Elbert Hubbard’s great principles for life

I am currently reading ‘How to win friends and influence people’, by Dale Carnegie. I can’t wait to do its book review because it is definitely not what I thought it would be.

Meanwhile, I’d like to leave you with this passage from the book which I found profound, inspiring, and highly applicable. It was originally written by Elbert Hubbard, essayist and publisher.

Whenever you go out-of-doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every handclasp.

Do not fear being misunderstood and do not waste a minute thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your mind what you would like to do; and then, without veering off direction, you will move straight to the goal.

Keep your mind on the great and splendid things you would like to do, and then, as the days go gliding away, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing upon the opportunities that are required for the fulfilment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the element it needs.

Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular person… Thought is supreme.

Preserve a right mental attitude – the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer. To think rightly is to create. All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that which our hearts are fixed.

Carry your chin in and the crown of your head high. We are gods in the chrysalis.

Elbert Hubbard

Functional mushrooms and health – The Model Health Show podcast with guest Tero Isokauppila from Four Sigmatic

Tero Isokauppila, who describes himself as ‘a Finnish nomad turned into a fungi lovin’ foodpreneur’ [1], recently featured on ‘The Model Health Show’ podcast.

The episode was ‘TMHS 395: The amazing connection between Fungi, Skin Health, And Weight Loss – With Guest Tero Isokauppila’ [2]. It was a very interesting podcast so much so that I ended up buying the Mushroom blend coffee from Four Sigmatic, Tero’s company. I have started with just 10 sachets of it because I have no clue if I’m going to like it. This is the link (affiliate) to what I bought FOUR SIGMATIC Mushroom Coffee Lion’s Mane & Chaga.

Funnily enough, years ago, I had a small lecture series as part of my biology-based university degree which focused on Fungi and mushrooms. I never thought I’d be researching and writing about them again. But here goes, the blog is predominantly information from the podcast, with a few other links mentioned below.

The podcast, in particular, focuses on the use of mushrooms in health, and gut biology and skin, looking at high-quality scientific research [2].

My dream is to bring back the ancient mushroom wisdom to modern lifestyle.

Tero Isokauppila [1]

The mushroom kingdom

Mushrooms are a biological kingdom. You have, of course, plants and animals which everyone is familiar with and then, one which is often overlooked, mushrooms [2]. I’m just going to interject here briefly and state that the kingdom is called the Fungi Kingdom and includes mushrooms, yeasts, moulds, mildews and rusts but for the purpose of food health and staying true to the podcast and its purpose, we can ignore these for now [3].

When something is a kingdom, like plants and animals, there is mass variety in terms of look, type, structure, how beneficial or harmful it is, it’s effects on the body etc. And mushrooms are the same, with six times more mushroom varieties then there are plant varieties [2].

Species from the mushroom kingdom can be found in:

  • antibiotics, e.g. penicillin
  • beer
  • bread
  • some cheese
  • kombucha
  • sauerkraut
  • our gut microbiology [2]

There isn’t mush room here

Despite the vastness of the kingdom, simplistically, you can classify mushrooms as three broad groups:

  • The Culinary Mushroom – typical grocery store mushrooms; Chestnut, Button, Portobello
  • The Functional Mushrooms – these are grown on trees, less common but still available to buy in some stores
  • Psychedelic Mushrooms – those that alter the mind, usually illegal so stay away those

Tero states that the nutritional value of the culinary mushroom is similar to that of a vegetable whereas your functional mushrooms contain higher levels of antioxidants and adaptogens [2].

The three mush-keteers

The three mushrooms mentioned repeatedly in the podcast for its benefits were:

  • Reishi mushroom – the queen of mushrooms.
  • Chaga
  • Lion’s mane

The Four Sigmatic website states the following properties for each of the above:

“Lion’s Mane is your brain’s best friend. Long used by the Buddhist monks to help with focus during meditation” [4]

“Chaga to support your daily immune functions.” [4]

“Reishi has been shown to support the body’s sleep cycles as well as support occasional stress.” [4]

More benefits

Reishi is a strong adaptogen [2] and classified in Chinese medicine by Shen Nong over 2400 years ago as a superior herb [5]. More benefits and an interesting read come from this article on the use of Reishi in Chinese medicine.

Reishi and other functional mushroom are full of antioxidants. These ‘calm down’ the skin, the gut and stress levels as it lowers inflammation [2]. This makes me wonder whether it would help my IBS and bloating.

