Seven books that will change every Mom’s life
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Let’s face it, we as Moms face many challenges. From career, to motivation, to parenting. Everything is a challenge and we are all challenged in different ways at different stages in life. But, the great news is that there is already someone else out there who has also faced this challenge, found a simple way to overcome it, and wrote a book about it! YAY for them! I am a huge proponent of personal development books. I either have a podcast or a book in my ear at all times when I am not engaged in conversation. If you don’t know, you won’t grow. I have compiled my ultimate list of personal development books to help you conquer many of the challenges life throws at us moms on a daily basis! I hope you enjoy and please leave a comment and let me know how you like them.
Mommy Challenge #1-Avoiding growth and opportunity
Shonda is the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, a successful Mom, writer, director, author, and she wears many more hats. In this book she details a year in her life where she started saying yes to things she would normally say no to. I love how she gives amazing examples of how her life changed and her career grew based on saying yes and no to strategic opportunities. This is a great example of what we moms often do, which is put things off because we have more important things to distract us from our ultimate goals!
Mommy Challenge #2-Not having the courage to start
We all do it. Whether you’re a Mom or not. We all have ideas, projects, goals, dreams. We put them off.
“I’ll start it when the baby is potty trained.”
“I’ll start it when the baby is in Preschool so I have more time.”
“I’ll start it when the baby is in Kindergarten, because 3 hours a day is not enough time.”
We, as humans, are great at excuses. We know we should start it, but we don’t. This blog is a perfect example of that. I literally have wanted to start this very blog since I was pregnant with my first child….seven years ago. Ugh! It pains me just to admit that! But, the point is, we just need to start it. It doesn’t have to be perfect, it doesn’t have to be our only focus, it doesn’t have to be the exact thing we imagined in our head. The point is starting. Jon gives you just the kick in the butt we need to start that thing (whatever that thing is for you) that you have been putting off! THANK YOU JON!
Mommy Challenge #3-Thinking small
As a mom myself, I know I get overwhelmed by the day to day drama that unfolds in my house. When all of that is going on, it is difficult to stay focused on the bigger picture and my goals. Enter Mr. Schwartz. This is an oldie but a goodie! He talks about the power of positive thinking and also why you should try to focus on the bigger picture and what amazing results can come from it!
Mommy Challenge #4-Getting the kids ready for school (without screaming)
The Miracle Morning for Parents and Families: How to Bring Out the Best in Your KIDS and Your SELF (The Miracle Morning Book Series) (Volume 6) by Hal Elrod, Lindsay McCarthy, Mike McCarthy, and Honoree Corder
There is (well, I have never met) a parent that does not struggle with getting their kids ready for school or daycare or whatever it is your routine is in the morning. Kids just don’t focus like adults and they don’t pay attention to the clock or have the same sense of urgency about being late. One of my kids moves like molasses on a cold winter day, which frustrates me to no end! She has zero sense of urgency about anything and also gets easily distracted which is a challenging combination for me! The Miracle Morning breaks down your morning into six manageable parts using the acronym S.A.V.E.R.S. This is an amazing program and actually started as a program for adults. There are several different editions of this book including one for entrepreneurs!
Mommy Challenge #5-Trapped in a 9-5
This is personally my dream goal! I want to be able to live anywhere in the world and work minimally while enjoying life. I don’t want my husband to stress or my kids to be stressed by our stress. See how many times you can use stress in one sentence when thinking about it! Crazy! Anyway, it is very important to me to find a way to be mobile and to make a great income. Timothy breaks it down for us in this book and gives us some actionable steps to achieve it! THANK YOU TIMOTHY!
Mommy Challenge #6-Getting it all done
What is the task that you hate doing the most each day? For me, at least right now it is working on my Algebra lessons. Math does not come easy for me and I may have to redo each lesson a couple times to understand it. But, that is ok! Brian helps us to break down our tasks and how to arrange them in our day so we can maximize productivity and minimize pain. I have been practicing this method for years at home and work and it really does change things and your mindset about your to-do list.
Mommy Challenge #7-Overcoming Emotional Eating
I have always struggled with emotional eating (I am positive I will do more posts on this soon). As a kid, it was primarily out of boredom, a way to find something to focus on. I had developed a neurotic method for eating every food, which took me into adulthood enjoying food way too much and turning to it when I was happy, sad, angry, anxious, gleeful, uncertain, etc. Sugar had become my best friend and also my worst enemy. It wasn’t until I became aware of the fact that I was overweight and borderline unhealthy that I also became aware of my emotional eating habits. To be clear, this was eight years ago and only in the last year have I finally had the courage to address the HUGE role emotional eating plays into this. Geneen Roth is amazing in her ability to break it down into a system that you can follow to monitor yourself and help you to change your thoughts and break old patterns. I LOVE THIS BOOK! This is actually my personal number one, but not everyone struggles with this so I saved it for last.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of this article, there are so many things we as parents struggle with. Especially being a Determined Mom (Parent) is is often difficult to keep all of our very important plates spinning in the right direction and deal with all of the issues we are faced with appropriately. This to me is why reaching for other resources like these amazing books can be life changing.
A note about book formatting. I have zero minutes in my day to read books and I am sure your life is similar. Do you know when I get them in? In the car, while I am driving to and from work and appointments or exercising. I own all of these books on Audible. It has literally changed my personal development game completely in the last five years. They will give you one title free just for signing up, which is well worth it. My suggestion is to just go there now and download the one title you think can change your life the most and listen to it TODAY!