Personal Development

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The Audacity to be Queen

Why I love this book:

OMG y'all! Seriously every woman needs this book! I actually received it in a subscription box. Thankfully it was not a book I allowed to sit on my shelves for months (or let's be real, years) before I read it. It turned out to be exactly what I needed. Gina DeVee has a way of making you feel truly blessed to be a woman and empowered to step into all your feminine ways. We were put on this earth to live a life of fabulousness. Our desires were put in our hearts for a reason. Reading this book lit a fire in me that I never knew existed. Seriously, do yourself a favor and go out and get it NOW!

Rich as F*ck

Why I love this book:

If you have any fears surrounding money or the lack of, this is a must! I did this one as a listen on Audible. And while I plan to buy the hard copy, I also have to suggest you listen as well. Amanda Frances narrates herself and has a lot of side bars. It's as though she's talking directly to her listeners. Every chapter ends with thought provoking questions to help you work through any barriers holding you back. She will change your thinking on money and you will finish this book knowing you deserve all the riches in the world! And without feeling dirty or sinful for it.
*As the title suggest, cussing is normal vocabulary in the book. If this offends you, it's probably not for you.

Get Over Your Damn Self

Why I love this book:

This book is a must read for anyone in the network marketing world. Romi Neustadt shares her experience of rising to the top of her company, as a very busy professional woman, wife, and mom to two young children. She holds nothing back. She does not allow for excuses. She will make you squirm. She will step on your toes. But she does it all with love and offers so, so many golden nuggets. You simply cannot afford to not read this if you have plans of building a business of your own.

Eat, Pray, Love

Why I love this book:

I just loved this book. I loved following Elizabeth Gilbert on her journey to find herself. I love that she stepped out of her comfort zone to learn. Eat, Pray, Love made me dream. It made me believe. It made me feel normal. And made me feel good. We all go through struggles and feel a little lost at times. Sometimes reading others' journey is just what we need. 

Year of Yes

Why I love this book:

This book isn't what the title initially suggests.  It would see it's about a year of losing yourself to say yes to everything else. Or at least that was my initial thinking. 

It's really the opposite. Shonda Rhimes shares about her year of saying yes to all the opportunities that presented themselves. Which, in the end, was really about saying yes to herself.  And I think we could all use a lesson in learning how to say yes to ourselves more.

I chose the audiobook version and did not regret it. Shonda Rhimes narrates herself. It was as if she was talking directly to me and sharing her experience with me personally. I felt she brought more life to the book. 

Failing Forward

Why I love this book:

"The difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure."

We all fail at some point in life. That's life. Learning to view these "failures" as lessons to launch us into success is the key. Failure Forward helps you begin to view life in just this way.

Girl Wash Your Face

Why I love this book:

If you have ever said any of these things to yourself . . .

  • Something else will make me happy.

  • I’m not a good mom.

  • I will never get past this.

  • I am defined by my weight.

  • I should be further along by now.

Then this book is for you. Hollis is all about real talk and saying it like it is. It's time to stop feeling sorry for yourself and take the actions to move forward and see yourself for the amazing being that you are. 

Girl Stop Apologizing

Why I love this book:

Rachel Hollis is at it again with her real talk. This time encouraging women to stop living up to others expectations and start living to their fullest potential. Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself.

You are a Badass

Why I love this book: 

I love Jen Sincero and her style. She's very much a no nonsense kind of girl.  Funny, inspiring, and maybe the occasional cuss word (she's true to who she is, y'all). By the end, you'll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.

High Performance Habits

Why I love this book:

1. Why do some individuals and teams succeed more quickly than others and sustain that success over the long term?

2. Of those who pull it off, why are some miserable and others consistently happy on their journey?

3. What motivates people to reach for higher levels of success in the first place, and what practices help them improve the most

Burchard answers these and more in High Performance Habits. Seriously one of the best, most helpful books I've read in a long time. 

Burchard walks you through 6 areas high performers focus on. Included is a quiz to help you identify which areas you need to work on most, helping you give more focus to those areas. I promise you will be better for having read this book!

Power of Vulnerability

Why I love this book:

Brene Brown is easily one of my favorite authors. She rules on addressing some of the more socially taboo topics, like vulnerability. She's made it her life's mission to bring this to the forefront of people's lives and has done the study to show why it's so important. 

In Power of Vulnerability Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

Can't Hurt Me

Why I love this book:

David Goggins is as real as it gets. But be warned, you will quickly be offended if cursing isn't ok in your life. If that's the case, be sure to look for the censored version.

In Can't Hurt Me, he shares his astonishing life story and reveals that most of us tap into only 40% of our capabilities. Goggins calls this The 40% Rule, and his story illuminates a path that anyone can follow to push past pain, demolish fear, and reach their full potential.

I'd suggest the Audible version because it includes some behind the scenes podcast clips. It's long but well worth it! 


Copyright Angela Carroll