So I was thinking, I enjoy reading, but life doesn’t always permit me to curl up with a good book. So while I’m out running errands, or driving back and forth to the mountains, I decided that my commute could be put to better use.
I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of self help, aka shelf help, sprinkled with chick lit, in an effort to navigate this thing called life, even better this year. Some I’ve read, but could use a refresher. Others, I’m selecting purely on the strength of reviews or fondness for the author. All, filled with lessons, I’ll strive to implement.
Won’t you join me, in what I’m calling the B.Y.O.B. Club? Bring Your Own Book seemed too obvious, though it works. The acronym actually stands for Be Your Own Best.
You have the entire month to read, or listen to, the chosen book, which I’ll then review and open up for discussion here, near the beginning of the following month.
January – Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Hollywood powerhouse, and surprising introvert, Shonda Rhimes realized that she was missing out on life, by constantly declining invitations and experiences, due to fear. Well, she decided, that for an entire year, she would say yes to everything that terrified her. In the process, she basically transformed herself into one of the badass characters she had previously only written about, and now wants to help us do the same.
February – The Compound Effect
Publisher of SUCCESS Magazine, Darren Hardy, demonstrates how seemingly insignificant choices, ultimately add up, leading you toward your desires or disaster. Repeat after me, decisions shape your destiny.
March – Rich Bitch: A Simple 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together…Finally
If you can get beyond the title, and occasionally being referred to as a bitch, financial expert, Nicole Lapin outlines the 12-step plan that got her finances in order, and can help you too. Sharing a wealth of information, in an entertaining, refreshingly straight-forward and actionable way, Nicole will have you laughing all the way to the bank.
April – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing
In this New York Times best-selling guide, readers learn the revolutionary KonMari Method for simplifying, organizing, and storing. By the end of the book, and process, your home will not only sparkle, but you should only be surrounded by things that “Spark Joy.”
May – How to Be Here: A Guide to Creating a Life Worth Living
Pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Rob Bell, promises to shows you how to figure out your purpose, realize your dreams, live in the moment and joyfully do the things that make you come alive. I’m so here for it.
June – The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
Essentially a book on affirmations, Pastor and New York Times best-selling author, Joel Osteen, asserts that you are inviting in, and manifesting, whatever words you use after “I am.” About so much more than just positive thinking, this sermon of sorts encourages us to reach new heights by claiming the victory and speaking it into existence; for your life follows not only the thoughts you think, but the words you utter.
July – Psychocybernetics
Doctor and professor, Maxwell Maltz, who paved the way for many of today’s most powerful personal development programs, maintains that failure and misery are habits, just like success and happiness. Thankfully, the negatively ones can be changed. Offering relaxation and visualization techniques, as well as ways to dehypnotize yourself from false beliefs, this is your personal how-to guide.
August – Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur
A growing group of female entrepreneurs, around the world, have discovered the secret to success and happiness, in both their personal and professional lives. Fortunately, this feat is not exclusive to these power players, according to author and Master Life Coach, Cara Alwill Leyba. Girl Code is described as an inspiring and empowering road map for female entrepreneurs, side hustlers and professional women alike; not to mention women who just want to become better versions of themselves. That means you too can learn how to think positively, drop the façade, rid yourself of jealousy, connect with, as well as support, other women, and ultimately have it all.
September – The Untethered Soul
Our inner voices can be relentless with the constant chatter, reliving and regretting the past, or worrying about some future event, that may or may not even happen. Well, this book will not only transform your relationship with yourself, but also the world around you. By tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher, Michael A. Singer, shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories that keep us from achieving happiness and self-realization.
October – Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
If you’re one of millions of people, including Shonda Rhimes, who viewed Amy Cuddy’s TED Talk on “power poses,” and then actually used them, you’re not going to want to miss out on Presence. Or should I say this present? This revolutionary book is a gift, revealing that we don’t need to embark on a grand spiritual quest or complete an inner transformation to harness the power of presence. We can learn how to approach our biggest challenges with confidence instead of dread, and leave them with satisfaction instead of regret, by simply nudging ourselves, moment by moment, tweaking our body language, behavior, and mindset in our day-to-day lives. Yes please.
November – Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Insightful and inspiring, Big Magic, is filled with the pearls of wisdom we’ve come to expect from Elizabeth Gilbert. Encouraging us to uncover our own “strange jewels” hidden within, she unearths the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives, no matter the endeavor.
December – Rising Strong
Best-known for her work on vulnerability, worthiness and shame, Brené Brown’s latest effort, Rising Strong, tackles what to do after a fall. Regaining our footing in the midst of struggle is where our courage is tested and our values are forged. This, according to her, is how we cultivate wholeheartedness. It’s the process that teaches us the most about who we are. This, I believe, will be just the encouragement we’ll all need to wrap up, what I’m hoping would have been an amazing, but possibly challenging year; not to mention, come back stronger and ready for the next one.
Well that about covers it. Who’s ready to read about it and be about it?