Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World--How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness within You

Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World--How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness within You

by Dave Braun, Troy Amdahl


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If you haven't heard of the 'Oola phenomenon' yet, it's time to catch up. First, though, you need to understand what it is: Oola is that state of awesomeness you experience when your life is balanced and growing in all the key areas of health and well-being. It can be a noun or a verb. It can be a destination or a feeling. It can be as complex as a life growing and balanced in fitness, finance, family, field, faith, friends, and fun (the 7 F's of Oola), or as simple as a sunset, a quiet book on the beach, or a special moment with a child. It is that place we all shoot for in life. That feeling we experience and that we celebrate in our successes along the way. In short, Oola is cool.

Since the first copy of the original book, Oola: Find balance in an Unbalanced World, rolled off the presses a few years ago, the Oola Lifestyle has become a literal phenomenon—a dynamic movement. OolaPalooza live events have been routinely sold out since the day they were started, and the Oola message has been taken to countless cities across America and to every major city in the world via 700,000+ Oola fans on social media. In their 1970s VW Surf bus, authors Troy Amdahl and Dave Braun have taken their OolaDream tour on the road, from coast-to-coast, collecting dreams and goals for a balanced life from people who adorn their vehicle with colorful Oola stickers.

The OolaGuys know that women are the ultimate multitaskers. While a circus performer might spin seven plates in a single show, women spin seven plates—figuratively—every day. They not only juggle kids, family, and home life, they also juggle work responsibilities, customers and clients, make constant business decisions, handle professional events and so many related activities that it's truly mind-boggling how much a woman can pack into a 24-hour day. In this Oola especially for them, the book shows, through the experiences of 54 inspiring women, how to overcome unexpected hardships, and transform the juggling act of everyday life into a dream lifestyle of simplicity, tranquility, abundance, and opportunity. That's what 'living Oola' means—and it's not only an attainable goal, but a well-deserved reward.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780757319846
Publisher: Health Communications, Incorporated
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Oola Series
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 462,007
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Troy Amdahl (Phoenix, Arizona) is a Rochester, Minnesota, native and co-author with Dave Braun of the international bestselling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. The OolaGuru, he graduated cum laude from Northwestern Health Sciences University, then became a devoted husband and father, and a successful businessman who traveled the world, retired debt-free at 42, and was an Ironman triathlete. Once a year, he and a group of friends—including Dave, the OolaSeeker who sought him out as a mentor— would meet to set goals and find balance and growth in the key areas of life, the synthesis of which became the philosophy and movement that is Oola. Today, Troy and Dave travel the country in a 1970 VW Surf Bus, speaking to groups, collecting dreams, and helping people find balance, purpose, and growth through the 7 F's of Oola. Visit oolalife.com. Dave Braun (Salt Lake City, Utah) is a native of Napoleon, North Dakota, and is co-author, with Troy Amdahl, of the international bestselling book Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World. Dave found material success at a young age while under the mentorship of Troy, who taught him how to live the Oola principles of balance. He eventually drifted from them, however, and found himself bankrupt, divorced, disconnected, and living in a motel. At rock bottom, he sought out Troy, the OolaGuru, knowing he needed help to get his Oola back. The OolaSeeker vowed that if this worked, he would share Oola with the world. It did, and today he and Troy travel the country in a 1970 VW Surf Bus, speaking to groups, collecting dreams, and helping people find balance, purpose, and growth through the 7 F's of Oola. Visit oolalife.com.

Read an Excerpt


Ooh la la . . . that's what life feels like when you're happy, growing, and looking forward to what the world has in store for you.

It's the feeling you get when you've landed that better job, grown a bigger business, or watched your kids succeed at something they're passionate about. It's what you tell yourself when you've bought that dream house, saved your first $1,000, or paid off the last of your debts. It's the confidence you feel being fit and date-night ready for the first time in years—or the sense of wonder and enchantment you feel on your first trip to Paris with the girls.

Whatever rocks it for you, Oola means living life firing on all cylinders—joyful, wholehearted, and ready to take advantage whenever good times and opportunity appear.

The History of Oola

Since the first copy of the original Oola book rolled off the presses a few years ago, the Oola lifestyle has become a phenomenon with readers seeking balance in an unbalanced world. Over 100,000 copies of the book have been sold, without a publisher, out of the back of our 1970 VW Surf Bus—while tens of thousands more people have handwritten their dreams on stickers and stuck them to the sides of the OolaBus. Many others have even gotten Oola tattoos to remind them to 'Live Oola' and pursue their dreams. And our OolaPalooza live events have been routinely sold out since the day we started them. The Oola message has taken us to countless cities across America and (via the nearly one million Oola fans on social media) to every major city in the world.

