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Katie’s Bookshelf: You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero

Isn’t this the best title ever? Who wouldn’t want to read this one? Jen Sincero does a great job in this book making the reader feel like they can accomplish any goal they set out to do. The goal could be anything from career, family, relationship, or lifestyle related. She brings personal stories, easy-to-digest chapters, and exercises to help the reader.

Sincero explores everything from our Ego, negative self-talk, and ingrained beliefs that get in the way of achieving our goals to loving and empowering yourself and just going for it no matter what roadblocks you encounter. She discussing aligning your vibration with others who are similar in order to make things happen for yourself.

Remember, everything you desire is right here, right now. You just have to shift your perception in order to see it made manifest.


I have now read this book 2 times and know that I will read it again in the future. I think it’s a great motivational book for anyone, especially if you are taking on a new goal. I personally loved the chapter on fear as well as money. The first time I read the chapter on money, it shifted things so much for me and the second time, it just reinforced the changes I made prior. She has a book all about money that I plan on reading soon.

Read this book if:

  • You are setting new goals for yourself
  • Finding yourself needing some more motivation
  • Struggled with goals in the past

Buy it here

Sincero, J. (2017). You are a badass. Philadelphia: Running Press.

Katie’s Bookshelf: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Mindset“Mindset: The New Psychology of Success” by Carol Dweck examines the concepts of “fixed” and “growth” mindsets.  A fixed mindset believes that talents come with us and cannot be improved upon.  A fixed mindset spends their time proving their abilities over and over again as well as externalizing and internalizing when problems occur.  On the other hand, a growth mindset believes that qualities can be improved upon due to efforts, work, and support from others.  When problems arise, a growth mindset would examine the issue and put a strategy in place to remediate.  “I can improve” vs “I give up.”

“What any person in the world can learn,  almost all persons can learn, if provided with the appropriate prior and current conditions of learning.”

Dweck provides a good understanding in the first few chapters of the two concepts including examples of academic and artistic ability.  She then moves into entire sections on sports, business, relationships, parents/teachers/coaches including how the mindsets show up and real world examples of fixed and growth.  Lastly, she goes into how to change your mindset to more of a growth.  The author points out that we all have fixed mindsets in certain areas and even “false-growth” mindsets.  This is important to understand as it is not black and white.

I really enjoyed this book.  Keeping the concept simple and unpacking it in various ways really drives the point home.  In a similar vein to Malcolm Gladwell, Dweck provides examples of people and businesses that truly exhibit these traits to help the really understand.  I was intrigued to continue reading, have found a new perspective for approaching our many intelligences, and learned what it takes to overcome setbacks or “failures.”

Read this book if:

  • You are willing to view and approach yourself differently
  • Are a leader, parent, coach, teacher, etc
  • Interested in change

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Dweck, C. S. (2006). Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. New York: Ballantine Books.

Katie’s Bookshelf: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Taoofpooh“The Tao of Pooh” by Benjamin Hoff is a cute little book exploring the principles of the philosophy of Taoism.  Hoff uses the characters, predominately Pooh to show how their traits and actions reflect Taoism.  Such as Pooh being the epitome of the “Uncarved Block,” when he has used his “inner nature,” and following the “Way” by not forcing or interfering and experiencing life as it happens.

“It means that Tao doesn’t force or interfere with things, but lets them work in their own way, to produce results naturally.  Then whatever needs to be done is done.”

Each chapter explores a different aspect of Taoism including a conversation with Pooh and a story or two to drive it home.  I have tried reading the “Tao Te Ching” that this book was based on and found it more difficult to understand, but it started to click more for me by reading this.  I was also interested in this book as oftentimes the characters of Winnie the Pooh are symbols of mental health diagnoses.  Overall, I think this is a cute and simple explanation of Taoism.

Read this book if:

  • You are interested in Taoism
  • Have read the “Tao Te Ching”
  • Love Winnie the Pooh

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Hoff, B. (1982). The Tao of Pooh. New York, NY: Penguin Books.

Katie’s Bookshelf: Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis

Wash face“Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis is a book about the lies we believe and how to stop believing them in order to live your most full life.  Rachel owns an event planning company in LA as well as runs a lifestyle blog.  She uses her own experience growing up to explore the lies we are told by our parents, friends, society, media.  Her influence primarily comes from interaction with her blog and social media followers to expose what real life is like without the curated stuff.

“It also might be helpful to remember that someone else is praying to have the kind of  chaos you’re currently crying about.  What I mean is, the things you think  are so difficult could be someone else’s dream come true.”

Each chapter is titled with a lie, explored through Rachel’s life and lens, and ends with what has helped her overcome and shed that lie.  She comes from a Christian perspective so if that is your jam, this will resonate with you.

Overall, it’s a cute, easy to read book.  I did not love the book as I feel I’ve heard a lot of the same things before in other books with more research behind it.  I think the book is probably fairly popular with her social media followers.  Hollis tries to make herself relatable, but in some ways, she is hard to connect with for the regular person, as she leads a life very different than most of us.  I did appreciate some of her messages, her approach and her vulnerability.

Read this book if:

  • You are a woman looking for empowerment

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Hollis, R. (2018). Girl, wash your face. Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio.

Katie’s Bookshelf: Rising Strong by Brene Brown

Rising strong“Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead” by Brene Brown is the third book in her sequence about overcoming adversity and coming out the other side even better than before.  Brown references “being in the arena” where we reckon(with our uncomfortable emotions), rumble(with the stories we create including shame), and rising from the fall braver and stronger that creates the new revolution that we live.

“The Rising Strong Process; The goal of the process is to rise from our falls, overcome our mistakes, and face hurt in a way that brings more wisdom and wholeheartedness into our lives.”

In Brene Brown fashion, she explores the falls we all experience in life(mistakes, death, loss, etc), and how vulnerability, shame, courage, failure, perfectionism, just to name a few, play into it.  She divides the book into chapters of what it takes to “Rise Strong.”  Each chapter includes a vignette or two(usually from her own experience), the reckoning, the rumble, and the revolution.

You cannot go wrong with anything that Brene Brown creates.  The topics are so relate-able and so is she.  You will find yourself identifying with her vignettes and even laughing through this exploration of difficult topics and experiences.  I especially liked her reference to the Pixar Movies formula for their storylines.

Read this book if:

  • You are human(because we all know we love her work and have all experienced fall)

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Brown, B. (2017). Rising Strong. Random House US.