5 SELF HELP BOOKS TO UPGRADE YOUR LIFE & FIND YOUR JOY

Finding self-love and joy in the midst of a pandemic is no easy task. Yet, it is essential for daily living to be able to love ones self through the trauma and find joy in the midst of pain. These books below were specifically curated by me to help you find joy, self-love, and inner peace. 

 

1. SELF-LOVE WORKBOOK FOR BLACK WOMEN by Dolores Maaike

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A complete self-love guide for black women (workbook section included). You will draw inspiration from stories of ordinary (and not) women of color who have achieved success starting from very difficult situations and rising through adversity. You will understand the real meaning of self-love, how to experience it, and the impact it can have on the subconscious to change your disempowering beliefs, help you regain inner strength, and discover your true nature.

 

2. YOKE: MY YOGA OF SELF-ACCEPTANCE by Jessamyn Stanley

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Finding self-acceptance both on and off the mat. In Sanskrit, yoga means to "yoke." To yoke mind and body, movement and breath, light and dark, the good and the bad. This larger idea of "yoke" is what Jessamyn Stanley calls the yoga of the everyday--a yoga that is not just about perfecting your downward dog but about applying the hard lessons learned on the mat to the even harder daily project of living.

 

3. SPIRITUALLY FLY by Faith Hunter

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: From next-generation yoga teacher Faith Hunter comes a real-world guide to feeling more worthy, vibrant, and alive. Throughout Spiritually Fly, Faith shares stories with raw vulnerability. A young Black girl in the South whose brother was dying of AIDS contracted from a blood transfusion, she often struggled to trust in spirit and God. Her own spiritual journey brings a fresh, grounded vibe to her teachings, as she seamlessly blends classic yoga wisdom with modern-day living.

 

4. YEAR OF YES by Shonda Rhimes

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: With three children at home and three hit television shows, it was easy for Shonda to say she was simply too busy. But in truth, she was also afraid. And then, over Thanksgiving dinner, her sister muttered something that was both a wake up and a call to arms: You never say yes to anything. Shonda knew she had to embrace the challenge: for one year, she would say YES to everything that scared her.

 

5. DEAR BLACK GIRL: LETTERS FROM YOUR SISTERS ON STEPPING INTO YOUR POWER by Tamara Winfrey Harris

WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In Dear Black Girl, Winfrey Harris organizes a selection of these letters, providing a balm for the wounds of anti-black-girlness and modeling how black women can nurture future generations. Each chapter ends with a prompt encouraging girls to write a letter to themselves, teaching the art of self-love and self-nurturing. 

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