Friday Fives: 5 Books that changed my life

June 1, 2018

Hat: Aerie, (similar here), Dress: Shein (wearing a size XS), Belt: J. Crew (similar here), Wedges: Treasure and Bond

Happy 1st of June, y'all! I've been saying y'all way too much lately? Is it still a southern thing or can this city girl get away with saying it? Haha! Happy Friday and Happy 1st of June! I can't believe it's basically summer. I hope this month brings you many, happy new beginnings, new challenges to face and new oppportunities to explore. I've been feeling really positive lately and I couldn't help but want to share. As I mentioned in my last post, the month of May ended up being quite a motivational month and I surely did not intend on it being that way, but God always knows what you need. I can't even know how it began but last month ended up being quite a productive month. I wrote the most blogposts in a month than I've ever written, I really pushed myself during workouts, I was reading and listening to a lot of inspirational material and I finished a great book which inspired this very post. 

I would consider myself a very spiritual person. I've always believed in God, I went to the church and went to catholic school but my beliefs have certainly changed and after some really trying times in my life, I've learned to hold onto my faith tightly. I wanted to share 5 books that I read that helped me on my journey. They helped me remain positive, reassured me when I was anxious, inspired me when I needed it and reminded me that God is always in control and to trust that goodness will always come you way. 

I hope I can express how much these books helped me, led me, taught me, and inspired me to pursue my creative desires, to become a better person and to just to kind. 

Spirit Junkie by Gabrielle Bernstein - I stumbled across this book on the Barnes & Noble website when I was desperate for a pick me up. I had just been dumped, was on a major emotional rollercoaster and at 23 years old I thought I had to have it all figured out. It was a completely random purchase but I believe everything happens for a reason. I ordered it and as soon as it came in the mail I started reading it and simply couldn't put it down. I had major anxiety and reading Gabrielle's experience as a PR publicist and party girl and dealing with all the issues and anxieties she dealt with -- I totally could relate. Her explanations for wanting to change her life and accept the ups and downs of a spiritual journey spoke to me profoundly. I was ready to overcome my fears and worries and this book helped me to do that. I recommend it to everyone I know because it was so helpful for me. 

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne - As a child I had always heard of the Law of Attraction and in some ways I practiced it without even knowing but as an adult I had a harder time understanding the concept. A friend of mine lent me her copy and told me to just read it because it helped her, so what did I do? I put it under my bed and completely forgot about it LOL no, but seriously that's what happened. I meant to read it, but here's where the universe stepped in, I didn't end up reading it until I went on vacation about a year and a half later and I ended up needing it right then and there. I couldn't have read it at a better time. The book explains how to attract what you want in your life whether it be love, success, wealth, health, whatever it is, but it teaches you how to welcome exactly what you want into your life. Such a good read! I have a copy of it on my kindle that I reread whenever I'm in the middle of books.

Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho - The genius author famously known for his book "The Alchemist" also wrote Manuscript Found in Accra -- another book I found by accident, but was it really an accident :). My Dad had purchased this book for my brother who was having some tough teenage years and my brother who was not a big reader finished this book in a day and swore by it. It's about a wise man speaking truths in Jerusalem in the year 1099. Pretty absurd if you ask me but the old wise man spoke about loyalty, fear, love, beauty and elegance amongst many other things. "His words offer truth and guidance, and reveal the human values that have endured throughout time—then as now, his words reveal who we are, what we fear and what we hope for the future."

Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting by Wayne W. Dyer - I discovered this book through Dulce Candy the beauty vlogger. She's always so positive and discussed manifesting your desires and shared how much she loved this book. I read it after I read the secret but the message was very similar. The book discusses how to discover your heart's greatest desires and how to practice manifesting them so they can appear in your life. 

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert - This book is by far one of the best books I've read in a long time! I just finished this book and was inspired to write this book because I felt so great after reading it. Elizabeth Gilbert, famous for writing Eat, Pray, Love is the author behind Big Magic and it's the perfect book for those sweet souls wanting to live a creative life. I felt invincible after reading this book. I was reminded that nothing worth having comes easy and it might just take years and years of practicing your craft until you have that opportunity to shine but it will all be worth it. This is a must read for all you creatives out there! 

This was such a fun post to write and I hope that you enjoyed it. Let me know if you've read any of these or if you end up reading them in the future. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I'm even thinking of creating a book club with y'all? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

Thanks so much for reading today's post!


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