For the love of learning.
I have always loved reading.
I love taking notes and filling up notebooks using different colored pens with key phrases and doodles. I love to have a good highlighter on hand and admiring the books with all the dogeared pages. Unfortunately, years of other things taking priority left me only reading on vacation or as a way to quiet the to-do lists on my mind before bedtime. Then two-ish years ago, I subscribed to Audible and discovered podcasts, oh my goodness, the flame was reignited. Couple that with my pursuit of the best version of myself and it’s been a lot of learning.
One of the things that I have learned on this journey is that there are times it is best to
lean on a community of authors to articulate what I’m feeling. Especially since I am an
enneagram 3w2 who is still learning feelings are supposed to be felt, not to be fixed or
added to a to-do list I’ll (maybe) get to later. If any of these statements resonate with
you, then you’re in good company.
If you just rolled your eyes, stick with me for a second.
This post isn’t about all the other lessons I’ve learned. Instead, I decided to simply take a few minutes and share a little bit of what I have been reading lately hoping that you, my dear community, will be inspired to read one (or all) of these beautiful pieces of art and take away something useful. (Spoiler alert, processing aforementioned hard feelings is in one of the books mentioned below.)
Some of you may now roll your eyes again and move on.
Good news, then the rest of this post isn’t for you. There will be more that will be of value to you another time. But while you’re here and we’re all in a time of determining what our new normal will
look like as we come out of this crisis, I submit to you below the 12 books that have
recently had a significant impact on me.
What I found personal growth in reading:
Untamed, Glennon Doyle
More Myself, Alicia Keys
The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday
What I found myself drawn into while reading
Three Women, Lisa Taddeo
City of Girls, Elizabeth Gilbert
Know My Name, Chanel Miller
What I found fascinating in reading
Educated, Tara Westover
Bad Blood, John Carreyrou
The Proximity Principle, Ken Coleman
What I found professional growth in reading:
Building a Story Brand, Donald Miller
The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz
Management Mess to Leadership Success, Scott Miller
Please don’t hold back. If one of these captured your mind or heart, I’d love to know. My
close friends and family likely tire from my conversations that start with “hey I was just
listening to” or a text that is just an image of a book I just devoured or a paragraph that
made me think of them. What can I say? I love the sense of connection that happens
when two of us are reading the same book and sharing emojis back and forth about
certain passages. Let’s connect over a powerful message or a funny story. No matter
what, rest assured, together we will grow, laugh, struggle and try new things. Together,
we can do hard things.
Warmest Regards and Best Wishes,
P.S. Speaking of hard things, for my birthday this year, I decided to give myself a gift.
The challenge of reading one book a week for my 39th year. What a gift right? That’s 52
books in 52 weeks. Eeek. The thought being that I could end my 30’s stronger than I
started them and man, I am here for that! Today, I am 21 weeks in and happy to share
that I have read 22 books! Each book has served its own purpose in giving me the
confidence I will go into my 40’s loving on my friends and family and leading my
company with the mental agility and perspective these next 10 years will likely require.
Why am I telling you all of this? Because if you want to know any of the others I have
read, have a few recommendations to share with me, want to hold me accountable or
see if I achieve my goal, then I am putting it out there. Into the world. For more than me
and my journal to now know.
There it is. Let’s go.