There are two types of people.
Actually lets be honest, there’s far more types of people then just two.
But for the sake of this post we will say there are only two. Ok?
So as I was saying… There are two types of people.
1. The type of people who hate reading. (Mind you they’ve never actually given it a chance. But these people do exist. (I know — crazy, right?)
I remember going to high school and there being certain people who thought it was LAME to prefer picking up a book rather then watch the newest episode of Big Brother. It was frowned upon to want to spend your breaks at school reading rather than scrolling aimlessly through Facebook.
2. Then there are the type of people who love to read. You can usually figure it out pretty fast if said person is classified under 1 or 2. For instance, I carry a book with me practically every where I go. And you can find books every where in my apartment. You know, just in case you come over and you’re looking for something to do. Well there’s a book for that!
There is absolutely nothing wrong with you if you’re person 1 or 2. It just means you have other interests then some people, which if you ask me is awesome. How boring would it be if everyone was either 1 or 2. We need some variety here people!
I may know some books front to back by heart, but I draw a blank if you ask me who my favorite actor is or if I like one movie over another. Everybody has different interests and that’s totally okay.
That being said, this post is more directed towards people who are book junkies like myself. If you do not typically gravitate towards a good book, you may find this post a bit boring. But give it a chance, and maybe give one of my book recommendations a chance and perhaps you’ll change your mind!
I enjoy a variety of different book genres, but most of the time I’m attracted towards romance novels. What can I say… I’m a sucker for a good Nicholas Sparks book.
Today I’m going to talk more about self help, mindful type of books. Over the past 6 months — a year, I’ve been known to pick up a book in this area trying to learn how to do better, feel better, and educate myself on something I’ve been known to struggle with; HOW TO LOVE MYSELF. Blek! What a hard thing that is to do, let me tell you.
The first book I want to talk about is called ‘You Are A Badass’ written by Jen Sincero. On the cover of this book it says, “How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life”. Believe everything the cover of this book says. Seriously. This was the first book I picked up on my self loving journey and it was nothing short of amazing. Jen (the author) touches on so many subjects that we all struggle with. Things like accepting who we are, the famous issue of money and where the hell we continue to spend it, how to love somebody else to our greatest capability, the list goes on and on. She talks about how kind we have to be to ourselves and our brain. Our brain is constantly running a million miles/hour (well mine is… I’m not entirely sure about yours), she talks about how to calm yourself down, how to allow yourself to realize that ‘holy crap you’re only human and can only do so much!’ It’s truly an inspiring book and it helps you see how great you are as a person. It also shows you ways on how to embrace your quirks, weirdness, and be a total badass! I highly recommend.
The second book is in no way in second place. But it is the book I picked up next following You Are A Badass. This one is called ‘How To Love Yourself (and sometimes other people)’ written by Lodro Rinzler and Meggan Watterson. This book embarks on a more spiritual journey, showing you the ways of modern relationships. This book taught me a great deal and because it’s written by two different authors with completely different voices, you get two sides on the spectrum. I love how it states who is speaking when reading the book, so you can identify the advice that is being given with the individual who is giving it to you.
They speak about how important it is to realize that you do not need to get to a certain point in your life, or a certain point on the map to truly begin to love yourself. You can not love yourself more from Paris then you can from your home. “If I just do this ONE thing, THEN my life will truly be worth it and I can learn to love myself finally.” UHM no, not how it works Susan. Sound familiar?
You need to have yourself in the right head space to begin the journey of loving you for well.. YOU. But you don’t have to be at a certain location to do it.
After many chapters on how to love yourself, they begin discussing ways to love other people. In friendships and relationships. Because as many people I’m sure have told you; you can not love somebody to the best of your abilities until you really truly learn how to love yourself. Man, this book. Let me tell you. BUY IT.
The last book I want to talk about is ‘The Four Agreements’ written by Don Miguel Ruiz. This book talks about the four agreements to have with yourself. They’re stated as:
1. Be impeccable with your word.
2. Don’t take anything personally.
3. Don’t make assumptions.
4. Always do your best.
I truly believe this book teaches you the basics on being a good human-being. We could all take a lesson or two from this book. It’s a much shorter read and it won’t take long to get through. But it’s one of those books you always go back to because it gives so much raw, honest advice.
I haven’t read other books written by this author yet, although I’ve heard nothing but great things.
I’m still reading and learning so much about the world and just myself in general. Some days I struggle to take advice from an author, or anyone for that matter. I truly believe that picking up a good book will offer you so much more knowledge then a TV show or a YouTube video ever will.
We can learn so much from one another. ♥
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