It’s that time of year again, y’all. The dreaded realization of the year starting over, and it seemed like only yesterday that it was January…2015!
I am planning on making 2016 a year of accomplishments and successes. A year full of happiness and diminishing negativity and toxic relationships. But I’ll save my intentions for my next post.
Today I want to talk about one of my favorite subjects: self-development books!
For as long as I can remember, I devoured a few-hundred-paged-book in a weekend. Instead of parents having the modern issue of screaming at their children for not letting their ears breathe due to an insane amount of headphone-listening in the car and ignoring all signs of human life, I did the same with my nose stuck in between the pages of a few favorite paperbacks. Don’t worry folks, I’ve upgraded my technology skill set since then and have been using my beloved Kindle for a few years.
I plan on continuing posting new books on my blog for a few reasons:
- I want to start a reading/book-of-the-month club or circle
- I want to bring awareness to the importance of reading on how-to better the self in different areas that still need some developing, either the mind, body, or spirituality
- I want to be held accountable for reading since this is one of my favorite past-times, and I do not want to allow my busy life to get in the way of what I love to do
- Taking pictures of coffee and a book in hand is by far one of the most attractive photos I will find on Instagram. Its simplicity and accessibility of grabbing an unread or old book is always a task I feel the need to accomplish in the back of my mind
- It is time I read those beautiful and sad-looking books. I am here to save them and fulfill their purpose: to be read and heighten my knowledge on whatever subject it is teaching. The greatest sensei, the written word
- It is time for a better YOU, and a better you will always know just a little bit more than your old self from yesterday
If you think you are not a reader, think again. If you desire to be more next year, dive into a book that will help you feel whole. I always start off with a bible and a self-development title. Do yourself a favor and set aside 10 minutes each morning to just read. Although I cannot do the same as I used to and dive into an entire book in a day because someone told me the other day that I am an adult now and bla-bla-bla….you and I can still read a book a month. It’s doable but it’s up to you. Now, wouldn’t that be a goal? To learn something new every day for the entire year?
These are a few of the picks for next year. I obviously have not included the entire year of books, but when a new one comes along and I’ve finished the rest, I will be adding another one to the mix.
Here we go! The 2016 books chosen by moi for moi et vous are…
- Love Out Loud by Joyce Meyer – This one is an ongoing 365-day devotional. This book is for those who are seeking a guided journey in prayer, bible-reading, and reflection of each page. It will be a bit strange to start on a Friday instead of a Monday since I am the truest form of what you call “creature of habit”, but hey, God doesn’t give a crap about any of that. My mornings will consist of doing one devotional a day. I am not certain I can time these “sessions” of meditation, but having this time apart will be important for my 2016 to shine.
- Move. Nourish. Believe. by Lorna Jane Clarkson – This book is for those who need some motivation believing in yourselves to start a healthy and fit life. It is part-autobiography and part-wisdom-giving for its readers. Follow Lorna as she started her business in sports-fashion design and how she has now made it big doing something that she loves. Don’t you want to know how to be successful doing something that you love? I started this book last summer and then life happened, of course, so I am throwing this book in the re-read pile.
- From This Day Forward by Craig and Amy Groeschel – This book is for the newly-wed gals who want to know why your husband is wrong all of the time. I kid! For married couples who want to seek God, fight fair, fail-proof marriage, and have fun. I have so much fun living life with Jason that I don’t ever want it to stop, so I have got to keep educating myself on what I can do to contribute to our happy journey!
- Paleo Girl by Leslie Klenke – This book is for younger girls who have no idea what the heck paleo is. As soon as I finish reading this I want to gift it to my sister who is in college. I want to help her find an innate love for all things Paleo and health! (Don’t judge me, I’m not a crazy fanatic, but if something has worked for me I will not be afraid to show it off!) It has great tips on body-weight exercises, what to choose at the lunch line if it’s your only option, and more!
- The Late Talker by Marilyn C. Agin, M.D., Lisa F. Geng, and Malcolm J. Nicholl – This book is for parents who want to know why the heck their child is not developing age-appropriate speech. Yup, this is a work book I am interested in reading since I coach parents everyday on how-to elicit basic speech from their young ones. So for any speechies out there, go grab this one, I am hoping it’s a good one! #earlychildhoodinterventionlife
- A Woman and Her God by Beth Moore – Beth Moore. That is all. Just kidding. But if you haven’t read any of her material this one should be good, I’ve heard! This book is for any woman wanting to hear over and over again that she is extraordinary!
- Paleo Fitness by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, and Jason Warner – This book is for anyone who is a bit scared of Crossfit but wants to look like they’ve spent hours in the gym by going back to the principles of eating a primal diet and playing in nature like it’s your jungle gym. How cool is that! (If I were to have inserted a question mark as it was intended, it would have sounded entirely boring, which is the opposite of what I’m feeling with this book)
- Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba – This book is for any aspiring entrepreneurs (women) who need to hear the basics of what it takes to shine and stand out from the crowd. Your talents are important; it’s time you set aside to read guides like this one that can help you achieve your business or hobby goals.
- The Microbiome Solution by Robynne Chutkan – This book is for anyone wanting to know about the biome environment and what bacteria can do to increase cleanliness (you read that right), strengthen immune systems, and have an overall healthier life while sustaining and saving the environment. I’m not gonna lie: this is the type of book that you usually skip over at the bookstore because it has a doctor dress in their white coat on the cover. You’re already thinking, “sciency-mumbo jumbo. Boriiiing. Next!” I first heard of Chutkan on a podcast and I had become intrigued on her coaching us on “getting dirty” and going and planting a garden without having to feel like we have to go use hand sanitizer every five seconds. She wants to bring our bodies back before global marketing and advertising got a hold of antibacs and fancy shower gels. She needs to do a lot of convincing for me, so I am wanting to read this book ASAP.
- The Whole 30 by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig – This is the book I will be resetting my body with to go back to a whole-foods diet. Their first book, It Starts With Food, was the book that converted me to paleo four years ago. I have never seen this boo, but I m excited to dive in to just the recipes this time!!
I’ll be posting an update here and there on where I am with each book, and a few significant points from each. Are you reading any of the books above next year?