Snuggling up with a great book can be a great way to take a mindful moment, practice a little extra self-care and allow yourself to take a time out. Whether you’re wanting to flip through a plant-based cookbook for some recipe inspiration, needing some comfort and a serious dose of self-love, or are wanting to focus on achieving some career goals, here are some of our favourite books to add to your bookshelf:
“Oh She Glows for Dinner: Nourishing Plant-Based Meals to Keep You Glowing” by Angela Liddon
“Didn’t See That Coming: Putting Your Life Back Together When Your World Falls Apart” - Rachel HollisIf you’re a fan of self-care books, chances are you’ve read Rachel Hollis’ Girl, Wash Your Face and Girl, Stop Apologizing. Her new book focuses on the harder parts of life like loss and grief, and how you can learn from them and still experience joy amongst the darkness. One of the best things about Rachel Hollis’ writing, is her authenticity, making you feel as though you’re having a chat with a good friend.
“Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” by Emily Nagoski and Amelia Nagoski
“If I Knew Then: Finding Wisdom in Failure and Power in Aging” by Jann ArdenJann Arden’s latest memoir is a comforting read that takes a look at finding confidence in who you are, amongst the failures and losses that we all experience. Her book looks not just at her own experience, but also those of her mother and grandmother, and is filled with plenty of humour and a relatable voice.
“The Joyous Cookbook: Real Food, Nourishing Recipes for Everyday Living” by Joy McCarthyFrom Joyous Health, this essential plant-based cookbook is filled with everything you need for delicious plant-based and allergy-friendly living including breakfasts, mains, sides, snacks, salads, and desserts. Some of our favourite recipes include Apple Cinnamon Walnut Waffles, Sweet Potato Veggie Pad Thai, Crunchy and Creamy Soba Noodle Salad with Almond Dressing, and Almond Butter Rice Crispy Squares.
“Fraiche Food Full Hearts: A Collection of Recipes for Every Day and Casual Celebrations” by Jillian Harris and Tori Wesszler
“The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well” by Meik WikingHygge, or the Danish art of coziness, has been associated with more happiness and feelings of well-being, which is something we could all use a little more of. This essential guide to hygge is filled with research about why practicing hygge can be so helpful, as well as plenty of ideas for how to incorporate this mindset into your life such as cuddling up with a loved one or sharing comfort food with friends.
“Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life” by Marie Kondo and Scott SonensheinIf you loved The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or have binge-watched Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix, now you can infuse that same feeling into your work life. The book is co-authored by organizational psychologist Scott Sonenshein and talks about how you can cut down on physical and digital clutter at your workspace to improve feelings of productivity and happiness. And, don’t worry if you’re currently working from home: the tips are still applicable, and the book offers guidance on how to create a much-needed separation between work and home life.
This book offers a unique perspective to business by focusing on working on your personal brand and being confident in your job. Author Aliza Licht is a fashion PR executive and provides awesome stories from her industry as well as inspiration and tips about media and developing your career online. But, even if you’re not looking to get started in this industry, this book contains plenty of advice that works in any field, as well as thoughts that can help spark you on your journey to a career change.
“The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World” by Melinda GatesAs a philanthropist and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda Gates has plenty of inspiring stories to share, as well as important thoughts about topics like equality, love, and inclusion. This empowering read talks about the incredible changes that can happen when we support women, inspiring you to lift up the women in your life - including yourself.
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