This page is dedicated to all the books I read over the past two years that has opened my eyes to figure out who I am and what is my purpose in life.
I read the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson, twice. The first time I read it was on my Kindle. Then early this year, I bought the hard copy to make annotations and to see how much I have changed since I read it.
The first time I read the book, I felt like I got slapped across the face because it made me realize how fucked up I have been living my life. It is the very first book that perpetuated my personal development and spiritual journey, three years ago. It is an easy read and covers all that you need to know about making you and your life better.
I recommend reading Manson’s book, particularly those who are seeking guidance regarding personal growth. Manson is expressive as he is honest and uses profanity to get his point across. He talks the truth, and his writing style makes you feel like he is your personal life coach.
You are a Badass by Jen Sincero is a must read! With twenty-seven bite-sized chapters, Sincero lays it all out through her honest and often, harsh words. Sincero schools you on how to live your best life in a realistic yet spiritual way and writes about her own experiences and of others. It is an easy, quick read but has all you need to know to stimulate change and purpose in your life.
Lovelands by Dr. Debra Campbell is a must read. She speaks of and explains in detail an important topic that is fundamental to us, LOVE! Through her personal experience and stories from her clients, she helps us become aware of our ‘faultiness,’ so that we don’t keep repeating the same mistakes. It is a guide of self-reflection and of having a deeper understanding of who we are and why we do certain things, such as, choosing fear over love and compassion. Dr. Campbell literally provides a map that covers our experiences in Lovelands as we journey through and discover self-love, love for others, and the world.
Living Well Spending Less by Ruth Soukup is an inspiring book full of step-by-step instructions and spiritual wisdom. She is authentic and honest as she shares her journey from spending a lot to discover life is better when it’s simple and with fewer things. She is like a teacher educating you how to manage your spending. Ruth is transparent about her own mistakes and leads you to reevaluate your priorities. I highly recommend reading this book if you need to change the way you spend or with prioritizing what is important in your life.
“A life of true contentment is one we have to work for, and one we actively choose. It means taking the time to identify our priorities and know what truly matters in life. It means being intentional about desiring the things we can’t see rather than all that glitter around us. It means making the decision to stop looking at what everyone else has…”
– Ruth Soukup
If you are committed and need a step-by-step guide to living well spending less, I suggest to also read Ruth’s 31 Days of Living Well and Spending Zero. It is a book that challenges you not to spend by decluttering your living space, gathering innovative ideas by using items you already have on hand, and learning simple tricks and tips for selling your stuff, slashing your bills, and even saving on food. It is a book that can genuinely change the way you live, making it simple and less overwhelming. It is easy to read and broken down into five-parts (weeks), and for each day you are given an assignment. If you wonder how you will manage it all, Ruth is fantastic at suggesting the best practical and economical ways of completing each task.
I came across Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis, on Amazon as #1 bestseller! The book is such an eye-opener that I bought the hard copy and reread it after reading it on my Kindle! Rachel’s style of writing pronounces her desire to help women become a better version of themselves. Her voice is encouraging that without having seen Rachel on social media when I started to read the book, I pictured how she’d be– a person with a lot of energy and enthusiasm. I wasn’t wrong; she is exactly how I’d imagined her.
The book contains 20 chapters of the lies Rachel once believed. She debunks each myth through personal experiences. Some sections may not apply if you do not have children, but the must-read chapters are:
Chapter 1: The Lie: Something Else Will Make Me Happy
“When I say unhappy, I mean discontented, unsettled, frustrated, angry– any number of emotions that make us want to hide from our lives instead of embracing them with arms wide open like a Creed song.”
Chapter 2: The Lie: I’ll Start Tomorrow
“You’ll set a goal and surprise yourself when you achieve it. You’ll teach yourself a new way to behave and set a standard for the type of person you truly are– not the one you’ve dreamed about becoming, but who you practice being every single day.”
Chapter 3: The Lie: I’m Not Good Enough
“You should be the very first of your priorities! … to ensure that you stop trying to run from your problems is to face them head-on.”
Chapter 4: The Lie: I’m Better Than You
“ … look for the ones who want to build each other up instead of tear each other down.”
Chapter 5: The Lie: No is the Final Answer
“Friends, it’s not about the goal or the dream you have. It’s about who you become on your way to that goal.”
Chapter 12: The Lie: I Need To Make Myself Smaller
“If you’re a people-pleaser like I was, this is especially hard because my instincts are to ensure that everyone likes me at all times. So I decided to get out of my own way and stop focusing…”
Chapter 14: The Lie: I’m A Terrible Writer
“I can write down words and send them out into the world and hope they find a home. Or I can hide my light under a bushel because I’m too afraid someone won’t like the glare.”