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Wellness
Published Tuesday Jun 05, 2018 by Erica Arvanitis

4 Books That Will Change Your Wellness Game

Personal Growth
Motivation

Are you looking for a little life pick-me-up? Whether you’re searching for that creative spark, needing extra motivation to reinvent your routine, or finding the courage to forge your own path, clear some space on your shelf for these four life-changing books the Mindbody San Diego office swears by. 

FOR THE FACT FINDERS

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling 


“Factfulness is mind-expanding, opinion-changing, and gratitude-enhancing at a time when we've never needed it more. I plan on reading this book once per year. It's that affecting.” 
- Ryan K., Data Analyst

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FOR THE FACT FINDERS

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Hans Rosling 


“Factfulness is mind-expanding, opinion-changing, and gratitude-enhancing at a time when we've never needed it more. I plan on reading this book once per year. It's that affecting.” 
- Ryan K., Data Analyst

FOR THE FANS OF TOUGH LOVE

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson 

“If you’re a little gun-shy to the more standard self-help guides, blogger Mark Manson is the life coach for you. Manson’s raw, honest voice shows us how to embrace our fears, confront those painful truths and find the courage we seek in life. It’s a seriously refreshing slap of real-talk with relatable humor. I highly recommend it.” 
- Erica A., Copywriter

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FOR THE FANS OF TOUGH LOVE

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F**k: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson 

“If you’re a little gun-shy to the more standard self-help guides, blogger Mark Manson is the life coach for you. Manson’s raw, honest voice shows us how to embrace our fears, confront those painful truths and find the courage we seek in life. It’s a seriously refreshing slap of real-talk with relatable humor. I highly recommend it.” 
- Erica A., Copywriter

FOR ALL THE FEELS

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

"’The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.’ This book changed my outlook on life and helped me see the world from a bigger perspective. You can't be afraid to try new things, and it's never too late to make your dream happen. There are so many life lessons that are beautiful and heartwarming within these pages, and I think everyone should be required to read this book.” 
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist 

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FOR ALL THE FEELS

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 

"’The most important thing in life is to learn how to give out love, and to let it come in.’ This book changed my outlook on life and helped me see the world from a bigger perspective. You can't be afraid to try new things, and it's never too late to make your dream happen. There are so many life lessons that are beautiful and heartwarming within these pages, and I think everyone should be required to read this book.” 
- Devin D., Marketing Communications Specialist 

FOR THE FREE SPIRIT 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

“This book helped me through hard times when it was difficult to find clarity. It really put life into perspective while giving me a sense of calm. It challenged me in every aspect of life: work, home, friends, family, you name it. It made me step out of my comfort zone by reminding me of the agreements—be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Everyone should read this book and practice its lessons!” 
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager

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FOR THE FREE SPIRIT 

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

“This book helped me through hard times when it was difficult to find clarity. It really put life into perspective while giving me a sense of calm. It challenged me in every aspect of life: work, home, friends, family, you name it. It made me step out of my comfort zone by reminding me of the agreements—be impeccable with your word, don’t take anything personally, don’t make assumptions, and always do your best. Everyone should read this book and practice its lessons!” 
- Keana N., Consumer Products Marketing Manager

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
Pregnant Kim Haile and her daughter
The Latest
Published Wednesday Apr 01, 2020 by Kim Haile

Finding Peace: Pregnant in a Pandemic

Perspective
Personal Growth

I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week.  This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life. 
 
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change. 

Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes. 

I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see. 

The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence. 

After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.  

On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.

Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time. 

Kim Haile Headshot
Written by
Kim Haile
Senior Corporate Communications Specialist
About the author
Hailing from the East Coast, Kim loves the challenge of Marketing and the fast-paced tech industry. She earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Northeastern University in Boston, where she endured brutal New England winters and avoided smiling while riding the T. Now a happy Californian, Kim loves the beach, HIIT workouts, and traveling with her husband and young daughter.