Typically on this site, we talk a lot about travel. Although, this year, I feel like I’ve been on a journey of a different sort, and I’ve been traveling it for most of 2019. You see, for the last several months I’ve taken a bit of a slight pause so I can try and figure out who I really am and what I want really in life.
I am also coming to an age where some might consider me prime for a mid-life crisis. Sure, I’ve considered this but after talking to friends and reading through several books, I’ve decided that I’m not alone and THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ME. Many of us go through periods where we feel a bit lost. It simply means that we are feeling self-aware and it may be time to pause and just take a look at where we are. So, moving forward, I’ve decided that I’m not going to use the “mid-life” crisis word. For me, this is a period of awakening (Thanks for this enlightenment, Brené Brown)!
My Road Map Books of 2019
While on this journey of self-discovery, I made it my point to take in as much information as possible from the people who’ve been in my place before. So, much like the information we post on this site about key places to discover when you’re traveling to new destinations, these books helped guide me toward different questions and thoughts I should consider when I’m looking to navigate or discover a new path in life.
Below are the books that I consider my favorite “road map” books of 2019. They have each helped me in some way. If you’d like to purchase any of these titles, each book image is a link to where you can find it on Amazon. For full disclosure, I am an Amazon Associate and I earn from qualifying purchases (these are paid links).
1. Author Your Life: How One Writer Changed Her Life Through the Power of Storytelling, and How You Can, Too, by Lara Zielin
This book, which came to me as a recommendation from another friend, has gotten me back to a place of writing for fun and with more creativity! The thought of being able to write your own life story is so interesting to me. Definitely a “must-read” book for anyone who enjoys journaling or creative writing or anyone struggling to envision a new future for themselves.
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2. Choose Wonder Over Worry, Choose Wonder Over Worry: Move Beyond Fear and Doubt to Unlock Your Full Potential, by Amber Rae
I tend to worry a lot. That is why I decided to pick up this book from Amber Rae, and I’m super glad I did. This book was fun and easy to read, but also full of great tricks and tips. Another “must”!
3. The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, by Brené Brown
Gosh, I didn’t know how much I needed this book until I started reading it! This book doesn’t just give you all of the “fluff” about finding your direction, but includes the research and facts to back it all up. I really enjoyed this book by Brene’ Brown and will be keeping it to read over and over again.
4. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear, by Elizabeth Gilbert
As a creative person, I found several reflections of myself in this book. I kept thinking “yep, that’s me,” and “I totally do that”. Be sure to pick this one up, especially if you consider yourself a “creative”.
5. The Happiness Project: Or, 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
This is the book that I am currently reading. Since I’m not completely finished, I can’t give a complete recommendation. I will say, however, that so far it’s great! I’ll be sure to come back to update this information when I’m finished.
The biggest take away from this post should be that if you are feeling “lost” at any age in your life, you are totally not alone! Reach out to someone in real life and talk about your feelings. And as you can tell from this post, I also love to dive into some reading to help me find my way! If you’re struggling, please remember that things will get better. You’ve got this!
Do you have a “road map” book recommendation that isn’t on this list? Tweet it to me @raisingdickjane or leave a comment below.