When you’re body is calm, your happiness, productivity and brain power improve. If you think about it, when you are in flight or fight mode, you are panicky, looking around for danger and imagining different scenarios and solutions. Essentially, you are not focused so you are not calm, collected or confident. Reishi and Ashwanga help with those flight or fight processes. This is also why these particular ones are recommended for the evening [2].

Tero mentioned Ashwagandha which is similar to Reishi. If you are interested here is a non-affiliate link to another article on the topic.

Tero goes on to talk about mushrooms and skin and the beauty industry which I found so interesting, I’m in the process of writing that up as a separate blog. Shawn also touches briefly on dark pigmented foods and the link to longevity which will be another article once I’ve researched it further.

Dual extraction: The best way to prepare mushrooms

To get the most out of the mushrooms, Tero recommends a process called Dual Extraction.

For some background as to why this is important, mushrooms have a very sturdy cell structure due to compounds called Chitin. Our bodies don’t have much of the enzyme required to break down Chitin. This means that all the nutrients we are trying to access are encapsulated by this Chitin structure which our body cannot brwak down efficiently, making them bio-unavailable. So, before ingestion, we need to make these nutrient bioavailable and we shouldn’t be eating raw mushrooms [2].

Dual extraction involves breaking down the Chitin and dissolving the nutrients. First, use heat and water to extract any water-soluble compounds. This process unlocks the polysaccharides that are good for our immunity and gut [2].

Second, use lipids (fats) or alcohol to help extract any non-water soluble compounds. These will be the adaptogenic and brain-boosting properties [2].

Caution taking mushrooms

Interestingly, Tero warns that the most popular ‘mushroom’ products on the market aren’t actually made from mushrooms. He states that the FDA has said that they shouldn’t be called mushrooms because they aren’t the mushroom part of the fungi. One way to tell is that real mushroom supplements/products will have a bitter taste [2].

Tero also reminds us to not to overdo it, keep it simple with maybe two or three concoctions. For the morning, Lion’s mane and Chaga are good options with Reishi in the evening [2]. Personally, I’ll try one a day and ease myself in. Moderation is key for me and I know if I go all-in with something, I’ll be going all-out pretty soon, despite my best intentions.



I found this podcast fascinating. It’s so interesting to hear of another way of battle-proofing my health which I have yet to try. I wanted to keep going and do more research and add more papers into this but the topic is so huge, I’ll be writing a mini dissertation. The brilliant thing to take away from this is that there is a lot of research and studies out there which are well worth looking into. No doubt I will be writing some more blog posts on this topic.

If you would like to listen to the podcast, The Model Health Show website has all the ways you can listen to it. I listened to it for free on Spotify, it was Episode 395: The amazing connection between Fungi, Skin Health, And Weight Loss – With Guest Tero Isokauppila.

And here it is again, help a blogger out through the affiliate link below if you are interested in purchasing some mushroom coffee from Four Sigmatic themselves, Tero Isokauppila’s company, at no extra cost to you.


  1. Tero Isokauppila personal website – Tero Isokauppila
  2. The Model Health Show podcast – Shawn Stevenson Episode 395
  3. Encyclopedia Britannica – The Fungi Kingdom
  4. Four Sigmatic
  5. Chinese medicine living

Mindful walking and cultivating loving kindness

This practice has been adapted from a meditation course on the app Insight Timer. The course was ‘Letting go of negative judgement and self criticism’ by Stephanie Nash. I highly recommend this course if you have or are thinking about getting the paid for version of Insight Timer (no affiliation here).

This practice, I find, also aligns with Robin Sharma’s personal utopia principle in ‘The 5 am Club’.

The exercise needs to be done either whilst on a walk outside or whilst people-watching, I recommend doing it whilst alone to channel your focus and attention.

The practice

As you go for your daily walk or are people-watching, perhaps sat on a bench, silently wish all the people and animals you pass or see loving kindness.

Internally say ‘I wish you well’ and send them some positive energy coming deep from inside.


It may sound a little bonkers but this simple practice has the potential to do so much.

  • It promotes mindfulness and in-the-present thinking
  • It causes you to pay attention to what’s around you and appreciate people and animals, their existence, their differences and their struggles
  • It allows you to cultivate a loving kindness towards others and experience more compassion
  • It sends out positive energy to the universe, a form of giving, vibrating at a higher frequency and manifest positivity in your life.
  • It allows you to see the bigger picture outside of yourself
  • It makes you feel more positive towards yourself and other people

In conclusion

For me, the biggest effort required is to remember to do it. Otherwise, this is a simple practice which reeps so many benefits and requires veru little effort.

