Reading has become one of my favorite ways to decompress and relax. I am not the type of person who can sit still and just do nothing, so reading is what I like to do! My favorite kinds of books are ones that I can learn something from. I tend to choose self help books or ones related to marketing.

I often hear people say I just don’t have time to sit down and read a book. The thing is you need to make the time, and once you do it becomes part of your daily routine. I try to read a chapter a day, before I head to bed or turn on the TV. It has been a great routine for me to get into.

Each of these books have been amazing to read and have taught me so much. In fact I believe all of these books have forced me to make a lot of positive changes in my life!

You Do You – Sarah Knight: It’s time to start putting your happiness first–and stop letting other people tell you what to do, how to do it, or why it can’t be done.You do you is a great reminder to be who you are and to use what you’ve got to get what you want. If you really listen to the message of the book you will make some changes to your own life. BUT be prepared to lose friends and alienate people in the process. I am a firm believer that in order to make a change in your life you need to re align who you are spending your time with.

UNFU*K Yourself – Gary John Bishop: There is no BS in this book. Your negative self-talk you keep telling yourself are blocking your ability to thrive. He gives you the tools and advice you need to become the best version of yourself. It isn’t other people that are standing in your way, it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive, it’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself.  Stop wasting your life and start living it.

Who Says You Can’t You Do – Daniel Chidiac: This book offers a 7 step guide to discovering your true self, committing to your own life, and pushing beyond your known limits. It challenges you to ask yourself hard questions, that will lead to life changing decisions. The ultimate take away is to guide you to fulfillment and happiness. It really helps you reflect on your current life and to guide you into making changes for a better life.

Light is the New Black – Rebecca Campbell: In order to thrive in this new age, everything we do must be an authentic expression of who we truly are. Rebecca shares her own journey, alongside practical tools to help you reconnect with the core of your being, and channeled messages from the universe. Once you rediscover what you already know at soul level, you can offer the world something that only you can give. Essentially we all have a lot to offer this world, when you open your eyes to it you can learn a lot about yourself!

Rise Sister Rise – Rebecca Campbell: This book is essentially a call to arms for women to rise up, tell their truth, and lead. Most women have spent much of their working lives “making it” in a man’s world, leaning on patriarchal methods of survival in order to succeed, dulling down their intuition, and ignoring the fierce power of their feminine.

“Find a way to breathe life into your bravest creations today. When you put your creations out there you run the risk of being judged. And the better the work, the more it will be judged – by those who are not ready for it or misunderstand it or project their stuff onto it. All of this is out of your hands. So if you want to be successful or just a great artist, get ready to be judged. The more successful you are, or unique you are with your creations, the more people will project their stuff onto you. Their opinions actually have nothing to do with you.”

The Happiness Advantage – Shawn Achor: We live in a word where we are taught to think success will bring happiness and this books says we’ve been doing it wrong. Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. We need to focus on being positive and happy, and I truly believe that. Rarely will you see me complain online, instead I try to find the lesson in every situation, good or bad.

Crushing It – Gary Vaynerchuk: This book talks about personal branding online and the importance of it which is something I regularly reference in my social media workshops. He talks about many great entrepreneurs and how they built their businesses through influence, he also shares ways that you can too. Gary is one of my favorite people to follow online. His constant message of you have one life, make sure you live it is a refreshing reminder to live in the moment. Living your life for someone else is always a mistake, even if you think it is coming from a good place. YOU DO YOU.