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Seven Inspirational Summer Reads

Summer is usually a flurry of activity, a jolt of creative inspiration and a pressing desire to get things done. It’s a time to make sure your seeds are planted in time for harvest, so you’ll be ready for the winter. But there comes this time towards the end of every summer where I like to pause and really check in with myself, to take some time to let my mind wander and create for one last creative blast before the slow down of the winter.

That time came today, when I watched the first fall leaf fall in my backyard. Magic is starting to brew and build.

So in celebration I want to share with you my favorite inspirational summer reads.

Soul Vows - I almost cried when I started reading this book (in a good way, I promise). It guides you through getting to know yourself, including the messy, broken records that don’t serve you anymore… along with how to get rid of those and replace them with life sustaining soul vows. You walk through each chakra and examine your current truths and how to reframe them (if you want to). Plus there are little bits on altar building and building a spiritual practice.

The War of Art - Stay with me on this one. This book doesn’t have a good flow, and it honestly can come off a little condescending. But. If you stay with it (and read between the lines a little) this book is great to pick up and read if you’re struggling with your ego getting in the way of your art.

Big Magic - This book is life changing, and it’s in my pile of yearly books to re-read. It doesn’t matter if you’re someone who makes a living off their creativity, or if you don’t think you have a creative bone in your body. You must read this book. It’s a whole new way (for most) of thinking about creativity and how to harness and honor it.

Outrageous Openness - This is the book I go to whenever I’m feeling a little down, or not quiet connected, and need a quick pick me up. Beautiful, short stories of inspiration, synchronicity, hope and love fill these pages.

How to be a Wildflower - Part art book and part field guide, this book is full of beautiful illustrations, some nifty hand drawn field guides (I personally love the clouds one) as well as recipes, fun ideas and even a dedicated page for pressing flowers you find. I love taking this with me on hikes because of it’s inspiration.

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The Crossroads of Should and Must - I’ll admit, I may have first picked up this book because of it’s watercolor artwork (my favorite), but it quickly became a favorite. It walks you gently through ideas and guides on how to listen to that voice inside to follow your passion, plus has empty spaces for jotting down notes and thoughts. And I love how it lovingly shows you how to reframe all your musts, as in ‘I must make more money’ and ‘I must do X, Y and Z now become ‘I must watch the moon rise’ and ‘I must sing with my children’.

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Furiously Happy - I read this book last year when I was at a rough point in my life, and Lawson’s frank but hilarious writing was just what I needed to remind me that I wasn’t alone when it came to depression and anxiety (and mental illness in general). If you don’t follow Jenny on Instagram, you should. She has cats (and let’s be honest, that’s my only criteria for people to follow). But she’s open and honest about her struggles and it helps so much to know you’re not alone.

Have you read any of these books? Have another favorite of your own? Let me know in the comments, I’d love your suggestions on what books I should pick up and read next!

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