Book Club: January Edition

Did you know the average CEO reads around 60 books a year? That’s an average of a book week. Reading that statistic threw me for a loop and made me wonder how I could uplevel my life through reading. Sitting down and reading a book with two small children and a business isn’t plausible, I’m going to be honest. When I got down to it, my schedule didn’t allow for the time I would need to read a book a week, BUT my schedule definitely had the time to LISTEN to a book a week. Motherhood presses you to find creative solutions, amiright?

I use the app Audible, which is connected to Amazon, and listen while cleaning or packaging orders. In fact, it’s made its way onto my mental list of best self care apps. Reading is a great way to exercise your mind, educate yourself, and press your perspective further than your current circle. Each month I will be recapping the books I read and I hope you will join along for the ride!

January unintentionally had a spiritual theme behind it. In episode 0 of my podcast, Heirloom Motherhood, I mention my unique childhood. I grew up at the headquarters of a biblical research ministry. The people were loving and kind, but it was a cult intertwined with communal living. My friend likes to describe it as “if you had to join a cult, this is definitely the one you would want to be a part of.” And it was exactly that. As an adult, I’ve enjoyed exploring different perspectives of spirituality, which was something I never took the opportunity to do before.

Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

If you want a kick in the pants, this is the book for you. Brendon Burchard is one of my favorite authors (and let’s face it, people). He wrote this book in the same style as an actual manifesto. It initially caught me off guard because it’s so unlike anything you would read today, but I think that’s the point. He wants you to feel the fire of living fully actualized. He “verbally” punches you with the words to wake you up. He makes you see what you are trading when you choose comfort over the charged life, as he calls it. It was the perfect book to read at the beginning of the year, and I will definitely pull it out when I’m needing help reigniting my fire.

Wheels of Life by Anodea Judith PHD

My brother introduced me to the chakras last summer, and it’s been really interesting learning about them. Essentially there are 7 main chakras, energy centers, located along your spine. Wheels of Life gives an in-depth look at each of the 7 chakras, what happens when they are blocked or overactive, and gives exercises and meditations you can use. The book is chock full of information and practical tips, and I really recommend it to anyone who is wanting to learn about the chakras. It’s a bit lengthy, but well worth it. Looking back, I wish I would have read one chapter a week so I could really mull over the information and exercises.  

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabby Bernstein

If you are feeling a lack of security and safety, you will get a lot out of this book. I didn’t think I would enjoy this book as much as I did, but I loved it so much I sent Gabby an email. She is so honest and her words are like honey. Having a core belief that everything will be okay, that life will figure itself out, and everything grows you is vital to living an anxiety free life. My favorite exercise she explained was using a “God box,” which is the act of writing down something heavy on your mind or you are working hard to come to pass, and placing it in a special box for a week, and then burning it as a sign you’ve fully given that over to God/Universe/Source and it’s in their hands.

The Alchemist by  Pablo Coelho

If you’ve ever googled “top books to read,” The Alchemist probably made it on the list. It was published in 1988 and is a well known book both inside and outside the personal development world. I actually read it twice in January, because there was so much meaning behind it. One of my favorite things from the book is, while the author may have had one purpose of theme behind writing it, you can service different meaning from it. It’s written in a way that depending on your life circumstances, you will get something different out of it every time. Part two pulled at my soul a bit more than part one. I think the season of life I am currently in also matched with the struggles the character was facing in part two. You need to give this a read, especially since it is so short!

Ask Your Guides by Sonia Choquette

This was a really informative and easy read. Sonia shares experience with spirit guides and educates you on the different kinds, their names, and how to invoke them. While this book may not be for everyone depending on your religious beliefs, I found it to sit well with my Christian upbringing and challenge my perspective of what i believe.

In February, I will be reading Think and Grow Rich, The Leading Brain, High Performance Habits (again), Radical Acceptance, and Unf*ck Yourself. I’d love to have you join along!