Right now, I am sitting in a sun room that looks out over a pool. It’s private, there are palm trees, and my husband is quietly soaking up the sunshine in a lounge chair. I love mornings like this where I get to focus on writing and reflection.

One of my favorite hobbies is reading. Since I was a kid, I loved the feeling of turning a page. I’m not much for the Kindle experience and much prefer to buy a hard or paper back. While I appreciate Audible and use it often, there is absolutely nothing like flipping through a book.

When I start to pack for vacation, there is always a book on the list. Growing up, it was usually a thriller. Anything from Goosebumps to Choose Your Own Adventure would fill my book bag. I was consumed by the Harry Potter series and lucky enough to grow up with it as it matured. Now, in my “adulthood” (…she says, lightly) I tend to lean toward a memoir or inspirational work. I will alway read anything Gillian Flynn writes, but there is nothing like a good self-help book.


READING: “Girl Code” by Cara Alwell Leyba

LISTENING TO: “In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It” by Lauren Graham


Here is a short list of five books that have really inspired me. These are all motivational books with stories from women who are killing it. I love to commit to a chapter a day, or listening to one of these choices over streaming Netflix. These books have reminded me that you cannot underestimate the power of self-love, above all. I hope that you enjoy them, too!

  1. Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis
  2. How To Be A Bawse” by Lilly Singh
  3. Big Magic” by Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. Yes, Please!” by Amy Poehler
  5. You Are A Badasss” by Jin Sincero

Which one are you going to read? <3



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  1. Audrey

    August 6th, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Great recommends! Can’t wait to read Girl Code over vacation next week!

  2. Shannon White

    August 6th, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Those all sound amazing. I am looking to read Rachel Hollis’ book first.

  3. Kathy Newsome

    August 6th, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    I need to read all these! I prefer paper too!

  4. Raina

    August 6th, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    I am always looking for new reads. Thanks for sharing your list!!

  5. Tricia

    August 6th, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    It always amazes me how much we have in common!

    Reading is a favorite past time of mine too! Choose your own adventures is still one of my favorites!
    Goosebumps a close second!

    Enjoy the sunshine and relaxation!

  6. Vanessa Hicks

    August 6th, 2018 at 1:40 pm

    Girl Code is my favorite book ever! It was seriously life changing! I went and bought 10 more copies to give to my friends!

  7. Candice

    August 6th, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Great book recommendations! I love reading too!

  8. Lindsay

    August 6th, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Reading this, I can picture you by the pool looking fabulous!! I hope you are having the best time!!

  9. Amber

    August 6th, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Also want to add Crazy Rich Asians to your list. It’s hilarious and the movie is coming out soon!! So glad you’re enjoying your vacation! You deserve it!

  10. Fran Jorgensen

    August 6th, 2018 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this ! I am currently looking for books on strategy and business so I will be digging these!

  11. Sharron

    August 6th, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    OOOOh I’m loving the recommedations! Some are already on my wish list! <3 BOOKWORMS UNITE!!!

  12. Tasha

    August 7th, 2018 at 10:18 am

    I wanna read you are a badass. Just sayin

  13. Aisha faith

    August 8th, 2018 at 12:48 am

    Love this! Thanks for all the recs! Been wanting to pick up some books and start reading again!