There’s nothing quite like a good read to take us on a journey far away, to teach us something new, or to leave us feeling inspired. Though free time is admittedly hard to come by amidst the working-mama juggle, we’re trying to make it a priority to fit in some more quality time by reading – even if it’s for a few minutes before we crash. Check some books to feed the soul right now, the spiritual guides that have us ready to take on anything and everything in our paths. Read on…
Gabrielle Bernstein has earned the esteemed title of the modern-day Carrie Bradshaw and has become a spiritual icon in her own right, and for good reason. In her book Spirit Junkie, The New York Times Best-Selling author, regular NBC Today Show host, and founder of the empowering site for women, GabbyBernstein.com. In the book, Bernstein discusses how she first stumbled upon her spiritual calling upon her encounter with Marianne Williamson’s A Course in Miracles — an impactful read that transformed her life. She also lays out the philosophy for her readers that has altered both her mindset and lifestyle, encouraging us to abandon the fears that are holding us back and to embrace the love and happiness that comes with each day — if we choose to see them, that is.
Media maven, Arianna Huffington asks a question that couldn’t be more relevant to us CEO mamas — what does it mean to be “successful”, and at what price does success come? After co-founding, The Huffington Post in 2005 and serving as the Editor-in-Chief, Huffington took the media world by storm with her rapidly growing business. Yet, only two years later, she found herself flat on her home office floor after suffering a bad fall — the result of sleep deprivation and extreme exhaustion. With this injury came an inevitable period of reflection for Arianna, who began to reevaluate her lifestyle and whether working around the clock was truly as fulfilling as she had thought. In this personal account, Huffington gets real about her own work-mama juggle, the intensity of creating one of the world’s leading media companies, and why a more balanced approach to our work lives may be a healthier and more prolific way to live after all.
A text that has been selling out on shelves around the world since its inception in 1988, The Alchemist is a mystical tale of self-discovery, told through the story of one Andalusian shepherd Santiago’s quest for treasure. This search instead becomes a spiritual journey holding much deeper stakes — teaching him about himself and, moreover, showing him that he must follow his heart in all that he does.
4. Rising Strong; How The Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown
Social scientist, scholar, public speaker and New York Times Best-Selling author Brené Brown has shifted the way we think about our struggles with her inspiring ideology about failure and getting back up after we fall. In this honest yet light-hearted read, based upon Brown’s discussions with people from Fortune 500 CEOs to parents experiencing the juggle, Brown hones in one powerful truth in particular: in rising from tough times and experiencing trial and error, we exhibit the courage and tap into the vulnerability necessary to put us on the path to the successes we have always dreamed of. Powerful stuff, right?!
A title that’s on everyone’s lips, celebrated psychologist, professor, and researcher Angela Duckworth’s Grit is powerful and personal, challenging the deep-rooted notion that natural genius is the key to success. Routinely underestimated by her scientist father, Duckworth touches on the work ethic that got her to where she is today, but also digs into social science and shares the stories of novice West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee contestants, and big-name professionals who all have tasted the sweetness of success not because of talent, but because of their willingness to try, try, and try again.
What soul-satisfying book have you read lately? Share your favorite reads in the comment section below!
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