by Stephanie Dawkins
The way to success may be bumpy and full of challenges. It’s important to not lose hope and focus on your goal.
Our editor has picked the best inspirational and motivational books to read in 2019.
You Are a Badass Every Day
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author, You Are a Badass Every Day is a must for those who need extra help with staying motivated. This book will serve as a companion to keep readers driven and ultimately achieve their goals. Pocket-sized and under 250 pages, this guide is perfect for anyone who wants to make time for their ambitions while on the go.
Year of Yes
Everybody knows Shonda Rimes as the creator of hit shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away With Murder. But even if you’re not in the TV biz, you can still get inspiration from her memoir, which chronicles a year where she vowed to say “yes!” to everything that scared her. After reading what Rimes was able to accomplish, you might want to attenpt something you’ve been terrified to do, too.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
By now, you’ve no doubt heard of Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method of purging unnecessary items from your life and organizing what remains. So, what are you waiting for? When you’re ready to have your house be the cleanest its ever been, her book will take you through all the types of stuff you’ve accumulated and tell you how to get a handle on it once and for all.
Getting a handle on your stuff is one thing, but what about shedding your life of your worries? Francine Jay, author of The Joy of Less, talks about dumping the burden of more than just objects, going minimalist with respect to purchases, yes, but also stress and emotional baggage.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck’
There are some times when you just can’t muster a positive attitude. For those times, there is blogger Mark Manson, who doesn’t sugarcoat the truth or tell you to turn lemons into lemonade. Instead, he uses research-backed methods for finding better, more productive ways to endure the hard parts of life.
When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times
When life gives you lemons, the best thing you can do is make lemonade à la Beyoncé. But if that doesn’t work, go ahead and turn to When Things Fall Apartfor some solid advice on dealing with those rough moments in life where nothing seems to be going right. It’ll help, promise.
The Universe Has Your Back: Transform Fear to Faith
If you’re looking for a faith-based self-help book, The Universe Has Your Back is a pretty solid choice. Gabrielle Bernstein offers affirmations, prayers, and tips on how to turn your fear into faith by telling her own story — making this as much of a page-turner as it is a book of advice.
The Self-Love Experiment
If you’re one of those people who spends all their energy taking care of others … that’s great! But don’t forget to carve out time to love yourself. Shannon Kaiser’s book lays out 15 concrete ways to be more accepting of who you are, which will have a huge influence on your relationships with the people around you.
How to Get Sh*t Done: Why Women Need to Stop Doing Everything so They Can Achieve Anything
Honestly, the title says it all. How to Get Sh*t Done is a no-BS, fully honest guide to achieving your dreams by narrowing your focus down to what reallymatters. You’ll be amping up your productivity and streamlining your goals in no time.
‘The Happiness Project’
Gretchen Rubin spent an entire year trying to achieve one goal: to be happier. And chronicled the entire experience to inspire the rest of us. If you don’t leave this book wanting to copy Gretchen’s exact plan, I’ll be shocked.
The Myth of the Nice Girl
Anyone who’s worked an office job knows women are often made to feel that being “nice” is tantamount to being “weak.” Yet, if we’re tough, we’re labeled difficult. And Fran Hauser isn’t here for it. In The Myth of the Nice Girl, Hauser encourages women to reclaim “nice” on our own terms, and not be discouraged by people who view our authentic personalities as a detriment. Basically, this is the feminist career guide you never knew you needed.
Sarah Jakes Roberts
In the release, the daughter of Bishop T.D. Jakes and church leader in her own right shows readers how to move beyond past mistakes by discussing her own trials and tribulations.
In this wise book, the New York Times best-selling author and host of OWN’s popular reality TV show Iyanla: Fix My Life reveals how to cultivate this liberating power—by exploring what trust really is, how to trust, and why to trust. She outlines the special rewards that come from mastering the four essential trusts: trust in God, trust in yourself, trust in others, and trust in life. And she challenges us to see how each of these are actually deeply interconnected.
In the Spirit (Originally published: 1993)
* Stephanie Dawkins our Editor reads it once a year for motivation and direction*
Susan L. Taylor
Twenty-two lifelines to personal growth and fulfillment from the former editor in chief of Essence magazine. When Susan L. Taylor rose to editor in chief of Essence magazine more than a 2 decade ago, she began writing an editorial column in which she shares her thoughts and feelings about how developing one’s inner awareness ensures the wisdom and clarity needed to create a deeply satisfying and fulfilling life. She had a monthly column called “In the Spirit” is one of the most popular in the magazine. Susan L. Taylor connects with the reader in a personal and meaningful way, in a voice that is sisterly, informed, and motivating. She challenges her readers to transcend their fears, to face inevitable challenges in their lives courageously, and to use change as an opportunity to grow. “We limit ourselves because change may well mean dealing with the disapproval of the very people we rely on for support. Often words of inspiration and motivation, but she also suggests specific methods for working through problems and improving our emotional and spiritual health.
One form of self-care that I personally love is journaling — I just find that the physical act of getting my thoughts and feelings out of my mind and onto a sheet of paper to be hugely cathartic. Author and illustrator Lee Crutchley’s workbook, How to Be Happy (Or at Least Less Sad) invites you to explore whatever it is you’re going through via a series of creative prompts that are supportive, surprising, and hopeful.
As women, we often wear many different hats: Mother. Wife. Daughter. Sister. Businesswoman. Homemaker. Teacher. Role Model. Mentor. Nurturer. Spiritual Leader. The list goes on and on. In The 7 Practices of Prosperous Women, author Raven Magwood explains the 7 steps that will allow us to unlock our full potential, despite the countless demands we face. Filled with practical guidance, inspiring quotes, and gripping testimonies, The 7 Practices of Prosperous Women is a must-read for any woman who wants to see her life’s dreams become an exciting reality.