I’ll try to update this list as much as I can, but I’m constantly exploring new avenues of growth like the below and won’t always be able to add in real time. If you have any questions or ever want a recommendation, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’d be happy to hear from you.
Reading opens my mind and heart. So I do it constantly. A running list of books and ideas that have struck a chord:
- The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown – This book started it all for me (Thank you, thank you to my soul sista Sap for surprising me with this book and nearly scaring the bejesus out of me by not leaving a note). Brene is a brilliant researcher and straight-forward proponent of self compassion, vulnerability and authenticity. She’ll help you break your perfectionist tendencies– HELL YES.
- A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson – Marianne is a brilliant student of A Course in Miracles, and if you’re not yet ready to dive into the full course (like me) this is a really good overview. Lots of meaty spiritual goodness about our true loving nature, letting go of fear, and being your most powerful self. So much to take in, this is one to read many times over.
- The Red Book by Sera Beek – Sera is a bad ass new spiritualist/religious explorer, for lack of a better identifier. She’s awesome, super down to earth and real, and very encouraging of forging your own path to defining what faith (or in her terms, the divine!) can mean to you. Her book totally resonated with me as a Catholic with eastern leanings, with lots of great resources and tips. I will revisit this one for sure.
- The Secret by Rhonda Byrne – I must admit that this was a scary read for me at first. As someone who struggles with negative self-talk, I couldn’t stop but going into a spiral of anxiety — “I’m drawing negativity to me – and I can’t control my thoughts, etc.” The good news is that 1. yes, you can control your thoughts or at least find ways to reframe them (see: this entire blog, the section below on meditation) and 2. this book introduced me to the Law of Attraction, which I really do believe in. Positivity is power.
- You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay- Louise is my spirit animal of affirmation. She’s absolutely incredible and will teach you positivity from the inside out.
- E-Squared by Pam Grout- if you’re uncertain about the spiritual/metaphysical stuff I sometimes talk about (the power of thought, that we are all energy, that the universe supports us, etc.) these experiments have the ability to change the way you think about the world. My mind was blown wide open.
I try to meditate once per day, whether I’m super busy and have to grab a quick one on the go or can devote the time to a proper, quiet meditation. I find it really helps me calm my anxious mind, and go within and listen to what really matters to ME. It’s a practice that I really believe makes a world of difference. Here are a few of my favorite resources:
There are a wealth of incredible people on the internet exploring the same topics that I’m interested in and sharing their learnings along the way. From authors to life coaches to spiritual gurus, they are our tribe.
- Caroline Zwick — My life coach extraordinaire, Caroline maintains an amazing blog and runs many different resources throughout the year, from group workshops to one on one coaching. She is a true life-changer and a positive, feminine force to reckon with. And she’s incredibly relatable and genuine.
- Erin Stutland — creator of Shrink Sessions, Erin is an affirmation guru and an incredible motivator to boot. I’ve been doing her Shrink Session Challenge and loving it, and pop in to The Movement for her class in person when I can!