2019 Personal Development Book List
Mindstore by Jack Black
I have been wanting to read this book for a while since hearing Carrie Green talk about it. I had to make it the first book I read in 2019. It didn’t disappoint me, I was so intrigued about “the house on the right bank” and it’s amazing to now know how to use it to improve my life and business. It has become a daily habit and second nature to me. Thanks to the recommendations in this book I now have an evening routine in place that includes gratitude, house on the right bank visualisation and using the Mindstore sleep technique for a good night sleep.
Crystals by Yulia Van Doren
This book was a Christmas present and was a great introduction to crystals. I had started to have an interest in them but knew nothing. This book gave me everything I needed to know about cleansing, how to use them and even a A-Z on all the crystals with their uses, properties and other information. It is a book I will always keep and be able to look back in when I need to know something about a particular crystal. It is the perfect crystal handbook.
The Females Handbook
I knew as soon as Rebecca published a book that it would be full of action. It went above and beyond what I ever expected and it was so valuable. Starting with evaluating myself where I am now and who I wan to become as a person. Finishing sentences like “I am beautiful because…” to work on self-love and self-worth. The handbook also included values to see what you value most in life and a live evaluation on the 7 main areas of life so you can see where improvements need to be made. I plan to re do this evaluation every month to see the improvement. It then takes you through actions to make all these areas a 10/10. There is a 3 step process that you can use to remove all your limiting beliefs that are blocking you from living the life you want to live. The “my life’s purpose” is my favourite bit of the handbook. I created a mind map with 20 things that came to mind when thinking about my life’s purpose, I then highlighted the main 5. This has made me feel really clear on my purpose and where I am heading with my life personally and professionally.
What I Know For Sure by Oprah Winfrey
“To own the abundant life that’s waiting for you, you’ve got to be willing to do the real work. Not your job. Now your career profile. But heeding your spirit, which is whispering it’s greatest desires for you. You’ve got to get silent sometimes to hear it. And check in regularly. You must feed your mind with thoughts and ideas that open you to new possibilities”. This book is full of Oprah’s lessons in life and what she “knows for sure”. It is very insightful and I learned a lot from it. I love how the chapters include short 1-4 page stories about a particular topic. It is a book that you can open any time on any page and instantly get inspiration, motivation and insight.
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
This is the first book we read in the new book club over in the Facebook group. I had already read it before but was so happy to read it again because of all the useful tips and advice in there. The book is so inspirational and heartwarming to anyone on the female entrepreneurial journey. I love the workbook style of the book at the end of every chapter having space to write down the biggest takeaway from the chapter and to make notes. There are definitely a lot of lessons to be learned from this book.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by John Gray
This isn’t my usual type of personal development book but after my breakup in early February my friend gave it to me to read. It is really insightful and taught me a lot about how men and women react differently, cope in different ways and that it is completely okay. The book is all about understanding and respecting how we are different and accepting your partner as they are. My biggest takeaway from the book is how differently we cope with problems. Women like to talk about their problems to feel better. Men like to go off on their own and sort out one problem at a time without any advice from others. The whole aim of the book is to help us understand this difference and respect it to make our relationships happy and successful.
Miranda Hart: Is It Just Me?
I made it one of my personal goals in 2019 to read more books for fun rather than always personal development or business books. It is still important to me that it is a positive book in some way, I wouldn’t read books about crime or horror because I feel this has a negative impact on my mindset. I started with this one as I love Miranda and had already bought the book a few years back. I love comedy and it is always something I go to when I need a happiness boost so it seemed like the perfect book. It really did not disappoint me, I found myself laughing out loud every time I read the book and it made me feel amazing. It is also great and very inspirational if you feel you are an outsider in life, Miranda shares her own experiences in this in many different areas of life and I can see it being an uplifting book for people that want to feel it isn’t only them feeling this way. I highly recommend if you are looking to read a book for fun that will still have a positive impact on how you are feeling.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
I discovered BorrowBox, which is an app that you can download audiobooks for free if you are a member of a library. (Definitely available in the UK, I did see options of other countries so worth a try). I really enjoyed listening to this book. It is full of incredible stories that make you feel in awe of the universe. I also enjoyed the stories of perseverance and success within creative businesses. This was great motivation and encouragement on this journey.
The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
I have wanted to read this book for a while and already had the journal and card deck (affiliate links). It was voted by the Succeed Now Facebook group for the April book club so I finally bought it to read it myself. I love all the practical exercises that are in it that you can do to help the spiritual journey. I only recently started exploring my spiritual side so it is a good guide to get started with that. It helps you to start exploring spirituality, to understand how to use meditation and prayer to get connected with yourself and the Universe. The book and exercises helped to build my trust and belief in the Universe and how it can support me on my personal and professional journey.
Override by Caroline Williams
This was another book that I listened to on BorrowBox. From the first second I loved it. So many interesting facts and statements about the brain. I find it really interesting learning more about how the brain works and why we think, feel, act and behave the way we do. Caroline talks a lot about “brain training” and if and how it can help us in anyway with memory, focus or anything else in life.
Calm by Fearne Cotton
I read Fearne’s first book in summer 2018 and I loved it, so when I saw this one on the shelf I knew I had to get it. It was the book we read in May book club over in the Facebook Group. It was full of practical tips for living a calm life in what can be a chaotic world. With tips specifically for friends, family, work, social, environment and so much more. What I love most about the style of Fearne’s writing is that it is so practical and can be added into life instantly with little time spent to see big impact and results. I highly recommend to anyone looking to find more calm in their life.
Heal Your Body by Louise Hay
This book isn’t what I expected but it is really useful for when you need a positivity boost related to health. At the time I was struggling with dizziness and collapsing so I used this book alongside other methods to help my healing journey. The book goes through different health problems, gives a probably cause and a new positive thought process to use instead. The idea behind the book is to repeat the new thought patterns to yourself to help heal the problem.
Problem: abdominal cramps
Probably cause: fear, stopping the process
New thought pattern: “I trust the process of life. I am safe”
Chillpreneur by Denis Duffield-Thomas
I do enjoy a good business and strategy book, however this one I enjoyed even more because it included mindset too. I believe mindset is hugely important for business growth and success. The 4 parts of this book are mindset, business models, money and marketing. I loved the mix of mindset and strategy in this book. There is a big emphasis on making business “chill” and relaxed so that we enjoy it and take good care of ourselves while doing so.
Fearless & Fabulous by Cara Alwill Leyba
This book was chosen by the Succeed Now Facebook group for the September book club. I had already read it before back at the start of my personal development journey and it had a huge impact so it was really good to read it again alongside my community.
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