“Reading is essential for those who seek to rise above the ordinary”. – Jim Rohn

These books helped me on my journey to creating a life worth living.

Sarah Ballantyne, PhD is a great read for any one who wants to lead a healthy life style, not only for those who have an auto immune disease. If you are interested in how your body functions, as the book is quite technical, this book is for you.

I Thought it was Just Me – Brene Brown

Brene Brown started my Journey towards wholeness by showing me that literally, it’s not just me going through what I am going through.

All her books are powerful bringing shame into the open and encouraging us to have compassion, empathy and love for one another. She Shows us that it takes courage; but that courage can be achieved.

The Gift of Imperfection – Brene Brown

The gift of imperfection helped me with shame resilience, courage, practicing love and belonging by supplying 10 guide posts that reveal how to cultivate all the solutions to overcoming shame.

Daring Greatly – Brene Brown

The quote from Theodore Rooseveldt, still helps me when I am down to this day. I learnt about vulnerability, shame, and how to combat shame.

Rising Strong – Brene Brown

Finally someone got me, as a result, this led me to redirect my life onto the right track.

The Rising strong process is a way we get through those dark spaces in our lives with three easy steps.

The reckoning – walking into our story through recognising our emotions, getting curious about our feelings and how they connect with the way we behave.

The rumble – owning our story is where we get honest with our stories, challenge our confabulations and assumptions to determine the truth, what is self protecting and what needs to change.

The Revolution – writing an ending to our story based on what came out in the rumble, using this new, braver story to change how we engage with the world and transform the way we live, love, parent and lead.

Codependent No More – Melody Beattie

Melody Beattie taught me Gratitude.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more, it turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity. It makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.” Melody Beattie

The Artist’s Way – Julia Cameron

Julia Cameron taught me why my belief system might not be optimal in Chapter 5. She says; “One of the chief barriers to accepting God’s generosity is our limited notion of what we are in fact able to accomplish.” She also says; “We decide how powerful the creator really is, we unconsciously set a limit on how much God can give us or help us. These statements made a profound impact on how I look at God and my belief system.

This book helped me realise just how important it is to relieve yourself from the stress of life. It helps you realise why we are so stressed, what to eat to relieve that stress and alternative ways to living a healthy life. He has many other books, a particularly one on Arthritis and then Optimum Nutrition.

Self Compassion – Kristin Neff, Phd

Kristin Neff taught me how significant self compassion was in creating a life worth living by having self compassion for myself, which then enables me to have compassion for others. When I cannot have compassion for others, I become isolated and alone, feeding the dragon of low self worth, therefore. Self compassion is the beginning of a journey to creating a life worth living.

12 Rules for Life – Jordan B. Peterson

Jordan B Peterson showed me where to find my strength; when I am losing my courage I grab Petersons book to remind myself to walk tall, to rise up and just do it.

The Conscious Parent – Dr Tsabary Shefali

Dr Shefali taught me to look at myself whenever I felt my situation was losing control, and instead of blaming the other person; to evaluate the situation by trying to see why I do certain things, by asking myself questions so that I can see if it is from my undealt-with past. This in turn heals me and shows me empathy for the other person.

Getting the love you want – Dr Harville Hendrix

Dr Hendrix taught me all about the “lost child” the “false child” and my ‘disowned self’, and by understanding these, I can come to terms with my past and start living in the present.