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My Top Ten Recommended Reads

For those that know me, I love to read all kinds of books. Here is a list of some that rise to the top when it comes to self help and personal growth. The funny thing is once I wrote this I thought of so many others that I forgot to add so expect another list down the road.

Personal Assessment

Strengthfinder 2.0 by Tom Rath

This is a great tool to help you find your top 5 strengths. How you can shift your focus of trying to improve your weaknesses but instead to managing them with your strengths. This mental mind shift has you coming from a place empowerment. This was a game changer for me personally and has been for teams and clients that I have introduced this to. The change I have seen when implementing this perspective has been profound.

Personal Growth

Unfu*k Yourself by Gary John Bishop

This book is an easy read with some tough love and some cursing too (so reader beware). It has you reflect on how you see yourself and how you let others’ perspectives impact you. Gary works on shaking up your current limited beliefs challenging you to take on new belief systems. There is also now a workbook you can purchase separately too if you would like to use them together.

You are a Badass by Jen Sincero

This book helped me see how I viewed myself and my place in the world. She really did move from scarcity and playing small to what I really wanted for myself and looking at the big world of opportunity. This book also changed my relationship with money. She later published a book geared more towards this too, so I think others also got this from the book as well. If you like books with self work activity throughout, you will get a lot from this book.

The One Thing by Gary Keller

For all the goal setter wannabes out there, and the goal setter gurus, this book is for you. It will have you connecting your goals to one mother of a goal, this could also even be your purpose. It shares structures to keep you focused and productive. I love the visual diagrams in this book, being a visual personal myself. At the end of each chapter, it prompts you to reflect, act and connect the dots. It will change up how you are looking at your goals.

Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Plain out I am a fan of this woman and have read all her self-help books and most of her fiction ones too. This is one of her older self-help books, her first one actually, but still very powerful. If you are a female finding yourself in a funk, stuck and not thinking you are enough, please read this book. She is raw and relatable, honest and motivates you right from the beginning. This book will help you explore yourself and become more comfortable with who you are. It is a process, and she beautifully helps you just start loving yourself a little bit more.

Everything Is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

I have followed Marie for about 10 years now and love her and what she brings to the world. This was one of my book clubs reads and hands down when I write my first self-help book, I hope to do what Marie does in this book. For this read, you will get out of this what you put into it. Most of the chapters have a reflection activity which I journaled each an everyone of them. As a current coach I even felt this really helped me remember where I have come from and where I want to go. This book will have you go back to your roots and honour your dreams. It will remind you that you are the only one that is wanting your dream bad enough so be prepared to fight for it and work hard for it. The activities will help you with the fight and to also dream. There a couple of curse words dropped but not many, so buyer be aware, it is worth it.

The Happiness of Pursuits by Chris Guillebeau

Chris shares his big goal of traveling to all the countries within the world by the age of thirty-five. Instantly my head went to: “Possible when you have all the money in the world”. I read this book a long time ago, so my limited beliefs held more power than they do now. But there was still something about it that had me curious and perhaps you too. This book helps you create better awareness of how your everyday life impact your dreams. The key is having to make the changes in your life to accommodate what it is you want the most. So many of us live out of alignment that it feeds the “impossible”. What if you fed the possible? This book opens you up to this of others too that Chris met along his journey.


Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad

This is a deeply moving book that gave me perspective of when your world takes an undesired detour and health crisis. If you or anyone you know is going through cancer treatment this book gives you insight of their own mortal thoughts. Suleika’s own faults, losses, and pain are honestly explored. She also reveals her journey of self-love, acceptance, and the strength to just be and how to move there. Overall, it also shares the lesson of what is life after crisis. Who is really important, how do you heal from this, and where do you go next?

Wild by Cheryl Strayed

A literal journey into the wilderness to find yourself. Cheryl takes you on a journey, leaving her world behind with only what she can carry in her back. Learning to be with herself, the quietness, and her thoughts. How many of us can admit that we use distractions as a tool, so we do not have to sit with the quiet parts of us? Follow her as she works through that truth and finds peace. Then life goes on.

Penguin the Magpie by Cameron Bloom & Bradley Trevor Greive

How a bird can bring a family together in times that are unspeakably tough. Hands down a book I have read from front to back a gazillion times and even lent it out to people. Cameron’s photography throughout the book capture’s his wife’s and family’s struggle deeply. Moving through and then past tragedy, finding love and support in unique places. What does whole look like after so much has change? It is really up to you. I love, love, love this book so much and the message that is shares.

I would love to hear what are some of your favourite like changing, thought provoking books that you have ever read? Perhaps we can help one with our next read.

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