So who are the majority of Oola book readers, event attendees, and social media followers? Who are the people embracing the Oola message and incorporating these simple life-changing principles into their daily lives?


When we realized this trend, it made perfect sense. While a circus performer might spin seven plates in a single show, women spin seven plates (figuratively) every day. They juggle work, kids, family, and home life—hoping there's room left in there somewhere for 'me time.' And if you own a small business or have a demanding career (as many of our readers do), you also juggle customers, clients, sales, marketing, professional events, and so many related activities that it's truly mind-boggling how much you pack into a twenty-four-hour day.

We think you're awesome. And we want to help transform the juggling act you do every day into a dream lifestyle of simplicity, tranquility, abundance, and opportunity. That's what 'living Oola' means—and for you, it's not only an attainable goal, but a well-deserved reward.

Let's Revisit: The 7 F's of Oola

In the first Oola book, we said that to create a balanced life—one that's extraordinary and linked to your unique purpose and future goals—there are seven areas to focus on: fitness, finance, family, field (career), faith, friends, and fun. Oola for Women tackles these same seven areas of life—helping you create a vibrant, but manageable lifestyle that supports your goals and helps you live your best and highest purpose.

In the seven chapters of Section Two, we'll help you do what's necessary to feel good, look good, and have enough energy to pursue your OolaLife—instead of constantly yo-yoing with diet products and exercise programs that actually do harm. You'll learn to forget what the rest of the world believes about money and investing—and instead, simplify your life by taking control of your debt, spending, earning, giving, and investing. We'll show you how to nurture the loving relationships and establish proper boundaries around the toxic ones—from your core family to your distant relatives, and others.

If you're not in your dream job now, we'll help you decide what you'd truly like to do, figure out how to get paid for it—then create a plan to transition. We'll help you discover your true purpose in life, accessing faith in your own path to Oola through a relationship with God. Along the way, we want to help you cultivate a support structure of friends who 'get you' and unconditionally love and support you. And finally, we want to make sure you plan fun adventures—from mini-breaks in your own backyard to 'bucket list' getaways around the world—as the most enjoyable perks of living the Oola lifestyle.

OolaBlockers and OolaAccelerators

Of course, as you're creating balance in the seven areas above, sometimes internal dialog and old habits get in the way. They block you from creating the life you want. In the opposite way, there are certain habits and actions that will accelerate the process—helping you get to a 'state of Oola' faster than you thought possible.

We call these influencers Blockers and Accelerators, and you'll discover these in Sections Three and Four. From eliminating fear to learning how to erase guilt, anger, shame—and even overcoming laziness—you'll discover how to banish self-sabotage and focus on your future.

Once you're past these blocks, it's time to change the way you roll—with accelerators like gratitude, love, discipline, passion, and wisdom. We'll show you how to find those things you love that will ignite your journey and make the OolaLife that much more enjoyable.

Oola in Action

The Oola formula is simple. Once you read about it, it's time to develop some concrete plans for getting there. In Section Five, the real work begins of defining where you are today, where you want to go, and how you're going to get there. We'll help you hone in on what's working right now—and what you need to start working on first.

With simple life hacks like writing your must-do's on a 3x5 card, assembling your go-to crew of supporters, and doing the worst first (plus many more), we've got a way to help you fast-track yourself to the OolaLife.

Start Living the OolaLife Today

Along the way, we'll share the stories of women from all walks of life who have many of the same dreams, goals, desires—and downfalls—as you might have. Many of them are women we've met at Oola events. Others are women we met as they wrote their dreams on stickers for the OolaBus. Still others have shared their story with us on social media. These women are inspiring because they're ordinary women doing extraordinary things.

Some of them are facing challenges or awkwardly learning the ropes or caught up in a 'season' they're working through. These women are Seeking Oola, while others whose stories you'll read have mastered the OolaLife—they're Living Oola and have wisdom, insights and lessons to impart.

Wherever you are and whatever your goals, Oola for Women is here to be your guide, your playbook, and your go-to resource for getting from where you are now to where you want to be.

Master the 7 F's of Oola, get solid on the Accelerators, crush the Blockers, and follow the 3 Simple Steps to the OolaLife—and you'll be on your way to living the deepest desires of your heart.

