Inspirational Reads.

Inspirational Reads
I am a sucker for an inspirational quote, or two, and ‘Self help’ books are no different. There is something about the words that I just find so uplifting, and a bit of an escape from the occasional rubbish life situation I find myself in.

Saying that though, the other day someone in work told me how well I appear to be coping despite everything, and you know what? I’m proud of little ol’ me. Yes, you could say it’s just part of adulthood, but I haven’t cried, inflicted my problems on other people, or brought anything into work. Partly down to my own self resilience (ya know, we are far tougher than we give ourselves credit for - I’m forever astounded by the minds ability to cope with things; with the exception of my ex's sister, of course!) and probably something to do with what I’ve been reading…

And only a little bit to do with having Queen Bae, Ari and Kelly Clarkson (my girls!) on shuffle repeat.

I guess there is nothing wrong with a bit of positive thinking, as it’s so easy to get bogged down with negative thoughts. Sometimes all you need is someone completely impartial telling you ‘Hey! Things aren’t so bad’ and maybe giving you a bit of direction for any lost purpose you might have.

At the minute I am reading You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sinciro, which I'm loving. It's kind of like The Secret, you know, the only thing stopping us from living the life we want is ourselves. I found the part about our subconscious ruling our conscious thought really poignant though. It has actually helped me pinpoint why I have the flaws that I have, and not necessarily point the blame at my childhood, but it definitely plays a significant role in why I act the way I do.

Anyway, here are some other books I am keen to get stuck into.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg
Phoebe is getting older (Oh. My. God. Where has the time gone?) which has meant that I have been thinking more about my career, and where I want to go with my life. I found maternity leave pretty difficult; it was lonely and isolating if I'm honest. When I went back to work after 10 months off I dropped a day to make the transition easier, and for me to spend that extra time with my baby. But now she is not a 'baby' anymore my career needs a bit of work. Geddit?! I am hoping this book will spur me on, and give me the confidence I need to be a strong, self reliant (I hope!) woman.

Feel The Fear and Do it Anyway

by Susan Jeffers
I can't be the only one who ponders why some people appear more confident and happy in their life than I am.. Please tell me I'm not! I consider it one of life's great mysteries TBH. Anyway, this book is meant to explain all that, but also to give you the confidence to go out and get what you want too.

The Miracle Morning: The 6 Habits That Will Transform Your Life

by Hal Elrod
I am very much a morning person, but I think I definitely struggle when it comes to utilising that time. I have an annoying tendency to flit from one thing to another without finishing the thing I first started. I know, irritating, right?

Why Men Love Bitches

by Sherry Argov
I know it’s a bit crass but I’ve actually read this book before and really enjoyed it. It’s a bit sharper than Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, you know, less fluffy? And offers quite practical advice to those who feel a bit ‘trodden over’ shall we say? It’s not a particularly apt read for me now, but it has built me up in the past after a messy breakup.

What are you reading at the minute?