One of the things I’ve been trying to do in quarantine is catch up on my reading. I set a goal in January to read at least 12 books this year. I have read three so far (you can find those here). You may be saying, Cara, 12 books is not a lot. But, in a “normal” year, I am usually too busy to read (which sounds crazy as I type this), but it’s the truth.
I am currently a month behind in my reading (I blame quarantine, it threw me off my game). However, I finally feel like I am in a groove, and I want to get back to reading. So, I am excited to share the three new self-help books that I am going to read over the next few months.
1. The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha
I had the pleasure of seeing Neil speak at an event in February. I was inspired by his story and the concept of rethinking happiness. One thing he said really resonated with me; In life, we all strive to do great work so that we can have a big success, and ultimately that will make us happy. However, we should all really be thinking about it in reverse. We should first strive to be happy, which will motivate us to do great work and ultimately have a big success. I went home that night determined to purchase his book. But, to my surprise, sitting on the corner of my desk was his book. My husband had got it for me in January, and I hadn’t even had a chance to open it, let alone notice the author. I’m excited to read what other ideas Neil shares to help me switch my perspective on happiness.
2. Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud & Dr. John Townsend
One of my family friends recently shared this book on her Instagram. The title of the book was very intriguing, as I think having boundaries in all aspects of your life is so important. I personally struggle with setting work-related boundaries, even more so now, with physical distancing measures in place. At times, I also struggle with saying “no”, which puts me in a position to take on more than I can handle and which causes burn out and “burn out Cara”, is not a fun person. So, I’m hoping I’ll walk away tips to help me to set and communicate my boundaries more effectively.
3. Don’t Settle For Safe by Sarah Jakes Roberts
One of my favourite sayings is, “My failures do not define me; they refine me.” I think a lot of women, myself included often feel disqualified by their failures. Sarah’s father is Bishop T.D. Jakes, whose books I have also read. In this book, Sarah shares her personal story of how she overcame her failures and used them to help guide and shape a more positive future. Along with ideas to help us get comfortable with taking new risks regardless of your past mistakes. I look forward to hearing her story and learning how she put herself first.
Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books or feel free to recommend any other “self-help” type books to add to my list.