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Do you read personal development?

I had never heard of personal development until I got started with Beachbody coaching in 2014. I had heard of self help books, but only thought that meant something was “wrong” with you.

Naive, huh?

I read a few books when I started coaching and then some more off and on again. I liked them. I didn’t take much heart to what they were saying at the time. Maybe I wasn’t reading the right ones for me at that time in my life. I was new to personal development and there are SO MANY to choose from. I mainly went on recommendations from other coaches. They had great ones to offer, but again it wasn’t what I needed at the time so it didn’t really hit home with me.

Since having C there have definitely been times when I feel like I get into a funk. Postpartum hormones are no joke. I’ve taken a recently liking to all things bright and colorful. This even includes some of the books I have chosen.

There were many things that got me over the hump of all things postpartum, but being intentional on choosing what I was reading really helped. I read books of women sharing their faith. I read books about women that had struggle in their life from eating disorders to IVF to then become successful businesswomen and Mom’s of multiple children. I picked some books solely because I enjoyed following the person on social media and seeing their open honestly. I chose some books because the cover was pretty and colorful. I didn’t only read personal development during that time. I did spring for a good fiction novel in Big Little Lies. So good!

The joy of personal development is there are so many options out there. There are books for all seasons of life. From faith, to kids, to business, to food, to mental health and so on. If you want to improve an area of your life, there is a book (or 12) out there on the topic. I highly recommend asking others what they have read and some of their personal favorites. They may have just the book you are looking for at that time!

I would love to hear your personal favorites so please leave a comment below!

I’ll link ones I have read below. Some I have loved and others I read but they weren’t read during a time when I needed it.

Personal Development I have read:

You Are Made For a God-Sized Dream by Holley Garth






Make It Happen by Lara Casey

Cultivate: A Grace-Filled Guide to Growing an Intentional Life by Lara Casey

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

EntreLeadership by Dave Ramsey

It Starts With Food by Melissa and Dallas Hartwig

Eat That Frog: 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time by Brian Tracy

Baby Led Weaning: The Essential Guide to Introducing Solid Foods by Gill Rapley

The Magic of Motherhood: The Good Stuff, The Hard Stuff, and Everythign in Between by Ashlee Gadd

Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist

On my bookshelf to be read:

Dance Stand Run by Jess Connolly

Strong and Kind: Raising Kids of Character by Korie Robertson

T is for Transformation by Shaun T

Unf*ck Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Gary John Bishop

2 comments on “How Personal Development Will Help Change Your Life”

  1. I really want to read Emily Ley’s books. I like personal development books – also, that sounds way better than self-help. LOL I’d recommend anything by Gretchen Rubin (Happiness Project, Happier at Home, Better Than Before) – her newest is The Four Tendencies which I need to read.


    • I loved both of Emily’s books! Haha – I completely agree that personal developments sounds better 🙂 Thank you for the recommendations! I have the Happiness Project on my list of want to reads. Putting a mark by that one to get it sooner.

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