The Mindful Day Book Review

Book Review // The Mindful Day by Laurie Cameron

I had a guest post go up over on Jasmine Maria this week, with 7 tips for solo travel. If you’ve had an interest in solo travel, but are a little apprehensive, I totally get where you’re coming from! I was to. So I compiled some of the things I learned through my first solo travel experience to share! I plan to have more posts ready to go here next week. I needed a little bit of time to work on some projects and get some breathing room in my schedule. And it was unintentional, but that’s the perfect segue into my book review for today!

Note – I received a copy of the book from the publisher through TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

About The Mindful Day

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: National Geographic (March 27, 2018)

For overscheduled professionals looking to incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives, this step-by-step guide draws on contemplative traditions, modern neuroscience, and leading psychology to bring peace and focus to the home, in the workplace, and beyond.

At the pinnacle of the digital age, it’s hard to imagine packing one more thing into our overwhelmed lives. But new research shows that simple daily exercises can change the way our brain works, improve focus, lift our mood, create stronger connections, and help us develop greater resilience. In this enriching book, noted teacher and mindfulness expert Laurie Cameron provides an everyday road map to cultivate inner peace and navigate any situation with control and clarity. Timeless teachings and straightforward practices designed for busy schedules–from the morning commute to back-to-back meetings to family dinners–show how mindfulness can transform life at home, in the workplace, and beyond. A personal guide for women who have leaned in, men who want to be more effective, and professionals looking to optimize their lives, this book will help readers lead their lives with intention and purpose.

My Thoughts

One of my goals for 2018 was to make sure I wasn’t running on autopilot. Sometimes it feels like time is flying by and I wanted to make sure that I’m as mindful as present as possible in each moment of my day. I also wanted to figure out how to try and fit different things that I’ve wanted to do into my daily routine. Sometimes my days are as jam-packed as they can be, so how can I make sure I can still fit in listening to podcasts or audiobooks for personal growth, journaling, and just writing in general? How can I make sure that I’m productive in my work, while still making time for my pup, my family, and the things that I personally love to do/need to do to feel more centered and grounded? After working for an organization that consumed all of my energy and most of time, I realized that I wasn’t able to be the dog owner, friend, and family member that I really wanted to be. I didn’t want to feel that out of balance in my life again. It’s something that I’ve already been pretty conscious of this year and I’ve already started making some changes/have things in mind that I’d like to do (like cultivate an actual morning routine).

Now for the book. Sometimes the chapters felt a bit long–I’m used to reading blog posts that cover a few chapters from the book in less words to read through. But even though it felt long, I really enjoyed reading this book! It reassured me that I’m on the right track in learning to live more mindfully. I loved all the tips she gave and I know I’ll be returning to certain chapters as I work to incorporate her tips into my life. I appreciated that she got personal and shared why it’s so important to her to live mindfully. It was an added reminder that being mindful and present is so important. I don’t have a lot to say other than that. If you’d like to live more mindfully and make sure you’re really living and (hopefully!) enjoying life, not just existing through it, I think this is definitely worth a read.

Purchase Links

National Geographic | Amazon

About Laurie J. Cameron

Leadership coach and teacher LAURIE J. CAMERON combines Eastern traditions, positive psychology, and neuroscience to help bring mindfulness to business, education, and parenting. In addition to founding PurposeBlue, a leadership company dedicated to mindfulness, Cameron is a certified teacher for Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute, which uses mind training and modern technology to help professionals thrive. With 25 years of international management consulting and business leadership experience, Cameron is a sought-after speaker in the United States, Europe, and Asia and has worked with such companies as Google, Deloitte, NASDAQ, Scripps Networks, Accenture, Blue Shield, Williams-Sonoma, Chevron, and H.J. Heinz.

Find out more about Laurie at her website, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

6 Comments

  1. HeatherTLC

    April 13, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I think I could learn a lot from this book about ways to be more intentional in my daily life. I’m glad to see that you’re succeeding with that goal!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour!

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  2. Maya

    April 13, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Oh this looks like a great book. I’m also trying to be more in the moment! Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Harmony at Momma To Go

    April 14, 2018 at 5:42 am

    I love what you said about “Trying to fit in podcasts and audio books about personal growth” seems like a bit of an oxymoron, where you are trying to do something good for yourself and balance, but cant seem to fit it in! My last job, which I HATED got on the mindfulness kick so I’m a bit turned off to it. Maybe the buzz word. I do like the idea of slowing down and being in the moment!

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  4. Paula @ I'm Busy Being Awesome

    April 14, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Being mindful as present as possible in each moment of my day is such a nice goal, the book seams nice.

    Reply
  5. Raina Reddecliff

    April 14, 2018 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this book! I’m checking it out for sure- sounds exactly like my kind of read. I’ve been looking for a mindfullness book.

    Reply
  6. Mistle

    April 23, 2018 at 1:15 pm

    This book sounds extremely interesting!! I know for myself most days I get caught up in the whirlwind and often have to remind myself that I need to take a step back at times. I will def have to check this out soon!

    Reply

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