Some people think that to “live a life you love” is to be idealistic. I don’t.
You’re cheating yourself out of true happiness if you don’t believe that you can make your dreams a reality. Don’t let excuses or current circumstances hold you back.
If your dreams seem more like fantasies, then maybe you need a little inspiration.
These ten books spoke to me. They opened up doors I didn’t know existed. They made me laugh while lifting me up. They made me see the world from a different lens. They really give you the kick in the butt you need so that you can treat your inner self to all the goodness it deserves.
1. Big Magic - by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book kicked ass. From best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert nails it on the head with this book about embracing creative living. Whether you’re a writer, an artist, or just want the courage to actually follow your weird interests, this book is loaded with such good insight on conquering your fears and living a live you’re proud of.
2) What I Was Doing While You Were Breading – by Kristin Newman
Kristin Newman, a Hollywood writer, perfectly and hilariously describes her journeys and encounters around the world while living up her younger years (can you tell why I relate so much to this book?). This book is a must-read for any travel lover and is the perfect addition to your carry-on bag. I couldn’t put the damn thing down!
3) The 4-Hour Work Week - by Timothy Ferriss
This book will really change your life and the way you think about your time. You should read this book if you are serious about making the most of your day and using the time you have on things that matter most to you. Don’t let the title fool you, even if you don’t think you could possibly work four hours a week, there are so many practical solutions to help you be more efficient, eliminate busy work, and add some serious time back into your life. EVERYONE should read this book, reread it, and then read it again.
4) Girl, Stop Apologizing – A Shame Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals - by Rachel Hollis
This funny and empowering book is perfect for anyone feeling stuck. Rachel Hollis pokes fun at her own experiences while providing such positive encouragements and challenges to help you become the best version of yourself and help accomplish your dreams. No more excuses for the roadblocks in your life. You’re in charge of your own destiny with this uplifting, easy read.
5) White Fragility – by Robin Diangello
This is a book for all my white brothers and sisters, written by a white, female author. Please do society and your morality a favor and read this. Even if your first thought is “I know I’m not racist so I won’t learn anything new from this,” I promise you will. There’s so much history, psychology, and logic in this book. Even if I considered myself “woke” before, I’ve learned so much from this. It really makes you look at things differently and question a lot of the policies we have in place. Do the world a favor and pick up this book. You’ll feel more comfortable speaking about race and racism, and you’ll be accurately informed about a lot of the struggles our African American friends currently face. If we truly want to move forward with equality like we say we do, it starts with educating ourselves. This is one of my favorite books on this list.
6) You Are A BADASS: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Live An Awesome Life - by Jen Sincero
This book not only delves into how energy and the universe are both on your side, but gives practical advice on how to take the steps that make your dreams a reality. EVERYONE should read this book. Learn exactly what you’re capable of because YOU ARE A BADASS.
7) The Alchemist - by Paulo Coehlo
The Alchemist is an inspirational novel about following one’s personal destiny. The main theme of the novel is that “if one wants something badly enough, the universe will conspire to make it happen.” It’s definitely a metaphorical read, but the lessons learned by the main character are ones that apply to us all.
8) The Power of Habit - by Charles Duhigg
We all know how hard it is to start exercising, eat better, spend less, pick up a new skill, start a business, take more time for yourself, etc. Your habits are the problem and the solution to any major changes to your daily life. This book is backed in psychology and gives practical answers and help for changing your habits for the better.
9) The Secret - by Rhonda Byrne
The Secret is a cheeky name for a book based on principals of physics and the law of attraction. There are tons of similar books (a few books on this list actually talk about principals in The Secret) and that’s because this shit works, people! I live my life daily by putting out into the universe what I expect to receive – and I tend to get it! If you really want to challenge the way you’re living and want to practice “magic” in its truest form, this book is the secret. Spend ten minutes every day and send out what you expect the day to look like and be grateful for the blessings you’re about to receive, and then watch the magic unfold. I literally manifested and won a bike from teachings in this book! So, until the day The Secret stops working for me (good luck convincing me otherwise) I’ll be building my dream life one day at a time. Join me!
10) A Field Guide to Lucid Dreaming – by Dylan Tuccillo, Jared Zeizel, and Thomas Peisel
So you say you want to turn your dreams into reality? This book will literally show you how to do just that. I came across this nifty little guide while browsing through the library, and it’s changed the way I dream forever. It teaches you all about dream signs, ways to realize you’re dreaming but stay dreaming, methods for controlling your dreams (like flying), and so much more. This book is incredibly fun, so pick up a copy today and start your journey towards being more in control of your dreams.