turn him around.
 Jim Rohn

Online Resources

Occupational Outlook Handbook

Personality Assessment For Future Careers

How To Choose A Major

Major Resource Kit

Balancing Work, Life and College

Reading List

The Adult Student’s Guide to Survival & Success

Kids, have you seen my backpack…?” and Other Inspirational Stories of Non-Traditional Students: An Adult Learner Anthology

501 Ways for Adult Students to Pay for College: Going Back to School Without Going Broke

The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2012: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes

The Busy Adult’s Guide to Making College Happen!: The Step-by-Step Guide to Finding the Time, Money and Motivation to Complete Your College Degree

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Going Back to College

Going Back to School: College Survival Strategies for Adult Students

Back to School for Grownups: Your Guide to Making Sound Decisions: (And How to Not Get Run Over by the School Bus)

You Can Do It!: A Guide for the Adult Learner and Anyone Going Back To School Mid-Career