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Everyone needs good books to read. Sometimes, ya just have to take a break from the day-to-day and transport yourself somewhere else. And whether fiction is your main jam or you're a Nonfiction Nellie, everyone can benefit from reading self-help or motivational books on occasion.
Here's a list of five titles that I've read and found to be amazingly inspirational. Caution: Reading them can drastically improve your life!
1.) The Renaissance Soul: How to Make Your Passions your Life by Margaret Lobenstine.
I devoured this book in a single sitting. Lobenstine is a career counselor bent on helping "Renaissance Souls", or people who have more than one career passion, make the most of their varied interests. If you've ever felt that there are many things you want to do in life, are always learning new things because you love a challenge, and the thought of labeling yourself with a single word makes you cringe, then this book is for you. With tips that work for any age, this handy book will help you see yourself in a new light.
2.) The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the World by Chris Guillebeau.
The title says it all. Guillebeau provides a witty, relatable guidebook to living unconventionally.
3.) The Happiness of Pursuit by Chris Guillebeau.
Guillebeau again, because he is such a great writer and has such awesome topics. This book is about "finding the quest that will bring purpose to your life." He brings a whole new meaning to the phrase, "searching for happiness." Examples upon examples of normal people who have gone after their goals/dreams are what make up the bulk of this book, along with tips about how you, too, can start pursuing your passions. Every dream counts--from wanting to open your own bakeshop, run a 5k, or circumnavigate the world in a sailboat. A great read!
4.) Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Potts.
The guide to long-term travel. Rolf Potts is known in the backpackers circuit as the master of all things travel. His book is incredibly inspiring. Packed with motivational quotes that you'll want to type up and put on your wall, examples of real-world travelers, countless websites and magazines and books to reference, and tried-and-true tips, this book belongs on every inspiring traveler's shelf.
5.) What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles.
A well-known and useful guide for figuring out what you want to do with your life. If you're about to graduate high school, this book can help you define your interests and uncover your skills. The job-hunting advice he gives is useful for anyone looking for a job or hoping to change careers. You, your parents, and your parents' friends' neighbors can all benefit from this enlightening book.
Many of the books listed here are about uncovering your passions and living an unconventional life. But hey, that's what this blog is all about--helping you get to who you really are and want to be. The way to do that is to be brave, take chances, and read these books! (Kidding on the last part... sort of). Let me know if you find them helpful, and please post in the comments any books you have found motivational. Perhaps we can start a book club!
Kayla Maneen recently got her BFA in Creative Writing and minored in adventure and fun. After graduation, she worked on an organic farm in Ireland and taught English in Italy, and learned all there is to know about chasing sheep and eating long, leisurely meals with family. She is adamant about teens living out their passions and reaching their highest potentials. Always follow that fire in your heart!