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    More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)- Elaine Welteroth

    This is easily one of my favorite books. You are “More Than Enough” is something that I feel none of us hear enough..

    I first listened to this book last year and remember thinking, “How are people my age ‘making it’ already?”. My answer to myself: they first believed they could do it- and then they did.

    And now, I am.

    I encourage you to read this book.

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    Here’s the summary:

    “Elaine gifts us all with a beautifully intimate and powerful retelling of her ever-unfolding journey. In sharing her joys, pitfalls, adventures, self-doubt, and successes, she reminds us that through uncovering and discovering the many facets of ourselves, we are more than enough.” (Yara Shahidi)

    “Elaine’s book is a call for young women to find their voice and spark their courage – it’s a book I would have loved to discover as a young woman starting my own career.” (Reese Witherspoon)

    In this part-manifesto, part-memoir, the revolutionary editor who infused social consciousness into the pages of Teen Vogue explores what it means to come into your own – on your own terms

    Throughout her life, Elaine Welteroth has climbed the ranks of media and fashion, shattering ceilings along the way. In this riveting and timely memoir, the groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her own journey, from navigating her way as the unstoppable child of a unlikely interracial marriage in small-town California to finding herself on the frontlines of a modern movement for the next generation of change makers.

    Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier-breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss and often the only black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her – and all women – they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, we’re ultimately reminded that we’re more than enough.

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    Find the book here.

    Boundaries, Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life- Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

    Boundaries..

    I define boundaries as: where I end and where you begin. That boundary has to be clear and perceptible.

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    Here is the summary of the book:

    Boundaries is the book that’s helped more than four million people learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of their lives.

    Does your life feel like it’s out of control? Perhaps you feel like you have to say yes to everyone’s requests. Maybe you find yourself readily taking responsibility for others’ feelings and problems. Or perhaps you focus so much on being loving and unselfish that you’ve forgotten your own limits and limitations. Or maybe it’s all of the above.

    In the New York Times best seller, Boundaries, Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend help you learn when to say yes and know how to say no in order to take control of your life and set healthy, biblical boundaries with your spouse, children, friends, parents, co-workers, and even yourself.

    Now updated and expanded for the digital age, this book continues to help millions of people around the world answer these tough questions:

    • Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
    • What are legitimate boundaries?
    • How do I effectively manage my digital life so that it doesn’t control me?
    • What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries?
    • How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
    • Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries?
    • How do boundaries relate to mutual submission within marriage?
    • Aren’t boundaries selfish?

    You don’t have to let your life spiral out of control. Discover how boundaries make life better today!

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    You can find this book here.

    Boundaries in Dating: How Healthy Choices Grow Healthy Relationships- Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend

    I absolutely ADORE this book; it would have saved me a lot of challenging times had I read it before I jumped into the dating pool. Read it and learn some way that could potentially help you improve in this area.

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    You can find the summary here:

    Boundaries in Dating offers illuminating insights for romance that can help you grow in freedom, honesty, and self-control as you pursue a healthy dating relationship that will lead to a healthy marriage.

    Dating can be fun, but it’s not easy. Meeting people is just one concern. Once you’ve met someone, then what? What do you build? Nothing, a simple friendship, or more? How do you set smart limits on physical involvement? Financial involvement? Individual responsibilities?

    Respected counselors, popular radio hosts, and bestselling authors Henry Cloud and John Townsend apply the principles described in their Gold Medallion Award-winning Boundaries to matters of love and romance. Helping you bridge the pitfalls of dating, Boundaries in Dating unfolds a wise, biblical path to developing self-control, freedom, and intimacy in the dating process. Boundaries in Dating will help you to think, solve problems, and enjoy the journey of dating, increasing your abilities to find and commit to a marriage partner.

    Full of insightful, true-life examples, this much-needed book includes such topics as:

    • Recognizing and choosing quality over perfection in a dating partner

    • How to ensure that honest friendship is one vital component in a relationship

    • Preserving friendships by separating between platonic relationships and romantic interest

    • Moving past denial to deal with real relational problems in a realistic and hopeful way

    • . . . and much more!

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    Napoleon Hill's Outwitting the Devil: The Secret to Freedom and Success

    I know it’s a taboo subject, but it is also a very real one. “The enemy”, or whatever you call the force that plays as the ‘opposition’, is alive and well.

