Wifeys & Gentlemen,
2019 has been a really interesting year for me! Despite a crap load of WTF moments (some on a national/global scale 🤯) I can honestly say that I’ve had a great year because I spent a lot of time working on myself.
One of my goals for the year was to try to read more things that nourish my spirit. I highly recommend that everyone commit to reading at least 3 new books every year that serve this purpose. Whether it’s a book to learn something new, a book to help you achieve your goals/dreams, or books about loving yourself & healing from past trauma, make sure you’re reading things to fuel you and keep you pushing forward.
On that note, I wanted to share some of my top picks that have really helped to motivate me and change my perspective in 2019. Please know that this is not a comprehensive list of my favorites. I really like to read and will definitely be sharing more posts like this in the new year (covering different topics or sharing insights that I think you should hear).
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are – Brene Brown
This one is first because it was my FAVORITE read of the year.
It’s short and sweet, making it really easy to read more than once (and believe me, you’re going to want to). EVERYONE can benefit from Ms. Brown and her thoughts about shame and self-love. She’s magical 🦄 (& not just for women, either, I might add).
The Power of Your Subconscious Mind – Dr. Joseph Murphy
This one might be a little unorthodox for some, but I am a firm believer in our ability to manifest our deepest desires and follow our dreams, simply through the power of our thoughts. If you agree and want some deep insight into the ways you can start manifesting a better, happier life, this is the book for you!
Becoming – Michelle Obama
I’m a little late to the party, I know, but I absolutely LOVED this book! Michelle Obama is such a beautiful and inspiring woman and it was a pleasure to read more intimate details about her life; how she became the person she is.
If you’re interested but haven’t had a chance to pick it up, please do. You won’t regret it. She has something for everyone and is such a delightful, caring soul. I was genuinely uplifted after finishing it.
The 5 Love Languages (The Secret to Love that Lasts) – Gary Chapman
Whether you’re in a relationship, casually dating, or thinking about dating in the future: READ 👏🏾 THIS 👏🏾 BOOK👏🏾.
I cannot preach enough how important it is to understand the concept of love languages; know your own, know your partners, and know how to adapt when things change. Remembering some of these principles and concepts has kept my relationship with Mr. B healthy, loving, and strong. Please do yourself a favor and read it. ❤
Radical Self- Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha – Tara Brach
My therapist recommend this book to me a few years ago and I never got around to reading it until this year. I do not exaggerate when I say it has changed my life and I am gearing up to read it a 2nd time. From the first chapter, I felt seen and understood. I felt like the way I sometimes think about myself (especially in darker times) was actually “normal”; that other people have felt it too and it’s possible to change.
My love for myself isn’t perfect. I don’t think it ever will be or can be. But I am honest when I tell you that each of the books I read this year has made me a better wife, a better friend, a better family member, and most importantly, better & kinder to myself.
Has anyone out there read any of these? Let me know your thoughts! I love when I can honestly say that a book has changed my life for the better, even if it’s just a small shift in perspective or a new ritual I can incorporate into my mindfulness practice. These are five well-written and powerful books that I truly believe are helping me connect with my purpose.
What books would you guys recommend that have helped or inspired you? Please share your recommendations with me in the comments!
Be a lamb and tell your friends…