There’s a little part of me that really thinks the millennial generation could be the happiest one yet. Okay, maybe not every single day, #progressnotperfection. Overall though, it appears that most individuals ranging in ages from their mid-twenties to forty are implementing some sort of personal development, mindfulness, or therapy into their lives.
Including me! I’ve always been one for a good self-help read, even when I was a teenager and my biggest problem was how to keep my hair from frizzing in the humidity.
Over the last 5 years especially, I’ve read quite a handful of parenting books, entrepreneur books, motivational books, marriage books, and faith-building books. Since I find such joy and rejuvenation in this book genre, I thought sharing my top 5 latest reads with you today may give you the same exact benefit!
Gasp, I am a recovering “screamer”. Actually, if you have been following me on social media lately, I’ve talked a little bit about our parenting struggles and how this book is seriously walking us through it. As the author states within the first few pages – this isn’t a book just for the vocal screamer. It can be incredibly helpful even if you’re sweet as candy on the outside and burning up with rage on the inside. Give it a read and see if you don’t learn something from it.
PS It’s like the only book I have in paperback and highly recommend it for highlighting and quick referencing during those dicey parenting strifes.
This is for all my boss babes afraid to take the leap. Written by a top a woman who took a chance on a network marketing opportunity to earn additional income while also working a high-level PR job. Neustadt’s PR mindset and inherent success make this read a no-bull, all business. Pull up your big girl panties, because she’s going to put you to work!
This is technically not a self-improvement manifesto. It is, however, written by a mom blogger who wants to dispel Pinterest Perfection through the form of fiction and funny. I found myself shaking my head and laughing through so many of these pages which is why it’s making the list today. There’s nothing better for the mama soul than a relatable story and a good, hearty laugh. It’s a quick read and would be perfect to flip through on a beach chair – if a mom ever got the opportunity to sit at the beach and read.
Note: I have not finished this book yet, but in the first chapter alone I found myself with a bright, shiny light bulb above my head. A-ha, you’re telling me that consistent effort over a span of time will yield major results? It’s actually the concept I base a lot of my motivational content on in my online boot camps. You didn’t get into debt overnight, you didn’t gain 30 lbs overnight, you didn’t let your marriage deteriorate overnight, and you also didn’t get promoted overnight. But, taking small steps every day can change all of these things, the same way doing absolutely nothing can enhance the weight of these troubles or sink your ship completely. It’s a great read for anyone wanting more from their life and willing to put in the work and be patient in the wait.
Do It Scared: Finding the Courage to Face Your Fears, Overcome Adversity, and Create a Life You Love
Raise your hand if fear drives your bus! I know it trickles into my empowering moments whispering of “not enough”. I stumbled upon this read in the most roundabout way while looking for a cash budget system. She had me at “it’s for anyone that’s ever wished they’d said yes“. The first seven chapters outline Soukup’s trademarked Fear Archetypes, with chapter one leading you to an online quiz to define your own. The remaining chapters encourage action through a detailed plan of attack while sharing personal testimonies from other women who chose to do it scared.
All the Self-Help Recs
When I’m not diving into my inner-self, I’m listening to podcasts and reading some pretty cute women’s literature. Which top 5 list do you want to see next?