A fresh start is in the air. As we enter the new season, back-to-school excitement sets in as vibrant leaves drift peacefully to the pavement. The air becomes cool and crisp, and our mindset begins to shift from play to goal setting and getting things accomplished.
As Gretchen Rubin would say, “September is the new January.”
Fall is my absolute favorite season. I relish the intention setting, reflection, blank notebooks and sharpened pencils. And, of course, the collective agreement to hunker down and get to work.
One of my personal intentions is to boost the amount of time I spend reading, as it’s just so good for you. You increase your knowledge and vocabulary, learn new perspectives, and improve your writing and analytical skills.
I mean, really, what’s better than a Fall day listening to the rain hit the window, while curling up with a cozy blanket, a hot beverage, and a good book?
Below are some books to consider adding to your Fall reading list:
By: Elizabeth Gilbert
From the worldwide bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia comes her newest book, Big Magic. Gilbert’s latest release digs in to her creative process and perspective. She offers wisdom around finding fulfillment in your work, and mustering the courage to live a creative life. This one is at the top of my reading list, and I have already pre-ordered! Set to release on September 22.
By: Brené Brown
I’ve read Brené Brown’s last two books, The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly, and I am a huge fan of her work. In Brown’s third book, Rising Strong, she provides insight on being brave, falling, and getting back up. I think we all struggle with fear of failure, emotional turmoil, and searching for ways to accept our mistakes. The key is to learn from our mistakes, and keep going. If you’re feeling stuck of down on your dreams, I highly recommend you pick up this book.
The Desire Map
By: Danielle LaPorte
We live in a world of goals, lists, and to do’s. While having an idea of what you want to accomplish is great, Danielle LaPorte argues that you’re not chasing the goal itself, you are seeking a feeling that you hope the achieved goal will give you. She reframes traditional goal setting with getting clear on what you want to feel in your life. This book was eye opening for me. And I plan to reread it this Fall.
Stop Saying You’re Fine
By: Mel Robbins
I first came across Mel Robbin’s via her TED Talk . Her speech really got me to LISTEN. In fact, with her sassy tell-it-like-is style, she truly dares you NOT to listen. Ever since coming across Robbins, I’ve been working through her book Stop Saying You’re Fine. It’s a dose of tough love coupled with encouragement to tackle your personal aspirations.
Mel is also a Contributing Editor to SUCCESS Magazine, where 1.2 million readers enjoy her monthly column on sales, marketing, and personal achievement. She also hosts her own radio show, The Mel Robbins Radio Show.
By: Jon Acuff
Chances are, if you’ve wandered the business section of your local bookstore, you’ve seen Jon Acuff’s name grace the cover of more than few titles. Acuff is the New York Times Bestselling author of five books including his most recent, Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work and Never Get Stuck. Acuff talks through reinventing your work and getting unstuck through his testimony on intentional career building.
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