While there is a seemingly never ending supply of enlightenment and self help books, here are a few that I highly recommend you read.
You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This is probably my most favorite self help book. Jen is a down to earth lady with a just the right amount of magic. Jen breaks down the how and the why of who we are as individuals, what is holding us back in our lives and what to do about it. She teaches you how to be a badass in your life by including exercises in each chapter which I highly recommend doing. Sincero writes like a trusted and wise friend who is inspiring, clear and to the point. Love love love this book.
The Art of Living by Epictetus
Ok, so this one is a classic. And by a classic I mean that Epictetus was born in 55 A.D. which means that this guy's ideas have been passed down for thousands of years! Epictetus' teachings focus on the idea that we have no control over the external but we do have control of our actions, reactions and views of the world. A bit of a "harder" read since it is an old philosophical piece (and sometimes a bit extreme), but so powerful and such a great reminder of how we need to let go of what we cannot control.
Flux by Peggy Orenstein
This is a great read for women of all ages who are undergoing any type of transition. It is also a great read for any woman. Peggy interviewed over two hundred women between the ages of twenty-five and forty-five on their lives and their life choices as women. Peggy explores the "half changed" world that we live in since the women's revolution as well as the complications it has left behind. A great book and with may different stories, an easy one to pick up at any time.
What Happy People Know by Dan Baker Ph.D. and Cameron Stauth
A nice and easy read based on the idea that happiness is the foundation to living a successful and fulfilled life. This book breaks down to why we actually need happiness, what exactly happiness means in our times and tips on ways to achieve and sustain true happiness.
13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do by Amy Morin
With this book you may find it helpful to stop for a moment and really think before continuing on to read. This insightful book reviews thirteen things that many of us tend to do and that we should not be doing (resentment, fearing failure, pleasing everyone et cetera). Amy thoroughly describes each "thing", explains why it is harmful to successful living and how to to rid of it. Another truly great self help book.
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
If Jen's first book You Are A Badass was so amazing, could her book on being a badass money maker be just as amazing? Uh ya. It is. Once again Jen writes like an awesome friend, pointing out why we are afraid to make money and how to actually start making some. She lays out simple tips and provides exercises to do along the way. Trust, me, do them.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
I love this book. I mean really, truly friggin love it. I don't even know how many times I have red it. It is the easiest read, fun to follow and really does fill you with hope and love. Paulo wrote this book as a metaphor about fulfilling your dreams and doing so with kindness and never ending optimism. Love it. Read it if you haven't already.
The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle
So this is by far one of the most intense books that you will ever read. Tolle challenges (and I mean challenges!) the reader to see the world in a totally different light, one that is full of theories on reality, time and perspective. The transformative ways of this book are truly life changing, but it does take an open mind and some serious inner reflection. A recommended reading to anyone wanting to look deeper into their lives and the world around us.