Towards the end of last year, I made a bit more of an effort to read more. Perhaps it was the variety of blogs I was reading; amazing women writing books themselves and sharing lists of reads that had shaped their weeks, months and years that had me. My friend Roz sent over a list after we met late last year to get me started, and since then I've always had a book in my bag or next to my bed (I once read that Shappi Khorsandi had one book for the bath, one for bed and one for train journeys- so maybe it was that too). However, last year was also the year that I first started reading more 'motivational', or, dare I say it 'self-help books'. Books filled with words that would spur me on when other things wouldn't, and books with sentences built upon inspiring phrases- enough that if I were to highlight it like a GCSE textbook, the whole thing would be fluorescent. So, after filtering through a small handful, here are the few reads that gave me an oomph towards the end last year! Here's hoping they can inspire your year too!

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

Before I'd got much further than page 17 of this book, I'd minimalised my wardrobe by 4 black bags, cleared out nearly 15 rubbish sacks from my room (which, let's note, wasn't messy)- and tidied up both my phone and laptop of old files, freeing space and memory- and in short, it felt incredible. On the surface things didn't look all too different, but knowing where everything was, having a sense of order to my things- and feeling in control is one of the most 'freeing' feelings there is. If you want 'new years weight loss' than this is the way to do it, my pals. I've yet to finish the whole book, but from reading it so far I've felt so inspired to become more organised, tidy and frugal. It's amazing how from having a sort out, I've felt far less inclined to go shopping, impulse buy and spend unnecessarily as I now know what I have, and what I don't need. This book is amazing. If anyone would like a 'tidy room' update/post, let me know too!

Quotes to note:

- "Take each item in one's hand and ask: "Does this spark joy?" If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it."
- "The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it"
- "Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or a drawer that you have forgotten it's existence. Let them go with gratitude"
- "The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. The same impact can never be achieved if the process is gradual"

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

I read Big Magic this summer after a recommendation from Emma- a.k.a the queen of all good reads (trust me, her newsletter is a weekly life changer). Anyway, after feeling a bit of a blogging lul at the time, this book couldn't have come into my life at a better period, and completely flipped my perspective on everything from comparison, getting inspiration and putting my mind to work (and getting shit done). As I go into the New Year, I've pulled out this book again to help reignite those feelings- as when I was reading it I remember feeling such sparks of motivation, joy and excitement that it was almost a little bit overwhelming. Liz is a complete genius when it comes to saying the right thing, and without sounding ~corny~ this book is a real game changer- especially when it comes to nurturing ideas, and a real kick up the ass for all you amazing, talented ladies out there too.

Quotes to note:

- "It isn't always comfortable or easy - carrying your fear around with you on your great and ambitious road trip, I mean- but it's always worth it, because if you can't learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you'll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting."
- "I believe that inspiration will always try it's best to work with you- but if you are not ready or available, it may indeed chose to leave you and search for a different human collaborator"
- "Creative entitlement doesn't mean behaving like a princess, or acting as though the world owes you anything whatsoever. No, creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that- merely by being here- you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own."

And some further reading...

Emma's post on not caring what other people think really made me think and had me shouting 'PREACH' | Victoria's work ethic, voice and talent always inspire me- so I loved her resolutions post | The Pool's series of 'What I'm doing differently in 2016' | Lucy's simple, yet effective new year goals made me think- and definitely had me nodding along


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Towards the end of last year, I made a bit more of an effort to read more. Perhaps it was the variety of blogs I was reading; amazing women writing books themselves and sharing lists of reads that had shaped their weeks, months and years that had me. My friend Roz sent over a list after we met late last year to get me started, and since then I've always had a book in my bag or next to my bed (I once read that Shappi Khorsandi had one book for the bath, one for bed and one for train journeys- so maybe it was that too). However, last year was also the year that I first started reading more 'motivational', or, dare I say it 'self-help books'. Books filled with words that would spur me on when other things wouldn't, and books with sentences built upon inspiring phrases- enough that if I were to highlight it like a GCSE textbook, the whole thing would be fluorescent. So, after filtering through a small handful, here are the few reads that gave me an oomph towards the end last year! Here's hoping they can inspire your year too!

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up - Marie Kondo

Before I'd got much further than page 17 of this book, I'd minimalised my wardrobe by 4 black bags, cleared out nearly 15 rubbish sacks from my room (which, let's note, wasn't messy)- and tidied up both my phone and laptop of old files, freeing space and memory- and in short, it felt incredible. On the surface things didn't look all too different, but knowing where everything was, having a sense of order to my things- and feeling in control is one of the most 'freeing' feelings there is. If you want 'new years weight loss' than this is the way to do it, my pals. I've yet to finish the whole book, but from reading it so far I've felt so inspired to become more organised, tidy and frugal. It's amazing how from having a sort out, I've felt far less inclined to go shopping, impulse buy and spend unnecessarily as I now know what I have, and what I don't need. This book is amazing. If anyone would like a 'tidy room' update/post, let me know too!

Quotes to note:

- "Take each item in one's hand and ask: "Does this spark joy?" If it does, keep it. If not, dispose of it."
- "The moment you first encounter a particular book is the right time to read it"
- "Can you truthfully say that you treasure something buried so deeply in a closet or a drawer that you have forgotten it's existence. Let them go with gratitude"
- "The key is to make the change so sudden that you experience a complete change of heart. The same impact can never be achieved if the process is gradual"

Big Magic - Elizabeth Gilbert

I read Big Magic this summer after a recommendation from Emma- a.k.a the queen of all good reads (trust me, her newsletter is a weekly life changer). Anyway, after feeling a bit of a blogging lul at the time, this book couldn't have come into my life at a better period, and completely flipped my perspective on everything from comparison, getting inspiration and putting my mind to work (and getting shit done). As I go into the New Year, I've pulled out this book again to help reignite those feelings- as when I was reading it I remember feeling such sparks of motivation, joy and excitement that it was almost a little bit overwhelming. Liz is a complete genius when it comes to saying the right thing, and without sounding ~corny~ this book is a real game changer- especially when it comes to nurturing ideas, and a real kick up the ass for all you amazing, talented ladies out there too.

