Having a baby
can be is very daunting, life changing, and distracting from the outside world and yourself. After giving birth to JT, I was (and still am) admittedly wrapped up in his every breath. These books helped to inspire me to invest more time and energy into my personal wellness, aspirations, and desires postpartum.
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I, along with millions of others, fell in love with Elizabeth Gilbert’s tone and writing in Eat, Pray, Love. She has a way of making you feel like you’ve known her all of your life, all while giving you some great advice from personal lived experiences. In Big Magic, Gilbert uses that same witty, familiar tone to encourages us all to tuck our fears in our back pockets and move forward with our dreams anyway. She addresses real fears and doubts that we all have when considering the pursuit of our passions and gives tangible advice on how to work with those fears to live our best creative lives. It’s a quick read, making it easy to come back to time and time again.
I absolutely adore this book. After the baby, I did not have as much time to read as I used to so I needed books that could give me helpful information in a quick fashion. Calm does just that. Broken up into sections on travel, sleep, etc., Calm shares some of the most easy and creative DIY tricks to make our day to day lives more peaceful. I enjoyed the book so much that I downloaded the app and now incorporate it into my every day (sometimes every other day, sometimes once a week, just being honest) meditation practice.
The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby’s Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases Into Magical Leaps Forward by Frans X Plooij
Now, I would not be being realistic if I didn’t have at least one mommy book on the list. If you are anything like the helicopter mommy that I, shamelessly, am, you would greatly appreciate a baby book to read amidst your revitalizing book list. Getting back focused on yourself and your own desires post-baby is wonderful and having a book like The Wonder Weeks to help prepare you for the developmental changes and challenges your little one will face, can help ease some of the anxiety about what to expect and how to best support your baby, making it easier to also focus on yourself. The Wonder Weeks, as it sounds, highlights the most important weeks of development in the first year of baby’s life backed by neuroscience research. I chose this book because I wanted detailed information to let me know what milestones to expect and when and how to best help him reach those milestones. Not only does The Wonder Weeks tell you what and when to expect in regards of milestones, but it helps you understands the seemingly random spurts of fussiness and clinginess that babies sometimes have as a reaction to the new developmental changes they are facing. And the best part is you can read through it as your baby grows instead of reading it all at once, giving you more time to focus on books that inspire and enrich YOU.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Marc Manson
This book inspired me to say bucket and start this blog. I overthink EVERYTHING and doubt myself way too much. Rather than taking a think happy thoughts approach, Manson gives a hard shot of reality causing us to address the inescapable hardships of life and push through them. If you don’t mind the expletives, his tone is hilarious and the message is even better. This is a great book for life in general, but especially postpartum, because we moms, sometimes limit ourselves out of fear, doubt, and societal expectations of what being a mother looks like. Manson teaches us just how and when to not give a f*ck!
I Almost Forgot About You by Terry McMillan
The only novel on the list and well worth it. I know everyone isn’t a fan of the self-help department or sometimes you just need some variety, like me. McMillan immediately pulls you in to the life of Dr. Georgia Young, a successful optometrist who is, for lack of a better word, bored with her current life. We go with Georgia on a journey as she bravely quits her job, relocates, and opens her heart to new love. Georgia reminds us that it’s never too late to live our lives to the fullest no matter how scary and new it may be!