Five Books to Motivate Your Life

It’s hard to believe it’s nearly March! I started the year off with many good intentions, but by the time March rolls around I find a lot of them have fallen by the wayside.

Although the beginning of the year can feel energizing as we think about resolutions and changes we want for the year, by spring that energized feeling can be replaced by feelings of sluggishness and dismay as we realize we haven’t actually done anything we resolved to do.

So if you’re feeling sluggish and in need of some motivation to jumpstart the rest of the year, I have found these five books can help!

Note to Self, by Gayle King

In this motivational book, Oprah Winfrey’s bestie Gayle King provides us with some inspiration as she asks famous people “what would you tell your younger self?”

In Note to Self, CBS This Morning cohost Gayle King shares some of the most memorable letters from the broadcast’s popular segment of the same name. With essays from such varied figures as Oprah, Vice President Joe Biden, Chelsea Handler, and Maya Angelou, Note to Self may just give you the motivation you are looking for.

Eat, Pray Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Feeling lost in a world where busyness takes center stage? This popular memoir follows Gilbert’s own path as she looked for meaning in her life – and ultimately found out who she was – by embarking on travels that took her to Italy, India, and Bali on a voyage of self-discovery.

The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck, by Sarah Knight

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Time for some life-changing magic ✨ #thelifechangingmagicofnotgivingafuck #readersofinstagram

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Fed up of caring about what people think, pleasing people, saying “yes” when you really want to say “no” and generally wanting to gain control of your life? The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck will help you focus your energy on things you really care about.

Your Money or Your Life, by Vicki Robin

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Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin 💰 – 📸 @shannatyler_ – “𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗶𝘀 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗱𝗲 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗴𝘆 𝗳𝗼𝗿.” 💯 – The sad truth is the energy we put in isn’t always what we get out. We can put in over 50 hours a week & still only get $500 a week. Yet if we put in those same 50 hours into something that excites us or gives us happiness, the money will multiply or we’ll even realize that what we desired wasn’t riches after all. What we desired was fulfillment🙏🏿 – Money is energy & our energy is currency. Invest your energy in what energizes you ✨ #booksforthewise

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Suffering from excess consumerism? Unable to fathom where all your money goes? Drowning in a sea of debt and clutter? Your Money or Your Life is different from most finance books in that it looks at why we shop, how we fall prey to marketing and the detrimental effects it has on not only our finances but our emotional wellbeing and the environment. Over the course of nine steps, Your Money or Your Life will help you evaluate and get a grip on out-of-control spending and put you on a path towards financial independence.

The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

I bet at the beginning of the year if anyone would have asked you what you wanted for 2020 you would likely have said: “to be happy.” It’s something we all want, but for many of us, happiness seems elusive. In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin resolved to spend an entire year of her life to being happy and details her journey towards happiness along the way.

No Shopping for Lent

Hello Lent and hello no shopping for the next 40 days!

I am a shopper. I get excited over a good bargain, love me a good thrift store and – realistically – have more than enough clothes and bags to last me a lifetime.

Yet I continue to shop – and for me, it’s emotionally driven.

Feeling bored – shop! Feeling stressed – shop! Feeling annoyed – shop! Kids driving me batty – shop! Battling PMS – head to Target!

When I thought about what to give up for Lent I balked at the idea of giving up shopping. In the past I’ve tried doing a shopping ban and have lasted about a week. So why should lent be any different? I’m Catholic, but to be honest not a terribly good one. I struggle from time to time with my beliefs. But I do believe I participate in a culture of excess – and that excess is at the detriment of other human beings on our planet and on the planet itself.

So, I am embarking on 40 days of no shopping for Lent 2020. I hope this period not only makes me understand more the hardships we are meant to undergo through this period, but I also hope it helps me face my shopping addiction head on with all the ugly emotions it’s bound to bring up.