If you know anything about me, it’s probably that I always have a book in my purse. You never know when you’ll have a few minutes to spare and need a way to pass the time.
I recently discovered the Personal Development book genre and it has changed me for the better. I have made a list a mile long of books I’m dying to read and have barely made a dent. But here are my favorites so far. If they are on this list, it is because they had a strong impact on me and I highly recommend them. I will add more as I continue to find more that I love, so check back periodically.
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#1. The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
This book was amazing and eye-opening for me. It really helped me to focus on my daily habits and notice how the little things add up over time to make a big impact.
#2. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a must read for anyone pursuing a creative lifestyle. It inspired me to pursue what I love and take a chance on writing. When I struggle to share something personal on my blog, I think about the magic and passion from this book and it gives me courage. I love her idea that we should always do what we love. When we create, we don’t do it for an audience or a paycheck. We do it to find hidden treasures within ourselves and to see them come to life. In particular, I love her idea that everything has already been done, but it hasn’t been done by you.
(*disclaimer: there are some swear words in this one)
#3. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
This book really impacted me on a personal level. Her discussions about shame vs. guilt are spot on. If you have ever needed a self-esteem boost or reality check, this is the one you need! It helped me through a really difficult time in my life and I plan to read it many more times.
#4. I am That Girl by Alexis Jones
This is the ultimate pep talk for girls of all ages. Alexis Jones is insightful, funny, and smart. It’s like reading a book written by your best friend about you. I think every woman should own this book.
#5. Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood by Jim Fay and Charles Fay, PhD
This is the most helpful parenting book for young kids that I have ever read. It provides strategies for discipline that make sense and are easy to use.
#6. 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
This book is full of great ideas for communicating better with your spouse and understanding how you both give and receive love. If you’re married, you know, it definitely feels like your spouse is speaking a different language sometimes. Learn how to recognize the ways they express their love for you, and how to show them love the way they need it.
There is also a version for your kids, which I found extremely helpful as well.
#7. The Child Whisperer by Carol Tuttle
Carol Tuttle breaks down personality styles into four categories, based on the type of energy children use. I found it to be really helpful in understanding why my children don’t always think the same way I do, and how to recognize when certain emotional needs aren’t being met. I am a type 4 with a strong type 2 secondary, which means my energy type is very different from the type 1’s and 3’s that I am raising. When I try to parent them as if they were mini versions of myself, we all end up exhausted, unproductive, and feeling misunderstood.
What are some books you love and would add to this list? Have you read any of these?