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7 Mind-Changing Books Every Woman Should Read By Her 30

7 Mind-Changing Books Every Woman Should Read By Her 30

Turning 30 is an epic milestone for any woman. You are embarking on a new decade and have a clearer perspective of who you are and where you are going. You are still young enough to stay one step ahead of Mother Nature–everything is still firm and bouncy–yet old enough to have gained wisdom from experience and developed a healthy respect for Father Time.

And for some reason, at 30, you faintly begin to hear the clock ticking.

We’re here to help.

Below is a list of inspirational books every woman should read before turning 30. This eclectic selection of inspirational books focuses on topics that will assist you in understanding your identity, shaping your worldview, laying the foundation for fulfillment, and assisting you in setting and reaching goals in all aspects of life.

The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

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The Year of Magical Thinking

    Death is a part of life. And when people die–or we experience death in other aspects of our lives (i.e. loss of job, going through breakups, or moving to a different city)–we need to grieve. However, there are few instructions on how to grieve. This inspirational book is a guide on how to adapt and overcome.

    The 21 Day Financial Fast by Michelle Singletary

    21 Day Financial Fast

      How we deal with and relate to money is more mental and emotional than most realize or would like to admit. In The 21-Day Financial Fast, Michelle Singletary, award-winning writer and nationally syndicated columnist for The Washington Post, proposes a field-tested financial challenge, while also taking you on a journey of self discovery. This book is not your average financial or money managing how to book. This book guides you in reflecting on your spending habits and examining why you spend the way you do. It makes you take a hard look at your relationship with money.

      To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

      To Kill a Mockingbird

        This is a must-read. If you read this in your high school English Literature class, please read it again.

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        One of the most inspirational books of all time, this epic tale by the iconic Harper Lee, is compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving. It explores the very essence of human behavior–innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. You will laugh and cry, rejoice and mourn. This is not just a book; it is an experience that will leave you questioning your own convictions and searching your soul–two processes that are an essential part of the rite of passage every new 30-year-old should undergo.

        The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

        Tipping Point

          By now you have, or are developing, a pretty good sense of where you would like to go in life. You know the direction you would like your career to head. Getting there may still be a challenge. The Tipping Point is just the book to help you understand how to turn a big idea into reality and how to expand your reach in the market place.

          “The best way to understand the dramatic transformation of unknown books into bestsellers, or the rise of teenage smoking, or the phenomena of word of mouth or any number of the other mysterious changes that mark everyday life,” writes author Malcolm Gladwell, “is to think of them as epidemics. Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread just like viruses do.”

          The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren

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          The purpose driven life

            You are at the perfect age to really digest and apply the materials found in this profoundly thought-provoking and inspirational book. Rick Warren guides you through the process of answering one of life’s most fundamental questions: Why am I here?

            In this wildly popular easy read, you are challenged to examine your thinking and find your true purpose in life–whatever that is. The concepts here respect the diversity and individuality of every person and dares you to engage in a quest to find the ultimate purpose for your life.

            White Teeth by Zadie Smith

            White Teeth

              By now you understand that the world is a complicated place. You once thought you had it all figured out, but at 30 you have experienced enough to know that you will never have it all figured out. White Teeth flows along this stream.

              This book takes on the big themes–faith, race, gender, history, and culture–with poignancy and humor. This book is witty, yet tangled. The plot is rich, and squares up to the two questions which gnaw at the very roots of our modern condition: Who are we? Why are we here?

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              Persuasion by Jane Austen

              Persuasion

                This is a gentle satire that is set in the mid 1800s, but its themes and conflicts truly transcend time. It is described in The Huffington Post as being a “quiet story of youthful impressionability, living with regret, and finding second chances, full of wisdom for those of us suffering life’s first knocks and looking back on our first big mistakes.”

                This is not just a simple love story. It combines wit, social criticism and an examination of different kinds of love–the love between friends, the love of one’s own sense of integrity, and the love of a man and a woman–in a tremendously skillful way.

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                How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

                Think you have a boring life?

                The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

                Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

                1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

                What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

                Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

                2. Go Play with Kids

                Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

                They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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                3. Order a Hot Dog

                While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

                4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

                Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

                5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

                You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

                You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

                6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

                Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

                Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

                7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

                Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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                What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

                8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

                You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

                9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

                Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

                10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

                We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

                11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

                It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

                12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

                This will give you something to look forward to.

                Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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                13. People Watch

                Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

                People are infinitely interesting.

                14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

                Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

                15. Dance

                You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

                If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

                16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

                This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

                17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

                Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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                18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

                Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

                19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

                OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

                20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

                This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

                Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

                Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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