Quotes to note:

- "It isn't always comfortable or easy - carrying your fear around with you on your great and ambitious road trip, I mean- but it's always worth it, because if you can't learn to travel comfortably alongside your fear, then you'll never be able to go anywhere interesting or do anything interesting."
- "I believe that inspiration will always try it's best to work with you- but if you are not ready or available, it may indeed chose to leave you and search for a different human collaborator"
- "Creative entitlement doesn't mean behaving like a princess, or acting as though the world owes you anything whatsoever. No, creative entitlement simply means believing that you are allowed to be here, and that- merely by being here- you are allowed to have a voice and a vision of your own."

And some further reading...

Emma's post on not caring what other people think really made me think and had me shouting 'PREACH' | Victoria's work ethic, voice and talent always inspire me- so I loved her resolutions post | The Pool's series of 'What I'm doing differently in 2016' | Lucy's simple, yet effective new year goals made me think- and definitely had me nodding along


x

29 comments:

  1. I'm reading the Lifechanging Magic of Tidying Up and loving it! Going to put it to use and tidy sooo much when I've finished.

    www.zoelinda.co.uk

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  2. I absolutely love reading. This year I would like to experiment more with books. I really need some motivation and words can be so inspiring. Thank you so much for sharing these books. Definitely adding them to my reading list. xo

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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  3. So curious about the tidying book! Been hearing so much about it. Thanks for sharing this, Liv! x

    www.ashrealasitgets.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm reading A Girl's Best Friend by Lindsey Kelk but I purchased lots of books I still have on the shelf and they are certainly my 2016 reads :) Lipstick Jungle, One 5th Avenue, Czech Folk Fairytales and others!

    xx
    lau
    www.malibluemymind.com

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  5. Big Magic is something I can't wait to read! Def. getting this book tomorrow. :)

    http://lartoffashion.com

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  6. I am all about giving myself a kick up the bum this year and making big changes, whether it be to do with getting healthier, working towards something I enjoy, like my blog I'm so up for making this year my year and I recently downloaded Elizabeth Gilberts book (I got a kindle for christmas) I am so excited to read it, I hope it gives me the same kick like it did you! and Happy New Year! x
    http://elzbthchlmrspps.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Lovely post!!!
    Have an amazing day,
    Madalena

    www.maadalenaaa.blogspot.com

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  8. These are both books I am so looking forward to reading some time in the near future! :-)

    moremindfulyou.blogspot.com

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  9. Yes to the tidy room update post!
    I have the Marie Kondo book but haven't got round to reading it yet so seeing the changes you've made can hopefully give me the push I need to read it. Plus I'm just nosy lol.

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  10. These all look fab! I've heard so much about the first one too, I will have to check these out <3 lovely post x

    www.monochromeroses.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. I got 'Big Magic' for Christmas and I can't wait to read it!

    My Little Online Space

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  12. Both seem such good reads! I read the life changing magic of tidying up and thought it took six months in between all the other chaos I am a completely different person, and the second one is going in my bookmarks to read. Thanks for sharing some of your favorite quotes too, it just makes me want to read it more!

    alejandra // www.sieleth.com

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  13. I got Marie Kondo's book for Christmas after hearing so much about it last year and although I too haven't quite got round to finishing it - despite a New Year's resolution to read more - I found myself tidying and sorting out my wardrobe on Boxing Day!
    Lovely post as always, Liv! xxx

    www.harrietpattison.com

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  14. Great post! I got 'The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying' as a Christmas gift - I can't wait to start reading! X

    www.kathrynskatwalk.com

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  15. I already ADORE the life changing magic of tidying but I've never heard of big magic before! I'll put it on my wish list :) Thanks for sharing! Lovely post :)
    Lucy xoxo
    http://lucyannblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I would love to read the "Big Magic"!

    http://www.silkypearl.com/

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  17. These books look great!
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  18. Really great and thoughtful recommendations...Big Magic sounds very worthwhile (:

    -Mikayla
    http://thetastetracker.com

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  19. I really want to read the first one as I think I could do with a good clear out, thanks for the recommendation x

    Wonky Lauren

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  20. I really want to see what that tidying book is about.

    Arianne | Ayre

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  21. I read Big Magic, and again, and now I'm reading it again! It's so inspiring, it's lifted my spirits when I've felt down about blogging and Eat Pray Love is honestly one of my fave books (though this is edging top)

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  22. I have heard so many people rave about the 'Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up'- I really need to give it a read.

    http://melissapcooper.blogspot.com/

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  23. Want to read these! I've been looking for something to give me a little inspiration and motivation!

    xo Anisha | http://empoweredinternetwomen.blogspot.com.au/

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  24. Lovely choices! Congratulations for it.

    http://www.carpetcleaning-barking.co.uk/one-off/

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  25. I've been wanting to read Big Magic for so long now! It's perfect for me because i'm always stuck creatively. I haven't read the tidying book but my mum's been on at me for years about the same sort of thing and I've recently found so much happiness in having a clearout!

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  26. I've been looking for an inspirational book to read! I will keep these in mind!

    http://www.mauveovermatter.com

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