Love yourself… or else (You are a Badass by Jen Sincero)

If you have already read my review of this book here, you will know that I love it.

The book holds plenty of practical applications for the self-help concepts which are discussed. And each set of practical application ends with a reminder to LOVE YOURSELF.

I enjoyed these constant reminders and also how it related to eacg chapter. Of course, within context, they have so much more impact but here they are:

LOVE YOURSELF… because it’s the Holy Grail of happiness

LOVE YOURSELF… no matter what anyone thinks

LOVE YOURSELF… like you’re the only you there is

LOVE YOURSELF… unless you have a better idea

LOVE YOURSELF… and the bluebirds of happiness will be your permanent backup singers

LOVE YOURSELF… and everyone benefits

LOVE YOURSELF… and be grateful for all you are and all you’re becoming

LOVE YOURSELF… you deserve it

LOVE YOURSELF… and life becomes a party

LOVE YOURSELF… more than you love your drama

LOVE YOURSELF… right now, wherever you’re at

LOVE YOURSELF… you’re doing an awesome job

LOVE YOURSELF… and you will be invincible

LOVE YOURSELF… fiercely, loyally, unapologetically

LOVE YOURSELF… you can do anything

LOVE YOURSELF… and you will have it all

LOVE YOURSELF… and the motherlode shall bestow her magic upon you

LOVE YOURSELF… with a kung fu grip

LOVE YOURSELF… you are a badass

Book review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

The only failure is quitting. Everything else is just gathering information.

Jen Sincero, You are a Badass. Chapter 23: The Almighty Decision

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Buy here (affiliate link)

What you learn to do

Through the methods expalined in the book, Jen Sincero guides you through:

  • identifying negative self-talk and limiting beliefs as well as the self-sabotaging stories you tell yourself to keep yourself safe
  • improving your self-love and giving constant reminders to love yourself and why (read them all here).
  • manifesting what you need and want and how to put positivity and high frequency out to the universe and meditation
  • getting validation from within through a variety of methods
  • learning that you deserve happiness, money, a good relationship, a great career and anything else you want to aim for and it is available to you through the methods explained in
  • giving to others and forgiveness
  • managing your time and all the excuses which come with it
  • navigating fear
  • owning and questioning your ugly
  • attracting more money

My thoughts

I absolutely love this book! It is especially good if you need a quick pick me up and reminder of the power within you because it is set out and laid out so clearly, so concisely and with purpose.

It brings humour in an understanding and anecdotal way to self-improvement making it an interesting read as well as a practical manual. There are 27 bite-sized chapters which provide so many useful insights, concepts and ideas.

Almost every chapter ends with a list of practical applications of the concepts which were spoken about. This is a high-quality self-help book with a good balance of practices, concepts and humour.

Quotes from the book

Because if you base your self-worth on what everyone else thinks of you, you hand all your power over to other people and become dependent on a source outside of yourself for validation.

Jen Sincero, You are a Badass. Chapter 7: I know you are but what am I?

The majority of pain and suffering in our lives is caused by the unnecessary drama we create.

Jen Sincero, You are a Badass. Chapter 19: The drama of overwhelm

Ever notice how if you’ve got six months to do something, it’ll take you six months to do it, but if you have a week, it’ll take you a week.

Jen Sincero, You are a Badass. Chapter 19: The Drama of Overwhelm

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Cinnamon tumeric tea

Tumeric, a wonderfood for sure, get a health-boosting kick with this tea.

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Cinnamon tumeric tea

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An energising health boosting kick


1/2 tsp Tumeric powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon powder
dash of black pepper
1 tbsp juice of a Lemon
1 tsp Honey (or to taste)


  1. In your favourite mug, add all the dry ingredients.
  2. Add hot, not boiling water and stir, leave to stew for 2 minutes
  3. Add the honey and lemon juice


Per Serving: 33 calories; 0 g fat; 8 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 mg sodium. Contains some Potassium and Calcium.

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Why wellbeing?

Everyone has mental health, in the same way everyone has physical health. This can be good, bad, neutral, great but in reality for most people it’s up and down.

