AUGUST FAVORITES: My Version of Textbooks

WELL. Just like that, it's the first day of September! I hope you've all set some powerful, achievable intentions for this month and are excited for what is in your near future. In a few days, I'll be moving back up to Boston for my third year, but will be living in an off-campus apartment for the first time. My soon-to-be bedroom that I'm renting has exposed brick walls you guys...I'm really excited.  As I was packing up for the big transition, I uncovered a few of my favorite books that have truly influenced my life in such powerful ways. I call them my textbooks, as these are where the majority of learning in my life has come from. Screw the political science and chemistry hardcover texts. These are where the meaningful, life-improving knowledge lives. 

August Favorites: My Version of Textbooks | Wholesomely Hannah

1.) Tiny Buddha's 365 Tiny Love Challenges by Lori Deschene

This book is a textbook-workbook hybrid. Each day of the year, there is a page to read and a though-provoking, short, and creative activity to do at some point in the hours you're awake.  I certainly have not done the activity every day of the year, but when I do make the time to do it (which really only consumes 10 minutes or less), I feel much more reflective and joyful throughout my day. 

For September, the theme is "Releasing Comparisons and Competition". I like that. For today, September 1, the challenge is to think of someone who has achieved something that you want or are jealous of, and USE their success as inspiration. Write down a goal that you are excited about and do one small thing towards achieving that goal today.

2.) You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero 

No surprises here for my social media followers who KNOW how in love I am with this book. Best birthday present I've ever received. If I offered a college course, this would be like the required textbook and the rest would be highly suggested. 

Sincero breaks down (in hilarious, truthful, and simple terms) how powerful you actually are, money, self-confidence, mediation, SELF-LOVE, and how to grab your life by the balls and create what you have always wanted. Go read it, now.

3.) #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso 

Amorous merges her own girlboss story with advice on careers, entrepreneurship, how your thoughts become your actions,  and what it takes to become the boss of your own life. She's honest, relatable, and extremely wise. Since reading her book (in a matter of three days), I've started listening to her weekly podcast, where she interviews badass, innovative, and inspiring women. 

4.) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown  

Brown is a writer, research professor, sociological researcher, and TED talker. I love how she combines her findings with advice about self-worth, shunning our unimportant egos, and accepting who we are.