I have always had lofty goals, a drive to succeed, and a tendency to over organize and stress over the small stuff. In the last few years, as I've gotten more on my plate, brought a child into the equation, and have stepped into new positions unlike others I've been in before, I've started to think more about happiness. A job to me used to mainly be a way to pay the bills, but I see now, that a job can be more than that--it can be a place to pursue your passions, be excited, and to make a difference. These three books have been my go to guides for letting the unimportant things go, ensuring that I'm excited about what I'm doing, and that overall, I'm happy!
The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be by Ann Shoket
This book is great, particularly for younger women trying to find their way in new careers, but speaks volumes to those of us who maybe aren't fulfilling all of our goals and passions. When I read this book, I didn't have my side hustle as defined as it is now and it encouraged me to look for more freelance writing work. Though I love working in cultural competency, I also really love to write. Writing relaxes me and I also love to interview and research. In the past year, I've written numerous articles for publications--and though busier, am happier and more fulfilled.
Drop the Ball by Tiffany Dufu
I'm not going to lie, I read this book in 24 hours because I needed this book. I definitely am a bit of a perfectionist and spend a lot of time meal planning, cooking, cleaning, organizing, planning events for people, and doing work that isn't my own to make other people's lives easier. For the first time ever, I went on a work trip and didn't make casseroles for my family for the week. I didn't leave an extensive to do list. And you know what? Everything was fine. I will often not delegate work because I think I can do it better--which isn't true at all; I just do it differently. I have to say, if you're a working mom, this will change your life.
Happier Now: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Embrace Everyday Moments (Event the Difficult Ones) by Nataly Kogan
Again, with happiness on my mind, and trying to stave off my inner perfectionist, this book was a must read more me. This is a book that you can read in chunks and digest easily. (I mean, we are all busy, and it can be difficult to find the time to read, but schedule it in your "you time"!) Nataly's own life experience makes this even better. If she can live happier--so can we. But my FAVORITE part was the journal prompts. I've been trying to be more self-reflective this year and this gave me the boost to pick up a pen and get to writing.
On my quest to live my own best life, I'd love to hear from you what books have been helpful in your own self improvement!