• 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.

  • 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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