My Top Ten Books For December 2020

This is the first list I have ever shared on books that have transformed the way I think about my life and the direction that I want to take it.

I hope you find this list helpful, and I hope that they will guide you in the ways that you may need them too. I will continue to add to this list!



1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius



2. The Alchemist


3. The 48 Laws of Power

4. The Four Agreements

5. The Biology of Belief

6. You are the Placebo

7. The Genius Life

8. Limitless

9. Think Like A Monk

10. Sacred Economics

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

With the holidays coming up this is sure to be a major mouth-watering hit with everyone!

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake

Prep Time 20 Mins Cook Time 120 Mins Makes 12-16 Servings


* 2 cups (225g) graham cracker crumbs
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/3 cup (75g) butter, melted
* 1/4 cup (50g) sugar

* 4 eight-ounce blocks cream cheese, softened
* 1 1/4 cups (250g) sugar
* 4 large (200g) Pete and Gerry’s Organic Eggs
* 1 cup (225g) canned pumpkin purée
* 1/4 cup (57g) heavy or whipping cream
* 3 tablespoons maple syrup
* 3 tablespoons bourbon
* 1 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

* 2 cups (454g) sour cream
* 1/4 cup (50g) sugar
* 1 tablespoon maple syrup
* 1 tablespoon bourbon

Nutritional Information
Serv. Size: 1 piece, Servings: 16
Amount Per Serving: Calories 490, Fat Cal. 290, Total Fat 33g (51% DV), Sat. Fat 18g (90% DV), Trans Fat 1g, Cholest. 135mg (45% DV), Sodium 280mg (12% DV),  Total Carb. 42g (14% DV), Fiber <1g (3% DV), Sugars 32g, Protein 7g, Vitamin A (60% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (10% DV), Iron (4% DV), Vitamin D (4% DV).  Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Directions


Preheat oven to 375F.
Combine all crust ingredients in a medium bowl until the mixture has the consistency of wet sand. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a lightly greased 10-inch springform pan.
Bake for about 10 minutes, until just starting to set and browning slightly on the edges. Remove from oven and set aside while preparing filling. Reset oven to 325F.
In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with a hand or stand mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and fluffy.
Add eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition and scraping the bowl well.
Add all remaining filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour filling into crust and shake the pan gently to level.
Bake at 325F for 45 minutes, leaving the oven door closed throughout the bake. After 45 minutes, turn the oven off, but do not remove the cheesecake. Keeping the oven door closed, allow the cheesecake to remain in the oven for an additional hour with the oven off. After that time, remove cheesecake from the oven, set aside, and reset oven to 375F.


While oven is preheating again, prepare the topping. In a medium bowl, mix all topping ingredients until well combined. Spread evenly over the top of the cheesecake and bake for 12 minutes.
Remove cheesecake from the oven and allow to cool at room temperature. Once at room temperature, chill for at least 3 hours before removing the pan. Serve chilled.

Original Recipe Credit: Sandra Laflamme

Who Are You?

Seriously, who are you? We go to work, hang out with friends, get together with family, and so on, but are we actually being our true self.

When we were born we learned everything from our parents or the ones that took care of us. We subconsciously stored this info and became what we were taught and what was expected of us. Then we threw in a little of our own desires and traits that REALLY make up who we truly are. Our persona if you will.

But are you happy with who you are outside of your home? Are you acting one way there and totally “You” at home? It’s not your fault if you are because we were all programmed that way from the start. But it’s time to break that cycle.

Be you. Be total, 100% you. The only way that your authentic self can come out is if you remove all of your hindrances, doubt’s fears, and the pleasing of everyone around you. It can be tough and it won’t happen overnight. We have friends that we act differently in front of. The same goes for those at work and or in our social circles, and it can be a terrifying thought to change into our 100 % authentic self 24/7 because of the fear of “what will they think of me”? If you’re worried about that then that is an entirely separate issue. First of all those closest to you should celebrate everything that you do and who you truly are without question.

Sit back in silence and determine the things you like to do and what brings joy to your heart. Write them down, and slowly begin to BE that to the world. Share YOU with everyone and the changes they see may surprise even you. But remember, it is for you and not them. Re-program your subconscious and watch all your dreams and visions begin to manifest in the most amazing way!

Try this task:

1. What makes me happy the most?
2. Do I share my inner thoughts with others?
3. What do I love about myself and why?
4. Am I around those that accept everything I am currently?
5. What are the things I need to do to become myself?
6. List 5 loves.
7. List the 5 things you want to change about yourself.
8. Who are the people that accept you without hesitation and would love to see you be you 24/7?
9. Who brings you down?
10. Look at your list, meditate with the thought of being your authentic self, and look at your list daily. Meditation and change don’t happen overnight, it takes practice and a little work. Who you are now took years, so take your time, and watch your true authentic self emerge!

Lori Gilbert

I love the idea that the best way to help those around you is the embody your highest vibration.  To love yourself unconditionally where just by you entering a room you shift the entire feeling of others. We learn by observation and imitation... when you set boundaries for yourself others will observe the power in it and can learn.  So often, helping others is actually a covert manipulative tactic to have your subconscious needs met.  Does your need to have others view you as good fuel your life-source that is actually full of voids? The next step to our evolution in consciousness is here. We are analyzing the more subtle layers of addictions and healing. Carl Jung felt that the price of evolution was searching for your identity that reaches down to the depths of the underworld. It's seeing your inner demons and choosing to be altruistic despite your shadows you have brought light to.  Denial is a hell of a drug the human race subscribes to. How do you discern your real motivations? Ask yourself and ask yourself again... do I have something to gain by doing this and is it the guise of altruism.


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