11 inspirational books to inspire women to be their best self

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I love to read. I have a pile of books on my nightstand all the times. I love the smell of library books and the crackle when you open them. I frequently have a purchased book and highlighter in my hand. You never know when you might find 5 or 10 minutes to sit down and read!

I love all types of books. Fiction. Nonfiction. Humor. Etc. Lately, I have been charging my way through the women's self help and autobiography sections. There are some amazing books out right now! So many female authors who have written words to inspire and motivate our gender to explore internally and to challenge us to bring our best selves forward in the world.

At 40 years old, I am still exploring what it means to be my best, most authentic self. These books have definitely helped me further down my path. I have highlighted ideas on creativity and my own presence in the world. I have participated in journaling exercises that have challenged me to the core of my being. There are still questions found in these books that I have yet to answer.

Let's get to the list!

11 BOOKS TO INSPIRE WOMEN

1. The Artist's Way - by Julia Cameron - "A course to discovering and recovering your creative self." I usually read books quickly, but this one made me read slowly to absorb the idea of "morning pages" journaling and "artist's dates." This book is FULL of journaling prompts and tough questions to really help your rediscover yourself. A personal favorite.

2. Playing Big - by Tara Mohr - "Practical wisdom for women who want to speak up, create and lead." If you choose any book from this list, start here. I highlighted almost every word.

3. Present Over Perfect - by Shauna Niequist - New York Times Bestseller. It is no secret that I LOVE this book. A great reminder of what is really important in life and that it is ok to slow down, quiet the"noise" and put family over fame and finance.

4. The Gifts of Imperfection - by Brené Brown - New York Times Bestseller. "Let go of who you're supposed to be and embrace who you are." There is a reason Brené is one of Oprah's gurus. She knows her stuff and writes it in a straight forward way that is applicable and understandable to everyone. This book is a quick read and gives you 10 guideposts to help you embrace and accept yourself.

5. You Are a Badass - by Jen Sincero - New York Times Bestseller. "How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life. This book does just that! It's full of motivation, straight to the point guidance and words of encouragement. Humorous and turned into one of my favorites.

6. Quiet - by Susan Cain - New York Times Bestseller. "The power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking." I am an introvert and this book was so eye opening to me. It helped me understand myself and my own natural tendencies better. It helped me accept that just because I am not screaming about how awesome I am does not mean I am not awesome.

7. Uninvited - by Lysa TerKeurst - New York Times Bestseller. "Living loved when you feel less than, left out and lonely." We have all felt this way at some point in our lives. This book reminds us that we are deeply loved by God and that is enough.

8. Yes Please - by Amy Poehler - New York Times Bestseller. Hilarious with real quote gems scattered throughout. Amy shares about her own life stories and dishes life lessons straight to the point!

9. Girl Boss - by Sophia Amoruso - New York Times Bestseller. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this book. Sophia is an established hard working boss with a multi-million dollar company that she built from the ground up. There were so many practical life lessons in here that I really appreciated.

10. You are Free - by Rebekah Lyons - "Be who you already are." This is the book that ushered in my self help phase. This book is full of God's love. It reminds us to stop striving for outside approval from others and to stop comparing ourselves to others. I want Rebekah to be my best friend. We will get coffee together every Tuesday morning and go for a walk and she will share her wisdom with me as we sip lattes. You might even see us on her sweet Instagram stories every so often :)

11. Big Magic - by Elizabeth Gilbert - New York Times Bestseller. This book focuses on your relationship with your own creativity, fears, doubts, and faith. Humorous, one of my favorites and written by the one and only wordsmith that is Elizabeth Gilbert.

These books were written by women for women. These authors have taken the time, love and energy to help other women find their true voice, to encourage them to participate big in their lives and to motivate women to firmly find their place in the world. These books contain loving and sometimes hard to accept words that remind us that we are enough just as we are and that we are loved for exactly who we are.

Grab one of these fabulous books today and get reading! See you on amazon, at the library or in the book store!