I really want to try to spend more time in 2017 taking a break from technology and social media. I find that a lot of my day is spent scrolling through Facebook and Instagram. When I’m trying to relax or watch some kind of television show I usually am looking at another screen.
I’ve decided this year that I want to take more time to focus on myself. I’m going to really pull back from the amount of time I spend on social media. I think I really feed into the fear that I’m going to miss out on some life changing post online. It’s important to get myself out of that mentality. I need to try to realize that I’m not really missing much when I limit my time on social media.
What I want to try to do to help refocus is to spend more time reading. Last year I read a few inspirational “self help” type books. I really enjoyed them! They helped my feel more positive over being overwhelmed about completing school and starting a “real world” job.
I put together a list of the 5 books that I want to read in 2017. They all are meant to motivate me throughout the year.
Make It Happen – Lara Casey
You were created for a purpose, and it’s time to make it happen.
Make It Happen is the story of how I surrendered my fear, took the leap, and got a life. In my case, a perfectly imperfect, fulfilling life as a mama, a working woman, and a grateful wife. This is the story of how I chose to make “it”―a greater purpose than mine―happen, and how you can too.
Not too long ago, I had a conversation with one of my best friends about how she feels that she isn’t able to handle a normal job. She thought she was a very high functioning individual and just doesn’t know what to do in a job with set hours and lunch breaks, everything just felt awkward for her.
I never really thought of things that way but after she said that it really resonated with me. Currently I work a full time job in retail, volunteer for a non-profit organization,and spend as much time as I can updating my blog and social media platforms, all while attempting to foster my relationships with my family, friends and boyfriend. I feel like I’m constantly running around and trying to do everything that I can to both build up my resume and keep everyone in my life happy.
Make it happen is described as a book for women who feel like they are constantly doing it all. Which is something that I can identify with and I hope this book will help bring some clarity to the new year for me.
Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living – Shauna Niequist
Written in Shauna’s warm and vulnerable style, this collection of essays focuses on the most important transformation in her life, and maybe yours too: leaving behind busyness and frantic living and rediscovering the person you were made to be. Present Over Perfect is a hand reaching out, pulling you free from the constant pressure to perform faster, push harder, and produce more, all while maintaining an exhausting image of perfection.
Shauna offers an honest account of what led her to begin this journey, and a compelling vision for an entirely new way to live: soaked in grace, rest, silence, simplicity, prayer, and connection with the people that matter most to us.
In these pages, you’ll be invited to consider the landscape of your own life, and what it might look like to leave behind the pressure to be perfect and begin the life-changing practice of simply being present, in the middle of the mess and the ordinariness of life.
I really think that this book is an extension of my feelings that I expressed about Make It Happen. I’ve recently been practicing yoga again. I find that a lot of the time I have trouble being present in the moment. I’m constantly thinking about all of the other things that I have to complete when I get out of the class.
I’m hoping that this book will help me to focus on everything that’s happening in the present. Hopefully it will keep me from stressing and worrying about everything else that I have on the go.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person – Shonda Rhimes
In this poignant, hilarious, and deeply intimate call to arms, Hollywood’s most powerful woman, the mega-talented creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder reveals how saying YES changed her life—and how it can change yours too.
Before her Year of Yes, Shonda Rhimes was an expert at declining invitations others would leap to accept. With three children at home and three hit television shows on TV, it was easy to say that she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, on Thanksgiving 2013, Shonda’s sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything.
The comment sat like a grenade, until it detonated. Then Shonda, the youngest of six children from a supremely competitive family, knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.
This poignant, intimate, and hilarious memoir explores Shonda’s life before her Year of Yes—from her nerdy, book-loving childhood creating imaginary friends to her devotion to creating television characters who reflected the world she saw around her (like Cristina Yang, whose ultimate goal wasn’t marriage, and Cyrus Beene, who is a Republican and gay). And it chronicles her life after her Year of Yes had begun—when Shonda forced herself out of the house and onto the stage, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and giving the Dartmouth Commencement speech; when she learned to say yes to her health, yes to play and she stepped out of the shadows and into the sun; when she learned to explore, empower, applaud, and love her truest self. Yes.
This wildly candid and compulsively readable book reveals how the mega talented Shonda Rhimes, an unexpected introvert, achieved badassery worthy of a Shondaland character. And how you can, too.
Honestly anything related to Shonda Rhimes sounds like something I need to be a part of. I love watching How To Get Away With Murder and I recently blew through all the seasons of Scandal. When I saw that Shonda had written a book I knew I needed it in my hands. I really love the concept of this and feel that it’s important to break out of your comfort zone sometimes. I’ve been trying to do that more lately. I
I purchased this book a few months ago, but just never found the time to start reading it. I know I’m going to change that this year and make it my mission to read this.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear – Elizabeth Gilbert
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives.
Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.
I’ve heard such great reviews of this book! As soon as I decided on creating this list I knew it had to be included. I’ve been stuggling a lot lately with feeling inspired in just about every aspect of my life. It’s definitely something I need to work on.
I’m really hoping this book will help give me some insight into living a creative life. I can totally implement this into my blogging strategy as well as any future job prospects.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life – Jen Sincero
In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.
By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can’t change, how to change what you don’t love, and how to use The Force to kick some serious ass.
I honestly this this sounds like the perfect book for me. There has been so many times in the last few months that I’ve really doubted myself. I sometimes avoid applying to certain job postings because I feel that I’m not good enough for them. It’s time to try pushing those doubts out of my mind. I have a lot of goals for 2017. I’m hoping that reading this book will help guide me to achieve everything I have planned!
What books do you have on your 2017 reading list? Are they non-fiction books like the ones that I am going to read? Or do you have an interest in fiction books? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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