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10 Epic Books to Help Change Your Life in 2022

2022 is knocking on the door as we speak. No, it’s banging on the door and commanding an immediate opening and surrender! I don’t know how you feel about New Years. Personally, I usually feel stressed and seasonally somber. Thankfully, this has been easing for me as I have gotten older. Podcasts and YouTube videos about affirmations have been my on-demand consultants. Now, specific rooms on Clubhouse help keep me in-touch with my mindset and promoting drive. But for those of you that know me well, you know that books- good ole fashion books- are my first love! I thought of you and wanted to share 10 epic books that could help make 2022 your year.

So, as the year two thousand twenty-two approaches, I wanted to share 10 epic books that I genuinely believe will help change your life. I’m not saying that your life isn’t already amazing. It probably is. But, wouldn’t it be nice if that one thing was even better? Now, hear me well, I make no proclamations of instant change nor do I guarantee that all things will be transformed in a blink of an eye. Yet, maybe just maybe they can. That is, as long as you believe! Visualize it. Feel it. Believe it. Si se puede!!

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Let’s get down to that list of epic books to help change your life in 2022! I have shared each book with my Amazon Affiliate link with you so that you can grab them up and start reading right away. Just click on the title of the book and you’ll be able to use my link to buy the book(s). I will receive compensation from Amazon if you use my link. You will not be charged any additional fees for using my link. Thank you in advance for your purchases via my affiliate link!

These 10 epic books are not listed in any particular order.

Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes

I am actually reading (actually listening to) this book now as I type this. This book is the January Book Club pick for a teacher group that I belong to. It’s been out for some time and I even saw Shanda discussing this book with Lady O, herself, when it was first released. You know that Lady O is Oprah, right? Just checking. But, I think that I was honestly afraid to read the book. I, too, am I deep introvert and doing a lot of things frighten me. So, well…. I just avoided reading this book.

However, with so many raving teacher-friend fans, I decided to just shut my eyes and leap off of the Audible cliff right onto the pages of Ms. Rhimes story. I’m just going to throw in a quick suggestion right here. If you have Audible or if you have ever considered this app, please use (or get it) JUST for the sake of truly enjoying this tale. Shanda reads her own book herself and you can feel all of the sass and pizazz of her storytelling by listening to her tell it all! I’m thoroughly enjoying her story and it is encouraging me to take a look at how I am living my life to. Have I been “living” life well up to this point? How would you answer that question, my friend? We should reflect on this together.

Here’s the link to the hardcover version.

Get Good With Money by Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche

I love The Budgetnista! Let me just get this disclosure out of the way and lay it on the table. (smiley face) She has a podcast, YouTube channel, books, groups. I belong to her Dream Catchers group and I subscribe to her monthly Live Richer Academy program. I am a huge fan- with reason. She is a money guru and she knows how to speak to you about money on a very basic level that you can understand. She’s you. Tiffany is me. She has walked in shoes that look and fit just like many of ours. She is very likable and relatable. Quite simply, Tiffany is a gem.

Get Good With Money breaks money down into the simplest concepts. The Budgetnista takes you from her background and relationship with money, to money management, investing, AND she provides definitions and examples to help make it as plain as possible. This book is also in my Audible library. It’s one of the books that I was reading before Year of Yes came across my recommendations. I also own an autographed print copy of this book. Yeah, I am a huge fan. Tiffany reads her own story, as well.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir By the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

You may possibly note a trend here. I’m listening to this book on Audible, too. Depending on my mood, I shift between the books. I feel like it might be beneficial to just stick to one book at a time. Hmmm. I’m only on 1964 (the chapters are listed by year). The story is well written and entertaining. It’s also really intriguing to see how such an icon brand came to be. Moreover, it’s nice to begin to think of the “person” behind the brand.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

I haven’t read this book yet, but I look forward to getting it on my bookshelf. Right now, I am trying to #finishwhatIstart so I won’t be diving into any new books until I finish Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes and Shoe Dog by Phil Knight. It’s so funny. Every time I think of Phil Knight, Phil Jackson, the tremendously successful coach of the Chicago Bulls comes to mind. I guess its’ that Michael Jordan-Nike connection that triggers my mind.

Atomic Habits speaks of learning, in essence, unlearning habits that we have created. This is another book that people shout from the rooftops about. I can’t wait to join in on the shouting!

The E-Myth: Why Most Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It by Michael E. Gerber

This book is one that people seem to rave about! I had never even heard of this book before. But, I began to hear its mention repeatedly in different rooms on Clubhouse. So, I was like, hmmm… The name of the book is also really attention-grabbing so I hope to have time to read it soon. This book is a part of a set or series of books. They’re sold separately but there are others like, The E-Myth Revisited and The E-Myth Mastery that you can grow from.

Finish What You Start:The Art of Following Through, Taking Action, Executing, & Self-Discipline by Peter Hollins

This is another book that is on my list of future reads. Just look at that title. Need I say more? This one definitely speaks to the “Shining new object” side of my creativity.

If you’re interested in the paperback version, click here.

What Happened to You?: Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing By Oprah Winfrey and Bruce D. Perry

I haven’t read this book yet, but it is one that I heard Miss Winfrey speak of on one of her shows that supports the life and experiences of Black women. Lady O stated that the question that is often asked is “What’s wrong with you?”. You’re behaving in certain ways that are not indicative of who you were born to be. Instead, she went on to add, the question should be, “What happened to you?”. There’s actually a very significant difference in those two questions and the intent behind them can be life-changing and life-affirming for us, too.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Steven R. Covey

This book is sweetly waving at me as I type this. I actually had this on my Amazon Teacher Wishlist last year and one of my kind parents bought it for me. No…. (if you’re wondering-LOL) I haven’t read it yet. I know that it contains information that can really catapult my mindset. It’s just that this book is massive! There are 384 pages- not including the Afterword- and the print is small. Insert smiling or laughing Emoji right here for me.

The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom) by Don Miguel Ruiz

This is another “I heard about it on Clubhouse” book finds. Again, people were gushing with glee just from its mention. Of course, this caught my attention and I hurried to jot down the title so that I wouldn’t forget it. This book is about self-limiting beliefs and how they can rob us of joy. You know that thousands of thoughts pass through our minds at a mindblowingly rapid rate. How many of them are negative thousands? How many of those negative, likely subconscious thoughts, are holding us back? Yeah, we should read this one, too.

This book also comes in a 3-book boxed set. It’d probably be magnificent to purchase them all together. You can check out the boxed set here.

The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living With Less by Christine Platt

Narrated by the Author. This is book recommendation from Tiffany “The Budgetnista”. She shared this title during one of her Lives and I wrote it down to add to my “Need to Read These” book list. A book that speaks of living more of a minimalist lifestyle that is influenced by the African diaspora.

I hope that you find at least one life-changing, mindset manifesting book to spark the changes that your soul really desires! If you get a book that you love, or if you’ve already read one of the books that I’ve shared, leave a comment to tell me all about it. And, if you have a suggestion for me to read, share that in a comment, too.

Here’s wishing you all the great kindness, joy, peace, mercy, and overflow that God’s great blessings bring!

Happy New Year!

Cheers to 2022!

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