Can you believe the year is already half over? Looking back, I am on track to accomplish at least one of my goals for 2016, reading 25 books this year. It’s important for me to keep up the momentum, though, so please help keep me accountable.
I always look forward to each month’s Reading Wednesday with Stephanie from Wife, Mommy, Me. This series has been a great way to keep track of what I’ve been reading and to get new inspiration from you all for books I should be adding to my to-read list.
This month I finished two books:
Girl Code by Cara Alwill Leyba
GIRL CODE is a road-map for female entrepreneurs, professional women, “side hustlers” (those with a day job who are building a business on the side), and anyone in between who wants to become a better woman. This book will not teach you how to build a multi-million dollar business. It won’t teach you about systems or operational processes. But it will teach you how to build confidence in yourself, reconnect with your “why,” eradicate jealousy, and ultimately learn the power of connection. Because at the end of the day, that’s what life and business is all about.
I loved reading this book. As Cara points out, this is not a book about systems or how-to’s, it’s a book that helps female entrepreneurs work on their mindsets. We are so much stronger when we are working together, rather than falling prey to jealousy or comparison games. GIRL CODE even includes interviews at the end of each chapter with successful lady entrepreneurs and girl bosses who share their struggles, successes, and what they’ve been learning along their journey. I highly recommend this book.
Lose That Mommy Guilt by Cara Maksimow
All moms feel guilt – because all moms want to be perfect. Guess what? You will be far from perfect and that’s okay! In Lose That Mommy Guilt, Lessons and Tales from an Imperfect Mom, therapist, coach and speaker Cara Maksimow, LCSW, CPC, assures moms that being imperfect is perfectly fine in parenting. With stories for every mom, whether you’ve just found out you are pregnant, or have a child in school, Cara shares her stories and tips for gaining confidence and letting go of the guilt that can make parenting so much tougher. “As the baby grows the mommy guilt grows. It doesn’t matter how good of a mom you are, you will find a way to beat yourself up over something,” says Cara. “I am here to say that it does not have to be that way. As moms we are amazing and we don’t recognize it enough. Lose that Mommy Guilt – You Got This!”
I really enjoyed reading this book. Cara shares stories of her life in the mommy-hood trenches while sharing encouragement throughout every stage of mothering from pregnancy to how to deal with a five-year-old-fashionista. Cara’s honest recounting of some of her struggles as a working mother spoke to me, and her reminders to let daddies have their own style of parenting (even if it’s not the way you would do it!) is important. I would recommend this book for any mama. It’s a short book with easy-to-read chapters.
So, what did you read this month? Did you enjoy it? Would you suggest that I add it to my to-read list for the next several months?