I will always be an advocate for reading. When I was younger, I used to spend almost every Saturday afternoon, at home... in bed... having a read-a-thon... by myself. What did that mean?
It meant me moving piles of books from my bookshelf to the bed, going through and reading all the Magic School Bus and American Girl books I owned... later on, rereading every single Harry Potter book multiple times until the sun went down. Years later, I'm a bit more social and spend my Saturday's differently but I'm still a huge advocate of reading and diving into new books.
Multiple friends have been asking me recently if I have any recommendations on books to read, which inspired me to share three favorites with all of you. There are many more on my list but these have impacted me in a major way and I'll continuously recommend them to anyone who asks.
Living Forward is one of the books that I'd recommend to anyone who is ready to start living the life that they know they are capable of. Even if you've already started on your journey, but are ready to take things to the next level, this is worth the read. It really pushes you to dig deeper and figure out what you truly want in life. Then... it gives you the tangible tools to figure out how to get there.
When I read this book, I set aside an entire morning to disconnect and dive in page-by-page, reflecting and then writing down my intentions. It will make you think about the mark you want to leave in this world and more. My recommendation: Get the book, find a space you love, and set aside a full day to work on yourself and be honest about the life you're currently living in comparison to where you want to be.
The Power of Habit
I first read The Power of Habit around three years ago and to this day, it's one of my top recommendations to people who want to start making a change. Charles Duhhig does an amazing job at illustrating how much our habits dictate our future and the psychology behind how to make the changes we truly want to see.
So many of us are not content with how we're living or feel as if we're stagnant and wanting to improve but constantly being stuck in the same routines. The thing is, we don't realize how our small habits and actions play a much bigger part in our lives than we think.
I take daily actions and habits really seriously... I have a habit tracker in my bullet journal where I note down what I do each day, so that I can look back and see if there's been any improvement and what I can better change in the future. This book will help you understand why you do what you do and how to start changing for the better.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The last one I'll share today had more of an impact on me than what I expected. Despite its title, this book is about much more than wiping off counts and rolling your socks. It was something that had been recommended to me by many friends but I was putting off to read until before I made my big move to my new apartment this June. Marie Kondo does a phenomenal job at creating a method and shaping a mentality that not only teaches you about how to keep around only the material things that bring you joy, but it also shows you how to transform your life so that it's filled with meaning and happiness.
Being someone who is a big fan of minimalism, this book not only helped me to get rid of the unnecessary material items that I own (over 3 large black trash bags full...) but it also changed my way of thinking when it comes to what and who I allow to have a space in my life.
What books are you currently reading? I'd love to hear some of your favorites!