The books that formed me.
I feel like I’m addicted to the feeling of beginners curiosity. That feeling when I’m reading or learning something new and I have that “aha” moment, where I gain clarity or understand a new concept. Those moments of thinking “this makes SO much sense”. It’s the best feeling, right? The books below are a collection of my “aha moments” that have been formative in the way I see the world now.
The Tipping Point: How little things can make a big difference
By Malcolm Gladwell
Malcolm taught me the objective variables that make an idea, trend or behavior spread like wildfire.
The Female Brain
by Louann Brizendine
It’s a f*cking miracle that we women aren’t crying all the time with the hormone storm that’s happening in our brains. We are strong AF. This book taught me how my thoughts, emotions, and actions are affected by the physiology of my brain.
Meditations from the Mat
by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison.
I read this book as apart of my yoga training years ago. The page edges are ragged and it’s filled with notes/doodles/musings. Rolf taught me how to find to bring yoga principles off of my mat and into my life.
The Food Lab
by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt.
Kenji breaks down the science behind cooking: how the interactions of ingredients, heat, and energy come together to create our meals. He breaks down core cooking methods to the basics. So that we can understand why cooked meat needs to "rest" before slicing- or why whipping egg whites is the key to making our pancakes feather light. I built a solid foundation for my cooking from the concepts in this book.
You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life
By Jen Sincero
An empowering guide where I learned how to overcome the fear of bruising my ego so I can chase my passion. Jen taught me how to get out of my own way so I could let the magic happen.
by Elyse Resch and Evelyn Tribole
Elyse and Evelyn taught me how to nurture myself, make peace with my body image, and respect my body's feedback. I learned how restriction and food rules impact our psyche in a primal way and sabotage our relationship with food. Above all, I learned to trust my intuition.
The Psoas Book
by Liz Koch
Emotion manifests as tightness in our hips. For years, I could not understand why I had unfailing tightness in my lower body. My Osteopath was the one that suggested this book to me as a resource for rehabilitation. Liz taught how my musculature and physical body can be affected by my mind and emotions.
What books have been formative to your being? I'd love to know!! Spill in the comments!