I love a good beach read. I’ve tried to start reading more since moving to Southern California. I’ve been on the hunt for motivating books that inspire and encourage self-growth and empowerment. Here’s what I’ve been reading lately…..

The Four Agreements was given to me by a friend (thanks Priscilla!) who said it changed her life. I tend to get skeptical when I hear this. However, I can honestly say this book did change my perspective on a several aspects of life I struggle with – one of them being: not to take things personally.

The book “reveals the source of self-liming beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering” and guides you through the four agreements: Be Impeccable With Your Word, Don’t Take Things Personally, Don’t Make Assumptions and Always Do Your Best.

A few of my favorite quotes from the book include:

Forgiveness is the only way to heal. We can choose to forgive because we feel compassion for ourselves.

Nothing other people do is because of you. It is because of themselves.

Don’t take things personally because by doing so you set yourself up to suffer for nothing. When we really see people as they are without taking it personally, we can never be hurt by what they say or do.

Always do your best, no more and no less. But keep in mind that your best is never going to be the same from one moment to the next. Your best will sometimes be high quality, and other times it will not be as good.

We don’t need to know or prove anything. Just to be, to take a risk and enjoy your life, is all that matters.

I pretty much marked every page of the book with quotes I found encouraging. I highly recommend this book – it’s a quick read and incredibly enlightening. I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

Through Indigo’s Eyes is another great beach read given to me by a friend (thanks Jessica!). It was the first book in a long time that I couldn’t stop reading. I think I didn’t watch the newest episode of The Bachelorette one night because I wanted to finish the book (and that says a lot…ha!).

If you are into psychics/clairvoyants/ghosts, this is the book for you. I’ve always believed in this stuff. When I was young, I saw two ghosts and have been a believer since.

The main character, Indigo, is loosely based on the life of intuitive and author Tara Taylor. It’s really interesting to follow as Indigo grows up with visions that allow her to see into the future and back again.

The take away message for me was to trust your intuition. I’m guilty of trying to block out my gut feelings, and if I had just trusted myself in the first place, I would have avoided unnecessary stress and pain.

Do you believe in ghosts and psychics? Have any crazy stories? Let me know in the comment section!

I’ve been a fan of Gabrielle Bernstein for years, so I’m not surprised that I loved Add More ~ing to Your Life. This book really inspired me to finally launch MinneSoCal Gal, after years of self doubts about starting another blog.

“In her thirty-day ~ing Equation, Gabrielle will show you how to bulldoze negative thought patterns and create personal change through positive affirmations, physical activity, and visual meditations.” I especially enjoyed reading her thoughts on forgiveness, perfectionism and manifestation.

If you are looking to start meditating (or want more instruction), I recommend subscribing to her YouTube page for her guided meditations.

Finally, MWF Seeking BFF is a really entertaining beach read, especially if like me, you’ve moved to a new town and are seeking new friends. In the book, Rachel moves to Chicago and decides to set up 52 friend dates, one per week for a year, in hopes to find her new best friend. It’s funny, honest, and inspiring as it chronicles the author Rachel Bertsche’s real-life journey.

Have any favorite book recommendations for me? Let me know in the comment section below!


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