I love reading a good self-help book. When I worked as an au pair a couple years ago, I used Audible to listen to inspirational books while I did the housework (still do that but it’s changed to podcasts instead), and I loved thinking bigger and better than my current situation, feeling motivated to try some new entrepreneurial journey. As a part-time blogger looking to expand my skills and creativity, some of these books open ideas to me that I’d never considered before and can change my behaviour pretty drastically (like the time I read Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and got rid of three garbage bags of unused clothing the day after). I’m currently on my uni mid-year holidays for a couple more weeks so I thought it might be a good idea to grab some books and kick my butt into action.
Get Your Sh*t Together
By Sarah Knight
I’ve been listening to the audio version of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, also by Sarah Knight (and yes, it’s a rip off of the Marie Kondo book), which is both entertaining and has some good life lessons in it. As someone who suffers from (mildish) social anxiety and fear of new events, it’s a good reminder that sometimes the worry is just not worth it and I should only be putting energy into the things I really love and am passionate about. Get Your Sh*t Together has a slightly different focus – it’s more about the productivity side of things, once you’ve let go of the stuff that’s not bringing you joy. I’m all about boosting productivity (you can check out my review of the bullet journaling system, which set me on the productivity journey, HERE), which I’m sure will also help me keep motivating when uni goes back.
By Elizabeth Gilbert
This is a book that was recommended by a blogger I follow and I’m very excited to get stuck into it. Big Magic is about letting go of the fears of judgement and the unknown and letting creativity run wild, which sort of hits home to me (and others) working in creative industries. Creativity means branching out and building a lot of new things out of nothing, which is what drives me, but it also means there’s a lot of room for failure and judgement. Big Magic is from the same author as Eat Pray Love so I’m sure it’ll be an engrossing read.
You are a Badass at Making Money
By Jen Sincero
I was listening to Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Al Delete podcast, where she talks to influencers in the digital community about a variety of topics, when her interview with Jen Sincero came on. Jen is an incredible woman – she’s made millions after starting off in complete debt – and she basically sold her book to me from the word ‘go’. You are a Badass at Making Money is an extension from one of her most popular chapters in her earlier book, You are a Badass, and covers the basics of changing your mindset towards money in order to open yourself up to making more of it. She highlights that money has become dirty, and that we don’t want to become rich because that makes us seem greedy, but the reality is that money can help you go far and do a lot of good in the world. I’m currently about halfway through (speeding through it) and I have to say, it’s very entertaining, with some good practical tips sprinkled throughout.
Are there any inspiring books on your to-read list?