Did I mention that one of my biggest passions is learning? I absolutely adore picking up a new skill, learning new concepts and improving myself. I want to absorb as much information as possible, like a sponge. One of the easiest ways I pick up these valuable skills is through a lot of research and reading. I want for this section to be about inspiration, becoming a better person, learning, improving, health and happiness more than anything.
I thought I’d share some of my favorite books in case you wanted to feel inspired, perhaps happier (you never know!), or just pass the time.
- The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem by Nathaniel Branden – This has definitely been one of my all time favorite books due to the valuable lessons and information the book provides. Even if you have a great self-esteem, this book cannot hurt, it will only improve your already beautiful self.
- Daring Greatly by Brené Brown – Brenés’ book, along with her 20 minute TEDTalk (which is on the top most watched of all-time!) do an amazing job at describing vulnerability and why it’s important. Brené conducted a 10 year research about vulnerability with incredible results, if I say so myself.
- How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams – Mr. Adams created Dilbert (an office cartoon) which became a sensation in the 1990’s and in his book he describes failure and success in his own life. Mr. Adam’s book is a witty and clever resource that explains how to succeed at work while not being afraid of failure and while continuing to work towards success.
- The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It by Kelly McGonigal – Kelly’s book is great because it does just what the title describes; it explains why self-control is important, how it works and how you can build a higher sense of self-control. Us foodies sometimes have to remember to stop eating the brownies(add any tasty food here) not because they don’t taste amazing, but because too much of anything is not good for our health.
I could keep adding books until my fingers hurt, but I rather leave you with these 4 – if you do want more please e-mail me and I will happily send you more recommendations! 🙂
Favorite TED talks for when you feel like watching something interesting, funny, or just to kill time:
- Brené Brown – The Power of Vulnerability
- Ken Robinson – Do Schools Kill Creativity
- Shawn Achor – The happy secret to better work
- Jamie Oliver – Teach every child about food
- Brené Brown – Listening to shame
- Adam Baker – Sell your crap. Pay your debt. Do what you love.
PS. I will continue to add to this page as I come across more wonderful resources.