I think “self-help” gets a bad rap. If you think about it, self-help is pretty bad*ss. It’s like saying, “Hmm, I’m fantastic, but I’m struggling in a certain area; I’m going to turn to another bad*ss-er for some guidance.” What is shameful about that!? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.
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I do find, however, that some self-help books can be dull, cheesy, or completely convoluted, which is one of the reasons why I wanted to create this cheese-free list for y’all. The other reason, the more important reason, is that I truly believe a book can change your life. Find the right subject, voice and perspective, and anything is possible. Here are some gems that have changed my life, and I hope they’re as powerful for you.
1. Playing Big: Find Your Voice, Your Mission, Your Message by Tara Mohr
Turns out being a woman trying to kick *ss at your passion isn’t always the easiest thing, but author Tara Mohr makes it all that much more manageable and achievable. Elizabeth Gilbert praised the book saying, “At last this very important book has been written, encouraging women to take up all the creative space they deserve in the world. I hope it will empower legions of women to step into their greatness. I couldn’t be happier about this publication.”
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2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
Long before this book became a bit on the Gilmore Girls revival, it was still an awesome book that totally changed the way I live. All through high school, I was kind of well… unbearably messy. Marie Kondo will teach you how to create the most awesome living environment, and it’s a remedy that lasts.
3. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
Oh, Brene Brown, you spiritual goddess. I first heard about Brene Brown when her Ted Talk on vulnerability went viral. Soon after, she wrote a book on the topic. Her book will truly teach you how having the courage to be vulnerable will transform the way you live, love and lead.
4. What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey
Oh man. This book is a beautiful little compass. If you ever feel lost or alone, pick up Oprah’s book. Hearing her words in your head as she boils down the basics of a fulfilled life will totally ground you. A quick, easy, and meaningful read.
5. Every Female Memoir Ever
Read every single memoir out there. These women, celebrities and non-celebrities alike–so wise! If you need help getting started, might I suggest Amy Poehler’s Yes Please, Tina Fey’s Bossypants, Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl, and Ellen Degeneres’ Seriously…I’m Kidding.
Now go! Read, spread your wings, and fly, fly away!
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