One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 was to read more. I would not call myself an avid reader, but I’ve always loved to learn and to dive into things that really capture me and feed my soul. I have read some as hard copies and iBooks, and listened to a few as audiobooks. I’m just getting into audiobooks and realizing they are so great for the gym or doing laundry! Multi-tasking is key in my life.
No. 1 - Becoming: Michelle Obama’s recent memoire definitely taught me something and fed my soul. It’s a beautiful read, taking you through her childhood, her career and her view of the presidential journey her family took. It was like taking a peek into her private reality and I think everyone can connect with her story, her realness and all the chaos life throws at us.
No. 2 - Girl, Wash Your Face: Rachel Hollis is a personal cheerleader everyone should have in their ear (I listed to the audiobook for this one). She gets real and dives deep into her life and all its nitty gritty. She talks honestly about her struggles, but also her triumphs. It’s as comforting as it is inspiring.
No 3. - Girl, Stop Apologizing: I’m currently listening to Rachel Hollis’ follow up to Girl, Wash Your Face, which speaks directly to how I’m feeling these days: overwhelmed and unprepared for this crazy journey of entrepreneurship. It’s just so nice to know someone else has walked a similar journey to you. You’re never alone in this crazy thing called life!
No. 4 - A New Earth: Stop your face! This book is, although maybe not the most exciting read, so enlightening. I first stumbled upon Eckhart Tolle’s podcast episode with Oprah on Super Soul and was hooked immediately! Listening to him speak was an ‘aha’ moment in my life. He had all these answers to questions I had always wondered about; Why do we put so many labels on ourselves? Why do we judge ourselves and others? Why does religion cause such conflict when it’s supposed to bring peace and unity? Listening to him discuss these varying topics from a truly enlightened perspective helped clear my head of unnecessary noise and allowed me to view the world from an even more honest and open minded place. If I ever feel myself getting caught up in thought, I go back to read or listen to a few chapters. It always helps restore my energy and peace.
No. 5 - The Handmaid’s Tale: I still had my Crave subscription (from the Game of Thrones days) and I caught a few episodes of The Handmaid’s Tale when I was home sick one day. The cinematography is beautiful and initially what caught my attention. The storyline is complex, fascinating and frightening at the same time and motivated me to read the book to see if it was any different. This book is over 30 years old, but it really touches on so many relevant topics: gender equality, religious extremism, democracy, etc.