Hey friends, guess what?
If you answered a) it’s Friday? You’re right.
If you answered b) It’s time for a nap. You’re also right
If you answered c) It’s time for Anna to do another favorite books in a genre list. You are 5000% right.
It’s almost the end of the first quarter of the year.
I know, I can’t believe it either! It feels like so much has happened in such a short amount of time! And with realizing that the first part of the year is officially over, it’s also time for that guilt of falling behind on goals or realizing that something that should have been a priority ended up not being a priority because things came up.
Stop the guilt.
And to prove to you that it’s okay. Here are a few of my favorite self development books from my current season in life. Many of these books highlight the idea of taking care of yourself and taking the time to slow down even when things insist on being hectic. These are books that I read over and over again throughout the year and always learn something new each time.
1| Grace Not Perfection / A Simplified Life by Emily Ley
Emily Ley is the CEO of the Simplified brand, most known for their Simplified Planner. She just has such a heart for people, particularly young moms and I really appreciate her simple, southern style. In Grace Not Perfection, Emily addresses the importance of getting rid of the perfectionist attitude and to hold ourselves to a standard of grace instead. Grace gives us the wiggle room for emergencies or more cuddle sessions with our kids/pets/significant others over marking off the to-do list. A Simplified Life is a much more practical guide to decluttering your physical and digital spaces to make room in your life for the things that really matter.
2 | Present Over Perfect / Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist
I have to give Lisamarie over at Paper & Glam props for the Shauna Niequist promo. Because I can’t say I would have picked up either of these books otherwise! She’s obsessed with Shauna and for good reason! Both of these books are important to me because they really stress the importance of being present and aware during whatever season you are in. These are written memoir/essay style with personal anecdotes from Shauna’s life that are incredibly relatable no matter what your season of life! Just in case you’re not into the idea: both of these books, and Grace, Not Perfection above are written with faith-based mindsets but I wouldn’t say they get preachy or evangelical on the readers.
3 | Start Balancing by Kristy Dickerson
If you don’t know by now, I am OBSESSED with the STARTplanner brand of planners. And one of the reasons behind that obsession is the team. Particularly the CEOs Kristy and Jenny who both worked on this book with Kristy being the writer and Jenny rocking the book design. ALSO! This book is perfectly square. I can’t with it. It’s amazing. With worksheets in book and available for download, Kristy dives into her own story of searching for balance and also gives practical applications and suggestions for starting points because the hardest part of anything is getting started!
4 | Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
Alright. Even if you don’t think you’ve heard of Shonda Rhimes. I’m 95% certain that if you live in the United States you have. Grey’s Anatomy? Scandal? How to Get Away with Murder? Yeah, this is the CEO of Shondaland which produces all of those shows. In today’s world, we always talk about how saying NO is super empowering and that we, especially women, should get better at saying no. However, sometimes we (especially super introverts like me) have made saying no the immediate response anytime we know someone is going to ask us to do something. Especially if it takes us out of our comfort zone. In Year of Yes, Shonda takes us on her journey of learning how saying YES can also be as empowering and liberating as saying no.
5 | Make It Happen by Lara Casey
While I LOVE listening to Lara narrate this book, I do highly recommend purchasing the physical book either in conjunction with the audiobook or just picking up the physical copy in order to really work through the prompts in the book. Lara Casey is the CEO of the Cultivate brand which is most widely known for their Powersheets which are used as goal setting/tracking supplements to planners like Emily Ley’s Simplified Planner. I love Lara’s energy and her heart for women. Her focus is on cultivating good goals and living life on and filled with purpose. I adore how each chapter is written like a chat with a friend over coffee and how she tells stories about how she learned something and then follows up with practical applications. This one also has a faith-based background that comes up a lot, but I feel like it can be accessible for people who don’t believe as well. Her new book Cultivate is already out and I’m hoping to get to it soon!
6 | You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
I know. I know. This book is like the most mainstream of self-empowerment/self-development books. But it’s for a good reason I promise! The audiobook for this book is also freaking incredible, just saying. Jen Sincero comes in like a wrecking ball with her funny stories, witty sage advice, and plenty of easy to apply exercises on overcoming self-sabotaging behaviors. Almost feels like those amazing personal trainers everyone talks about that really make you get your butt in gear. Jen also has two other books out. You are Badass at Making Money and You Are a Badass Every Day that I definitely am on the waitlist for!
Do you read inspirational or any self-help/self-development type books? Leave me your favorites down in the comments!
In the meantime, keep calm and read on!