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“True belonging has no bunkers. We have to step out from behind the barricades of self-preservation and brave the wild.” – Brene Brown, Braving the Wilderness
I close my book and exhale. Wow, that was a great quote, I really love this book.
I love it because it’s such a good read, plus it’s helping me break through some of those mental boundaries that are keeping me from happiness and knowing my full self-worth.
It’s a rare inspiring read.
Finding a good beach read is easy to do, but man do I struggle with finding good self-help books for women that I’ll actually finish.
They can be so dry and boring. I have almost a whole shelf of half-read self-help books just sitting there mocking me.
But, I keep looking and searching for great self-help books for women because there are so many good ones out there, you just have to weed through the bad ones. I mean anything that Brene Brown writes is going to be ah-maz-ing, but there’s got to be more.
So over the past few years, I’ve made it my personal mission to find great self-help books for women that I’ll actually want to finish.
All of my digging around has found some really terrible books, but I’ve also found some that have rocked my world.
The 11 Best Self-Help Books for Women
The Happiness Project: This book starts off with one simple question, “What do I want from life, anyway?” That’s all it took for Gretchen Rubin to spend a year discovering how to build a happier, more fulfilled life. This book reads like a novel yet inspires its readers to create their own happiness. The Happiness Project is a must-read for anyone looking to infuse their life with a bit of joy.
Grit: Why do some people succeed while other’s fail? That’s what this book expores and teaches. If you’re a parent this will help you not only arm yourself with feeling successful, but will help you raise kids with grit.
Quiet: Introverts aren’t shy and there’s nothing wrong with them. Full disclosure here, I’m not an introvert, I’m a huge extrovert. But, I’m married to an introvert and this book helped me understand him on a different level. This book changed my marriage and helped me understand the quiet power of an introvert and how difficult it can be for them to navigate an extroverted world. If you are an introvert or love one, this is a must read!
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond FearDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and LeadYear of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
Big Magic: Learn how to embrace your creative spirit and to tell the world that you’re more than just a mom, wife, teacher, etc. Find your creative sprit and feel empowered with this lovely written book by the author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert.
Daring Greatly: I’m a huge Brene Brown fan and this is by far my favorite book by her. Daring Greatly is perfect for any woman who’s ever felt shame or vulnerability. As a Mom, this book will arm you with the tools you need to not only find your own self-worth and strength, but also raise brave and confident children.
Year of Yes: Shonda Rhimes, the force behind two of my favorite shows, Greys Anatomy and Scandle, writes this amazing memoir about the year where she said yes…to everything. It’s a thought provokinly funny book that I adored. If you’re looking for some encouragment to do the hard things, this book is 100% for you. I listened to this on Audible because it was Mrs. Rhimes herself who reads the book, and it made it even more relatable.
The Power of Habit: This thoughtful book dives deep into human nature and why we do what we do. Our habits can change how we navigate the world, achieve our goals, and change our lives. The author says “the key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.” <—whoa.
Start: Jon Acuff is my favorite author. No kidding. His books are so well thought out and written that I struggle with putting them down. His book, Start, is perfect for anyone with a dream, an idea, something that they’ve always wanted to do. It helps you break through the mental barriers that are keeping you from taking the steps to start on your dreams. It’s perfect for anyone who’s
Finish: Do you struggle with finishing things? Ever fail at goals you’d like to achieve, like losing those last 10lbs of weight? Yep, me too. This book shows you excatly why people struggle with finishing things and gives you the tools you need to acomplish your goals. Jon Acuff’s relatable writing style makes this one a quick and easy read.
You Are A Badass: This book is hilarious and inspiring. It will remind you that you really are a badass and that you deserve to achieve your goals. This book helps you shake off all that doubt and uncertaintly and to embrace you’re amazingness.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*uck: Okay, if you don’t mind a bit of cussing and you’re looking for straight talking and hilarous self-help book, then this is for you. The book will help you understand that you can’t always make lemonaid out of lemons and instead you have to learn how to stomach those lemons a little bit better. It’s a crass, but excellent.
So, which will you choose?
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