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Five Books That Drastically Changed My Life

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I’m always torn on the idea of “self-help” books.

I felt a lot of shame about reading them, always hiding the covers or trying to pretend they weren’t in my Amazon order history. But the deeper I dive into figuring out life and happiness and all that jazz, the more I realize there is literally NO shame in trying to figure out how to kick ass at life. Also, if the incredible Brianne Huntsman says they’re amazing, they must be.

So, here are the five books that have COMPLETELY shaped my life in different ways. Buy them. Absorb them. Feel called out. Cry. Then tell me you read them so we can totally geek out about our obsession.

(ALSO I high recommend listening to these books, especially since the authors themselves read them all. It’s a whole new experience, AND a great way to kill time during your commute… I’m obsessed with Audible, and if you try Audible, you can get two free audiobooks and a free 30 day membership!!)

Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls by Jes Baker

I picked up this book after hearing Jes mentioned in an episode of This American Life. I was just beginning to learn about body positivity, and I had literally NEVER heard of anything like this book. I ordered it (totally in secret) and devoured it in a weekend, crying through so much because for the very first time in my fat life, I felt seen. Her list of people to follow on the internet that shared similar views is the rabbit hole that led me to starting Chubby Struggles, which has singlehandedly changed my life in incredible ways. I cannot thank Jes Baker enough, and I’ve only ever stalked her on the internet.

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

This was the first book my therapist recommended to me after our second session. I was SO not sure about therapy, especially not some book about “shame,” which tbh felt like a dirty word. But this book helped me see the horrid heavy burden of shame I was putting on myself and just how much damage my self loathing was doing. I spent my first year of therapy learning how to dare greatly. This led me to fulfilling multiple life long dreams, such as traveling to Europe and trying my hand at modeling. This book helped me learn to live the life I wanted.

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

About a year ago, I hit a crossroads in my career. I had just been laid off from a job I didn’t love, and I had an opportunity to pursue the creative career path of my dreams. But imposter syndrome is NO joke. The second I started this audio book, the goosebumps started and never stopped. I felt like this book literally exudes magic. It reminded me that creativity does not die, but it is always an arm’s length away. I took that creative job, and I’ve never been more passionate in my life.

You Are A Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero

Okay, I was super apprehensive about this book. I thought it sounded like an MLM. I was NOT having it. But this book not only encouraged me to get off my ass and start doing something, but it helped me see how infinite the possibilities are in the universe. There is SO much out there waiting for you to take it, you just have to jump into that “woo woo” stuff and dream big. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a millionaire yet. But I feel like this book has helped me start to face that scary money stuff. Finishing it felt like leveling up as an adult.

The Five Second Rule by Mel Robbins

I have to admit something: as of the writing of this blog, I haven’t finished this book. But it has already DRASTICALLY changed my life. This book gives you the simplest, quickest tool to help you stop procrastinating, get your ass up, and DO THE THING. Literally, since starting this book a damn week ago, I’ve accomplished things I’ve been putting off for months. I am in shock and awe. It’s all about fighting the negativity loops you’ve built in your head by shaking things up. Seriously. Life changing shit right here.

What books have changed your life? Have you read any of these? LET’S TALK!

(Full disclosure, Chubby Struggles may be compensated in exchange for featured placement of certain sponsored products and services, or your clicking on links posted on this website. Being this fabulous is costly!)

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