A Journey of Personal Growth
In the past couple of years I’ve become a huge fan of self-development books. The inspiration, ideas and advice they provide all benefit my personal growth journey. When I have a new self-development book to read I feel excited and look forward to the positive change which it could bring to my life. I read each book with an open mind, taking in the information and considering how their ideas could benefit me. Sometimes I finish a book with a whole new mindset and perception of things. Other times I’ll take away a couple of new strategies to start implementing. Whatever I learn, I always find the read to be enlightening.
My reading list is constantly growing but for now I would like to share six of my favourite inspiring and motivating books.
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod
The Miracle Morning was one of the first self-development book which I read and I absolutely loved it! Written by Hal Elrod, The Miracle Morning is designed to motivate and improve your morning routine. By showing you how to wake up each day with more energy and focus. Elrod writes about his discovery to waking up early and going through a fixed routine. Providing both productivity and relaxation before the day has even began. He refers to this routine as the life S.A.V.E.R.S. This book truly opened up my mind and I took away many brilliant yet simple strategies to improve my life and reach my goals. You can read my full book review here.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The purpose behind Big Magic is to encourage us to find our most creative and expressive life which is driven by curiosity than by fear. The author Elizabeth Gilbert is very charming and witty. Her tone makes you feel as though you’re at home having a deep and heartfelt pep talk with your friend. Throughout the book you will find lots of powerful and motivational messages, you can read my favourite eight here. Before I started Big Magic I was wondering whether I should start my blog. Once I had finished Big Magic, Those Positive Thoughts was born.
The Life Changing Magic Of Tidying by Marie Kondo
Written by Japan’s de cluttering expert and professional cleaner, Marie Kondo’s mission is to help others organise their rooms once and for all. Using the simple KonMari method, she shares the key to successfully tidying your home by only keeping what you truly love. While reading this book I realised that when I have a clear space I also have a clear mind. Which also helped me notice that when I have many things on my mind, I feel the urge to clean and de clutter my space. In a way to rid the clutter in my mind.
Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
I love Eat Pray Love! Another book by Elizabeth Gilbert, here she writes about her troubles of a messy and stressful divorce. After which she starts a voyage of self discovery by taking a year off to travel. Starting in Italy where she indulgences in their finest food and drink in an attempt to heal her pain. Her second stop is India where she masters the art of meditation. Finishing her twelve month trip in Indonesia where she finds her fairy tale ending. I can’t relate to Gilbert’s grief over her divorce, however I did find the book incredibly inspiring. In fact, I’ve added a twelve month trip to three different countries to my bucket list! This is a must read book which I would highly recommend.
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling
This book is absolutely brilliant and hilarious. I can honestly say that it made me laugh out loud. It’s a quick and cheerful read which will only take you a couple of days or so to finish (around 5 hours). Mindy Kaling combines humour with heart, her stories and advice are the perfect read for anyone looking to relax, wind down and switch off from the world. Even though her life is completely different to mine, I found her to be very relatable. The determination which she shows throughout her journey is inspiring.
Pretty Happy by Kate Hudson
I admire Kate Hudson’s career and when I kept seeing brilliant reviews for her new book “Pretty Happy”, I just had to buy it! I was drawn to the title, because don’t we all want to be “Pretty Happy”? I do anyway! Her book is a smart and motivating health and fitness bible. I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of interaction the reader has with this book. Kate includes lots of questions, exercises and quizzes to reach the readers on a deeper level. Throughout the book she refers to her “drawing board” where she records her thoughts and feelings as a way to understand herself and her body. Even though I don’t use my journal (drawing board) to record all of my mind’s and body’s emotions, I do love the ideas and the encouragement which she provides. After reading this book I can honestly say that I will now pay more attention to my body understand its needs.
I would absolutely love to know what books you’ve found inspiring and motivating! Can you recommend any self development books and have you read any of the ones above?