A few weeks ago, a sweet friend invited our family over for dinner. She made an amazing meal, complete with jarred food from her summer garden, surrounded by home projects she had made herself. She has more kids than I do and seemed totally good with that. Heavens, the apron she wore was probably hand-sewn.
Later that night and through the next day, I had this lingering—barely even noticeable—feeling of less than. Not enough.
The haphazard meals I throw on the table…
The mad dash to school every morning…
The lack of DIY projects in my home.
But I pushed those thoughts aside as soon as I identified them, borrowing the Hands Free Mama’s mantra of “Only Love Today.” Being wholehearted means never putting your worth on the table—even if that table was decked out with really good food. 🙂
With that said, I’ve got one thing in mind for 2015—a lot more self-love. Maybe it has to do with turning 30 or maybe it has something to do with raising a daughter, but I need to hold my own heart with care. I hope you will too this year.
I’m sure you all agree that books are a fantastic motivator. 🙂
A Self-Love Reading List for 2015
1. Overwhelmed: Work, Love, and Play When No One Has the Time by Brigid Schulte
Written by a Washington Post reporter / “harried mother of two,” what piqued my interest about this book is all of the reviewers who say she has filled it with research but includes enough personal experience to make the book a page-turner. (Which we all know can be hard to pull off with nonfiction.) They say it’s bent toward parents but applicable to anyone who feels like busy-ness is contaminating their life.
Celeb status aside, Goldie is on to something with her mindfulness focus. I’m reading this one as much for myself as for my kids.
The thing that is unique about Shawn is that she isn’t all about scaling down our lives to the bare bones but more about finding how to change our mindsets no matter our circumstances.
Considering I’m a Brené Brown superfan, do not even ask me how I haven’t read this one yet! This year is my year. 🙂 If you’re not familiar with Brene’s work, I highly recommend starting here.
5. Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy by Donald Miller
Due to hit the market in February, this is the story of the writer’s decision to be himself no matter the cost, in order to to “impress fewer people and connect with more.” Love that.
6. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
I’m grateful to the reviewer who said this book is less instructional more anecdotal—better for inspiration than instruction. Sometimes inspiration is just what a girl needs. (The kindle price is 2.99 right now!)
7. Making Peace with the Image in the Mirror by Steven R. Hawks
A friend of mine, whose taste and opinions I absolutely respect, recommends this book to everyone she knows. No self-love list would be complete without some material on body image!
8. Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life by Glennon Doyle Melton
This is one of the few on this list that I’ve already read. If you follow Glennon’s blog, the book may be repetitive to you. But if you are new to Glennon and her community of warrior moms, don’t miss this one. It is a light, funny, hope-filled read that will make you want to embrace this big, messy world.
All right, team, get ready for a motherload of questions! Have you read any of these?
Do you have any other self-love books to recommend? (I’d love to have the comments section be an extension of this list!)
Here’s to a kinder inner voice in 2015!
A couple of notes. (1) To my awesome friend who inspired this post: You rock. Don’t change. (2) If you purchase something through a link in this post, I’ll receive a small portion at no cost to you. (3) Update: I recently shared a list of books I’ve read and loved that will all nurture your self-love: Books to Inspire a Kinder Inner Voice. Enjoy!