Top 5 Books for Intentional Living

While the podcast is in-between seasons, I thought I'd share some great reads to keep you feeling inspired and intentional. I have a ton of other favorites, but these are currently my at the top of my list.


1. The Five Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts by Dr. Gary Chapman

Why I love this book: This book is about more than love and romance. This book is about communicating with others. It's short, simple, and easy to digest. Since the original book, Dr. Chapman has written a number of adaptations to other situations like The 5 Love Languages of Children, The 5 Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace, The 5 Love Languages Military Edition.

Who should read this book: Everyone who is in a relationship of any kind. Unless you live under a rock, you communicate with other people. Read this.


2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo

Why I love this book: Clutter stresses me the heckkkkk out. When I can't find what I need or I need to spend hours cleaning the house, my heart rate and blood pressure skyrocket. Marie Kondo not only teaches you a method for walking through your home and getting rid of the clutter that slows you down (think cleaning up your hard drive when your computer slows down), she teaches you to look at things based on value.

Who should read this book: Anyone who feels overwhelmed by their space and doesn't know where to start. Feel like life needs to be more simple but can't figure out how to make that happen? This is step one.


3. The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your Success by Emma Seppala

Why I love this book: This book has so many things I feel passionate about under one cover. She takes all the things I know deep down and puts them into a perfect frame of reference! Figure out how to tweak your mindset to make joy a part of each day.

Who should read this book: If you're looking for tips and reminders on how to stay focused and be happy, then this book will absolutely speak to you! The audiobook was a quick and simple read, too!


4. Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People by Vanessa Van Edwards

Why I love this book: Confession, I think I mostly love this book because it speaks to me. Vanessa Van Edwards refers to herself as a recovering awkward person, and I think I'm still just an awkward person looking for my support group. She talks about people and how we communicate, like, really, communicate. Body language, facial expressions, tone, and more.

Who should read this book: Anyone whose anxieties accidentally make them come across as a b*tch (check out my blog post where I talk about this unfortunate issue I'm trying to overcome). Also, if you're struggling to communicate with a co-worker, friend, or family member, this book will likely be eye-opening!


5. Beads: A Memoir about Falling Apart and Putting Yourself Back Together Again by Rachael Brooks

Why I love this book: This may be written by a friend of mine, but I put this on the list because it is honestly a fantastic read. While you might not relate to Rachael's personal story, almost everyone can relate to experiencing some form of tragedy and struggling to figure out how the heck they are going to deal with it and continue living. Along the way she offers some awesome tips like the kind of people you need in your life, the magic of fudge, and the strength one gains after putting themselves back together again.

Who should read this book: Definitely all women. But also anyone who has experienced a tragedy in their life and is figuring out how to pick up the pieces.


Let me know if you read these books and what you think! Any interest in a Book Club in 2021? If so, message me to let me know. I talk about more of the books I read on Facebook and Instagram, so be sure to follow along for more recommendations!


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