Five Books to Keep You Motivated in 2019

Happy New Year, collegiettes! While we may have our different resolutions for 2019, two things we could all use some more of are motivation and inspiration. Some of the best ways to find great advice are through self-help books. So, here is a list of five books to motivate you to develop a fresh, new mindset and conquer the new year!

1. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

This book is the first on my list because someone recommended it to me for the new year! Dr. Brown, the author, is a researcher and professor specializing in complex emotions like courage, vulnerability and shame. She has written numerous books and has given many inspiring and thought-provoking TED talks. In her book, she encourages her readers to accept their shame in pursuit of authenticity, personal growth, self-discovery and higher levels of self-esteem.

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2. Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

If you know what Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, or The Princess Diaries 2 are, then you probably know who Shonda Rhimes is. If you do, then you may also know that she is an incredible writer! The praise for her book has been up-to-par with her television and movie work due to her humor, compassion and vulnerability. Rhimes encourages her readers to say “yes” to the things that scare them, the plans with friends they were going to skip out on, and the fear of “standing in the sun.”

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3. 99 Things That Bring Me Joy by Abrams Noterie and Hiroko Yoshimoto

If you’re someone who does not have time to read for pleasure, or is looking to get into journaling, this is the book for you! Like 52 Lists for Happiness, this book is a guided prompt journal that will inspire you every day to write about something that brings you joy. Write about your friends, family, a sentimental item, your favorite birthday gift and more. If you need a pick-me-up at the start of your day, or at the end, this is a fun and creative option!

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4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F***: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson

If you need a reminder that life is too short to care about what people think about you, then this is your book! Manson’s witty sense of humor combined with modernized philosophy come together to remind us that while we cannot control the world around us, we can control our reactions to the world. This book empowers its readers to let go of the negativity they can't control and to embrace joy.

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5. Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives by Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons has been researching young women for more than 20 years, and through her research, she has found that young women are usually successful due to their fear of criticism and failure. With that in mind, her book offers insightful advice on how to manage overthinking and self-criticism while prioritizing self-care and self-worth. This is a great book to not only help you learn more about yourself, but it can also teach you how to become a better and more understanding person in your relationships with other women!

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