Five Books That Changed My Life. Yes, really

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I like big books and I cannot lie 😉

My life feels empty without a book on-the-go. I love to learn and find out MORE! The books I enjoy the most are of other peoples experiences, particularly women, and how they have overcome great obstacles. It’s no surprising that the five books that have had a big impact in my life are all written by women. Without further ado.

The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

The book takes The Twelve Step programme designed by Alcoholics Anonymous and adapts it for recovering artists / creative beings (most of us). The book is divided into 12 chapters, designed to be read a chapter per week, giving the reader activities and prompts to reawaken their inner artist. I have read this book many times over the years and even led groups through the 12 weeks. What I discovered in myself and the people in my groups is how much this book reignites the light within, enabling each one of us to shine brighter in our self-expression. 

Dodging Energy Vampires by Dr. Christiane Northrup

Having previously experienced burnout and chronic fatigue, I started an exploration to understand why I was often so low in energy. This book naturally caught my interest. It helped me to identify as an empath and create better boundaries to protect my energy. It helped me to value my energy and understand the difference between a healthy energy exchange and one that sucks! I highly recommend to anyone with a caring soul and who feels tired most of the time.

Calling in the One by Katherine Woodward Thomas

I remember a friend talking about this book many moons ago. It sounded good but the title put me off. It wasn’t until years later I received an email about a talk the author was holding in London. At the time I was single and curious to find out why this lady and her book kept coming into my life. I went to find out. And I liked what she had to say. I liked it so much, I bought the book and a Calling in the One coach to go with it. Like The Artist’s Way, it’s designed to be completed a week at a time. You learn what blocks you from finding love and although it’s designed to find “the one”, in-turn you find your Self. One of the biggest discoveries I made on the journey was just how important having fun is to me (and how little I’d been having). I pursued fun rather than “the one” and in doing so, yep you guessed it, I met the man I’m with today.

All About Love by bell hooks

I bought this book on a whim, never did I think it would leave such a big imprint on me. I became in awe of bell and her style of writing; courageously vulnerable, she offers a piece of herself up to the light. bell is provocative in her writing as she opens the reader up to see where we are failing and how we can love more, as an individual, as a collective and therefore as a society as a whole. Raising awareness, shifting perspective and stripping it all the way back to how we love ourselves. 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

Personally, I think this should be the new bible, the New New Testament. 

Glennon makes some eye-opening and sometimes eye-watering insights. Like, why do we prefer to see a suffering woman then a joyous, confident one? Why a woman’s worth is wrapped-up in doing good rather than just being happy. 

Her motto “we can do hard things” is a great reminder of how powerful we truly are. So why do we play ourselves down and why do we dim our light? As well as the lights of others? Surely to have a bright future, we each need to shine our light.

This book is essential for anyone, not just women, who can feel deep-down there’s something stirring and ready to come out of captivity and get back into the wild.


What are the books that made an impact on you?

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