Good morning, friends! We're just a few days away from Thanksgiving, and I'm guessing that means many of you have a busy week ahead - cooking, cleaning, decorating, traveling, picking up relatives from the airport...there's a lot going on! So my question to you is: what are you doing to stay calm, sane, and centered? Maybe your recipe involves some coffee with friends, or yoga and relaxing music - whatever it is, you gotta have something to help recenter yourself before heading into another week (Thanksgiving week, no less)!
Life is busy, and sometimes I look at the calendar and wonder just where the time goes. When I want quiet down and turn off the running to-do list in my head, I find that grabbing a good book and cuddling up in bed after dropping the kids off at school is super effective. So this week my Monday Must Have is a shelf of good books! These reads are great to meditate on - they'll challenge you, encourage you, and remind you of how awesome life is. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up really is life changing and magical if you feel like you just need to declutter and get organized. Present Over Perfect is such an encouraging read if you feel like you're not enough, like your mind is always elsewhere instead of in the present moment. And Shonda Rhimes' Year of Yes has been rightfully hyped - who knew the woman who owns Thursday night television was an introvert and struggles saying yes to scary things? The subtitle is "How to dance it out, stand in the sun and be your own person" (the three sentiments are pulled from her three megahit shows How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, and Grey's Anatomy) and friends, this book will take you on a journey of empowerment every woman needs to go on. Whether you need encouragement about work, family, home, or self, these eight books belong on your bedside table! I hope these books help you stay present and positive this holiday season - even as you're running those last minute errands to the grocery store for a forgotten ingredient or frantically cleaning up a mess before the party starts. Slow down and enjoy the holidays, friends - life is good, and you're amazing.
Happy Thanksgiving and happy reading!