All in The Lion's Den

Why you need some lavender in your life

Lavender is not only a great color, it is also an awesome (and quite underrated) herb. Today’s blogpost will dig into why it’s so great and offers tips to include some more lavender into your daily routines. Lavender is a strong scented plant with purple florals originating from the Mediterranean. Lavender is known for its natural healing purposes. Curious to know how this herb can help you optimize your performance? Make sure to read on!

#Careerlion Development

As a #careerlion, it is very important to continue developing yourself. However, how do you find the time and place to do all that? We have mentioned in the past some tools that we use throughout our blogs. However, we have not yet dedicated a post on the tools you could use to further develop yourself in addition to your already busy lifestyle. Today, we will cover some of these tools.

Books I’m bringing to Iceland and the US

When you’re reading this, I am enjoying a long-awaited trip to Iceland and the United States. To me, a trip isn’t complete without bringing some books. Not only is it great entertainment during airport transfers or on the plane (hello eight hour flights), I also love to wind down in the hotel room in the evening and read. Today I am sharing my book choices for this holiday with you and how they made the shortlist!

What to Buy on Ali Express For #Careerlions

This week will be dedicated to my beloved Ali Express. Someone, our dear friend Rianne, got us hooked and I haven’t been able to stop ordering ever since she introduced this marvellous website to me. While I think Ali Express is dangerous for every shopaholic out there, I do think that they have the perfect items for #careerlions. In my opinion, Ali Express can be difficult if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. However, when you do and you have patience (it could take anywhere from 1 week to several months to arrive) it is absolutely brilliant. Just don’t expect to buy a last-minute gift or something to bring on holiday here. Today a list of my recommendations to shop on Ali Express.

Autumn Reads For #Careerlions

This week I will share with you the books that I currently have on my autumn reading list. Inspired by the autumn weather that we are currently experiencing in the Netherlands. It makes me want to curl up on the couch or chair with a good book, tea, and snacks. While reading in the sun has its charms, so does rainy weather while being grateful that you are nice and cosy inside. If anything, there is nothing I hate more than being in the rain. Wondering which books to order for the plentiful rainy days to come? Then look no further and find some suggestions in today’s blog.

How To Be Happy Review For #Careerlions

As I mentioned in my review on Notes on a Nervous Planet, I recently purchased How To Be Happy by Eva Woods. I usually get my books via Amazon.co.uk, as book prices in England can be significantly lower than in the Netherlands. The shipping costs are not bad at all and I find that it is a great way to add to my book collection. Especially pre-ordering cookbooks by Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. How To Be Happy is one of the first fiction books that I have read in ages. It was on sale and the reviews were great. Also, the topics discussed are very current and near to my heart. In today’s blog, I will provide you with my review of the book as well as some incredible insights and my take on the devastating topics in the book.

How to Overcome Obstacles

The past year has been quite turbulent. Lots of happy stuff happened, but I also had to deal with a number of disappointments concerning my health. The latest one being my blood results that came back with some rather negative values. My go-to book, whenever I am disappointed, is Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle Is The Way.

Notes On A Nervous Planet Review For #Careerlions

This week, my order from Amazon arrived with a bunch of fabulous of books. Among them was a copy of Notes On A Nervous Planet by Matt Haig. A number one bestselling author, who wrote Reasons To Stay Alive and How To Stop Time among others. It was such a good read that I was not able to put it away. I finished the book in less than two evenings after work. The book addresses psychological issues as a result of the modern world. How everyone in these circumstances is prone to psychological issues with the demands of the modern world. Today, I will share with you my thoughts on this book and my favorite insights from this book.

Why We Sleep Review For #Careerlions

Not too long ago, I finished reading Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker on my Kindle. I mentioned the book earlier in my blog on the different kinds of sleep. I have distinguished the differences between REM and non-REM sleep and provided you with insights on why you need these different types of sleep to perform like a true #careerlion. Today, I will share with you my thoughts on the book Why We Sleep and some of my favorite insights from the book. Read on if you are interested to know more about Walker’s bestseller that is currently displayed at all the major bookshops.

Why You Should Stop Feeling Guilt and Shame With Respect to Your Never Ending To Do List

I am pretty sure that most #careerlions have a never-ending to-do list. We simply cannot clone ourselves and will have to manage somehow. Prioritizing and working efficiently and effectively is simply the best you can do. However, this doesn’t mean that important to-dos are always finished swiftly. It simply means that there were even more important ones. This is a recipe to start feeling guilty and ashamed. I sure feel slightly guilty when I reply to an email that I flagged in November. Yes, I stumbled upon one today that unfortunately still seemed relevant. This week I came across a very interesting article on the Harvard Business Review website. In the article Art Markman describes the impact of shame and guilt paired with a never-ending to-do list. I write this blog to make all of us #careerlions feel better about ourselves. This is for all of us that get 10 emails for each reply sent, while everyone is supposed to be on holiday. No traffic, but there is a definite traffic jam in my mailbox! Read on if you are in the mood for a confidence booster.

What Are You Ashamed Of?

Here at CAREER LIONS HQ, we promote a lifestyle that you are in charge of. You are responsible for engineering your life.  As I have been reading The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown, I have come to such a realization (at least for me) and feel that I need to share this with you. Whenever I feel I am holding back on something or feeling any resistance towards taking action in realizing a goal it’s always because of the same thing. The thing that holds me back is SHAME! Shame towards thinking big (and coming across as arrogant or delusional), shame towards taking credit for achievements (thinking I need to be humble), and shame towards opening up about feelings (no need to look vulnerable, I rather am an ice queen). o be honest, I am tired of feeling like this. Also, think it’s such a shame to be ashamed? Read on as I’ll dig into getting more the shame resilience theory.

Conquering the Heat Wave At the Office

The Dutch are thrilled. We have had great weather for a while now. But it seems that we don’t know what hit us. The fact that we currently have an active heat plan to cope says it all. We are not used to this gorgeous weather. The heat is overwhelming and causing us all to feel a little bit less energized than we would with a few degrees less. This week’s blog is dedicated to dealing with the heatwave for those of you still working their butt off at the office. With these tips I hope to make you more comfortable at work, so that you can rush home at night to enjoy the last rays of sun at home.