I got to a point where I was down constantly. Determined not to keep what was happening my permanent reality and after a lot of reading, podcasts and research, I put in play in early 2020 a bunch of routines and exercises. I also maintained my reading and found more time to look after myself and put my mindset as the priority.

Despite still having bad days, I do feel I have come so far already. Self-improvement, mental health care and personal development are all a continuous journey and work-in-progress. And, I say this without judgement, everyone, is at a different stage of development. Some are happier, and some are sadder, some work at self-improvement hourly and others haven’t considered it yet.

Irrespective of where you are in life, it is my absolute pleasure to share with you what I have learnt and am learning. Alongside battle-proofing my own mental health, my aim is to promote a healthier, happier, more radiant life, (or lyfe as we call it in this blog) for all around me and to spread that reach through my writing.

I will constantly try to refer to further reading and my sources so you can get the full pictures around the concepts and ideas I am talking. I am not a mental health professional, just sharing my own experiences and learning from others.

My growing list of books I’ve read

Now in April I made the crazy goal to have read 50 book by the end of the year. It’s a tall order and I’m not currently on track, especially when I get certain books when I want to write the concepts down. However, here is my list so far and I will keep working towards to it. This blog post will be a constant work in progress.

  1. The 5 am Club by Robin Sharma
  2. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero
  3. Work Like A Woman: A manifesto for change by Mary Portas
  4. The Little Book of Stoicism by Jonas Salzgeber
  5. Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
  6. What They Don’t Teach You In Harvard Business School by Mark H. McCormack
  7. Think And Grow Rich by Napolean Hill
  8. It’s Not About The Burqa: Muslim Women on Faith, Feminism, Sexuality and Race by Mariam Khan
  9. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma
  10. High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard
  11. Start with Why by Simon Sinek
  12. Arabs: A 3,000 Year History of Peoples, Tribes and Empires by  Tim Mackintosh–Smith
  13. The Millionaire Messenger by Brendon Burchard

Book Shelf Raiders

As you may be able to tell, I love to read and although my personal book list is quite long and usually non-fiction, I do love the idea of a book club.

I came across this Instagram account which intrigued me called Book Shelf Raiders. What they do is give a theme for the month and you have to find a book to read on that theme.

A flexible book club to help you raid your shelves of all the unread books you have! 📚

Book Shelf Raiders

They just started out in April with the theme of ‘A book in a series’ and now May’s theme is ‘A book with a door on the cover’.

I think this is brilliant because it:

  1. gives you the flexibility to choose your own book rather then be restricted by other people’s tastes
  2. reminds you to read regularly which is so good for your soul
  3. keeps you on track to read at least one book a month
  4. allows you to connect and be a part of a group of like-minded readers
  5. gives you a platform to share your books and reading without judgement
  6. adds some excitement that you get from being slightly out of control
  7. gives you something to look forward to

From those two themes mentioned above, what would you pick to read?

Why books?

You ever just look back at your achievements and think “Woah… I did not expect that”? April 2020 at the sweet age of 25, I had a “Woah… I’m now a reader! Who am I?” moment.

I read as any other child from the 90s, but when I hit about 14, the reading dwindled and I can safely say I from about the age of 16 I never read a full book cover to cover unless it was a school/university textbook. At least, until I hit 24. I decided to make some serious life decisions because I was just not happy with my day-to-day life. I started looking for the answers in books.

After hearing a few of his podcasts, I bought ‘The 5am Club’ by Robin Sharma. It absolutely blew my mind and changed my perception on reading, I then picked up one book after another.

Then suddenly, out of nowwhere, my life gets cancelled. The coronavirus hits the UK and lockdown ensures my usually busy out-and-about life comes to a swift halt. The opportunity this gave me was to read more and more and essentially get a little obsessed with it. Who’d have thought.

My purpose with the book segment of the blog is to:

  • share the books that I’ve read, my thoughts, likes and dislikes in the hope of inspiring you to buy a great book which suits your needs and likes
  • share specific life-changing concepts that I’ve found helpful
  • grow and cultivate a tribe of book-lovers who are also interested in mental well-being

Book review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

It brings humour in an understanding and anecdotal way to self-improvement making it an interesting read as well as a practical manual. There are 27 bite-sized chapters which provide so many useful insights, concepts and ideas.

Book Shelf Raiders

As you may be able to tell, I love to read and although my personal book list is quite long and usually non-fiction, I do love the idea of a book club. I came across this Instagram account which intrigued me called Book Shelf Raiders. What they do is give a theme for the month … Read More