Reading has always been a passion of mine. I learned how to read in kindergarten and ever since then, I can’t get enough. Over the years, I have developed fast reading skills. I am able to read 2 physical books a week, in addition to consuming an audiobook. Because of that, I have read many, many books over the years. When I walk into a bookstore, the first section I head to is the personal growth section. It is by far my favorite genre and I am excited to share with you my top 5 favorite personal growth books for moms.
Because I am fully aware that my reading speed is my superpower, I wanted to share my biggest takeaways from these top 5 books. Hopefully that will help point you in the direction of a book or two that you are excited to add to your list of books to read this year.
At this point in time, I have probably read hundreds of personal growth books. The five books that I am going to share with you today have risen to the top for several reasons. Generally, they are books that spurred concrete action for me. They also felt relevant to moms and weren’t expecting me to alter my life in drastic ways that were unrealistic. And finally, they motivated me to think and dream bigger, in some way or another.
If there is a book that sounds interesting to you, I highly recommend that you write it down in your MAP Book. I use a Goodreads account to organize my reading journey, including books that I want to read and have read. If you don’t have a Goodreads account yet, I highly recommend it!
All that being said, let’s go ahead and start chatting about the 5 best personal growth books for moms!
The first book that we’re going to chat about today is Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis. While this was not the first personal growth book I ever read, it was the first one that I read that felt relevant to my life as a mom. This book is set-up as lies that we tell ourselves as women and as moms. Each chapter addresses that lie with a story from Hollis’ life. At the end of each chapter, Hollis includes action steps for overcoming this particular mindset or lie that we tell ourselves.
I do feel as though I need to pause to make a disclaimer at this point. When I read this book, it was well-before Rachel Hollis made some inappropriate comments that I absolutely do not agree with. I’m not going to lie, I was pretty heartbroken when she fell from grace. A friend and I traveled to Texas in 2019 to see her in person at her Rise conference. It was a humbling and life-changing experience. While I am so grateful for Hollis’ inspiration, I no longer follow her work. I do hope to re-engage with her content in the future. However, I personally felt that I needed to take a pause to clarify my own opinions on a few matters before continuing to consume her content.
OK, that being said – back to the book. Here were my favorite takeaways from the book:
If you are looking for the perfect introduction to personal growth, this book was written for you! While it’s not quite as raw as Hollis’ book, Maxwell walks you through all of his well-founded beliefs about personal growth. I love this as a foundational book when you’re first getting started.
Here are my biggest takeaways from this book:
I so wish I had discovered Denise Duffield-Thomas when I was younger! Isn’t that funny, how you discover an idea or a strategy and wonder how your life would be different if you had started sooner? Anyway, I digress.
Denise Duffield-Thomas is an entrepreneur but her life advice is spot on, even if you don’t have a business. Her first book, Lucky Bitch: A Guide for Exceptional Women to Create Outrageous Success is applicable to all women, whether you or a mom, a business owner or none of the above. I actually debated whether I wanted to purchase this book for quite awhile because I knew it had a lot to do with the idea of manifesting your dream life.
In general, I struggle with the idea of manifesting, although the law of attraction aligns perfectly with a lot of my beliefs. My main hang up is I don’t appreciate when personal growth gurus preach that if you wish it, it will come. There is so much hustle and consistency behind that, I just can’t appreciate when that isn’t made crystal clear.
This book lived up to the hype and then some. The majority of this book was about mindset and shifting from a lack mindset to an abundance mindset, which I found I desperately needed. Here are my favorite takeaways:
The fourth book that I would recommend in my list of 5 best personal growth books for moms is James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits. I actually read this book fairly recently, so I did have a solid handle on the idea of the compound effect and habit creation. This book did a great job of building on all of that prior knowledge in a new way.
Here are my biggest takeaways from this book:
It was so hard to narrow this list down to the 5 best personal growth books for moms. I could probably make a list of at least 12 and be barely scratching the surface. But when clients come to me, wanting recommendations for books to help them launch their personal growth journey, I can’t leave out Laura VanderKamm’s book, 168 hours.
My biggest takeaways from this book include:
So there you have it, my top 5 best personal growth books for moms. I sincerely hope you find something on this list that you want to check out. Be sure to follow me on Goodreads too, I’d love to see what you’re reading these days!
Which one of these books piqued your interest? Are there are that you would add to the list of best personal growth books for moms? Take a moment to add this book to your MAP Book, Goodreads account or your wishlist on Amazon. You’ll be glad you did in a few months when you’re trying to remember the title!
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