One of my goals in 2018 is to make an effort to be more intentional in my daily life.
I want to be a calmer and more organized person, I want to create systems in my home so that cleaning and meal planning doesn’t slip past me, I want to create intentional time with my family, and I want to focus on my health and fitness.
My goal isn’t so much about being perfect, but more about being the best me I can be (as cheesy as that sounds).
I feel like if I am using my time efficiently, I will have more control over my emotions (not getting frustrated or rushed) and I will have more time to spend with my family instead of running around like a mad woman trying to get things done.
I can’t tell you how many times I have procrastinated and ended up rushing around, snapping at my family members, while trying to get things done. My goal is to avoid that.
To help me achieve this goal of being a better wife, mom, and businesswoman I have decided to read 10 books this year that can help me get there. I want you to read them with me!
Disclaimer: I say 10, but I am a total book nerd so don’t be surprised if I report back with more. 😉
I am not forming a formal “book club” because I know we don’t all have time to sit down and read to a certain chapter by a certain date, but I created a Facebook group to have a loose discussion surrounding the books and their principles that I would LOVE for you to join!
I already have a few ladies in there and it has been really fun getting to know each other so far.
As of right now, these are the books that are on my must-read list for this year:
This book is awesome for readers who don’t really like to sit down and read for long periods of time. The book is broken down into short, 5 minute lessons that teach you how to be mindful in the everyday moments.
I have already started this one and I am loving it. I plan on writing a full post to elaborate on why I love it, but I have already gone into it a little bit in our Facebook group if you want to check it out!
This is a marriage/motherhood book about “rediscovering your marriage in the midst of motherhood”. When you are in the thick of raising kids it can be hard to slow down and focus on your marriage.
Brandon and I are pretty lucky that we have family that helps us out so that we can do regular date nights, but I am hoping this book speaks to me on a mom level about strengthening my relationship. The description says that it has daily challenges which I know will really help me implement the book rather than just read it!
I am super excited about reading this one because it is described as a manual to becoming a mom that worries less, listens more, and loves deeply.
This book is interactive and has guided journaling and self-reflective questions to help me on my journey!
Brene Brown’s books have been on my Amazon wishlist forever and I am finally going to read them! She is a social scientist who has really stood out to me and many of her thoughts on vulnerability and courage have really resonated with me.
The book is about rising up after hard times and how to face the emotion that comes with it. I can’t really put into words how impactful just the description of this book is (on Amazon). I can’t wait to get into it.
This book has 227 reviews on Amazon and is ranked with 5 stars. The book is faith based, but has a lot of mom life humor in it. It is not a “preachy” book by any means.
Like Breathe, Mama, Breathe it has short little devotionals so that you can read it in just a few minutes a day. I have heard a lot about the author so I am excited to read this one too.
I have followed Emily Ley for a very long time. She is such an inspiration and I can’t believe that I have never read her book! This book is all about simplifying your life so that you can live more intentionally which is EXACTLY what I need.
This is also one of Emily Ley’s books. This book came after she started her business and was running her household (she has twins!). It is all about recognizing that you can’t do it all, and that is okay.
This is one of my biggest struggles. In our Facebook group, we took a poll on the biggest stressors in your life and my biggest ones were lack of time and having high expectations of myself. I have so many goals I want to achieve that I try to cram it all into one day and I end up not doing anything efficiently that way. I’d love to learn how to take a step back and be okay with just going after one thing at a time.
Don’t let the sarcastic title fool you, this book is a 30 day devotional for moms! It is faith-based well and is described to applicable to moms in any stage of life!
I like easy devotional type reads for when I am drinking my coffee so this is another one that’ll be easy to dive into.
This book contains 12 simple strategies to nurture your children’s developing mind. It even has age appropriate tips for teaching these strategies to your children. The description says that the strategies “foster healthy brain development, leading to calmer, happier children.”
I haven’t ever read a parenting strategy book like this one so I am curious to see if this leads to a whole new genre of books for me!
This book comes from the same author as The Whole Brain Child and provides strategies for calming the chaos at home. It links a child’s brain development to the reaction of the parent when the child misbehaves and from there teaches you how to deal with that without a huge blow-up.
I am a total nerd so they had me at “neurological development”. I want to read this one soon, but I am curious to know if you need to read Whole Brain Child first to get the full effect.
Okay, I’ll be honest. There are 10 books in this post, but about 14 on the list I wrote down. I don’t want to overload myself so I am going to stick with 10, but if I continue on to read more I will add them here!