Be the best version of YOU with these 5 self-help books

Be the best version of YOU with these 5 self-help books #mustread #selfhelp #personalgrowth #books #readinglist #selfcare #habits #wellness
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This week I’m switching things up and having my friend and fellow self-help junkie, Jessica I. Lutz, share 5 books that have totally transformed her life.

I’m not going to lie, I was ridiculously excited to see what Jessica would share because she is an avid reader who happens to be interested in a lot of the same topics that I am. Believe me when I say her Instagram Feed (and Stories) is a treasure trove of resources and titles to add to your reading list. 

So here you have it, folks, 5 books that changed Jessica’s life for the better and why.


6 of the best books I’ve read so far this year.

6 of the best books I've read so far this year. #toread #mustread #personalgrowth #selfhelp #readingissexy
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I set a goal for myself at the beginning of the year to read 26 books in 2018. I wasn’t sure what my bandwidth would be for reading since I hadn’t made much time for it last year and didn’t want to push myself too hard.

I figured a book every other week would be doable.

A stretch, but still doable.

I’m happy to report that I have finished 25 books, with another 10 or so that I’ve started but didn’t finish for one reason or another (Exponential Living*, Believe Bigger*, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality*, The Little Book of Hygge*, Walk Like a Buddha*, and Present Over Perfect* all come to mind in that category).

The following six books are the ones I’ve enjoyed the most and would whole-heartedly recommend if you’re looking for a book in the personal development, memoir, or non-fiction category. I even threw in a heart-warming novel for funsies.


5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity

5 journaling techniques to help you gain clarity #journaling #selfdiscovery #writing #automaticwriting #gratitude #artjournal #creativity #creativeexpression

When I think about journaling, two things come to mind:

  1. My mother keeping several different journals — a dream journal, a personal journal, and an art journal — for most of my childhood and into my adult years.
  2. Being required to keep a journal (and actually loving it) in my middle school English class. Thank you, Mr. Diskin, for the encouragement all those years ago! 

These days, no one has to force me to keep a journal.

In fact, over the years, I’ve kept several different kinds of journals. Art journals, travel journals, personal journals, gratitude journals, tarot journals, a 5-minute journal*, and even a failed attempt at a bullet journal.

(Any excuse to buy a new notebook, ya know. 🤷‍♀️)

These days, I find myself gravitating towards a few specific styles of journaling. They have helped me get to know myself better, dive deeper into my own limitations, and even shift my perspective in profound ways.