©2017 David Braun and Troy Amdahl. All rights reserved. Reprinted from Oola for Women: How to Balance the 7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness within You. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the written permission of the publisher. Publisher: Health Communications, Inc., 3201 SW 15th Street, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Section 1 Introduction to Oola: Get ready to live the life of your dreams, even if things are "messy" right now.

Chapter 1 What Is Oola? 9

Chapter 2 Going Through a Season on the Way to Oola 15

Section 2 The 7 F's of Oola: Lower your stress level and find your life purpose by balancing these 7 areas of life.

Chapter 3 Oolafitness 23

What is fitness the Oola way?

Larger Than Life by Melissa Cairns

Fighting Forward by Gabriele Grunewald

Keep It Simple

Work Harder

Eat Smarter

Chapter 4 Oolafinance 35

Starting Down the Path to Financial Freedom

You Can't Be Happy When You're Stressed

Going Tiny to Live Big by Christian Axness

From Bread Baker to Breadwinner by Debra Raybern

Crush Debt

Increase Your Income

Give Joyfully

Chapter 5 Oolafamily 49

Three Circles of Relationships

Toxic and Abusive Family Members

If You're Not Working on Your Marriage, You're Working on Your Divorce

Never Let Outer-Circle Family Members Affect Your Healthy Inner-Circle Relationships

Bright Lights and Big Dreams by Tami

My Fairy-Tale Life by Marcie Lyons

Love Well

Suit Up


Chapter 6 Oolafield 65

The Vocation That Occupies a Big Chunk of Your life

Dream Job vs. Day Job

My Inner Voice Was Waiting for Me to Listen by Julie Carrier

Secretary to CEO by Patty Aubery

Love It or Leave It

Stay Relevant

Always Seek to Serve

Chapter 7 Oolafaith 79

Why Were You Put on This Earth?

Learning to Listen by Chaly Jones

Finding the Strength to Walk Through It All by Kris Amdahl

Don't Wait: Find the Path That Resonates in Your Life

Plug In and Live Your Faith Daily

Serve Others

Chapters: Oolafriends 91

Friendship Circles

Your Inner Circle, Your Crew, and Your Acquaintances

Twenty Seconds of Courage by Angela Cardinal

Don't Give Up the Girls' Weekends by Angie Frederickson

Stay Connected

Unfriend, Unfollow, Delete

Reverse Engineer the Friendships You Want

Chapter 9 Oolafun 105

The Physiological Effects of Fun

What Kind of Fun Is on Your Bucket List?

Chasing It by Jen Davis

I Bought a Goat by Jennifer Webster

Discover What You Want to Do for Fun

Don't Use Fun to Avoid Tasks You Have to Do

Detach Completely

Section 3 Oolablockers: Overcome the 7 key traits that block you from living the life of your dreams.

Chapter 10 Fear 119

Where Does Fear Exist for You?

Are You Stuck in Analysis Paralysis? Or Are You Ignoring Real Danger?

The Courage to Leave by Kristin

The Courage to Stay by Dorean Leader

Identify Where Your Fears Exist and How They Limit You

Make Plans to Fix Your Fears

Take Action to Overcome Your Fears

Chapter 11 Guilt 133

How Guilt Stops You from Having the Life You Want

Self-Talk Is the Real Culprit

The Guilt Trip

Sand Castles by Luisa Hogan

The Mother on the Phone at the Park by Meghan Yancy

Forgiveness Is the Key

Choose Gratitude Over Guilt


Chapter 12 Anger 147

The Real Cost of Anger

What's Triggering Your Anger?

Sixty Seconds You Can Never Take Back

In the Air Around Me by Leslie Hart

Under the Surface by Dusty Hardy

Stop Being a Victim and Put Anger into Perspective

Decide How to Appropriately Vent Your Anger

Clear the Anger Through Positive New Habits

Chapter 13 Self-Sabotage 161

Negative Thoughts Are Hidden in Your Subconscious Mind

Your Self-Talk Is Lying to You

You Are Worthy

Breaking Up with Ed by Alyse Hall

Inked by Missy Wollman

Identify the Source of Your Self-Sabotage

Take Steps to Boost Your Self-Worth

Don't Settle for Ordinary When Extraordinary Is Within You

Chapter 14 Laziness 175

How Your Values Decide Your Priorities

No One Can Do Your Push-Ups for You

It Started with a Christmas Card by DeAnn Barth

Together by DelRae Messer

Read Your Goals Daily to Stay Connected to Your Larger Purpose

Be Tactical by Breaking Down Larger Goals into Small Steps

Do the Worst First

Chapter 15 Envy 187

The World Is an Infinite Place

Remember, You're Running Your Own Race

Where Are You Already Crushing It?

