Working moms juggle A TON of stuff on a daily basis with rarely any recognition. And often, juggling every day becomes second nature that you get into a rut and aren’t sure if you’re on the right path or if there’s a better way to handle something.
All you need is a new perspective to reignite your soul.
So where do you find this new perspective when friends and family aren’t doing the trick?
I am a learning junkie, and online courses and books are my drugs of choice. When I’m feeling stuck and doubt myself and what I’m capable of, I read. Reading inspires me and gives me a fresh perspective.
If you’re in a rut and need a fresh outlook, check out my favorite books below.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson
Quite the attention-grabbing title, right? I thought we’d start out strong with this ultimate favorite of mine. This #1 New York Times Bestseller and #2 Most Read on Amazon cuts through the crap to show us what’s important — not positivity — so we can honestly be happy.
Mark is honest with his advice and tells it like it is. He dishes out raw and quite refreshing truth that doesn’t happen too often these days… what with the sensitive feelings of so many people.
Thanks to Mark, I’ve learned to refocus and stop obsessing on what other people think… because as a people-pleaser, this is hard to do.
Get Mark’s book here.
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Tony Robbins is known for his incredibly powerful self-improvement books and seminars. He’s written many bestsellers about life, money, and personal development. Awaken the Giant is no exception. It’s even turned many Tony doubters into Tony believers. Just check out the reviews on Amazon.
In Awaken the Giant, Tony shows you his most effective strategies for mastering your emotions, body, relationships, finances, and life. His step-by-step system will teach you self-mastery to take control of your life helping you to discover your purpose and change your life.
Awaken the giant within you here.
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes
I first became aware of Shonda Rhimes when I became addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. It was a fantastic show in its heyday, but I digress. Shonda is a writer, executive producer and creator of the hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal.” This lady has the Midas touch, so when her book came out, you bet I paid attention.
How often do we say no because self-doubt creeps in and we lose out on what could have been? Maybe too often to count. In Year of Yes, Shonda shares how saying, “yes” changed her life and opened new doors for her. It’s funny, smart, and a definite fun read. I wouldn’t expect any less from the creator of many of my favorite shows.
Start saying yes by clicking here.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
I’d heard such great things about this book, so I don’t know why it took me so long to pick it up. It’s become a top personal finance book of all time and celebrated its 20th anniversary in April 2017.
Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Robert growing up with two dads: his biological father and best friend’s father. They both shaped his way of thinking about money and investing. It explains the difference between working for your money and having it work for you.
Robert is candid and provides incredibly insightful advice. I had many ah-ha moments.
Get Robert’s book here.
Girl Code: Unlocking the Secrets to Success, Sanity, and Happiness for the Female Entrepreneur by Cara Alwill Leyba
This book thoroughly spoke to my mompreneur soul. Cara provides a roadmap for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job plus a part-time small business), and anyone in between.
If you’ve felt jealousy by others’ success (guilty), Cara teaches you self-confidence and reconnecting with your why and the power of connection.
Fun fact: Companies like Kate Spade and Macy’s have invited her to come and teach her powerful message in Girl Code.
You can unleash your girl code here.
The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, the Hard Stuff, and Everything in Between by Ashlee Gadd
Motherhood. It’s the most stressful and rewarding role we women will ever undertake. At times, our hearts swell with love we think it’ll burst… and other times we want to curl up in the fetal position and rock back and forth.
No matter what stage you’re in, this book can help. It celebrates motherhood in a warm, heartfelt way — much like a best friend would.
The book contains heartwarming essays about identity, adoption, body image, miscarriage, friendship, faith, infertility, and more. It’s a beautiful collection of inspirational stories sure to warm your heart.
Motherhood can feel so isolating at times, and this book helped me feel like I’m not alone. Other moms go through the same wins and challenges as I do.
Grab your copy here.
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Timothy Ferriss
His book provides a step-by-step blueprint to achieving a life of luxury, not dependent on the old concept of retirement.
The expanded edition includes incredibly inspiring case studies from families who have completely turned their lives around using Tim’s blueprint.
Check it out here.
Love Unending: Rediscovering Your Marriage in the Midst of Motherhood by Becky Thompson
Who here has felt like they’ve completely neglected their marriage since becoming an incredibly busy working mom? *raises hand*
Becky Thompson’s book challenges readers to rediscover falling in love with their husbands… like they did when they first met.
It’s a 21-day challenge with each chapter focusing on a facet of marriage struggle. It includes actionable steps because there’s no point in reading if you don’t take action.
Start the challenge here.
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
This #1 international bestseller is authored by chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg.
We’ve all heard about the glass ceiling in the workplace, and Sheryl has reignited the conversation about women in the workplace. She provides sound advice on how to have a fulfilling career. She covers how to negotiate, mentor, and build a satisfying career.
This book is a must-read for the working woman.
You can check it out here.
The Total Money Makeover: Classic Edition: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness by Dave Ramsey
Dave Ramsey is a highly respected voice in the money and business arena. He’s the author of five New York Times bestselling books. The guy knows his stuff when it comes to money.
The Total Money Makeover does just that… makes over your money. Dave helps you whip your finances into shape with tried-and-true systems.
I myself am following Dave’s 7 Baby Steps for getting out of debt.
Get your money into shape here.
So whether you’re in need of a new outlook on life, money, motherhood or just yourself, there’s something here for you. I ask that in addition to reading any one of these books, you take what you learned and apply it to your life. Reading without action won’t get you anywhere. Even just the simplest of action can have a significant effect.
So start by clicking any of the links to buy a copy. What’s even more remarkable is that you can download the Kindle app onto your device and purchase the Kindle version of these books to get it right away. With the Kindle app, you can read it across all your devices. Instant gratification is awesome!
Let me know in the comments which one(s) you’re going to check out! And if you have read any of these books, let me know your thoughts in the comments.
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Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.