Have you noticed as we age or explore new chapters of our life, the type of books on our book shelves change? First on the list were the fun fiction series; Harry Potter or Twilight perhaps? Next an interesting story with a twist such as Jodi Piccoult’s novels, or a romance (anyone else give 50 Shades of Grey a spot on the shelf to help get the loins going again post kids?! Ha!).
But now, as we stumble our way through motherhood and battle through the depths of womanhood, we find that our time spent reading, even though we love it, is dwindling. We just don’t have the time to lounge about indulging in any old book on a Sunday arvo anymore. Instead, when we do find the time to read, we tend to find ourselves reading something a little more meaningful. Something that helps improve our perspective on life, motivate us, help us better ourselves and thus make the absolute most of this life we are blessed to be living.
Perhaps it’s because the older we get, the more we are able to recognise and appreciate just how precious life is, how delicate, how important our time. It’s easy as mum’s to get sucked deep into repetitiveness, lost in the “to do list”, positively drowning in all the things we need to do instead of the things we actually want to do. That’s why now, when ever we pick up a book, we look for one that fuels our conscience. We bloody love a good read, especially one that enlightens, inspires and motivates us. Here are a few that we have connected with recently;
Build Resilience & Free Yourself from Fear – Kate James
The Art of Wellbeing – Meredith Gatson
Be Mindful & Simplify Your Life – Kate James
First, We Make the Beast Beautiful – Sarah Wilson
The Art of Gratitude – Meredith Gatson
The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**K – Sarah Knight
Amazing Face – Zoe Foster (Blake)
Change How You Think & Be Happier Now – Kate James
Get Your Sh*t Together – Sarah Knight
Believe in Yourself & Do What You Love – Kate James
Gratitude Journal – Natalie Fox
When was the last time you picked up a good book? Maybe you could keep one on your bedside table and read a chapter before bed each night instead of scrolling on your phone. Keep one in the car and read a few pages while you wait for school pick up. Buy one at the airport next time you catch a flight. Fill you bookcase with beautiful, meaningful books. Use a highlighter and mark the passages you love. Go back to them again and again. It’s your book. Embrace it, read it back to front and nourish your soul.