Not only is it the scent of my favourite candle at Bath & Bodyworks, it is also my absolute favourite time of the year. Boots and scarves, hockey season has kicked up, but most of all it’s the settling into the home that rocks this time of year. There’s nothing better than curling up with a cup of tea, in my favourite papasan chair and soaking up my latest read.
Over the past couple years I have done a lot of reading. I remember the first time I took a trip into the “self-help” section of the bookstore and my Mom chirped me hard (sorry Mom, but you know this is true…) Now, she’s shopping there too. It’s not always about grabbing one of those books because you’re broken in some way, but instead, it’s about expanding your mind and learning new things.
I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of the books that inspired me to kick off my motivational and mindfulness journey. You’d be surprised at how just looking at the covers, and reading just the smallest little blurb can inspire you to head out and grab one for yourself.
By: Emma Mildon
This is a book of everything soul searching, just like the title says. However, it’s so much more than that. It’s basically a bible of exploration. Have you ever been curious about yoga or aromatherapy? Maybe you’ve heard of essential oils and meditation but never dug any deeper. Emma does this for you. She has a wicked rating of everything “woo-woo” in this book and I highly recommend it – especially for the soul curious.
By: Shonda Rhimes
Anyone who knows me knows I am obsessed with almost everything Shonda Rhimes. Scandal, Grey’s, How To Get Away With Murder – I watch them all. But what is funny, is that I didn’t know that any of these shows were Shonda until I saw this book. It was listed on one of the many “read this” lists on Mind Body Green and I thought it sounded like a neat story. A TV writer who challenged herself to say yes to everything for a year? Why not? Turned out to be not only an inspirational story but a cool inside look into some of Shonda’s greatest achievements too.
As I wrote this blog post, I sat here staring at my bookshelf. I saw the works of Brene Brown staring back at me; Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and my new one Braving the Wilderness (which I haven’t opened yet). She’s incredible and I honestly go beyond reading her books now. Her work is focused primarily on vulnerability. It’s all about showing up and stepping into the arena. I’ve quoted her in my past blog even. If you’re looking to challenge yourself and better yourself, she’s a GREAT place to start.
By: Dr. Wayne W Dyer
This last recommendation is going to be a bit of a surprise as I am far from a religious individual. Spiritual? Hell yes. Religious? Uh, no. So, when Wayne Dyer showed up on a list of suggested books, I was really surprised to be drawn to the cover of this book. It was this simple image of Wayne with a butterfly (which he tells the story of in a book). While all of my other books were an easy find at Chapters, I had to hunt this book out, but in the end, I was so glad I did. The main focus is listening to the little voice inside of us; to find out purpose. I also loved her views on “ego.” While there were few religious views mixed in, it wasn’t the main message whatsoever (and if I can handle it, I swear you can too).
These books are seriously just the tip of the iceberg. I could list another 10 right now, but it’s early in the sweater weather season and I thought I’d just give you a few to start. Hopefully, we can share the inspiration just a little bit. 🙂
Please note the “silver lining exes series” continues this week. Week two of five will be posted on Friday morning. Hope you enjoy my mindfulness, motivation, and ridiculous relationships all in one place.