So many aha moments have been gifted to me through the power of the page. Even though I do have a Kindle app on my ipad, to me nothing beats the heart-beating-faster anticipation of holding a new book in your hands.
Two of my favourite places in the whole world are Markets and Bookshops, especially second-hand bookshops. And I have been known to swoon at the sight of a second-hand bookstall in a market…
I also have a closely related stationery addiction. I am powerless over the seductive powers of a beautiful new journal or notebook…crisp, clean pages just waiting for my pen. But I take solace in the knowledge that I am not alone in this predicament...
So, I'd like to share some of my favourites, and now I can pop my own into the list as well...
This is the book I wish I had to help me understand my discontent, shape my desire, hurdle doubt and take my ideas out into the world with a lot less angst when I embarked on my own chapters in the past.
It felt as though Brene had direct access to my life... such identification. She is an inspiration for my work on self-worth for both myself, and the women I support.
An essential life skill, in my personal experience we can be ridiculously hard on ourselves, self-compassion allows us the grace to be imperfect.
One of the most powerful speakers I have ever had the privilege to see, Lisa's story of vision, persistence and resilience picked me up, dusted me off, and sent me in the direction of my purpose.
Laugh out loud moments, deep, deep, AHA moments in a book packed with honesty and a very loud wake up call. The title says it all. Love, love, love this one.
I read this one on a plane trip, and often had to put it down and just sit, allowing myself to absorb the depth of what i was learning. Such original concepts that have inspired many a journaling moment.
The perfect blend of inspiration and action, that's how I would describe this brilliant book that encourages small acts of courage to enact every day.
A candid, honest, vulnerable and open-hearted story of her journey into sobriety brought back so many memories of my own experiences and reconnected me to gratitude for my past. Inspiring.
I didn't realise it when this book jumped off the shelf into my hands while visiting the beautiful Crystal Castles in the Byron Bay hinterland, but it was waiting to take me deeper into my newly found interest.
Totally, utterly fascinating, and then hugely exciting when you realise you have the power to change your thinking, and change your life as a result! A must-read mix of neuroscience and mindfulness that I found utterly captivating.
To paraphrase Debbie, I believe when we bring conscious attention to our choices, we can't help but learn from the patterns of our past and create new pathways into our future. These questions will enhance our journey.
A wonderful read that made me realise I believe Intuition is underrated as a business tool. The further along this purposeful path I travel, the more I recognise that heeding those gut feelings are essential - they seldom lead us astray.
THE POWER OF VULNERABILITY
Brené Brown again!
How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?
How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough - that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?
She is my inspiration!
THE SPACE BETWEEN SELF-ESTEEM AND SELF-COMPASSION
Dr. Kristin Neff is considered to be one of the world's foremost researchers and authorities on self-compassion. She says "Having self-compassion for oneself is really no different than having compassion for others." She tackles the questions:
Why do so many of us struggle with offering ourselves self-compassion? Why not give ourselves the compassion we ourselves surely deserve if we are struggling through life?
Another source of inspiration for me, Self compassion is a core component of my Self Worth Trilogy.