Six Books to Inspire Your Spring

Six Books to Inspire Your Spring

top row: the best advice I ever got by katie couric // yes please by amy poehler // ten years later by hoda kotb

bottom row: miracles now by gabrielle bernstein // the happiness project by gretchen rubin // my life in france by julia child

Motivation can come in all different forms but my favorite way to get inspired to make my life better is with a good book. Like I shared last Tuesday, words written with meaning can change your perspective. I chose six books that have really made an impact on me. I think reading one, two, or all of them can get you pumped up to have a motivated spring!

The Best Advice I Ever Got by Katie Couric

This one I would recommend to all soon-to-be grads and graduates-at-heart (hard to believe it's been six years since I graduated from college!). Couric interviews entrepreneurs, business people, and inspirational figures about the advice they received along the way to their high-powered positions. It makes you want to jump off the couch and get to work!

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

This is my most recent inspiring read and I'm so glad I decided to pick it up. Amy Poehler is a pretty kick ass lady and she cuts right to the chase: living your dreams isn't easy. Amy chronicles her years of hard work that got her to where she is today, with tons of humor of course. It made me realize that every little thing you  do can lead to building a really great life.

Ten Years Later by Hoda Kotb

I have to admit that I am a fan of the fourth hour of Today. I feel like people overlook Hoda because of the wacky, wine drinking hour but she's a fantastic journalist who can connect to a variety of people. This book tells the story of people from one of the worst moments in their life to where they are ten years later. This book is perfect for gaining some perspective: no matter what you may be going through now, there is always the potential for change.

Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein

An impulse buy that turned into an everyday read. Gabby Bernstein and her Spirit Junkie revolution are bringing meditation, intention, and inspiration to thousands of people. In this book, Gabby shares quick meditation techniques that anyone, anywhere can do. I've been intimidated by meditation for years but always wanted to practice because of all its benefits. Gabby shares techniques that are accessible and simple that have helped me make noticeable and positive changes to my daily routine.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

Just like Amy Poehler, Gretchen Rubin keeps it real. She proclaims that small changes can make big changes in your life. She is also a proponent for reflecting which I have found myself doing more and more. But her message of everyday change, gradual and steady, will make you happier and shine a light in your life.

My Life in France by Julia Child

Not an obvious pick for motivating books but who could not be inspired by the great Julia Child? She didn't start cooking until she was in her thirties and then became one of the most celebrated and beloved cooks of our time. This is her autobiography that discusses the time she and her husband lived in France, the beginning of her culinary adventure. Julia shares how the snotty male cooking teachers turned her away and didn't take her seriously but she didn't let that stop her. Julia used that as motivation to learn everything about good French cooking. She also decided that it wasn't enough for her to just know how to cook well, she had to share it. Her inspiring message that anyone can cook and her motivation to pave her own path are just amazing!

What books inspire you?