Life-Changing Books

If you guys know me or have followed me for any amount of time, you know how much I love personal development!  Like, seriously, I’m an addict and can’t get enough!  Before I’m even finished with one book, I’m already ordering my next.  I’ve read or listened to countless books, but there are a few that hold a special place in my heart and that I would consider life-changing books.  Since people are always asking me for recommendations on what to read and since they’ve had such a positive effect in my life, I decided I would share my top picks with you.

It was difficult to narrow down my top picks, but I decided on 5 books that I really wanted to share with you guys.  These 8 books have truly had an impact in my life, some I’ve read or listened to more than once.  Some of them I still go back and reference.  Some have helped me with my business, some my personal life, some my financial life and most, my overall mindset.

If you are ready to get inspired, check out my top 5 picks for personal development

 

The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect was one of my very first personal development books.  If you haven’t read any of Darren Hardy’s books, you should probably read them all, but start with this one!  Also, I highly recommend you subscribe to his daily emails, they are amazing!  You can register to receive his awesome emails, here. In this book, he shares the principle that small actions that we take consistently can add up to greatness.  Darren shows us how to live our dream life by changing little, daily decisions that we make. These little decisions can either lead to reaching dreams or to disaster.  It’s our choice.

Darren Hardy is one of my favorite authors and mentors.  I’ve had the pleasure of hearing him speak live and he truly is inspiring.  His book, The Compound Effect is one of the first books I always recommend my new coaches to read.  And honestly, I think no matter what you do for a living, everyone should read this book.  You can apply it to anything in life, whether you are an entrepreneur, a stay at home mom, trying to get organized, you are wanting to lose weight, get fit, whatever changes you want to make in your life, you can use the information from this book to guide you.  Pick up a copy here.

My Miracle Morning

My Miracle Morning

Well, if you’ve followed my social media at all over the last 2-3 years, you’ve probably heard me talk about this book.  This book is a game changer!  As someone who is not a morning person AT ALL, it took me some time to accept the challenge Mr. Hal Elrod was asking of me.  But once I did, wow, everything started to change and change for the better.  No, I am not a morning person now, but my mornings go way smoother and I’m much happier since putting these techniques into place.  I get so much more done in the first hour of my day then I ever have and I’m so much more patient as a mother.  If your mornings are full of chaos, rushing around, spilling your coffee on yourself, shoving your kiddos out the door then you need to order this book now!  Seriously, go!  You can pick it up here.

No Limits

No Limits

John Maxwell is one of my very favorite authors!  I have read several of his books and have even had the privilege of attending a live conference call with him last year. His books are all about how to achieve your full potential, how to be successful in business and in life and how to change your mindset so that you can reach that potential.

No Limits is packed full of little nuggets that will help you get the most out of life by “blowing the cap off of your capacity,” as he puts it.  One of my favorite points that he touches on is how to really connect and build relationships with people.  Our successes and failures in life are typically traced back to our relationships so it’s important that we figure out to build strong ones.  I learned so much about how to be more productive, responsible and how my attitude (good or bad) effects so much in my life.  If you are wanting to achieve more, reach your full potential and really maximize your capacity, read this book! It’s GOLD!  You can get it here, if you wanna.

 

 

You are a Badass

You Are a Badass

Don’t be offended by the title of this book.  Jen Sincere is sure to make you feel like a Badass after you finish reading it.  I spent so many years of my life thinking that I was not good enough and doubting my true potential.  Reading her book, helped me to realize that I am truly capable of way more than I’ve ever given myself credit for.  She shows us how to change our self-sabatoging beliefs and behaviors so that we can start getting out of life what we truly deserve.  You are capable of creating a life that you love.  If you are ready to improve your mind and your life, you need to read this book.  It is by far, one of my favs and I’ve read more than once! Go get it now!  And because I buy everything on amazon, here’s a link.

Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face

If you haven’t seen or heard about this book yet, well, you must be living on another planet.  Girl, Wash Your Face is all the rage and if you spend 5 minutes reading it, you will know exactly why.  Rachel Hollis speaks to every woman in this book!  I honestly felt like she had been in my head, reading my diary or stalking me!

In this amazing book, she shares with us the lies that we have been telling ourselves and believing, for years.  And then she explains to us why they are indeed lies and how she has overcome these lies.  From the lie that you are not good enough, that you’ll start tomorrow, that you are a bad mom to the lie that there is only one right way to be.  She digs deep and shows how to overcome these self sabotaging lies and to live our best life with the truth.

This book, if you choose to read it, soak it in and allow it, will change your life for the better!  Not overnight, but if you take the time to really let each chapter sink in, and apply her tips that she shares at the end of each chapter, it can have a huge impact on your happiness.  Go get it now!!  Here‘s where I ordered mine.

Choosing your book

When choosing a personal development book, my best advice is to think about the stage of life that you are in.  What do you need to work on most?  How do you want to improve your life at this very moment?  Become more organized?  Work on getting healthier, fitter, more focused?  Are you trying to learn to love yourself?  Are you trying to realize your true potential?  Personal development is just that, it’s personal.  Your time is precious, so choose something that you most need to work on at the moment.  And if there’s no time to sit down and read a book, Audible is amazing!  Listen in your car, while your folding laundry, traveling, at the airport, etc.