She's Perfect by Danielle McDurfee

The Other Woman by Shannon Rheault

Avoid Comparing Who You Are and What You Have

Get Inspired by Other's Accomplishments

Seek Collaboration in Achieving Your Goals

Chapter 16 Focus 199

You Get What You Focus On

Become a Laser Beam, Not a Flashlight

Avoid the Oola A-Bomb

We All Have the Same Amount of Minutes

Unplugged by Amber Cooke

Capturing a Miracle by Brittany Jacobson

Keep Your Eye on the Lighthouse

Avoid the Squirrel Syndrome and the Time Bandits of Life

Be Choosy About Your Commitments

Section 4 Oolaaccelerators: Want to get the life of your dreams faster? Ignite your journey with these positive behaviors and habits.

Chapter 17 Gratitude 213

Putting a Positive Spin on Life's Crazy Moments

Gratitude Healed My Broken Heart by Jacque Book

One Phone Call from My Knees by Denette Jacob

Practice Gratitude Every Day

Embrace These Two Laws

Maintain a State of Grateful Anticipation

Chapter 18 Love 227

The Natural Inclination to Love

Give and Receive: Committing to a Life of Authentic Love

Sometimes Love Chooses You by Andrea Hanson

Dandelions by Barb Braun

Love Yourself

Unconditionally Love Others

Love Well

Chapter 19 Discipline 239

You Already Have All the Discipline You Need

Course-Correct When Necessary

Naked and Afraid by Debbie Harris

Freedom by Lindsey Elmore

Simply Start

Challenge Yourself for Twenty-One Days

Be Persistent

Chapter 20 Integrity 253

Adhere to What Is Right

How Being a Person of Integrity Will Accelerate Your Life

It's in My Blood by Tamaryn Braun

Saying YES by Sarah Robbins

Keep Your Word to Others

Keep Your Word to Yourself

Don't Overschedule, Overpromise, or Overcommit

Chapter 21 Passion 267

The Oola Trump Card

Trust the Process to Find What You Naturally Love to Do

Tay-Tay, the Intern by Taylor LaGuardia

Amazonian Kickass War Goddess by Tiffany Smith

Rediscover Your True Passion, Not Someone Else's Plan for You

Turn Your Passion into the Ultimate Oola Career

Anticipate Roadblocks and Let Passion Carry You Through

Chapter 22 Humility 279

Growing Big from Feeling Small

Starting Over by Kim Stoegbauer

The Island Life by Kimmy Brooke

Attach Yourself to a Cause Greater Than You

Assemble Your "Truth Crew"

Practice Selflessness: What Could You Do for Nothing in Return?

Chapter 23 Wisdom 291

Listening to Wisdom from Your Own Experiences

Sometimes a Door Closes by Sharon Lechter

Losing My Marbles by Charlotte Amdahl

Gain Wisdom from Life Experiences

Seek Wisdom from People Who've Achieved What You Want

Spend Time in Proportion to the Decision Being Made

Section 5 3 Simple Steps to the Oolalife: Your daily action plan for living the life of your dreams.

Chapter 24 Step One: The Oolawheel 305

Where Are You Today?

It's Impossible to Get Where You're Going Without Knowing Where You Are Now

Starting to Build Your OolaLife: How Do You Roll?

The Spokes. The Hub. The Valve.

Looking at Your Own 7 F's of Oola

Complete the Oola Wheel

How Does Your Oola Wheel Look? What Do You Need to Work on First?

Chapter 25 Step Two: The Oolaplan 319

Where Do You Want to Go?

Goals Are Milestones to Your Dreams

Are You SMART About Your Goals? Or Are You Lying to Yourself?

21-7-1: Finding Your Oola One

Grab a Sharpie and Start Writing Your Goals

Chapter 26 Step Three: The Oolapath 329

How Are You Going to Get There?

Why a 3x5 Notecard?

Daily Action: 3x5 Notecard

Don't Lose Your Dreams to the Gravel

Conclusion 335

About the Authors 337

Acknowledgments 338

Free Worksheets and Bonus Tools for Living the OolaLife 341

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