I love learning. It’s one of the things that makes me happy.
The last seven years have been full of learning about myself and how to create a life that feels meaningful and happy. Sure, there have been times when it feels hard, but for the most part, it’s been so amazing to learn all I have. I’ve been exposed to many new people because of the work I’m doing on myself.
I definitely believe in the saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” I have remained open to learning from a variety of people and in a variety of ways. It’s been like following a trail of breadcrumbs...one person leads to another person, and to another that I wouldn’t have necessarily found on my own.
I’m so incredibly grateful for all the books I’ve read, the podcasts I’ve listened to, and the people I’ve worked with over these growing years. I decided early on in my coaching career that I want to be a resource for people. I want to share books, podcasts, people, and products I love with my clients and readers.
Here are five resources I love that I want you to know about:
Playing Big (the book and the program) by Tara Mohr
My very first foray into the self help world was finding Tara Mohr online. Finding her website felt like coming home. It was so inviting and calm, and her words spoke to me. I suddenly felt so understood and heard.
I found Tara before her amazing book, Playing Big, or her Playing Big program, but I took whatever offer she had at that time. It was my first experience working with a life coach and it was extremely impactful. I continued the journey with Tara after she developed her program, Playing Big, then later by reading her book by the same name.
Tara taught me that it’s possible to silence my inner critic and to lean into my callings. This is still a huge part of what I do every day with clients.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Big Magic is one of those books I feel should be required reading for all humans. There is so much goodness in there! Yes, it’s a book about creativity, but it’s also a book about living.
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them. The hunt to uncover those jewels--that’s creative living.”
She goes on to say, “When I refer to “creative living,” I am speaking more broadly. I’m talking about living a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear.”
Reading and internalizing that has changed me.
For a long time I felt there must be more to life than what I was experiencing. I knew I had something more in me, but I wasn’t sure what it was. I had a lot of different ideas of what I could do that might bring me more happiness and a bigger sense of fulfillment, but I was scared of making the wrong choice. I felt stuck because I was afraid to move forward with any one thing. What if it wasn’t the right thing?
Committing to Gilbert’s philosophy of following my curiosity helped me move forward with less fear of choosing wrongly.
The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna
Again, another book that I think should be required reading for every human. It’s all about callings and finding your way. Elle opens the book with the following words:
“These pages are a pep talk to honor that voice inside of you that says you have something special to give. It’s a reminder that while there is no map for where you’re going, many have traveled this road before. It’s permission to unlearn everything you’ve ever been told you should do in order to learn what you must.”
Reading that for the first time took my breath away! How often do we do things because we think it’s what we’re supposed to do?
For me, it was a lot! I had a continual nagging feeling that I had something more to do than what I was doing. This book was a step in that direction!
Make It Happen by Lara Casey
I devoured this book in 24 hours! It’s written in and highlighted with sticky tabs everywhere. I have to admit that I didn’t realize when I bought this book that it is in the Christian Life category. But honestly, this book was exactly what I needed at the time I needed it most.
Lara tells a good bit about her story and her imperfect life, and she teaches us how to let go of fears, take the leap, and live on purpose with purposeful/meaningful goals. She is also responsible for teaching me about having a big picture vision for my life and setting goals accordingly. To help with doing that she also created...
PowerSheets by Lara Casey
PowerSheets are a great way to get clear on your goals and create smaller baby steps towards achieving them. I love using PowerSheets each year to keep me focused on what matters most to me! They help me review every month what has been working, what didn’t work, and what I want to focus on.
When I use my PowerSheets in conjunction with a planner, life feels easier and less frantic because I know what I need to be doing to make the life I want happen. I know I have a place to refer back to, so I don’t have to keep everything in my head.
There are so many other resources that have been helpful to me over the years, but these are favorites. I hope you take some time to check them out for yourself.
Do any of these resources resonate with you? What are some of your favorite books that have helped you along your journey?
I created a resource list for you! Click here to download a PDF with links to these books (and two others), plus a few of my favorite podcasts. Enjoy!
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