“Books are uniquely portable magic” – Stephen King
I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for the books I’ve read. Here is a small list of some of the material that has shaped me, moved me and helped me to live the best version of my life possible. I love hearing about new material so if you have any recommendations, by all means let me know in the comments below :)
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
Don Miguel Ruiz
I call this book the “gateway” drug to a spiritual awakening. I discovered it early on in my spiritual journey and it changed everything. It was the catalyst for so much beauty in my life to unfold. I attribute this book to improving my relationships, life, self and so much more. I feel this is a must read for everyone.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
We all want to succeed. And one path to success is identifying the habits that can help us on our journey. This book was a staple in my early years of being an entrepreneur.
Rich Dad Poor Dad
This is an easy read that shines light on the importance of financial literacy, financial independence and building wealth through investing in ‘assets’. One of my favorite take-a-ways from this book was the idea of the “cashflow quadrant“: Employee vs Self-Employed vs Business Owner vs Investor
The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5
This book taught me to work smarter, not harder. I read it probably 9 years ago at this point, it was in the weeee beginnings of my first business so I can’t remember too much from it, but I do remember I was totally mind blown at the time. It opened my eyes to the magic and freedom that comes from working for yourself. A great read for anyone thinking about escaping the 9 – 5 or even if you have, but would love to learn some great nuggets to push you ahead in your journey.
Conversations with God Trilogy
Neale Donald Walsch
Whether you’re religious, spiritual or anything in between, these books were instrumental in helping me to further my understanding of my relationship with the “all that is”.
The Power of Now
It’s easy to become a slave to our thoughts. Always ruminating on the past, worrying about the future; we are so often living in some other moment in time that we forget to enjoy the present for what it is. The more we can remain in the present, the more gracefully we can navigate this one life we have to live. It’s such a simple concept, but so often overlooked. Eckhart Tolle does an amazing job at breaking down this concept.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Man, what a great read this was! It helps you to see your creativity in a lighter way. Many times as creatives we can be hard on ourselves about achieving certain milestones or obtaining a certain level of “success” with our art in order to be fulfilled. In all of this chasing, many artists lose site of the actual purpose here; to create your art. Before there was Facebook, The Grammys, the Emmys, televised competitions and all the rest, there was art and creativity. People have been creating since the dawn of time. It’s time to drop all the crap, forget all the accolades and get back to your art. From this space of peace and simplicity is where the BIG MAGIC happens <3
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Richard Carlson, PH.D
It’s not that the concepts mentioned in this book are groundbreaking per se, but I did really enjoy the way that the author relayed the information and also the mere action of revisiting these concepts as often as possible really began to make a difference in my every day thought processes. We tend to get wrapped up in life and everything starts to seem so serious or such a dire situation when really, we’re all gonna die one day. Sorry to be morbid, but life is too short to sweat the small stuff.