Everything In Between

5 Books That Changed My Life

Sometimes I feel like I just need a pick me up. I get into a funk and can’t see a way out. When I was younger I hated reading. Like really hated it. I never actually read any of my books for book reports and my mom would get me cliff notes for summer reading out of desperation for me to do something. The running joke in my family through college was the only book I read was Funny Bones in 3rd grade. It was true. I had to read it if I wanted to be a character in the wax museum we were doing. I actually loved that book. When I was in my early 20s I had broken up with a long term boyfriend, moved back in with my parents and felt like I had no idea where I was going. Desperate for relief and answers I went to the book store. I was drawn to the self help section like a magnet. Nothing else seemed worth reading. I started  by reading a book on happiness (I forget the title now). After that, I was totally hooked. I couldn’t get enough of these types of books and wanted to learn more.

One day, I saw a friend post a picture of a book by Gabrielle Bernstein called “May Cause Miracles”. I had never heard of her but was intrigued by the title and book’s promise to experience 40 days of miracles. It was no coincidence that I was led to this book. I was completely blown away by the concepts in that book which is based off of the teachings of  “A Course in Miracles”. I was so into it i immediately purchased her only other 2 books available at the time, “Spirit Junkie” and “Add More Ing to Your Life”. This was such a cool part of my life. I was the happiest I had ever been. Synchronicity was everywhere and my dreams were coming true. Not to mention, I met my husband during this time. These books set the foundation for life as I know it today and I HIGHLY recommend you check at least one of them out. She has published about 3 more books since then and I’ve read them all.

Recently, I felt my craving for learning more about life kick in. I was looking for something new. I came across this book called “Girl Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. Wow. This was so awesomely written. A great one for moms. She has real life perspective on real life problems. She goes deep with her experiences to help readers get honest and feel comfortable with theirs. It’s super relate-able especially for moms. Confession: After I had my daughter, I don’t actually read books any more, I listen to them. It actually helps me to learn in a whole new way. I also can finish it in half the time and enjoy it while driving or on a run. I use Audible and you get 1 free book a month so I have yet to pay for one!

After I finished “Girl Wash Your Face” I was so upset it was over and wanted another eye opener. That’s when I found “Unfu*k Yourself: Get out of your head and into your life” by Gary John Bishop. This was just what I needed. Blunt, funny and the author is Scottish so if your listening to it his accent makes it that much better.  Everything he talks about makes so much sense and is mostly things we know but are afraid to act on. You are guaranteed to have like 10 ah-ha moments while reading this book.

If you are yearning to learn or just want to try out something new, I suggest you try one of these books. If they don’t work for you, take a date with yourself and go to the library or bookstore and see what inspires, excites and calls you. Books are great teachers.

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