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Cyndie Spiegel

Daily Inspiration, Wisdom, and Courage

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A Year of Positive Thinking by Cyndie Spiegel is a self-help guide that encourages introspection and positive action. It offers practical exercises and inspiration to cultivate a happier mindset and create a fulfilling life.

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    January

    Kintsukuroi – meaning “golden repair” – is the Japanese craft of fixing broken ceramics using lacquer mixed with gold. The repair becomes part of the history of the object. And a new, more resilient, uniquely beautiful artwork emerges.

    In the same way, you may fall, fail, and break in life. But you’ll get up and repair yourself, over and over. You may never be the same person you were before, but your imperfections will make you more beautiful, stronger, and a better person.

    So, live your life to the fullest. Don’t rely on others to make you happy. Create that happiness yourself. Stare in awe at the beauty around you. And appreciate yourself for the person you are – imperfections and all.

    During January, why not try these two great exercises? 

    First, get a notepad and pen. Write a list of things you would do if other people’s opinions were unimportant. Prioritize your list. Which ones excite you? Make a plan to do all the things you’ve prioritized. Live your life as you want it to be.

    Now think about what you’re grateful for in your life, and write down three positive things about your day. Do this for the next ten days. Then share your list with three close friends. Together, experience the impact these things have had on your life.

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    What is A Year of Positive Thinking about?

    A Year of Positive Thinking (2018) provides you with a dose of positive thinking for every day of the year. By using its daily affirmations, inspirational quotes, and exercises you’ll learn to live your best life.

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    A Year of Positive Thinking (2022) by Cyndie Spiegel is a thoughtful guide that encourages readers to cultivate a positive mindset and embrace optimism. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • Packed with practical tools and exercises, it empowers readers to develop a positive outlook and navigate challenges with resilience.
    • Using inspiring stories and personal anecdotes, the book offers relatable examples of how positive thinking can transform lives.
    • The author's down-to-earth approach and relatable tone keep readers engaged, ensuring that the book is far from boring and delivers meaningful insights.

    Who should read A Year of Positive Thinking?

    • Pessimists (and optimists) looking for uplifting advice
    • Individuals currently experiencing hardship
    • Anyone who wants to transform into a better version of themselves

    About the Author

    Cyndie Spiegel worked in the NYC fashion industry for 15 years and taught at both Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology for 5 years. At the age of 35 she became certified in Applied Positive Psychology, and in 2019 she founded Dear Grown Ass Women – an online community for women aged 35+ seeking personal development and deep connections. She’s also an in-demand keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. A Year of Positive Thinking is her first book.

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