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I don’t read a lot since having kids. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” Honestly, I find it hard motivating myself to sit and read a book. Then, I can’t keep my eyes open whenever I try to read the traditional way (#momstaystired). My solution to this problem: audio books!! I use Audible by Amazon and it is amazing. I listen to books while I drive, while I run, while I get ready in the mornings or afternoon and while I clean. Lately, I have listened to some incredible books! I’ve listened to a few fiction books, but for the most part I have listened to motivational/self-help books and they left me uplifted and inspired!
My favorites are Brene Brown Books (In order of when they were written):
- I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007)
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (2010)
- Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012)
- Rising Strong: The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution (2015)
- Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone (2017)
Brene Brown is an author, storyteller, research professor, public speaker, and licensed master social worker. She specializes in discussing vulnerability, which is an uncomfortable but necessary topic. Her research and the way she is able to use her research to tell stories is amazing. I just finished her most recent: Braving the Wilderness and once again, she has spoken to my soul (I like to exaggerate, but for real!).
I totally gravitate toward non-fiction, but I recently tried some fiction during my husband’s busy season.
- A Man Called Ove: I laughed out loud for almost the entire first chapter. This book was so heartwarming and a delight to me, all about a grumpy man in his last days.
- Pioneer Grit: Ooh this was so inspirational and fascinating. I learned a lot of history and have a deep appreciation for the women who sacrificed so much to do the most good they could in their time! I hope to re-listen to this with my daughters when they are teenagers.
- Killing Kennedy: This covers the details of the Kennedy Assassination in a story form, told by Bill O Reily. Entertaining and educational.
- The Healers Apprentice: A fun, easy listen about a lower class beauty that falls for the kind-hearted duke! That reminds me of another fiction story that I enjoyed- it was a little long, but a fun take on Beauty & the Beast in a futuristic way: The Clockwork Beast.
- How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: I might have found myself crying as I mopped my floor listening to this. I felt like the methods discussed in this book are life-changing for parents and people in general. I use a lot of the tools regularly and I’m SO glad I know about them!
- The Me, Me, Me epidemic. This is very similar to Amy McCready’s Positve Parenting Solutions online parenting course that we love! Oops- this is more non-fiction… perhaps I should learn to chill a little more? But I love it!
- While I’m on this parenting note, I’ll mention one last favorite (I read the print version about 5 years ago, but it’s still a fave!) The Child Whisperer, by Carol Tuttle. I love who she is all about embracing the nature of our unique children and working with it, not against it to help them thrive. I think it has made a huge difference in our parenting journey and I had a very special “coincidence/not coincidence” experience that makes be believe that her message is important for our family and others.
- Essentialism was recommended to me by several friends, and it has definitely lived up to it’s hype! This book has so much wisdom to share. It’s all about helping you live a life that allows you to find your greatest contribution. It is so inspiring.
Today’s Motivational Monday Challenge:
Listen to an audible book or read a book (if that’s what works best for you). Read something that is going to uplift and inspire you. I believe inspiration begats inspiration and we can’t help but pass on things that help us in our lives.
Let us know what you have listened to or read that really inspired you to be a better mother and person. I am always looking to expand my library or rather, audible library. 😉
Happy Motivational Monday!