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7 Most Inspirational Books That Every Woman Should Read And Recommend To Their Girl Friends

7 Most Inspirational Books That Every Woman Should Read And Recommend To Their Girl Friends

A great book can be life-changing. How many of the following have you read? Whether you want to feel stronger, more ambitious or more in control of your love life you should check out these awesome books written to inspire and guide women everywhere. If a book has really changed your life, don’t forget to recommend it to other women you know. Sometimes, one of the best gifts you can give someone else is the gift of knowledge.

‘Bossypants’ by Tina Fey

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    Tina Fey is one of the most inspiring women currently working in the entertainment industry. Her book encourages and lifts up all women, especially those trying to ‘make it’ in a creative field. Fey maintains that you haven’t really succeeded until someone calls you ‘bossy,’ and her story is a refreshing warts-and-all tale of one woman’s long, hard journey to the top of her profession.

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    ‘Lean In’ by Sheryl Sandberg

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      Traditionally, women have been reluctant to take on leadership roles. Sandberg discusses why this has been the case, and encourages a new generation of female leaders to claim positions of power in their organizations. The book is a testament to what women can achieve when they discard outdated gender roles.

      ‘He’s Just Not That Into You: The No-Excuses Truth to Understanding Guys’ by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo

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        This book is famous for ‘telling it like it is’ when it comes to understanding men and dating. By instructing women how they tell when a guy isn’t into them, the authors empower them to move onto someone better who can deliver the relationship they really deserve. Once you have read this book, you will never again wonder whether a man is really ‘into you’.

        ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay

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          Many women carry around excessive emotional baggage that can stop them moving forward and going after what they really want in life. In this book, Hay demonstrates exactly how we can move past old hurts, live more peacefully, and create a happier future. No matter what has happened, Hay explains that there is every reason to be optimistic about what is to come. As long as you are willing to confront your past and put in the required effort, you really can heal your life.

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          ‘Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear’ by Elizabeth Gilbert

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            If you struggle with fear on a daily basis to the extent that it is preventing you from living up to your full potential, you need to read this book. Gilbert, author of famous memoir ‘Eat Pray Love,’ is an expert in teaching women how to push past their anxieties and create a life that truly excites and stimulates them.

            ‘Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself’ by Melody Beattie

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              Many women struggle with putting their emotional needs and well being before the needs of their relatives and partners. At the same time, they place too much emphasis on what others think of them. This book explains how to break free of codependency and to separate your own wants, feelings and desires from those around you. This will in turn make you happier, as you come to depend less on what others think of you.

              ‘Carry On, Warrior: The Power of Embracing Your Messy, Beautiful Life’ by Glennon Doyle Melton

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                This book will encourage you to accept that life is seldom perfect, and that it’s fine to be unsure as to what to do next! Learn how to accept reality and take healthy, pro-active steps to change your life for the better. This book will help you relax when it comes to the ‘big issues’ of motherhood, marriage, community and friendship.

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                5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

                Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

                Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

                But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

                Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

                But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

                Journal writing.

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                Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

                Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

                Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

                1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

                By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

                Consider this:

                Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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                But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

                The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

                2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

                If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

                How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

                Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

                You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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                3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

                As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

                Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

                All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

                4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

                Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

                Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

                The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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                5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

                The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

                It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

                Kickstart Journaling

                How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

                Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

                Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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