Remember that annoying Youtube ad by Tai Lopez? The one where he welcomed you to his garage to show off his Lamborghini and bookshelf? Well, it pains me to say it but he had a great point. Knowledge is power. A book, whether it’s about mindfulness or colouring, has the power to transform your world.
Want to be more creative? There’s a book for that. How about starting your own business? Heck, there’s hundreds of books on that!
Now I should mention that I’m not a huge reader. In fact, I signed up to Audible this year because I’d rather have someone read for me. 2016 for me was the year of discovering podcasts. I’d cram pep talks and thought-provoking interviews into every free moment; the commute to work, cleaning and walking around town whilst shopping. This year I upgraded and invested in an Audible account.
Reading isn’t for everyone. Despite people romanticising reading as the only noble hobby (tut tut turn away from the screen) there is an option for those of us who just don’t enjoy sitting with a book. Perhaps that sounds daft because I love writing and reading online, but I’m a modern gal and I’d choose a background audible over a solitary stack of paper any day.
Anyway, Audible has helped me understand that books can answer the questions that are a little too deep for Google. Here’s 3 books that helped me think bigger this year.
Material girl, mystical world – Ruby Warrington
Anyone that knows me will be aware of my talent for palm reading. I have a growing curiosity surrounding spirituality and Material Girl, Mystical World really helped me narrow my questions.
If you’re looking for guidance without feeling preached to, this book is it. Yes some of it wasn’t for me – like the iowaska jungle drug chapter – but if you go in with an open mind and a touch of curiosity you’ll definitely learn a thing or two.
For me the early chapters on astrology really helped me look a little further into who I am as a person. Unearthing my full star chart and my rising sign bought clarity to some of my social hang ups. More on this later, as I’m writing a full post on my star chart soon.
If you’re a little magically-inclined you’ll love this book as it introduces you to a world that seems so far removed for the fast-paced life of our modern day. It’s a surface level guide to the mystical world and gives you an insight into astrology, taro and the feminine mystique.
Ice cream for breakfast – Laura Jane Williams
I am one of those women who doesn’t want children. Yes, one of those women. However, childlike behaviour can teach us about the social limitations we pick up during our decent into adulthood.
The book is about releasing your inner child and how looking at the world through an innocent lens can actually help us deal with our ‘bullshit adult problems’.
The most important thing I took from this? Laura reminded me how easy it is to patch up and make friends. When you’re a little one, you can ‘fall out’ with friends but you’ll make up by the end of the day. Chapter 6 ‘Being angry for all of ten seconds’ was brilliant! Why do we let things fester as adults? Why don’t we just let it all out?
You have you read this book!
She Means Business – Carrie Green
Call me crazy, but I genuinely believe the universe sent this book to me. I was having a terrible day at work. Anxiety was making me totally unproductive. Maybe you’ve had one of those days before? You know, the one where a short email takes 20 minutes cause you’ve been rereading and rewording it for every possible outcome.
Anyway, on that day I needed a pep talk and I turned to the TEDx youtube account. It was there that I listed to Carrie’s talk ‘How to program your mind for success’. After listening, I corrected my posture and sent my email. No fuss. I then forgave myself for feeling so low.
The next day I marched into work and smashed my to do list, but with the office being so quiet I purchased She Means Business on Audible. I didn’t realise at the time that the voice was the same person who had calmed me down the day earlier.
This book is all about deciding what you want to achieve, visualising it and making it happen. The book isn’t patronising and it is accessible for any reader. This book will give you plenty of small exercises to help you chase your dreams. I highly recommend this book!
Pop you headphones in and give them a go. I know that these books will transform you outlook and help you think a little bigger!
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