Encouraging + Uplifting Books for Women
As women and mothers, we tend to fall victim to the overworked and overscheduled Super Mom Syndrome, and finding time for yourself can seem like an impossible task. Taking a moment to read one of these 8 encouraging and uplifting books for women will help you learn how to carve out some time for yourself, organize your life, enjoy the small things, feel the joy in simple abundance, and love the life you live.
Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters! by Rachel Macy Stafford challenges parents to drop the technology for a little while to “[seize] the little moments that life offers us to engage in real and meaningful interaction…looking our loved ones in the eye and giving them the gift of our undivided attention, leaving the laundry till later to dance with our kids in the rain, and living a present, authentic, and intentional life despite a world full of distractions.”
The Fringe Hours: Making Time for You by Jessica N. Turner encourages women to seek out small bits of available time and dedicate them to self-care. The book is full of interviews and stories from women that are very easy to relate to. As the women share their stories, Jessica in turn shares her personal stories and advice for finding ways to carve out pockets of time while living a busy lifestyle.
Mitten Strings for God: Reflections for Mothers in a Hurry is the one book that I always keep in my nightstand, and I re-read it often. Amazon nicely summarizes, “In Mitten Strings for God, Katrina Kenison shares her own search for a more satisfying balance in her life. The result is a lyrical and tender series of reflections, interwoven with gentle suggestions and advice, that remind us what happens when we slow down and are fully present in our lives. Suddenly there is room for joy and play and intimacy, space for wonder and reverie, and time to awaken to the beauty of the world and discover the sacred in the ordinary. Tranquil in our own hearts and minds, we can offer our children the one thing they need more than anything else: us. And we receive something priceless in return-the chance to savor our lives and the precious people in them.” Note: despite the title of this book, references to God and religion are minimal.
Simple Abundance: A Daybook of Comfort and Joy is a series of 365 essays by Sarah Ban Breathnach, one for each day of the year, that lead you on a journey of gratitude and contentment. The essays encourage you to find joy in ordinary everyday moments and to fill your heart with the happiness of your authentic self.
The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful by Myquilyn Smith is one that I haven’t read yet, but it has been on my to-buy list for ages. I’ve heard wonderful things about this book and have had it recommended to me many times. Amazon says, “In The Nesting Place, Myquillyn shares the secrets of decorating for real people—and it has nothing to do with creating a flawless look to wow your guests. It has everything to do with embracing the natural imperfection and chaos of daily living.”
Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More and Restore Your Passion for Life by Crystal Paine is an honest and straightforward look at prioritizing your time, setting goals, and rediscovering your passions (along with finding the time to pursue them!). This book is easy to read, through provoking and inspirational!
The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living is based upon a series of deep conversations between psychologist Howard C. Cutler and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama shows readers how to let go of negativity, anxiety and insecurity and explains how to begin the journey towards a happier and more compassionate life.
Living Well Spending Less: 12 Secrets of the Good Life by Ruth Soukup is another book that has been on my must-read list for awhile now. I recently participated in Ruth’s inaugural class of the Elite Blog Academy, and I found her teaching style to be straightforward, insightful, and motivational. I am looking forward to reading what Ruth has to say about setting personal goals, organizing your home and revamping your budget and finances.