Welcome to the Words That Shape Me series! In this series I’ll be posting my thoughts and what I’ve learned about each book. The books I review will be ones that have had a huge impact on my life and books that I believe can change your life as well. Check out more of the Words That Shape Me series here.
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I can’t believe that the Love Myself 2020 challenge is almost over. It has been a great month, and the fun isn’t over yet! You didn’t think I could end a self-love challenge without talking about self-love books, did you?
The best books are the ones that make a profound impact on your life. These books that I will be listing below are great resources if you struggle with self-acceptance and self-love. It is something that I struggle with a lot, as I have shared before. Some of these books I have personally read, and loved. Then there are a couple on my to-be-read list that I wanted to include here. Ready to dig in and get our self-love on? I thought you might be. Here are my picks for the best self-love books.
Self-Love Books I’ve Read
The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown: I read this last year. It was my first introduction to the author Brené Brown. I’ve heard amazing things about her books, so I was excited to read it. I enjoyed learning more about the science of why we feel the way we feel. It was a great mix of science and story. I’ll definitely be reading more Brené Brown.
Unqualified by Steven Furtick: This is a special book for me because it got me out of my first big battle with depression. I was able to come to the conclusion that it was okay to feel unqualified because God does amazing things through that. I read this book every once in a while when I’m feeling down and need a reminder that God loves me, and can use me, just the way I am.
You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero: At the end of each chapter, the author reminds us to love ourselves. If that doesn’t make it onto a self-love book list I don’t know what will. Jen Sincero’s style is refreshing and real. She describes her journey from being a self-help skeptic to that now being a big part of her career. This book made me laugh, made me cry, but above all gave me a new appreciation for myself and what my mind is capable of.
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff Ph.D: I got this book in my first Go Love Yourself box earlier this month. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect book to get during this time. I haven’t gotten too far into it, but I’ve loved every page so far. The author even includes thought-provoking exercises in each chapter. This makes it easier to apply what you are learning.
Books On My To-Be-Read List
Underneath My Clothes by Jo Ettles: While the title catches your attention, I love the message it sends. It’s all about not letting your appearance be the judge of your self-worth. I can’t wait to read this one!
The Self-Love Experiment by Shannon Kaiser: This is another book I’m excited to read. From the description, the book is all about learning to love and accept yourself first, so that you can achieve whatever it is you want to do.
Love Yourself Lighter by Suyin Nichols: I’ve been looking for a book about weight-loss that doesn’t try to push a certain diet or plan. I think I may have found that in this book. I believe this book is going to focus on more of the emotional parts of weight loss than the physical. It seems like it’s more about loving yourself throughout the weight-loss process, not just at the end result. I can’t wait to read it and find out.
As I end this list I wanted to take some time to tell you about an awesome app I’ve been utilizing this year for my reading goal. It’s called Goodreads. I love it because it not only tracks what you read, and what you want to read, it also lets you set a reading goal. My goal for 2020 is to read 20 books. It’s cool to see my progress on this goal. You can also read and write reviews on this app as well. If you are a bookworm, like me, you’ll love this app. (this isn’t sponsored or anything like that. I’ve just been loving this app and wanted to share it with you all)
This post is a part of the Love Myself 2020 challenge. Go follow Sam from Here I Mum Again, Morgan from Chica Confident, Jessica from Sweet & Spicy Essentials, Katie from Between The Lines and Ruth from Colourful Hope, for more self-love/self-care content. If you’ve missed any of our posts so far, catch up here.
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30 Positive Affirmations For Self Love (via Colourful Hope)
Create: Easy Vision Board (via Sweet & Spicy Essentials)
Ways To Take A Break & Destress (via Between The Lines)
Stretching Video (via Sweet & Spicy Essentials)
Week 1 Recap (via Sweet & Spicy Essentials)
10 Exciting Valentine’s Day Ideas for Parents (via Here I Mum Again)
Meal Planning Tips (via Sweet & Spicy Essentials)
Dating With Social Anxiety (via Colourful Hope)
Self-Acceptance 101 (via Here I Mum Again)
3 Ways to Be Kind to Yourself as a Woman Entrepreneur (via Chica Confident)
Essential Oils to Motivate and Uplift for Home Yoga (via Sweet & Spicy Essentials)
3 Steps To Creating A Focused Self-Care Routine (via Here I Mum Again)
Words That Shape Me: Self Love Edition (you are here)