Addressing Fear & Shame
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear; Elizabeth Gilbert
Every time I hear her speak or read her writing, I am inspired. Elizabeth is refreshingly vulnerable and honest in all of her works and it is that courage to share her whole self that allows her works to be so moving. Her book dares to ask those powerful questions we spend so much time trying to avoid and empowers you to think more critically about the life you are cultivating, inspiring greater authenticity and creativity within it. If you are looking for inspiration in your life, look no further than this book!
The Gifts of Imperfection; Brene Brown
This book is the perfect reminder that we are human beings, not human doings. It is about learning to see the value in who we are regardless of how much gets done in a day and to let go of the myths of perfectionism. She talks about 10 key "guideposts" throughout the book and helps you get out of the darkness and live in the light and joy on your life - more fully and authentically.
Daring Greatly; Brene Brown
Such an honest look at being vulnerable and finding the courage and tenacity to truly show up to your life, completely and authentically. One of my favorite quotes she used to inspire the title of the book is by Theodore Roosevelt:
“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.”
Inside Versus Outside Identity Activity
Who am I really? Who is the “me” I share with the world? What differences lie between those and how does that serve me? Explore this and begin to align these two versions of self.
Determining the Real Risks Worksheet
A tool to help you think past uncover the role fear plays in your decision making and explore alternative possibilities so as to help you get out of your own way and do the things you long to do/make the hard choices and changes in your life.
Embracing Your Inner Critic; Stone & Stone
I have used this book both in my own life and in the work I do with clients and have found the skills and examples to be extremely helpful in moving from self-criticism to self-love and exploration.