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I love this time of year. After a year full of training and travel and work, I make sure that RECOVERY is the focus of my festive season. That means spending quality time with friends and family, days at the beach and putting my feet up to read and relax.

With so many of us heading off on holidays, I thought I’d share some of my favourite books from 2015 with you. I hope that, wherever you are, you can make some time to recharge with these reads too!

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amaruso

Sophia is the Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. In #GIRLBOSS Sophia shares her experience founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world. I love Sophia’s story because she’s not like a traditional CEO and she didn’t have a formal education … she’s a bit of a bad ass! She’s proof that with persistence, determination and hard work anything is achievable. Total #GirlBoss!

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

A lot of books about happiness are about how to be more productive and efficient. The Happiness Project is less about productivity and goal setting success and more about being happy with your own life. There’s a reason this book was on the Bestseller Lists for over two years!

BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell

This is a really interesting book by one of my favourite writers. It’s a book about how we think without thinking …. it’s about those moments when we ‘know’ something without knowing why. Malcolm explores the phenomenon of ‘blink’, showing how a snap judgement can be far more effective than a cautious decision. What I love about this book is how it highlights the power of instinct and subconscious and unconscious learning.

A Life Without Limits: A World Champion’s Journey by Chrissie Wellington

Chrissie Wellington is the world’s No 1 female Iron Man triathlete – a four time World Champion! She is a total inspiration and this is the book I turn to whenever I need to feel re-connected and re-motivated in my Iron Man training.

The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester

This is one of my favourite books of all time. It’s about William Smith, the guy who created the world’s first geological map, and tells how he spent twenty-two years charting the layers of rock that rise and fall across the earth. Out of this he created a painstakingly beautiful hand-painted map. But instead of receiving accolades and praise, he ended up in prison, accused of being a heretic. It’s a bloody good read.

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Turia xx