I wanted to share with you some of my favorite motivational books going into the weekend! My friends know that I am a sucker for a good "self-help" book and my first recommendation was the inspiration for the name of my blog.
1. The Happiness Project
This book is about a woman who spends a year working on increasing her happiness in 12 of the most important areas of her life. Each month she focuses on a specific area and documents her experience. During one month she begins to collect bluebirds because they are the symbol for happiness. This blog is me focusing on an area of my life that I love, home renovation, and building a happiness project of my own.
"The days are long, but the years are short."
2. How to Be Here:
I LOVE this book! When I was reading this book I would very frequently interrupt my husband from reading his book (he loved it, I swear) to read aloud excerpts from mine. This book encourages you to find your ikigai (your passion) and work towards including this in your every day life. There are so many great nuggets in this book that are quote worthy, it was hard to choose, but here is one that I really like (if you want to see other great quotes from this book, click here)"
“Selling your house, giving away possessions, working multiple jobs for a period of time, going back to school and moving in with friends or relatives, sharing a car with your partner and riding your bike more, investing all your savings in a new venture, living on the other side of the world for a year— your friends may not understand, your co-workers may not get it, your extended family may think you’ve lost your mind— that’s okay. Better to receive some odd looks and have a few people roll their eyes than spend your days wondering, What if I did that . . . ? Take that step. Make that leap. Try that new thing. If it helps clarify your ikigai, if it gets you up in the morning, if it’s good for you and the world, do it.”
― Rob Bell, How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living
2. Mindfulness: An Eight Week Plan for Finding Peace in a Frantic World
I discovered this book while watching 60 Minutes - check out the Anderson Cooper special here.
I am a big believer in mindfulness and this book was extremely helpful when I wanted to begin meditating. It is guided meditations (which is the only kind I do) and brings you into the present. If you are feeling stressed, listen to one of these meditations here (I recommend the body scan) and I promise you will feel more relaxed afterwards. Chris and I often listen to these at night when we can't turn off our brains and it puts us right to sleep.
“now is the future that you promised yourself last year, last month, last week. Now is the only moment you’ll ever really have. Mindfulness is about waking up to this.”
4. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
I am sure everyone reading this blog has heard of the book and knows who Sheryl Sandberg is, so I will not go into detail around what this book is about, I just find her so inspirational.
Have you seen her commencement speech at UC Berkeley? It is a must watch, check it out here.
“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” - Sheryl Sandberg
And finally, the book I am currently reading...
5. What I Told my Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women
I told you, I love my girl power books!
This book is a collection of stories from female leaders like Laura W. Bush, Whoopi Goldberg & Ruth Bader Ginsberg, to name a few. They talk about what they taught their daughters (obviously) and also give a peek into how a successful woman juggles career and family life. I have been reading this to my daughter during our night time nursing sessions and hope to take away some advice from these strong and powerful women on raising a daughter!
What motivational books are you reading? I will be looking for my next one soon!