If you decide to take any of my recommendations, let me know!  I would love to hear your thoughts on these books!  You can always find me over on Instagram!

Finding Strength Through the Hard

Life is so full of lessons!  Most of them, I think we totally overlook or it takes us a while to see them.  I use to think that when things didn’t go my way, or something bad happened in my life, it was a punishment.  I believed that I deserved it for all of the bad things that I had done in my life, for not being a better Christian, friend, daughter, mother, wife, etc.  Imagine that, me thinking that God would punish me for not being enough. It took some time for me to realize that I am enough, even when I sin, even when I fail, even when I do bad things.  God loves me through it all.  Finding Strength from the Hard, takes time but it is possible.

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in my adult life is that there is always an opportunity to learn and grow from our experiences-both good and bad ones.  Tragedies happen, hard times happen, there are times where we want to give up and throw our hands up in the air and ask God, “WHY?!”  Those are the times that we have to dig deep and look within to really see what blessings God is trying to reveal to us.  It is one of the hardest things to do in the moment.  If we can take the time to just breathe and talk to God, He will reveal to us the lesson to be learned.  But we have to listen.  We have to be patient.  And we have to have faith.

There are definitely times in our lives where its easy to do that and times where it seems impossible.  Having faith in midst of tragedy or heartache is one of the hardest things that you will have to do.  Tragedy will test your faith.  It’s up to you go stay strong and decide that your faith is stronger than whatever you are going through.  And when it seems impossible and that you can’t go on, turn to Him, let Him lead the way.  Ask Him for strength, but be patient and listen.

Lessons through my personal loss

I always think back to some of the hardest times in my life to remember how far I’ve come.  My faith was tested to the limits back in 2006 when my mother suddenly passed away at the age of 52.  I talk about this a lot because it was a pivotal moment in my life and it completely changed me.  My mother was my best friend and we spoke by phone daily and saw each other  a few times a week.  She was my rock, my biggest supporter, and my biggest fan.  Her death was by far the hardest thing that I had ever gone through at that point in my life.  I thought that there was no way, any good could come from such a tragedy.  I was angry with God for taking her!

As awful as losing my mother was, it also grew me as a person.  It took time, lots of time but eventually I was able to forgive God and find the strength to move on.  I had two choices when she died.  I could crawl into a hole, continue to feel sorry for myself and spend the rest of my life sad, lonely and in my own pity party of one. Or, I could pray for strength to move on, never forget, grow, become the person God intended me to be, learn from it and thrive.  I eventually chose option 2, but it took time, lots of time.

Losing my momma forced me to become more independent, a freer thinker, a more present mother and also taught me the importance of taking care of this one body that I have.  Her death eventually made me want to LIVE my life to the fullest!  It made me want to soak up every minute with my children and husband because you don’t know when your last day will be.  This tragedy also brought my siblings and I closer together.  While some relationships were lost after her death, the important relationships remained and became stronger.

Tragedy or a Blessing

Then there was the diagnosis of my daughter with Down Syndrome.  You’ve probably heard me talk about this many times.  Having each of my 3 children were life changing events, ones that I hold near and dear to my heart.  Stella’s diagnosis was life changing in my faith and in my relationship with God.  Just when I thought I had my shit together, I get this diagnosis that I thought, at the time, was tragic.

I’m pretty sure that day we received the news, I went through every emotion.  I cussed God, I pleaded with God, I told Him that He made a mistake, He chose the wrong person.  I prayed that the test was wrong.  I cried, I was angry, I was terrified.  I didn’t understand why this was happening.  I blamed myself.  The emotions were real.  They were raw and they changed every few minutes.  I let myself have a pity party for about 2 weeks and then I pulled my big girl pants up and did the things that I needed to do.

I continued to pray to God but I changed my prayers.  I began to ask him for strength, for guidance, for unconditional love.  I thanked Him for entrusting me to take care of another one of His children.  I listened for His guidance.  And as you can probably now see, I’m pretty darn thankful for our Sweet Stella.  She is exactly what I needed and she has taught me more lessons about life and being a good human then I could’ve possibly learned without her.  She has helped me develop a strength inside of me that I never imagined I could have. Her and her brothers make me want to be better and do better every day.  Yes, I still fail, I still fall, but because of them, I always get back up.

“God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called”

I have learned to trust God in a whole new way.  He will provide you what you need if you let Him.  As one of my sweet friends always says, “God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”  And He continues to do that for me.  I am His work in progress but what is so wonderful, is that He never gives up on me.  And He won’t give up on you either.

I’ve realized that all of the hard times that I’ve gone through in my life, have brought me right to where I am now.  God is using me to share my story, to share His story, to hopefully keep someone else from giving up and giving others the strength to push through the hard.  I use my mistakes and my past to guide and help others.  God doesn’t always reveal His plan to us, but He always has one. Listen and don’t be afraid to follow His plan even if it isn’t always the same as yours.