October 26, 2015

Books to Inspire – October 2015

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Happy Monday! Hope you’re slowly easing into the week. Today I wanted to share some of the books that I picked up recently to help inspire me. My creative brain thrives on new information.

I’m currently feasting on these Books to Inspire:

Rising Strong– Currently reading this one. Already into it. After over a decade of research, Brené Brown writes about how we must lean into the discomfort of the in- between space before we can rise above our struggles. No one ever talks about that messy in-between space but her she does! She breaks it down with The Reckoning The Rumble & The Revolution. I picked this book up after I watched Brené on Super Soul Sunday (love that show!)

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear  Picked this one up and am looking forward to reading it this winter. As a creative person, I’m hoping it will help me with my own creative process. I’m alllllll ears.

Finding Yourself in the Kitchen Currently reading this one as well. I’ve been reading a chapter before bed and loving it. I’m definitely interested in exploring my relationship with cooking since I spend so much time in the kitchen. 

The 4-Hour Workweek– Someone recommended this book to me and it comes to my house this week. I’m always trying to find ways to optimize my time and do more in less time. As a mom who is self-employed, I could use alllllllll the help I can get!

1 Page at a Time– This one is FUN. This book has a lot of great prompts to get you writing/drawing/thinking creatively. There are a lot of pages I want to do with Cooper. I’m looking forward to rainy day drawing sessions coming soon.

Fringe Hours: Making Time for You– Like I said before…time management is something I’m always trying to work on. I’m hoping that I might find some new strategies in this book so I can claim a little time for myself each week.

How to Be an Explorer of the World: Portable Life Museum  – I feel like I spend a lot of time exploring through My Everyday Life series, but I want to be inspired to see MORE and see things DIFFERENTLY. I thought this book looked fun when I was looking through the Amazon photos.  There are a lot of cool lists in the book and you know how I feel about lists…It comes this week and I’m excited to look through!

What I Know for Sure – I read this book at the beginning of the year and loved it. I want to go back and look at all of things I highlighted on my first reading. I wonder what has changed in my life since I read it last. Should be interesting.  Also…maybe I just miss Oprah.

The 5 Love Languages– A few years ago I went online and read all about love languages. It comes up a lot in conversations, so I thought that I would do a little more research and actually read the book. When Casey and I figured out what our individual love languages are, it helped both greatly to see things from each other’s perspectives. FYI- My love language is Acts of Service & Quality Time 😉

  • Harleigh

    I read the 5 Love Languages and agree that it’s a great book. Even if you’re not in a relationship you learn so much for yourself, about yourself!

  • Lori

    I’ve been thinking of buying Rising Strong and Big Magic. 1 Page at a Time and the one in the kitchen sound good to me too 🙂

  • Tracy Harrington Atkinson

    Wonderful post. I am an avid reader and am always looking for a referral!

  • Vittoria

    I’m interested to hear what you think of the 4-hour work week…I could not get through it. There are some good ideas that I’ve heard before (only answer email at one designated time), but for the most part the tone was too condescending and the suggestions really only work if you want to sell a product from a distance. Not really workable if you need to be physically present for you job as I do.

  • Rene @thedomesticlady

    I loved Fringe Hours. I am going to read through it again b/c I know there is stuff I missed the first time.

  • Chelsey

    I love these recommendations! My love language is also Quality Time/Acts of Service…AND I’m an INFJ, so when I read your posts I’m often like…Tracy is my soul sister. She gets me. The Fringe Hours has been on my list for awhile. Time to go to the library!

  • Ari

    I’m always looking for new and inspiring books to read and this helped a ton! I would really love to read “1 page at a time” and “What I know for sure”. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  • Amanda

    Great recommendations! The Keri Smith book looks so fun!

  • Libby

    I want one of each of these! So when you’re done just go ahead and send them to my house. : )
    I’m so excited to read Big Magic. I’ve been listening to Elizabeth Gilbert’s podcast and it has been SO INSPIRING! In so many ways. In my life–in my writing–in my friendships! Oh, she’s just a dream.

  • Faye

    The 4-Hour Workweek is one of my go-to inspirational books (the other is Now, Discover Your Strengths!) In fact I just did a giveaway with both of those. I also love What I Know For Sure. I am going to check out the others on your list as well!

  • Jessica Turner

    Thank you for including The Fringe Hours. I hope it inspires you in practical ways! Take care.

  • Kate

    Great list! Thanks for sharing.

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