Everyone feels a bit less than fabulous from time to time. Even if you're a brilliant, compassionate individual, some days are bound to just feel a bit off. Fortunately, there are some reads that can help you remember what a kick*ss person you are in reality. In fact, the books that will remind you what a catch you are can help almost anyone who feels like they aren't quite measuring up. Getting back in touch with your inner boss-lady is just a few sentences away.
Chances are, you want to be a perfectly productive employee, devoted friend and family member, and otherwise fulfilled person. So when you fall short of this impossible ideal, it's easy to feel defeated. But really, everyone struggles with feelings of inadequacy from time to time, and even accomplished, prominent people have their moments of weakness. You don't, however, have to let these moments turn into weeks or months. By taking some of the pressure off and accepting your real situation, you can regain some of your mojo.
Fortunately, there are many books that can help make a difference in this mindset. Whether you respond well to poetry, memoirs, or self-help books, these reads can help you remember your own worth. After all, you are a catch.
1'Brave Enough' by Cheryl Strayed
The author of Wild, who hiked a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail alone, knows a thing or two about guts. In Brave Enough, Cheryl Strayed presents a collection of quotes designed to help you weather the bad times, and remember your own strength and worth.
2'Your Illustrated Guide to Becoming One with the Universe' by Yumi Sakugawa
If you're curious about mindfulness, but a bit put off by the typical meditation book, then this read is for you. Your Illustrated Guide To Becoming One With The Universe by Yumi Sakugawa is an informative and humorous look at the ways to connect with your true self.
3'You Are A Badass' by Jen Sincero
The title says it all. You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero is full of hilarious and smart advice for anyone who wants to kick a little more *ss each day.
4'Loving My Actual Life' by Alexandra Kuykendall
Being present and enjoying your everyday life is often more easily said than done. Loving My Actual Life by Alexandra Kuykendall is a fun and relatable read that chronicles the author's experiment in appreciating the everyday. Oh, and to add a little difficulty: she's also a mother of four.
5'The Prophet' by Kahlil Gibran
If you need a more spiritual form of inspiration, then it's difficult to top Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet. The poetic passages offer deep insight into the importance of love, friendship, family, and the need to trust in your own wisdom. It's a fantastic way to remember your own worth.
6'Lean In' by Sheryl Sandberg
If you'd like to feel more empowered at your job, then this is the read for you. Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In will show you how to work like a boss. Whatever your role, this book can inspire you to overcome insecurity and master your field.
7'You'll Grow Out Of It' by Jessi Klein
When you feel out of place among all the trappings of modern femininity, remember that you are not alone. Jessi Klein's You'll Grow Out Of It is a hilarious look at the comedian's journey to womanhood. It's a must-read for former (and current) tomboys everywhere.
8'The Gifts Of Imperfection' by Brene Brown
Sometimes the kindest thing you can do is let go of your expectations for perfection. Brene Brown's The Gifts Of Imperfection demonstrates the importance of accepting your inherent worthiness, even when your life is (inevitably) less than perfect.
9'Quiet' by Susan Cain
Introverts are great catches, too: they just don't announce their awesomeness as loudly as other people. Susan Cain's Quiet is a powerful look at the way introverts contribute to society. Chances are you have a lot to offer, even if you don't spend a ton of time bragging about it.
10'Deal Breakers' by Dr. Bethany Marshall
Understatement of the year: relationships can be difficult to navigate. But in Deal Breakers, Dr. Bethany Marshall shows that sometimes the best way to remember your worth is to know when to walk away. You're still a catch.
11'The 5 Love Languages' by Gary Chapman
Do you and your SO speak the same language? Gary Chapman's The 5 Love Languages will help you both get on the same page. It's an easy way to make sure you and your partner both appreciate one another.
12'She Walks in Beauty' by Caroline Kennedy
Many people find solace and self-realization in the words of poetry. If this idea speaks to you, then She Walks in Beauty by Caroline Kennedy may be the book you need right now. This volume contains classic poems concerning every facet of life.
13'The Power Of Giving' by Azim Jamal & Harvey McKinnon
You don't have to own a charitable fund to make a difference in the world. Azim Jamal & Harvey McKinnon's The Power Of Giving provides easy-to-follow advice about giving back and spreading kindness. Sometimes helping others is the best way to remember your own worth.