We've all been there - the winter slump, where the days become shorter and the lack of sunlight & hours spent camped out on the couch have you questioning your existence...Okay maybe that's a bit harsh, but you get the point. We've all been stuck before.
Maybe you feel like you're just going through the motions. Maybe you feel like you aren't making any progress towards your goals. Or maybe you don't even KNOW what those goals should be. But, remember that kick ass woman you used to dream of becoming? She's still there. Deep down, you know you were meant to be her. Not this netflix-and-chill lady you've been these days.
So, how do you get back to that inner power woman who just doesn't give up? The woman that doesn't let others negativity get her down, but rises above the BS to fight for what she believes in. She's still there and she's telling you it's time to shake up your perspective!
What better way to reawaken your inner badass than to learn from the pros? There's enough noise out there already with the constant connection to social media & entrance of things like Facebook Depression. Why not decide to consume content that actually matters?
Here's my rundown on the last five books I've read that will motivate you to get back to what lights your soul on fire:
1. And the Good New Is...Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side
Author: Dana Perino
Dana Perino was the former white house press secretary for George W. Bush and currently serves on one of the most watched political commentary shows, The Five, where she hones her incredible PR talent.
In her book, she shares the several less-than-fulfilling jobs she had to go through to find where she was ultimately meant to be. She gives excellent advice on how to stand out as a young woman, including kicking "uptalk" to the curb. I applaud her for being real and not getting stuck on being politically correct. We all need straight talk when it comes to reaching our potential.
2. Destiny: Step into Your Purpose
Author: T.D. Jakes
For those that are looking for a deeper understanding into finding their purpose on this earth, this is a great book. Pastor T.D. Jakes knows how to light your soul on fire and get you to start living life with a greater meaning.
Author: Sophia Amoruso
From teenage misfit to Nasty Gal CEO, Sophia Amoruso is the definition of a girl boss. She has constantly remained true to herself instead of submitting to a watered-down version of what others think she should be.
From being an expert tuna-sandwich-maker at Subway to now running her own company, Sophia teaches us that it's all in the details and you never know how the mundane jobs can give you the skills you need to become the best version of yourself. Oh, and the book is hilarious. Must read.
5. David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants
Author: Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm Gladwell is just too interesting to miss. He has a great track record of outstanding books like Outliers and the Tipping Point. In David & Goliath, he reframes our thinking to understand that being an underdog is not actually a disadvantage - that maybe we've been seeing it wrong the whole time.
If the underdog decides to not play be the rules, it is often a huge advantage, as history has shown us in several wars and stories of rags-to-riches types.
Perhaps, growing up rich is not what we should wish for. That those things that we see as weaknesses can actually be turned around and serve as our greatest strengths to become what we were meant to be.