Below is my own personal must reading list for 2019 in no particular order.
- The Desire Map by Danielle LaPorte. I start every year by listening to and completing the Desire Map book and workbook . Everything you create starts with the spirit of your intention—and The Desire Map Planner is a practical (and beautiful) tool for that intentionality. It’s equal parts introspection, life designer, gratitude journal, and scheduler.
- Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis. After attending Rachel’s live Rise event in Dallas, I will forever be a fan girl! Rachel’s voice is the winning combination of an inspiring life coach and your very best (and funniest) friend. Shockingly honest and hilariously down to earth, this book is a gift to women who want to flourish and live a courageously authentic life.
- Girl, Stop Apologizing by Rachel Hollis. The sequel to Girl, Wash Your Face is all about NOW being the time for women stopped apologizing and lived the way they wish. If a woman wants to raise a kid and a career at the same time, she can. If she wants to do a job that is “cut for men”, she should prove herself that she can do.
- The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins. I also got the pleasure of hearing Mel speak at the Rise event in Dallas. I love her no B.S. approach to getting things done. Here’s Mel’s one-liner definition of the 5 Second Rule: If you have an impulse to act on a goal, you must physically move within 5 seconds or your brain will kill the idea. So if you have a goal of gaining more respect in the workplace, you have to raise your hand the next time you’re in a meeting and you have a great idea.
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson. He tells it like it is—a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let’s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.