Self-help books have been around for a long, long time, but they’ve got a revolutionary make-up since those days, with mindfulness and spirituality being on trend, building your confidence has never been more stylish. Here are some all-women, motivational books that will help to inspire you for a long time to come.
"What I Know for Sure” – Oprah Winfrey
Couldn’t get enough of Oprah’s EPIC Golden Globes speech? Want Ms O to give you a little motivation every day? Well, get ready to curl up on the sofa with a Chai tea and bury your nose in Oprah’s "What I Know for Sure”. Cloth bound and hardback, with a blue ribbon-marker and gold rimmed pages, this book is just as beautiful on the outside as it is inside. Starting as a column in O, The Oprah Magazine, "What I know For Sure” is a compilation of all the things this self-made female billionaire has learned throughout her rollercoaster life. Instead of chapters, the book is split into themes such as; joy, resilience, connection, gratitude, possibility, awe and clarity. It’s the perfect book for when you just need that little bit of Winfrey Wisdom to keep you going.
Best quote: "Move in the direction of your goal with all the force and verve you can muster – then let go, releasing your plan to the Power that’s bigger than yourself and allowing your dream to unfold as its own masterpiece.”
"Big Magic” – Elizabeth Gilbert
From the best-selling author of "Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert brings us into the magical world of creative thinking and how it can change our lives. Ideal for anyone who is in search of a more creative life, this book will be sure to inspire and intrigue you. Empowering and encouraging, Gilbert believes we invite creativity into our lives and that each of us can live a more creative and fulfilling life through the power of magical and positive thinking. With insights into the nature of creative thinking, "Big Magic” is thought-provoking and full of inspiring advice and witty personal anecdotes. Gilbert addresses creativity as though an entity that surrounds us, but if we don’t use or nurture it, we lose it to someone else. With over two million copies sold worldwide, Liz has got us hooked on creativity.
Best quote: "The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”
" LifeTonic” – Jody Shield
"LifeTonic: A Modern Toolkit to Help You Heal Your Life and Soothe Your Soul” is the self-help book every young woman of today needs to navigate through life. Written by motivational speaker and meditation guru Jody Shield, "LifeTonic” sets out to help you reconnect with yourself and take you on a spiritual journey down your own path, revisiting the past isn’t something many of us enjoy, but Jody encourages to look back at where we might have gone wrong, learn from our mistakes, forgive ourselves and move forward. The main element of "LifeTonic” are the ‘tonics’ Jody gives us, like tools for guiding yourself towards a life free of negativity and self-doubt and enabling you to make positive changes in your life, one tonic at a time.
Best quote: "Enrich your life on every level and start to achieve your true potential.”
"The Inner Fix: Be Stronger, Happier and Braver” – Persia Lawson & Joanne Bradford
Written by two friends who were both in the clutches of self-destructive behaviour and have come through the other end stronger, happier and braver, "The Inner Fix” is a delightful mixture of memoir and self-help for millennials. With twenty-something supposed to be the best time of our lives, more millennials than ever are suffering from anxiety, addiction and stress, but with "The Inner Fix”, Joey and Persia are here to tell us it’s all gonna be ok. The book acts as a guide to improving not only yourself, but your relationships and being the best possible version of yourself, the tools in "The Inner Fix” are sure to help stomp your worries into the ground and start living your best life and develop a better mental-wellbeing.
Best quote:” This is your time to create the life you want.”