September Favourites

Dear You,

I came across so many nourishing things this month and I want to share them with you. Keep reading for a chance to win one of my favourites…

Favourite Show on Netflix

Atypical – Meet Sam, he’s a teen on the autism spectrum who has decided he wants see boobs, he wants to kiss and he wants to know what love is. His mum is resistant; she has been his guiding light his whole life and stepping to the side is filling her with existential anxieties. Along with Sam’s sister and father, in this show, we follow each family member’s story and it helps us to understand the impact autism can have on a family. It does this in a light-hearted, heart-warming way – see how many times I used “heart” in that sentence? It’s because this show is full of heart! Some may say it does not represent all the harsh realities that families face when coping with autism, but the show definitely helps us to get closer to understanding the condition and it does it in a way that makes you want to keep watching.


Favourite Movie

Carrie Pilby – Carrie is an exceptionally clever young woman struggling with loneliness and trying to navigate her way through a very dissatisfying life. Her therapist gives her a list of goals which includes getting a pet and kissing someone. The list is his attempt at challenging Carrie to take some social risks which may be the healing she needs. We go with her on this awkward journey of self- & other-exploration. We learn how she became so self-protected and we watch her grow through the pain of removing that armour.


Favourite Book

The Little Book of Lykke – The other day I told Pete that I felt “sad that I’ve almost finished a book about happiness” – and he thought that was an insanely hilarious sentence! “The Little Book of Lykke” is the book I was talking about and if you read it, I think you will understand me!

Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen and the author of “The Little Book of Hygge”. In his latest book, he helps us understand how 6 factors – togetherness, money, health, freedom, trust and kindness – contribute to our sense of wellbeing. Just reading this book makes me feel happier because it reminds us that wellbeing is within our grasp and he gives us tips on how to get there.



Favourite Day

There were many special days this month with so many loved ones’ birthdays, but on September 13th, A Life I Choose turned one year old and that’s a big deal for me.

To celebrate, my family and I popped a bottle of bubbly. Now, I want to extend the celebration to you guys. With every blog post, I feel your support: you come back, you keep reading, you write to me. I want to show you my appreciation by sending you “The Little Book of Lykke”.

For a chance to win the book, subscribe to “A Life I Choose” by entering your email address where it says “Stay in touch” (right side of the screen if you’re on your desktop, scroll down if you’re on your mobile/tablet). Also, (and if you’re already subscribed to the blog) follow me on Instagram. I’ll announce the winner on my Instagram stories on Monday 2nd October.

I hope you find some nourishment from my September favourites!

I’m sending you love and wishing you a cosy transition into Autumn,



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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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