It really moves me knowing that you folks like the inspirational content that I share.
Whether it’s learning to let go, or facing adversity. All thoughts shared are personal experiences, that I wanted to put into a journal in case I ever needed a refresher to go back to. So it’s heartwarming to know that it helps you too.
When I first started digging into being more mindful, little did I know how much it would change my life down the line.
So today, I wanted to share with you 5 recommended books to check out.
If you need motivating pick me ups or looking to challenge your own perceptions. I invite you to try these.
1. When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
I first came across this book through a short film that deeply moved me. Author Paul Kalanithi’s life is changed when he is diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. After a decade of work to become a neurosurgeon, he documents his last years in this memoir, on what really makes a life worth living. Despite its grim undertone it is accidentally inspiring. Connecting to those that work hard and strive for future outcomes, to never forget about the life that is happening right in front our eyes.
A video to the short film here:
2. Stumbling On Happiness- Dan Gilbert
This is the first book I’ve read that puts the science behind happiness. I can sum it up with a life paradox: That the more you search for happiness, the more elusive it gets. Asking the question: are you sure what your doing now is really gonna make you happy once you succeed? This book reveals what scientists have discovered about the human ability to imagine the future, and our capacity to predict how much we will like it when we get there.
3. Surpassing Certainty-Janet Mock
Janet Mock is from Hawaii and a Hawaiian as well. So shout out! I connect with Surpassing Certainty so well because I never had anyone like Janet to look up to when I was growing up. A lot of my life was forging a path for myself without a guide, which she documents a parallel journey in this book. As quoted Audrey Lorde
“You must define yourself for yourself or you’ll be crushed up into other people’s fantasies of who you are”.
No matter what anyone says, as long you are certain in what you know to be true, you must keep going. Her mission in sharing her story is showing women like her what it means to go and get “your woman”, come back and show others the way. Janet Mock is an influential woman in my life.
4. Be Beautiful Be You- Lizzie Velasquez
This book fundamentally changed my perception of beauty. There is such a high standard of beauty to live up to and for me it is the basis of my life. My income as a model to my sense of belonging. So everything I did had to be dressed to the nines. What I was doing though was seeing it as an external source of validation as opposed to an internal source of expression.
When an Internet video calling her “The World’s Ugliest Woman” went viral, Lizzie Velasquez set out to discover what truly makes us beautiful. Now she shares what she learned on that faith-filled journey.
5. The Motivation Manifesto- Brendan Burchard
Only two enemies stand in our way: an external enemy, defined as the social oppression of who we are by the mediocre masses, and an internal enemy, a sort of self-oppression caused by our own doubt and fear. The Motivation Manifesto is a claim to our personal power. It uses rhetoric and poetic language to inspire action. I always kept putting the book down because I was so inspired to create. One of the profound things to hit me from this book is; to honor the Struggle. I highly recommend this book for creatives.
What are some of your inspired reading materials?
I am always looking for inspiring books to read. Let me know in the comments below of any books you like too.
Have a wonderful day my beauties, and I will, catch you later.