“The most important relationship you have in life is the one you have with yourself,” fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg once said. “And then after that, I’d say once you have that, it may be hard work, but you can actually design your life.”
While improving your relationship with yourself and creating the life of your dreams may be hard work, it certainly seems more attainable once you know that there are people out there who have already done the same thing. Whether you’re looking to grow and expand in the areas of mental and physical well-being, business, health, personal finances or creativity, we have you covered with eight books about life that you need to read right now.
Through research and her seven-year study on the future of leadership, Brené Brown has found that daring leadership is a collection of four teachable skill sets: Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living into Our Values, Braving Trust and Learning To Rise. In Dare to Lead, she writes about why leadership isn’t about titles, status and wielding power, but instead about developing brave leaders who take the responsibility to recognize the potential in people and ideas.
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston and the author of five No. 1 New York Times bestselling books: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness and Dare to Lead. Her special, Brené Brown: The Call to Courage, is available on Netflix.
2. Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be by Rachel Hollis
Rachel Hollis starts each chapter of Girl, Wash Your Face with a specific lie that she once believed that left her feeling overwhelmed, unworthy or ready to give up. Girl, Wash Your Face is her way of helping people break free from the lies that are preventing them from living the lives that they know they’re meant to live.
Rachel Hollis is the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com, CEO of her own media company, Chic Media, and the New York Times bestselling author of Girl, Wash Your Face.
3. The Clarity Cleanse: 12 Steps to Finding Renewed Energy, Spiritual Fulfillment, and Emotional Healing by Habib Sadeghi
The Clarity Cleanse is based on Dr. Habib Sadeghi’s powerful mind-body strategy that helped him recover from cancer more than 20 years ago. In this book, he shares a 12-step guide to recognizing the emotional issues that hold us back, with strategies to increase our energy, help clear our mind and heal our body. You’ll learn how to create a clear intention, purge negative emotions, practice compassionate self-forgiveness, refocus negative energy to move beyond doubt and fear, and ask the kind of questions that’ll help your relationships.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is a health and spiritual advisor to Gwyneth Paltrow, as well as the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative medical center based in Los Angeles, California. He’s currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences and served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center.
4. Super Attractor: Methods for Manifesting a Life Beyond Your Wildest Dreams by Gabrielle Bernstein
In Super Attractor, Gabrielle Bernstein lays out the methods for manifesting a life beyond your wildest dreams. The book is a journey of remembering where your true power lies and will teach you 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 and feel a sense of awe each day as you witness miracles unfold.
Gabrielle Bernstein is the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of The Universe Has Your Back and has written five additional bestsellers.
With forewords by Jennifer Garner and Emmy Rossum, Body Love Every Day expands on the knowledge that Kelly LeVeque shared in her bestselling book Body Love. In Body Love Every Day, LeVeque gives you an action plan to adopt the Fab Four lifestyle – eating protein, fat, fiber and greens – in a way that’s right for you by creating 21-day plans for four different archetypal women: the Girl on the Go, the Domestic Goddess, the Plant-Based Devotee and the Red-Carpet Ready gal.
Kelly LeVeque is a holistic nutritionist, wellness expert and celebrity health coach based in Los Angeles, California.
Ready to launch past the fears and stumbling blocks that might be keeping financial success beyond your reach? If so, Jen Sincero will teach you to uncover what’s holding you back from making money; give your doubts, fears and excuses the heave-ho; relate to money in a new (and lucrative) way; shake up the cocktail of creation; tap into your natural ability to grow rich; shape your reality – stop playing victim to circumstance; and get as wealthy as you want to be through her book, You Are a Badass at Making Money.
Jen Sincero is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and success coach. Her No. 1 New York Times bestselling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life, has sold over 3 million copies.
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron has inspired Elizabeth Gilbert, Tim Ferris and millions of others to find a deeper connection to process and purpose through their own personal creative journeys. Two of the vital tools in the book are The Morning Pages and The Artist Date. The Morning Pages are a daily ritual of writing three pages of stream of conscious, while The Artist Date is a way to nurture your inner artist by blocking out time for activities that interest you each week. There are also hundreds of exercises, activities and prompts in each chapter to guide you.
Julia Cameron is the bestselling author of more than 40 fiction and non-fiction books. She’s also a poet, songwriter, filmmaker and playwright. She’s commonly referred to as ‘The Godmother’ or ‘High Priestess’ of creativity. The Artist’s Way has sold over 5 million copies and has been translated into 40 languages.
The braver we are, the luckier we get. That’s a key takeaway from Glennon Doyle’s No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir, Untamed. It’s a story about how each of us can begin to trust ourselves enough to set boundaries, make peace with our bodies, honor our anger and heartbreak, and unleash our truest and wildest instincts. Untamed shows us how to be brave.
Glennon Doyle is the author of No. 1 New York Times bestsellers Untamed and Love Warrior, as well as the New York Times bestseller Carry On, Warrior. She’s an activist, as well as the founder and president of Together Rising, an all-women-led non-profit organization that’s raised over $25 million for women, families and children in crisis.