Megan’s Top 6 Personal Growth Reads
I love personal growth books so much. There’s something empowering about the amount of wisdom at my fingertips or in my earbuds since I love listening to audibles. Personal Growth genre of books get me super excited and give me crazy amounts of energy to keep creating and living well. I love all the knowledge and information I can soak in from others who have walked the path before me or are in the trenches with me. Here are 6 books that I have read in the past year that I would recommend you adding to your reading list. Happy Reading and Growing friends!
1. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are so You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
If you have not read this book you must stop what you are doing and buy it right now. I listened to the audible version read by Rachel Hollis herself, and I found myself saying yes, yes, yes to everything she said. By the end of the book I felt like Rachel Hollis was my BFF.
One of my favorite quotes from the book “If you’re unhappy that’s on you.” Rachel Hollis
Shonda Rhimes is the the creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal. This book is so good, I enjoyed the audible version read by Shonda herself. The entire book is a reminder about being brave with your life and saying yes to living a life you love.
Make this your year of YES!!
One of my favorite passages from the book. “Happiness comes from living as you need to, as you want to. As your inner voice tells you to. Happiness comes from being who you actually are instead of who you think you are supposed to be.” Shonda Rhimes
3. Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist
I felt like this book was written for me. I have always been an overachiever and prided myself on being successful at managing businesses, kids, my marriage, my home, my friendships without skipping a beat. When in reality I was exhausted, not present and my motivation for success was for all the wrong reasons. This book literally changed my life.
An AHH HA paragraph for me “Many of us, myself included, consider our souls necessary collateral damage to get done the things we felt we simply had to get done-because of other people’s expectations, because we want to be known as highly capable, because we’re trying to outrun our inner emptiness and for a while we don’t even realize the compromising we’ve made. We’re on autopilot, chugging through the day on fear and caffeine, checking things off the list, falling into bed without even a real thought or feeling or connection all day long, just a sense of having made it through.” Shauna Niequist
4. You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
This is great for all women and if you are a GirlBoss it’s a necessary read. I just wish I would have read it in my early 20’s. Warning Jen Sincero has a potty mouth, but so do I so I am not bothered by her language.
Write this quote on your bathroom mirror, read it everyday. “You Are Loved, massively, ferociously, unconditionally, The Universe is totally freaking out about how awesome you are.” Jen Sincero
You can read this book in an hour but its message is powerful. Through my personal growth journey I have learned that I must love myself first and that lesson has transformed my life. When you truly love yourself you will live differently and this book gives real life tangible examples and explanation on why and how your life with change once you love yourself like your life depends on it.
A powerful mantra to Live By: “This day, I vow to love myself to treat myself as someone I love truly and deeply, in my thoughts, my actions, my choices, my experiences. Each moment I am conscious, I make the decision to Love Myself” Kamal Ravikant
6.The Little Book of Lykke: Secrets of the World’s Happiest People
My sister-n-law gifted this to me for Christmas and boy she totally gets me. This book is my jam. It’s packed full of knowledge about why and what makes people happy. It’s data and research based and gives clear examples and reasons why people in certain demographics living particular ways, doing specific things are happier.
This passage from the book sums up my feelings about things not making us happy, but our relationships will. “That our wealth is not measured by the size of our bank accounts but by the strength of our bonds, the health of our loved ones, and the level of our gratitude. That happiness does not come from owning a bigger car but from knowing that we are part of something bigger, part of a community and that we are all in this together.” Amen to all that good stuff!!!