August Favourites

Dear You,

I came across some really good stuff this month and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Favourite Series

LOVE – Meet Gus, a socially-awkward uber-nerd. He’s too nice and people walk all over him. Then meet Mickey, she’s having a hard time coping with the complexities of life and she deals with it by getting high/drunk or hooking up. She’s tired of the way her life is going and thinks about getting sober but it’s just too hard. These two, loveable – and at the same time, so irritating – individuals start dating, and it is so entertaining. Forget romantic comedy – these guys chose to portray what dating is really like nowadays and it is awkward. I love it! Check it out!


Favourite Movie

To The Bone – Growing up, I’d watched a few movies that depicted characters who had eating disorders, but I always felt like the people who made the movie had no clue why or how someone could choose to restrict or purge food. So when I heard of “To The Bone”, I was hesitant to dedicate my time to it. What if it was another rubbish depiction of ED? But, one afternoon, I was too tired to work, so I decided to watch the movie. And Oh My God… it is the most realistic and thorough portrayal of eating disorders I’ve ever seen.  Added bonus: good actors and good story-line.


Favourite Book

The Universe has your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein –  I feel so fortunate that I came across this book when I did. This month has been full of uncertainties. I had an MRI and it revealed I was in a very dangerous situation. Now I am much safer – I am being monitored and I am resting a lot to recover. But in the meantime, my mind has been asking all sorts of questions like, “How did this happen?”, “Will I get better?”, “What does this mean for my future?” All of these questions can be anxiety-producing, so reading Gabby Bernstein’s book, has honestly been a God-send.

Gabby speaks about trusting our paths; embracing whatever happens to us and finding peace within ourselves. I would recommend it to anyone who experiences anxiety or feels lost, and to people going through life transitions or facing illness. I would honestly recommend it to anyone! I warn you, she does get spiritual, so if it’s not your thing either don’t read the book or take what she says with a pinch of salt. I don’t mind her spirituality at all, but I know it’s not everyone’s piece of cake, so I just want to give you a heads up.

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Favourite Snack

Fruit Salad – There are no rules here: chuck your favourite fruit together, give it a spritz of lemon and you’ve got a fruit salad. So refreshing on these hot days! And if you’re too tired to cook, try a generous portion of this with some yoghurt and granola. It’s good stuff!



With love,


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Emma Hogg, Founder of A Life I Choose

Hi! I'm Emma. I’m a psychotherapist who lives, breathes and eats the science of joyfulness, wellness and achievement. All the work I do is fuelled by my deep wish to belong to a world where people actively choose their lives! A person without choice is an unhappy individual. A person who passionately and resiliently lives their purpose experiences joy and fulfilment daily. If you’re like me and you see that the more people are consciously engaging in life, the happier our world will be, then we need you to be a beacon of this message by living it! My blog is one of my ways of creating dialogue with you, so that together, we can have a greater impact on our world. x

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