Self Help Books For Women: The Best Of The Best
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It occurred to me that I’m being selfish. I have been putting forth all of this work but I haven’t been sharing the resources.
How rude of me.
I know I’ve shared snippets of some books that I’ve read, but I haven’t necessarily shared the ones that had an impact. And I definitely haven’t told you why.
So today that changes. I want you to be able to turn to the resources that have helped me so much in the past year.
Before I do that though, I need to tell you what I did that had the greatest impact. Reading books is great. It is a wonderful way to wind down at night and you get so much from them. However…
I spend a lot of time in the car. And a lot of time folding laundry.
Also sometimes the kids want me to watch cartoons on the couch with them and I just can’t stomach Puppy Dog Pals again.
So I turn on an audiobook. This lets me multitask in the best way. I’m getting things done, or snuggling my children, while gaining something for myself at the same time.
And I can’t recommend Audibles enough. I resisted for so long. And then finally, a friend of mine at work sent me a free book through there. FREE. Everyone has the ability to just send free books for others to check out. I got a book that was on a six month waitlist at the library for free through Audibles. That made me sign up for their free trial, which gives you another free book. And they have them all, so it’s all the brand new (and still very expensive) books that you can get. And then you can listen to them in the car, or while you’re in the shower, or while doing the dishes.
I’m not lying. That’s probably the biggest thing that added to my success. I feel like it gave me the ability to insert motivational and confidence building tools into the empty spaces of my day.
And an extra bonus? My daughter listens in while we are in the car. And her confidence has soared in the past six months since I’ve started doing it. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
So go sign up for the trial. It’s free, you get a free book to fill the empty spaces, and even if you cancel at the end you get to keep your book. And truthfully, they often have promotions where you get three months at a reduced rate after the trial. So do it!
On to the reads:
Self Help Books For Women: The Best Of The Best
Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes. I love Shonda and I want to be her best friend. I think her writing sat so well with me because my humor is similar to hers. She obviously has great writing ability since she’s written Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and How To Get Away With Murder, and this book is just as great as the shows. After a profound realization that her introverted-ness was stifling her personal growth, she took a full year to say “yes” to everything and her life improved dramatically.
Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. I know that some people think that Rachel Hollis is a bit played out, but I’m not one of those people. This woman rose from the trenches and she is fierce. She makes situations for herself, she doesn’t wait for them to come to her. Everything that she has is because of her grit and determination.
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. I told a friend of mine that I never had a desire to go on a meditation retreat until I read (listened to, in actuality – thank you, Audibles) this book. Have you ever seen the movie “Under the Tuscan Sun”? This kind of reminds me of that. She was tired of the way her life was, so she took three things that she wanted out of life and she went full steam ahead.
Of Mess and Moxie by Jen Hatmaker. A friend told me to read this book, and I couldn’t put it down. Jen writes like she’s having a conversation, which is what I aspire for in my writing. She’s a mom and an entrepreneur and a writer and she shares all of her struggles. I feel not so alone in my mothering struggles when I read her writing.
Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle. I first heard Glennon on Oprah’s podcast and was hooked. She is very open about her past struggles with alcoholism and her journey to find happiness. Her vulnerability reels me in, she puts it all out there for others to learn from. I love it.
Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough” by Brene Brown. How can you not have a Brene Brown book on a list like this? She has so many amazing ones, but this one is a good start. She takes more of a technical approach to her reasoning, so it sits differently with you.
F**ck It Be At Peace With Life Just As It Is by John Parkin. A friend of mine recommended this book and I can’t wait to check it out. As she says: “Written with relatable wit and humour, this book is full of wisdom that will give you a refreshing new perspective on life.”
If you are looking for something to help instill the desire to move forward in your life, I cannot recommend these books enough. I would not be in the place that I am without the guidance that these writings offer. Check them out!