This past year I have made it a point to read books by successful female entrepreneurs to not only inspire me but offer new perspectives on facing life in general. I have found so many I want to read that my list has grown rather long but so far here are my current favorites:
Choose Wonder Over Worry by Amber Rae
This book – hands down – changed my perspective on life and how we look at it. I have always been one to shy always from big changes that socially be deemed too risky. I’ve always thought that comfort and security should be the number one priority, even if that means that you have to do something you don’t love. In her book, Amber discusses how in the matter of 48 hours she quit her very secure job, sold all her stuff and bought a one-way ticket to NYC. She decided that she would choose WONDER over the WORRY.
Now, I am not saying I am about to sell everything and move myself to London on a whim but I do think that the act of actually choosing wonder could prove to be very productive and profitable. When you choose wonder your actually choosing to live without fear – fear of the what ifs, fear of failure and fear of what other people will think about you.
I finished this book in a matter of a couple of days – and quite frankly if I didn’t have to work or do anything else I would have finished it in one sitting! I immediately felt like Amber wrote this book for ME – a wife, momma and entrepreneur – who just wanted to be given the OK to choose the wonder out of life. Throughout the book there are journal prompts, cute illustrations and diagrams that provide visuals that help get her thoughts across. Needless to say, I will be referencing back to this book often and I will be gifting it to all my friends whether or not they are wanting to own a business. I am a firm believer that EVERYONE can benefit from this book!
Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
“Wonder is what we’re born with; worry is what we learn.”
“Not all worry is bad, but there are two kinds of worry – useful worry and toxic worry.”
“Our feelings aren’t the problem; it’s our relationship to them.”
You’re a Bad Ass by Jen Sincero
I loved this book – while I have the paper copy I actually listened to this book on Audible and it was awesome! I loved getting to hear Jen read this book as it felt more like I was listening to a friend rather an hearing a book read aloud. This book is all about letting go of your fear – that fear which is keeping you from reaching your greatness – so you can live the life you’ve always wanted!
This book is funny and relatable and there are so many amazing quotes from this book. Here are a few of my favorites:
“You need to go from wanting to change your life to deciding to change your life.”
“If you want to life a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.”
“Procrastination is one of the most popular forms of self-sabotage because it’s really easy.”
If you are looking for a book that will kick you in the butt and shake up your seemingly boring way of looking at life, read this book! It’s worth it!
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith by Gabrielle Bernstein
Now, this book might be a little ‘woo woo’ for some but I have to say I loved it. It is all about teaching her readers to transform their fears and turn it into faith so that you can live the life we’ve always wanted! Not only is there this awesome book but there is also a deck of cards that I love to use to display a thought of the week. They are beautifully printed and look adorable in a little wood or metal stand.
We all have ‘blocks’ things we were taught or told us to believe one thing or another and in those blocks we have created a lot of negativity and a need to control our world. By allowing ourselves to choose faith over the fear we can live the life we’ve longed for rooting it in happiness, security and clear direction. I have found that finding peace in everyday occurrences and choosing to live life has opened up so many doors for me.
Some of my favorite quotes from this book are:
“The Universe is always responding to the energy behind your beliefs.”
“Just let go. Let go of how you thought your life should be, and embrace the life that is trying to work its way into your consciousness.”
“Joy is the ultimate creator.”
Rising Strong by Brenè Brown
This was the first ‘personal growth’ book I dove into a little over a year ago. I was going through a rather upsetting time in my life. A time where I was having to face some very uncomfortable realizations about some very close relationships in my life, learning that the life I was raised in wasn’t healthy or normal. I was in desperate need to find some strength in my struggle. While this wasn’t the only book I read during this time, it was one that spoke to me in a way that many “psychological” books couldn’t.
I didn’t know how to have healthy boundaries with anyone – I would always say “yes” because I thought I would be deemed a bad – daughter, friend, wife, etc – if I didn’t. I would be overwhelmed with – well life – and never ask for help because I thought it was weak to do so. Ultimately, I didn’t know how to take care of myself first, I was scared to be vulnerable and I didn’t know how to work through it.
Through her story telling, I found myself relating to her pain, confusion and ultimate realization that you have to love yourself and show yourself the grace you gives to everyone else. This book showed me that we are all needing to be brave, vulnerable, compassionate and have strong boundaries.
Here are a few quotes that knocked me off my seat and opened my eyes:
“We will all struggle and fall; we will know what it means to be both brave and broken hearted.”
“Compassionate people ask for what they need. They say no when they need to, and when they say yes, they mean it. They’re compassionate because their boundaries keep them out of resentment.”
“Of all of the things trauma takes away from us, the worst is our willingness, or even our ability, to be vulnerable. There’s a reclaiming that has to happen.”
“There is no greater threat to the critics and cynics and fear-mongers than those of us who are willing to fall because we have learned how to rise.”
Needless to say, all these books have something unique and interesting to offer each and every one of us. I would love to hear what you think about each of them. Did they help you change your perspective? Leave me a comment below and we will chat about it!