• 9 must-read books that changed the way I view the world
    Recommended Reading

    9 books that changed my life for the better

    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?!

  • Expand your view of the world with these 5 books
    Personal Development,  Recommended Reading

    Expand your view of the world with these 5 books

    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.

  • What self-care is really about. (Hint: it has nothing to do with bubble baths.)
    Self-Care

    What self-care is really about.

    “If you find yourself having to regularly indulge in consumer self-care, it’s because you are disconnected from actual self-care, which has very little to do with “treating yourself” and a whole lot do with parenting yourself and making choices for your long-term wellness.”  Brianna Wiest

    I have a confession to make. For a long time, I equated self-care with things like bubble baths, lavender scented candles, and manicures — treats that I’d indulge in every now and then to reward myself for making it through a difficult or stressful time.

    And while those things made me feel good in the moment, they didn’t do much to address the constant stress I was feeling.

    These days, I have a deeper understanding of what self-care looks and feels like. It’s no longer about treating myself every now and then. Instead, it has become about building in rituals that support my emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being and removing the things that don’t.

  • 52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.
    Recommended Reading

    52 books to help make 2018 your best year yet.

    Reading has always been one of my favorite past times. Okay, I take that back. It’s been a favorite past time since I haven’t been forced to read things for school. But even then, I have fond memories of reading books that were on our summer reading list. Books like The Things They Carried* and Siddhartha*.

    When I lived London, I had a 45-minute commute to and from work to contend with, so reading became a way to transport myself to a more enjoyable place. I devoured everything Jane Green and Jennifer Weiner wrote, opting for easy reads to occupy my time.

    When I had my daughter, reading became a little too difficult; the sleep deprivation and super early mornings made it hard for my brain to focus or retain information. So it fell by the wayside.

    As my daughter got older and her sleep become more predictable, reading began to creep back into my life. First, as a thought — I wish I had the time to read and I really miss reading — then to a sporadic event, and finally to a beautiful reality during my month-long sabbatical. I’m pretty sure my soul was smiling when I picked up a stack of books at the library that first week I took off.

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