Ah, the holidays. There’s a sense of excitement in the air and everything glistens. There’s also a ton of food and that cousin of yours who was a Senate page and summers in Nantucket. She’s a size 4 and tells you, “No matter what I do, I just can’t gain weight.” Then she complains the valet scratched her Porsche.
It’s enough to make you question your life choices.
Many people get bluesy around the holidays, but maybe you feel like you’re in a rut. Your career seems to have plateaued. You can’t dredge up the energy to hit the gym the way you used to. You feel like you’re slipping. What can you do to rev things up a bit?
With the temperature falling and the availability of hot cocoa increasing, now’s the best time to make a little nest and curl up with a good book. If that book can help stir you out of your funk, all the better.
Here are a few terrific books by Innovation Women authors to help you regain your spark.
Every Bite Is Divine : The balanced approach to enjoying eating, feeling healthy and happy, and getting to a weight that’s natural for you by Annie Kay deals with gaining a healthy appreciation for food and your own body. Kay helps you learn how to cope with a world hurling food at you while damning you for not being pencil thin.
In Darlene Corbett’s book, Stop Depriving the World of You: A Guide for Getting Unstuck, the author leads you on a quest for self-discovery, helping you unlock your own potential. This positive guide is both uplifting and instructive, enabling you to become the best possible you.
Change is inevitable and often unexpected. Contemplating a career change or dealing with a layoff? How to Reinvent Your Career: Make More Money Doing What You Love by Diane Hamilton explains how to hone your networking skills, make the most of your opportunities, and dive in to your new future.
Women today can have it all. They’re businesswomen, mothers, wives, volunteers, and running out of steam. If you’re feeling like you’re on a treadmill that never stops, you’re not alone. In her book, The Burnout Cure: An Emotional Survival Guide for Overwhelmed Women, Dr. Julie de Azevedo Hanks helps women let go of the guilt that often goes with aspiring for perfection so they can be more emotionally and spiritually fulfilled.
In Busy, Stressed, and Food Obsessed!, Lisa Lewtan talks emotional eating, diets, and how to have a healthier relationship with food. Lewtan uses mindfulness exercises and honest exploration to help you identify the chemical and emotional triggers that encourage you to eat and how to gain strength and happiness from your food choices.
After all this healing, you might like to make yourself a little something or just meditate through craft. Jan Saunders Maresh‘s book, Sewing for Dummies has all the information you need to create clothes, décor, and gifts, as well as make alterations to your existing wardrobe. With new patterns and simple instructions, Sewing for Dummies might be the creative nudge you need this winter.
Let’s face it. Everyone has off days, but if you’re feeling more negative than positive about your career, your health, and your life, you might need to make some changes. These talented Innovation Women speakers and authors, who’ve been there themselves, wrote these books and the ones that follow to help guide you to live a happier, healthier life.
Your Journey to Self-Redefinition: A Woman’s Guide to Transitions by Milka Milliance
Spitting Fire: Your Guide to Reignite and Maintain Your Passion at Home, Work and Beyond by Lauren LeMunyan
Women and Transition: Reinventing Work and Life by Linda Rossetti
Where’d My Confidence Go… And How Do I Get It Back? by Janet Zaretsky
You 1, Anxiety 0: Win Your Life Back From Fear and Panic by Jodi Aman
Own Your S#*T in 30 Days: A Daily Guide to Overcome Your Limiting Beliefs, Stop Blaming Others, Become Your Empowered Ideal Self, and Build Your Purposeful Legacy by Maica D. Walker