It’s no secret that I love books and that I love reading. Recently I’ve been trying to add more personal growth/self-help books into my reading mixed in with the YA fiction that I adore. Today I wanted to share with you some of the books that I’ve read recently that helped change my mindset and helped me get motivated to take control of my life.
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner. This is my FAVORITE YA contemporary novel. I recently re-read it and wow, I was motivated by all the beautiful writing. This book deals with three teenagers about to start their senior year of high school. Dill is struggling with the choices his father made and wonders how he’ll survive in the small town once his best friend goes to college next year. Travis is comfortable with who he is but wants to stand up to his abusive father. Lydia is focused on college and learns a few important lessons from her father.
This book is all about growing up, finding yourself, and making your life the best possible because we never know how much time we have.
“If you’re going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things.”
This is one I definitely recommend (and right now you can get it for $3.88 on Amazon)
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero. I started reading this one back in April and I didn’t love it. But, I picked it up again last week and I couldn’t stop reading. One of the biggest things I took from this book was that I need to love myself. When we love ourselves we’re able to go after the things we want and make the world a better place.
Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. As I mentioned, it’s no secret that I love reading, but it also isn’t a secret that I am obsessed with Gretchen Rubin’s books. Last month I re-read Happier at Home and it struck me then that I wasn’t living the life I wanted. I was spending too much of my time on things that I didn’t actually care about, and not enough on the things that were important to me. This book is memoir/personal growth style and I recommend it to all of my friends. If you need ideas on how to change your life and be happier overall, Happier at Home is for you. (I also recommend The Happiness Project which explains where the idea to be happier all started.)
These books are helping me change my mindset.
Have you ever wanted a life coach? Or maybe you’ve been wanting to make a change but you aren’t sure where to start? This has been me for the past several months. I started listening to this podcast which started to change my mindset. Almost immediately I purchased Cara’s book Style Your Mind to help me get started on this journey of changing my mindset. This is one that I haven’t done a lot of work in yet, but I am loving it so far! Everyone needs this book!
I was scrolling through Instagram one day, and one of my favorite accounts to follow, @thefancysister, shared a book that peaked my interest. I’d never heard anything about the law of attraction or manifesting things in your life (I believe that God blesses us as we live good lives) but I was curious. So I bought Unleash Your Inner Money Babe: Uplevel Your Money Mindset and Manifest $1,000 in 21 Days.
To be completely honest, I was skeptical at first. But, more than anything this book has helped me change my mindset. I’ve been able to forgive and let go of things that have been holding me back for so long. I learned that when I’m grateful, the world seems to offer you even more abundance. This book has been so helpful in changing my mindset, the way I see the world, and how I live. It’s not one that I thought I’d actually like, but I’m so glad I took the chance.
It was time for me to be happy. It is time for me to be happy.
My Story by Elizabeth Smart. This story broke my heart and healed parts of my soul. I was 8 or 9 when Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her home in Salt Lake City, UT. Living just 40 miles south I remember talking about it and wondering why something like that would happen. Life went on and I grew up, had my own experiences I wouldn’t wish on anyone and continued to learn and grow. A few weeks ago I was feeling down. I felt so much anger and bitterness because of my PTSD and past abuse. When I picked up this book, I knew it would be hard (emotionally) to read, I also knew that it could also potentially be triggering. But in the end, I am so glad I read this one.
One thing that helped me change my own perspective was something that Elizabeth’s mother told her after she returned home. That the greatest thing she could do was to live a happy life. Justice may not be served, but living a happy life would take away any and all control that her abusers had had over her for the past 9 months. I wanted that. I wanted to stop letting my abuser (who hasn’t been in my life for over 5 years) control my thoughts and my actions.
My focus is changing.
Because of these books, along with life events, my focus has been changing. I’m focusing more on my mental state and my mindset. As I’ve shifted this focus, everything has changed. I feel happier, lighter, more willing to serve. The things that are most important in my life — God, Griffin, books, are starting to take a higher priority. All thanks to what I’ve been reading lately. I truly do believe that books can inspire us to change our lives.
What’s inspired you lately? I love recommendations!
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