07 Oct

Thriving in Therapy

7 Books You NEED to Read

Get ready. Today on the blog, I’m sharing 7 books you NEED to read (or listen to!). Let’s do this!

I have never labeled myself as a big “reader”.

I was always the kid out playing sports, not stuck in a book. Truth be told, I would usually read when I had a hard time sleeping. Truth be told, this would put me right to sleep! HA! But THIS year has been different. I have taken a deep dive into ME, and “self-help” so to speak. I am also simultaneously seeking actual professional help with an amazing therapist!

My Reading Journey

In what feels like THE busiest year of my adult life, I have managed to “read”, thanks to Audible and all the time I spend in my car. The seven books I am sharing with you today have rocked my world. As a working and busy mom, I truly don’t have time to read. But I have made ME a priority and I have found little nuggets of time to LISTEN to books and that shift in my mindset alone has been HUGE!

These books have been AMAZING and each one of them packs a punch. I have taken incredible nuggets of knowledge and understanding about myself, the world I have created for myself, and those I allow in it. Are you ready to do the same? Here are 7 books you NEED to read to do just that!



7 Books You NEED to Read!

1. You Are a Badass By Jen Sincero

You Are A Badass helps you become self-aware, figure out what you want in life, and then summons the guts to not worry about the how, kick others’ opinions to the curb and focus your life on the thing that will make you happy.

Top 3 takeaways:

  1. Choose to stop caring what other people think about you. It’s a choice. Decide now.
  2. Dig deep. Figure out what you want, but it’s ok to not know how to get there. One baby step at a time forward still moves your forward.
  3. If you find yourself with friends/family, habits, and decisions that don’t support the life you want, only YOU can decide to change them.




2. Get Out of Your Own Way By Dave Hollis

Discover the hidden beliefs you have that are holding you back, how to beat them, and how wonderful life can be once you do.

Top 3 takeaways:

  1.  If you’re not failing, you’re not growing. Failure is part of the process.
  2. Change is hard. Improving your life is hard. Pain is part of the process. Stop avoiding it.
  3. You’re following hidden rules called limiting beliefs that are holding you back from reaching your full potential, but you can break them.




3. Untamed By Glennon Doyle

Untamed is a how-to guide to learning to be brave — not just in the workplace but as a partner, parent, friend, and woman trying to navigate a world that doesn’t always welcome a female perspective.

Top 3 takeaways:

  1. Learn to honor heartbreak and anger. Learn to really FEEL emotions, not just the “good ones”.
  2. It’s ok to set boundaries, in every aspect of your life (ie. Work, family, friends, spouses) Learn to respect yourself, your time, your energy and be protective of it.
  3. Lean into your own uniqueness. Celebrate it. Embrace it. It’s ok to be exactly who YOU want to be, not the version of what society TELLS you to be.



4. Girl, Stop Apologizing By Rachel Hollis

Girl, Stop apologizing is a book insistent that women shouldn’t give up on self-improvement. Rachel wants women everywhere to know they don’t need to apologize or ask for approval or permission if they don’t line up with traditional roles. 

Top 3 takeaways:

  1. Women shouldn’t apologize for their desire to be ambitious and do great things.
  2. The time is NOW to stop making excuses for not starting on the path toward achieving your goals because only YOU can create your future and your reality.
  3. In order to build the dream life, the dream career, the dream marriage, you need to cultivate habits, mindset and work ethic to support your dreams.



5. The Audacity to be You By Brad Reedy

“The Audacity to Be You” explains how our personalities are built, brick by brick. From what it means to be a Self, we learn how to authentically love others.

Top 3 takeaways:

  1. Taking a deep dive into mental health and relieving the stigma around therapy.
  2. Good therapy goes beyond basic problem-solving day in and day out issues.
  3. A new way of thinking, there is no “right or wrong”, there’s just YOU. And that’s the best thing to be.



6. Attached By Dr. Amir Levine

Attached investigates why we as humans have the desire to connect deeply with other humans, whether that’s through a mother-child or romantic relationship.

Here are 3 great lessons about attachment and what it indicates to help you improve your relationships:

  1. Everyone needs attachment, it’s a prerequisite for a happy and healthy life and relationships.
  2. There are 3 different attachment styles, anxious, avoidant and secure. Do you know which one you are? Do you know which one your partner is?
  3. Effective communication is the best way to guarantee your happiness in any relationship.





7.  Fear is My Homeboy by Judi Holler  (Currently reading but couldn’t leave it off the list!)

It’s time to stop letting fear boss you around so you can start leveling up personally and professionally.

This is a book for people who believe that they deserve more. Holler focuses on helping the reader shut down self-doubt so they can start taking action. To those who read this book, Judi promises that you will get braver, bolder, and more confident in your natural-born badassery.