Self-care is a conversation that I’ve been wanting to dive deep with and am thrilled to be talking about it with Monica Ballard, a massage therapist, reiki practitioner, yoga instructor, and fellow podcaster.
Monica shares about her her life and work, using her personal journey to inform her professional passions around radical self-care.
We start our conversation with several book recommendations in the self-help genre, then weave our way through the concept of radical self-care as it relates to authenticity, awareness, integrity, and integration, and, finally, end on one of the most beautiful stories about crocodiles and the Never-Not-Broken Goddess.
I found this entire conversation to be informative, thought-provoking, and profound and am truly excited to go back and listen again because of the nuggets of wisdom Monica shares throughout.
If you hadn’t guessed by now, I’m an avid reader. I love nothing more than to fill up my library queue with 7 or 8 books at a time and then plow through them night after night. (Case in point.) I even love “live tweeting” what I’m reading and often share what has lovingly been dubbed as literary tweets.
When I think back on the books that have left an indelible mark on my life, there were 9 books that came to mind. Each of them were game changers for me; coming into my life at the exact right moment in time. Some created utter and complete paradigm shifts in the way I viewed and understood the world, others were the pep-talk from a girlfriend that I didn’t know I even needed, while others still have become the touchstone for how I operate in this world.
They are what keep me coming back time and again to the written world of books and libraries. And they are also what keeps me searching for that next story or study that will crack me open and teach me something new about myself and the world.
So, here are the 9 books on my must-read list that have changed my life for the better. Listed here in alphabetical order because HOW COULD I CHOOSE WHICH ONE I LOVE MOST?!
Ever since I came back from our annual trip to Arizona at the beginning of the year, I’ve been filling up my library queue with interesting books. Some I’ve loved, some I’ve liked, and some have been a bit disappointing (I’m looking at you, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality*).
And in typical Emily fashion, all of the books I’ve chosen books have fallen into the self-help or personal development category. Some have even crossed over into the Spiritual category.
Five have stood out for one reason or another. Mostly, though, because I legit couldn’t put them down. Some I read in a day, others I devoured over the course of the week, and all have left a lasting impression on me.
Which is why I feel compelled to pull them together in a list.
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