This blog is about five months overdue, but as the saying goes “it’s better late than never”! For the past few years now, I have set out to read one book per month. At the beginning of the year, I choose topics related to personal development, business or financial. There were two books I really resonated with during my 2018 reading.
Good Reads List
- January: Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
- February: Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly
- March: The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
- April: The Go-Giver Influence by Bob Burg and John David Mann
- May: A Tribe Called Bliss by Lori Harder
- June: The Female Fat Solution by Beth Westie
- July: The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon
- August & September: High Performance Habits by Brenden Burchard
- October: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
- November: Out to Sea by Kelly Radi
- December: Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
Habits = Game-Changing
When I’m reading a book and find myself hilighting, making notes, and taking action on the content, it’s a sure sign the topic is hitting home. High Performance Habits by Brendon Buchard was one of those reads. In this book, he talks about the habits we have or can create to achieve what we want in life from a personal and professional aspect. There is a quiz Brenden encourages his readers to take before reading his book. I followed his advice and took the quiz so I had an idea with where I was at with my habits. It was eye-opening, game-changing, and inspiring all at the same time. While I was reading this book, it changed my mindset to focus on how I wanted to improve, not about all the things I needed to change.
Being, Belonging, and Bliss
If there’s one thing I took from Lori Harder’s book A Tribe Called Bliss, it was about connection. She talks about the importance of having a strong social circle, and it’s not the traditional meet for happy hour type of social circle. It’s the type of social circle that brings accountability to the forefront. Lori provides tools and self-help exercises to develop awareness and mindfulness. These have helped me redefine what meaningful relationships mean to me. She really hit home on deep connection and it has helped me discover what it truly means to have a tribe. The soul assignments in her book require vulnerability, reflection, and self-awareness, which were challenging and rewarding at the same time. She recommends forming a small group to read the book with. I found this to be not only helpful, but it kept me accountable and allowed for sharing and connecting with the others in my book group.