I love to read. I love to be able to disappear in a book or learn something new that challenges my brain. I’ll be honest, reading does not always happen as often as I might like because spare time can be limited. Often I will attempt to read before bed, but let's be honest, if I read two pages it has been a “good night” because most nights I am OUT. Please note I have had the same book on my nightstand for months as it was supposed to be done before I got into my summer read…….. Judgement free! Also, I want to be clear that my night time reading is typically a fictional book. My non fiction reading either happens via audio book during my commute or at 5AM when I get up before my family. I did recently find out that my local library partners with an app that we are able to download audio books for free with our library card. This has come in handy for my commute to work.
I am also still a huge fan of having a physical book to read, especially if it is a personal development book. Often times I purchase these books because I take a lot of notes, underline and highlight parts that really resonate with me.
I thought it would be really helpful if I captured a couple of books that I have read that have made an impact on my personal growth journey thus far. Below you will find four books that I feel have truly motivated me. Please keep in mind that you do not need to buy any of these books, just reach out to your local library and see if they can get them for you. Then grab yourself a notebook and capture all the important information in that so you have it to come back to. I have done that many times too!
Okay here we go, in no particular order.
- Girl Wash Your Face, Rachel Hollis - This was the first personal development book I had ever read. It ended up being the book that made my realize that what I was experiencing in my life at that time was a lot of anxiety, uncertainty and loss of control. I also felt really alone in these feelings. This book was the first to open my eyes to the fact that I have control of my life and my future.
- Girl Stop Apologizing, Rachel Hollis - Yes, I really like her. I might even have a girl crush. Judgement free, this is supposed to be a safe space! Once I was further into my personal development journey, this book helped me land a couple of the goals I had for myself. It helped me create a tangible plan to make my goals a reality. This included my health journey and my plan to start this blog!
- Gifts of Imperfections, Brene Brown-A small but IMPACTFUL book. A reread for sure. Brene has a ton of books out, but I would recommend starting with this one. It really laid the foundation for the work I did around my mental health. I plan to dig in more to these lessons in future blog posts, but it is for sure a must read.
- Stretched Too Thin, Jessica N. Turner - Doesn’t the title alone explain most of us? This book made me have the “ah ha” moment that there is no such thing as a work/life balance. That good enough is the new perfect. That we are all humans and that asking for help is OKAY. Jessica has another book called Fringe hours that I have not read yet, but know that it is on the list!
I am not being paid by anyone to suggest any of these books (though wouldn’t that be nice). They truly are books that I have found taught me great things to lay the foundation of becoming a better version of myself. Many of them have provided tools, mindsets and techniques to challenge myself. If you are looking to create your foundation of becoming a better version of yourself, I would highly recommend picking up one of these to start with!
I’d love to know if you have read any personal development books you’d recommend! Please share them with me so I can add them to the list!