5 Motivating & Inspiring Books for a Fresh New Year


Bring on the New Year’s resolutions, goals, focus words, and positive changes! I hope you are all off to a cleansing start to 2014 and had a wonderful holiday season. Since the weather is brutally and bitterly cold in a large part of North America, it is the perfect time to stay indoors with a good book. If you are wanting or needing motivating and inspiring books for a fresh start to this new year, I have collected a few of my personal favorites, along with recommendations, for uplifting reads. The books below focus on family, self, and daily positivity. Let’s dive in!

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100 Places That Can Change Your Child’s Life: From Your Backyard to the Ends of the Earth by Keith Bellows. From Morocco to Machu Picchu, Bellows takes his experience as a National Geographic Traveler Editor and expands upon it to create mind-opening ideas for your family’s travels. Included: Kid-friendly activities, lodging, music, films, and festivals for fun and cultural awareness.

The Mindful Child: How to Help Your Kid Manage Stress and Become Happier, Kinder, and More Compassionate by Susan Kaiser Greenland. This book helps children understand what is going on within them to better understand what is happening to them. Fun and friendly techniques to build awareness helps increase positivity and social skills.

Choose Yourself! by James Altucher. The job market has been tough for awhile, therefore there has never been a better time to start your own business. If this is a goal of yours, this book will help give you the power to Choose You! for creating your own destiny.

The Daily Book of Positive Quotations by Linda Picone. The cover illustration leaves much to be desired, but I have had this book on my nightstand for years and love it due to it’s non-religious specific quotations. Today’s quote is about Keeping Perspective. “When I hear somebody sigh that life is hard, I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'” Sydney J. Harris. Each daily quote is followed by a short paragraph discussing the quote, then a daily mantra in blue to keep in mind for each day. I love it!

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
by Deepak Chopra. I have owned this book since high school and have found myself turning towards it in times of need. Whether your goal is wealth, self-love, relationships, etc., there is a lesson for everyone here.

Do you have a list of books you want to read or help guide you through 2014? If so, I’d LOVE for you to share your favorites! Happy New Year!



Brandi has recently traded the busy working, pumping, commuting-mom life in the D.C. suburbs for a slower pace of life as a stay-at-home mom and wife in Jacksonville, Florida. She is knee-deep in diaper bags and baby gear as the founder of her website Little Brim Baby, a contributor for BuyModernBaby.com, and as a brand ambassador for Boba. A map-lover by degree and profession, you can often find Brandi road-tripping her new surroundings, exploring with her toddler son, and picking up her husband from the swamp after paddling trips in his beloved canoe. Brandi is a baby gear enthusiast and loves sharing her favorite products, reviews, tips, and fellow moms’ advice with her readers.


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