With just a few weeks left in this decade we don’t believe in waiting for the New Year to make those life changes or resolutions you’ve been promising yourself – the time is now! If, however, you need a little encouragement in getting your shi*t together then these inspiring reads might be just the kick-start you need.
Bolder: Life lessons from people older and wiser than you by Helen Cathcart & Dominique Afacan
Bolder is on a mission to change perceptions about growing older. Old age tends to conjure up visions of loneliness, rocking chairs and possibly some tea and biscuits. But this book captures a journey to find people aged 70 and older who make old age look appealing or even – gasp! – fun.
This book is full of real people, not acting anything like their media-prescribed age, telling their inspirational stories. One of the stories in the book features a woman who fell in love and married, aged 82. Another centres around a man who swims a mile in the Mediterranean Sea every morning, aged 85. From well-known names including Zandra Rhodes, Barbara Hulanicki and Michel Roux, to lesser-known people who will become your new heroes, you won’t be able to put this book down. Nearly all of the interviewees are still working or creating in some way. And so many of them cite the happiest time of life as now, not then.
Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo
Do you ever have trouble finishing what you start? Do amazing ideas come to you all the time but after the initial excitement wanes you struggle to follow through? If you’re creative and ambitious, the answer is likely yes.
The problem isn’t you. It’s not that you’re not hardworking, intelligent or deserving, but that you haven’t yet installed the one key belief that will change everything: everything is figureoutable.
Whether you want to leave a dead-end job, heal a relationship, grow a business, master your money, or just find two free hours in your day, Everything is Figureoutable will train your brain to think more positively and help you break down any dream into manageable steps.
In this book you’ll learn:
– How to deal with criticism and imposter syndrome
– Why it’s crucial that you strive for progress not perfection
– How to bounce back from failure
– How to overcome a lack of time and money
You’ll also hear triumphant stories of everyday people using the everything is figureoutable philosophy to transform their life.
Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein
This book is a journey of remembering where your true power lies. You’ll learn how to co-create the life you want. You’ll accept that life can flow, that attracting is fun, and that you don’t have to work so hard to get what you want. Most important, you’ll feel good. And when you feel good, you’ll give off a presence of joy that elevates everyone around you.
Super Attractor is a manifesto for confidently claiming your desires. In this book you’ll learn how to:
– Do less and attract more
– Relax and trust that what you desire is on the way
– Know that spiritual guidance is available to you at all times
– Feel a sense of awe each day as you witness miracles unfold
Accepting that you are a Super Attractor will change everything. You’ll trust that it’s safe to release the past, and you’ll no longer fear the future. You’ll tap into an infinite source of abundance, energy, joy, and well-being. This well-being will become the norm for you, and you’ll grow to embrace it as your birthright. Most importantly, you’ll know intuitively how to show up for life and bring more light to the world around you.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This refreshingly blunt #1 NY Times bestselling how-to guide serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, transformational insights, easy exercises and the occasional swear word.
Via chapters such as Your Brain is Your Bitch, Fear is for Suckers and My Subconscious Made Me Do It, the book takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation and helps you create the money, relationships, careers and general all around awesomeness you so desire.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to kick some serious butt.
Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King
How can you learn to truly love yourself? How can you transform negative emotions into positive ones? Is it possible to find lasting happiness?
In this book, Instagram guru Vex King answers all of these questions and more. Vex overcame adversity to become a source of hope for thousands of young people, and now draws from his personal experience and his intuitive wisdom to inspire you to:
– practise self-care, overcome toxic energy and prioritise your wellbeing
– cultivate positive lifestyle habits, including mindfulness and meditation
– change your beliefs to invite great opportunities into your life
– manifest your goals using tried-and-tested techniques
– overcome fear and flow with the Universe
– find your higher purpose and become a shining light for others
In this book, Vex will show you that when you change the way you think, feel, speak and act, you begin to change the world.
The 7 Keys to Success by Will Edwards
The 7 Keys to Success contains an important message – it is time for you to wake-up and start living the life you were born to live. Once you acquire these seven important keys, you will not only go on to be astonishingly successful in life, you will also know that inner peace that comes from living a life that truly matters; one that actually makes a difference.
Designed to challenge you to rethink your life and what is really important to you and to encourage you to start believing in yourself, develop your confidence and go on to achieve your dreams.
Get Your Sh*t Together by Sarah Knight
The author of the bestselling, The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k gives us this practical guide on how to stop worrying about what you should do, so you can finish what you need to do and start doing what you want to do.
Ever find yourself snowed under at the office – or even just glued to the sofa – when you really want to get out (for once), get to the gym (at last), and get started on that daunting dream project you’re always putting off? Then it’s time to get your sh*t together.
In The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k, ‘anti-guru’ Sarah Knight introduced the joys of mental decluttering. Get Your Sh*t Together takes you one stop further – organising the f*cks you want and need to give to help you quit your day job and move abroad, balance work and fun – and save money while you’re at it – or simply get out of the door for happy hour, every day.
Note to Self: Inspiring Words from Inspiring People by Gayle King
In this New York Times bestseller, Gayle King collects her favorite inspiring letters from the popular CBS This Morning segment Note to Self, in which twenty-first century luminaries pen advice and encouragement to the young people they once were.
What do Congressman John Lewis, Dr. Ruth, and Kermit the Frog wish they could tell their younger selves? What about a gay NFL player or the most successful female race car driver?
In Note to Self, CBS This Morning cohost Gayle King shares some of the most memorable letters from the broadcast’s popular segment of the same name. With essays from such varied figures as Oprah, Vice President Joe Biden, Chelsea Handler, and Maya Angelou, as well as poignant words from a Newtown father and a military widow, Note to Self is a moving reflection on the joys and challenges of growing up.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
In this poignant, hilarious and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder and Catch, reveals how saying YES changed her life – and how it can change yours too.
With three hit shows on television and three children at home, Shonda Rhimes had lots of good reasons to say no when invitations arrived. Hollywood party? No. Speaking engagement? No. Media appearances? No.
And to an introvert like Shonda, who describes herself as ‘hugging the walls’ at social events and experiencing panic attacks before press interviews, there was a particular benefit to saying no: nothing new to fear. Then came Thanksgiving 2013, when Shonda’s sister Delorse muttered six little words at her: You never say yes to anything. Profound, impassioned and laugh-out-loud funny, in Year of Yes Shonda Rhimes reveals how saying YES changed – and saved – her life.