I find resources are always useful, and more so when they come recommended.
This page includes a list of resources* that I have found to be helpful in my own journey, or when working with clients.
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Through my own experiences, and when working with clients, I have discovered that for many of us, a good book can really assist. Whether it be inspiration, motivation, support or just the way it’s written, there are times when nothing beats curling up with a book.
Here I share a selection of books and articles that have made a difference in my life. I ONLY share books I have actually read and found to be valuable. Think of me as your well-read friend, suggesting a book you might enjoy.
It’s always good to find a new book to read, so I hope by sharing these, you too may discover a book you love or that helps you. So grab a cup of your favourite beverage and peruse!
Books that are valuable for their insight and guidance, from a whole-life perspective.
I listened to the Audio version of this book (on Amazon Audible) and loved it. Brene Brown has a very practical, no-nonsense style which is very easy to read (or listen to!). I particularly enjoy that her recommendations and suggestions are all based on substantial research and data.
An extra bonus is that the Audio book version is read by the lovely Brene herself, which is a treat for those, like me, who enjoy her sense of humour and humanity which are clearly communicated when she is reading her work.
Reading The Book of Joy was a delight! The style is conversational which makes an at times challenging topic, more readily digestible. I found this book was best dipped into rather than read cover to cover over a few days. As I liked to ponder and consider what I’d read before moving on to the next chapter.
Books that helped me through the times of grief.
Another recent read, Option B was an easy read, once you are past the first chapter. A terrific book for everyone to read; whether you are bereaved, grieving, or are close to someone who has lost a loved one. I’d also recommend workplace managers read it, as there are some clear ways suggested that better support can be provided to those who have experienced loss and are grieving.
For those grieving, the biggest comfort is reading about others experiences and knowing we are not alone.
Whilst Elizabeth McCracken’s experience had parallels with mine (and I suspect, with any mother who has lost a baby), the beautiful writing helps render her pain into a powerful story. Again, there is much comfort to be found in knowing that as baby loss mothers, we are not alone.
I had so many tears reading this picture book; it’s heartfelt and poignant yet perfectly balances sadness and hope.
A lovely gift for parents who have experienced the death of their child.
Books that changed my approach to parenting.
This book has helped me so much with parenting my children. With two very different children, I loved the simple and practical tips provided in Carol’s book. I especially love that her philosophy and approach supports you and your children to be your true, most authentic self.
Home, Habits and Happiness
Books that have helped me foster good habits, happiness and a more harmonious home.
I found this book in the few months after losing our second son. The tagline, “How Redesigning Your Home Can Change Your Life” was what drew my attention. At that time I was very keen to make changes to my life! Being happier in our home was a major challenge when the room set up as a nursery was lying empty. With this books practical approach, I made changes which helped my sense of wellbeing, and comfort with being at home. I still use this book, and refer to it on a regular basis.
The book is full of terrific, well-researched information, as well as personal stories about habit change. Most fun are the various strategies for helping or hindering our own, or others, habit change.
Another by Gretchen Rubin, this book was inspired by her earlier work The Happiness Project (Revised Edition): Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.
I read Happier at Home on a summer vacation, and returned home feeling inspired to make the most of our home and it’s spaces in order to boost my happiness, and that of the family. Once again, an easy, enjoyable read, full of personal stories which makes it very relatable.
Books that turned my own career discussions around and inspired a new way of looking at career; for both myself and my clients.
One of my more recent reads, Chris Guillebeau shares some terrific tips for how to discover what you love, what you are good at and get paid for it. I’ve referred this book to a number of clients too.
Even if you are happy in your career, and not seeking a change, I’d still recommend reading this book simply for the great stories that Chris shares. You never know, it might inspire you to start something new!
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