We’re not going to be giving in to any movie cliches! We know that the secret to happiness in our personal lives isn’t about being in a relationship. It’s about being happy with yourself and enjoying life.
If you want to appreciate being alone and being successful, here are some books you absolutely have to add to your reading list!
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
This classic is the perfect place to start! Following a messy breakup, Gilbert travels around the world in search of herself and uncovers a whole world beyond her divorce. Divided into three sections chronicling the food she discovers, her introduction to personal spirituality, and finally, a new relationship after all the hurt and self-discovery. Available here.
Daring Greatly by Brene Brown
If you watched and loved Brene Brown’s TED talk on shame, then her book Daring Greatly is definitely for you. The American scholar shares her research into shame and vulnerability. She makes a powerful argument for embracing your vulnerabilities because they inspire empathy, innovation, and creativity. Allow your fears to be a motivator for 2017 with this incredible book! Available here.
Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone by Eric Klinenberg
This book is full of interesting statistics about singlehood – more than 50% of adults are single today, compared to 22% in 1950! The rest of the book outlines the ways single people often lead happier, fuller lives compared to couples. Klinenberg provides a really detailed overview with statistics, data, and interviews with over three hundred men and women. Available here.
Bossypants by Tina Fey
The queen of comedy’s autobiography is laugh-out-loud hilarious and so inspiring for women everywhere. The witty book not only tracks her personal journey to success but also a commentary on what it’s like being a woman in today’s world. It’s relatable and motivational, perfectly mixing comedy and self-reflection! Definitely one for the 2017 reading list. Available here.
The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
This one is for prepping you for the day you might be in a relationship again. Philosopher Alain de Botton tells the story of a couple from first meeting through to raising kids. His sections in italics are really insightful comments on the nature of love and relationships! There are so many relatable parts to this very real and very touching story. Available here.
Are these books inspiring you to be strong and independent this year? If you need a little help, The Career Girl Academy is back on Sunday 29 January. So if you’re ready to make this year the most successful year ever join us at the coolest spot in London and finally figure out how to reach all your goals! Reserve a guaranteed place when you book your tickets to this event here.
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