    This book helped me tweak my mindset.

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    Here is the summary:

    In 1938, just after publication of his all-time best-seller Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill revealed that he had broken the Devil’s Code, forcing him to confess his secrets. The resulting manuscript – Outwitting the Devil – proved so controversial, it was hidden for more than 70 years. Now, Sharon Lechter brings us this important book, annotating and editing it for a contemporary audience. Using his legendary ability to get to the root of human potential, Hill digs deep to identify the greatest obstacles we face in reaching our personal goals – including fear, procrastination, anger, and jealousy – as tools orchestrated by the Devil himself. These hidden methods of control can lead us to ruin, and Hill reveals the seven principles of good that will allow us to finally triumph over them and succeed.

    Fascinating, provocative, and empowering, Outwitting the Devil shows how to create your own path to success, harmony, and fulfillment in an age of uncertainty and fear.

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    You can find access to it here.

    Daring Greatly How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead- Brené Brown

    If you haven’t heard of this book, you have been missing out!

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    From thought leader Dr. Brené Brown, a transformative new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate that teaches us the power of vulnerability.

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; …who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.(Theodore Roosevelt)

    Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly. Based on 12 years of pioneering research, Dr. Brené Brown dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

    Brown explains how vulnerability is both the core of difficult emotions like fear, grief, and disappointment, and the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, empathy, innovation, and creativity. She writes: “When we shut ourselves off from vulnerability, we distance ourselves from the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives.”

    Daring Greatly is not about winning or losing. It’s about courage. In a world where “never enough” dominates and feeling afraid has become second nature, vulnerability is subversive. Uncomfortable. It’s even a little dangerous at times. And, without question, putting ourselves out there means there’s a far greater risk of getting criticized or feeling hurt. But when we step back and examine our lives, we will find that nothing is as uncomfortable, dangerous, and hurtful as standing on the outside of our lives looking in and wondering what it would be like if we had the courage to step into the arena – whether it’s a new relationship, an important meeting, the creative process, or a difficult family conversation. Daring Greatly is a practice and a powerful new vision for letting ourselves be seen.

    Find it here!

    Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. - Brené Brown

    Number-one New York Times best seller.

    Brené Brown has taught us what it means to dare greatly, rise strong, and brave the wilderness. Now, based on new research conducted with leaders, change makers, and culture shifters, she’s showing us how to put those ideas into practice so we can step up and lead.

    Don’t miss the hour-long Netflix special Brené Brown: The Call to Courage!

    Named one of the best books of the year by Bloomberg.

    Leadership is not about titles, status, and wielding power. A leader is anyone who takes responsibility for recognizing the potential in people and ideas and has the courage to develop that potential.

    When we dare to lead, we don’t pretend to have the right answers; we stay curious and ask the right questions. We don’t see power as finite and hoard it; we know that power becomes infinite when we share it with others. We don’t avoid difficult conversations and situations; we lean into vulnerability when it’s necessary to do good work.

    But daring leadership in a culture that’s defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human. The irony is that we’re choosing not to invest in developing the hearts and minds of leaders at the exact same time as we’re scrambling to figure out what we have to offer that machines and AI can’t do better and faster. What can we do better? Empathy, connection, and courage, to start.

    Brené Brown has spent the past two decades studying the emotions and experiences that give meaning to our lives, and the past seven years working with transformative leaders and teams spanning the globe. She found that leaders in organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial startups and family-owned businesses to nonprofits, civic organizations, and Fortune 50 companies all ask the same question:

    How do you cultivate braver, more daring leaders, and how do you embed the value of courage in your culture?

    In this new audiobook, Brown uses research, stories, and examples to answer these questions in the no-BS style that millions have come to expect and love. Brown writes, “One of the most important findings of my career is that daring leadership is a collection of four skill sets that are 100 percent teachable, observable, and measurable. It’s learning and unlearning that requires brave work, tough conversations, and showing up with your whole heart. Easy? No. Because choosing courage over comfort is not always our default. Worth it? Always. We want to be brave with our lives and our work. It’s why we’re here.”

    Whether you’ve read Daring Greatly and Rising Strong or you’re new to Brené Brown’s work, this audiobook is for anyone who wants to step up and into brave leadership.

    Find it here.

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