5 Books I’ve Read and You Should Too

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Since I’ve become a lot more committed to regaining my status as an avid reader I’ve come across some truly life changing reads. Self-development books have been my favorite for the past few years so I decided to share a few I think you should read.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes.

I enjoyed this book for it’s creative simplicity and raw honesty. Shonda lets us in to her secret place and opens up to us about why her constant No became an unfamiliar Yes. Overall the book taught me how changing my mindset and taking chances could really change my life for the better.

One of my favorite quotes:

“Any actual parts of me, anything real, anything human, anything honest, I kept to myself. I was a very good girl. I did what everyone needed me to do.”

Reading this sparked my interest immediately because I could relate. I felt like this statement literally expressed the thoughts I’ve been having concerning myself in recent years.

I appreciate the fact that her making one sound decision had the power to impact so many facets of her life.

Secrets of Six Figure Women: Surprising Strategies to Up Your Earnings and Change      Your Life by Barbara Stanny.

There were topics discussed in this book that I hadn’t necessarily given much thought to until diving into this book. For example, I never thought much about why under-earners that are just as, if not even more talented than high income earners actually earn less money.

A lesson that I took from this book is that it is of great benefit that my intention is clearly stated. Clearly stated intentions light the flame of your burning desires. After intentions are stated and outlined, goals become more attainable.

Set aside time to clearly state and outline your intentions.

One of my favorite quotes: 

“Power is an internal sense of knowing yourself, and that doesn’t require money. But having money allows you to express your power in different ways.”

The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify by Francine Jay. 

Before reading this book I had no conceptual understanding of what a minimalist was, but after reading this book I have discovered a newfound interest in pursuing a minimalist lifestyle. For so long I have been that person to buy any and everything I have some level of interest in no matter how useless or unnecessary it may be.

Confession: I’ve struggled with impulse buying for awhile.

However, after reading this book my impulse buying has subsided quite a bit. I appreciate this book most for introducing me to the concept Less Stuff = More Freedom and Less Stuff = Less Stress. Personally, I’ve realized that the reason it’s so hard for me to keep my room organized is primarily because I have way too much stuff and everything doesn’t have a designated place. I am still in the process of using some of the decluttering and organizing tips outlines in the book for every room in a house.

Reading this book will help reshape your view on your belongings. Read this with an open-mind.

One of my favorite quotes:

“Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is far more conducive to a minimalist lifestyle. If we recognize the abundance in our lives and appreciate what we have, we will not want for more.”

Gentlewoman: Etiquette for a Lady, From a Gentleman by Enitan O. Bereola II

Now this book was a fun read. It’s not your typically “a man giving women advice on how to get a man” type of book. It’s more about sharing with women how to love and appreciate themselves from a male perspective.

Through this book I was formally introduced to the idea of actually attending wine tastings, art galleries, ballets, operas and museums. The seed to enjoy the finer things in life was therefore planted.

One of my favorite quotes:

“My wish is for you to perpetually fall in love with yourself again, again and again, and all over again.”

The Wait: A Powerful Practice for Finding the Love of Your Life and the Life You Love by DeVon Franklin and Megan Good. 

In a world where sex outside of marriage is glorified, this book sheds light on a story of two people that chose a different route. The two consciously chose to date with the absence of sex. According to these two lovers their relationship and marriage have benefited greatly from their judgment not being clouded by the ties of sex during their dating phase.

The greatest lesson I took from this book was the benefits of choosing delayed gratification over instant gratification because it always ends in receiving something better.

One of my favorite quotes:

“The Wait is about getting control of your life, reducing the dating drama, and avoiding desperate relationship choices so that you can make better decisions about your future.”

**I hope you enjoy at least one of these books as much as I have. If you decide to read one of the books I’d love to know what your thoughts are about it. Feel free to reach out to me. 

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