Self development books? Are you kidding me?


No I’m not. Look, I’m a self confessed junkie for this stuff. But I don’t want to bore you with a list of 100 self development books I have read just for the sake of it. Sometimes a little drip feed of the right blend does the job, especially if you are new to this kind of reading matter. Trust me, there is plenty of pisch out there to read, so go with the recommendations first if you are new to indulging in a little self development!


As a connoisseur of this genre, I feel qualified to recommend!


Here are six that I highly recommend and are a good blend together. One of the reasons I feel so compelled to get on with everything I want to achieve, is because I have found courage to stop worrying about what everyone else thinks and just get on with what I want to be doing…in everything. ONE of the amazing things I am now capable of (massively) since turning 40! How did that courage start? By reading books like these.

If you have fears (don’t we all?) about starting something new in your life, pursuing a creative passion you have or are thinking of leaving the grind of the corporate world and want to go it alone by working for yourself ALL of these should be read! Inspiration can come in many forms and the voices and experiences of these authors could just be the catalyst for you at this time.


Enjoy, who knows what you may end up doing next!


The Happiness Project: Why I spent a year trying to sing in the morning, clean my closets, fight right, read Aristotle and generally have more fun

by Gretchen Rubin

Really fun book this. “The days are long, but the years are short” she realises one day and embarks on a happiness project. OH my God! I use this phrase on a very regular basis since reading this book. It really struck a chord with me. Sometimes we have to find the extra-ordinary in the ordinary otherwise life can just pass us by. Love Gretchen’s style of writing and her attitude. This book made me giggle and has some great practical things you can adopt and complete your own happiness project…you’ll be singing in the morning before you know it!

The Success Principles: How to get from where you are to where you want to be

by Jack Canfield

Jack tells it straight in this book. Adopt these principles in your life and you will find success in everything you do. Whether it’s how to master the school run to running a business. Simple to follow and very effective. There are lots of examples and stories of successes to really spur you on.

An enjoyable read and plenty of practical tips to have you getting the most out of your life!

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

Wow! Now this book blew my mind when I first read it some years ago now. I also have it as an audio book and listen to it on a fairly regular basis. If you are having a hard time then this is a MUST read. If you are generally happy and content, then read it anyway and find out how you can take your life to the next level!

It was this book that introduced me to the universal Law of Attraction. I’d never heard of it before. It’s an easy read and the messages are clear. This book is well researched and gives you the history of who has known about this universal law,  it’s discovery dating back to ancient times, who wanted it kept as a secret and examples of just how powerful it is.

Why do I love this book so much? Because there is no reason not to believe any of it! It opened my eyes to the fact that we are so in charge of how we live our lives…we just don’t always realise it. Take a leap of faith and give it a go…you may find it could change your life.

Get Rich Lucky Bitch: Release your money blocks and live a first class life

by Denise Duffield-Thomas

Ahhhhh fabulous Denise! I am a massive fan of her work and I highly recommend this book. It’s a great read…I feel I should warn you that her language does get a little purple at times, but to be honest it certainly didn’t spoil it for me. In fact I thought it worked well!

If you have ever felt undeserving of money or cannot understand why you are constantly struggling to have excess money at the end of the month, no matter how much you earn..then this is the book for you.  I discovered that I had soooo many money blocks, I couldn’t believe it! I thought I loved having money, but it seems I had gotten very good at just managing to have enough. All those little sayings we have…’money doesn’t grow on trees’, ‘I’m not made of money’ oh and my favourite ‘I want, doesn’t get’…read this book and understand the impact these little phrases can have on just how much we believe we are worth! VERY interesting indeed.

The Big Magic: Creative living beyond fear

by Elizabeth Gilbert

I’ve only just discovered the amazing Elizabeth Gilbert. This book was recommended to me recently and I have to say it’s a wonderful book.

I’m a creative person, I’m a photographer and more recently a blogger and the writer in me is finally coming out and this book could not have entered my life at a better time. It’s not unusual to have fears over letting ourselves ‘go’ and pursue our creative urges. Whatever your creative flair may be, those little voices of doubt can easily creep in and stop you doing what you love! Will it be good enough? Will people like it? Am I making a fool of myself? Her take on what to do when you get a great idea? Hurry and get it done, before someone else does it for you and if they do, then let it go, it wasn’t meant to be you to take it on it’s journey to success. I LOVE that.

Elizabeth is a fabulous writer, I love this book. (I may have said that a few times now – I need you to know!)  It spoke to me. It was about me. I loved the advise. You want to be a writer?..write. Want to be a painter?…paint. You want to be an ice skater…yup you get the idea. Simple really but instilling habits to pursue what we all love to do is never easy at the best of times. This book is very inspiring indeed and will kick you up the bum to embrace your creative side!

The life-changing magic of tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever

by Marie Kondo

My husband, Craig laughed his head off when he saw I was reading this. Why? Because I have always been an untidy person. I have terrible habits such as not putting clean clothes away, leaving unopened letters on the side in the kitchen, never being able to throw away those pesky letters that come home from school or keep them in any sort of order, you get the idea. Perhaps you are the same? So I could see the humour in it.

This book is great. It gives you the perfect tips to help you realise what you want, need or enjoy having in your home. Often the problem with being untidy is that you just have too much stuff making being tidy far more difficult.  Clutter spreads, like an infection and starts to close in on you. De-cluttering is liberating and has become a minor obsession of mine. It is an on-going activity…dare I say, a new mindset . This book is completely responsible for that. The methods are easy. The effects are astounding.

Trust me. You really don’t need that box of cables…just in case you find what they are for!