Towards the end of last year, I made a bit more of an effort to read more. Perhaps it was the variety of blogs I was reading; amazing women writing books themselves and sharing lists of reads that had shaped their weeks, months and years that had me. My friend Roz sent over a list after we met late last year to get me started, and since then I’ve always had a book in my bag or next to my bed (I once read that Shappi Khorsandi had one book for the bath, one for bed and one for train journeys- so maybe it was that too). However, last year was also the year that I first started reading more ‘motivational’, or, dare I say it ‘self-help books’. Books filled with words that would spur me on when other things wouldn’t, and books with sentences built upon inspiring phrases- enough that if I were to highlight it like a GCSE textbook, the whole thing would be fluorescent. So, after filtering through a small handful, here are the few reads that gave me an oomph towards the end last year! Here’s hoping they can inspire your year too!
Before I’d got much further than page 17 of this book, I’d minimalised my wardrobe by 4 black bags, cleared out nearly 15 rubbish sacks from my room (which, let’s note, wasn’t messy)- and tidied up both my phone and laptop of old files, freeing space and memory- and in short, it felt incredible. On the surface things didn’t look all too different, but knowing where everything was, having a sense of order to my things- and feeling in control is one of the most ‘freeing’ feelings there is. If you want ‘new years weight loss’ than this is the way to do it, my pals. I’ve yet to finish the whole book, but from reading it so far I’ve felt so inspired to become more organised, tidy and frugal. It’s amazing how from having a sort out, I’ve felt far less inclined to go shopping, impulse buy and spend unnecessarily as I now know what I have, and what I don’t need. This book is amazing. If anyone would like a ‘tidy room’ update/post, let me know too!
Quotes to note:
– “Take each item in one’s hand and ask: “Does this spark joy?” If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it.”
– “The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it”
– “Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or a drawer that you have forgotten it’s existence. Let them go with gratitude”
– “The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. The same impact can never be achieved if the process is gradual”
I read Big Magic this summer after a recommendation from Emma– a.k.a the queen of all good reads (trust me, her newsletter is a weekly life changer). Anyway, after feeling a bit of a blogging lul at the time, this book couldn’t have come into my life at a better period, and completely flipped my perspective on everything from comparison, getting inspiration and putting my mind to work (and getting shit done). As I go into the New Year, I’ve pulled out this book again to help reignite those feelings- as when I was reading it I remember feeling such sparks of motivation, joy and excitement that it was almost a little bit overwhelming. Liz is a complete genius when it comes to saying the right thing, and without sounding ~corny~ this book is a real game changer- especially when it comes to nurturing ideas, and a real kick up the ass for all you amazing, talented ladies out there too.
Quotes to note:
– “It isn’t always comfortable or easy – carrying your fear around with you on your great and ambitious road trip, I mean- but it’s always worth it, because if you can’t learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you’ll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting.”
– “I believe that inspiration will always try it’s best to work with you- but if you are not ready or available, it may indeed chose to leave you and search for a different human collaborator”
– “Creative entitlement doesn’t mean behaving like a princess, or acting as though the world owes you anything whatsoever. No, creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that- merely by being here- you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own.”
Emma’s post on not caring what other people think really made me think and had me shouting ‘PREACH’ | Victoria’s work ethic, voice and talent always inspire me- so I loved her resolutions post | The Pool’s series of ‘What I’m doing differently in 2016’ | Lucy’s simple, yet effective new year goals made me think- and definitely had me nodding along