It wasn’t until about a year and a half ago that I fell in love with reading again.
When I was a kid I was the reading queen. It was absolutely one of my favorite things to do. Then, as school became harder, boys became more interesting, and life became busier I lost my desire to lose myself in a good book.
Through this recent season of my life I have found good, solid, make you think, reflect on life books to be one of the most important things I can implement into my daily life. Continually stretching my knowledge and hearing inspiring messages keeps my brain engaged and pushes me to make little life changes throughout every day.
Of the 50+ books I’ve added to my collection, here are the ones that impacted me most (in no specific order.)
- The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy: I’ve talked about this book in previous posts, and for good reason. If you are anything like me the idea of planning things out and setting goals for yourself is extremely exciting, but entirely overwhelming. The Compuond Effect is a quick, easy, and entertaining read that breaks down the “slow and steady wins the race” mindset. It gives an applicable understanding of how to make realistic goals for yourself, and how to make your way towards all of the insanely unreachable dreams you may have. I was able to hone in on what I want from my life and find a way to start working towards it. I was seeing visible results within days and even into months.
- What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey: This book has landed a place on my nightstand for many many years. Oprah tells a bunch of miniature stories that break down each of the things in her life that she has come to learn are absolutely, without a shadow of a doubt, true and real in her life. This little read will get you thinking about your thoughts on what true friendships look like, what you believe about God, and how healing laughter truly is. Not only is this incredibly inspiring, but it pulls you through so many different topics and emotions that you can’t help but have each little heartstring pulled in one way or another.
- #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso: Sophia, the founder and CEO of NastyGal clothing is a sassy little thing. Her story is how she found her passion in the midst of being told she could never succeed, and despite all of the odds being against her, and still managed to come out on the other side and take over the online clothing industry. This is a must read for any girl with an entrepreneurial mindset (or one who just doesn’t know what to do with her life.) She breaks down all of the ways to put your fears behind you an just start striving. Women empowerment at its finest.
- The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle: This book is most certainly for the open minded, and those wanting to learn more about living a conscious and mindful lifestyle. Although there are pieces that challenge most religious structures, anyone can read this book and take away from it, if read with the intent to learn. Tolle breaks down the mind and how it is really its own worst enemy. He gives you a fresh perspective into the challenges you create within yourself and ways to begin confronting and releasing those challenges. I have never experienced anything that gave me such a desire for living in the moment and being present in my now as Tolle does in this captivating read.
- The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: Coming from a Japenese culture Marie takes a fresh approach to decluttering your life. She challenges every method that we tend to use when “tidying” our houses and gets you thinking about how the things you hold onto effect your life in more ways than just a messy home. Throw everything you know about organization out the window and pick up this book to understand why you can’t keep your house, your brain, or your productivity in order. I have yet to finish the Kon Mari Method in my home, but the places that I have implemented it have left a major impact. Who wants to take on this challenge with me?
This combination of reads seriously had me rethinking every little corner of my life. From diving into my spiritual life, and discovering new growth, all the way to purging my closet and finding more purpose in the things I’m wearing. What have you been reading lately, and how has it impacted you? I need to get in on more of the goodness!