Lessons for 2017: Things I Learned From My 2016 Book List

(1) It is Of Utmost Importance That You Know Yourself- Your Strengths, Your Weaknesses, What You Want and Don’t Want; Knowing Yourself is The Key to Creating a Fantastic Life
Personality Power: Discover Your Unique Profile- And Unlock Your Potential for Breakthrough Success by Ann Bidou and Shoya Zichy
Personality Types: Using the Enneagram for Self Discovery by Don Richard Riso
Born for This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau
The Comprehensive ENFP Survival Guide by Heidi Priebe

(2) Following Your Intuition and Believing In the Power of Your Imagination Doesn’t Make You Stupid or Hokey- It Actually Makes You Emotionally Intelligent AND Statistically Happier

Hero by Rhonda Byrnes
A Blueprint for Your Castle in the Clouds: Make the Inside of Your Head Your Favorite Place to Be by Barbara Sophia Tammes

(3) Every Dream Is Possible- You Just Need to Be Able To Persevere And Accept the Shit Sandwich Over and Over Again

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest that Will Bring Purpose to Your Life by Chris Guillebeau

(4) Just Create Anyway…Don’t Worry About the Quality First, Just Worry About the Quantity

The Artist’s Way, Vein of Gold, Walking in this World, Finding Water, Sound of Paper by Julia Cameron

(5) As a Woman, It is Necessary To Gather Strength from The Empowering Stories and Experiences of Other Women; Define What Womanhood Means For You And Don’t Let Anyone Tell You Otherwise

Home by Toni Morrison
The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
Sisters of the Yam by bell hooks
#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

(6) Fitting In Is SO Overrated. Just Be Yourself and You’ll Find Your People!

Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner
The Art of Non-Conformity by Chris Guillebeau
Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim

(7) You Control Your Thoughts/They Don’t Control You

Rising Strong by Brene Brown
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person

(8) Goals Without Soul Are Never Going to Make You Feel Good. When You’re Goal Setting and Career Planning, Focus Less on the Money and More on the Way You Want to Feel When You Get To Your Ultimate Dream

FireStarter Sessions and Desire Map by Danielle Laporte
Do What You Love, the Money Will Follow: Discovering Your Right Livelihood by Marsha Sinetar

(9) Self Actualization is Impossible Without Self-Awareness

*In other words, check your privilege, recognize your internalized oppression, and acknowledge how these sides of yourself affect the way you experience the world
You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I still have to explain by Phoebe Robinson
Is Everyone Really Equal? By Robin DiAngelo and Ozlem Sensoy

(10) Stories Get into Our Psyche, and Influence the Way We See the World…so Make Sure You Surround Yourself with Ones that Are Empowering for You!

Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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