wisdom books for 2020.

Every year, I immerse myself in the self-help section of my favorite neighborhood bookstore and buy anything and everything that calls to me from its shelf. If this sounds a little woo-woo, let’s just be honest: I choose a book by its cover.

Every year, these books lay in wait in my “ready to read” stack until the exact right day when I need to hear what’s inside. I’m not exaggerating. I’ll pick up a book one morning in January, decide it’s boring… and put it back until June. The second time around, I won’t be able to put it down. Every sentence on every page is a little golden nugget of wisdom.

I believe that wisdom is always waiting to be revealed when I am ready to receive its message.

In Yoga Philosophy, wisdom is called Ishwara. This iteration of wisdom is a collective, omnipresent, creative source of highest Truth and Light that all humans have direct access to through both intuition and dedicated study. It is also described as an inner knowing that incites reverence toward life. Ishwara reveals itself when when we are ready to learn.

If you’re looking for little nuggets of wisdom and some inspiring non-fiction reads this upcoming year, enjoy my list of Wisdom Books for 2020:

Love Heals by Becca Stevens

Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Everything is Figuroutable by Marie Forleo

The Confidence Code by Katy Kay and Claire Shipman

Happy Reading,


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“Target List” your New Year’s Resolutions.

It’s basically a miracle to leave Target without spending an extra $1,000 on 1,000 things I don’t need. It’s imperative that I have a list before I walk through those doors: a written down in pen-and-paper (not on my phone) list otherwise I’m inevitably sidetracked. All those office supplies. All those cute pillows! All those adorable baby rompers!

A list acts as a guide map. It decides what to say “YES, please” to, and what to say, “No, Thank You” to. Which is why, even if you aren’t a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s imperative that you reflect yearly on the guiding values that give shape to the course of your life. Otherwise you’re going to get to the end of the year with a cart full of stuff you really don’t want. A list of Core Values helps you prioritize. (I talked a little bit about how this relates to self-care in my post what yoga says about priorities.) 

Core Values reflect who you are at your deepest level of self-awareness and self-understanding. When you are in line with your core values, you live a life of integrity: every decision you make and every action you take is informed by these values. When you are not in line with your Core Values, you’re likely to feel frustrated, trapped, frantic, disconnected and exhausted. When you are in line with your Core Values, you feel refreshed, purposeful, optimistic, relieved and authentic.

Core Values help you move forward in your life with clarity and direction. They serve as guide posts on your journey of becoming empowered to live your best life. They help you decide how to spend your time, where to put your energy and how you serve your community with authenticity.

Download this exercise to get your List Started. Reach out to me with any questions or comments, I’d love to hear your List! (And also, yes, of course I will go to Target with you!)


Core Values Exercise LifeCoaching LisaAshYoga

P.S. I’ll admit that I’m an over-ambitious New Year goal setter; I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you. I set goals in 4 different categories: personal goals, professional goals, relational goals and spiritual practice goals. See how I organize them in this post: lean forward, get upside down, and set a resolution.

Happy New Year!