Books : A Year in Review

It would be SO cool if I had a picture of all the books I’ve read in 2016 stacked on top of one another. Alas, I’m a Kindle owner. All I have to share with you are some boring photos of trips that Clover (that’s my Kindle) went on with me. She goes everywhere. Damn that environmentally consciousness!

But, for real, 2016 was a time of massive growth, and I attribute so much of that to these authors. They’ve served as my guides, my gurus, and goddesses throughout this year. They’ve seen me through all sorts of failures and triumphs. I hear their words ping around in my mind all day long. They interrupt negative self-talk. They call me out on the bullshit stories I tell myself. They are relentless in a pursuit to help me recognize my worth. So, to say that I’m grateful doesn’t quite feel strong enough.

If you ask Barnes + Noble, they’d consider these authors to be among the Self-Help section. If you ask Amazon, they’re part of the Self-Development crowd. I used to pass over these categories and, meanwhile, pass judgement on those who DID happen to peruse their aisles. I assumed that Self-Help / Self-Dev readers were  [a] hippie-dippie [b] depressed or [c] addicted.

As it turns out, I was right and wrong. I actually fell in love with that hippie-dippie shit. I was depressed, and this could have pulled me out of those bullshit stories I was telling myself earlier. I am addicted to growth, and this is my daily fix. I started out with 10minutes of reading a day, but that desire to be better grew and grew. Now I read for an hour a day and listen to audio whenever I’m doing mindless activity. I turn it into mindFULL activity.

The root of the root here is that it isn’t the fluff I had assumed it to be. In fact a lot of time it hurts. It’s uncomfortable. It gives you a medium to look in the mirror and see that reflection of the inside – the soul. I’ve learned to crave that uncomfort. It means that I’m growing. Because to stay the same is a lot more painful. I choose the hard work of growth, because that brings joy. That’s my only mother f*cking option… choosing the hard of staying the same and settling for mediocrity… that’s not.

 

leadership

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Great leaders are those who trust their gut. They are those who understand the art before the science. They win hearts before minds. They are the ones who start with WHY.

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

We all have an innate, unquenchable desire to know we are valued, to know we matter. Yet affirming this in each other is among the most challenging things to do in our day and age. 

Tribes by Seth Godin

“Life’s too short” is repeated often enough to be a cliche, but this time it’s true. You don’t have enough time to be both unhappy and mediocre. It’s not just pointless, it’s painful. Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you ought to set up a life you don’t need to escape from.

Unbeatable Mind by Mark Divine

It is important to note that goals can be either ‘being’ goals or ‘doing’ goals. In other words, goals help us ‘do’ things or ‘be’ someone.

 

 

who run the world? #girls

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This book is THE introduction to personal development. I recommend it to everyone. Always. It’s one of the two books that I’ve ever read cover to cover, turned over, and read again. [The other was Harry Potter.] Go get it right now.

There’s nothing as unstoppable as a freight train full of fuck-yeah.

Crazy Sexy Diet by Kris Carr

So you want to know why I went vegan? ^^^ This would be it. Kris took a cancer diagnosis and gave it the middle finger with real foods, veganism, juicing, and a wrecking ball of positivity. If you want to learn about what our bodies truly need with some witty banter and zero bullshit, she’s your girl.

If your meals consistently revolve around corpse multiple times daily, you might become one sooner than you planned.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown

Twinkle lights are the perfect metaphor for joy. Joy is not a constant. It comes to us in moments – often ordinary moments. Sometimes we miss out on the bursts of joy because we’re too busy chasing down the extraordinary moments. Other times we’re so afraid of the dark that we don’t dare let ourselves enjoy the light.

A joyful life is not a floodlight of joy. That would eventually become unbearable.

I believe a joyful life is made up of joyful moments gracefully strung together by trust, gratitude, inspiration, and faith.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Women, who feel shame when they don’t feel heard or validated, often resort to pushing and provoking with criticism (‘Why don’t you ever do enough?’ or ‘You never get it right.’) Men, in turn, who feel shame when they feel criticized for being inadequate, either shut down (leading women to poke and provoke more) or come back to anger.

#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol. 

 

 

connecting to your intuition

Think + Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

This guy is everyone’s guy. Every other author on this list learned from him. He’s the original. And his work is dense. In order to get through it I had to listen to the audio while reading. I had to take consistent notes. I had to remember that he was the original. This one isn’t easy. But it’s worth it.

Every adversity, every failure, every heartbreak, carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit.

The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein

Gabby is my goddess of a guru. I listen to this while walking Juniper daily. I just keep playing it over and over again. Her energy and presence are so calming. She does many guided meditations that I do as walking meditations. It sets me up for a mindful way into my day. It brings me back to love.

In every situation you have two choices: Will you learn through fear or will you learn through love?

biz dev

#AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk

A badass. A hardass. And sometimes Gary Vee’s just an ass. But I love him. His real, raw take on business and social media have helped me realize the mission behind what I do. #cloudsanddirt If you’re in business, then this is a must-read.

Vagueness sucks. Lack of drive sucks. Half-assing things sucks. And so does the middle.

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone

All the excuses in the world won’t change one simple fact: that fear is a sign to do whatever it is you fear—and do it quickly.

 

routine

Eat that Frog! by Brian Tracy

This is my go-to book for productivity training. I meet so many people who suffer from procrastination. Every morning actually. In the mirror. This is a book of short, quick chapters with simple action steps at the end to guide your journey to the slaying of that to-do list.

First, optimists look for the good in every situation. No matter what goes wrong, they always look for something good or beneficial. And not surprisingly, they always seem to find it. 

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

Everything you do, every decision you make, is either building your dream or building someone else’s dream. Every single thing you do is either leading you away from the masses — or leading you away WITH the masses. Every single thing you do is a slight edge decision.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod

Your life is who you are at the deepest level. Your life is made up of the internal components, attitudes, and mindsets that can give yo uthe power to alter, enhance, or change you rlife situation at any given moment. 

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

Life becomes far easier once you know that things will still work out even if you are lacking something.

 

fun

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

Thank you for being my light in the darkness.

audio programs

The Ultimate Edge by Tony Robbins

Living Your Best Year Ever by Darren Hardy

 

so there you have it! i may have missed a couple library || borrowed books. what did you read this year that set your soul on fire?!

mad love,

j

ps. to check out my 2017 booket list, go here!

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