My Favourite Inspirational Books of 2018!
If I could describe my year in one word it would be: evolution
All year long I felt myself evolving, changing, transforming into a fuller, more confident version of myself! It’s been a year of walking the walk, committing my time and energy to what’s important, and trusting my heart.
I feel more embodied in who I am and at peace with my journey than ever before - and I think a lot of that growth was inspired and nurtured by the books I read this year!
I’ve always been an avid reader, but this year I set a goal to read one hundred books (came in at 101!) and it took my love of reading to a whole new level.
These 10 books are the ones that made all the difference and since I love getting recommendations from friends, I wanted to share mine here with you!
This was by far my most loved book of the year! It sits next to my bed and I bring it with me almost everywhere I go. I wrote a full blog post about it HERE and talk about it in my review video HERE. Needless to say, I highly recommend it!
READ THIS IF: You want to return to you who you truly are, cultivate a greater sense of self-love, and heal many levels of your being.
Deep Love flowers only from a deeper story you tell yourself. Endlessly. The story you tell yourself births your whole life. Keep drafting. Rehabilitate your inner story. If you are harming yourself, if your inner story isn’t working, plant new seeds. Tell yourself stories that heal your soul. Practice self talk soaked in honey.
- Dr. Jaiya John
Deepak is in full form here with his clear and practical guide to harnessing your energy in order to create an empowered life. I found myself constantly highlighting passages as I read, and will return to it time and again to continue to gain deeper understanding of the concepts shared in this book.
READ THIS IF: You love reading books of a “spiritual” nature, are interested in understanding yourself and the universe better.
[Your true Self] is immune to criticism, it is unfearful of any challenge, and it feels beneath no one. And yet, it is also humble and feels superior to no one, because it recognizes that everyone else is the same Self, the same spirit in different disguises.
- Deepak Chopra
A sequel to the iconic “THE FOUR AGREEMENTS” - this book is written simply and beautifully, summarizing the four agreements preceding it and expanding them through the fifth agreement. Full of powerful metaphors and practical teachings - this book is a tool for awakening.
READ THIS IF: You are interested in cultivating greater awareness - especially in becoming aware of (and going beyond) your limiting beliefs and programs that cloud your vision and keep you from living joyfully and authentically.
Before domestication, we don’t care what we are or what we look like. Our tendency is to explore, to express our creativity, to seek pleasure and avoid pain. As little children, we are wild and free; we run around naked without self-consciousness or self judgment. We speak the truth because we live in truth. Our attention is in the moment; we are not afraid of the future or ashamed of the past.
- Don Miguel Ruiz & Don Jose Ruiz
This book may go down as one of my lifetime favourites! The closest book I could compare it to is The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo in that it weaves an adventure story with spiritual principles and lessons. There is something so powerful about learning through a narrative and I enjoyed every minute of it!
READ THIS IF: You love taking an adventure through the pages of a book, you’re interested in expanding your understanding of the Universe but want to do so in a fun and exciting way!
We all have a spiritual purpose, a mission, that we have been pursuing without being fully aware of it, and once we bring it completely into consciousness, our lives can take off.
- James Redfield
I would go as far to say that this book is ESSENTIAL reading for our time. In a world that seems to be speeding up, Greg reminds us to slow down, get some perspective and define what’s truly important. And then make it a priority. This is a quick and succinct read - full of practical tips, stories, insight, and the tools to take your life to the next level.
READ THIS IF: You feel overwhelmed, tired, or confused. You are looking to do some restructuring of your priorities to get things into alignment and live a life of no regrets.
If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will. - Greg McKeown
This book is a GAME-CHANGER for creatives. It’s both inspiring and humbling to hear the hard-won wisdom and time old truths Steven shares about showing up for your “work” and brining your muse to life!
READ THIS IF: You feel called to do something creative, but have been procrastinating, doubting yourself, or you just need a little kick in the butt to get it out into the world! In truth, I believe we are all artists in our own unique way and that life is a journey of creativity. And because of that, I feel that many would benefit by reading this book!
when we sit down day after day and keep grinding, something mysterious starts to happen. A process is set into motion by which, inevitably and infallibly, heaven comes to our aid. Unseen forces enlist in our cause; serendipity reinforces our purpose.
- Steven Pressfield
I can say with complete sincerity that the exercises shared in this book have radically changed my life. And funnily enough, they did so before I even picked it up! Backstory: My mom had read The Artist’s Way over ten years ago and shared the free-writing exercises with me (which I talk all about in my Youtube video HERE) that, when I began to practice, opened me up to a whole new level of understanding and connection to my higher-self. And so this year I finally picked it up and read the whole thing and I’m so glad I did!
READ THIS IF: You want to understand why the creative journey can be so challenging at times, what it means to be blocked (emotionally and creatively) and more importantly: how to release and transcend those blocks.
Our creative dreams and yearnings come from a divine source. As we move toward our dreams, we move toward our divinity.
- Julia Cameron
Oh, how I love Christian D. Larson, I don’t even know how or where to start with this book other than tell you I’ve listened to it multiple times on youtube HERE. It’s a metaphysical book, so keep that in mind if that’s not your thing! But it’s a great introduction to understanding human potential and how our various forces/energies can be directed to achieve higher states of mind, body, and accomplishment.
READ THIS IF: You’re curious about learning more about the law of attraction, the power of the mind, and how to be the most expansive version of yourself possible.
Man lives to move forward, To move forward is to live more. To live more is to be more and do more; and it is being and doing that constitutes the path to happiness. The more you are the more you do, the richer your life, the greater your joy. But being and doing must always live together as one. To try to be much and not try to do much is to find life a barren waste. To try to do much and not try to be much is to find life a burden too heavy and wearisome to bear. The being of much gives the necessary inspiration and the necessary power to the doing of much. The doing of much gives the necessary expression to the being of much. And it is the bringing forth of being through the act of doing that produces happiness.
- Christian D. Larson
Similar to the war of art - this is another amazing read for creatives. It felt like having a personal life coach, mentor and cheer leader all in one and left me with a sense of excitement to create and share my work.
READ THIS IF: You are feeling creatively blocked or want to do something (like start a business, build a website, take up a new hobby, write a book etc.) but aren’t sure where to start or how to go about it.
The manifesto is this: Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use—do the work you want to see done.
- Austin Kleon
One of my favourite Instagram poets, Yung Pueblo is able to say so much with very few words. This book is a poetry book that manages to capture the beauty of awakening while still being honest about the missteps and occasionally painful moments that characterize the human experience.
READ THIS IF: You enjoy poetry, are looking to find a greater sense of peace and gentleness with yourself, and are interested in having a companion on your path of awakening.
that you are your own
hero, healer and leader
- Yung Pueblo
And there you have it! A good way to stay up to date with what I’m currently reading is to become my friend on Goodreads! You can set a reading challenge for the new year, follow your favourite authors, and have all your favourite books stored in one place. Needless to say, it’s one of my favourite websites ☺️
Now it’s your turn! What was your favourite book of 2018!?