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The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by Meik Wiking
Hygge (pronounced hoo-ga) is the Danish philosophy of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. This book delves into what makes things hygge, like candlelight, reading, warm blankets, sweet baked goods, and comfy clothes. Despite having long, dark winters, Denmark is consistently ranked as having the happiest residents in the world. Their obsession with finding coziness and comfort seems to be why. This book details both what hygge means and how it is achieved.
Rise Sister Rise: A Guide to Unleashing the Wise, Wild Woman Within by Rebecca Campbell
Part autobiography, part call to action, part oracle. This book is a call to women to leave behind the patriarchal rules of success and instead rely upon their own feminine power and intuition to succeed and cultivate wisdom. The book can be read cover to cover or turned to a random page as a sort of oracle card. Full of essays, questions, inspiring stories, calls to action, and tools to help women step into their power and truly be themselves.
Warrior Goddess Training: Becoming The Woman You Are Meant To Be by HeatherAsh Amara
There’s a very good reason this book has been a bestseller for three years. Women are tired of being stressed out and exhausted from putting themselves last. It’s a guide for putting on the equivalent of life’s oxygen mask and taking back the control of our lives. Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint how we got to into some predicaments or why we have bad habits. Reading this book urges women to look inward, decide what isn’t working, then become a warrior to fight for what her best life is – not what others think her best life should be.
The Self-Love Experiment: Fifteen Principles for Becoming More Kind, Compassionate, and Accepting of Yourself by Shannon Kaiser
Ms. Kaiser is a life coach who, in the past, hated both her life and herself. So she decided to do something about changing her attitude and embarked on a self-love experiment. The book is the chronicle of her experiences with tips and guidance for readers to also learn to love themselves. If you are hard on yourself, hating parts of your body or life, this is a great book to learn how to turn around the self-sabotage and destructive thoughts or actions.
White Hot Truth: Clarity for Keeping It Real on Your Spiritual Path from One Seeker to Another by Danielle LaPorte
One of the leaders in the self-help industry is shining a bright light on what has become an obsession with many: finding spiritual enlightenment. Why? Because she’s tried so many things herself, from kundalini yoga to silent retreats. She’s been a lifelong seeker of enlightenment, and she’s had enough of constantly striving to be better. As she phrases it: Sometimes woo gets in the way of us actually dealing with our poo. Meaning, spirituality can become more things on a today list rather than something truly meaningful and beneficial. If you’re addicted to self-help or finding the next trending spiritual practice, you have to read this book. It’ll help you decide what works for you…and what doesn’t.
Awaken Your Inner Fire: Ignite Your Passion, Find Your Purpose, and Create the Life That You Love by HeatherAsh Amara
Another great book from the original Warrior Goddess. This one explores what she calls Inner Fire. The thing that is your true work, what you are meant to embody in everything that you do. Once you figure out what your Inner Fire is, this book helps stoke it and keep it burning brightly. While the concept sounds rather new age-y and woo-woo, it can be more simply summed up as finding what lights you up then doing it. If you’ve ever felt like you aren’t living up to your full potential, that something just isn’t quite right, this book could help bring back the spark (Inner Fire) that has been smoldering instead of burning brightly.
Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel by Heidi Swanson
Ms. Swanson was one of the first food bloggers who I ever started following, years ago. This cookbook features recipes inspired by her life at home in northern California and by her travels in Morocco, France, India, Italy, and Japan. I love it! All of the recipes are vegetarian. While many are simple they also focus on quality ingredients. The photographs are gorgeous too. It’s like taking a foodie trip around the world with glimpses into the author’s life.
The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage by Mel Robbins
This book features a very simple concept that can be used to turn around everything from negative thought patterns to procrastination. Basically, whenever your instincts tell you to do something countdown from 5 to 1 and then physically start to act on the instinct. It’s a way of stopping your inner critic from talking you out of doing something. I’ve tried it a few times and it really does work. The book is full of testimonials of people who have accomplished some pretty wonderful things using the 5 Second Rule. Plus, the science and psychology about why it works is also included.