With the challenges of 2016, I’ve decided to make 2017 our year. We’ve had a lot of challenges + changes over the last few years, and many, many wonderful things are already in store this year. It almost feels like we’ve reached the light at the end of the tunnel (or it’s at least within grasp). To make this year even better and to kick it off the right way, I decided to draft up an Inspirational Reading List to help keep me on the right track for every month of the year.
I’m a stay at home mom, running a small business on Etsy, and currently pregnant with our daughter who is due in April. Needless to say, I have my hands full and I was afraid of over committing to something like this. How many books would be reasonable to read in a year? I’ve never taken on a year-long project like this before. That’s when I decided that one book a month was completely do-able. Not only would it give me time to read slowly, it would allow me to really take my time in absorbing the material as I did so.
So: 12 Months. 12 Books.
I can do this.
Now that I had a number, I wanted to narrow down my book list to those that focused on Positive Mindset, Personal Growth, or Self Improvement. Luckily, yours truly has an Amazon Wishlist that is always holding at LEAST 20+ books of “I need to read” (if it’s not, something’s wrong with me and please send chocolate).
Below are a few of my picks for this year:
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
I’ve actually read this book before, but I always go back to it when I feel like I need a pick me up. It’s a quick and easy read, with a lot of quotes from other Positive Mindset experts for a well-rounded experience. If you need help controlling your negative self-talk and overall negative mindset, I’d start here. There’s a lot of eye-opening insights in this book, including how often it is only ourselves that is truly in the way of reaching happiness inside and out.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I’ve been seeing this bright yellow cover pop up EVERYWHERE. From bloggers I follow, to Instagram friends, to family members carrying a copy. I immediately added it to my wish list, and cannot wait to see what it has in store.
From what I’ve heard, it’s basically like carrying around a personal life-coach to tell you to go for the #bigdreams and #biggoals and to put an strong halt on self-sabotage, negativity and fears.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
For all you creatives out there, this is the one. It’s been sitting on my wish-list for a few years now, and THIS is the year I’m going to actually pick it up.
From Gilbert’s perspective, fear gets in the way a lot when it comes to creativity. What could we all achieve if we only let go of that fear?
Light Is the New Black by Rebecca Campbell
A lot of the books on this list are new-age thinking, but I think this one might top the list. If you’re not ready to dip your toes into that water, I would suggest starting with one of the other books on this list first. Though this one is even a little “out there” on my terms, I look forward to seeing Campbell’s insight on bringing more light into the world.
Besides, how else do we open our minds to other ways of thinking if not to read something we wouldn’t normally pick up?
Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein
I’ve made a lot of friends in the Instagram #Maker community, and Gabrielle Bernstein has popped up several times in those circles as a go-to for inspiration, support, and self-love.
I haven’t read any of her work before, but like Rebecca Campbell above, I’m intrigued at taking a look into her mindset to see her point of view.
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
” There is something dynamic that happens when women genuinely show up for each other. When we lose the facades, when we cut the bullsh*t, and when we truly have each others backs. When we stop pretending everything is perfect, and we show the messy, beautiful parts of ourselves and our work that all look awfully similar. When we talk about our fears, our missteps, and our breakdowns. And most importantly, when we share our celebrations, our breakthroughs, and dish on what works. There is no reason to hoard information, connections, or insight. Wisdom is meant to be shared, so let’s start sharing what we’ve learned to make each other better.”
I couldn’t have summed up this last book any clearer, so I let Calwill Leyba do the talking for me. If I’ve learned anything in the last year as a small business owner, it’s the power of women lifting up other women to succeed. I can’t wait to pick up a copy of Girl Code and pick up even more wisdom and sense of community.
What about you? Have you read any of the books above? Is there a go-to book that you absolutely cannot recommend highly enough? I’d love to hear what it is.
Although there are only a handful of books above, I will continue to hunt down all of the best self help, positive mindset and go get ’em attitude books I can find to make 2017 one hell of a year. I’ll check back in frequently after reading each one, so make sure to subscribe to the blog to be the first to see each book review.
I’m just a few days away from the end of January, so stay tuned for a more in-depth look at The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. You won’t want to miss this one.