Here are some things that I’ve found helpful in my quest for Joy! Hope you find some of them helpful, too. Some of the links my take you to an affiliate site, which means if you buy something after going there, I’ll get a percentage of the sale, though it won’t cost you any anything extra. The money helps me keep the site running and funds my pursuit of joy, so thank you for your support!
(This is a work in progress, y’all)
- Og Mandino’s University of Success: I’m more than halfway through and loving it. Each chapter is a (much-needed) lesson and I’ve already learned a lot. I plan to read it again in future, taking it one chapter at a time.
- Stop Saying You’re Fine: I’ve read this twice already and plan to read it again. It was the final push to get me to start this blog; also to own up to just how unhappy I was with the way my life was going.
- The Barefoot Executive: Good advice on going out on your own to free yourself from a crummy job and spend more time with your family.
- Throw Out Fifty Things: Great start to simplifying your life and getting rid of clutter. Not just physical clutter, either.
- The Four-Hour Workweek: I would so love to do this, and I guess it’s why I’m here. He makes it sound so easy! Lots of stuff on starting a self-running business, but also stuff on building self-confidence!
- FURIOUSLY HAPPY: This really should be at the top of the list. I’ve read this close to ten time already, and it makes me laugh every time I read it. This is definitely an “old-friend” kind of book. I wish I lived closer to Texas because I would totally stalk Jenny Lawson (kidding). She’s hilarious!
- No Plot? No Problem!: I love this book. I read through it in June and did my first book in July. Then I altered it and wrote another book in about 3 months at 1000 pages per day. Working on editing so I can publish!
- Daring Greatly:
- The Gifts of Imperfection: Everyone should read this. When did we start to think we had to be perfect all the time? I blame social media.
- The Happiness Project/Happier at Home: I read both of these and found useful info in both, though Happier at Home did repeat some of what was in the Happiness Project. Either way we could all use a little more happy, right?
- 8 Minute Meditation: I went through the whole book and thought it didn’t do me any good, but boy did my anger level go up when I stopped! It’s just 8 minutes a day, y’all. Anyone can do it!
- The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up: Yet another book I need to re-visit, but the first time through the lessons on folding helped me clean up my closet and shaved minutes off my get-ready time in the morning.
Getting Finances Under Control/or Growing Them (because it’s hard to be Joyful when you’re broke):
- The New Coffee House Investor: Get it, read it, do it! You’ll be happy in the long run!
- The Four Pillars of Investing: Coffeehouse with more detail, also helpful.
- A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Loaded with great information when you’re ready to invest.
- The Richest Man in Babylon: I just finished re-reading it and it’s fantastic for beginners but also has info to help once you’re on your way. The power of determination and the willingness to work hard will take you farther than luck ever could.
- The Total Money Makeover: I read this a while ago but it’s great if you’re just trying to get started in getting out out of debt and getting your finances in order.
- Young Bucks: This is mostly for kids but could also go under self-improvement or finance. Good ideas for future young entrepreneurs, and maybe even some older ones!
- The Gift of Failure: DON’T BE AFRAID TO FAIL!! This is the most important thing you will ever know!
- The Opposite of Spoiled: Great advice on teaching kids the value of money. I took it one step further and each kids has the recommended Spending Jar, Savings Jar, and Giving Jar, but also an Investing Jar to teach long-term savings.
- How to Talk so Your Kids will Listen and Listen so Your Kids will Talk: Imperative if you have children, and pretty useful even if you don’t. It can’t hurt to improve communication, right? And it works for all ages.
- 100 Days of Real Food: The start to us eating better, and the recipes are very tasty!
- 100 Days of Real Food: Fast and Fabulous: Also great with tasty recipes, most of which I can cook after work!
Books just for Fun! (More like old friends I visit over and over)
- Anything by Terry Pratchett (May he rest in peace): I’ve read almost everything he’s written, and I love almost all of it. Favorites are Good Omens, Soul Music, Going Postal, and Snuff. I also read Hogfather every Hogswatch – I mean, Christmas. Wee Free Men is great for older kids and young adults (and adults!).
- Night Circus: Awesome, and written as a result of No Plot? No Problem!
- Protector of the Small series by Tamora Pierce (yes, I read young adult lit): This always encourages me to try harder to get to where I want to be. I also like her Circle of Magic series.
- Born and Raised by John Mayer: Currently listening and loving it, especially Age of Worry and Walt Grace’s Submarine!
- Flylady.net: Great for getting the house cleaning under control!
- TheBloggess.com: Jenny Lawson’s blog, if you have sensitive ears, beware!
- Bemorewithless.com: Three years ago I bought a course from here. The rest is history. Check it out if you’re looking to simplify.