Are you tired or uninspired right now? Let me start off by saying that those feelings are totally okay! In fact, it’s normal! We all find ourselves weaving in and out of inspiration and tiredness. Butttt oftentimes we find that the easier route to the ladder feeling is sitting back and consuming content that doesn’t serve or challenge us when we need it the most.
I felt this way A LOT --especially when I was working my 9 to 5 job. These feelings are not exclusive to that environment, in fact, people working in their dream jobs also feel tired or uninspired! Which gives me a ton of reassurance that I’m not alone, nor should I shy away from this discomfort.
I chose these specific books because they were easy reads, not intimidating and offered SO much refreshment to my parched mind. I know there are countless books out there but these served me so well and I hope that they do the same for you!
1. If you’re looking for an easy read & a story to get lost in.
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho is my all-time favorite book!!! If you haven’t read this one, I suggest that you stop reading this post, click on the link below and order yourself a copy of this book!
I first read this in high school and remember identifying with the protagonist’s desire to venture off into the bigger world, away from familiarity. I re-read it when I was 24, in the middle of a major life crisis and just wanting something to get lost in. This book was EXACTLY what I needed at the time. Funny enough, I got something totally different from it. It actually inspired me to do the very thing I had been wanting to do but too afraid to do: it led me to trust my instincts!
I don’t want to give anything away so I’ll just leave you with my strong rec: READ THIS BOOK! It’s an easy read for the person too tired to do anything--trust me, that was 24 year old Amanda! If this booklist begins to feel too overwhelming, I’d start with this stunning piece of work!
2. For the visual learner transitioning into a new season
Am I There Yet?: The Loop-de-loop, Zigzagging Journey to Adulthood by Mari Andrew was one of the books I read when I had just left my corporate job and backpacking through Guatemala! For context, I was looking for anything (ANYTHING) to guide me into the next chapter of my life.
I didn’t know where to begin, I remember feeling tired and nervous about how unconventional my life decisions were looking at that point. But when I started reading this book (which at first glance I thought was a casual read) I began to feel this confidence and assuredness emerge in me.
It’s an honest and relatable read about the nuanced stage of life called "adulting!" If you’re someone transitioning out of something and trying to figure out next steps, this book is for you!
3. For the person with big dreams & desires
There’s nothing like the feeling of being reminded of just how badass you are! You Are a Badass by Jen Sincero was a book that gave me A TON of self-awareness!
Leading up to the time I read this, I felt like I was dragging my feet through mud. I was tired, uninspired and had no clue that I can shift those feelings into positive action! This book really did help clear some self-inflicted obstacles and gave me the inspo & energy to start The Slow Seeker!
Do you have big dreams and desires but too overwhelmed or depleted to see how you can reach them? This book will give you some much-needed perspective.
4. For the person struggling with their feelings
Choose Wonder Over Worry by Amber Rae is 100% for the person too afraid to touch their feelings in fear it might open a pandora’s box! Amber Rae is brilliant at making those “monster” feelings approachable while also equipping you with tools to address them when they do arise.
I read this right in the middle of struggling with continuous panic attacks. I was stretched too thin and wanting to figure out a path forward. I found lessons in that book that helped me cope with some intense feelings and I will forever be grateful to this author for her words and wisdom.
This is another easy read, so don’t feel intimated by the topic!
5. For the overwhelmed person who doesn’t know where to start
Where to Begin: A Small Book About Your Power to Create Big Change in Our Crazy World by Cleo Wade was a relatively recent read and one I knew I had to include here!
I was tired of the current state of the world. Tired of not seeing my friends and family. And tired of the division that’s been (rightfully) exposed. I wanted to do everything to help, to educate and of course learn but it all turned into overwhelm-- where do I even start?!
Well, friend, start with this book. It gave me the clarity and grace that creating change and impact starts with your immediate surroundings. Start small. Just start.
I LOVED Cleo Wade’s words. She gave me that much-needed fuel to start now and start small. If you’re an activist at heart, this will speak to your soul!