I know, I know. We’re busy working moms, right? When in the world do we have time to read? Trust me, as a working mom, female entrepreneur and woman of strength, making time for each and every one of these books was absolutely worth every second and then some. I constantly find myself challenged personally and professionally, to improve my business, my personality and my quality of life. These authors have a passion for equipping others with the skills and resources to excel in every avenue of their lives. So, working moms! Grab that calendar and carve out some time for a comfy nook, your favorite cup of coffee and one of these powerhouse must-reads.
The Snowball Effect: How to Built Positive Momentum in Your Life by Kristin Barton Cuthriell, M.Ed, MSW
The Thriving Woman’s Guide to Setting Boundaries by Kim Buck, M.B.A.
The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World by Katie Hurley, LCSW
You Can’t Text a Tough Conversation: #RealCommunicationNeeded by Mike Bechtle
The Love Dare by Alex and Stephen Kendrick
The Joy of Success: 10 Essential Skills for Getting the Success You Want by Susan Ford Collins
The Introvert Entrepreneur by Beth L. Buelow
I’m sure you’ve noticed a bit of variance on the subject matter in my working moms reading list. I feel it’s important to explore every facet of my life, and strongly believe every book, professional or personal, holds insight and guidance that can be applied across a variety of corners in the multi-faceted life that working moms face each and every day. Even where the subject matter seems irrelevant to you at first glance, there are often incredibly valuable lessons that can dramatically change your perspective and develop your character intimately and powerfully.
Authors like Kristin Cuthriell and Kim Buck help us shape our perception of the world we live in, creating healthy boundaries and positive momentum that keep us on the right path to personal and professional wellness. Learning how to communicate isn’t just a professional “must-have,” it’s a personal one. Any time you engage with other people, groups, companies, campaigns, etc., you have an opportunity to speak with inspirational and memorable words. Will many of you take the stage to deliver a powerful speech to a packed house? Maybe not, probably not. But…you’re each involved in activities, professional and personal environments, passions and purposeful causes that offer unique opportunities to impact others with your words, even on what you may perceive to be a smaller scale. Authors like Eamonn O’Brien may have set out to undergird public speakers, but there’s also a wealth of knowledge for ambitious people willing to read and thoughtfully apply the knowledge to their own personal soap box opportunities. Are you willing to dive in and learn how to communicate effectively? If you’re not a business owner, how and where can you apply author Gina Folk’s wisdom in your home life? Who is your team? Where do you lead?
As working moms, we all struggle to maintain balance and order in our homes. We have mountains of stress, to dos and unfolded laundry to brave, all while we wrangle our children and work to develop healthy relationships with the important people in our lives. Authors like Katie Hurley, the Kendricks and Mike Bechtle remind us to not overlook the value of family, the importance of healthy dialogue and the challenge to love freely and without limits in our personal (and professional!) lives.
Challenge yourself to dig deep and glean those nuggets of gold with care and authentic self-awareness. Learn. Apply. Repeat.
If you’re going through a rough spot, or have found yourself in a dark place and don’t understand why, here’s another book on my must-have list. This isn’t just for working moms, entrepreneurs, women (none of my must-haves really are)…this particular book is especially for anyone who needs to feel loved and find hope. This book was the one that pulled me out of the dark, and I’ve read it over and over and over again. Every time I needed it.
Do you have books that have powerfully impacted your life? Let’s share! Leave them in the comments below so that we can all develop a wealth of resources that keep us challenged and on our toes as we continue to grow as working moms, wives, sisters, friends, selves.
PS. Some of these books are on pre-order right now. I was incredibly grateful to have the authors pass me a copy to share before they went to market.