20 Inspirational Books to get you Through the Winter

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never been much of a reader. 2019 goal number one: finish at least 2 books! Since I’m self-employed, I’m realizing the importance of strengthening my confidence and mentality. I struggle with comparison, so wanted to look into some inspirational books for women to start the year off strong. First on my list — ‘Becoming Michelle Obama‘. I’m a sucker for feel-good stories fueled by hard work and compassion. I’ve also heard amazing things about ‘4-hour workweek’ (another book I’ve had for years, but haven’t read). Would love to hear your favorite inspirational books for women below! Make sure to stay up to date on all things Happily Inspired lifestyle here.



Becoming Michelle Obama

One of my favorite inspirational women has to be the amazing former first lady Michelle Obama. In her memoir, her story presents her resilient spirit and inspiring journey to provide an amazing example for women everywhere!

The Alchemist

This novel is an inspirational read promoting chasing your dreams. It offers many important lessons to take in and offers a relatable story line for women everywhere. Every single page has highlighter in it. Seriously so good! 

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich

This self help book allows motivation for anyone looking for success and an improvement in quality of life. It also shares money saving tips and inspiration to become successful right now! 

Girl Wash Your Face

This book discusses insecurities in women and self-confidence issues. Every woman deals with some kind of insecurity. Also, the honesty behind this book will motivate everyone woman to love herself unconditionally.

This is Me

This novel is written by Chrissy Metz from the popular TV show This is Us. She describes her own journey of self acceptance through a vulnerable inside look at her life.

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

I heard a lot of chatter about this book, so had to see for myself! I’m just getting into it, so will share my full review once I finish. It’s the ultimate read for the creatives — ‘She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear’. I’m hoping to get inspired, fingers crossed.

How to Stop Feeling like Sh*t

Life coach Andrea Owen teaches readers how to empower themselves in an unapologetic straightforward way.

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

Straight from the author: ‘Co-published with the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) TheUntethered Soul begins by walking you through your relationship with your thoughts and emotions, helping you uncover the source and fluctuations of your inner energy. It then delves into what you can do to free yourself from the habitual thoughts, emotions, and energy patterns that limit your consciousness.

Year of Yes

Shonda Rhimes explains in her memoir how she said yes to almost everything for a year and completely transformed her life through it. 

In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It

Gilmore Girls actress Lauren Graham wrote this book based off of the commencement speech she gave at her home town high school. She emphasizes to always stay curious and compassionate.

You Are a Badass®: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Create a life you totally love. 27 chapters of inspiring stories and exercises to get you out of your own head!  I’ve heard a lot about this one, and just ordered to see what it’s all about! Have any of you read this one?

A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of a Course in Miracles

This novel includes some spiritual aspects but mainly discusses how to find inner peace and love within yourself. This is such an important message for personal growth.

Daring Greatly

This novel discusses vulnerability and the birthplace of positive emotions. It helps you push yourself out of your comfort zone to achieve greatness.

Each Day a New Beginning: Daily Meditations for Women

This book promotes peaceful meditation for women to help strengthen them in spirit and courage. It’s the perfect book to have on your bedside to read first thing in the morning. Put your phone down! (I’m yelling at myself, FYI). 

The Art of Happiness | A Handbook for Living

Through conversations, stories, and meditations, the Dalai Lama shows us how to defeat day-to-day anxiety, insecurity, anger, and discouragement. It also shares how to navigate through life obstacles. I just love this one for a quick pick-me-up! After all, we can all use that from time to time. 

What are your favorite inspirational books for women?


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