I’ve been really enjoying taking a fair amount of time off this month to vacation with my husband and son, visit family in Texas, take a solo retreat, and relax and do whatever I’m inspired to do in the moment.
One of my favorite ways to relax and reconnect is through reading. Books inspire me to no end!
Now, I love a great novel now and then, and I’m inspired to share with you a handful of books that are focused on my passions of personal, spiritual and business development–and it just so happens they’re all written by women!
Here are 7 books I highly recommend to uplevel your business and life. I hope you discover one or two or more that speak to you.
Women Who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa Pinkola-Estes, PhD
This landmark book was given to me as a birthday gift from my yoga teacher 15 years ago, and it literally sat on my shelf all those years. A few months ago, I was inspired to pick it up, and holy moly!
What a phenomenal, timely message this book gives to women today: “Within every woman there is a wild and natural creature, a powerful force, filled with good instincts, passionate creativity, and ageless knowing…” Amen, sister. The Wild Woman lives!
The Magic Path of Intuition, Florence Scovel Shinn
Ms. Shinn rocks! A voice of practical, spiritual wisdom from the 1920s who gives you high-vibe affirmations to cultivate your intuition, believe in your Divine power, and release the resistance, fear and doubt once and for all. As Florence says, “You must live fully in the now to make your dreams come true.” She is all about living a spiritual and rich life. Me, too!
P*ssy, A Reclamation, Regena Thomashauer
I love, love, love this book! It was seriously edgy for me to say and share about this book when I first bought it. But I trusted my intuition and started recommending to select clients, friends and Mastermind partners—who all loved it, too. It’s another landmark book for women and a clarion call to bring more pleasure into your business and life. Highly recommended!
Big Magic, Elizabeth Gilbert
Permission. This book in her wonderfully witty and warm way gives me a lot of permission to be free—to try, to fail, to fall down, to succeed, to soar, to whatever, and not be concerned with the outcome. The magic is in persisting; in staying committed to my craft as an entrepreneur; to keep going with putting my “art” (which for me is my voice and my business offerings) out there in small and big ways, no matter what.
Presence, Amy Cuddy
The essence of this book and Amy’s uber-popular TED talk is that we can use our bodies—through “power poses”—to help us feel confident and present, especially when faced with a stressful or intimidating situation.
By getting our bodies in motion and taking on powerful postures, we literally change our brain chemistry—lowering cortisol (the stress hormone) and increasing testosterone and good-feeling hormones. I love “power posing” before speaking in front of groups and highly recommend it to all my clients and workshop participants.
From Worry to Wealthy: A Woman’s Guide to Financial Success Without the Stress, Chellie Campbell
I just started reading this one last week on the airplane to Dallas, and I really appreciate Chellie’s highly practical business and money wisdom shared in her down-to-earth style. I met Chellie last year when she spoke at my favorite women’s networking group, and she’s super fun and funny, and gives practical steps to creating financial success. I adore her money affirmations. My fave: People love to give me money!
Powerful and Feminine, Rachael Jayne Groover
This is my newest book. I literally got it in the mail yesterday (!), but I’m including it here because I heard Rachael Jayne speak earlier this month and LOVE her message. So much so that I signed up for one of her Art of Feminine Presence workshops in September. Excited to read this book on increasing my magnetic presence and being authentically powerful!
So, that’s it. The Magic 7.
Which one resonates the most for you? I’d love to hear! Comment below and let me know your thoughts, and share your soul-inspired book recommendations with me.