Favorite books that I can’t get enough of

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I still can’t believe summer is pretty much over. It truly does fly by too fast. Last week on Instagram, I asked you all if you would like details on my some of my favorite books. So today, I am sharing with you all my favorite books of the season. I hope you find them as enjoyable as I have!

Be Well by Kelly Leveque

I first learned about Kelly’s book during on of Julie Solomon’s Influencer Podcast (I talk about my favorite podcasts here). The minute I heard her explain that her approach with food is “drama free” I had to give her book a go. Sure enough, this book addresses how to change your relationship with food instead of depriving yourself from diets that do not work. What I love most about the book is that she educates you on the science behind how and why certain foods affect us in a matter that is fun to understand.

#Futureboard by Sarah Centrella

This year, I have been focusing on nourishing my heart and soul from the inside out. I came across this book while I was on a Target run and decided to give it a go. What I love about it is that it has helped me to visualize and plan out my dreams in a way that keeps me motivated like never before. If you are looking to manifest a positive mindset, give this book a try. I am not exaggerating when I say that this book has changed my life – this is especially true as a business woman. It’s one of my favorite books for sure!

Making it in Manhattan by Caroline Vazzana

This was a book I re-read from last summer but it continues to inspire me. Let me tell you something about Caroline: she is always giving. I know her indirectly because of two mutual friends we have. And while we have not met in person, we chat a lot on IG. I reached out to her last year in disarray and hopelessness when I was in my corporate sales job. I asked her if she had any tips about diving into the fashion industry when you don’t have industry experience. She could have sent me a long, vague message but instead asked me if I could hop on the phone with her. Sure enough, she spent 2 hours talking about actionable steps I could take. The fact that she took time from her busy schedule to speak with me continues to inspire me as an influencer. I want to give back to my followers the way Caroline has for hers. 💖

Her book is a massive reflection of who she is as a person. She gives so many great tips and advice I wish I received when I was still in college. Nonetheless, her tips of networking, internships and being true to your unique self are evergreen. If you want to dive into the fashion industry, definitely give this book a try!

The World According to Mister Rogers

Yet another book I came across during a Target run but it continues to serve me well. This is a book filled with some of Mr. Rogers quotes, poems and short stories about courage, love and community. Even into my adulthood, I continue to admire Mr. Roger’s foresight and compassion. This book keeps my heart full on days when I need a reminder that the world around us is much more beautiful than we might realize.

Becoming Michelle Obama

All my life I have been told I was limited. As a woman, as a lower class citizen, the list goes on and on. So when my boyfriend Patrick got me Becoming Michelle Obama on CD, I was ecstatic. Michelle Obama has gone above and beyond the line of duty as a first lady and it is something I admired for years. Despite all her trails and tribulations, she tells her story with love and compassion – even when some of the topics she addresses are as negative as they can be. Truly one of the most inspirational books I have read all year!

Getting back to Happy by Marc and Angel Chernoff

Having a positive (and healthy) mindset has been a top priority of mine. What I love about this book is it has helped me to through some of my darkest times this year. After I got let go from my corporate job, this book has helped me navigate my sadness and fears into motivation. If you are going through some tough times, I highly recommend this book. It has allowed me to stop self-hate and strive to be kinder to myself everyday (which in turn, can help others around you).


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